Quand mon mary vient de dehors (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-26)  CPDL #51594:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-10-26).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Quand mon mary vient de dehors
Composer: Jean de Castro

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1574 in La Fleur des chansons a 3 (Pierre Phalèse), no. 23
    2nd published: 1575 in Livre de chansons a 3, no. 6
Description:  Note that the wording of this setting differs only slightly from other settings of this chanson by Jean de Castro and Orlando di Lasso.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Quand mon mari vient de dehors,
ma rente est d'être battue.
Il prend la cuillère du pot
à la tête il me la rue.
J'ai grande peur qu'il ne me tue.
C'est un faux, villain, jaloux, grommeleux,
je suis jeune et il est vieux.

English.png English translation

When my old man comes home from work
My sad fate is to be whipped:
He grabs a spoon from the pot
And on the head I get clipped.
I fear he’ll put me in the crypt
He’s a liar, a jealous, brawling rogue,
But I’m young and he is old.

Translation by Thomas Daughton