L'amour, la mort et la vie (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-10)  CPDL #68316:       
Editor: Thomas Daughton (submitted 2022-03-10).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: L'amour, la mort et la vie
Composer: Clément Janequin
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1540 in Livre 8: 19 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 14

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

L'amour, la mort et la vie
Me tourmentent à toute heure
De me laysser ont envye
Et veullent que j'y demeure
Quand je veulx rire je pleure
Du feu d'amour qui s'avive
La vie veult que je meure
Et la mort veult que je vive.

English.png English translation

Love and life and death all three
Torment me the livelong day
They would like to set me free
And would prefer that there I stay.
I cry when I should be gay
From the fire that love doth give
Life wants me to pass away
While death prefers that I live.

Translation by Thomas Daughton