The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. II] - Vol. 41

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. II] - Vol. 41

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. II] - Vol. 41

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. II] - Vol. 41

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This poem is one of the productions of Monsieur de Voltaire, which has at the same time excited the greatest degree of enthusiasm, and also given rise to the most virulent declamations on the part of its opponents. Upon the coronation of Monsieur de Voltaire at the French Theatre, the spectators who accompanied him in multitudes to his hotel, sent forth with an equal degree of enthusiasm, the following exclamations: " Long live the ' Henriade;' long live 'Mahomet;' long live 'La Pucelle.' " We therefore conceive that it may not be deemed irrelevant to enter upon some historical details respecting this production.

"La Pucelle" was commenced about the year I730, and until the period when Monsieur de Vol-

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