Fleur de quinze ans (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • CPDL #32713:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-08-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (chiavi naturali), note-values halved. French spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Fleur de quinze ans
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Clément Marot

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Le premier livre de chansons, auquel sont 27 chansons nouvelles, Antwerp
  2nd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 14
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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Fleur de quinze ans si Dieu vous sauve et gard,
j'ai en amour trouvé cinq points exprès,
premierement il y a le regard,
puis le devis et le baiser après,
l'atouchement suit le baiser de près,
et tous ceux la tendent au dernier point,
qui est: je ne le dirai point,
mais s'il vous plaît en ma chambre vous rendre,
je me mettrai volontiers en pourpoint,
voire tout nu pour le vous faire apprendre.

English.png English translation

Flower aged fifteen, may God save and protect you.
In love, I have found five particular stages:
first, there is the look,
next, the offer, and the kiss afterwards;
the touch follows the kiss closely,
and all of those lead to the final stage,
which is: I shall not say it,
but if you will please come into my room,
I shall happily strip to my jacket,
or even completely naked, to make you understand.

Translation by Reinier Post, after David Wyatt