Hélas madame By: Henry VIII, King of England


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


Number of Voices: 4
Voicings: SATB , STTB , AATB , ATTB
Date: 15th - 16th century
Language: French
Tags: chanson translation


LyricsPoetic Translation
Hテゥlas madame, celle que j・E€・Eayme tant:"Alas, my lady, you whom I adore:
Souffrez que soye vostre humble servant;Make me your humble, servant, I implore:
vostre humble servant je seray a toujoursYour true and humbel servant I will always be,
Et tant que je viv・E€・Eay ault・E€・E n・E€・Eaymeray que vous.And every day I live, I'll love you loyally."
Hテゥlas, beau sire, vous estez bel et bon,"Alas, good sir, you are so good and kind,
Sage et courtoys et de noble maison.As nobly born as anyone could find,
Et aussi bon que l・E€・Eon scairoit finer,As courteous and wise as any I have met,
Mais cil que j・E€・Eayme, ne scairoye oublier,But the man I love I never can forget."
Hテゥlas, madame, pences en vostre cas:"Alas, my lady, think about your choice:
Entre nous deulx ne fault point d・E€・Eavocatz.We need between us no one else's voice."
Certes non pas, et vous le scavez bien."I certainly will not; it's useless, as you know.
Allez vous en, car vous ne faictez rien.You won't succeed, so now away you go!"
Mon coeur souspire et se plaint tendrement,"My heart complains and sighs with tender grief
Quant il ne peult trouver allegement.Because your answer gives me no relief.
Ne scay comment on me veult dechasser;Should I pursue the hunt? Should I give up the chase?
S・E€・Eil est ainsi, j・E€・Eayray ailleurs chasser.If you refuse, I'll search some other place."
Hテゥlas, madame, et n・E€・Een seray-je point?"Alas, my lady, must my love lie died?"
Certes beau sire, je ne le vous dis point."Oh no, good sir, that isn't what I said:
Servez a point: il vous sera mery.For service is repaid if well you play your part."
Hテゥlas madame, de bon coeur vous mercy.Alas, my lady, thank you from my heart."
Henry VIII, King of EnglandCarol Anne Perry Lagemann

Direct Translation

See translation at Choral Public Domain Library.