Charity by François Villon

from Bequests, lines 233–240

Item: I bequeath to the poorhouse
my hammock, made of spider webs.
To those who flop under market stalls,
trembling there with faces clenched,
wasted, hairy, chilled deep through,
their trousers short, their smocks worn thin,
frozen, beaten, wracked with flu—
a fist in the eye for each.


Date: 1463 (original in French); 2012 (translation in English)

By: François Villon (1431-1463)

Translated by: David Georgi (19??- )

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