Le Testament: Rondeau

François Villon 1431 (Paris) – 1463



Death, I cry out at your harshness,
That stole my girl away from me,
Yet you're not satisfied I see
Until I languish in distress.
 
Since then I've lost all liveliness:
What harm alive, to you, was she?
Death, I cry out at your harshness,
That stole my girl away from me.
 
Two we were, with one heart blessed:
If heart's dead, yes, then I foresee,
I'll die, or I must lifeless be,
Like those statues made of lead.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 16, 2023

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Scheme ABbx abAB xbbx
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 409
Words 81
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

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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