Amour au cueur (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-27)   CPDL #25042:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2011-11-29).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Amour au cueur
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATTTTBB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1550 in Treziesme livre contenant vingt et deux chansons, no. 17

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Old French
Amour au cueur me poingt
quant bien aymé je suis,
mais aymer je ne puis
quant on ne m’aime point.

Chascung soit adverty
de faire comme moy
car daymer sans party
cest ung trop grant esmoy.

Modern French
Amour au cœur me pique
quand bien aimé je suis,
mais aimer ne puis
quand on ne m'aime point.

Chacun soit averti
de faire comme moi,
car aimer sans parti (:partenaire)
c'est un trop grand émoi.

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Literal (almost)

Cupid pricks me in the heart when I am beloved,
but I can not love, when no one loves me first.
Everyone be advised to behave like me,
because loving without correspondence is too great a disturbance.

Poetic rendition by Mick Swithinbank

Love blossoms in my heart
only if returned,
but I'd rather not love at all
than to see it spurned.
Quench the flame
before it is ignited!
Better so to do
than to suffer unrequited.