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Present de couleur blanche

Language: French (Français)

Present, present de couleur de Colombe,
Va où mon Cueur s'est le plus adonné!
Va doulcement, & doulcement y tombe!
Mais au parler ne te monstre estonné!

Dy que tu es pour Foy bien ordonné!
Dy oultreplus (car je te l'abandonne)
Que le Seigneur à qui tu es donné
N'a foy semblable à celle qui te donne.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title 1: "A white-coloured Present", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:40
Line count: 8
Word count: 57

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A white‑coloured Present

Language: English after the French (Français)

 Gift, oh dove-coloured gift,
 go where my heart's chief devotion lies! 
 Gently go and settle there gently,
 but don't be too dumb-struck to speak! 
 Say that you are destined for True Love! 
 Say also (since I commit you to him)
 that the lord to whom you are given
 is less true than the lady who gives you.

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2001 by Peter Low, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Clément Marot (1496 - 1544)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): George Enescu. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:40
Line count: 8
Word count: 58