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Les Belles manières

Language: French (Français)

Javotte enfin, vous grandissez,
Venez, il faut que je vous gronde,
Vous ne vous donnez pas assez
Les belles manières du monde;
Refrain
   Car c’est comm’ ci,
   Car c’est comm’ çà,
   Regardez-moi, ma fille,
   C’est comm’ ci, c’est comm’ çà,
   Qu’on fait honneur à sa famille.

Il faut, sans y faire semblant
Lorsque vous sortez le dimanche,
Pour qu’on vous regarde en passant,
Avoir un certain tour de hanche.
Refrain

Lorsqu’un gentilhomme viendra
Vous glisser son tendre martyre,
Vous ne répondrez rien à çà,
Mais vous lui ferez un sourire.
Refrain

Un époux je vous choisirai,
Vous direz: j’en suis bien contente;
Volontiers je me marierai…
Non pas une fois mais bien trente…
   Car c’est comm’ ci,
   Car c’est comm’ çà,
   C’est le bon ton, ma fille,
   C’est comm’ ci, c’est comm’ çà,
   Qu’on fait honneur à sa famille.


Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "The polite manners", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2019-01-07.
Last modified: 2019-01-07 17:52:22
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Word count: 139

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The polite manners

Language: English after the French (Français)

Javotte at last, you are growing up,
Come [here], I must scold you,
You do not give yourself enough [of]
The polite manners of the world;
Refrain
   Because it is like this,
   Because it is like that,
   Look at me, my daughter,
   It is like this, it is like that,
   That one should honor [her] family.

One must, without faking [it],
[Have a certain hip size]
So that one looks at you in passing
[When you go out on Sundays.]1
Refrain

When a gentlemen is coming
To murmur to you his tender agonies,
You will not respond at all to that,
But you will make him smile.
Refrain

A husband will choose you,
You will say: I am very happy [with it];
Gladly I will marry…
Not only one time but thirty…
   Because it is like this,
   Because it is like that,
   It is [polite], my daughter,
   It is like this, it is like that,
   That one should honor [her] family.


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1 The order of these two lines has been switched in the translation to improve comprehension

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Text added to the website: 2019-01-07.
Last modified: 2019-01-07 17:57:46
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Word count: 161