Le Rossignol (Clément Janequin)

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General Information

Title: Le Rossignol
Composer: Clément Janequin

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1540 in Le difficile des chansons (Jacques Moderne), Livre 1, no. 21
    2nd published: 1551 in Cinquièsme livre du recueil (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 3

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

En escoutant le chant mélodieulx
De ses plaisans et tant doulx rossignieulx
Qui vont disant ainsy, ainsy, ainsy,
ainsy, ainsy, ainsy, ainsy, ainsy, ainsy,
L'ung d'eux me dist: "Parcy, passez, parcy,
Et vous aurez qui chantera le mieulx."
Tous tous tous tous veulliez estre songneulx
D'amour servir loyaulment en tous lieux
Et luy crier mercy,
En escoutant.
Fuyez, fuyez, fuyez, gens merencolieulx
Suyvez les dames en tous lieux
Et de soucy dictes fy fy fy
Retournez cy mardi, mardi,
Et vous serez plus que devant joyeulx,
En escoutant.

English.png English translation

O when you hear what melodies avail
The sweet and oh so joyful nightingale
Who flits about and sings so, so, so, so,
So, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so,
One said to me: “Through here, through here, do go,
And you will hear the one who’s best in show.”
Now sing, now sing, sing all, both weak and hale,
In serving love let loyalty prevail,
Give thanks as best you know, you know, you know,
O when you hear.
Away, away, away, you sad and frail,
Chase all the girls o’er hill and dale
And out of care say oh, oh, oh
Come Tuesday, Tuesday, don’t be slow,
And you’ll know joy beyond all scale,
O when you hear.

Translation by Thomas Daughton