Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Servants of King Arthur
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
In good King Arthur's days
He was a merry king
He threw three servants out of his house
Because they wouldn't sing

Because they wouldn't sing
Because they wouldn't sing
He threw three servants out of his house
Because they wouldn't sing

The first he was a miller
And the second he was a weaver
And the third he was a little tailor
Three thieving rogues together

Three thieving rogues together
Three thieving rogues together
And the third he was a little tailor
Three thieving rogues together

The miller he stole corn
And the weaver he stole yarn
And the little tailor he stole broadcloth
For to keep these three rogues warm

For to keep these three rogues warm
For to keep these three rogues warm
And the little tailor he stole broadcloth
For to keep these three rogues warm

The miller he drowned in his dam
And the weaver he hung on his yarn
And the devil put his foot on the little tailor
With the broadcloth under his arm

With the broadcloth under his arm
With the broadcloth under his arm
And the devil put his foot on the little tailor
With the broadcloth under his arm

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Les domestiques du roi Arthur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Les domestiques du roi Arthur
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Du temps du bon roi Arthur.
C'était un roi joyeux,
Il jeta trois domestiques hors de sa maison
Parce qu'ils ne voulaient pas chanter.

Parce qu'ils ne voulaient pas chanter,
Parce qu'ils ne voulaient pas chanter,
Il jeta trois domestiques hors de sa maison
Parce qu'ils ne voulaient pas chanter.

Le premier était meunier,
Et le second, il était tisserand,
Et le troisième, c'était un petit tailleur,
Trois fripons voleurs ensemble.

Trois fripons voleurs ensemble,
Trois fripons voleurs ensemble.
Et le troisième, c'était un petit tailleur,
Trois fripons voleurs ensemble.

Le meunier, il volait du grain,
Et le tisserand il volait du fil,
Et le petit tailleur il volait de la toile,
Pour garder ces trois fripons au chaud.

Pour garder ces trois fripons au chaud,
Pour garder ces trois fripons au chaud.
Et le petit tailleur il volait de la toile,
Pour garder ces trois fripons au chaud.

Le meunier se noya dans son barrage,
Et le tisserand il se pendit à son fil,
Et le diable posa son pied sur le petit tailleur
Avec la toile sous son bras.

Avec la toile sous son bras,
Avec la toile sous son bras.
Et le diable posa son pied sur le petit tailleur
Avec la toile sous son bras.

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Text added to the website: 2015-08-27 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-08-28 07:43:15
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