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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 17

All this is to profit your soul.
I pray to God you'll be such a man
and that He will grant you long life
and be harmed not from doing all you can.
And see your childen grow up I pray,
to bring joy to France as they may.
As you serve God let the war cease
and return not again to interrupt the peace.

Original in French

Tout ce est le prouffit de t'ame.
Je prie à Dieu que cellui soies,
Et qu'Il te doint, sans le gref d'ame,
Tant vivre qu'encoures tu voyes
Tes enfans grans, et toutes joyes
Par toy et eulz soient en France!
Mais en servant Dieu toutesvoies,
Ne guerre [plus] n'y face oultrance!1


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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