Translation © by Laura Prichard

Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Mon Dieu! J'étais une bergère, quand
Vous m'avez prise au hameau
Pour chasser la race étrangère
Comme je chassais mon troupeau.
Dans la nuit de mon ignorance
Votre Esprit m'est venu chercher.
Je vais monter sur le bûcher,
Et pourtant j'ai sauvé la France.

Seigneur mon Dieu! je suis heureuse
En sacrifice de m'offrir
Mais on la dit bien douloureuse
Cette mort que je vais souffrir.
Au dernier combat qui s'avance
Marcherai-je sans trébucher?
Je vais monter sur le bûcher,
Et pourtant j'ai sauvé la France.

Allez me chercher ma bannière
Où pour la victoire bénis,
De Jésus Christ et de sa mère
Les deux saints noms sont réunis.
Allez me chercher ma bannière;
Sur ce symbole d'espérance
Mon oeil mourant veut s'attacher.
Je vais monter sur le bûcher,
Et pourtant j'ai sauvé la France.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Joan of Arc at the Stake", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Joan of Arc at the Stake
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
My God! I was a shepherdess when
You took me from my hamlet
To drive out the foreign race
Like I used to drive my flock of sheep.
In the night of my ignorance
Your Spirit came in search of me.
I am going to the stake,
And yet, I've saved France.

O Lord, my God! I am happy
To offer myself as a sacrifice
But they say it's really painful
This death which I'll suffer.
Into this last battle, wherein I go,
Will I march without stumbling?
I am going to the stake,
And yet, I've saved France.

Go bring me my banner
On which, blessed by victory,
Jesus Christ and his mother,
The two saints, both have their names.
Go bring me my banner;
It's on this symbol of hope
My dying gaze wants to affix itself.
I am going to the stake,
And yet, I've saved France.

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Text added to the website: 2020-01-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-03 21:55:01
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Word count: 150