François Villon

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François Villon 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 ...
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The Ballad Of The Proverbs
So rough the goat will scratch, it cannot sleep.
So often goes the pot to the well that it breaks.
So long you heat iron, it will glow;
so heavily you hammer it, it shatters.
Ballad Of The Ladies Of Yore
Tell me where, in what country,
Is Flora the beautiful Roman,
Archipiada or Thais
Who was first cousin to her once,
I know flies in milk
I know the man by his clothes
I know fair weather from foul
I know the apple by the tree
Epitaph In The Form Of A Ballade
Freres humains qui apres nous vivez,
N'ayez les coeurs contre nous endurcis ...
Men, brother men, that after us yet live,
Let not your hearts too hard against us be;
The Debate Between Villon And His Heart
Who's that I hear?—It's me—Who?—Your heart
Hanging on by the thinnest thread
I lose all my strength, substance, and fluid
When I see you withdrawn this way all alone


Hi 24 March 2021
Hi hi I love you
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SareeMarcel 06 January 2019
Ahhhh what it would be like to be a notorious gang member and yet still write poems. #Respect
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david 21 November 2018
Where is I know everything in the film himizu...
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Fabrizio Frosini 14 February 2016
the best known French poet of the late Middle Ages.. and - probably- also a member of a wandering gang of thieves...
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John Xavier 17 April 2012
It is Villon, in the French: Je connais tout fors que moi-mesme. I know everything except myself is certainly a good translation of the Villon line, which appears on more than one page of his work. John Xavier, M.A. (French) .
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Maan Maan 01 December 2008
I want to know if it's francois villon who has the poem: 'I know everything except myself'
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