A Lullaby from Belgium called “The White Hen” or “Une Poule Blanche”

A couple of weeks ago I posted the French lullaby Dodo, l’enfant do. Here is a lullaby from Belgium called Une Poule Blanche. It shares part of the 1st verse (the first four lines) with the French lullaby. The English translation is first, then the French version.

Midi of Une poule blanche

A White Hen

A white hen
Is in the barn.
She made a small egg
For the child who sleeps.
Sleepy time, sleepy time, pussy-cat,
Sleepy time, sleepy time, kitty-cat.

A black hen
Is in the cupboard.
She made a small egg
For the child who sleeps.
Sleepy time, sleepy time, pussy-cat,
Sleepy time, sleepy time, kitty-cat.

Here’s the original lullaby in French from Belgium.

Une Poule Blanche

Une poule blanche
Qui est dans la grange,
Elle a fait un petit coco
Pour l’enfant qui fait dodo,
Dodo, dodo, minette,
Dodo, dodo, Mino.

Une poule noire
Qui est dans l’armoire,
Elle a fait un petit coco
Pour l’enfant qui fait dodo,
Dodo, dodo, minette,
Dodo, dodo, Mino.

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Belgium Page for more Belgian Children’s Songs and the France Page for French Children’s Songs with their English translations.

You can also visit Mama Lisa’s World en français for children’s songs from around the world with their French translations.

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for creating the midi!

Stay tuned because more lullabies are coming soon!

-Lisa

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3 Responses to “A Lullaby from Belgium called “The White Hen” or “Une Poule Blanche””

  1. Kate Says:

    Hi!
    I was wondering if you have a midi-file for Une Poule Blanche. I would like to know how the tune goes! Thank you!

    -Kate

  2. Lisa Says:

    I added to the entry above what we believe is the right tune. It comes from “Dodo, l’enfant do” which shares a verse with “Une poule blanche”…

    Dodo, l’enfant do

    Dodo, l’enfant do
    L’enfant dormira bien vite
    Dodo, l’enfant do
    L’enfant dormira bientôt.

    Une poule blanche
    Est là dans la grange
    Qui va faire un petit coco oh oh
    Pour l’enfant qui va faire dodo oh oh

    ***
    Thanks to Monique for creating the midi!

  3. Kate Says:

    Thank you, Lisa and Monique! You’re the best!

    -Kate

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