Le Testament: Epitaph et Rondeau

François Villon 1431 (Paris) – 1463



Epitaph
 
Here there lies, and sleeps in the grave,
One whom Love killed with his scorn,
A poor little scholar in every way,
He was named François Villon.
He never reaped a morsel of corn:
Willed all away, as all men know:
Bed, table, and basket all are gone.
Gallants, now sing his song below:
 
Rondeau
 
Oh, grant him now eternal peace,
Lord, and everlasting light,
He wasn't worth a candle bright,
Nor even a sprig of parsley.
Of eyebrows, hair, and beard he's free,
A turnip scraped with a spade, all right:
Oh, grant him now eternal peace.
 
Exiled with strict severity,
Rapped behind with a spade, despite
It all he cried: ‘Appeal, for me!'
-      Which wasn't the height of subtlety.
Oh, grant him now eternal peace.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 16, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaxaabxb CddeedC edeeC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 710
Words 132
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 7, 5

François Villon

François Villon born in Paris in 1431 and disappeared from view in 1463, is the best known French poet of the late Middle Ages. more…

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