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Villon’s Epitaph (Ballade Of The Hanged Men)

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O brother men who after us remain,
Do not look coldly on the scene you view,
For if you pity wretchedness and pain,
God will the more incline to pity you.
You see us hang here, half a dozen who
Indulged the flesh in every liberty
Till it was pecked and rotted, as you see,
And these our bones to dust and ashes fall.
Let no one mock our sorry company,
But pray to God that He forgive us all.

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Michael Walker 28 July 2019

The repentance of the condemned men appeals to me, reminding me that we are all sinners, ' Prince Jesus, we implore Your majesty / To spare us 's distress and obloquy'. God should forgive these men their crimes.

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