Folksongs: The Oak and the Ash

Anonimo (secolo XVI): The oak and the ash, ovvero The Northern Lasse’s Lamentation. Alfred Deller, controtenore; Desmond Dupré, liuto.

A North Country maid up to London had strayed
Although with her nature it did not agree,
She wept, and she sighed, and she bitterly cried:
I wish once again in the North I could be.
Oh the oak and the ash and the bonnie ivy tree,
They flourish at home in my own country.

While sadly I roam, I regret my dear home
Where lads and young lasses are making the hay,
The merry bells ring and the birds sweetly sing,
And maidens and meadows are pleasant and gay.
Oh the oak and the ash and the bonnie ivy tree,
They flourish at home in my own country.

No doubt, did I please, I could marry with ease,
Where maidens are fair many lovers will come.
But he whom I wed must be North Country bred,
And carry me back to my North Country home.
Oh the oak and the ash and the bonny ivy tree,
They flourish at home in my own country.


La melodia è nota anche con il titolo Quodlings Delight. Variazioni composte da Giles Farnaby (c1563 - 1640) si trovano sotto questa intestazione nel Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (n. [CXIV]); qui la composizione di Farnaby è interpretata al clavicembalo da Pieter-Jan Belder.


Mon las coeur s’en va mourir

Claudin de Sermisy (c1490 - 13 ottobre 1562): Secourez moy, chanson a 4 voci (pubblicata nella raccolta Trente et sept chansons musicales a quatre parties, 1531); testo di Clément Marot. Ensemble «Clément Janequin».

Secourez-moi ma dame par amours
Ou autrement la mort me vient quérir.
Autre que vous ne peut donner secoursv
À mon las coeur lequel s’en va mourir.
Hélas, hélas, venez tôt secourir
Celui qui vit pour vous en grand tristesse,
Car de son coeur vous êtes la maîtresse.


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