Or vray Dieu (Jean Richafort)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-18)  CPDL #51513:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-10-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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This work has been misattributed.
See notes for details and correct composer below.

Title: Or vray Dieu
Composer: Jean Richafort

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1574 in La Fleur des chansons a 3 (Pierre Phalèse), no. 66
Description: The attribution to Richafort is questionable; Crequillon has been suggested as a probable composer.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Or, vrai Dieu, qu'il est dans les ennuis
celui qui a perdu son amie!
J'en ai aimé longtemps une
que j'ai perdue par ennui.
Je suis en grande mélancolie,
un peu désespéré,
car je ne me souviens de votre amie
qui est passée, il y a longtemps.

English.png English translation

Dear God, but how a man is beset
When he has gone and lost his coquette!
For some time I loved one of my own
But I lost her like a bet.
I am really quite steeped in regret,
Even a bit desperate,
About your friend whose name I forget,
The one who left long ago.

Translation by Thomas Daughton