Je suis plus aise que les Dieux
Poésies de P. de Ronsard et autres Poëtes, 1579
Only the first quatrain, and not even a complete version of those lines – Regnard keeps it short and sweet in this setting! The superius has a text variant at the top of page 3 – a quite suitable typo, but on this occasion Ronsard is happy not sad… The quavers on the first beat of bar 27 surprised me (I think this is Regnard stretching the ‘rules’) but this is a fluent setting designed to engage the reader / listener at the opening of the book, alongside “Si je trespasse”.
(Image courtesy of Uppsala universitetsbibliotek.)
The recorded extract is the end of the chanson, from “Tout esperdu…” onwards.