Faulte d'argent (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-11)  CPDL #65456:         
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General Information

Title: Faulte dargent
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties (Tielman Susato), no. 16
    2nd published: 1550 in Livre 36: 30 chansons tres musicales (Pierre Attaingant), no. 17
    3rd published: 1572 in Mellange de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), no. 62

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Faulte d'argent c'est douleur non pareille
se ie le dis las ie scay bien pourquoy
sans de quibus il se fault tenir quoy
femme qui dort pour argent se reveille

Modern French
Faute d'argent c'est douleur non pareille.
Si je le dis, hélas, je sais bien pourquoi.
Sans argent, il faut se tenir tranquille.
Femme qui dort, pour argent se réveille.

English.png English translation

Being poor is a great pain.
And alas, I know it but all too well.
The penniless have to lay low,
since sleeping women will only wake for cash.