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Play on the lute, beholding the towns burn: You all consented unto Salisbury's death, Wretched shall France be only in my name. For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.-
(Thunder heard; afterwards an alarum. Pucelle is enter'd into Orleans, What stir is this? What tumult's in the heavens? In spite of us, or aught that we could do. Whence cometh this alarum, and the noise ? O, would I were to die with Salisbury!
The shame hereof will make me hide my head. Enter a Messenger.
(Alarum. Retreat. Exeunt Talbot and his Mess. My lord, my lord, the French have gather'd
forces, &c. head: The dauphin, with one Joan la Pucelle join'd,
SCENE VI.-- The same. Enter, on the walls, PuA boly prophetess, new risen up,
celle, Charles, Reignier, Alençon, and soldiers. Is come with a great power to raise the siege. Puc Advance our waving colours on the walls;
(Salisbury groans. Rescu'd is Orleans from the English wolves :Tal. Hear, hear, how dying Salisbury doth groan! || Thus Joan la Pucelle hath performn'd her word. It irks his heart, he cannot be reveng'd.
Char Divinest creature, bright Astræa's daughter, Frenchmen, I'll be a Salisbury to you:
How shall I honour thee for this success? Pucelle or puzzel, dolphin or dogtish,
Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens, Your hearts I'll stamp out with my horse's heels, That one day bloom'd, and fruitful were the next.And make a quagmire of your mingled brains. - France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess ! Convey me Salisbury into his tent,
Recover'd is the town of Orleans : And then we'll try what these dastard Frenchmen | More blessed hap did ne'er befall our state. dare. [Exeunt, bearing out the bodies. Reig. Why ring not out the bells throughout the
town? SCENE V.-The same. Before one of the gates. Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires, Alarum. Skirmishings. Talbot pursueth the Dauphin, and driveth him in: then enter Joan To celebrate the joy that God hath given us.
And feast and banquet in the open streets, la Pucelle, driving Englishmen before her. Then enter Talbot.
Alen. All France will be replete with mirth and
joy, Tal. Where is my strength, my valour, and my || When they shall hear how we have play'd the men. force?
Char 'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won;
Shall, in procession, sing her endless praise.
A statelier pyramis to her I'll rear,
In memory of her, when she is dead,
(They fight. Before the kings and queens of France.
Puc. Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet come :
SCENE I.-The same. Enter, to the gates, (Pucelle enters the town, with soldiers. Tal. My thoughts are whirled like a potter's
French Sergeant, and two Sentinels. wheel;
Serg. Sirs, take your places, and be vigilant : I know not where I am, nor what I do:
If any noise, or soldier, you perceive, A witch, by fear, not force, like Hannibal, Near to the walls, by some apparent sign, Drives back our troops, and conquers as she lists: Let us have knowledge at the court of guard.3 So bees with smoke, and doves with noisome stench, 1 Sent. Sergeant, you shall. (Exit Serg.) Thus Are from their hives, and houses, driven away.
are poor servitors They call'd us, for our fierceness, English dogs; (When others sleep upon their quiet beds,). Now, like to whelps, we crying run away. Constrain'd to watch in darkness, rain, and cold.
(A short alarum Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,
Enter Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, and forces, Or tear the lions out of England's coat;
with scaling-ladders; their drums beating a Renounce
dead march. your soil, give sheep in lion's stead: Sheep run not half so timorous from the wolf, Tal. Lord regent,—and redoubted Burgundy,Or horse, or oxen, from the leopard,
By whose approach, the regions of Artois, As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves.
Walloon, and Picardy, are friends to us,( Alarum. Another skirmish. || This happy night the Frenchmen are secure, It will not be :-Retire into your trenches : Having all day carous'd and banqueted :
Embrace we then this opportunity; (1) Dirty wench.
As fitting best to quittance their deceit, (2) The superstition of those times taught, that|Contriv'd by art, and baleful sorcery. he who could draw a witch's blood was free froin her power.
(3) The same as guard-room.
Bech. Coward of France !-how much he wrongs, I was employ'd in passing to and fro, his fame,
About relieving of the sentinels : Despairing of his own arm's fortitude,
Then how, or which way, should they first break in? To join with witches, and the help of hell.
Puc. Question, my lords, no further of the case, Bur. Traitors have never other company. - How, or which way; 'tis sure, they found some But what's that Pucelle, whom they term so pure? place Tal. A maid, they say.
But weakly guarded, where the breach was made. Bed.
A'maid? and be so martial ? || And now there rests no other shift but this, Bur. Pray God, she prove not masculine ere long; To gather our soldiers, scatter'd and dispersid, If underneath the standard of the French, And lay new platforms to endamage them. She carry armour, as she hath begun.
Alarum. Tal. Well, let them practise and converse with
Enter an English Soldier, crying, A spirits :
Talbot! a Talbot! They fly, leaving their God is our fortress; in whose conquering name,
clothes behind. Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. Sold. I'll be so bold to take what they have left.
Bed. Ascend, brave Talbot; we will follow thee. | The cry of Talbot serves me for a sword;
For I have loaden me with many spoils,
SCENE II.-Orleans. Within the toron. Enter The other yet may rise against their force. Bed. Agreed; I'll to yon corner.
Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, a Captain, and Bur.
And I to this.
others. Tal. And here will Talbot mount, or make his Bed. The day begins to break, and night is fled, grave.
Whose pitchy mantle over-veil'd the earth. Now, Salisbury! for thee, and for the right Here sound retreat, and cease our hot pursuit. Of English Henry, shall this night appear
(Retreat sounded. How much in duty I am bound to both.
Tal. Bring forth the body of old Salisbury;
And here advance it in the market-place, [The English scale the walls, crying St. George ! || The middle centre of this cursed town.a Talbot! and all enter by the town.
Now have I paid my vow unto his soul ; Sent. (Within.) Arm, arm! the enemy doth make for every drop of blood was drawn from him, assault!
There hath at least five Frenchmen died to-night. The French leap over the walls in their shirts. What ruin happen'd in revenge of him,
And, that hereafter ages may behold Enter, several ways, Bastard, Alençon, Reignier, Within their chiefest temple I'll erect half ready, and half unready.
A tomb, wherein his corpse shall be interr'd : Alen. How now, my lords? what, all unreadyl so? | Upon the which, that every one may read, Bast. Unready ? ay, and glad we 'scap'd so well. Shall be engrav'd the sack of Orleans ; Reig. 'Twas time, I trow, to wake and leave our The treacherous manner of his mournful death, beds,
And what a terror he had been to France. Hearing alarums at our chamber-doors.
But, lords, in all our bloody massacre, Alen. Of all exploits, since first I follow'd arms, I muse,3 we met not with the dauphin's grace; Ne'er beard I of a warlike enterprise
His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of Arc; More venturous, or desperate, than this.
Nor any of his false confederates. Bast. I think, this Talbot be a fiend of hell. Bed.' 'Tis thought, lord Talbot, when the fight Reig. If not of hell, the heavens, sure, favour him.
began, Alen. Here cometh Charles ; I marvel, how he Rous'd on the sudden from their drowsy beds, sped.
They did, amongst the troops of armed men, Enter Charles and La Pucelle.
Leap o'er the walls for refuge in the field.
Bur. Myself (as far as I could well discern, Bast. Tut! holy Joan was his defensive guard. For smoke, and dusky vapours of the night)
Char. Is this thy cunning, thou deceitful dame? || Am sure, I scar'd the dauphin, and his trull; Didst thou at first, to flatter us withal,
When arm in arm they both came swiftly running, Make us partakers of a little gain,
Like to a pair of loving turtle doves, That now our loss might be ten times so much? That could not live asunder day or night. Puc. Wherefore is Charles impatient with his | After that things are set in order here, friend?
We'll follow them with all the power we have. At all times will you have my power alike? Sleeping, or waking, must I still prevail,
Enter a Messenger. Or will you blame and lay the fault on me? Mess. All hail, my lords! which of this princely Improvident soldiers ! had your watch been good,
train This sudden mischief never could have fall'n. Call ye the warlike Talbot, for his acts
Char. Duke of Alençon, this was your default;|| So much applauded through the realm of France That, being captain of the watch to-night,
Tal. Here is the Talbot; who would speak with Did look no better to that weighty charge.
him? Alen. Had all your quarters been as safely kept, Mess. The virtuous lady, countess of Auvergne, As that whereof I had the government,
With modesty admiring thy renown, We had not been thus shamefully surpris'd. By me entreats. good lord, thou would'st vouchsafe Bast. Mine was secure.
To visit her poor castle where she lies;4 Rrig.
And so was mine, my lord. || That she may boast, she hath beheld the man Char. And, for myself, most part of all this night, Whose glory fills the world with loud report. Within her quarter, and mine own precinct, Bur. Is it even so ? Nay, then, I see, our wars (1) Undressed. (2) Plans, schemes. (3) Wonder.
(4) į e. Where she duells
Will turn into a peaceful comic sport,
And sent our sons and husbands captivate. When ladies crave to be encounter'd with.- Tal. Ha, ha, ha! You may not, my lord, despise her gentle suit. Count. Laughest thou, wretch? thy mirth shall Tal. Ne'er trust me then; for, when a world of
turn to moan.
T'al. I laugh to see your ladyship so fond,3 Could not prevail with all their oratory,
To think that you have aught but Talbot's shadow, Yet hath a woman's kindness over-ruld:-- Whereon to practise your severity. And therefore tell her, I return great thanks; Count. Why, art not thou the man? And in subrnission will attend on her.-
I am indeed. Will not your honours bear me company?
Count. Then hare I substance too.
You are deceiv'd, my substance is not here;
For what you see, is but the smallest part
I tell you, madam, were the whole frame here, Come hither, captain. (Whispers.) – You perceive It is of such a spacious lofty pitch,
Your roof were not sufficient to contain it. Capt. I do, my lord, and mean accordingly. Count. This is a riddling merchant for the
He will be here, and yet he is not here:
Tal. That will I show you presently.
ordnance. The gates being forced, enter soldiers. Port. Madam, I will.
(Exit. Count. The plot is laid: if all things fall out right,|| How say you, madam? are you now persuaded, I shall as famous be by this exploit,
That Talbot is but shadow of himseli? As Scythian Thomyris by Cyrus' death.
These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength, Great is the rumour of this dreadful knight, With which he yoketh your rebellious necks; And his achievements of no less account: Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns, Fain would mine eyes be witness with mine ears, || And in a moment makes them desolate. To give their censurel of these rare reports.
Count. Victorious Talbot! pardon my abuse :
I find, thou art no less than fame hath bruited ;) Enter Messenger and Talbot. And more than may be gather'd by thy shape. Mess. Madam,
Let my presumption not provoke thy wrath; According as your ladyship desir'd,
For I am sorry, that with reverence By message cray'd, so is lord Talbot come. I did not entertain thee as thou art. Count. And he is welcome. What? is this the Tal. Be not dismay'd, fair lady; nor misconstrue
The mind of Talbot, as you did mistake Mess. Madarn, it is.
The outward composition of his body
No other satisfaction do I crave,
Taste of your wine, and see what cates you have;
Count. With all my heart: and think me honoured And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs. To feast so great a warrior in my house. (Exeunt. Alas! this is a child, a silly dwarf: It cannot be, this weak and writhled2 shrimp,
SCENE IV.-London. The Temple Garden. Should strike such terror to his enemies.
Enter the Earls of Somerset, Suffolk, and Tal. Madam, I have been bold to trouble you :
Warwick; Richard Plantagenet, Vernon, and But since your ladyship is not at leisure,
another Lawyer. I'll sort some other time to visit you.
Plan. Great lords, and gentlemen, what means Count. What means he now ?-Go ask him
this silence ? whither he goes?
Dare no man answer in a case of truth? Mess. Stay, my lord Talbot; for my lady craves Suff. Within the Temple hall we were too loud ; To know the cause of your abrupt departure. The garden here is more convenient.
Tal. Marry, for that she's in a wrong belief, Plan. Then say at once, if I maintain'd the truth; I go to certify her, Talbot's here.
Or else was wrangling Somerset in the error? Re-enter Porter, with keys.
Suf 'Faith, I have been a truant in the law;
And never yet could frame my will to it; Count. If thou be he, then art thou prisoner. And, therefore, frame the law unto my will. Tal. Prisoner! to whom?
Som. Judge you, my lord of Warwick, then Count. To me, blood-thirsty lord;
between us. And for that cause I train'd thee to my house. War. Between two hawks, which flies the higher Long time thy shadow hath been thrall to me,
pitch; For in my gallery thy picture hangs :
Between iwo dogs, which hath the deeper mouth; But now the substance shall endure the like; Between two blades, which bears the better temper; And I will chain these legs and arms of thine, Between two horses, which doth bear him best ;6 That hast by tyranny, these many years,
Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye; Wasted our country, slain our citizens,
I have, perhaps, some shallow spirit of judgment; (1) For opinion. (2) Wrinkled. (5) Announced loudly. (3) Foolish. (4) For a purpose.
(6) é e. Regulate his motions most adroitly.
But in these nice sharp quillets of the law, Suff. I'll turn my part thereof into thy throat. Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.
Som. Away, away, good William De-la-Poole! Plan. Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance : We grace the yeoman, by conversing with him. The truth appears so naked on my side,
War. Now, by God's will, thou wrong'st him, That any purblind eye may find it out.
Somerset; Som And on my side it is so well apparell'd, His grandfather was Lionel, duke of Clarence, So clear, so shining, and so evident,
Third son to the third Edward king of England; That it will glimmer through a blind man's eye. Spring crestless yeomen} from so deep a root? Plan. Since you are tongue-ty'd, and so loath to Plan. He bears him on the place's privilege, 4 speak,
Or durst not, for his craven heart, say thus. In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts : Som By him that made me, I'll maintain my Let him, that is a true-born gentleman,
words And stands upon the honour of his birth, On any plot of ground in Christendom: If he suppose that I have pleaded truth, Was noi thy father, Richard, earl of Cambridge, From off this brier pluck a white rose with me. For treason executed in our late king's days?
Som. Let him that is no coward, nor no flatterer,|| And, by his treason, standist not thou attainted, But dare maintain the party of the truth, Corrupted, and exempt from ancient gentry? Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me. His trespass yet lives guilty in thy blood;
War. I love no colours; and, without all colour And, till thou be restor'd, thou art a yeoman. Of base insinuating flattery,
Plan. My father was attached, not attainted; I pluck this white rose, with Plantagenet. Condemn'd to die for treason, but no traitor;
Suff I pluck this red rose, with young Somerset; And that I'll prove on better men than Somerset,
I'll note you in my book of memory,
Som. Ay, thou shalt find us ready for thee still : Som. Good master Vernon, it is well objected;2 And know us, by these colours, for thy foes; If I have fewest, I subscribe in silence.
For these my friends, in spite of thee, shall wear. Plan. And I.
Plan And, by my soul, this pale and angry rose, Ver. Then, for the truth and plainness of the case, || As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate, I pluck this pale, and maiden blossom here, Will I for ever, and iny faction, wear; Giving my verdict on the white rose side.
Until it wither with me to my grave, Som Prick not your finger as you pluck it off; Or flourish to the height of my degree. Lest, bleeding, you do paint the white rose red Suff. Go forward, and be chok'd with thy amAnd fall on my side so against your will
bition! Ver. If I, my lord, for my opinion bleed, And so farewell, until I meet thee next. (Exit. Opinion shall be surgeon to my hurt,
Som. Have with thee, Poole.--Farewell, ambiAnd keep me on the side where still I am.
(Erit. Som. Well, well, come on: Who else?
Plan. How I am brav'd, and must perforce enLaw. Unless my study and my books be false,
dure it! The argument you held, was wrong in you; War. This blot, that they object against your
house, In sign whereof, I pluck a white rose too. Shall be wip'd out in the next parliament,
Plan. Now, Somerset, where is your argument ? ||Call'd for the truce of Winchester and Gloster :
Som. Here, in my scabbard ; meditating that, And, if thou be not then created York, Shall die your white rose in a bloody red. I will not live to be accounted Warwick. Plan. Mean time, your cheeks do counterfeit Mean time, in signal of my love to thee, our roses
Against proud Somerset, and William Poole, For pale they look with fear, as witnessing Will I upon thy party wear this rose : The truth on our side.
And here I prophesy, -- This brawl to-day, Som.
No, Plantagenet, Grown to this faction, in the Temple garden, 'Tis not for fear; but anger,--that thy cheeks, Shall send, between the red rose and the white, Blush for
shame, to counterfeit our roses; A thousand souls to death and deadly night. And yet thy tongue will not confess thy error. Plan. Good master Vernon, I am bound to you,
Plan. Hath not thy rose a canker, Somerset? That you on my behalf would pluck a flower.
Plan. Thanks, gentle sir.
roses, That shall maintain what I have said is true,
SCENE V.-The samne. A room in the Tower. Where false Plantagenet dare not be seen.
Enter Mortimer, brought in a chair by two Plan. Now, by this maiden blossom in my hand,
Keepers. I scorn thee and thy fashion, prevish boy.
Mor. Kind keepers of my weak decaying age, Suff Tur not thy scorns this way, Plantagenet. Let dying Mortimer here rest himself.Plan. Proud Poole, I will; and scorn both him. Even like a man new haled from the rack, and thee.
So fare my limbs with long imprisonment: (1) Tints and deceits : a play on the word. (4) The Temple, being a religious house, was a (2) Justly proposed.
sanctuary 3) i. e. Those who have no right to arms. (5) Excluded. (6) Confederate. (7) Opinion. VOL. IT
And these grey locks, the pursuivants of death, The first-begotten, and the lawful heir
Or Edward king, the third of that descent :
During whose reign, the Percies of the north, These eyes,-like lamps whose wasting oil is Finding his usurpation most unjust, spent,
Endeavour'd my advancement to the throne : Wax dim, as drawing to their exigent:2
The reason mov'd these warlike lords to this, Weak shoulders, overborne with burd’ning grief; ||Was—for that (young king Richard thus remov'd, And pithless arms, like to a wither'd vine, Leaving no heir begotten of his body,) That droops his sa pless branches to the ground.-- || I was the next by birth and parentage; Yet are these feet-whose strengthless stay is For by my mother 1 derived am dumb,
From Lionel duke of Clarence, the third son Unable to support this lump of clay,
To king Edward the Third; whereas he, Swift-winged with desire to get a grave,
From John of Gaunt doth bring his pec'igree, As witting I no other confort have.--
Being but fourth of that heroic line. But tell me, keeper, will my nephew come? But mark; as, in this haughtyø great attempt,
1 Keep. Richard Plantagenet, my lord, will come: They laboured to plant the rightful heir, We sent unto the Temple, to his charnber; I lost my liberty, and they their lives. And answer was return'd, that he will come. Long after this, when Henry the Fifth,
Mor. Enough; my soul shall then be satisfied. Succeeding his father Bolingbroke,—did reign, Poor gentleman! his wrong doth equal mine. Thy father, earl of Cambridge,--then deriv'd Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign From famous Edmund Langley, duke of York, (Before whose glory I was great in arms,) Marrying my sister, that thy mother was, This loathsome sequestration have I had; Again, in pity of my hard distress, And even since then hath Richard been obscur'd, Levied an army; weening to redeem, Depriv'd of honour and inheritance:
And have install'd me in the diadem: But now the arbitrator of despairs,
But, as the rest, so fell that noble earl, Just death, kind umpire3 of men's miseries, And was beheaded. Thus the Mortimers, With sweet enlargement doth dismiss me hence; In whom the title rested, were suppress'd. I would, his troubles likewise were expir’d,
Plan. Of which, my lord, your honour is the last. That so he might recover what was lost.
Mor. True ; and thou seest, that I no issue have ; Enter Richard Plantagenet.
And that my fainting words do warrant death:
Thou art my heir; the rest, I wish thee gather: 1 Keep. My lord, your loving nephew now is But yet be wary in thy studious care.
Plan. Thy grave admonishments prevail with me: Mor. Richard Plantagenet, my friend? Is be But yet, methinks, my father's execution come?
Was nothing less than bloody tyranny. Plan. Ay, noble uncle, thus ignobly us'd, Mor. With silence, nephew, be thou politic; Your nephew, late-despised4 Richard, comes. Strong-fixed is the house of Lancaster,
Mor, Direct mine arms, I may embrace his neck, || And, like a mountain, not to be remov'd. And in his bosom spend my latter ga-p:
But now thy uncle is removing hence; O, tell me, when my lips do touch his cheeks, As princes do their courts, when they are cloy'd That I may kindly give one fainting kiss. With long continuance in a settled place. And now declare, sweet stem from York's great Plan. O, uncle, 'would some part of my young stock,
years Why didst thou say-of late thou wert despied? | Might but redeem the passage of Plan. First, lean thine aged back against mine Mor. Thou dost then wrong me; as the slaugharm;
t'rer doth, And, in that ease, I'll tell thee my disease.5 Which giveth many wounds, when one will kill. This day, in argument upon a case,
Mourn not, except thou sorrow for my good; Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me: Only, give order for my funeral; Among which terms he used his lavish tongue, And so farewell; and fairs be all thy hopes! And did upbraid me with my father's death; And prosperous be thy life, in peace, and war! Which obloquy set bars before my tongue,
(Dies. Else with the like I had requited him :
Plan. And peace, no war, befall thy parting soul ! Therefore, good uncle,-for my father's sake, In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage, In honour of a true Plantagenet,
And like a hermit overpass'd thy days.-
Mor. That cause, fair nephew, that imprison'dme, Keepers, convey him hence; and I myself
(Ereunt Keepers, bearing out Mortiiner. Was cursed instrument of his decease.
Here dies the dusky torch of Mortimer, Plan. Discover more at large what cause thatChok'd with ambition of the meaner sort :
And, for those wrongs, those bitter injuries, For I am ignorant, and cannot guess.
Which Somerset hath offer'd to my house, Mor, I will; if that my fading breath permit, I doubt not, but with honour to redress : And death approach not ere my tale be done And therefore haste I to the parliament; Henry the Fourth, grandfather to this king, Either to be restored to my blood, Depos'd his nephew Richard; Edward's son, Or make my ill the advantage of my good. (Erit.
(1) The heralds that, fore-running death, pro (4) Lately-despised. (5) Uneasiness, discontent. claim its approach.
(6) High. (7) Thinking: (2) End,
(8) Lucky, prosperous. 3) i e. He who terminates or concludes misery. (9) My ill, is my ill usage.