Je prens en gré (Tielman Susato)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-10)  CPDL #37160:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-10-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je prens en gré
Composer: Tielman Susato
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Premier livre des chansons a trois parties, no. 24
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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Je prends en gré la dure mort,
pour vous madame par amours,
navré m'avez mais à grand tort
dont brief je finiray mes jours.

La chose me vient à rebours,
souffrir si tost la mort amère,
O dure mort, que faictes vous,
mourir me fault, c'est chose claire.

English.png English translation

I will accept a death in pain
For you my dear from love’s malaise,
You’ve wounded me with great disdain
And therefore soon I’ll end my days.

This mess snuck up on me sideways,
To meet so soon a bitter end,
O cruel death, no more delays,
I have to die, let’s not pretend.

Translation by Thomas Daughton