Que gagnez vous (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-04)  CPDL #42508:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-01-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (high chiavette) and note-values. French spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Que gagnez vous
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SMsATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Premier livre des chansons a 4 et 5 parties, no. 20
    2nd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 86
    3rd published: 1597 in Cinquante pseaumes de David (ed. Simon Goulart) – psalm contrafact, no. 23

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Que gagnez vous à vouloir différer,
Le bien que j'ai envers vous mérite
De vous servir ne me puis retirer,
Contentez donc la mienne volonté,
Pouvoir avez, moyen et liberté,
Donc n'y cherchez désormais plus d'excuse
De cruauté la raison vous accuse.

English.png English translation

What do you gain by seeking to delay
The favor that you rightly should me pay?
From serving you I cannot turn away
So satisfy the want that fills my day,
The pow’r you have and means, you need but say,
So look no more henceforth to be excused,
Of cruelty will you justly be accused.

Translation by Thomas Daughton