A French Poem called “Le Printemps” or “Springtime” with a Recording

I asked Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français, if she could recommend any well-known French songs or poems about the Spring. She wrote:

Here is a poem we often teach the students, called Le Printemps by Théophile Gautier (1811 – 1872)…

MP3 of Le Printemps

Le Printemps
par Théophile Gautier

Regardez les branches
Comme elles sont blanches,
Il neige des fleurs.

Riant de la pluie
Le soleil essuie
les saules en pleurs.

Et le ciel reflète
Dans la violette
Ses pures couleurs…

La mouche ouvre l’aile
Et la demoiselle
Aux prunelles d’or,
Au corset de guêpe
Dépliant son crêpe,
A repris l’essor.

L’eau gaiement babille,
Le goujon frétille
Un printemps encore !

Monique and I prepared this English translation for you…

By Théophile Gautier

Look at the boughs,
How white they are,
It’s snowing flowers!

Scoffing at the rain,
The sun dries
The weepy willow.

And the sky reflects
In the violets
Its pure colors…

The fly opens its wings
And the dragonfly
With the golden pupils,
And the wasp-like corset,
Unfolding its silky wings,
Has resumed its flight.

The water happily babbles,
The tiny fish wriggles
It’s Springtime again!

Thanks to Monique Palomares for sharing the poem and for the recording!

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World France page for French children’s songs with their English translations and…

Mama Lisa’s World en français for children’s songs around the world with their French translations.

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95 Responses to “A French Poem called “Le Printemps” or “Springtime” with a Recording”

  1. Chalay Says:

    Wow, thanks for that!
    My mother is French, but I was born in America.
    My mother taught me that poem when I was young.

  2. Gentian Walls Says:

    I needed a poem to send to a recently bereaved friend who speaks no English. I hope she likes it and that it will encourage her to face the months to come. Thank you

  3. Ramya Says:

    It is a very good poem. Finally I got a good poem to recite in my school for I learn French.

  4. Dieudonne Emile Says:

    This is wonderful poem,i like it so much and i may send to ones of my friends who like kind of these poems.

  5. james Says:

    does anybody know the year this poem was published?

  6. Monique Says:

    It’s from “Le chant du grillon” in “La comédie de la mort” published in 1838.

  7. sxc Says:

    Thank yhoo!
    helped me with my french home work X

  8. Fxxxxa76890 Says:

    thank you so much you helped me with revising a french poem for home work!

  9. Debabrita Datta Says:

    you have made french homework done

  10. Debabrita Datta Says:

    you have helped me to complete my homework

  11. cecyl Says:

    great idea this poetry
    those love french poetry
    can go to my blog
    i’ll go back soon

  12. smexy Says:

    thxs so much you helped me finish my french hw. Need to recite a poem 4 CAFE VENDREDI! thats french for cafe Friday! We bring in food from france n recite poems n eat food!!!!!!!! sorta like a par-tay! ;)

  13. satnaam singh Says:

    thnxx i was lookink for diz
    such a fantastic poem

  14. dipsite Says:

    does everyone need french poems for homework??? i needed it for my dragon of a french teacher!

  15. jayasri Says:

    really it is a very good poem. I am a new french learner, this song will be really helpful for me to recite in my class.
    bye! thank you!

  16. izzy mowlam Says:

    this poem is totalllllly awesomeeeee 8-) .. aaaahhh fish
    i love french with all my heart and hope to live there soon
    am amazed by it all french is the best ever!!!

  17. mallore Says:

    great poem, it helps me in preparing for french poem recitation. thanx

  18. otieno joseph Says:

    Love it truly. I will share it with my students here in Kenya. merci beaucoup et grosses bises.

  19. parthasarathi bhattacharya Says:

    le poeme est tres beau

  20. parthasarathi ghose Says:

    it is nice

  21. vanilla twilight Says:

    tkx for the help i really needed it

  22. Razzy Says:

    yes, it seems we all took the same route, google search French poems about spring, found this site and are using the poem for homework, same thing here
    i hope it would help me write my own poem, if it doesn’t am taking it as it is
    thanks tho, Theophile, but am not sure the teacher would take a well known poem for homework meant for us to write our own.

  23. Akshat Says:

    awesome but what is the tune
    is there an mp3?

  24. Lisa Says:

    This is a poem, not a song.

  25. Aseem Says:

    thnx for the poem, i needed 1 to recite in class

    does it have an audio too???

  26. Lisa Says:

    Monique sent me and mp3 recording and I just added it to the post above. Enjoy! Thanks to Monique! -Mama Lisa

  27. lola Says:

    hey i have to recite this poem at school cool its really nice its really talks about spring time

  28. lala Says:

    thanx helped me with my hw!!!!!

  29. shaantanu Says:

    thanks for this poem…you completed my assignment!!!
    anyways lotsa thanks!!

  30. Jerin Says:

    Too helpful

  31. Kanwar Says:

    Does everyone need this for homework….hell yeah…i have the same reason…thanks a lot….now i gotta learn this to recite it.

  32. Tanisha Says:

    Merci. le poeme est tres bien. vous devez ecrire plus.

  33. ROSE-CARLIE Says:

    i like this poems becuz i learn it in 1st grade


  34. Alejandro Says:

    This really helps my French. Thanks a lot!

  35. ishika Says:

    The poem was tooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I liked it very much.
    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much.

  36. Tanushi Says:

    You have made it so easy for my French day in my school

  37. anup Says:

    Dear friend,
    I am looking for francophone poem in french.Pls help me.

  38. sonal Says:

    the poem is so nice. i needed one for my french orals and i thought this one would be the best.

  39. SARA Says:


  40. Annika Says:

    Very nice poem but doesn’t crêpe mean pancake?

  41. Lisa Says:

    A crêpe is like a pancake but flatter and thinner. You often put something inside them and roll them up or fold them.

  42. Monique Says:

    Annika, it’s “dépliant son crêpe” so the word is masculine, i.e. in English “crepe” or crape, a light fabric. Here it’s supposed to be silk crepe. The pancake-like crêpe is “une crêpe” (feminine word). Both come from the Latin “crispus” which meant frizzy, curled, ondulated.

  43. manpreet Says:

    i needed it for a competition,and it made me very happy.merci,madame mamalisa!

  44. Lisa Says:

    De rien!

  45. dhruv Says:

    what apoem omg omg omg
    thx i neede this to do my hhw

  46. Momen Says:

    Oh, thanks,
    hope the teacher will accept it as a homework. I’m a beginner and my mom has not the French knowledge.

    Momen Abu Omar

  47. purple teddy Says:

    awesome poem all thanks to monique and mama Lisa

  48. Amith Says:

    i don’t know French, but tried to red that poem, very complicate

  49. adnan Says:

    thanx a lot
    helped me in class :P

  50. Jitendra ved Says:

    It is a beautiful short poem,which would encourage one to live as happily as possible.I do intend to advise my students of English and french to read the same.

  51. irmide valcin Says:

    Does anyone know the translation of the poem entitled”The
    Creation” written by James weldon Johnson(1871-1938)
    I need the translation in French. I would really appreciate it. I would like to learn it by heart in French. I only have the words in English
    It is such a beautiful poem. Please help me.

  52. andrea Says:

    good poem

  53. Kisha Singh Says:

    it was a wonderful poem which i need’d vry mch, i will suggest whoever is reading this to read it by soul to feel the enjoyment in this.
    an delhihite (indian)
    who was in trouble
    finding a nice poem
    in francais (french)

  54. Amber Says:


  55. manvhi Says:

    thanx its a beautiful poem . finaly i got something really good to recite in my class.

  56. diane Says:

    tank u!!!!this poem is perfect for our french program at skl…

  57. ashley Says:

    oh my god such a good poeme!!!
    like it sooo much who ever wrote
    it i love him or love her!!!
    this is awsoe!!!!
    thank you!

  58. raghav Says:

    thank u … u really saved me …

  59. kartikay Says:

    that helped me a lot in doing my holiday homework

  60. Nikie Says:

    merci beaucoup! :D

  61. bapu Says:

    i love tjis poem

  62. bobby pope Says:

    Thos poem inspired me to one og my many songs! Fantastic poetry!!! Check the adress above if you want to hear the song! Thank you!

  63. khushi Says:

    wow this was a really nice poem for selecting it for competition

  64. pratiksha Says:

    it is a wonderful poem to recite it in the class

  65. Meher Says:

    Thx loads, finally a poem to recite at school

  66. Meher Says:

    Pls dowlooad a more slower MP3 versions of let’s printemps’.

  67. pihu Says:

    thnx i needed it 4 french project

  68. gabriella Says:

    wow this is epic….
    needed for school !
    helps a lot!!!
    luv it!!!

  69. sue Says:

    i love this poem this poem is the right poem for the school magazine article

  70. sue Says:

    merci madame mamalisa

  71. Fabiano Blanzioh Says:

    Wow this poem is awesome i realy needed 1 like this one. Je suis très content avec ça poéme

  72. Po_s de Paul Verlaine Says:

    I take pleasure in, result in I found exactly what I used to be taking a look for.

    You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  73. Sanju Says:

    Merci Beaucoup madame mamalisa.I really needed that for my Class FA

  74. sally Says:

    Je ne comprend rein tu na pas d’autre?

  75. MEHUL Says:

    very nyc poem
    helped me for poem reciting in class x as i learn french
    thx a lot

  76. Shruti(From India) Says:

    MERCI!Madame Mamalisa

  77. poeme amour drole Says:

    il est geniale et beau. visité mon blog poeme amour drole pour voire le paysage poeme amour

  78. Alia Says:

    Thank u! Had 2 learn a French poem

  79. Shubhi Says:

    I was in need of a French poem to recite at school such a lovely one it is. Thanks a thousands titimes

  80. Wethmin Says:

    Thanks For Putting These Things on the internet.
    Fortunately I could do all of my French Homework

  81. anima kashyap Says:

    tres bien, merci madam beauope:)

  82. shankha deep Says:

    the poem was toooooo good .it helped me in my homework.thanks a lot

  83. anshu Says:

    it was too good it really helped me in my studies

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  85. nancy Says:

    helped me in my french orals

  86. nancy Says:

    thanks !!

  87. Abhishek Says:

    J’AIME la poeise. Demain je vais avoir le poem test.Merci encore

  88. Wim Wasterval Says:

    Et le ciel reflète
    Dans la violette
    Ses pures couleurs…

    So beautiful , got it on my coffecup, so I read it every day !

  89. abhinav Says:

    THANKS ! it is very helpful as i was doing my holiday homework that i should write one poem in french on nature.

  90. Ann Says:

    This is the poem i am using for my french project/power point.

  91. Akanksha Says:

    merci beaucoup…. i needed this for my french festival/competition “La Conjours” thnx again mademoiselle

  92. Alina Says:

    Trés Bien! Merci Beaucoup Madam!

    But may I please know where the recording is given?

  93. Lisa Says:

    Hi Alina,

    The recording is in the post at the top where it says, “MP3 of Le Printemps”.


  94. Buckiebill Says:

    Good afternoon, I was interested in your poem/song “le printemps”. I wonder if you could help me. Many years ago, about 50 years ago, we were given a poem in French on the subject of Spring. I cannot remember the title and only have the first two lines, as follows:- “Le cours au printemps se couronne, des frais gazons, des riche fleurs……….les moissons avec les chaleurs.” Unfortunately my memory at 64 years of age is not as good as I would like, perhaps you could assist me?

  95. Romano Says:

    it is a good poem … Lisa help me find the mood of the poem and its deeper meaning

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