Mais que sert la richesse a l'homme (Guillaume Costeley)

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  • (Posted 2014-11-09)  CPDL #33326:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2014-11-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Mais que sert la richesse a l'homme
Composer: Guillaume Costeley

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1570 in Musique de Guillaume Costeley, no. 2

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Mais que sert la richesse a l'homme
qui jouir ne sait de son bien ?
À travailler il se consomme
et d’ici-bas n’emporte rien.

Un autre jouira du sien
de travailler franc et délivre.
Apprends donc à jouir du tien,
réjouir s’en faut et bien vivre.

English.png English translation

But what good is wealth to the fool
Who fails to enjoy his success?
He does naught but work like a mule
And thus makes his life quite a mess.

Some know to enjoy the largesse
That comes from virtuous toil.
So profit from what you possess,
Enjoy it or life will you spoil.

Translation by Thomas Daughton