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Chanson du chat qui dort

Language: French

   Chat, chat, chat,
Chat noir, chat blanc, chat gris,
   Charmant chat couché,
   Chat, chat, chat
N'entends-tu pas les souris
Danser à trois les entrechats
   Sur le plancher?

Le bourgeois ronfle dans son lit
De son bonnet de coton coiffé
Et la lune regarde à la vitre:
Dansez souris, dansez jolies,
   Dansez vite,
En remuant vos fines queues de fées.

Dansez sans musique tout à votre aise
   À pas menus et drus
Au clair de la lune qui vient de se lever,
Courez: les sergents de ville dans la rue
   Font les cent pas sur le pavé
   Et tous les chats du vieux Paris
   Dorment sur leur chaise,
Chats blancs, chats noirs, ou chats gris.

Translation(s): ENG


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Cat song", copyright ©

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