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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
 
Domrémy
Joan of Arc
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
(From King Henry the Sixth, Part I)

DAUPHIN, I am by birth a shepherd’s daughter,
My wit untrain’d in any kind of art.
Heaven and our Lady gracious hath it pleas’d
To shine on my contemptible estate:
Lo! whilst I waited on my tender lambs,        5
And to sun’s parching heat display’d my cheeks,
God’s mother deigned to appear to me;
And, in a vision full of majesty,
Will’d me to leave my base vocation,
And free my country from calamity.        10
Her aid she promis’d, and assur’d success:
In complete glory she reveal’d herself;
And, whereas I was black and swart before,
With those clear rays which she infus’d on me,
That beauty am I bless’d with, which you see.        15
 
 
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