Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven

The Song of Joan of Arc
By Christine de Pisan
Stanza 9

And note you should not be dismayed
When evil Fortune strikes you down,
When someone is unjustly hated on all
sides, and misfortune is their gown.
Although Fortune can do great harm,
it's inconsistant and there is another guide.
For God who harshly punishes wrong,
helps those who in His hope abide.

Original in French

Et note[z] comment esbahir
Ne se doit nul pour infortune,
Se voiant grant tort har,
Et courir sus par voix commune!
Voie[z] comment tousjours n'est une
Fortune, qui a nuit maint!
Car Dieu, qui aux tors faiz repune,
Ceulx relieve en qui espoir maint.1


1 French from original fifteenth century manuscript referenced as Berne 205 and contained in: Pisan, Christine de, Diti 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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