minstrel: translation: comments?

Tim Connor timcon at flash.net
Thu Dec 14 21:49:49 PST 2000


Very nice, Jennifer.  Do you know if the music is extant?

Tadhg

Jennifer Friedman wrote:

> Good evening all...
>
> Today during a quiet moment at work (I have so few of those, I like to make
> good use of them) I was browsing a website with art song texts, and found a
> few French ones by Clement Marot (1496-1544).  Now I have an almost totally
> useless bachelors' degree in French, and decided to put it to use for once
> and do a little translation...what do people think?
>
> D'Anne qui me jecta de la neige
>
>  Anne par jeu me jecta de la neige
>  Que je cuidoys froide certainement:
>  Mais c'estoit feu, l'expérience en ay-je
>  Car embrasé je fuz soubdainement
>  Puisque le feu loge secretement
>  Dedans la neige, où trouveray-je place
>  Pour n'ardre point? Anne, ta seule grâce
>  Estaindre peut le feu que je sens bien
>  Non point par eau, par neige, ne par glace,
>  Mais par sentir ung feu pareil au mien.
>
> ------
> Of Anne, who threw me in the snow
>
>  Anne, as a game, threw me in the snow,
>  Which should have made me feel very cold.
>  Instead it made the fire inside me grow,
>  Because in my arms I did sweet Anne hold.
>  Since fire in drifts of snow burns flaming gold,
>  Where can a faithful lover ever find
>  A place where he is safe from flames?  Be kind,
>  Anne, drown the dancing fire which burns me so,
>  Not with the snow or ice or water, mind,
>  But with your loving flame, strong as my own.
>
> tr. J. Friedman, 12/13/00
>
> Eliane
> who likes translation as an exercise in writing English verse without
> having to come up with her own ideas!
>
> p.s.--The art song text website: http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/
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