BALLADE DES MENUS PROPOS BALLAD OF SMALL THINGS
François Villon tr. James H.Donalson
Je congnois bien mouches en let,
je congnois a la robe l'homme,
je congnois le beau temps du let,
je congnois au pommier la pomme,
je congnois l'arbre a veoir la gomme,
je congnois quant tout est de mesmes,
je congnois qui besongne ou chomme,
je congnois tout, fors que moy mesmes.

je congnois pourpoint au colet,
je congnois le moyne a la gonne,
je congnois le maistre au varlet,
je congnois au voille la nonne,
je congnois quant pipeur jargonne,
je congnois fols nourris de cresmes,
je congnois le vin a la tonne,
je congnois tous, fors que moy mesmes.

Je congnois cheval et mulet,
je congnois leur charge et leur somme,
je congnois Bietris et Belet,
je congnois get qui nombre et somme,
je congnois visïon et somme,
je congnois la faulte des Boesmes
je congnois la pouvoir de Romme,
je congnois tout, fors que moy mesmes.

Envoy:
Prince, je congnois tout en somme,
je congnois coulourez ou blesmes,
je congnois Mort qui tous consomme,
je congnois tout, fors que moy mesmes.
I recognize flies in the milk,
I recognize men by their clothes,
I recognize spring by the milk,
I recognize apples on trees,
I recognize trees by their sap,
I recognize when all's the same,
I recognize working or ease,
I recognize all but myself.

I recognize shirts by the collar,
I recognize monks by the cassock,
I recognize knights hy their pages,
I recognize nuns by their wimples,
I recognize gamblers by jargon,
I recognize fools who eat pudding,
I recognize wine by the barrel,
I recognize all but myself.

I recognize horses and mules,
I recognize cargoes and loads,
I recognize Beatrice and Bette,
I recognize counters and chips,
I recognize visions and dreams,
I recognize doctrines of Hus,
I recognize powers of Rome,
I recognize all but myself.

Envoi
I recognize, Prince, all in sum,
I recognize pallor and blush,
I recognize death that takes all,
I recognize all but myself.

Trans. Copyright © James H.Donalson 2004


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