Un jour passé, bien écoutaie (Hubert Waelrant)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2024-02-09).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 265 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Modernized French text.

General Information

Title: Un jour passé, bien écoutaie
Composer: Hubert Waelrant
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1558

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Ung iour passe bien escoutoye
Une fille secretement
en lieu secret demenant ioye
Qui triumphoit ioyeusement
Considerant quen mariage
Debuoit avoir son advantage
Au joly ieu sans insolence
Dont elle dit en son langage
Ie suis gay pour dimence.

French.png French text

Un jour passé, bien écoutaie
Une fille secrètement
En lieu secret démenant joie
Qui triomphait joyeusement
Considérant qu'en mariage
Devoit avoir son avantage
Au joli jeu sans insolence.
Dont elle dit en son langage,
"Je suis gai pour Dimanche".

English.png English translation

The other day (most serendipitously) I overheard
A chit, behind closed doors,
In a clandestine pleasure-inducing activity
(concluded with utmost satisfaction!).
She was excogitating that in marriage
She might indulge her predilection
For sexual congress without attracting opprobrium.
On which matter, she propounded, in her idiolect,
"I'm well up for Sunday"

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)