Translation © by Emily Ezust

Danziam !
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dansons, dansons, ô jeunes filles ;
Du pied touchons à peine au sol !
Les gais accords de nos quadrilles
D'un souffle enlèvent notre vol.

Plus rapides que les gazelles
Nous courons devant le souci,
Nous avons ailes, fleurs et dentelles,
Oui, mais le temps s'envole aussi.

Quand nous dansons, sans faire quête,
D'amoureux nous avons grand choix :
À chaque bal une conquête,
Quelquefois deux, plus souvent trois.

Il faudrait courir après elles,
Vains désirs, efforts superflus !
Les fleurs nouvelles sont les plus belles,
Car le temps gardera ses ailes,
Hélas ! et nous n'en aurons plus.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Let us dance!", copyright © 2012

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-28
Line count: 17
Word count: 99

Let us dance!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Let us dance, let us dance, o young women,
feet hardly touching the floor!
The happy chords of our quadrilles
with one breath carry us off into flight.

Faster than gazelles
We run from our worries;
we have wings, flowers and lace,
yes, but time also flies.

When we dance, without aim,
we have ample choice in love:
At each ball, a conquest,
sometimes two, and more often, three.

It's necessary to run after them,
vain desires, superfluous efforts!
New flowers are the most beautiful,
for Time will keep his wings,
alas! and we will have no more.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-29
Line count: 17
Word count: 98