Comme la rose (Joannes de Latre)

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  • (Posted 2010-02-26)  CPDL #21093:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-02-26).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Comme la rose
Composer: Joannes de Latre

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1560 in Septiesme livre des chansons à quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse), Edition 1

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Comme la rose se perd en peu d'espace,
ainsi le teint et la beauté mondaine,
en peu de temps se consom'et se passe,
et n'a pour vray qu'une durée soubdaine,
or donc n'a mye en beauté tant humaine,
de ta beaute et naturelle grace,
prenons plaisir et liesse certaine,
avant le temps qu'un tel bien nous deface.


English.png English translation

As the rose must fade and cannot last,
So the youthful bloom upon your skin,
Your comely face, your springtime, will be past
Too soon, the swift years' ravages begin.
And so my love, let all your human charms
Go not to waste, but let us them enjoy:
Pleasure beckons, take me in your arms
Before relentless time can all destroy.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank