This is the first setting in the anthology of settings published as a Supplement to the Amours of 1552.
J’espere et crains
Pierre Certon (1520-72)
Supplement musical to the 1552 edition of Les amours de P de Ronsard Vandomoys, ensemble le cinquiesme de ses Odes, 1552
Another early setting: the essentially homophonic and regular rhythms of the first half of the poem progressively loosen up in the second half, as Certon plays with much more varied rhythms and cross-rhythms, as well as demanding a wider vocal range (especially in the contratenor altus). There’s even room for some melismas! In this setting, I have written out the musical repeat of the quatrain, as it runs awkwardly across bars.