This is part of the complete Exercises in Song cycle being released on this site.

"Noble" is a bonus exercise, not to be found in Raymond Queneau's original Exercices de Style nor in the translations.

To be sung to the tune of "Show Me The Way To Go Home". More information here.

So vast is my perdition
That wakefulness cannot it contain;
And though I drown my sorrows in a sea of hurt,
That but serves to vex my brain.

Though I’ve seen on this earth
Shady vales, proud seas, rich surf:
All my thankless toil has impressed on me
What gentle homesteads are worth.