Henry VI, pt. 1 – Joan la Pucelle

    Henry VI, pt. 1 – Joan la Pucelle

    Shakespeare – Women

    Act 1, sc. 2, lines 72-92

    Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd’s daughter
    My wit untrained in any kind of art.
    Heaven and our Lady gracious hath it pleased
    To shine on my contemptible estate.
    Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs
    And to sun’s parching heat desplayed my cheeks,
    God’s Mother deign`ed to appear to me,
    And in a vision full of majesty
    Willed me to leave my base vocation
    And free my country from calamity.
    Her aid she promised and assured success.
    In complete glory she revealed herself;
    And, whereas I was black and swart before,
    With those clear rays which she infused on me
    That beauty am I blessed with which you see.
    Ask me what question thou canst possible,
    And I will answer unpremeditated.
    My courage try by combat if thou darest,
    And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex.
    Resolve on this, thou shalt be fortunate
    If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.