by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Adam lay ybounden
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
[Adam lay ybounden]1,
Bounden in a bond,
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long;

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkës finden
Written in their book.

Né had [one]2 apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Né had never Our Lady
A been Heaven's Queen.

Blessèd be the time
That apple takèn was.
Therefore we moun singen:
Deo gratias!

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1 Britten: "Deo gracias! Deo gracias!/ Adam lay ybounden"
2 Ireland: "the"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 66

Adam était lié
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Adam était lié,
Lié par un lien,
Quatre mille hivers
Qu'il n'a pas pensé être trop longs.

Et tout vint d'une pomme,
Une pomme qu'il prit,
Comme les clercs ont trouvé
Écrit dans leurs livres.

Si jamais cette pomme n'avait pas été prise,
Si la pomme n'avait pas été prise,
Jamais Notre Dame n'aurait
Été reine des cieux.

Bénie soit l'heure
où cette pomme fut prise,
Donc nous pouvons chanter :
Grâces soient rendues à Dieu !

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Deo gracias" = "Grâces soient rendues à Dieu"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-08-16
Line count: 16
Word count: 77