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Long since we were resolved' of your truth, Were there surpris'd, and taken prisoners.
Or whether that such cowards ought to wear
Much more a knight, a captain, and a leader. Ånd in our coronation take your place.
Tal. When first this order was ordain'd, my lords, (Eseunt King Henry, Gloster, Talbot, and Knights of the garter were of noble birth; Nobles.
Valiant, and virtuous, full of haughtyø courage, Ver. Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea, Such as were grown to credit by the wars; Disgracing of these colours that I wear
Not fearing death, nor shrinking for distress, In honour of my noble lord of York,
But always resolute in most extremes. Dar'st thou maintain the former words thou spak'st? He then, that is not surnish'd in this sort,
Bas. Yes, sir ; as well as you dare patronage Doth but usurp the sacred name of knight, The envious barking of your saucy tongue Profaning this most honourable order; Against my lord the duke of Somerset.
And should (if I were worthy to be judge,) Ter. Sirrah, thy lord I honour as he is.
Be quite degraded like a hedge-born swain Bas. Why, what is he? as good a man as York. That doth presume to boast of gentle blood. Ver. Hark ye; not so: in witness take ye that. K. Hen. Stain to thy countrymen! thou hear'st
(Strikes him. thy doom : Bas. Villain, thou know'st, the law ofarms is such, Be packing therefore, thou that was a knight; That, who so draws a sword, 'tis present death; Henceforth we banish thee, on pain of death. Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood.
(Erit Fastolle. But I'll unto his majesty, and crave
And now, my lord protector, view the letter I may have liberty to venge this wrong;
Sent from our uncle duke of Burgundy. When thou shalt see, I'll meet thee to thy cost. Glo. What means his grace, that he hath chang'd Ver. Well, miscreant, I'll be there as soon as you;
his style ? [Viercing the superscription. And, after, meet you sooner than you would. No more but, plain and bluntly,—To the king ?
[Exeunt. Hath he forgot, he is his sovereign?
Or doth this churlish superscription
Pretend' some alteration in good will ?
(Reads. SCENE 1.—The same. A room of state. Enter Mov'd with compassion of my country's wreck,
King Henry, Gloster, Exeter, York, Suffolk, Together with the pitiful complaints
Forsaken your pernicious faclion,
And join'd with Charles, the rightful king of Glo. Lord bishop, set the crown upon his head.
That in alliance, amity, and oaths,
(Governor kneels. K. Hen. What! doth my uncle Burgundy revolt ? That you elect no other king but him:
Glo. He doth, my lord; and is become your foe. Esteem none friends, but such as are his friends; K. Hen. Is that the worst, this letter doth contain? And none your foes, but such as shall pretend Glo. It is the worst, and all, my lord, he writes. Malicious practices against his state :
K. Hen. Why then, lord Talbot there shall talk This shall ye do, so help you righteous God!
My lord, how say you ? are you not content?
Tal. Content, my liege ? 'Yes; but that I am Fast. My, gracious sovereign, as I rode from prevented, Calais,
I should have begg'd I might have been employ'd. To haste unto your coronation,
K. Hen. Then gather strength, and march unto A letter was deliver'd to my hands,
him straight: Writ to your grace from the duke of Burgundy. Let him perceive, how ill we brook his treason;
Tal. Shame to the Juke of Burgundy, and thee! And what offence it is, to flout his friends.
[Plucking it off. (Which I have done) because unworthily
Enter Vernon and Basset. Thou wast installed in that high degree.
Ver. Grant me the combat, gracious sovereign ! Pardon me, princely Henry, and the rest:
Bas. And me, my lord, grant me the combat too! This dastard, at the battle of Patay,
York. This is my servant; Hear him, noble When but in all I was six thousand strong,
prince! And that the French were almost ten to one, Som. And this is mine; Sweet Henry, favour him! Before we met, or that a stroke was given,
K. Hen. Be patient, lords ; and give them leave Like to a trusty 'squire, did run away;
to speak. In which assault we lost twelve hundred men; Say, gentlemen, What makes you thus exclaim ? Myself, and divers gentlemen beside,
And wherefore crave you combat? or with whom ? (1) Confirmed in opinion.
(6) i. e. In greatest extremities. (3) Design. (4) Mean, dastardly. (5) High. (7) Design (8) Anticipated.
Ver. With him, my lord; for he hath done me My tender years; and let us not forego
That for a trifle, that was bought with blood ! Bas. And I with him; for he hath done me Let me be umpire in this doubtful strife.
I see no reason, if I wear this rose, K. Hen. What is that wrong whereof you both
(Putting on a red rosh complain?
That any one should therefore be suspicious First let me know, and then I'll answer you. I more incline to Somerset, than York:
Bus. Crossing the sea from England into France, Both are my kinsmen, and 'I love them both : This fellow here, with envious carping tongue, As well they inay upbraid me with my crown, upbraided me about the rose I wear;
Because, forsooih, ihe king of Scots is crown'd. Saying—the sanguine colour of the leaves
But your discretions better can persuade, Did represent my master's blushing cheeks, Than I am able to instruct or teach : When stubbornly he did repugn' the truth, And therefore, as we hither came in peace, About a certain question in the law,
So let us still continue peace and love. Argu'd betwixt the duke of York and him; Cousin of York, we institute your grace With other vile and ignominious terins:
To be our regent in these parts of France : In confutation of which rude reproach,
And good my lord of Somerset, unite And in defence of my lord's worthiness,
Your troops of horsemen with his bands of foot;-
And, like true subjects, sons of your progenitors,
Ourself, my lord protector, and the rest,
York. Will not this malice, Somerset, be left? [Hlırish. Ereunt King Henry, Glo. Som,
Win. Sus. anul Basset.
War. My lord of York, I promise you, the king
In that he wears the badge of Somerset.
War. Tush! that was but his fancy, blame him not, Such factious emulations shall arise !
I dare presume, swect prince, he thought no harm. Good cousins both, of York and Somerset,
York. And, if I wist, he did, -But let it rest; Quiet yoursclves, I pray, and be at peace.
Other affairs must now be managed. York. Let this dissension first be tried by fight,
(Ercunt York, Warwick, and Vernon, And then your highness shall command a peace. Exe. Well didst thou, Richard, to suppress thy Som. The quarrel toucheth none but us alone ;
voice : Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
For, had the passions of thy hcart burst out,
Glo. Confirm it so? Confounded be your strife! But howsoe'er, no simple man that sees
This factious bandying of their favourites,
But that it doth presage some ill event.
But more, when envy4 breeds unkind' division;
SCENE II.-France. Before Bourdeaux. En
ter Talbot, with his forces.
Tal. Go to the gates of Bourdeaux, trumpeter
the General of the French forces, and others.
And thus he would, -Open your city gates,
Be humble to us; call my sovereign yours, How will their grudging stomachs be provok'd And do him homage as obedient subjects, To wilful disobedience, and rebel ?
And I'll withdraw me and my bloody power: Beside, what infamy will there arise,
But, if you frown upon this proffer'd peace, When foreign princes shall be certificd,
You tempt the fury of my three attendants, That, for a toy, a thing of no regard,
Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire, King Henry's peers, and chicf nobility,
Who, in a moment, even with the earth Destroy'd themselves, and lost the realm of France ? Shall lay your stately and air-braving towers, O, think upon the conquest of my father, If you forsake the offer of their love.
Gen. Thou ominous and fearful owl of death, (1) Resist.
(2) Betrayed. (3)'Tis strange,'or wonderful.
(4) Enmity, (5) Innatural,
Our nation's terror, and their bloody scourge! Nerer so needful on the earth of France,
Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot;
Who now is girdled with a waist of iron, For, I protest, we are well fortified,
And hemm'd about with grim destruction: And strong enough to issue out and fight: To Bourdeaux, warlike duke, to Bourdeaux, York! I thou relire, the dauphit, well appointed, Else, farewell Talbot, l'rance, and England's Stands with the snares of war to tangle thce :
honour. On either hand thee there are squadrons pitch'd, York. O God! that Somerset-who in proud heart To wall thee from the liberty of flight;
Doth stop my cornets-were in Talbot's place! And no way canst thou turn thee for redress, So should we save a valiant gentleman, But death doth front thee with apparent spoil, By forfeiting a traitor and a coward. And pale destruction meets thee in the face. Nad ire, and wrathful fury, makes me weep, Ten thousand French have ta'en the sacrament That thus we die, while remiss traitors sleep. To rive their dangerous artillery
Lucy. O, send some succour to the distress'd lord ! Upon no Christian soul but English Talbot. York. IIc dies, we lose; I break my warlike word: Lo! there thou stand'st, a breathing valiant man, We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get; Or an invincible unconquer'd spirit:
All 'long of this vile traitor Somerset. This is the latest glory of thy praise,
Lucy. Then, God take mercy on brave Talbot's That I, thy enemy, duel thee withal;
soul! For ere the glass, that now begins to run, And on his son, young John; whom, two hours finish the process of his sandy hour,
since, These eyes, that see thee now well coloured, I met in travel toward his warlike father! Shall see thee wither'd, bloody, pale, and dead. This seven years did not Talbot, see his son;
(Drum afar off. And now they meet where both their lives are done. Hark! hark! the dauphin's drum, a warning beli, York. Alas! what joy shall noble Talbot have, Sings heavy music to thy timorous soul;
To bid his young son welcome to his grave? And mine shall ring thy dire departure out. Away! vexation almost stops my breath,
(Ereunt General, $.e. from the walls. That sunder'd friends grect in the hour of death. Td. He fables not, I hear the enemy;-
Lucy, farewell: no more my fortune can, Out, some light horsemen, and peruse their wings. But curse the cause I cannot aid the man.O, negligent and heedless discipline!
Maine, Blois, Poicticrs, and Tours, are won away, How are we park'd and bounded in a pale ; 'Long all of Somerset, and his delay. [Exit. A little herd of England's timorous deer,
Lucy. Thus, while the vulture of sedition Maz'd with a yelping kennel of French curs ! Feeds in the bosom of such great commanders, If we be English deer, be then in blood ;? Sleeping neglection doth betray to loss Not rascal-like, to fall down with a pinch; The conquest of our scarce-cold conqueror, But rather moody-mad, and desperate stags,
That ever-living man of memory, Turn on the bloody hounds with heads of steel, Henry the Filh:-Whiles they each other cross, And make the cowards stand aloof at bay: Lives, honours, lands, and all, hurry to loss. (Exil. Sell every man his life as dear as mine, And they shall find dear deer of us, my friends.- SCENE IV.-Other plains of Gascony. Enter God, and Saint George! Talbot, and England's
Somerset, with his forces ; an Officer of Tals right!
bot's with him. Prosper our colours in this dangerous fight! [Exe. Som. It is too late ; I cannot send them now: SCENE II.-Plains in Gascony. Enter York, Too rashly plotted; all our general force
This expedition was by York, and Talbot, with forces; to him a Messenger. Might with a sally of the very town York. Are not the speedy scouts return'd again, Be buckled with the over-daring Talbot : That dogg'd the mighty army of the dauphin? Hath sullied all his gloss of former honour, Mess. They are return'd, my lord; and give it out, By this unheedful, desperate, wild adventure : That he is march'd to Bourdeaux with his power, York set him on to fight, and dic in shame, To fight with Talbot: As he march'd along, That, Talbot dead, great York might bear the name. By your espials" were discovered
Offi. Here is sir Villiam Lucy, who with me Tho mightier troops than that the dauphin led; Set from our o'er-match'd forces forth for aid. Which join'd with him, and made their march for
Enter Sir William Lucy.
Som. How now, sir William ? whither were you That thus delays my promised supply
sent? Of horsemen, that were levicd for this siege! Lucy. Whither, my lord ? from bought and sold Renowned Talbot doth expect my uid;
lord Talbot;: And I am lowted by a traitor villain,
Who, ring'd about with bold adversity, And cannot help the noble chevalier :
Cries out for nobie York and Somerset, God comfort hiin in this necessity !
To beat assailing death from his weak legions, If he miscarry, farewell wars in France.
And whiles the honourable captain therc
Drops bloody sweat from his war-wearied limbs,
And, in advantage ling'ring, looks for rescue, Lucy. Thou princely leader of our English You, his false hopes, the trust of England's honour, strength,
Keep off aloof with worthless emulation.
Let not your private discord keep away (1) Endue, honour. (2) In high spirits. (3) A rascal deer is the term of chace for lcan Alluding to the tale of Prometheus.
(8) i. e. From one utterly ruined by the treache (4) Spies. (5) Vanquished, bafiled, rous practices of others. 16) Expended, consumed,
(9) Encircled. TOL. II
The levied succours that should lend him aid, Tal. Part of thy father may be saved in thee. While he, renowned noble gentleman,
John. No part of him, but will be shame in me. Yields up his life unto a world of odds :
Tal. Thou never hadst renown, nor canst not Orleans the bastard, Charles, and Burgundy,
lose it. Alençon, Reignier, compass him about,
John. Yes, your renowned name; Shall flight And Talbot perisheth by your default.
abuse it? Som. York set him on, York should have sent Tal. Thy father's charge shall clear thee from him aid.
that stain. Lucy. And York as fast upon your grace ex John. You cannot witness for me, being slain. claims;
If death be so apparent, then both fly. Swearing that you withhold his levied host, Tal. And leave any fólowers here, to fight, and Collected for this expedition.
die? Som. York lies; he might have sent and had the My age was never tainted with such shame. horse :
John. And shall my youth be guilty of such blame? I owe him little duty, and less love:
No more can I be sever'd from your side, And take foul scorn, to fawn on him by sending. Than can yourself yourself in twain divide: Lucy. The fraud of England, not the force of Stay, go, do what you will, the like do l; France,
For live I will not, if my father die. Hath now entrapp'd the noble-minded Talbot: Tal. Then here I take my leave of thec, fair son, Never to England shall he bear his life;
Born to eclipse thy life this afternoon. But dies, betray'd to fortune by your strife. Come, side by side together live and die ; Som. Come, go; I will despatch the horsemen And soul with soul from France to heaven fly. straight :
Exeunt. Within six hours they will be at his aid.
Lucy. Too late comes rescue; he is ta'en or slain: SCENE VI.-A field of ballle. Alarum : Era For fly he could not, if he would have fled;
cursions, whereiii Talbot's Son is hemmed aboul, And fly would Talbot never, though he might.
and Talbot rescues him. Som. If he be dead, brave Talbot then adieu ! Tal. Saint George and victory! fight, soldiers, Lucy. His fame lives in the world, his shame in fight : you.
(Exeunt. The regent hath with Talbot broke his word, SCENE V. - The English camp, near Bourdeaux. Where is John Talboi ?-pause, and take thy breath,
And left us to the rage of France's sword.
I gave thee life, and rescued thee from death,
The life thou gav'st me first, was lost and done That Talbot's name might be in thee revivid, Till with ihy warlike sword, despite of fate, When sapless age, and weak unable limbs,
To my determin'd* time thou pav'st ne:v date. Should bring thy father to his drooping chair. Tal. When from the dauphin's crest thy sword But,-0 malignant and ill-boding stars !
struck fire, Now thou art come unto a feast of death,
It warm'd thy father's heart with proud desire A terrible and unavoided? danger :
Of bold-fac'd victory. Then leaden age, Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swistest horse; Quicken'd with youthsul spleen, and warlike rage, And I'll direct thee how thou shalt escape
Bcat down Alençon, Orleans, Burgundy, By sudden flight: come, dally not, begone. And from the pride of Gallia rescu'd thee.
'John. Is my name Talbot? and am I your son? The ireful bastard Orleans—that drew blood And shall I fly? O, if you love my mother, From thee, my boy; and had the maidenhood Dishonour not her honourable name,
Of thy first fight-I soon encountered ; To make a bastard, and a slave of me:
And, interchanging blows, I quickly shed
Tal. Flv, to revenge my death, if I be slain. And misbegotten blood I spill of thine,
To hazard all our lives in one small boat. If, the first hour, I shrink, and run away.
If I to-day die not with Frenchmen's rage, Here, on my knee, I beg mortality,
To-morrow I shall die with mickle age : Rather than life preserv'd with infamy.
By me they nothing gain, an if I stay, Tal. Shall all thy mother's hopes lie in one tomb? T'is but the short'ning of my life one day: John. Ay, rather than I'll shame my mother's In thee thy mother dics, our household's name, womb.
My death's revenge, thy youth and England's fare: Tal. Upon my blessing I command thee go. All these, and more, we hazard by thy stay; John. To fight I will, but not to fly the foe. All these arc sav'd, if thou wilt fly away.
(1) To a field where death will bc feasted with (2) For unavoidable. slaughter,
13) Your care of your own safety, (4) Endeda
John. The sword of Orleans hath not made me Thou maiden youth, be ranquish'd by a maid:
But--with a proud, majestical high scorn,
Of the most bloody nurser of his harms.
Bast. Llew them to pieces, hack their bones
asunder; If son to Talbot, die at Talbot's foot.
Whose life was England's glory, Gallia's wonder. 7'd. Then follow thou thy desperate sire of Crete, Char. (, no; forbear: for that which we have fled Thou Icarus ; thy life to me is sweet:
During the life, let is not wrong it dead.
Enter Sir William Lucy, attended; a French
Char. On what submissive message art thou sent? Tal. Where is my other life ?---mine own is Lucy. Submission, dauphin ? 'tis a mere French gone:
But tell me whom thou seck'st.
Lucy. Where is the great Alcides of the field,
Lord Talbot of Goodrig and Urchinfield,
Lord Cromwell of Wingfield, lord Furnival of
knight of the noble order of Saint George,
Worthy Saint Michael, and the golden fleece;'
Great mareshal to Henry the Sixth,
Puc. Here is a silly stately style indeed !
Writes not so tedious a style as this.-
Ilim, that thou magnifiest with all these titles, Coupled in bonds of perpetuity,
Stinking, and sy-blown, lies here at our feet. Two Talbots, winged through the lither* sky, Lucy. Is Talbot slain ; the Frenchmen's only In thy despite , shall 'scape mortality:
scourge, O thou, whose wounds become hard-favour'd death, Your kingdom's terror and black Nemesis ? Speak to thy father, ere thou vield thy breath: 0, were mine eye-balls into bullets turn'd, Brave death by speaking, whether he will, or no; That I, in rage, might shoot them at your faces ! Imagine him a Frenchman, and thy foe. --- 0, that I could but call these dead to life! Poor boy ! he smiles, methinks; as who shonld sav- It were enouch to fright the realm of France : Had death been French, then death had died to-day. Were but his picture left among you here, Come, come, and lay him in his father's arms;
It would amaze? the proudest of you all. De spirit can no longer bear these harms. Give me their bodies; that I may bear them hence, Soldiers, adieu! I have what I would have, And give them burial as beseems their worth, Now my old arins are young John Talbot's crave. Puc. I think, this upstart is old Talbot's ghost,
[Dies. He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit. Alorum.. Exeunt Soldiers and Servant, learing They would but stink, and putrefy the air.
For God's sake, let him have 'em; to keep them here, lhe two bodies. Enter Charles, Alençon, Bur Char. Go, take their bodies hence. gundy, Bastard, La Pucelle, and forces.
I'll bear them hence : Char. Had York and Somerset brought rescue in, But from their ashes shall be reard We should have found a bloody day of this. A phonix that shall make all France afeard. Bast. How the young whelp of Talbot's, raging Char. So we be rid of them, do with 'em what wood,
thou wilt. Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood ! And now to Paris, in this conquering vein; Pue. Once I encounter'd him, and thus I said, All will be ours, now bloody Talbot's slain. [Ece, (1) Liken me, reduce me to a level with.
(4) Flexible, yielding.
"Watching me with tenderness in my fall. (7) Confound.