Pour presenter (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-21)  CPDL #29214:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-05-21).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pour presenter
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Huitieme livre des chansons a quatre parties (Tielman Susato), no. 29

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Pour presenter a vous tousiours loyal ostant de mon cueur
la tristesse facieuse,
lhonneur y contredict mais amour consente.
Ie ne refuse de vous estre' amourseuse,
tant que mon ame du corps sera contente.
En trop delaissant abuser ma simplesse
servante suis rendu a vostre noblesse.

Modern French
Pour me présenter à vous toujours loyale,
ôtant de mon cœur la tristesse désagréable,
l’honneur contredit ce que l'amour consent.
Je ne refuse pas d'être votre amoureuse,
tant que mon âme sera content de mon corps.
En délaissant trop abuser de ma naïveté,
servante suis rendue à votre noblesse.

English.png English translation

In trying to appear as your loyal handmaiden,
trying to ban sadnesse from my heart,
my honour has forbidden that to which love consents.
I no longer refuse to be your lover,
as long as my soul can bear what my body does.
And thus, by your abusing my naivety,
I find myself the servant of your grace.