by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Proverb III
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE SPA
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Proverbe III", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit) , "Proverbio III", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Proverbe III
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
L'oiseau un nid, l'araignée une toile, l'homme l'amitié.


  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (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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