Ma fin est mon commencement (Guillaume de Machaut)

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Editor: N. Nakamura (submitted 2006-03-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Postscript file also available. Copyright (C) 2004 by N. Nakamura.

General Information

Title: Ma fin est mon commencement
Composer: Guillaume de Machaut

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularChansonRondeau

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Ma fin est mon commencement
Et mon commencement ma fin
Est teneure vraiement

Ma fin est mon commencement.
Mes tiers chans trois fois seulement
Se retrograde et einsi fin.

Ma fin est mon commencement
Et mon commencement ma fin.

English.png English translation

My end is my beginning
And my beginning my end.
This is truly my tenor [or, that which I hold on to],

My end is my beginning.
My third line three times only
Goes back on itself and so finishes.

My end is my beginning
And my beginning my end.