Oncques amour (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-18)  CPDL #29669:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-07-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Oncques amour
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1549 in Unziesme livre contenant vingt et neuf chansons amoureuses (Tielman Susato), no. 2

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Oncques amour ne fut sans grant langueur
langueur ne fut iamais sans esperance
vela le poinct ou gist tout le malheur
qu'on voit souvent espoir sans ioyssance

Modern French
Jamais amour ne fut sans grande langueur,
langueur ne fut jamais sans espoir.
Voilà le poit où gît le malheur
qu'on voit souvent espoir sans jouissance.

English.png English translation

Love has never been without great spleen,
spleen has never been without hope.
This is the heart of all suffering:
there is much hope, yet rarely born from joy.