Nous sommes de l'ordre de Saint Babouin (Loyset Compère)

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  • (Posted 2006-09-04)  CPDL #12496:        (Finale 2002)  
Editor: Benoît Huwart (submitted 2006-09-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Nous sommes de l'ordre de Saint Babouin
Composer: Loyset Compère

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1501 in Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, Volume 1, no. 39, p. 41

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Nous sommes de l`ordre de Saint Babouyn
L'ordre ne dit mye de lever matin
Dormir jusqu`a prime
Et boire bon vin
Et din din din…

Et dire matines sur un pot de vin
A nostre diner le beau chapon gras
La soupe au jounet comme au mardi gras
La pièce de boeuf et le gras mouton
Et don don don…

Et voila la vie que nous demandons

English.png English translation

We are of the Order of drunken fools
The Order does not command us to get up early
Sleep on till primes
and drink good wine
and tra la la
and say mattins over a jug of wine
for dinner a nice fat capon
soup laced with egg yolk as on Shrove Tuesday
a chunk of beef and fat mutton
and bom bom bom
and that's the life we ask for