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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 1


I, Christine, who have wept for
eleven years closed in an abbey cell.
Ever since that dreadful time
when Charles (how strange it is to tell)
the King's son-dare I say it-
fled from Paris and his domain
I have lived a prisoner ever since.
Now I can begin to laugh again!

Original in French

Je,Christine, qui ay plouré
XI ans en abbaye close,
Où j'ay tousjours puis demouré
Que Charles (c'est estrange chose!),
Le filz du roy, se dire l'ose,
S'en fouy de Paris de tire,
Par la traïson là enclose,
Ore à prime me prens à rire;1

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1 French from original fifteenth century manuscript referenced as Berne 205 and contained in: Pisan, Christine de, Ditié de Jeanne d'Arc, ed. A. J. Kennedy and K. Varty, Oxford: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 1977.

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