Une belle jeune espousée (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2007-12-06)  CPDL #15611:        (Finale 2007)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2007-12-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Une belle jeune espousée
Composer: Clément Janequin

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1540 in Livre 8: 19 chansons a 4 (Attaingnant), no. 7
    2nd published: 1540 in Le difficile des chansons (Jacques Moderne), Livre 1, no. 2

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Une belle jeune espousée
Estoit une fois en devis
Avec une vieille rusée
Et disait : Dame, à vostre advis,
Les hommes sont-ils si ravis
Quand ils le font et ont-ils bien
Autant que nous d’ayse et de bien ?
« Je croys si ! » lui respondit-elle
« Ils sentent douceur toute telle
Mais elle passe comme vent. »
Je m’esbahis donc, dit la belle
Qu’ils n’y retournent plus souvent.

English.png English translation

There once was a pretty young bride
Who was having a chat one day
With a crone not quite as wide-eyed
And asked, Lady, what do you say,
Do men get as carried away
When they do you-know, and do men
Feel the same thrill as we women?
“Why of course they do!” said the crone
“In that delight we aren’t alone.
But it’s gone for them in a trice.”
“Then I’m stunned,” said the bride, quite thrown,
“That they do not try at least twice.”

Translation by Thomas Daughton