By Jacqueline Pascal
Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) was once the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun on the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was once additionally a prolific author who argued for the non secular rights of girls and the precise of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and family members authority.This booklet offers decisions from the full of Pascal's profession as a author, together with her witty adolescent poetry and her pioneering treatise at the schooling of ladies, A Rule for kids, which drew on her reports as schoolmistress at Port-Royal. Readers also will locate Pascal's devotional treatise, which matched each one second in Christ's ardour with a corresponding advantage that his woman disciples may still domesticate; a transcript of her interrogation through church experts, during which she defended the debatable theological doctrines taught at Port-Royal; a biographical comic strip of her abbess, which provided Pascal's perception of the perfect nun; and a range of letters supplying lively defenses of Pascal's correct to perform her vocation, despite patriarchal objections.
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May our hearts in this moment be full of joy, Since our enemies will be routed from their thrones. A dauphin will plunge them into confusion. All their plots will collapse. French people, offer your prayers to God. This dear dauphin, whom you so long wanted, Will soon fulfill your every hope. Great God, I passionately beg you To take our queen under your protection. If you save her, you save France! (May 1638) EPIGRAM ON THE QUICKENING OF THE QUEEN’S CHILD2 (ALSO PRESENTED TO HER MAJESTY) This invincible child of an invincible father Already makes us hope without limit.
The early poems show the influence of the salon lyricist Benserade, while the later works bear the more heroic stamp of Corneille. In content the poems alternate among political, religious, and sentimental concerns. The political poems celebrating the personages of the French court first brought Jacqueline Pascal to the attention of the literary public. “On the Conception of the Virgin,” winner of Rouen’s Prix de la Tour, confirmed her eminence as a poet prodigy. In both theme and style the poetry of Jacqueline Pascal manifests a clear evolution.
Société des amis de Port-Royal, Deux grandes figures d’Auvergne: Gilberte et Jacqueline Pascal; Colloque organisé par le Centre International Blaise Pascal; Actes. Chroniques de Port-Royal, no. 31 (1982). The entire issue is devoted to the proceedings of the colloquium. Introduction Vircondelet, Alain. Le roman de Jacqueline et Blaise Pascal: La nuit de feu. Paris: Flammarion, 1989. Weitzel, Sophie Winthrop. Sister and Saint. A Sketch of the Life of Jacqueline Pascal. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1880.