Pour ung plaisir (Claudin de Sermisy)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-28)  CPDL #49457:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-04-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pour ung plaisir
Composer: Claudin de Sermisy

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1536 in Second livre contenant XXV chansons nouvelles à quatre parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 14

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Pour un plaisir qui si peu dure,
j'ai enduré peine et travaux.
J'en ai souffert douleur trop dure.
J'en reçus cent mille mots,
j'en ai eu de trop grands assaults.
Or, Dieu me doit bonne aventure:
Fortune a fait sur moi ses saulx.

English.png English translation

For pleasure that was all too brief,
Have I sustained travails and woes,
Have I full suffered every grief,
Have I received a thousand blows,
Have I hurt more than any knows,
Now God doth owe me some relief,
Ill fortune’s had me in its throes.

Translation by Thomas Daughton