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The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 8


Now hear a matter wonderful,
Know it everywhere, both far and wide,
how God, who in all grace abounds,
is at last always on virtue's side.
This is a widely known fact of note,
if we consider the present case,
That God may help the disillusioned,
when Fortune casts him on his face

Original in French

Oyez par tout l'univers monde
Chose sur toute merveillable!
Notez se Dieu, en qui habonde
Toute grace, est point secourable
Au droit en fin. C'est fait notable,
Consideré le présent cas!
Si soit aux deceilz valable,
Que Fortune a flati à cas!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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