by Louis Pomey (1835 - 1901)
Translation David Morris

Grands oiseaux blancs
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Grands oiseaux blancs, qui bravez les tempêtes,
Goëlands !
Grands oiseaux blancs, protégez nos enfants, 
Nos enfants! 
Demain aux feux de l'aube 
ils vont partir!

Grands oiseaux blancs, protégez nos enfants,
Demain leurs voiles au lointain
Sur les flots blanchiront.
Hélas! Demain aux feux de l'aube nos enfants partiront! 

De ces brûlantes plages
Où les conduit le sort 
Vous pouvez chasser les orages
Goëlands! goëlands! 
Parlez de la sainte patrie 
De la pauvre mère qui prie
Parlez à leur amour.

Grand oiseaux blancs, qui bravez les tempêtes, 
protégez nos enfants!

Authorship

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

  • ENG English (David Morris) , "Great white birds", written 2009


Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 19
Word count: 90

Great white birds
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Great white birds who brave the tempests,
Seagulls.
Great white birds, protect our children,
Our children.
Tomorrow at dawn's first light,
They are going to leave.

Great white birds, protect our children,
Tomorrow at dawn's first light, they will depart.
Tomorrow, the sails on the boats will fade into the distance.
Alas! Tomorrow, at dawn's first light, our children will depart.

From these burning beaches,
Whence the passage begins,
You can follow the storms.
Gulls, gulls!
Speak to them of the sacred country,
Speak of the poor mother who prays,
Speak love to them, speak love to them.

Great white birds who brave the tempests,
Protect our children.

Note: this translation has been released into the public domain by the translator.

Authorship

  • Translation from French (Français) to English by David Morris, 2009

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-23
Line count: 19
Word count: 108