Un advocat dit à sa femme (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-05)  CPDL #37443:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-11-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Un advocat dit à sa femme
Composer: Jean de Castro

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Livre de chansons a 3, no. 30

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Un avocat dit à sa femme :
« Sus, m’amie, que jouerons-nous ? »
« Si je gagne, ce dit la dame,
Vous le me ferez quatre coups. »
« Quatre coups, c’est couché trop gros
Comment serait jeu sans pitié ? »
« Non, non, maître, tenez-le tout,
Dit le clerc, j’en suis de moitié. »

English.png English translation

One day a lawyer said to his wife
“Say, dear, what bet shall we make today?”
“If I win,” said his gal with some life,
“Four times to me you’ll have to pay.”
“Four times!” said he, “There is no way,
How could I play such a merciless game?”
“No, no, master, go on and play”,
Said the clerk, “Take half – I’ll do the same.”

Translation by Thomas Daughton