“Frères humains qui après nous vivez,
Human bretheren who after us shall live,
“N‘ayez les cœurs contre nous endurcis,
Have your hearts against us not hardened,
“Car, si pitié de nous pauvres avez,
For if mercy on us you have,
“Dieu en aura plus tôt de vous Merci…
God will sooner on you have Mercy…
“De notre mal que personne ne s’en rie
Of our woes, let no-one laugh
“Mais priez Dieu que tous nous veuille absoudre!…
But pray God that all should us absolve!…
“Prince Jésus qui sur tous a maîtrise,
Prince Jesus who on all has dominion,
“Garde qu’Enfer n’ait de nous seigneurie :
Spare us from Hell’s Lordship:
“Hommes, point de moquerie;
Men, hath no mockery;
“Mais priez Dieu que tous nous veuille absoudre.
But pray God that all should us absolve.
Catarinas, alebrijes, graveyard, on Tlalpan city square for the Day of the Dead. This past November 2nd.
The words are excerpts from La ballade des pendus (The ballad of hanged men) by François Villon, written in 1489, as Villon was awaiting execution in the shadow of the gallows of Montfaucon. He really writes about the men hanging as he thinks he soon will be. I’ve been wanting to do something with this text for a while. Though it is a bit remote or different from the “Catarinas” on the square. It’s all right. I hold that the combination works. What say you? That poem is the oldest text written in still understandable “Aulde French”. Five centuries ago. I only had to make minor adjustments to the French text. The English version was fun to translate… (Oh. Villon was not hanged finally. He saved his sorry a..)
One can also read the text in relation to War, if we can’t manage to stop it:
“Human bretheren who after us shall live,
“Have your hearts against us not hardened.”
And last but not least, my very best wishes to all my American friends… Today the mid-terms finalize:
“Garde qu’Enfer n’ait de nous seigneurie :
Spare us from Hell’s Lordship.
73 thoughts on “Day of the Dead”
Superbe, Brieuc, tout, Villon, Villon en anglais, les photos. Même la mort, sans la souffrance.
Merci Gilles. Villon est un monument… 😀 (Je cherche quelque chose pour les dames du temps jadis… (Mais où sont les neiges d’antan…) Pas encore trouvé, mais j’y arriverai…
Tout va bien chez toi? A+
J’aime beaucoup Echo :
Echo, parlant quand bruyt on maine
Dessus rivière ou sus estan,
Qui beauté eut trop plus qu’humaine ?
Poète au sang chaud !
Bel après-midi à toi, Brieuc.
Nous sommes d’accord…
“Qui beauté eut trop plus qu’humaine…”
Rien que ça. Sans parler de Flora la belle Romaine…
“Et Jehanne la bonne Lorraine
Qu’Englois brûlèrent à Rouan
Ou sont-ils, Vierge souveraine?
Mais ou sont les neiges d’antan?”
Mes compliments cher ami. Il faudra quand même qu’on prenne une bière quelque part un de ces jours. Nous sommes probablement parmi les derniers à pouvoir lire Villon (à peu près) dans le texte…
A wonderful collection of images and yes Villon works well with them! 🙂 I did not appreciate how pivotal his work is, so, thank you for that! Keep well! 🙂
Thank you my dear friend. Yes. Pivotal is the word. The poets of the Renaissance, Marot (b.1496) Ronsard (b.1524) came later. Marot is still form the late Middle Ages, and after him, French changed a lot, much closer to its modern form.
You are very welcome and, again, thank you. 🙂
Thank you Cindy. (I’m biting my nails for tonight…)
Excellent photos! Thanks for the tour of the festivities.
makes me wonder where all of those lovely flowers come from.
The cempasuchil? They’re like orange carnations. They grow tons and tons of those for this day. An old Aztec custom I believe.
Ce poème transcrit l’angoisse de Villon face à la mort qu’il croit proche. Et même si finalement, il est gracié, il est banni et on perd toute trace de lui…
J’aime beaucoup tes “Catarinas”
Bonne journée Brieuc
Oui. Absolument, c’était un personage… plein d’allant, c’est le moins qu’on puisse dire. I a dû être tué dans une rixe quelque part en Province. Ou bien comme Rimbaud, il est parti vendre des armes en Abyssinie? 😉
Spooky – works very well!
Thank you my friend. Hope all is well?
You’ve done a superb job of pairing poem lines and images. Thank you for the intercessory prayer for the US. We need all we can get.
I’m getting cramps in my fingers. had them crossed almost all day. I will turn the TV on. Tonight.
(I thought you might like the poetry. A veeery old poem…)
I will try to do something with another of his poems: Ballade des dames du temps jadis.
My husband and I have the returns on now. On tenterhooks . . .
Watching cbs. Not clear at all. I might move.
I don’t think there will be clarity until tomorrow. If then . . .
Yeah. We went to NBC. A bit clearer but i don’t think we’ll know until tomorrow. If we do. Good night Liz.
Control of Congress is still up for grabs. At least the Trump nutters running in NH lost.
Glad for you. But apparently elsewhere too. Haven’t seen the detail yet.
PS. What I read was that the House was not so red. Only a few seats?
The Senate is still up for grabs, and it looks like the Republicans will keep the House by a relatively small margin. The predicted “red wave” did not materialize. The party of he-who-shall-not-be-named underestimated how angry women are over the overturn of Roe v. Wade. They also did not take into account how fed up reasonable people are with this conspiracy BS in place of addressing the problems this country is facing with viable solutions.
That’s good. The fact is that I wonder why some run for office if it’s not to address the people’s basic issues: prices, jobs, education, safety…
Power and greed, I’d say. (Not to be cynical or anything.)
Absolutely. And their source of power is public spending. Funded with our taxes…
Public spending is the key issue. That is how they make their money. With kickbacks, occult or not. Exchanges of favours… etc. Even the poorest country has some public spending. And that’s where corruption kicks in.
The last I looked, Democrats don’t seem to have been hit as bad, and a few Tr*mp cronies have been “beat”. Good.
Looks like it’s not as bad as could be expected?
Capote used part of that poem as the tagline for In Cold Blood.
You don’t say!? I’m not even original. Darn Capote… 😉 (Well, he was a good writer…)
I thought you might like it.
Excellent photos and Villon’s words absolutely match. I would love to take my camera to a Day of the Dead.
You would go crazy. Sometimes there’s so much everywhere…
It is such a colourful way to honour loved ones who are no longer here on Earth
It is. And very specific of here… ll well?
All is well 😊
It works indeed very well together!
The plea could also be seen in connection with all the stupid mistakes we make, and hope that future generations don’t judge us too hard.
We can do better!
Exactly what I meant about “War”. Don’t judge us too hard. We tried. At least some of us did. 😉
The combination works splendidly
Thank you my dear Derrick. You’re always so positive… 👍🏻
It is amazing how epic poems become part of our knowledge, even know, sometimes hundreds of years later. I recently read part of Os Lusíadas, an epic Portuguese poem written by Luís Vaz de Camões. I came across it while reading up on the origin of the myth of the Flying Dutchman. These displays are simply amazing, so vibrant and colourful. Now I this new poem to look up (in English – smile – I’m not clever with language like you are). Bonjour.
Camões has been in my radar for a while… Time, oh Time! I’m not sure I could read it, the Portuguese is probably “ancient”. And yes, do look up the Ballad of the Hanged men in English. Do you have a link?
I most certainly did not read it in ancient Portuguese. I read it in English. This is the link to the Project Gutenberg eBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/32528/32528-h/32528-h.htm. I will look up the Ballad of the Hanged men now. I am interested in it.
I’ve seen the Gutenberg organization before. I will copy the link…
And “enjoy” the Ballad. It is strong, but good.
I found it in English. Baie Dankie.
Beautiful shots. And those haunting words. They do seem to come from the heart of a man who knows the end is near. And I’m sure there’s an intriguing story behind how he saved his sorry a**. Haha. Your posts are always stories within stories with so much to appreciate and ponder upon. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂
A pleasure. Always.
It seems Villon appealed the judgement and was released after the appeal, but condemned to a ten-year exile. That’s when he disappeared…
Stories within stories? Possibly yes. I like intertextuality.
Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙏🏻
I love Day of the Dead art. If you’re ever in Chicago, you should visit our National Museum of Mexican Art. They have a beautiful collection. (Hopefully, not all stolen.)
I have heard of that museum. Makes Chicago a to-visit place. Look, there is a lot of controversy about art. Stolen? Bought for peanuts, or at a “right” price? TBH and at the risk of shocking, I don’t care. In 90% of cases it was saved from destruction… I am personally glad that there are so many French painters at the Met. Did they pay the right price then? Probably not. Don’t care. Makes French art available to the American public… 😉
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it appears our democracy is still functioning. Huge relief today after yesterday’s results–especially here in Michigan where we now have a democrat-controlled state senate, house, and democratic governor. Hugely grateful for the unprecedented numbers of young people that said enough is enough and decided to show up.
I agree. Don’t have all the details, whether it’s the young or women or just plain lovers of democracy, it is still working. That is the most important news of late… 👏🏻
I absolutely love the day of the dead! The photos that you share are exquisite, and I love the words that you put them to. I’ve never heard of Villon before, but I’m now very intrigued. Thank you so much for sharing 😊
Thank you for your visit and comment. If you want to know more about Villon here’s his Wikipedia in English. I scrolled it, it looks ok. Cheers
Wow! This is great! Thank you so much. I’ll start reading it now! 😃
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The costumes seem more celebratory than Halloween
Very true. Here it is a fiesta…
Merci pour les photos – et pour Villon, bien sûr
Avec plaisir chère amie…
(Mais où sont les neiges d’antan?) 😉
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Día de los muertos. 💀
É muito forte lá. Uma tradição muito importante.
Sim, eu sei. Tenho vários amigos mexicanos.
Haha! Ça explique tout… 😉