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

Le marabout
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ah! savez-vous comment, maman, le marabout s'endort? 
Vous l'ignorez encor... 
Le marabout s'endort, maman, debout sur une patte, 
Comme les acrobates... 
Comment peut-il dormir debout, maman, le marabout? 
C'est ça qui vous epate... 
C'est son ange gardien, maman, qui lui tient l'autre patte, 
Tout en lui racontant une histoire à dormir debout.


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Word count: 52

Le marabout
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Ah! Do you know, mommy, how the marabou [stork] goes to sleep? 
You still don’t know it... 
The marabou goes to sleep, mommy, standing on one leg, 
Like acrobats do... 
How can it sleep standing up, mommy, the marabou? 
It’ll astound you... 
It’s his guardian angel, mommy, who holds up the other leg, 
While telling him a boring tale to help him to sleep standing up.


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Line count: 8
Word count: 66