Ballad of the Lords of Old Time


…from the quills of the dead white poets


Francois Villon (1431 – 1463)

What more? Where is the third Calixt,

 Last of that name now dead and gone,

 Who held four years the Papalist?

 Alfonso king of Aragon,

 The gracious lord, duke of Bourbon,

 And Arthur, duke of old Britaine?

 And Charles the Seventh, that worthy one?

 Even with the good knight Charlemain.


The Scot too, king of mount and mist,

 With half his face vermilion,

 Men tell us, like an amethyst

 From brow to chin that blazed and shone;

 The Cypriote king of old renown,

 Alas! and that good king of Spain,

 Whose name I cannot think upon?

 Even with the good knight Charlemain.


 No more to say of them I list;

 ‘Tis all but vain, all dead and done:

 For death may no man born resist,

 Nor make appeal when death comes on.

 I make yet one more question;

 Where’s Lancelot, king of far Bohain?

 Where’s he whose grandson called him son?

 Even with the good knight Charlemain.


Where is Guesclin, the good Breton?

 The lord of the eastern mountain-chain,

 And the good duke of Alençon?

 Even with the good knight Charlemain.


About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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2 Responses to Ballad of the Lords of Old Time

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  2. Wank Tank says:

    Hi there. Very amusing.

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