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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 18

I hope you will be good and upright,
and a lover of justice and that you
will surpass all others without blight.
Let not pride bring you down
so you will be gentle and kind to your
people as God desires in giving you the crown.
May you always love the God who chose you,
and as his servant do your duty true.

Original in French

Et j'ay espoir que bon seras,
Droiturier et amant justice,
Et [tres] tous autres passeras,
Mais qu'orgueil ton fait ne honnisse;
A ton pueple doulz et propice,
Et crairignant Dieu, qui t'a esleu
Pour son servant (si com prémisse
En as), mais que faces ton deu.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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