P'tit Quinquin, Lille

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Square Foch, rue Nationale

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    A song, a symbol

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    Le p’tit quinquin

    A lullaby for children but also a symbol of the culture and identity of the people of the North and of their languages. This is a creation of the poet Desrousseaux ( from Lille)

    It inspired himself length life in the factories of the XIX th century. So popular that she uses rallying song to the French soldiers against the Prussians in 1870.

    Today again, one can hear the air to the bells of the belfry of the room of the commerce. The sculpture dating back to 1902 is a work of the sculptor Eugène Dépléchin.

    Translate it say:

    Sleeps, my small child,
    My small chick, my big grape,
    You will do me sorrow
    If you do not sleep until tomorrow.


    Une berceuse pour enfants mais aussi un symbole de la culture et de la gouaille des gens du Nord et de leurs langage. C'est une création du poète Desrousseaux (un Lillois)

    Il s'inspira de la dure vie dans les usines du XIX ème siècle. Tellement populaire qu'elle servit de chanson de ralliement aux soldats français contre la Prusse en 1870.

    Aujourd'hui encore , on peut entendre l'air au carillon du beffroi de la chambre du commerce.
    La sculpture datant de 1902 est une œuvre du sculpteur Eugène Dépléchin

    Le célèbre refrain,

    Dors, min p’tit quinquin,
    Min p’tit pouchin, min gros rojin
    Te m’fras du chagrin
    Si te n’dors point ch’qu’à d’main.

    peut se traduire ainsi,

    Dors, mon petit enfant,
    Mon petit poussin, mon gros raisin,
    Tu me feras du chagrin
    Si tu ne dors pas jusqu’à demain.


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    P'tit Quinquin

    by sue_stone Written Sep 19, 2004

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    The P'tit Quinquin is a statue to a lullaby.

    It was erected in memory of a town-hall clerk, who back in 1852 composed a lullaby that was adopted by every mother in Lille, and used to soothe their children at bed time.

    The statue shows a poor lacemaker whose child would not stop crying, and is said to "melt the hardest of hearts"

    It is situated in the pretty Square Foch, which is a relaxing place to stop for a while and rest your feet.

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