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Uppsala 76a, no. 39, ff. 36v-37 »Pensez de faire garnison« 3v [Anonymous]

Pensez de faire garnison
serviteurs qui estes en grace,
chascun de vous son prouffit face,
qui le sçet faire il a raison.

Tandiz qu’avez temps et saison
et qu’on vous monstre belle face

pensez de faire garnison
serviteurs qui estes en grace.

Ceulx servent en haulte maison
et ont bruit pour une espace
qu’on voit a cop vuyde la place,
il est d’envyeulx grant foison.

Pensez de faire garnison
serviteurs qui estes en grace,
chascun de vous son prouffit face,
qui le sçet faire il a raison.

See you get something out of it,
servants, while you’re in favour;
let each of you look to his own gain.
Provident he who does so.

As long as time and occasion grant,
and you are well received,

see you get something out of it,
servants, while you’re in favour.

Those who serve in a fine house,
enjoying respect for a time,
can suddenly be set aside,
for envy is all around them.

See you get something out of it,
servants, while you’re in favour;
let each of you look to his own gain.
Provident he who does so.
(Translation from Christoffersen 1994, I, p. 151)

Entered by Hand C. The complete rondeau text is very unusually written in below all three voices; the refrain is laid under the music, and couplet and tierce follow beneath each part. This underscores the importance of singing the text complete in each voice in this rondeau, which in musical style is indistinguishable from a setting of a popular song. In London, British Library, MS Harley 5242, ff. 11v-12, where the song also appears anonymously, only the upper voice have the complete rondeau text.

There is a different, anonymous setting of this rondeau is in Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 517, ff. 106v-107.