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La coccinelle

Language: French (Français)

Elle me dit: "Quelque chose
"Me tourmente." Et j'aperçus
Son cou de neige, et, dessus,
Un petit insecte rose.

J'aurais dû, - mais, sage ou fou,
A seize ans, on est farouche, -
Voir le baiser sur sa bouche
Plus que l'insecte à son cou.

On eût dit un coquillage;
Dos rose et taché de noir.
Les fauvettes pour nous voir
Se penchaient dans le feuillage.

Sa bouche fraîche était là;
[Je me courbai]1 sur la belle,
Et je pris la coccinelle;
Mais le baiser s'envola.

"Fils, apprends comme on me nomme,"
Dit l'insecte du ciel bleu,
"Les bêtes sont au bon Dieu;
"Mais la bêtise est à l'homme."


Translation(s): CHI ENG GER

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1 Bizet: "Hélas! Je me penchai"

Submitted by Ted Perry

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "小瓢蟲", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The ladybug", copyright © 2016
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Der Marienkäfer", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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