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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2015, 20:29 
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In the books AG mentionet some songs Cantor used to sing :troubadour:

One of them is:

The King had the drums beat

An old ballad from France. Written in the 17th century (1610-1630).
It's a non-historic love story between King Henry the fourth and Gabrielle d'Estrée. In this song the King (le roi) fell in love with the beautiful Marquise d'Estré. Her husband the Marquis d'Estré tell her goodbye in the 6 and 7 Strophe. She died, killed by the Queen, in the 8 Strophe

In an other but false interpretation the King is Louis XIV (1638-1715).

Angelique:
Good heavens, weren't those the verses Cantor had almost sung before the Queen the other day at Versailles? If
it had not been for the Abbé de Lesdiguières, what damage might he not have done! The abbé is surely a help. I
must give him another token of gratitude.


Lyrics: (There is another translation in the book Angelique and the King)

The King had the drums beat :troubadour:
Le Roy a fait battre tambour

The King had the drums beat1
The King had the drums beat
To see all his ladies
And the first he saw
Delighted his soul2

Marquis tell me do you know her ?
Marquis tell me do you know her ?
Who is this pretty lady ?
And the marquis answered
Lord king it is my wife

Marquis you are happier than me
Marquis you are happier than me
To have a wife so beautiful
If you would grant her to me
I would take care of her

My Lord if you weren't the king
My Lord if you weren't the king
I would exert vengeance
But since you are the king
To your obedience

Marquis do not get angry
Marquis do not get angry
You will have your reward
I will make you in my armies
Good marshall of France

Farewell my love, farewell my heart
Farewell my love, farewell my heart
Farewell my hope
Since you have to serve the king
Let's separate from our union

The king took her by the hand
The king took her by the hand
And led her to his chambers
The beauty rising the steps
Tried to defend herself

Marquise do not weep so
Marquise do not weep so
I will make you a princess
Of all my gold and silver
You will be the mistress

Keep your gold and silver
Keep your gold and silver
They only belong to the queen
I will love better my sweet marquis
Than all of your riches

The queen had a bouquet made
The queen had a bouquet made
Of beautiful lillies flowers
But the scent of that bouquet
Caused the marquise to die

The King had the drums beat
The King had the drums beat
To see all his ladies
And the first he saw
Delighted his soul

PS: "Faire battre tambour" means making an announcement by means of town crier.


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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2015, 20:40 
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I did find some versions of that traditional song:

Lovely Italian version:

Illustrated version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN6AjE0AzVU

French:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tXiY2A8nAM

French version with english translation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBc_QbpYAEw

Another twise a version of Luc Arbogast, "The Trubadour" :troubadour: :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7KRfD1FF0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X76HmGWfc0

Link of lyrics and the translation:

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/le-roy-fa ... -beat.html

Italian version lyrics:
http://letras.com/fabrizio-de-andre/653211/

Lovely by Fabrizio de Andre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7MNm_Y_H84


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