Las si ie nay (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-13)  CPDL #29108:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-05-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Las si ie nay
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Huitieme livre des chansons a quatre parties (Tielman Susato), no. 14

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Las si ie nay aultre secours
d'une dame que iayme fort
ie souffriray maintes douleurs.
Si d'elle nay aultre confort
de la servir fais mon effort
pour acquerir sa bonne grace.
S'ell ne mayme elle a grant tort
car d'aultre aymer je ne pourchasse.

Modern French
Hélas, si je n'ai d'autre secours
d'une dame que j'aime fort,
je souffrirai maintes douleurs.
Si d'elle n'ai autre confort,
de la servir fais mon effort
pour acquérir sa bonne grace.
Si elle ne m'aime, elle a grand tort
car je ne cherche pas en aimer d'autre.

English.png English translation

Alas, if I enjoy no solace
from the lady I so dearly love,
I shall suffer many pains.
If I enjoy no other comfort on her behalf
than putting effort into serving her
to obtain her good humour.
If she does not love me, she is mistaken
since I do not plan on loving any other.