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Lyr Req: Reverdie (Folkdove)

GUEST,scovillj 16 Nov 13 - 04:04 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Nov 13 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,John Scovill 12 Jan 14 - 07:50 PM
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Subject: Lyrics for 'Reverdie' by Folkdove
From: GUEST,scovillj
Date: 16 Nov 13 - 04:04 PM

Has anyone got the lyrics for "Reverdie" by Folkdove, a 70s folk group from Brittany? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for 'Reverdie' by Folkdove
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Nov 13 - 12:51 PM

From Wikipedia:
    The reverdie is an old French poetic genre, which celebrates the arrival of spring. Literally, it means "re-greening". Often the poet will encounter Spring, symbolized by a beautiful woman.

    Originating in the troubadour ballads of the early Middle Ages, reverdies were very popular during the time of Chaucer. English examples from that era include Sumer is icumen in and Lenten ys come with love to toune....
I found the song on YouTube. Unfortunately, it's in French, and I'm not fluent enough to transcribe the whole thing. I was able to catch this much from the beginning:

Voulez-vous que je vous chante
Chansons d'amour…?

[Do you want me to sing you
Love songs...?]

By searching for those words, I found the words below in a blog. Comparing them to the recording on YouTube, I can see there are some differences.

Voulez-vous que je vous chante
Un chant d'amour avenant ?
Vilain ne le fit mie,
Mais le fit un chevalier
A l'ombre d'un olivier
Entre les bras s'amie

Chemisette avait de lin
Et blanc pelisson d'hermine
Et bliaut de soie ;
Chausses elle eut de glaïeul
Et souliers de fleurs de mai,
Etroitement chaussée.

Ceinturette avait de feuilles
Qui verdit quand le temps mouille,
D'or fut boutonnée ;
L'aumônière était d'amour
Les pendants furent de fleurs :
Par amour fut donnée.

El' chevauchait une mule ;
D'argent était la ferrure,
La selle dorée :
Sur la croupe par derrière,
Avait planté trois rosiers
Pour lui faire ombrage.

Si s'en va aval le pré :
Chevaliers l'ont rencontrée,
Bien l'ont saluée,
- Belle, où êtes-vous née ?
- De France suis la louée,
Du plus haut parage.

Le rossignol est mon père,
Qui chante sur la ramée
Au plus haut bocage.
La sirène elle est ma mère,
Qui chante en la mère salée
Au plus haut rivage.

-Belle, vous êtes bien née :
Bien êtes apparentée
Et de haut parage,
Qu'il plût à Dieu notre père
Que vous me fussiez donnée
A femme espousade !

From Le Livre d'Or de la Poésie Française by Pierre Seghers (Éditions Marabout Université, 1972) pages 44-45.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Reverdie (Folkdove)
From: GUEST,John Scovill
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 07:50 PM

Thanks so much. Once the French is found, the rest is easy. At least I think so.


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