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More truly now may this be verified;
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals' or device, Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on; Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do. By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone.
Alen. Be it so.
Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
our plain and sensible ancestors, of giving one a Rowland for his Oliver, to signify the matching one incredible lie with another.
WARBURTON. Rather, to oppose one hero to another; i. e. to give a person as good a one as he brings. STEEVENS.
'- gimmals-) A gimmal is a piece of jointed work, where one piece moves within another, whence it is taken at large for an engine. It is now by the vulgar called a gimcrack.
Bastard of Orleans,] That this in forme: times was not a term of reproach, see Bishop Hurd's Letters on Chivalry and Romance, in the third volume of his Dialogues, p. 233, who observing on circumstances of agreement between the heroick and Gothick manners, says that “ Bastardy was in credit with both.” One of William the Conqueror's charters begins, « Ego Gulielmus cognomento Bastardus." Nor was bastardy reckoned a disgrace among the ancients. See the eighth Iliad, in which the illegitimacy of Teucer is mentioned as a panegyrick upon him, ver. 284.
Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence?
to try her skill,
Enter LA PUCELLE, Bastard of Orleans, and Others. Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these wond'rous
feats? Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beguile
me?Where is the Dauphin ?-come, come from behind; I know thee well, though never seen before. Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me: In private will I talk with thee apart;Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while.
Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter, My wit untrain’d in any kind of art. Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas'd To shine on my contemptible estate:
_ nine sibyls of old Rome;] There was no nine sibyls of Rome; but he confounds things, and mistakes this for the nine books of Sibylline oracles, brought to one of the Tarquins.
Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs,
Puc. I am prepar'd: here is my keen-edg’d sword,
yard, Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.
Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear no woman. Puc. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from a man.
[They fight. Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an Amazon, And fightest with the sword of Deborah. Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too
• Resolve on this :) i. e. be firmly persuaded of it.
Char. Whoe'er helps me, 'tis thou that must
help me: Impatiently I burn with thy desire; My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu'd. Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be; 'Tis the French Dauphin sueth to thee thus.
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love, For my profession's sacred from above: When I have chased all thy foes from hence, Then will I think upon a recompense. Char. Mean time, look gracious on thy prostrate
thrall. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk. Alen. Doubtless he shrives this woman to her
smock; Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech. Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps no
mean? Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do
know: These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.
Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise you on? Shall we give over Orleans, or no?
Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants !
4 Expect Saint Martin's summer,] That is, expect prosperity after misfortune, like fair weather at Martlemas, after winter has begun.
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove?
Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
honours; Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz’d. Char. Presently we'll try :-Come, let's away
about it: No prophet will I trust, if she prove false.
[Exeunt. SCENE III. London. · Hill before the Tower.
Enter, at the Gates, the Duke of GLOSTER, with
his Serving-men, in blue Coats. Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day; Since Henry's death, I fear, there is conveyance. Where be these warders, that they wait not here? Open the gates; Gloster it is that calls.
Servants knock. i Ward. Within.] Who is there that knocks so
imperiously? 1 Serv. It is the noble duke of Gloster.
· Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters,] Meaning the four daughters of Philip mentioned in the Acts.
- there is conveyance.] Conveyance means theft.