Orlande de Lassus
(?1532 - 1594)

Lassus : Un jour l'amant et l'amie : illustration

Un jour l'amant et l'amie
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From the Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, 1570.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Un jour l'amant et l'amie sous un buisson j'ai trouvé
Qui jouaient à l'endormie au beau jeu tant éprouvé.
A couvert, sous le vert, l'amant jouait par nature
Et l'amie sa partie tenait très bonne mesure.

Sous la verte couverture le rossignol j'écoutais
Qui chantait a l'aventure le dessus a haute voix.
Le pinçon en chanson par devoir faisait homage.
La linote sur la mote aux amants disait: "Courage".

One day I found a lover and his lass under a bush
Playing until sleep in the highly prized game.
Hidden in the greenery, the lover did what came naturally,
And his girl acquitted herself well.

I heard a nightingale within the bush
Loudly singing of the activity below.
The finch must needs give credit in song,
And the lark on top of the bush to the lovers said "Courage".