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Saturday, 8 November 2008
FRANÇOIS VILLON & BULAT OKUDZHAVA
“I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.” - Pietro Aretino
It is timely perhaps to post this song up for Song Saturday, today. It is by the Russian/Georgian singer-songwriter Bulat Okudzhava (1924-1997). It is based on a poem by the French poet François Villon (born ca 1431). It is generally known as François Villon’s prayer and a translation runs thus:
François Villon’s Prayer
Before the earth stops turning Before all lights grow dim, To each one Lord, I pray Thee Grant what is needful to him:
To the wise one a ready wit, To the coward a horse, pray do To the fortunate some money But remember, I’m here too…
Before the earth stops turning Of thy power without end; To the one in want of power Thy appointed portion of land.
To the one whose hand is open Grant rest form charity, A gift of remorse to Cain, But also remember me…
O, Lord, Thou art all-knowing, I believe in thy wisdom then, As the fallen soldier believes In Heaven he’s alive again.
As every man believes Thy great word as true, As all men must believe… They know not what they do!
Before the earth stops turning Before all lights grow dim, And the fires are still burning Grant each what is meet to him:
Grant to each some little thing And remember I’m here too…
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"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything." – Norman Lear