Nimphes nappes (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2013-11-02)  CPDL #30485:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-11-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Nimphes nappes
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: STTTTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties, no. 22


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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Nimphes nappes neridriades driades
venez plorer ma desolation
car ie languis en telle' affliction
que mes espris sont plus mort que maladies

Cantus firmus: Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis. Dolores inferni circumdederunt me.

Modern French
Nymphes des eaux, Néridriades, Nymphes des bois,
venez pleurer ma désolation
car je languis en telle affliction
que mes esprits sont plus morts que malades.

English.png English translation

Ye nymphes of the water, Nereids, and nymphs of the woods,
come and mourn my desolation
for I suffer such affliction
that my spirit is more dead than alive.

Cantus firmus: The groans of death surround me, as do the pains of hell.