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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 13


And you Charles, now King of France
the seventh in your noble line
You suffered such misfortune and
disgrace before receiving aid divine.
Thanks to God your honor is renewed
by the Maid who has laid low your
enemies beneath your standard of blue.
And this is something very new!

Original in French

Et tu, Charles, roy des Francois,
VIIe d'icellui hault nom,
Qui si grant guerre as eue aincois
Que bien t'en prensist se peu non:
Mais, Dieu grace, or voiz ton renon
Hault eslevé par la Pucelle,
Qui a soubzmis soubz ton penon
Tes ennemis (chose est nouvelle!)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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