Gens qui parlez (Cornelius Canis)

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  • (Posted 2010-02-15)  CPDL #21016:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-02-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Gens qui parlez
Composer: Cornelius Canis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSTTT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Cincquiesme livre contenant trente-deux chansons a cinq et six parties, no. 27

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Gens qui parlez mal de mon amie
en ne savez pas bien comment vous avez tort:
elle ne m'y tient aucun propos de vous
si je l'aime parfaitement,
pourquoi avez vous envie?
En dépit de vous, je la servirai loyalement toute ma vie.

English.png English translation

You wicked tongues who pass the time by railing
Against my sweetheart, what a wrong you do!
Do you suppose she speaks to me of you?
My love for her is true, it is unfailing.
No matter how you enviously endeavour,
I loyally shall serve my love for ever.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank