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Lassus's setting of a popular song telling the story of Susannah and the elders.

Lyrics: Guillaume Guéroult

Susanne ung jour d'amour solicitée
Par deux viellards convoitans sa beauté,
Fut en son coeur trist' et déconfortée,
Voyant l'effort faict à sa chasteté.
Elle leur dict: si par desloyauté
De ce corps mien vous avez jouissance,
C'est faict de moy. Si je fais résistance,
Vous me ferez mourir en déshonneur.
Mais j'ayme mieulx périr en innocence,
Que d'offenser par péché le Seigneur.

So Susanne, importuned by two oldies leching after her beauty,
was sad and sick to the core, seeing their attempt on her chastity.
Says she to them: If you enjoy possession of my body by treachery,
I'm done for; if I put up a fight, you will make me die in shame.
But I prefer to die undefiled than to offend the Lord by sin.

Orlande de Lassus
(?1532 - 1594)

Lassus : Susanne un jour : illustration


Susanne un jour

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