Las, je sçay bien (Jacques Arcadelt)

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General Information

Title: Las, je sçay bien
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1541 in Livre 11: 28 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 16

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Las, je sçay bien que je feis grande offence
Quand je voulus contre amour tenir fort,
Il m'en prend mal, aussi avois je tort
De vouloir faire à ung dieu résistance
Duquel chascun redoubte la puissance,
Tant fist d'effort qu'il print d'assault mon cueur
Et meist le feu dedans à grand oultrance
En lieu conquis, ainsi fait le vainqueur.

English.png English translation

Alas, I know full well that I was very much at fault
when I tried to hold out against love.
I am suffering for it, and it was wrong of me
to think I could resist a god
whose power all fear.
He made such determined efforts that he took my heart by storm
and laid it waste with fire,
just as the victor does in a place that he has conquered.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank