Rendz moy mon coeur
Orlande de Lassus
Les Meslanges d’Orlande de Lassus, 1576
A quite precise structural approach from Lassus here: slow, measured opening, then more running figures in the middle section, then more syncopated/off-beat action towards the end. There are some grand madrigalist gestures too: “ou la mort retarde” (‘or hold back death’) in the middle has all the voices (except the top one) suddenly slow to long-held chords; and just afterwards “au cours” (‘in the course of’ – but “cours” also means ‘running’) generates little running figures everywhere! As usual Lassus sets his words with close attention to their natural emphasis: a feature which sets him apart from many of his French conmtemporaries who seem to have been unable to match his ear while also delivering the music.
And here are the pages from the 1576 edition.