by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

L'alouette et le vieux hibou
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
À la jeune et vive l'alouette
Ainsi parlait un vieux hibou:
Je viens de perdre ma chouette;
Hou-ou! hou-ou!

Veux-tu devenir mon amante?
Je t'offre ma patte et mon trou,
J'ai l'oeil tendre et la voix charmante;
Hou-ou! hou-ou!

Nous aurons d'un hymen prospère,
Ce que nous prédit le coucou,
Des enfants gais comme leur père,
Hou-ou! hou-ou!


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

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "The lark and the old owl", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Die Lerche und der alte Uhu", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 58

The lark and the old owl
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Spake to the young and lively lark,
Old Owl, who'd set himself to woo,
I've lost my lady-love, but hark!
Tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo!

If you would only be my love,
My hole and claw I offer you,
My eye and voice mild as the doves',
Tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo!

And shall spring from our union glad,
At least, so says the wise cuckoo,
Children as happy as their Dad,
Tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo!


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 1997 by Faith J. Cormier, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 71