Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven

THE MAID OF ORLEANS PLAY
by Friedrich Schiller

ACT IV SCENE X.

        The KING comes forth from the church. He is in the coronation
        robes. AGNES SOREL, ARCHBISHOP, BURGUNDY, DUNOIS, LA HIRE,
        DUCHATEL, KNIGHTS, COURTIERS, and PEOPLE.

        Many voices shout repeatedly, while the KING advances,--
        Long live the king! Long live King Charles the Seventh!

        [The trumpets sound. Upon a signal from the KING, the HERALDS
        with their staves command silence.]

KING.
Thanks, my good people! Thank you for your love!
The crown which God hath placed upon our brow
Hath with our valiant swords been hardly won:
With noble blood 'tis wetted; but henceforth
The peaceful olive branch shall round it twine.
Let those who fought for us receive our thanks;
Our pardon, those who joined the hostile ranks,
For God hath shown us mercy in our need,
And our first royal word shall now be, mercy!

PEOPLE.
Long live the king! Long live King Charles the good!

KING.
From God alone, the highest potentate,
The monarchs of the French receive the crown;
But visibly from his Almighty hand
Have we received it.
        [Turning to the MAIDEN.]
Here stands the holy delegate of heaven,
Who hath restored to you your rightful king,
And rent the yoke of foreign tyranny.
Her name shall equal that of holy Denis,
The guardian and protector of this realm,
And to her fame an altar shall be reared.

PEOPLE.
Hail to the maiden, the deliverer!

        [Trumpets.]

KING (to JOHANNA).
If thou art born of woman, like ourselves,
Name aught that can augment thy happiness.
But if thy fatherland is there above,
If in this virgin form thou dost conceal
The radiant glory of a heavenly nature,
From our deluded sense remove the veil,
And let us see thee in thy form of light
As thou art seen in heaven, that in the dust
We may bow down before thee.

        [A general silence; every eye is fixed upon the MAIDEN.]

JOHANNA (with a sudden cry).
God! my father!

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