Allon, gay bergeres (Guillaume Costeley)

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  • (Posted 1999-03-18)  CPDL #00100:        (Finale 1998)
converted and rewritten to lilypond:      
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-03-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Allon, gay bergeres
Composer: Guillaume Costeley

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1570 in Musique de Guillaume Costeley
Description: This is a joyful Christmas chanson depicting the shepherds' fanciful conversation as they go to see the Infant King.

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==Original text and translations==

French.png French text

Allon, gay, gay, gay, Bergeres,
Allon, gay, soyez legeres, Suyvez moy.

Allon, allon voir le Roy,
Qui du ciel en terre est nay,
Allon, gay …

Un beau present luy feray, De quoy?
De ce flageollet que j'ay tant gay.
Allon, gay …

Un gâteau luy donneray,
Et moy, Plain hanap luy offriray, Gay, gay!
Allon, gay …

Ho, ho! Paix-la! Je le voy;
Il tette bien sans le doigt, le petit Roy!

Allon, gay, gay, gay Bergeres,
Allon, gay, soyez legeres, Le Roy boit!

English.png English translation

Let's go gaily, Shepherdesses,
Let's go gaily, be light, follow me.

Let's go see the King,
Who from heaven is born on Earth.
Let's go gaily …

I'll make him an attractive present, of what?
This tin whistle that I have, so gay.
Let's go gaily …

I will give him a cake.
And me, I'll offer him a full drinking cup.
Let's go gaily …

Oh, oh, hush! I see him;
He's nursing well, not with his thumb, the little King!

Let's go gaily, Shepherdesses
Let us go gaily, be light, the King is drinking!