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Thread #51877   Message #2715577
Posted By: Genie
03-Sep-09 - 02:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Le Reynard et le Corbeau (Fox & Crow)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Le Reynard Et Le Corbeau (Fox & Crow)
I've found some videos online that can help with the pronunciation. (I love YouTube!)
Perhaps not with the uncertain lyrics, because these lryics differ a lot from the older (traditional?) version I learned.

Le Renard Et Le Corbeau story told
Though that one is neither a song nor a poem, the words seem very close to the song lyrics I found in my book.


This one Les Frères Jacques: Le Corbeau Et Le Renard is a variant on the song I posted and has a different tune but is delightful in its accompanying pantomime of the old Aesop fable.


Another tune, puppet show of the story - lyrics are pretty much the same as those sung by Les Frères Jacques.

These are the lyrics used in the last 2 videos:

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,
Tenait en son bec un fromage.b
Maître Renard, par l'odeur alléché,
Lui tint à peu près ce langage:

"Hé! Bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau.
Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !
Sans mentir, si votre ramage
Se rapporte à votre plumage,
Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois."

A ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie ;
Et pour montrer sa belle voix,
Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.
Le Renard s'en saisit, et dit : "Mon bon Monsieur,
Apprenez que tout flatteur

Vit aux dépens de celui qui l'écoute :
Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage, sans doute. "
Le Corbeau, honteux et confus,
Jura, mais un peu tard, qu'on ne l'y prendrait plus.



But this site: Chansons nationales et populaires de France shows pages from a book that some of the same lyrics I originally learned.   They are in a pictorial format, so I can't copy and paste them, but you can see them there.

One word they definitely use is "ramage," not "ramure."