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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 52


Although a huge force gathered
and set an ambush for him there
to bar him from returning.
But none needed a Doctor's care,
for all of his opponents were
either captured or killed.
And I was told and will now tell.
One by one they were dispatched
and sent to Heaven or to Hell

Original in French

Quoy qu'on ait fait grant assemblée,
Cuidant son retour contredire
Et lui courir sur par emblée;
Mais plus n'y fault confort de mire,
Car tous mors et pris tire à tire
Y ont esté les contrediz,
Et envoyez, com j'oÿ dire,
En Enfer ou en Paradis.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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