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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Lay, or Rather Roundel
By François Villon (1431–1463?)
 
From the ‘Greater Testament’: Translation of John Payne

DEATH, of thy rigor I complain,
  That hast my lady torn from me,
  And wilt not yet contented be,
Save from me too all strength be ta’en,
For languishment of heart and brain.        5
  What harm did she in life to thee,
            Death?
 
One heart we had betwixt us twain;
  Which being dead, I too must dree
  Death, or, like carven saints we see        10
In choir, sans life to live be fain,
            Death!

[End of the Greater Testament.]
 
 
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