Douce Dame Jolie (Machaut)





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Published on Aug 3, 2012

Douce Dame Jolie, virelai by Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300 -- 1377) with improvised soprano line

Many thanks to this week's guest star, lovely mezzo-soprano Clare McNamara!


Douce dame jolie,
Pour dieu ne pensés mie
Que nulle ait signorie
Seur moy fors vous seulement. Qu'adès sans tricherie Chierie Vous ay et humblement

Tous les jours de ma vie Servie Sans villain pensement.

Helas! et je mendie
D'esperance et d'aïe;
Dont ma joie est fenie,
Se pité ne vous en prent.

Douce dame jolie... Mais vo douce maistrie Maistrie Mon cuer si durement Qu'elle le contralie Et lie En amour tellement

Qu'il n'a de riens envie
Fors d'estre en vo baillie;
Et se ne li ottrie
Vos cuers nul aligement.

Douce dame jolie...

Sweet, lovely lady for god's sake do not think that any has sovereignty over my heart, but you alone. For always, without treachery Cherished Have I you, and humbly All the days of my life Served Without base thoughts. Alas, I am left begging For hope and relief; For my joy is at its end Without your compassion. Sweet, lovely lady.... But your sweet mastery Masters My heart so harshly, Tormenting it And binding In unbearable love, [My heart] desires nothing but to be in your power. And still, your own heart renders it no relief. Sweet, lovely lady....

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