"Qu'est devenu ce front poli, ces cheveux blonds, sourcils voutes?"

 

Title page of 'Le mystere de Francois Villon' by François Vaucienne
Public DomainTitle page of 'Le mystere de Francois Villon' by François Vaucienne

 

This line is taken from the poem written by François Villon, Les regrets de la belle Heaulmière (The Regrets of the Helmet-Makers Wife).

Villon, spent most of his life in trouble with the law and was eventually sentenced to be hanged in Paris 1463 after his part in a brawl. This sentence was eventually reduced to banishment, and Villon was never heard from again.

The title page of a play,The Mystery of Francois Villon, by François Vaucienne is shown on the right. The writer (real name Jeanne Battesti) had earlier written a play about Petrarch and Laura