• Ballad of the Ladies of Old
  • Tell me where, in which country,
  • Is Flore the beautiful Roman,
  • Archipiada or Thais
  • Who was his first cousin once,
  • Echo that speaks when there is a sound
  • On a pond or river
  • What beauty was more than human?
  • But where are the snows of yesteryear ?
  • Where is the learned Héloïse
  • For whom they castrated Pierre Abélard
  • And made him a monk at Saint-Denis,
  • For his love he took this pain,
  • Likewise where is the queen
  • Who ordered this Buridan
  • To be thrown in a bag in the Seine?
  • But where are the snows of yesteryear ?
  • The queen white as a lily
  • Who sang with a siren voice,
  • Bertha with big feet, Beatrice, Alice,
  • Haremburgis who held Maine
  • And Jeanne the good girl of Lorraine
  • That the English burned at Rouen, where,
  • Where are they, sovereign Virgin?
  • But where are the snows of yesteryear ?
  • Prince, don’t ask me in a week
  • Or in a year where they are;
  • I can only give you this refrain:
  • Where are the snows of yesteryear?
  • Washer
  • Goodbye! the tears are in my eyes;
  • Farewell, farewell, my prettiest;
  • Farewell, women born the best;
  • Goodbye! the saddest of farewells.
  • Goodbye! with many wishes and sighs
  • My sad heart leaves you at your peace;
  • Goodbye! the tears are in my eyes;
  • Goodbye! from you my miseries
  • Are more than now can be confessed,
  • And it is especially by you that I have been blessed,
  • Yes, and for you I lost sighs;
  • Goodbye! the last of my farewells.

Francois VIllon

François Villon (c.1421-c.1463) is one of the most popular medieval poets in French literature. His life is as enigmatic as his poetry is memorable. Writing at the height of the “Courtly Love” trend in medieval poetry, Villon tended to take an opposite approach – writing about the peasant instead of the princess, the sordid life of a thief and a good-for-nothing instead of noble. the virtues of the chivalrous life and earthly, sensual love rather than the pure, Platonic love usually espoused by courting poets of his day. Much of his poetry recounts his run-ins with the law, which often resulted in his imprisonment or banishment. In 1463 he disappeared under mysterious circumstances (probably due to his criminal past). His poetry has been translated into over 40 languages ​​and remains popular to this day.