minstrel: Suis-je belle

Stephen Fryer sjfryer at telus.net
Wed Jul 16 15:00:33 PDT 2008


Arlys wrote:
> Hi all. Has anyone heard of--or better yet, has a source for--Eustace
> Deschamps' "Suis-je, suis-je, suis-je belle"? My searches so far have
> said it's a chanson, a ballade, or a virelai, depending on who you happen
> to be reading at the time. I am looking for the full text and music in so
> far as they exist.

Well I have the full text, with "translation" into modern French.  I 
don't know for sure whether it was ever set to music.  Deschamps was 
basically a poet, and the one poem of his that I know for sure was set 
to music was done by another composer.  Music written by Deschamps seems 
to be most visible by its absence ;)

As for what for this poem is in: "chanson" means simply song and is 
pretty much a generic term; the poem itself doesn't have the structure I 
would expect of a ballade; it could be conceived of as a virelai or even 
a rondeau.

Stephen of Hunmanby

Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

Il me semble, a mon avis,
Que j'ay beau front et doulz viz
Et la bouche vermeillette;
Dittes moy se je suis belle.
J'ay vers yeulx, petits sourcis,
Le chief blont, le nez traitis,
Ront menton, blanche gorgette;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

J'ay dur sain et hault assis,
Lons bras, gresles doys aussis,
Et par le faulz sui greslette;
Dittes moy se je suis belle.
J'ay bonnes rains, ce m'est vis,
Bon dos, bon cul de Paris,
Cuisses et gambes bien faictes;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

J'ay piez rondès et petiz,
Bien chaussans, et biaux habis,
Je sui gaye et foliette;
Dittes moy se je sui belle.
J'ay mantiaux fourrez de gris,
J'ay chapiaux, j'ay biaux proffis
Et d'argent mainte espinglette;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

J'ay draps de soye et tabis,
J'ay draps d'or et blans et bis,
J'ay mainte bonne chosette;
Dittes moy se je sui belle.
Que .xv. ans n'ay, je vous dis;
Moult est mes tresors jolys,
S'en garderay la clavette;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

Bien devra estre hardis
Cilz qui sera mes amis,
Qui ara tel damoiselle;
Dittes moy se je sui belle.
Et par Dieu je li plevis
Que tresloyal, se je vis,
Li seray, si ne chancelle;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

Se courtois est et gentilz,
Vaillans, apers, bien apris,
Il gaignera sa querelle;
Dittes moy se je sui belle.
C'est un mondains paradiz
Que d'avoir dame toudis,
Ainsi fresche, ainsi nouvelle;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?

Entre vous accouardiz,
Pensez a ce que je diz;
Cy fine ma chansonelle;
Sui je, sui je, sui je belle?


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