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Joan of Arc

Robert Southey

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:JOAN OF ARC. THE TENTH BOOK. Thus to the martyrs in their countrysMorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:JOAN OF ARC. THE TENTH BOOK. Thus to the martyrs in their countrys cause The Maiden gave their fame- and when she ceasd, Sucb murmur from the multitude arose, As when at twilight hour the summer breeze Moves oer the elmy vale: there was not one Who mournd with feeble sorrow for his friend, Slain in the fight of freedom- or if chance Remembrance with a tear suffusd the eye, The patriots joy flashd thro. And now the rites Of sepulture performd, the hymn to heaven They chaunted. To the town the Maid returnd, Dunois, with her, and Richemont, and the man, Conrade, whose converse most the Virgin loyd. They of pursuit and of the future war Sat communing- when loud the trumpets voice Proclaimd approaching herald. To the Maid, Exclaimd the messenger, and thee, Dunois, Son of the chief he lovd! Du Chastel sends Greeting. The aged warrior hath not spard All active efforts to partake your toil, And serve his country- and tho late arrivd, He share not in the fame your arms acquire, His heart is glad that he is late arrivd, And France preservd thus early. He were here To join your host, and follow on their flight, But Richemont is his foe. To that high lord Thus says my master : We, tho each to each Be hostile, are alike the embattled sons Of this our common country. Do thou join The conquering troops, and prosecute success- I will the while assault what guarded towns Bedford yet holds in Orleannois: one day, Perhaps the constable of France may learn He wrongd Du Chastel. As the herald spake, The crimson current rushd to Ricbemonts cheek. Tell to thy master, eager he replied, I am the foe of those court parasites Who poison the kings ear. Him who shall serve Our country in the field, I...