Francois Villon Poems

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Francois Villon
François Villon (in modern French ; in fifteenth-century French,) (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. Stock woodcut image, used to represent François Villon in the 1489 printing of the Grand Testament de Maistre François VillonVillon's real surname has been a matter of some dispute; he has been called François de Montcorbier and François Des Loges and other names, though in literature Villon is the sole name used. Villon was born in 1431, almost certainly in Paris. The singular poems called Testaments, which form his chief if not his only certain work, are largely autobiographical, though of course not fully trustworthy. Conversely, his frequent collisions with the law have left much more concrete records.

ballade of the hanged (villon's epitaph)
Brothers that live when we are dead,
don't set yourself against us too.
If you could pity ... [read poem]
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