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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 5

My reason is because the legally
born King of France who draws near.
Who for so long suffered misfortune
and was exiled alone in pain and fear.
Arises now as ready for Prime
dressed in royal splendor and might
wearing golden spurs approaches
crowned as King, as is his right.

Original in French

C'est que le degeté enfant
Du roy de France legitime,
Qui long temps a esté souffrant
Mains grans ennuiz, qui or aprime,
Se lieva ainsi que vers prime,
Venant comme roy coronné
En puissance tresgrande et fine,
Et d'espérons d'or espronné.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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