Chanson Pour Faire Danser En Rond Les Petits Enfants (Alain Jacques / Victor Hugo)

Song to Make Little Children Dance in a Ring

Year of composition
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts

Litteral translation (AJ):

1.._Great ball under the tamarind, People are dancing and drumming; In a whisper are talking without sorrow Ma-thu-rin to Ma-thu-ri-ne, Ma-thu-rine to Ma-thu-rin.

2. It’s the evening, what a joyous row! Let’s sing at the top of our voice At the ball rather than the church, Ma-thu-rin to Ma-thu-ri-ne, Ma-thu-rine to Ma-thu-rin.

3. Outlined as if Cut with a cisel The tree, at the edge of sea waters, Is black over the serene sky. Ma-thu-rin to Ma-thu-ri-ne, Ma-thu-rine to Ma-thu-rin.

4. In the woods Fox is on the prowl. The school-master is endoctrinating A sparrow that is plundering the grain. Ma-thu-rin to Ma-thu-ri-ne, Ma-thu-rine to Ma-thu-rin.

5. Grazing the grass bit by bit The hare has in its nostrils The appetite for rosemarin. Ma-thu-rin to Ma-thu-ri-ne, Ma-thu-rine to Ma-thu-rin.

6. Under the elm the pilgrim Asks to the female pilgrim A kiss for a quatrain. Ma-thu-rin to Ma-thu-ri-ne, Ma-thu-rine to Ma-thu-rin.

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