Parfons regretz (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2013-12-31)  CPDL #30874:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-12-31).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Parfons regretz
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties (Tielman Susato), no. 3
    2nd published: 1550 in Livre 36: 30 chansons tres musicales (Pierre Attaingant), no. 4
    3rd published: 1572 in Mellange de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), no. 51

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Parfons regretz et lamentable joye,
Venez à moi quelque part que je soye
Et vous hastez sans point dissimuler
Pour promptement mon cueur exécuter
Affin qu’en dueil et larmes il se noye.

English.png English translation

No more regrets and mournful joy.
Come to me, wherever I am,
and once for all, without deception,
assassinate my heart,
so that it may dissolve in grief and tears.

German.png German translation

Schmelzt dahin, Bedauern und traurige Freude.
Kommt zu mir, wo immer ich bin,
und eilt, ohne etwas zu verbergen,
mein Herz hinzurichten,
damit es in Trauer und Tränen ertrinke.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt