Für kunst geht gunst (Ivo de Vento)

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Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2018-08-19).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Semidiplomatoric edition.

General Information

Title: Für kunst geht gunst
Composer: Ivo de Vento

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1573 in Teutsche Lieder, 5 vv

Description: from Iuonem de Vento: Teutsche Lieder mit fünff stimmen ... 1573

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Für kunst geht gunst/
  werschmiert der fehrt/
  bey diser welt gilt nicht der glert/
  bruder Fuchßschwantz,
  bruder fuchßschwantz der steht am spitz/
  und ist doch klein sein witz/
  noch hat er grösser ehr/
  als wann er gscheider wär/
  fromb seyn,
  fromb seyn das gilt nicht mehr.

English.png English translation

Favor goes before art,/
  though the ladder to success is smudged./
  In this world learning does not count./
  Brother Foxtail,
  Brother Foxtail who turns the spit
  and is of little witt/
  still has greater honor/
  than when he was a monck./
  To be devout,
  To be devout is no longer in fashion.