Pierre Certon
(c.1515 - 1572)

Certon : Je n'ose être content : illustration

Je n'ose être content
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Included in Rhaw's Bicinia Gallica (vol. 2), 1545.
Lyrics: Anon

Je n'ose être content de mon contentement,
Ne voulant désirer plus grande aise en ma vie.
De peu de perdre plus que ce dont j'ai envie,
Car qui demande trop pour plaisir a tourment.

I hate to be secure in my content,
Unwilling to wish for greater ease in my life,
For fear of losing more than I covet;
For he who demands too much has pain instead of pleasure.