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Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!

by Claude Debussy From Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans L99 1898-1908

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Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!
French source: Charles d'Orléans

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder,
La gracieuse bonne et belle;
Pour les grans biens que sont en elle,
Chascun est prest de la louer.
Qui se pourroit d’elle lasser?
Tousjours sa beauté renouvelle.

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder,
La gracieuse bonne et belle!
Par deça, ne delà, la mer,
Ne scay dame, ne damoiselle
Qui soit en tous biens parfais telle!
C’est un songe d’y penser.
Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder!

Lord! how good to look on her!
English translation © Richard Stokes

Lord! how good to look on her,
The good and fair and gracious lady;
For the high qualities within her,
All are eager to praise her.
Who could ever tire of her?
Her beauty always increases.

Lord! how good to look on her,
The good and fair and gracious lady!
The ocean knows of no woman in any quarter,
Married or single, who is as perfect
As she in every way.
You would never dream of such a thing;
Lord! how good it is to look on her!

Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!
French source: Charles d'Orléans

Lord! how good to look on her!
English source: Richard Stokes

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder,
Lord! how good to look on her,
La gracieuse bonne et belle;
The good and fair and gracious lady;
Pour les grans biens que sont en elle,
For the high qualities within her,
Chascun est prest de la louer.
All are eager to praise her.
Qui se pourroit d’elle lasser?
Who could ever tire of her?
Tousjours sa beauté renouvelle.
Her beauty always increases.

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder,
Lord! how good to look on her,
La gracieuse bonne et belle!
The good and fair and gracious lady!
Par deça, ne delà, la mer,
The ocean knows of no woman in any quarter,
Ne scay dame, ne damoiselle
Married or single, who is as perfect
Qui soit en tous biens parfais telle!
As she in every way.
C’est un songe d’y penser.
You would never dream of such a thing;
Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder!
Lord! how good it is to look on her!

Composer

Claude Debussy

(Achille) Claude Debussy was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Please click…

Poet

Charles d'Orléans

Charles of Orléans was Duke of Orléans from 1407 and prominent medieval poet.

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