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Gle. The church! where is it? Had not | France is revolted from the English quite ;
Except some petty towns of no import:
The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd;
Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to
And lookest to command the prince, and realm,
O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.
Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your
An army have I muster'd in my thoughts,
Enter a third MESSENGER.
3. Mess. My gracious lords,-to add to your
Let's to the altar:-Heralds, wait on us :-
Glo. Is Paris lost? is Roüen yielded up? If Henry were recall'd to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was us'd?
Mess. No treachery; but want of men and
You are disputing of your generals.
Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, These tidings would call forth hert flowing tides.
Here there, and every where, enrag'd he slew:
Durst not presume to look once in the face.
Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
Enter another MESSENGER.
3. Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford:
Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise.
my masters; to my task will I; sufrance forthwith I am to make, a great Saint George's feast withal: '| and soldiers with me I will take, 1 sody deeds shall make all Europe pake
in So you had need; for Orleans is yant'd;
2. Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad mischance,
*Norse was anciently so spelt.
I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne,
t Her, i. e. England's.
1. c. Their miseries which have had only a short Four of their lords I'll change for one of
my is grown weak and faint: Salisbury craveth supply, keeps his men from mutiny,
so few, watch such a multitude. kember, lords, your oaths to Heary
the Dauphin utterly. [sworn; in obedience to your yoke.
remember it: and here take leave,
av proclaim young Henry king,
the honour of the forlorn French :e my death, that killeth me, es me go back one foot, or fly. [Exeunt. Excursions, afterwards a Retreat. CHARLES, ALENÇON, REIGNIER, and!
others. Whoever saw the like? what men have 11
covarde! dastarde!—I would ne'er have fled, they left me 'midat my enemies. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; has one weary of his life.
Ere. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, [sworn; Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, To go about my preparation. [Exit.
Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, To view the artillery and munition; And then I will proclaim young Henry king,
[Exit. Eze. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain'd his special governor ; And for his safety there I'll best advise.
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend:
I am left ont; for me nothing remains.
SCENE II.-France.-Before Orleans. Eater CHARLES, with his Forces; ALENÇON, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens,
So in the earth, to this day is not known:
Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear: Remaineth none but mad-brain'd Salisbury; And he may well in fretting spend his gall, Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war. Char. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush
Now for the honour of the forlorn French :Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. [Exeunt. Alarums; Excursions, afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter CHARLES, ALENÇON, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Whoever saw the like? what men have
The other lords, like lions wanting food,
Alen. Froissard, a countrymen of ours, records,
England all Olivers and Rowlands bred,
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmalst or de vice, [on; Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike 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.
I? Dogs! cowards! dastards!--I would ne'er have fled,
But that they left me 'midst my enemies.
Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; He fighteth as one weary of his life.
Either they must be dieted like mules,
The spirit of deep prophecy she hath, Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome; What's past, and what's to come, she cau
Speak, shall I call her in? Believe my words, For they are certain and unfallible.
Char, Go, call her in: [Exit BASTARD.] 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 sound what skill she hath. [Retires.
Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these wond'rous feats? Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to be guile me? [hind; Where is the Dauphin ?-come, come from beBe not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me : I know thee well, though never seen before. In private will I talk with thee apart :Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while.
FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI.
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs,
With Henry's death, the English circle ends;
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 reveal'd herself; And, whereas I was black and swart before, With those clear rays which she infus'd on me, That beauty am I bless'd with, which you see. Ask me what question thou canst possible, And I will answer unpremeditated: My courage try by combat, if thou darʼst, And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex. 'Resolve on this:* Thou shalt be fortunate, If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.
Char. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love, For my profession's sacred from above: When I have chas'd all thy foes from hence, Then will I think upon a recompense.
Char. Meantime, 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
Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do know : [tongues. These women are shrewd tempters with their Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise
Shall we give over Orleans or no?
Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants! Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard. Char. What she says, I'll confirm; we'll fight it out. Pue. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge. This night the siege assuredly I'll raise : Expect Saint Martin's summer, halcyon days, Since I have entered into these wars. Glory is like a circle in the water,
Be firmly persuaded of it.
· Expect prosperity after misfortune.
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove? Thou with an eagle art inspired then, Helen, the mother of great Constantine, [thee Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters,* were like Bright star of Venus, fall'n down on the earth, How may I reverently worship thee enough? Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save our 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 proves 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.t-Where be these warders, that they wait not here? Open the gates; Gloster it is that calls. [SERVANTS knock.
1 Ward [Within.] Who is there that knocks so imperiously?
1 Serv. It is the noble Duke of Gloster. 2 Ward. [Within.[ Whoe'er he be, you may not be let in.
1 Serv. Answer you so the lord protector,
1 Ward. [Within.] The Lord protect him! So we answer him: We do no otherwise than we are will'd. Glo. Who will'd you? or whose will stands but mine?
There's none protector of the realm, but I.Break up the gates, I'll be your warrantize : Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms? SERVANTS rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to the Gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant. Wood. [Within.] What noise is this? what
traitors have we here?
Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear? [enter. Open the gates; here's Gloster that would Wood. [Within.] Have patience, noble duke: I may not open; The cardinal of Winchester forbids: From him I have express commandement, That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in. Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him 'fore me? Arrogant Winchester? that haughty prelate, Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could
- Pinchester goose,◊ I cry—a rope! a [staywhen bence. Why do you let them ase hence, thou wolf in sheep's
By sat-out, scarlet hypocrite!
rously should break the peace!
protector of the realm;
have armour here out of the Tower
and command you, in his highne repair to go ar several dwelling-piace Tato wear, handle, or use, any mo dazger, henceforward, upon po
a Cardinal. I'll be no breaker of the la meet, and break our minds
Water, we'll meet; to thy dear c
od I will have, for this day's v
Glo. Piel'd priest,* dost thou command me to be shut out?
Win. I do, thou most usurping proditor,t
Glo. Stand back, thou manifest conspirator;}
Win. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge
This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain,
Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth
Glo. What? am I dar'd, and bearded to my
[GLOSTER and his Men attack the Bishop.
Win. Here's Gloster too, a foe to citizens; One that still motions war, and never peace, O'ercharging your free purses with large fines; That seeks to overthrow religion, Because he is protector of the realm; And would have armour here out of the Tower, To crown himselfking, and suppress the prince. Glo. I will not answer thee with words, but blows. [Here they skirmish again. May. Nought rests for me, in this tumultuous strife, But to make open proclamation :Come, officer; as loud as e'er thou canst. Off. All manner of men, assembled here in arms this day, against God's peace and the king's, we charge and command you, in his highness' name, to repair to your several dwelling-places: and not to wear, handle, or use, any sword, weapon, or dagger, henceforward, upon pain of death.
Glo. Cardinal, I'll be no breaker of the law:
Alluding to his shaven crown. Trai.or. Sift.
M. Gun. Sirrah, thou know'st how Orleans is besieg'd;
And how the English have the suburbs won. Son. Father, I know; and oft have shot at them,
Howe'er, unfortunate, I miss'd my aim.
M. Gun. But now thou shalt not. Be thou
Chief master-gunner am I of this town;
Wont, through a secret gate of iron bars
A piece of ordnance 'gainst it I have plac'd;
If thou spy'st any, run and bring me word;
[Exit. Son. Father, I warrant you; take you no
I'll never trouble you, if I may spy them.
Sal. Talbot, my life, my joy, again return'd!
Tal. The duke of Bedford had a prisoner,
Sul. Yet tell'st thou not, how thou wert en-
Tal. With scoffs, and scorns, and contume-
In open market-place produc'd they me,
"That is, for peace-officers armed with clubs or staves.
To hurl at the beholders of my shame.
FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI.
In iron walls they deem'd me not secure;
That they suppos'd, I could rend bars of steel,
But we will be reveng'd sufficiently.
Glan. And I, here, at the bulwark of the
Or with light skirmishes enfeebled.
[Shot from the Town. SALISBURY and Sir THO. GARGRAVE fall.
Sal. O Lord, have mercy on us, wretched sinners!
Gar. O Lord have mercy on me, woeful
Tal. What chance is this, that suddenly
Speak, Salisbury; at least, if thou canst speak;
Accursed tower! accursed fatal hand, That have contriv'd this woeful tragedy ! In thirteen battles Salisbury o'ercame; Henry the fifth he first train'd to the wars; Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up, [field.His sword did ne'er leave striking in the Yet liv'st thou, Salisbury? though thy speech doth fail,
One eye thou hast, to look to heaven for grace:
Thunder heard; afterwards an Alarum. What stir is this? What tumults in the hea
vens? Whence cometh this alarum, and the noise? Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. My lord, my lord, the French have gather'd head: [join'd,The Dauphin, with one Joan la Pucelle A holy prophetess, new risen up,
[Act I. Is come with great power to raise the siege. [SALISBURY groans. Tal. Hear, hear, how dying Salisbury doth groan! It irks his heart, he cannot be reveng'dFrenchmen, I'll be a Salisbury to you :Pucelle or puzzel,* dolphin or dogfish, Your hearts Ill stamp out with my horse's heels,
And make a quagmire of your mingled brains.-
SCENE V-The same-Before one of the Gates. Alarum Skirmishings. TALBOT pursueth the DAUPHIN, and driveth him in: then enter JoAN LA PUCELLE, driving Englishmen before her. Then enter TALBOT.
Tal. Where is my strength, my valour, and my force?
Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them; A woman, clad in armour, chaseth them. Enter LA PUCELLE.
Here, here she comes:I'll have a bout with thee;
Devil, or devil's dam, Ill conjure thee:
My breast I'll burst with straining of my cour And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,
But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet. Puc. Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet
I must go victual Orleans forthwith.
[PUCELLE enters the Town, with Soldiers. Tal. My thoughts are whirled like a potter's
know not where I am, nor what I do: A witch, by fear, not force, like Hannibal, Drives back our troops, and conquers, as she [stench, So bees with smoke, and doves with noisome Are from their hives, and houses, driven away. They call'd us, for our fierceness, English dogs; Now, like to whelps, we crying run away. [A short Alarum.
Hark, countrymen? either renew the fight,
heteof will make me hide my head. Retreat. Exeunt TALBOT and Forces,&rc.
A dirty wench. The superstition of those times tanght, that he who could draw a witch's blood was free from her power.
SCENE VI-The same.
n the Walls, PUCELLE, CHARLES, ALENÇON, and Soldiers.
will divide my crown with her: priests and friars in my realm Puc. Come, come, 'tis only I that must disresion, sing her endless praise. grace thee; [They fight. pyramis to her I'll rear, Tal. Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prepes, or Memphis', ever was: vail ? [age,ber, when she is dead, nurn more precious jewel'd coffer of Darius, shall be at high festivals kings and queens of France.
Saint Dennis will we cry,
wh Pucelle shall be France's saint. and let us banquet royally, den day of victory.
brance our waving colours on the
trians from the English wolves:Pucelle hath perform'd her word. est creature, bright Astræa's ughter,
albanour thee for this success!
es are like Adonis' gardens,
by bloom'd, and fruitful were the
amph in thy glorious prophetess!
els the town of Orleans:
sedap did ne'er befall our state.
Fyring not out the bells throughwte town?
[fires, and the citizens make bonand banquet in the open streets, the joy that God hath given us. France will be replete with mirth and joy. [men. shall hear how we have play'd the Joan, not we, by whom the day
SCEN I. The same.
de Gates, a French SERGEANT, and SENTINELS.
Sn, take your places, and be vigilant: e, or soldier, you perceive, levels, by some apparent sign, e knowledge at the court of guard." Sergeant, you shall. [Exit SER
[Thus are poor servitors deep upon their quiet beds, to watch in darkness, rain and
ILOT, BEDFORD, BURGUNDY, and Sealing Ladders; their Drums ng dead march
regent, and redoubted Burgun
approach, the regions of Artois, and Picardy, are friends to us,y night the Frenchmen are secure, al day carous'd and banquetted: e we then this opportunity
best to quittance their deceit, by art, and baleful sorcery. Coward of France-how much he
Tags his fame,