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Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder! (1898) L99


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Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans (L99)


Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!

Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder,
La gracieuse bonne et belle;
Pour les grans biens que sont en elle,
Chascun est prest de la louer.
Qui se pourroit d’elle lasser?
Tousjours sa beauté renouvelle.
Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder,
La gracieuse bonne et belle!
Par deça, ne delà, la mer,
Ne scay dame, ne damoiselle
Qui soit en tous biens parfais telle!
C’est un songe d’y penser.
Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder!

Lord! how good to look on her!

Lord! how good to look on her,
The good and fair and gracious lady;
For the high qualities within her,
All are eager to praise her.
Who could ever tire of her?
Her beauty always increases.
Lord! how good to look on her,
The good and fair and gracious lady!
The ocean knows of no woman in any quarter,
Married or single, who is as perfect
As she in every way.
You would never dream of such a thing;
Lord! how good it is to look on her!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

Composer

(Achille) Claude Debussy was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Poet

Charles of Orléans was Duke of Orléans from 1407 and prominent medieval poet.


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