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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 61

This poem completed by Christine,
on the last day of July,
in the above stated year of 1429.
About it I dare to predict that not
everyone will find it a delight.
For a person whose head is bowed
over and whose eyes are downcast.
Can not ever see the light.

Thus ends a very beautiful poem by Christine.

Original in French

Donné ce Ditié par Christine,
L'an dessusdit mil CCCC
Et XXIX, le jour où fine
Le mois de juillet. Mais j'entens
Qu'aucuns se tendront mal contens
De ce qu'il contient, car qui chiere
A embrunche, et les yeux pesans,
Ne puet regarder la lumiere.

Explicit ung tresbel Ditié fait par Christine.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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