Frère Frappart (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-08)  CPDL #51765:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-11-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Frère Frappart
Composer: Clément Janequin

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1550 in Livre 8: XXV chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 16

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Frère Frappart, troussé comme il faudroit,
Venoit de champs et faisoit bonne trongne.
Une nonnain trouva qui y alloit
et il la vous print luy disant: "Ma mignone,
ferons-nous pas, vous et moi, la besongne?
Allons à part pour remuer la fesse
et si quelqu'un sus le faict nous empongne,
m'excuseray disant: "Je vous confesse."

English.png English translation

Brother Frappart, as charming as could be,
Was on his way home and feeling quite fine.
He spied a nun as he strolled in the lea
And greeted her saying, “Oh darling mine,
What say you and I do something divine?
Let’s go off and find a slice of heaven
If someone catches us as we entwine
I’ll pardon me saying, “You are shriven.”

Translation by Thomas Daughton