Henry VI, pt. 1 – Joan la PucelleHomepage / Academic programs / Faculty of Arts and Science / Humanities / Drama / Student Resources / Henry VI, pt. 1 – Joan la Pucelle Henry VI, pt. 1 – Joan la PucelleShakespeare – WomenAct 1, sc. 2, lines 72-92Dauphin, 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.