“The Ballade des Pendus” (Ballad of the hanged), by François Villon

In memory of the poem “The Ballade des Pendus” by the very tumultuous François VILLON, who was often involved in robberies and other criminal activities.

A French poet born in Paris in 1432, François VILLON wrote the poem in prison while he awaited his execution because of a scufle involving a priest who died of his wounds. He disappeared from view in 1463 after he was finally sentenced to be banished for ten years.

“Human brothers who live after us,
Do not have (your) hearts hardened against us,
For, if you take pity on us poor (fellows),
God will sooner have mercy on you.
You see us tied here, five, six:
As for the flesh, that we nurtured too much,
It is already long-time [1] consumed, and rotting,
And we, the bones, become ashes and powder.
Of our pain let no one make fun,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

If we call you brothers, you must not
Have scorn for it, although we were killed
By justice. Nevertheless, you know
That all men do not have staid common sense.
Forgive us, since we are shivering,
Toward the son of the Virgin Mary,
That his grace may not run dry for us,
Preserving us from the infernal wrath.
We are dead, let no soul harry us,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

Rain has unsmirched and washed us
And the sun has dried and blackened us;
Magpies and crows have carved out our eyes,
And torn off our beards and eyebrows.
We never sit for a moment;
Now here, then there, as the wind changes,
at its pleasure, without cease (it) tosses us,
More pecked by birds than thimbles.
Do not then be of our brotherhood,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

Prince Jesus, who has command of all,
Prevent Hell from having lordship over us:
With him, we have nothing to perform nor to trade.
Men, there is no mockery here,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all.”

 

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Edition limited to 3 printings, in all formats.
Printing in 400dpi on Epson Hahnemuble Photorag 305g paper (100 year guarantee, colors in Diasec) finish according to the Diasec® process Satin Plexi/Plexi 3+3mm (Museum Quality) and professional hanging system (easy to hang and remove).

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