Je prends en gré (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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Three-voice arrangement (1560)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-12)  CPDL #73453:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2023-04-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Spelling modernised. Some apparent errors in the source have been corrected (i.e. replaced with more plausible alternatives). Source: Published by Phalèse, Leuven, 1560.

General Information

Title: Je prends en gré
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Livre 6: 27 chansons a 4 (Attaingnant), no. 11
    2nd published: 1550 in Tiers livre contenant xxviii chansons esleves (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 25
    3rd published: 1551 in Premier livre du recueil (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 21
    4th published: 1560 in Septiesme livre des chansons à quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse), Edition 1
    5th published: 1560 in Premier livre du recueil des fleurs (Phalèse) – three-voice arrangement, no. 6

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Je prends en gré la dure mort
pour vous madame, par amours.

Navré m'avez m'avez mais à grand tort
dont finirai de bref mes jours.

La chose me vient à rebours,
souffrir si tôt la mort amère.

O dure mort, que faites vous?
Mourir me faut, c'est chose claire.