O mort amer est (Noé Faignient)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-08)  CPDL #51245:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-09-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O mort amer est
Composer: Noé Faignient

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1569 in Recueil des fleurs tiers livre (Pierre Phalèse), no. 5
    2nd published: 1574 in La Fleur des chansons a 3 (Pierre Phalèse), no. 73
    3rd published: 1577 in Meslange des pseaumes et cantiques a trois parties (ed. Simon Goulart), Livre 1, no. 10

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

O mort, ton souvenir est amer,
à l'homme riche, ici présent,
qui a mis son repos et sa confiance
en sa richesse, bien, or et argent.
Et à l'homme pauvre et indigent,
doux est ton nom et ta mémoire,
car par toi délivré du mal,
prétend venir à l'éternelle gloire.

English.png English translation

Death, the very thought of you is bitter to a man who is prosperous, living peacefully with his wealth, possessions, gold and silver.
Yet to a poor man the thought of you is sweet, for you will deliver him from suffering in the hope of passing on to eternal glory.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank