Sermon joyeux  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Sermon joyeux is the French term for a burlesque sermon. A famous example is the "Le Sermon de Saint Billouart" by Jean Molinet.

In the words of Studies in the Development of the Fool in the Elizabethan Drama:

"those ridiculous medleys of mock-pious exhortations, learned allusions and scurrility, full of dog-Latin and religious tags, which, originating in the mock services of the Feast of Fools, later played a prominent part in the performances of the Fool Societies, who delighted to parody both the religious sermon and the rhetorical disquisition of the schools. Of the formal 'sermon joyeux' there are but two examples in the English drama — that delivered by Folly at the close of the Satire of the Three Estaits, describing various classes of fools, and the discourse of Herod's fool in Archi-Propheta, - based nominally on the opening verses of Genesis, but in reality consisting of a disquisition on folly and satire of society, particularly women. It concludes:
Quid est Patriarchus ? Patriarchus. Et quid est
Morio ? morio. Quid foemina ? quid ? nisi fatua.
Et spiritus Domini motus per aquas fuit."

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