Philippe de Monte
(1521 - 1603)

Mars et Marthe
(S.A.A.T.B. + reduction)
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From de Monte's collection of settings from Ronsard, Louvain, 1575.
Lyrics: Pierre de Ronsard

Mars et Marthe en ce monde font grand guerre,
En donnant mort, mais bien diversement.
Mars par la force mest les gens soubz terre,
Marthe en chantant mourir fait doucement.

Mars and Marthe wage total war in this world,
Dealing death with great variety.
Mars, by force, puts people under the sod,
Marthe, by singing, brings gentle dying.