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

"Precious " 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.

I crave that you indulge me,
And, like a Samaritan of old,
Assist me with directions to rus in urbe;
My asylum; my stronghold.

My weariness has won,
And o’erthrown my devotion
To a life of Bacchanalian glee:
Instead, I—wait, I’m not done!