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Will you walk a little faster?" said a...

Language: English

"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle -- will you come and join the dance? 
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance --
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.

"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The [further]1 off from England the nearer is to France --
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance. 
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?"


Translation(s): FRE

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1Ligeti: "farther"

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Le merlan dit à l’escargot...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Le merlan dit à l’escargot : « Pourriez-vous vous presser un peu ?
Il y a un marsouin, juste derrière nous, qui me marche sur la queue.
Voyez avec quelle impatience les homards et les tortues s’avancent !
Ils attendent sur les galets… Voulez-vous entrer dans la danse ?
Voulez-vous, ne voulez-vous pas, voulez-vous, ne voulez-vous pas, voulez-vous entrer dans la danse ?

« Vous n’avez pas la moindre idée du plaisir que cela peut faire
Lorsqu’on vous prend et qu’on vous jette, avec les homards à la mer ! »
L’escargot répondit : « Trop loin, trop loin ! et, le toisant avec méfiance,
Dit qu’il remerciait le merlan, mais qu’il ne voulait pas entrer dans la danse.
Ne voulait pas, ne pouvait pas, ne voulait pas, ne pouvait pas, ne voulait pas entrer dans la danse.
Ne voulait pas, ne pouvait pas, ne voulait pas, ne pouvait pas, ne pouvait pas entrer dans la danse. »

Son écailleux ami lui répondit : Qu’importe la distance ?
Il y a un autre rivage, vous savez, une autre espérance.
Plus on s’éloigne de l’Angleterre, plus on s’approche de la France…
Ne pâlissez donc pas, bien-aimé escargot, entrez plutôt dans la danse.
Voulez-vous, ne voulez-vous pas, voulez-vous, ne voulez-vous pas, voulez-vous entrer dans la danse ?


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