Andreas Pevernage
(c.1543 - 1591)

Le rossignol, plaisant et gracieux
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Pub. Antwerp, 1591 in Pevernage's fourth book of chansons.
Lyrics: Clément Marot

Le rossignol plaisant et gratieux
Habiter veut toujours au vert bocage,
Aux champs voler et par tous autres lieux,
Sa liberté aimant mieux que sa cage.
Mais le mien cœur qui demeure en hostage
Sous triste deuil qui le tient en ses lacs,
Du rossignol ne cherche l'avantage,
Ne 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 no comfort.