Gallans qui par terre (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-05)  CPDL #25287:         
Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2012-01-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 135.1 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Orlando di Lasso, Madrigale und Chansons, Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel.

General Information

Title: Gallans qui par terre
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: François Villon

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Continuation du mellange, no. 9
  2nd published: 1931 in Das Chorwerk, no. 13.5
Description: Words after François Villon, Le Grand Testament, Double Balllade, 1461,

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Gallans qui par terre et par mer
Allez aux nopces et aux festes
Aimez tant que voudrez aimer,
Vous n’y romperez que vos testes ;

Folles amours font les gens betes.
Salomon sa loi dénia,
Sanson en perdit ses lunettes ;
Bienheureux est qui rien n’y a.

English.png English translation

O ye gallants on land and at sea
Go to the weddings and the festivals,
Love as much as you want to love,
All you’ll do is crack your skulls;

Foolish love makes men asses.
Solomon broke his own law for it,
For it Samson lost his glasses.
Happy is he who has none of it.

Translation by Thomas Daughton