by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Translation © by Sylvain Labartette

How do you like to go up in a swing
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
How do you like to go up in a swing,
  Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
  Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
  Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
  Over the countryside -

Till I look down on the garden green,
  Down on the roof so brown -
Up in the air I go flying again,
  Up in the air and down!

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  • FRE French (Français) (Sylvain Labartette) , "La balançoire", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 83

La balançoire
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Aimes-tu monter sur une balançoire
En haut, dans l'air si bleu?
Oh! je pense vraiment que c'est la plus plaisante chose
Qu'un enfant puisse faire.

Haut dans le ciel, par-dessus le mur
Jusqu'à ce que je puisse apercevoir au loin
Les rivières, les arbres, les troupeaux, et tout
Par-dessus la campagne

Jusqu'à ce que je regarde en bas, le jardin vert
En bas, le toit si brun,
Haut dans le ciel je revole encor,
Haut dans le ciel, et puis en bas!


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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 82