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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 36

She drives her enemies from France,
recapturing many towns and castles.
Never was shown any greater strength,
not even with 100,000 men in battles.
And she is the supreme commander of
our brave and able men accomplishing the deeds.
Not even Hector or Achilles had such strength.
This is God's doing and it is she whom He leads.

Original in French

Et d'eulx va France descombrant,
En recouvrant chasteaulx et villes.
Jamais force ne fu si grant,
Soient ou à cens ou à miles!
Et de noz gens preux et abiles
Elle est principal chevetaine.
Tel force n'ot Hector n'Achilles!
Mais tout ce fait Dieu, qui la menne.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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