Si vous l'avez, rendez-le moi (Clément Janequin)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2024-06-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Modernized French text

General Information

Title: Si vous l'avez, rendez-le moi
Composer: Clément Janequin
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1549 in Livre 4: XXIV chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 18

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Si vous l'avez, rendez le moy,
Gentil garson, mon pucellage.
Ne faictes plus vivre en esmoy
Mon petit coeur de franc courage:
Les femmes de nostre village
Disent partout ie l'ay vendu;
Ell' ont menti par leurs visaige,
Car par ma foy ie l'ay perdu.

French.png French text

Si vous l'avez, rendez-le moi,
Gentil garçon, mon pucelage.
Ne faites plus vivre en émoi,
Mon petit cœur de franc courage:
Les femmes de notre village
Disent partout je l'ai vendu;
Elles ont menti par leur visage,
Car par ma foi, je l'ai perdu.

English.png English translation

Compassionate boy, if you have it,
Please return my virginity.
Don't carry on living in sorrow anymore,
My little heart of independent spirit.:
The women in our village
Whisper it everywhere that I sold it;
They told a bare-faced lie
Because, honestly, I've mislaid it.

(trans.: Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)