Plus ne suis ce que j'ay esté (Pierre Certon)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-11)  CPDL #19120:        (Finale 2002)
Editor: Benoît Huwart (submitted 2009-03-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Plus ne suis ce que j'ay esté
Composer: Pierre Certon
Lyricist: Clément Marot, Epigramme CCXIX

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Livre 6: 27 chansons a 4 (Attaingnant), no. 13
    2nd published: 1962 in Das Chorwerk, no. 82.2

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

De soy mesme
Plus ne suis ce que j'ay esté,
Et ne les sçaurois jamais estre,
Mon beau printemps et mon esté,
Ont faict le sault par la fenèstre.
Amour, tu as esté mon maistre,
Je t'ay servy sur tous les Dieux,
Oh, si je povois deux fois naistre,
Comme je te serviroys mieulx!

English.png English translation

About himself
No more am I the same in truth,
And that I’ll be I cannot feign,
The Spring and Summer of my youth,
Have hand-in-hand gone down the drain.
O Love, you were my suzerain
No other God did I serve more,
Were life on me bestowed again
How I’d serve better than before!

Translation by Thomas Daughton