by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Simon Chalifoux

La maîtresse volage
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ma maîtresse est volage,
Mon rival est heureux;
S'il a son pucellage,
C'est qu'elle en avait deux.
Et vogue la galère,
Tant qu'elle pourra voguer.


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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Die freizügige Geliebte", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ENG ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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

  • ENG English (Simon Chalifoux) , "The unfaithful mistress", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Fletzberger

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 25

The unfaithful mistress
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
My mistress is unfaithful,
My rival is happy:
If he took her virginity,
It's because she had two.
So sails the ship
As long as it can sail.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 28