Ung diable blanc (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-18)  CPDL #29659:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-07-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ung diable blanc
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Neufiesme livre des chansons a quatre parties, no. 3

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Ung diable blanc come le iour poidoit
se promenoit au iardin de plaisance
frère nitou que de faict l'attendoit sen va vers luy
en belle contenance
si lempoigna par si tres grand oultrance
par hault par bas du long et de travers
si rudiment que du bout de sa lance
le diable lance fist tombe a revers.

Modern French
Un diable blanc, comme le jour se pointait,
se promenait au jardin de plaisance.
Frère Nitou, qui de fait l'attendait,
s'en alla vers lui d'un pas ferme
et s'y l'empoigna avec grande vehemence
par le haut, par le bas, de long et de travers
si rudiment que du bout de sa lance
il renversa le diable blanc.

English.png English translation

A lover boy walked through the leisure garden
as the morning sun came out.
Brother Cuckold, who was waiting for him,
walked up to him with a firm step
and beat him up with great force
from the top, from the bottom, across and back again
with such vehemence that with the tip of his spear
he threw the lover boy over.

note: 'nitouche' means hypocrisy. I've taken it to mean 'cheated, conceited'