François Villon: Tell me where, or in what country

Tell me where, or in what country

Is Flora, the lovely Roman,
Archipiades or Thaïs,
Who was her nearest cousin,
Echo answering, at clap of hand,
Over the river, and the meadow,
Whose beauty was more than human?
Oh, where is last year’s snow?

Where is that wise girl Eloise,
For whom was gelded, to his great shame,
Peter Abelard, at Saint Denis,
For love of her enduring pain,
And where now is that queen again,
Who commanded them to throw
Buridan in a sack, in the Seine?
Oh, where is last year’s snow?

Queen Blanche of the Siren’s voice
White as a swan, and Alice, say,
Bertha Big-Foot and Beatrice,
Arembourg, ruler of Maine,
Or Jeanne d’Arc of Lorraine,
The English burned at Rouen? Oh,
Where are they Virgin, you who reign?
Oh, where is last year’s snow?

Prince, don’t ask of me again
Where they are, this year or no,
I have only this last refrain:
Oh, where is last year’s snow?


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