A rhyme from Wallonia, South Belgium…
Gauche, droite, Marie Savate
C' n'est nin mi qu'a cassé l' jatte,
C'est m' papa* avou s' savate.
Left, right, Mary Shoe,
It's not me who broke the cup,
It's my dad with his shoe.
*Or "C'est m' pârin" (It's my godfather).
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Françoise Thibaut for contributing this rhyme, the translation into French, the midi music, a score and the picture.
The illustration is by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) from Le conte de l'âne, la table et le bâton, in "English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Webster Steel (1847-1929).
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