Last Updated: 4 March 2023

Dodo l'enfant do is a French lullaby for children which seems to date from the 18th century.

The story of the song

Dodo, l'enfant do is the shortest of the French lullabies. However the music is relatively old as it reproduces an old carillon which was sounded for the Angelus.

The king's violinist Leclerc harmonised it in 1758 to make a contredanse. This tune was probably appreciated by the nurses and became a lullaby.

Painting from William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1869)

Painting from William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1869)

Dodo l'enfant do

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Dodo l'enfant do

The lyrics in French

The original song of Dodo l'enfant do has 1 verse.


Dodo, l'enfant do
L'enfant dormira bien vite
Dodo, l'enfant do
L'enfant dormira bientôt.

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:


Sleeping, the child sleeps
The child will sleep soon
Sleeping, the child sleeps
The child will sleep soon.

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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