Mon père my veult (Pierre Certon)

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  • (Posted 2010-10-27)  CPDL #22526:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2010-10-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: (slightly) superfluous half-bar rest omitted in bar 8.

General Information

Title: Mon père my veult
Composer: Pierre Certon

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1541 in Livre 10: 28 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 3
    2nd published: 1962 in Das Chorwerk, no. 82.3

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Mon père my veult marier,
A ung homme qui porte barbe,
Et ma mère luy va disant,
Que ne suys pas encore en age
C'est cela de quoy j'enrage
Qu'on ne my veult marier,
Et gay, gay, gay, gay,
Age, age, age,
vrai dieu, age Las, que feray je, je ne scay,
Son [sans] ne my marie, je mourray.

English.png English translation

My father wanted me to be married
To a man who wore a beard,
And my mother went to him, saying
That I’m not yet of a marriageable age.
That’s what makes me furious,
That no one wants to marry me.
And gay, gay, gay, gay,
Age, age, age;
Good God, I’m tired of age: what I'll do I do not know,
If I don’t marry, I’ll die.