Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Ou sont les neiges d'antan (version I)



It all started with the MWO "Through the glass, darkly" on my forum.
I played with François Villon's "Ballade des dames du temps jadis".

Tell me where, or in what land
is Flora, the lovely Roman,
or Archipiades, or ThaОs,
who was her first cousin;
or Echo, replying whenever called
across river or pool,
and whose beauty was more than human?
But where are the snows of yesteryear?

Where is that brilliant lady Heloise,
for whose sake Peter Abelard was castrated
and became a monk at Saint-Denis?
He suffered that misfortune because of his love for her.
And where is that queen who
ordered that Buridan
be thrown into the Seine in a sack?
But where are the snows of yesteryear?

Queen Blanche, white as a lily,
who sang with a siren’s voice;
Big-footed Bertha, Beatrice, Alice,
Arembourg who ruled over Maine;
and Joan, the good maiden of Lorraine
who was burned by the English at Rouen —
where are they, where, O sovereign Virgin?
But where are the snows of yesteryear?

Prince, do not ask in a week
where they are, or in a year.
The only answer you will get is this refrain:
But where are the snows of yesteryear?

2 comments:

Sharon said...

Galina, I have just noticed this piece on your blog and I want to let you know that I'm so glad that I was the lucky recipient :D

I have it displayed in my craft room along with other work which people have sent to me.

Thank you once again.

Sharon x

Greensleeves said...

Thank you, Sharon, I forgot it was for you, I had a memory of sending it to Joanne.
Thank you for your kind words.
I put it up so that I can show the development of the idea, from one piece to another.
In fact, I think I will make a third variant.