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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 10


Who then has seen something occur
so far beyond what they expected?
The whole of France should now ensure
that this story be well recollected
That France (which as I said above
she had been cast down) might rise again,
Her fortunes change, by divine command,
from evil to such great gain.

Original in French

Qui vit doncques chose avenir
Plus hors de toute opinion
(Qui à noter et souvenir
Fait bien en toute région),
Que France (de qui mention
On faisoit que jus ert ruée)
Soit, par divine mission,
Du mal en si grant bien muée,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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