Il s'en va tard (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2008-12-20)  CPDL #18609:       
Editor: Augustin Roche (submitted 2008-12-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 162 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Il s'en va tard
Composer: Clément Janequin

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Il s'en va tard, il pleut, il vente,
Et n'est pas trop sûr le chemin,
Mais Amour si fort me tourmente
Que ne puis attendre à demain.
Le ciel fût-il tant inhumain,
Étant contraire à ma requête,
Qu'il plût cailloux, foudre ou tempête,
Puisqu'il faut aller voir madame.
Ni pluie ni vent ne m'arrête,
Trop plus violente est ma flamme.

English.png English translation

It's late, it's raining and breezy
And the path is full of dangers,
but a Love so strong torments me
that I can't wait until tomorrow.
The heaven showed me no mercy
in being against my request.
Let it hail, lightnings flash, storm rage:
I must by all means go see my Lady.
Neither rain, nor wind will stop me,
much more violent is my fire.