Comme la tourterelle (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-05)  CPDL #37441:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-11-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Comme la tourterelle
Composer: Jean de Castro
Lyricist: Pierre de Ronsard

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Livre de chansons a 3, no. 28

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Comme la tourterelle languit jusque à la mort
Ayant perdu sa belle compagnie et consort:
Ainsi ne veult confort mon coeur plein de tristesse
S'il n'arrive au doux port ou l'attend sa maitresse.

English.png English translation

Like as the turtle dove languishes until death
After losing his fair companion and partner:
So my heart, fllled with sadness, wishes for no comfort.
If it cannot reach that sweet haven where its mistress awaits it.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)