? Mittantier
(fl.1536 - 1547)

Le rossignol, plaisant et gratieux
(S.S.A.T. (or A.T.T.B.))
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From Moderne's Parangon des Chansons, septiesme livre, 1540. This edition is offered at original pitch for S.S.A.T. or transposed down a fifth for A.T.T.B.
Lyrics: Anon

Le rossignol, plaisant et gracieux,
Habiter veut toujours au vert bocage:
Aux champs voler et par tous autres lieux
Sa liberté aimant plus que la cage.
Mais le mien coeur qui demeure en otage,
Sous triste deuil qui le tient en ses lacs.
Du rossignol ne cherche l'avantage,
Ni de son chant recevoir le soulas.

The nightingale so pleasant and so gay,
In greenwood groves delights to make his dwelling,
In fields to fly chanting his roundelay;
At liberty against the cage rebelling.
But my poor heart with sorrows overswelling,
Through bondage vile, binding my freedom short,
No pleasure takes in these his sports excelling,
Nor of his song receiveth comfort.

(trans. Musica Transalpina, 1588)