Petite folle (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-07)  CPDL #34750:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2015-03-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (high chiavette) and note-values. French spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Petite folle
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Premier livre des chansons a 4 et 5 parties, no. 12
    2nd published: 1565 in Dixsetieme livre de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), Edition 1, no. 12
    3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 33
    4th published: 1592 in La fleur des chansons, no. 29

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Petite folle êtes vous pas contente
de me baiser cinq cent fois tout de suite,
approchez-moi cette bouche si gente,
et ces beaux bras tant qu'avec vous je luitte.

En bonne foi vous êtes la plus duitte
à m'embrasser qu'ai trouvé en ma vie,
mon petit coeur ne prenez point la fuite,
encore un coup baisez moi je vous prie.

English.png English translation

My little fool, why are you not content
To kiss me half-a-thousand times and more ?
Your charming little mouth to me present
And those fine arms, so that we two can soar.

By faith, you are the most attractive pro
To snuggle with that I have found in life.
So sweetheart, don’t insist that you must go!
Just one more kiss – it’s not like you’re my wife!

Translation by Thomas Daughton