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Lou Trau
(The Hole)
Nissart lyrics by Eugène Emanuel. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
Oui, canti lo pertus
Per qu mi soupi e dini ;
E se per l’ueil la lus
Recevi, e ensin camini,
       Lo devi àu tràu,
Coma tout animàu.
 Yes, I sing the opening
By which I have supper and I have dinner;
And if through my eye the light
I receive, and so I walk,
       I owe it to hole,
As every animal.

2nd verse
D’un tràu suorte la vous
Qu’anima, que consuola,
Lo baïa lo plus dous,
Lo sospir que s’envola.
       Aimable tràu !
Ti laudà cu es que sàu ?
 From a hole goes out the voice
That leads, that consoles,
The kiss the sweetest,
The sigh blowing away.
       Nice hole!
To praise you, who knows?

3rd verse
Au temple, àu tribunal,
Dei dot en compagnia,
Au teatre, en lu bal,
L’uès, la bouca, l’auria
       Son lu tre tràu
Que tenon l’ome esclàu.
 At temple (1), at court,
In company with scholars (2),
At theatre, at (open-air) dances,
The eye, the mouth, the ear
       Are the three holes
That keep man slave.

4th verse
Se de li belli flou
Lo parfum si respira,
O l’agreable oudou
De la brocha que vira,
       Es per lo tràu
Dòu nas, aco si sàu.
 If of beautiful flowers
The perfume is breathed,
Or the pleasant smell
Of the spit turning,
       It’s by the hole
Of the nose, that is known.

5th verse
Lo tràu regna en signour
Su lu cham de batailla :
Defende li murailla ;
       E sensa un tràu
Un drapèu, qu’es que vàu ?
 The hole reigns as does a lord
On battlefields:
It knocks down, in turn,
It defends high walls;
       And without a hole
A flag, what does it worth?

6th verse
Se poudès, renonças
Au pertus de l’aguilla,
E vito vou trouvas
Jusque sensa camïa ;
       Un pichon tràu
Veste tout un ostàu.
 If you can, renounce
The eye of needle,
And quickly you find yourself
Without a shirt;
       A small hole
Clothes a whole household.

7th verse
Su lo liech de doulou,
Se l’ome si demena,
Que fa quasi toujou ?
Si fa tràuca una vena.
       Garisse, un tràu,
Non sabi quantu màu !
 On his bed of pain,
If the man thrashes,
What does he do quite always?
He has a vein pierced.
       It heals, a hole,
I don’t know how many harms.

8th verse
Un tràu per si casà
Cercan touta la vida,
Ma non pouden quietà
Jusqu’à coursa accomplida ;
       Alora, un tràu
N’en dona lo repàu !
 A hole to put up
We look for all the life,
But we can’t calm down [us]
Before the course [is] accomplished;
       So, a hole
Gives us [everlasting] rest!

1. Here, understand “the church”.
2. Dot: learned, i.e. having extensive knowledge, particularly in literary or historical matter.

• revue Armanac niçart, Nice, 1903, p. 67.


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