Ghy edel jonghe gheesten (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2011-01-24)  CPDL #23050:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2011-01-24).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ghy edel jonghe gheesten
Composer: Anonymous

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

Language: Dutch
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1551 in Het tvueetste musick boexken mit vier partyen (Tielman Susato), no. 14

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Original text and translations

Dutch.png Dutch text

Ghy edel jonghe gheesten,
ghesellekens van der lucht,
dryft amoureuse feesten,
al en isser ghenen bucht,
al sout u namaels rouwen,
maect daer af gheen ghelach,
bedryft solaes met vrouwen
als 't u ghebueren mach,
sonder verdrach syt nacht en dach om u bejacht,
maect gheen ghelach, nature geeft verdrach.

English.png English translation

You nobel and young spirits, compagnons of the air,
Join in feast of love even when you have no money.
Even if you regret it afterwards, do not complain about it.
Obtain the comforting of women whenever you can.
Without delay, be it night or day, seek your advantage.
Make no complaint: nature gives license.