Frère Thibault (Pierre Certon)

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General Information

Title: Frère Thibault
Composer: Pierre Certon
Lyricist: Clément Marot

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1550 in Quart livre de chansons à quatre (Attaingnant)


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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Frère Thibault, sejourné gros et gras,
Tiroit de nuict une garce en chemise.
Par le treillis de sa chambre les bras
Elle passa, puis la teste y a mise,
Et puis le seing, mais elle fut bien prise,
Car le fessier y passer ne put onc :
"Par la mort bieu, (ce dit le moyne adonc),
Il ne m'en chault de bras, tetin ne teste.
Passez le cul, ou vous retirez donc,
Je ne sçauroys sans luy vous faire feste.

English.png English translation

Friar Thibault, well fat and lardy,
is pulling a hoe into his cell one night
through the trellis;
Arms, chest, head,
then she gets well stuck
'cause her booty won't go through.
"Sod it" says the monk, "arms, tits
and head don't do it for me,
Get your arse in here or sod off.
I don't know how to party without it".
(trans. Demotic by notAmos)