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glittering with glory. He will cover them with His right hand and guard them with His Holy arm!..."
[See Wis 5:1-16. —Trans.]

JOAN, with a look of unspeakable happiness.

Oh! how happy I am!... Now death no longer makes me afraid, I desire it as the dawn of my eternal happiness. Holy Martyr, this evening I shall be your sister, with you I'll be able to follow the Divine Lamb and chant the canticle that only virgins are permitted!...

SAINT CATHERINE, getting up.

I'll see you soon again, my dear Sister, in a few moments you will leave this place of exile. Like the dove flying from the ark and finding no place to rest on earth, you are going to fly to the Holy ark and the gates of Heaven are going to open to let you in!...


O Sweet Virgin! do not forget your promise. Come to me, sustain my courage during the martyrdom that I'm going to suffer.


Yes, I'm going to accompany you and sing of the beauty of Heaven that is going to open before your eyes!... I'm going to sing of the palm and the immortal crowns the angels of Heaven have made ready to give you. (She kisses Joan on the forehead and exits.)

[Scene 9]

JOAN, alone,
sings this stanza to the tune of "Pourquoi m'avoir livré" ["Why Have You Set Me Free"] :
Lord, for Your love, I accept martyrdom.
I no longer fear death or the fire.
It is to You, O Jesus! my soul aspires.
My only desire is to [see] You, O my God.

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