Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Ballade
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Pour être un digne et bon Crétien,
il faut à Christ être semblable,
il faut renoncer à tout bien,
à tout honneur qui est damnable;
à la dame belle et jolie,
à plaisir qui la chair émeut,
laisser, laisser honneurs, biens et l'amie.
Ne fait pas ce tout là qui veut.

Ses biens aux pauvres faut donner
d'un coeur joyeux et volontaire;
faut les injures pardonner
et à ses ennemis bien faire;
s'éjouir en mélancolie
et tourment dont la chair s'émeut,
aimer la mort, la mort comme la vie!
Ne fait pas ce tout là qui veut.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 97

Ballad
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
To be a worthy and good Christian,
you have to be like Christ,
renouncing all 
damnable goods and honours,
beautiful women, 
the pleasures of the flesh,
and leaving honours, goods and lovers.
Not all who want to will succeed.

You must freely give all that you have to the poor,
with happy heart;
you must pardon insults
and do good to your enemies,
rejoice in melancholy
and in the torments of the flesh,
love death as you love life!
Not all who want to will succeed.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 86