Senpere – bells for the end of war (1919)

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Source: Biba, biba Frantzia (1919)
Jean Barbier (1875-1931)

(…) Eta hor, bet-betan / And suddenly there,
eliza dorrean / at the tower of the church
ezkila zalapartan! / Bells are ringing!
Ene bularretan / In my chest
bihotza saltokan / the heart is jumping
zapart egitekotan! / ready to explode!

Orduan berean / At the same time
alderdi orotan / everywhere
Eskual Herri guzian / in all the Basque Country
Frantzia maitean / in my lovely France
mundu zabalean / all around the world
ezkila ari zian! / bells are ringing!

Oi, hori musika! / Oh, what a music!
Jainkoa, zuk barka / God forgive me
eman naiz belaunka. / I kneel before him
Ezkila, ar joka / the bell is calling
itzul eta pika / turning and ringing
jo zak, jo errepika! / ring bell, ring!

Gerlaren hastean / When the war began
egun apalean / one day
jo huen intziretan. / your play was lamenting.
Gerla finitzean / When the war was finished
egun eder huntan / on this beautiful day
jo zak alegrantzian! / ¡Play with joy!
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Author: Jean Barbier (1875-1931)
Date: 28/06/1920