by Thomas Middleton (1570? - 1627)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE
Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting, ting, ting,
Then dogs do howl, and not a bird does sing
But the nightingale, and she cries twit, twit, twit;
Owls then on every bough do sit;
Ravens croak on chimneys' tops;
The cricket in the chamber hops;
The nibbling mouse is not asleep,
But he goes peep, peep, peep, peep, peep;
And the cats cry mew, mew, mew,
And still the cats cry mew, mew, mew.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger)
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "La campana a mitjanit fa ting, ting, ting", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:41
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Word count: 74

La campana a mitjanit fa ting, ting, ting
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the English 
La campana a mitjanit fa ting, ting, ting, ting, ting,
llavors els gossos udolen i no canta cap ocell,
però el rossinyol crida tuit, tuit, tuit;
llavors les òlibes s’asseuen a cada branca;
els corbs grallen a dalt de les xemeneies;
el grill fa salts per la cambra,
el ratolí rosegador no dorm,
però fa pip, pip, pip, pip, pip;
i els gats miau, miau, miau,
i encara els gats fan miau, miau, miau. 


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Text added to the website: 2016-03-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-03-29 17:31:59
Line count: 10
Word count: 74