Rossignolet (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-06)  CPDL #29040:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-05-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Rossingnolet
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Huitieme livre des chansons a quatre parties (Tielman Susato), no. 28
    2nd published: 1549 in Livre 4: XXIV chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 17
    3rd published: 1560 in Septiesme livre des chansons à quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse), Edition 1
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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original French
Rossignolet, qui chantez au vert bois,
n'avez point veu ma doulce amie ?
Je l'ai perdue passé trois mois,
dont tous les jours tant il m'ennuye.
or, revenez, gentille fillette,
car je suis votre ami,
cueillir irons la violette
pour passer tout ennuy.

Modern French
Rossignolet, qui chantez au vert bois,
n'avez point vu ma douce amie ?
Je l'ai perdue passé trois mois,
dont tous les jours tant il m'ennuie,
or, revenez, gentille fillette, car je suis votre ami,
cueillir irons la violette pour passer tout ennui.

English.png English translation

Fair nightingale that sings upon the bough,
Have you seen naught of my sweet maid?
Three months I am without her now,
And every day for her I’ve prayed.
Oh do come back, my sweetest girl,
for I am thy true friend,
We’ll gather pinks all in a whirl
And joyful times we’ll spend.

Translation by T. F. Daughton