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A children’s rhyme written by Victor Hugo for his grand children, dated 1876. Translation (by Henry Carrington, M.A.): THE GRANDFATHER’S SONG.

Dance, little girls, All in a ring ; To see you so pretty, The forest will sing.

Dance, little Queens, All in a ring ; Loves to Lasses Sweet kisses will bring.

Dance, little Madcaps, All in a ring ; The crabbed old mistress Will grumble and fling.

Dance, little beauties, All in a ring ; The birds will applaud you With clapping of wing.

Dance, little Fairies, All in a ring ; With corn-flower garlands And fair as the spring.

Dance, little women, All in a ring ; Each Beau to his Lady Says some pretty thing.

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