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Chanson bretonne

Language: French (Français)

J'ai perdu ma poulette
Et j'ai perdu mon chat.
Je cours à la poudrette
Si Dieu me les rendra.

Je vais chez Jean le Coz
Et chez Marie Maria.
Va-t'en voir chez Hérode
Peut-être il le saura.

Passant devant la salle
Toute la ville était là
À voir danser ma poule
Avec mon petit chat.

Tous les oiseaux champêtres
Sur les murs et sur les toits
Jouaient de la trompette
Pour le banquet du roi.

Translation(s): ENG GER

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "Breton song", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Bretonisches Lied", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:35
Line count: 16
Word count: 75

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Breton song

Language: English after the French (Français)

I've lost my little hen, 
and I've lost my cat.
I'll run to the trash heap
if God gives them back to me. 

I will go see Jean le Coz 
and Marie Maria.
You go see Herod. 
Maybe he will know. 

When I went by the room, 
the whole town was there 
to see my hen dancing 
with my little cat. 

All the birds of the fields 
were playing the trumpet on the walls
and the rooftops 
for the king's banquet.

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Text added to the website: 2004-12-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
Line count: 16
Word count: 81