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Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain

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

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Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain
French source: Charles d'Orléans

Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain;
Esté est plaisant et gentil,
En tesmoing de May et d’Avril
Qui l’accompaignent soir et main.

Esté revest champs, bois et fleurs,
De sa livrée de verdure
Et de maintes autres couleurs,
Par l’ordonnance de Nature.

Mais vous, Yver, trop estes plain
De nège, vent, pluye et grézil;
On vous deust banir en éxil.
Sans point flater, je parle plain.

Winter, you are nothing but a rogue
English translation © Richard Stokes

Winter, you are nothing but a rogue;
Summer is pleasant and kind,
As May and April can testify,
Accompanying it each eve and morn.

Summer clothes fields, woods and flowers
With his verdant livery,
And many other colours too,
As nature commands.

But you, Winter, you exude
Snow, wind, rain and hail;
You ought to be exiled.
Winter, you are nothing but a rogue.

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

Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain
French source: Charles d'Orléans

Winter, you are nothing but a rogue
English source: Richard Stokes

Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain;
Winter, you are nothing but a rogue;
Esté est plaisant et gentil,
Summer is pleasant and kind,
En tesmoing de May et d’Avril
As May and April can testify,
Qui l’accompaignent soir et main.
Accompanying it each eve and morn.

Esté revest champs, bois et fleurs,
Summer clothes fields, woods and flowers
De sa livrée de verdure
With his verdant livery,
Et de maintes autres couleurs,
And many other colours too,
Par l’ordonnance de Nature.
As nature commands.

Mais vous, Yver, trop estes plain
But you, Winter, you exude
De nège, vent, pluye et grézil;
Snow, wind, rain and hail;
On vous deust banir en éxil.
You ought to be exiled.
Sans point flater, je parle plain.
Winter, you are nothing but a rogue.

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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