It is sufficient to say that the chanson de geste, as it is now extant, is the almost exclusive property of northern France.
When I was down in Transylvania I made a chanson about it all, and set it myself to music.
I found the Pole burnishing his accoutrements, and singing, in French most barbarously broken, the burden of a chanson boire.
When Jean Jacques had finished the long first verse of the chanson, and would have begun another, Norah made a protesting gesture.
He always played the chanson Triste when he was sad and lonely.
He had a curious store of legend and chanson, and he had the Frenchman's power of applying them, though he did it seldom.
As to the subject, a chanson de geste must be concerned with some event which is, or is supposed to be, historical and French.
A chanson de geste must be written in verses either of ten or twelve syllables, the former being the earlier.
William Short Nose is also from the chanson de geste of that hero.
Of those which we possess, one and one only, the chanson de Roland, belongs in its present form to the 11th century.