CANTO XX

 

 

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Paradis peint, où sont harpes et luths

(François Villon. Ballade pour prier Notre Dame. Grand Testament.

Ezra Pound. “Notre Dame du ciel.” Le Testament de François Villon [opera] 1921, 1923, 1926, 1931)

 

I don’t know how humanity stands it
           with a painted paradise at the end of it
           without a painted paradise at the end of it

(Canto LXXIV)

 

Le paradis n’est pas artificiel,
l’enfer non plus.

(Canto LXXVI)

 

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