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Rozette, pour un peu d'absence

Language: French (Français)

[Rozette]1, pour un peu d'absence
Votre cœur vous avez changé ;
Et moi, sachant cette inconstance,
Le mien autre part j'ai rangé.
Jamais plus beauté si légère
Sur moi tant de pouvoir n'aura.
Nous verrons, volage bergère,
Qui premier s'en repentira.

Tandis qu'en pleurs je me consume.
Maudissant cet éloignement,
Vous, qui n'aimez que par coutume.
Caressiez un nouvel amant.
Jamais légère girouette
Au vent sitôt ne se vira.
Nous verrons, bergère Rozette,
Qui premier s'en repentira.

Où sont tant de promesses saintes,
Tant de pleurs versés en partant ?
Est-il vrai que ces tristes plaintes
Sortissent d'un cœur inconstant ?
Dieux, que vous êtes mensongère.
Maudit soit qui plus vous croira !
Nous verrons, volage bergère,
Qui premier s'en repentira.

Celui qui a gagné ma place
Ne [vous peut]2 aimer tant que moi,
Et celle que j’aime vous passe
De beauté, d’amour et de foi.
Gardez bien votre amitié neuve ;
La mienne plus ne variera ;
Et puis nous verrons à l’éprouve
Que premier s’en repentira.

Translation(s): DUT ENG GER

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G. Dandelot sets stanzas 1-3
G. Pierné sets stanzas 1-2, 4, 3
J. Leguerney sets stanzas 1, 3
G. Huberti sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Collection des romans de chevalerie: mis en prose française moderne, Volume 1, ed. by Alfred Delvau, Paris, Librairie Bachelin-Deflorenne, 1869, page 288.

1 Dandelot, Huberti, Leguerney: "Rosette", passim.
2 Pierné: "peut vous"

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

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  • ENG English (Judith Kellock) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-05-31 20:41:31

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Rosette, because I stayed away

Language: English after the French (Français)

Rosette, because I stayed away
A little while, your heart has changed,
And I, knowing your inconstancy,
Therefore wanted no part of you.
No more will fickle beauty
Keep me helpless:
We'll soon see, flighty shepherdess,
Who will be the first to repent.

Whereas I am consumed in tears
Cursing that banishment,
You, who only loves out of habit,
Will fondle a new lover.
Never more than a weather vane,
Turning as soon as the wind blows;
We will see, shepherdess Rosette,
Who is the first to repent.

Where are your holy promises,
And your tears, poured out at our farewell?
Truly could such sad cries
Come from an inconstant heart?
My God! but you're a liar,
Sorry the man whose trust you win!
We'll soon see, flighty shepherdess,
Who will be the first to repent.

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Translation of title "Villanelle" = "Villanelle"


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  • a text in French (Français) by Philippe Desportes (1545 - 1606), "Villanelle", subtitle: "Que le Duc de Guise chantait à sa maitresse au Chateau de Blois, pendant la terrible nuit du 23 Décembre 1588" DUT GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, Georges Dandelot, A. Dethou, Théodore Gouvy, Jean-Louis Aristide Hignard, Gustave Léon Huberti, Jacques Leguerney, Jean Eugène Gaston Lemaire, Gabriel Pierné. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-01-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-01-22 19:27:37

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