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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 47


Oh! all you blind people,
can you not see in this God's hand?
For only the truly stupid can not
see this was done at His command.
How else could the Maid have struck
you down except she was sent to us by Him?
You don't have the strength, give in!
Do you really want to fight against Him?

Original in French

N'appercevez-vous, gent avugle,
Que Dieu a icy la main mise?
Et qui ne le voit est bien bugle,
Car comment seroit en tel guise
Ceste Pucelle ça tramise
Qui tous mors vous fait jus abatre?
-- Ne force [n']avez qui souffise!
Voulez-vous contre Dieu combatre?1

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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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