Je nose estre content (Claudin de Sermisy)

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  • (Posted 2023-03-12)  CPDL #73035:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-03-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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  • (Posted 2018-05-02)  CPDL #49526:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-05-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je nose estre content
Composer: Claudin de Sermisy
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Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1532 in Trente et troys chansons nouvelles en musique a quatre parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 22
    2nd published: 1536 in Premier livre contenant XXXI chansons musicales (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 21
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Original text and translations

French.png French text


Ie nose estre content de mon contentement,
Ne voulant desirer plus grande aise en ma vie.
De peur de perdre plus que ce dont jay envye,
Car qui demande trop pour plaisir a tourment.

French.png French text

(modernized)
Je n'ose être content de mon contentement,
Ne voulant désirer plus grande aise en ma vie.
De peur de perdre plus que ce dont j'ai envie,
Car qui demande trop pour plaisir a tourment.

English.png English translation


I hate to be secure in my content,
Unwilling to wish for greater ease in my life,
For fear of losing more than I covet;
For he who demands too much has pain instead of pleasure.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)