Mignonne, allons voir si la rose By: Jehan Chardavoine

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Singable Translation PDF By: Carol Anne Perry Lagemann (CC BY SA 4.0)

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Number of Voices: 1
Voicings: S , A , T , B
Date: 16th century
Language: French
Tags: chanson Pierre de Ronsard lyrics translation

Lyrics

LyricsPoetic Translation
Mignonne, allon voir si la roseSweetheart, let's see the rose together,
Qui ce matin avoit decloseWhich, in this morning's sun-warmed weather
Sa robe de pourpr' au soleil,Opened her purple robes and shone,
A point perdu, cette vesprée,And let us see if she this evening
Le plis de sa robe pourprée,For having lost her robes is grieving;
Et son teint au vostre pareil.Her color is so like your own.
Las, voyés comm' en peu d'espace,See how she lost in so few hours,
Mignonn', ell' a dessus la place,Sweetheart, her place among the flowers,
Las, las, ses beautés laissé cheoir!Her beauties fallen by the way.
Ô vrayement maratre nature,And Nature is a cruel stepmother
Puis qu'une telle fleur ne dure,That such a beauty, like no other,
Que du matin jusques au soir!Only could last a single day.
Donc, si vous me croiés, mignonne:Sweetheart, if you believe this warning,
Tandis que vostr' age fleuronneNow, while your life is in its morning,
En sa plus verte nouveauté,While stille in blossom, green and free,
Cueillés, cueillés vostre jeunesse,Harvest, oh, harvest youth: It frees you;
Comm' à cette fleur, la viellesseJust like the rose, old age will leave you
Fera ternir vostre beauté.Only a withered memory.
Pierre de RonsardCarol Anne Perry Lagemann

Direct Translation

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