Nous voyons que les hommes By: Jacques Arcadelt

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

Info

Number of Voices: 3
Voicings: SSA , SST , SAA , SAT
Date: 16th century
Language: French
Tags: chanson social commentary translation

Lyrics

LyricsPoetic Translation
Nous voyons que les hommes We see that men get silly
Font tous vertu d’aimerAnd proud of having sex,
Et, sottes que nous sommes,But we are fools to shrilly
Voulons l’amour blâmer.Blame sex for these effects.
Ce qui leur est louableFor men are praised for actions
Nous tourne à déshonneur,That lose us our good name,
Faute inexcusable,Untenable infractions:
O dure loi d’honneur!The law of brutal shame!
Nature, plus qu’eux sage,More wisely Natures serves us:
Nous en a un corps misOur bodies were endowed
Plus propre à cet usageMuch better for this purpose;
Et nous est moins permis.Yet we are less allowed.
Jacques ArcadeltCarol Anne Perry Lagemann

Direct Translation

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