Translation © by Laura Prichard

Hé ! Beyla‑z‑y dau fé !
Language: Occitan 
Available translation(s): ENG
Hè ! beyla-z-y dau fé, an aquèl azé !
Hé ! beyla-z-y dau fé, mandjara bé !
Lou paubré, par trabalha,
embé par viauré,
faut bé mandja !

La vedza pas véni, la miéna drolla,
La vedza pas véni, de vé Mouli. 
Couradgé, paubré garçon!
Embé ‘na drolla
nous danserons !

Fatcha peta lous pèys,
la montagnarda!
Fatcha peta lous pèys,
sur le pavey !
Pachenço, paubré garçon,
La jeuna drolla
Elli a razon ! 


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Hey! Give him some hay!", subtitle: "Bourée from the Lower Auvergne", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2019-07-16
Line count: 17
Word count: 75

Hey! Give him some hay!
Language: English  after the Occitan 
Hey! Give him some hay, this old donkey!
Hey! Give him some hay, he’ll eat it up!
The poor thing, to [be able to] work.
just to stay alive, 
he must eat well!

I don’t see her coming, my girl,
I don’t see her coming, to the Mill.
Courage, poor boy!
[Each] with a girl
We will dance!

[She] sets feet stamping,
the mountain girl!
[She] sets feet stamping,
on the pavement!
Patience, poor boy,
The young girl
is right!

Subtitle: "Bourée from the Lower Auvergne"


  • Translation from Occitan to English copyright © 2019 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-16
Line count: 17
Word count: 80