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French Nursery Rhymes  (1881) 
C. B., translated from French by Wikisource
Quibus, Quabus

QUIBUS, QUABUS.

Quibus, quabus!
Who is that chuckling?[1]
It's the hen and her chicks,
Who have neither socks nor shoes;
Mr Duck and Mrs Goose,
Who never want to walk straight.
They come from far away, come on!
From by the sea of beetles,[2]
Where they found nothing to devour[3]
Except for crumbly cheese.
Ah! Give them quickly, for they are hungry,
Give them quickly a crust of bread.
Mr Rooster, in a brave tone,
Already cries out: Cock-a-doodle-doo!


  1. Glousser (v.a.), to chuckle.
  2. Scarabées (s.f.pl.), beetles.
  3. Gruger (v.a.), (fig.) to devour.