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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 55

Oh! Paris so poorly counseled,
foolish and trusting the wrong one.
Do you prefer ravage and war rather
than peace with your noble one?
Take heed that your opposition
does not result in your destruction.
Tis better that you beg mercy than
suffer by your false calculation.

Original in French

0 Paris tresmal conseillié!
Folz habitans sans confiance!
Ayme[s]-tu mieulz estre essillié
Qu'à ton prince faire accordance?
Certes, ta grant contrariance
Te destruira, se ne t'avises!
Trop mieulx te feust par suppliance
Requerir mercy. Mal y vises!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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