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Uppsala 76a, no. 7, ff. 5v-6 »Quant je fuz prins au pavillon« 3v (unicum)

Quant je fuz prins au pavillon
de ma dame, tres gente et belle,
je me brulé a la chandelle
ainsi que fait le papillon.

Je rougiz comme vermillon
aussi flambant qu’une estincelle,

quant je fuz prins au pavillon
de ma dame, tres gente et belle.

Se j’eusse esté esmerillon
ou que j’eusse eu aussi bonne aille,
je me feusse gardé de celle
qui me bailla de l’aguillon.

Quant je fuz prins au pavillon
de ma dame, tres gente et belle,
je me brulé a la chandelle
ainsi que fait le papillon.

When I was caught in the meshes
of my lady, most noble and beautiful,
I burned myself by the flame,
just like the moth does.

I turned red as vermillion,
blazing like a spark,

when I was caught in the meshes
of my lady, most noble and beautiful.

If I had been a merlin
or I had wings as good,
I could have escaped her
who drove me into the trap.

When I was caught in the meshes
of my lady, most noble and beautiful,
I burned myself by the flame,
just like the moth does.

Entered by Hand B. Poem by Charles d’Orléans (1394-1465). Uppsala 76a has only the refrain of the rondeau quatrain under the voice in the space for the superius. Couplet and tierce are added after Charles d’Orléans (ed. Pierre Chanpion), Poèsies, Vol. II, p. 353, Paris 1924 (Rondeau 23); for text concordances, see Fallows 1999 p. 337.

The rondeau for two equal high voices and a supporting (but not essential) contratenor cadences at the end in C, but seems otherwise to explore the rare Lydian mode with a high fourth scale degree (cf. the first bar or the imitation in bb. 7-8). It belongs to a small group of songs in high tessitura in Uppsala 76a (nos. 6-9), see also no. 8 »En actendant la grace«.