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 of Our Lady. O Catherine, if you only knew the loving tenderness Jesus shows those souls whom He chooses as His spouses!...

CATHERINE, getting up.

1 want to consecrate myself to Jesus, too!... Quick, Joan, bring me to Our Lady's altar, I want to be like you, to be good like you.

JOAN, smiling.

My little sister, you are too young still, you must wait and pray to Our Lord that someday He will give you the grace to give yourself to Him. I, too, will ask this of Him for you. Now, be always good and obedient, for that is the way to attract God's favor.

[Scene 3]

GERMAINE enters, adorned with flowers.

What are you doing? The feast begins in half an hour and Joan is not dressed for it yet (She picks up the garland which Joan has woven. ) Your garland is very beautiful — but surely you mean it for Our Lady's chapel.
I've never seen you weave a single crown of flowers for yourself... Catherine, at least, loves to adorn herself.

JOAN

It's true that all my flowers

 

 

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are for Mary, but that doesn't mean I won't take part in the feast. It won't take me long to get ready, I'll be there almost as soon as you are. Go on, Germaine, take Catherine with you, and I'll join you in a moment.

GERMAINE

Just don't miss it, Joan; without you, it wouldn't be a feast at all.

CATHERINE, to Joan.

 I don't want to go without you, I'll wait for you.

JOAN

Now, do as I say, Catherine. You know what we agreed... I need a few minutes to myself.

GERMAINE

Why is it you want to be alone so often?... Don't you miss hearing all the latest gossip?... As for me, I've learned some very interesting things... Do you know what's been going on at Orleans?...

JOAN

No, I don't know a thing about it. My older brothers Jacques and Jean have both gone off with the army and I pray for them every day. But

 

 

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 I don't want to know what's going on at Orleans or anywhere else.

GERMAINE, astonished.

But, Joan, have you no love for France?...

JOAN

Of course, I do, but I'm just a little shepherdess, and I know it does our country more good for me to live a humble, hidden life than to go searching after knowledge of things which don't concern me.

CATHERINE, getting up.

All right, Joan, since you want me to leave, I'm off to the feast. If Germaine were to start to tell you everything she knows, we'd still be here when the feast was over. And I definitely don't want to miss it, it's going to be so beautiful.

Germaine and Catherine hug Joan and leave for the feast.

[Scene 4]

JOAN

It's already getting late, and still I haven't heard my voices today... Well, I must go to the feast, anyway. (She kneels down.) Our Lady, watch over me, I am your little servant.

 

 

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 Give me the grace to do only what is pleasing to you.

SAINT MICHAEL unseen, sings to the tune of "Partez, hérauts"["Go, Heralds"].
The day of victory will come
To save the kingdom of the French.
But to God alone belongs all glory.
He will arm a child to show this.
And this child, this young warrior
Does not descend from a rich and valiant king.
She is only a simple shepherdess.
But God calls Himself Almighty.
He wants to give the timid virgin
A heart of fire, a soldier's soul.
Then He will crown her pure and honest head
With lilies and with laurels.
 
JOAN, frightened.
O my God! I do not understand! The voice I heard was usually so sweet It can't be to me that this voice today is speaking. But then, who is this child who must do such great things? Maybe I'm the one who's to make known to her [i.e., France] God's will.... But she'll never believe me! O Most Holy Virgin Mary, and you my dear Guardian Angel, deign to make it clear to me and tell me what I must do!
 

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SAINT CATHERINE and SAINT MARGARET,
unseen, sing to the tune of "L'ange et l'âme" ["The Angel and the Soul"].
 
Lovable child, our sweet companion,
Your voice, so pure, has risen to Heaven.
The Guardian Angel who's always with you
Has brought your wishes to the Eternal One.
 
We have come down from His Heavenly Empire
Where we reign with Him for eternity.
By our voices, God has deigned
To tell you His will!....
 
You must set forth to save your Homeland,
Take up the sword, to preserve its honor.
The King of Heaven and the Virgin Mary
Will always know how to make you victorious.
 
JOAN, more and more frightened.

Save the Homeland!!... Take up the sword!... Me, a poor country girl ... I must be dreaming! (She gets up and looks around her.) No, I'm wide awake!... O my God!... Come help me!... I am distraught. I am afraid!!!... (She hides her face in her hands and cries.)

SAINT CATHERINE and SAINT MARGARET, unseen.

Console yourself, Joan, dry your tears.
Lift up your eyes and ears to heaven.
 

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