Pourquoy m'es tu (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • CPDL #28655:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-03-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pourquoy mestu
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Second livre des chansons a quatre parties, no. 1
  2nd published: 1545 in Livre 16: 29 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 8
Description: Title as in original print.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Pourquoy m'es tu tant ennemie,
oncques ne te feis quelque dueil,
tousjours pour accomplir ton vueil,
j'ay heu desir et grant envie.

En signe d'amour je te prie,
regardes moy du coing de l'oeil.

Modern French
Pourquoi m’est-tu tant ennemie,
jamais (je) te fais quelque deuil.
Toujours pour accomplir ta volonté.
J’ai eu le désir et grande envie.

En signe d’amour, je te prie,
regarde-moi du coin de l’œil.

English.png English translation

Why do I have to suffer your hostility,
I have never done you any harm,
I have always been there to do your bidding
with great desire and enthusiasm.

As a sign of love, I beg you,
have me enjoy but the blink of your eye.