Tant que vivrai (Jhan Gero)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52200:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Tant que vivrai
Composer: Jhan Gero
Lyricist: Clément Marot : Chanson XII (first stanza) from Adolescence Clémentine

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: Unknown
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1541 in Il primo libro de madrigali italiani et canzoni francese a due voci (Gardano press, Venice), no. 31

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Tant que vivrai en eage florissant,
je servirai d'amour le Dieu puissant,
en faict, et dictz, en chansons, et accords
par plusieurs jours m'a tenu languissant,
mais apres dueil m'a faict resjouissant,
Car j'ay l'amour de la belle~au gent corps;
Son alliance
c'est ma fiance:
son cueur est mien,
le cueur est sien:
si de tristesse,
vive liesse,
puis qu'en amours, j'ay tant de bien.

English.png English translation

As long as I remain at life’s full peak,
To serve the God of Love is what I’ll seek,
In deed, in word, in songs, and harmonies.
For quite some time she left me feeling bleak,
But having suffered has not made me weak,
For I’ve the love of her whose beauties please.
Her sweet consent
Has my assent
Her heart and mine,
As one entwine:
Fie on sadness
Long live gladness
For all is part of Love’s design.

Translation by Thomas Daughton