Je suis quasi prest (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-26)  CPDL #51584:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-10-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je suis quasi prest
Composer: Jean de Castro

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1569 in Il primo libro di madrigali, canzoni & motetti a tre voci, no. 19
    2nd published: 1574 in La Fleur des chansons a 3 (Pierre Phalèse), no. 26

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Je suis quasiment prêt d'enrager
de me voir ainsi sans argent.
Il m'est bien force
d'engager ma robe
et je n'en ai qu'une.
Je maudit mille fois Fortune.
O, benedicite Maria!
Car vivre en telle rancune
j'épouserai bien le diable.

English.png English translation

I could be consumed by fury when I consider my penniless state.
There’s nothing for it but to pawn my dress – and I have but one.
A thousand times I curse my luck: Mary, have mercy!
To find myself living in such misery, I must have married the devil.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank