These are traditional 18th century lyrics that are sung to the tune of the Gregorian Kyrie chant from "The Mass of the Angels".

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Notes

*Alternate line: "Ira les ramasser" (will go to pick them up).

Game Instructions

The children form a circle. One child is chosen to start the game. She's part of the circle with the others. "The beauty" is the child on her right. On the first verse, the children walk while singing. On "Entrez dans la danse" (Join the dance), "the beauty" goes to the center of the circle and dances. On the last line, she chooses someone and places her on her left. This child will be the next "beauty".

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At this link you can hear a recording of this song from 1930 at the BNF.

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MP3: Monique Palomares

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Sheet Music

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing this rhyme. Translated by Monique and Lisa.

Image: "Chansons nationales et populaires de France: accompagnées de notes historiques et littéraires", Volume 2 (1866).

Merci beaucoup!

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