Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven

The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 46

As for you French rebels
who joined them can you now see,
better it would have been to go
forward than back, don't you believe.
Than becoming serfs to the English.
Beware more harm does not ensue,
(for you have been tolerated too long!)
Remember what the outcome will be for you.

Original in French

Et vous, rebelles rouppieux,
Qui à eulz vous estes adhers,
Or voiez-vous qu'il vous fust mieulx
D'estre alez droit que le revers,
Pour devenir aux Anglois serfs.
Gardez que plus ne vous aviengne
(Car trop avez esté souffers),
Et de la fin bien [vous] souviengne!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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