Vivre ne puis content

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General information

Quatrain used as the text for several chansons. Other chansons, with the same incipit but longer and dissimilar texts are not listed here.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text


Vivre ne puis content sans sa presence
mourir mest doulx si ie navois lespoir
de pront racueil et que loyal debvoir
de mon amour luy en fist cognoyssance.

French.png French text

 modernised
Vivre ne puis content sans sa présence,
Mourir m'est doux si je n'avais l'espoir,
De prompt raceuil et que loyal devoir
De mon amour lui en fit connaissance.

English.png English translation


I can't exist happily without her here;
Death is sweet, if I have no hope
Of a speedy reunion, or that
She might recognise loyal service in my love.

(trans Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)

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