Amour, amour (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-22)  CPDL #41523:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2016-10-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Amour, amour
Composer: Clément Janequin

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1535 in Trente et une chansons musicales a troys parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 3
    2nd published: 1541 in Il primo libro de madrigali a tre voci (Costanzo Festa), no. 50
    3rd published: 1541 in Trium vocum cantiones, no. 88

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Amour amour tu es par trop cruelle
Quant tes amants il ne pensent qu'a bien
Tu ne sais rien mais mon coeur le sait bien
Amour me prend c'est chose naturelle.

Modern French
Amour, tu es trop cruelle quand (pour) tes amants,
qui ne pensent qu'à bien (faire),
tu ne fais rien.
Mais mon coeur sait bien,
si l'amour me prend,
c'est chose naturelle.

English.png English translation

O Love, o love, you are by far too cruel
For when your lovers think in love to dwell
You help them not, but my poor heart knows well
To fall in love is not to be a fool.

Translation by Thomas Daughton