Un laboureur sa journée commençait (Pierre Santerre)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2024-06-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Modernized French text.

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Title: Un laboureur sa journée commençait
Composer: Pierre Santerre
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Livre 17: 19 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 5
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Original text and translations

French.png French text


Ung laboureux sa iournee commancoit
assez matin entre ueit ung loup musse
en ung buisson Qui sa proye pellissoit
Mais quant le iour fut ung petit haulce
Ce loup estoit quelque grisart trousse
voire sans faulte robe et iacquette
Qui sur la creste dung beau fosse
Pellissonoit une ieune fillette

French.png French text

(modernized)
Un laboureur sa journée commençait
assez matin entrevit un loup, mussé
en un buisson, qui sa proie pelissait.
Mais quand le jour fut un petit haute,
ce loup était quelque grisart troussé
voire sans faute robe et jaquette
qui, sur la crête d'un beau fosse,
Pelissonait une jeune fillette.

English.png English translation


So this ploughman, starting his daily toil
quite early, glimpses a wolf hidden
in a bush, skinning its prey.
But when the day gets a bit brighter
This supposedly grey-fleeced wolf
Is made out, without mistake, to be a dress and jacket
Which Is garbing a young girl
on the rim of an impressive pit.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)