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. 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.

  2. andrea Says:

    good poem

  3. 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)

  4. Amber Says:


  5. manvhi Says:

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

  6. diane Says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. raghav Says:

    thank u … u really saved me …

  9. kartikay Says:

    that helped me a lot in doing my holiday homework

  10. Nikie Says:

    merci beaucoup! :D

  11. bapu Says:

    i love tjis poem

  12. 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!

  13. khushi Says:

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

  14. pratiksha Says:

    it is a wonderful poem to recite it in the class

  15. Meher Says:

    Thx loads, finally a poem to recite at school

  16. Meher Says:

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

  17. pihu Says:

    thnx i needed it 4 french project

  18. gabriella Says:

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

  19. sue Says:

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

  20. sue Says:

    merci madame mamalisa

  21. Fabiano Blanzioh Says:

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

  22. 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

  23. Sanju Says:

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

  24. sally Says:

    Je ne comprend rein tu na pas d’autre?

  25. MEHUL Says:

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

  26. Shruti(From India) Says:

    MERCI!Madame Mamalisa

  27. poeme amour drole Says:

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  28. Alia Says:

    Thank u! Had 2 learn a French poem

  29. Shubhi Says:

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

  30. Wethmin Says:

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

  31. anima kashyap Says:

    tres bien, merci madam beauope:)

  32. shankha deep Says:

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

  33. anshu Says:

    it was too good it really helped me in my studies

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  35. nancy Says:

    helped me in my french orals

  36. nancy Says:

    thanks !!

  37. Abhishek Says:

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

  38. 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 !

  39. abhinav Says:

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

  40. Ann Says:

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

  41. Akanksha Says:

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

  42. Alina Says:

    Trés Bien! Merci Beaucoup Madam!

    But may I please know where the recording is given?

  43. Lisa Says:

    Hi Alina,

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


  44. 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?

  45. Romano Says:

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

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