by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

I syng of a mayden
Language: Middle English 
Available translation(s): FRE
I syng of a mayden
þat is makeles,
kyng of alle kynges
to here sone che ches.

He came also stylle
þer his moder was
as dew in aprylle,
þat fallyt on þe gras.

He cam also stylle
to his moderes bowr
as dew in aprille,
þat fallyt on þe flour.

He cam also stylle
þer his moder lay
as dew in Aprille,
þat fallyt on þe spray.;

Moder & mayden
was neuer non but che --
wel may swych a lady
Godes moder be.

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , from "A Medieval Anthology", edited by Mary Segar. FRE ; composed by Henk Badings, Gustav Holst.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE FRE GER ; composed by Benjamin Britten.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by Roger Quilter.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2011-01-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:11
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Word count: 84

Je chante une jeune fille
Language: French (Français)  after the Middle English 
Je chante une jeune fille
Qui est sans pareille,
Le roi des rois,
Elle l'a choisi pour être son fils.

Il est arrivé aussi doucement,
Là où sa mère était,
Que la rosée en avril
Qui tombe sur l'herbe.

Il est venu aussi doucement
Dans la chaumière de sa mère
Que la rosée en avril
Qui tombe sur la fleur.

Il est arrivé aussi doucement
Là où sa mère est couchée
Que la rosée en avril
Qui tombe sur la branche.

Mère et jeune fille
Ne furent personne d'autre qu'elle :
Une telle dame peut bien
Être la mère de Dieu.

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Text added to the website: 2011-01-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:11
Line count: 20
Word count: 101