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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. X–XI: French
 
All Things Except Myself I Know
By François Villon (1431–1463?)
 
I KNOW when milk does flies contain;
  I know men by their bravery;
I know fair days from storm and rain;
  And what fruit apple-trees supply;
  And from their gums the trees descry;        5
I know when all things smoothly flow;
  I know who toil or idle lie;
All things except myself I know.
 
I know the doublet by the grain;
  The monk beneath the hood can spy;        10
Master from man can ascertain;
  I know the nun’s veiled modesty;
  I know when sportsmen fables ply;
Know fools who creams and dainties stow;
  Wine from the butt I certify;        15
All things except myself I know.
 
Know horse from mule by tail and mane;
  I know their worth or high or low;
Bell, Beatrice, I know the twain;
  I know each chance of cards and die;        20
  I know what visions prophesy,
Bohemian heresies, I trow;
  I know men of each quality;
All things except myself I know.
 
Envoy
Prince, I know all things ’neath the sky,
        25
  Pale cheeks from those of rosy glow;
I know death whence can no man fly;
  All things except myself I know.
 
 
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