by Michel Veber (1896 - 1965), as Nino
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Quat' et trois sept!
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quat' et trois sept et trois dix et trois treize, 
Cinq et cinq dix et cinq quinze et cinq vingt. 
Quat' et quat' huit et quat' douze et quat' seize. 
Quat fois deux huit trois fois sept vingt et un. 

Si maman me donne, 
Pour mon mal de gorge 
Dix boules de gomme 
Et dix sucres d'orge; 
Sans hésitation 
Je fais l'opération. 
Mais s'il faut soustraire dix bonbons pour le rhume, 
S'il faut les ôter de dix bonbons pour la toux, 
Je pose me plume 
Et je retiens tout. 

Quat' et trois sept et trois dix et trois treize, 
Cinq et cinq dix et cinq quinze et cinq vingt. 
Quat' et quat' huit et quat' douze et quat' seize. 
Quat fois deux huit trois fois sept vingt et un.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Four and three seven", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 129

Four and three seven
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Four and three seven and three ten and three thirteen, 
Five and five ten and five fifteen and five twenty. 
Four and four eight and four twelve and four sixteen. 
Four times two eight three times seven twenty one. 

If mommy gives me, 
For my sore throat 
Ten balls of gum 
And ten pieces of barley sugar; 
Without hesitation 
I do the sum. 
But if one must subtract ten cough drops, 
If one must take them from ten cough drops, 
I put down my pen 
And I carry all of them. 
Four and three seven and three ten and three thirteen, 
Five and five ten and five fifteen and five twenty. 
Four and four eight and four twelve and four sixteen. 
Four times two eight three times seven twenty one. 

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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-14
Line count: 18
Word count: 130