François Villon


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François Villon (in modern French, pronounced [fʁɑswa vijɔ]; in fifteenth-century French, [frɑnswɛ viˈlɔn]) (c. 1431 – after 5 January 1463) was a French poet, thief, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballade des Pendus, written while in prison. The question "Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?", taken from the "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" and translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as "Where are the snows of yesteryear?", is one of the most famous lines of translated secular poetry in the English-speaking world. ...more

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The Poems of François Villon

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The Testament of Francois V...

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Francois Villon's The Legac...

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Poésies Complètes

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Villon: Selected Poems

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Wielki Testament

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Die lasterhaften Balladen u...

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Villon

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Šibeničník

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The Testament and Other Poems

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“In my own country I am in a far off land.
I am strong but have no power.
I win all yet remain a loser.
At break of day I say goodnight.
When I lie down I have great fear of falling.”
Francois Villon

“I die of thirst beside the fountain.”
Francois Villon

“Yet, if the world were bettered by
My death or story left untold,
I would condemn myself to die
For misdemeanours manifold:
I bring no harm to young or old
Alive or dead, in either case:
A man so needy never rolled
A mountain from its resting place.”
Francois Villon, Poems of Francois Villon

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