Je n'ose être content (Pierre Certon)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-03-06).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Je n'ose être content
Composer: Pierre Certon
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 2vv   Voicings: SS or TT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Bicinia gallica, latina et germanica 2 (Georg Rhau), no. 40

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Ie nose estre content de mon contentement,
ne voulant desire plus grant aise en ma vie.
De peur de perdre plus que ce dont iay ennuyee,
Car qui demande trop pour plaisir a tourment.

French.png French text

Je n'ose être content de mon contentement,
Ne voulant désire plus grand aise en ma vie,
De peur de perdre plus que ce dont j'ai ennuie,
Car qui demande trop pour plaisir a tourment.

English.png English translation

I dare not be satisfied with my contentment,
no longer wanting to wish for great ease in my life,
For fear of losing more than that which bores me,
Because he who insists overly on pleasure is tormented.

(trans Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)