En m'oyant chanter (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-26)  CPDL #51588:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-10-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 65 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: En m'oyant chanter
Composer: Jean de Castro
Lyricist: Clément Marot , Epigrammes CCCII, á Maurice Sceve, Lyonnois

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1574 in La Fleur des chansons a 3 (Pierre Phalèse), no. 37

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

En m'oyant chanter quelquefois,
Tu te plains qu'estre je ne daigne
Musicien, et que ma voix
Mérite bien que l'on m'enseigne :
Voire, que la peine je preigne
D'apprendre ut, ré, mi, fa, sol, la.
Que diable veux-tu que j'apreigne ?
Je ne boy que trop sans cela.

English.png English translation

Sometimes when you can hear me sing
You gripe that I would dare call me
Musician, and say I should spring
For lessons to sing properly,
Or more, that I get carefully
Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la down pat.
Why would I learn such devilry?
I drink too much without all that.

Translation by Thomas Daughton