by Anna Eristoff, Princess (1893 - 1960)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Voyez-vous toute en dentelles,
En soie blanche, belle, belle,
La marquise jeune et frêle
Qui s’avance?

Sa petite jambe fine
Et sa tête si mutine,
Si exquise, si câline,
Danse, danse.

C’est la danse qui s’enchaîne
Et si lentement l’entraîne,
En tenant sa belle traîne
Danse, danse.

Violons et clarinettes,
Cette musique exquise, coquette,
Pour nos jours, hélas, simplette,
Cette danse.



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  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "Passepied", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2019-02-26
Line count: 18
Word count: 63

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Do you see, all in lace,
In white silk, lovely, lovely,
The marquise young and frail
Who is advancing?

Her thin little leg
And her head so mischievous,
So exquisite, so cuddly,
Dances, dances.

It is the dance which [moves endlessly]
And so slowly carries [away],
Holding its beautiful train
Dances, dances.

Violins and clarinets,
This exquisite [and] coquettish music
For our days, alas, simple
This dance.



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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-26
Line count: 18
Word count: 69