Oncques amour (Thomas Crecquillon)

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  • (Posted 2013-04-15)  CPDL #28786:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-04-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Oncques amour
Composer: Thomas Crecquillon

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Tiers livre de chansons a quatre parties (Tielman Susato), no. 36
    2nd published: 1552 in La fleur de chansons et second livre a quatre parties (Tielman Susato), no. 16
    3rd published: 1552 in Quatriesme livre des chansons a quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse}, no. 12
    4th published: 1554 in Livre 11: XXII chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 1

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Oncques amour ne fust sans grand longueur,
longueur ne fust jamais sans esperance,
ve la le poinct où gist tout le malheur,
qu'on voit tousjours espoir sans jouyssance.

Modern French
Jamais amour ne fut de grande longueur,
longueur ne fut jamais sans espérance.
Voilà le point où gît tout le Malheur,
qu’on voit toujours espoir sans jouissance.

English.png English translation

Love never lasts very long,
but longevity always carries hope.
This is where all the malice resides:
there is always hope, but never joy.