Jouons beau jeu tout en riant (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-13)  CPDL #29106:        (Finale 2008)
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General Information

Title: Jouons beau jeu tout en riant
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Huitieme livre des chansons a quatre parties (Tielman Susato), no. 11
    2nd published: 1570 in Septiesme livre des chansons à quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse), Edition 5
Description: A drinking song with strong sexual intimations.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Jouons beau jeu tout en riant,
si faisons bonne chere,
Et si buvons le vin friant
Laissant melancholye,
Mais en buvant soyons dehet, (dehait)
Chantans la chansonette,
Disans par amourette
Jouons beau jeu tout en riant.
En courtinette.

English.png English translation

Let’s have a laugh as we entwine,
For if we show good cheer,
And if we drink some good strong wine
We’ll set aside our fear,
And drinking, oh we shall be gay,
Singing a little ditty,
Showing that we are witty,
Let’s have a laugh as we entwine,
In propinquity.

Translation by Thomas Daughton