Vive Henri IV ! Vive la France !

French listening practice with side-by-side translation

This popular French song, also called Marche Henri IV and Vive le roi Henri, was written in the late 16th century to celebrate Le Bon Roi Henri (Good King Henry), who ended the Huguenot Wars and restored peace to France. Over the centuries, lyrics have been added and sometimes changed completely to express the current political mood. The singing begins at 40 seconds.

  Listening comprehension: See the links at the bottom for lessons related to the phrases in italics.

Vive Henri IV ! Long live Henri IV!
Vive Henri IV ! Vive ce roi vaillant !
Vive Henri IV ! Vive ce roi vaillant !
Ce diable à quatre a le triple talent
De boire et de se battre et d’être un Vert galant.
J’aimons les filles et j’aimons le bon vin,
J’aimons les filles et j’aimons le bon vin,
De nos bons drilles, voilà le gai refrain ;
J’aimons les filles et j’aimons le bon vin !
Au diable guerres, rancunes et partis !
Au diable guerres, rancunes et partis !
Comme nos pères, chantons en vrais amis,
Au choc des verres, les roses et les lys !
Vive la France ! Vive le roi Henri !
Vive la France ! Vive le roi Henri !
Qu’à Reims on danse, en disant comme Paris :
Vive la France ! Vive le roi Henri !
Vive le roi Henri !
Video courtesy of Gainmelk. Translation by LKL

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