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Most of the rest slaughter'd or took likewise.

Bed. His ransome there is none but I shall pay.
I'll hale the dauphin headlong from his throne,
His crown shall be the ransome of my friend:
Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.
Farewel, my masters, to my task will I;
Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make,
To keep our great faint George's feast withal.
Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take,
Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake.

3 Mel. So you had need; 'fore Orleans besieg’d
The English army is grown weak and faint :
The earl of Salisbury craveth supply,
And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
Since they so few watch such a multitude.

Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworn:
Either to quell the dauphin utterly,
Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it, and here take leave,
about
my preparation.

[Exit. Glou. I'll to the tower with all the hafte I can, To view th'artillery and ammunition, And then I will proclaim young Henry king.

[Exit. Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain’d his special governour, And for his safety there I'll best devise.

[Exit. Win. Each hath his place and fundion to attend : I am left out; for me nothing remains : But long I will not be thus out of office; The king from Eltham I intend to send, And fit at chiefest stern of publick weal.

Exit.

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Before Orleans in France. Enter Dauphin, Alanson, and Reignier, marching with a drum

and Soldiers.
Dau. ARS his true moving, ev'n as in the heav'ns,

So in the earth, to this day is not known.
Late did he shine upon the English fide :
Now we are victors, upon us he smiles.
What towns of any moment but we have?
At pleasure here we lie near Orleans :
Though still the familh'd English, like pale ghosts,
Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.

Alan. They want their porridge, and their fat bull-beeves;
Either they must be dieted like mules,
And have their provender ty’d to their mouths,
Or piteous they will look like drowned mice.
Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear :
Remaineth none but madbrain'd Salisbury;
And he may well in fretting spend his gall,
Nor men nor money hath he to make war.

Dau. Sound, sound alarum: we will rush on them:
Now for the honour of the forlorn French:
Him I forgive my death that killeth me,
When he fees me go back one foot to fly.

[Exeunt. (Here alarum, they are beaten back by the English, with great loss.

Enter Dauphin, Alanfon, and Reignier. Dau. Who ever saw the like? what men have I ? Dogs, cowards, daftards! I would ne'er have fled, But that they left meʼmidst my enemies.

Reig. Salisbury is a desp’rate homicide; He fighteth as one weary of his life:

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Two other lords, like lions wanting food,
Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.

Alan. Froysard, a countryman of ours, records,
England all Olivers and Rowlands* bred,
During the time Edward the third did reign:
More truly now may this be verified;
For none but Sampsons and Goliahs now
It sendeth forth to skirmish; one to ten !
Lean rawbon'd rascals! who would e'er suppose,
They had such courage and audacity!

Dau. Let's leave this town, for they are harebrain'd saves,
And hunger will enforce them be more eager :
Of old I know them ; rather with their teeth
The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the fiege.

Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals or device
Their arms are set like clocks, still to strike on;
Else they could ne'er hold out so as they do:
By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone,
Alan. Be it fo.

Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
Baft. Where's the prince dauphin? I have news for him.
Dau. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us.

Baft. Methinks, your looks are sad, your cheer appallid.
Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence ?
Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand :
A holy maid hither with me I bring,
Which, by a vision sent to her from heav’n,
Ordained is to raise this tedious siege,
And drive the English forth the bounds of France.
The spirit of deep prophesy she hath,

* Oliver and Rowland were two of the most famous worthies in the list of the twelve peers of Charlemagne, and their exploits are celebrated by the old romantick writers that height of ridiculous extravagance, and s? equally, that it is hard to jay from thoje accounts which of the two was the most wonderful hero: and from thence arose the old English saying of a Rowland for your Oliver to signify, the being even with one in a tale, or the matching one extraordinary thing with another.

Exceeding

Exceeding the nine Sibyls of old Rome :
What’s past, and what's to come, she can descry.
Speak, shall I call her in ? believe my words,
For they are certain and infallible.

Dau. Go, call her in : but first to try her skill,
Reignier, stand thou as dauphin in my place;
Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern:
By this means shall we found what skill she hath.

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SCENE VI.

Enter Joan la Pucelle.
Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these wondrous feats ?

Pucel. 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.

Pucel. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter,
My wit untrain’d in any kind of art :
Heav'n, and our lady gracious, hath it pleas’d
To shine on my contemptible estate.
Lo, whilft I waited on my tender lambs,
And to fun’s parching heat display'd my

cheeks,
God's mother deigned to appear to me;
And, in a vision full of majesty,
Will’d me to leave my base vocation,
And free my country from calamity:
Her aid she promis’d, and assur’d success:
In complete glory she reveaľd herself;
And, whereas I was black and swart before; :
With those clear rays which she infus’d on me,
* Though the Sibyls were reckon'd more than nine, get the books of their orails which were brought to

That

Rome were but nine.

That beauty am I bleft with which you see.
Ask me what question thou canst possible,
And I will answer unpremeditated.
My courage try by combat, if thou dar'ft,
And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex.
Resolve on this, thou shalt be fortunate
If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.

Dau. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high terms:
Only this proof I'll of thy valour make,
In single combat thou shalt buckle with me;
And, if thou vanquishest, thy words are true;
Otherwise, I renounce all confidence.

Pucel. I am prepar’d: here is my keen-edg'd sword,
Deck'd with fine flow'r-de-luces on each side,
The which at Tourain, in saint Catharine's church,
Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.

Dau. Then came o’god's name, for I fear no woman.
Pucel. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from a man.

Here they fight, and Joan la Pucelle overcomes.
Dau. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art ap Amazon,
And fightest with the sword of Debora.

Pucel. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too weak.

Dau. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that must help me:
Inpatiently 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,

Pucel. 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.

Dau. Mean time, look gracious on thy prostrate thrall,
Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk.
Alan. Doubtless, he shrives this woman to her smock,

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