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Conrade on bis way to Orleans releases a French soldier. Council of the leaders. Summons of the Maid to the English Generals. The Maid attacks, defeats them, and enters Orleans in triumph at midnight, amid thunder and lightning.
JOAN of ARC.
THE SIXTH BOOK.
The night was calm, and many a moving cloud
Murmuring along. The noise of coming feet
« Whence art thou?" cried the Warrior; “ on what charge e Commission'd?"
: “Is it not the voice of Conrade ?" Francis exclaim'd; " and dost thou bring to us
"Tidings of speedy aid ? oh I had it come "A few hours earlier ! Isabel is gone !"
“Nay she is safe:" cried Conrade,“ her I found
" There is no food in Orleans," he replied, "Scarce a meal more! the assembled chiefs resolved, “ If thou shouldst bring no tidings of near aid, " To cut their way to safety, or by death “ Prevent the pang of * famine. One they sought “Who venturous in the English camp should spy
* Fuller calls this “ resolving rather to lose their lives by wholesale on the point of the sword, than to retail them out. by famine."