La morre est jeu pire qu'aux quilles,
ne qu'aux échecs ne qu'au quillart
à ce méchant jeu Coquillart
perdit sa vie et ses coquilles.
Morra is worse than nine-pins,
Worse than chess and worse than billiards
At this nasty game Coquillart*
Lost his life and his fortune.
*Guillaume Coquillart was a French poet much admired by Marot who was said to have died of grief after losing his fortune in a game of morra. “Coquillart” means “pilgrim” and “coquille” means “shell”, so the last two lines are also a pun referring to the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela, the symbol of which is the cockleshell.