Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven

The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 26

But as for us we have never heard
tell of a tale so marvelous.
For all the great men of the past
none can be compared with this.
Joan's only concern is to cast out
the invader and free us from duress
This is God's doing who guides her and
has given her a heart greater than the rest.

Original in French

Mais quant à nous, oncques parler
N'oÿsmes de si grant merveille,
Car tous les preux au long aler
Qui ont esté; ne s'appareille
Leur prouesse à ceste qui veille
A bouter hors noz ennemis.
Mais ce fait Dieu, qui la conseille,
En qui cuer plus que d'omme a mis.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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