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Dedans Paris, ville jolie

Language: French (Français)

Dedans Paris, ville jolie 
Un jour, passant mélancolie, 
Je pris alliance nouvelle 
A la plus gaie demoiselle 
Qui soit d'ici en Italie. 

D'honnêteté elle fut saisie, 
Et crois _ selon ma fantaisie _ 
Qu'il n'en est guère de plus belle 
Dedans Paris. 

Je ne vous la nommerai mie, 
Sinon que c'est ma grande amie, 
Car l'alliance se fit telle, 
Par un doux baiser que j'eus d'elle 
Sans penser aucune infamie 
Dedans Paris.

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 (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "In Paris, that pretty city", copyright © 2016, (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: 15
Word count: 72

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In Paris, that pretty city

Language: English after the French (Français)

In Paris, that pretty city,
One day, passing through sadly,
I made the acquaintance 
Of the liveliest girl 
Between here and Italy. 
She was the picture of integrity, 
And I believe - according to my fantasy -
That there is hardly anyone more beautiful 
In [all of] Paris. 

I won’t tell you her name, 
Rather, that she’s my “great love,”  
Since the alliance was sealed 
With a gentle kiss from her 
Without thinking any dishonoable thoughts
In Paris.

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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): Jean Rivier. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-05-10.
Last modified: 2016-05-10 13:08:35
Line count: 15
Word count: 78