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by Antoine Busnoys (c. 1430 – 1492)


Seule à part moy en ma chambre parée
Plaine de deuil toute dé semparée
Disant à Dieu qu’il me faisoit grant tort.
Plus qu’il souffroit que la dolente mort
M’eust de mon bien si soudain sé parée.

Quant je me veiz si tresfort égarée
Pour ma douleur à mille comparée
Je fuz alors de m’occire d’acord.

Comme la plus du monde préparée
A recepvoir la mort désesparée
Car plus en plus mon mal écroissoit fort.
S’espoir ne fus qui me donné confort
Je me fusse de mourir préparée.


Alone and to myself, in a well-adorned room,
I make many regrets, separated from joy,
saying to God that he did me a great wrong
in allowing sad Death to bereave me of all I valued.

When I saw myself so very lost, because of my incomparable sadness, I wished to end my suffering.
Alone and to myself....

As the best prepared in the world
for suffering death, which I wished for so much,
I saw then that suffering was increasing so much
that if Hope had not given me comfort
I would have despaired a hundred thousand times.
Alone and to myself...



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Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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