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Wherewith already France is over-run.
Enter a third Messenger. 3 Mess. My gracious lords, to add to your laments, Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, I must inform you of a dismal fight, Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.
Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is 't so ?
3 Mess. O! no; wherein lord Talbot was o’erthrown: The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, By three-and-twenty thousand of the French Was round encompassed and set upon. No leisure had he to enrank his men; He wanted pikes to set before his archers; Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of hedges, They pitched in the ground confusedly, To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. More than three hours the fight continued ; Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him; Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he flew. The French exclaim'd, the devil was in arms; All the whole army stood agaz'd on him. His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, A Talbot! A Talbot ! cried out amain, And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. Here had the conquest fully been seal'd up, If sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward : He being in the rearward' plac'd behind With purpose to relieve and follow them, Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. Hence grew the general wreck and massacre: Enclosed were they with their enemies. A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back; Whom all France, with their chief assembled strength, Durst not presume to look once in the face.
Bed. Is Talbot slain? then, I will slay myself, For living idly here in pomp
ease, Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,
1 vaward : in f. e.
Unto his dastard foe-men is betray'd.
3 Mess. 0, no! he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford : Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise.
Bed. His ransom, there is none but I shall pay.
3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd.
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworu, Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it; and here take my leave, To go about my preparation.
Éxit. Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, To view th’ artillery and munition; And then I will proclaim young Henry king. [Exit.
Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain'd his special governor ; And for his safety there I'll best devise. [Exit
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend : I am left out; for me nothing remains. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office; The king from Eltham I intend to steal," And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. [Exit
SCENE II.-France. Before Orleans. Flourish. Enter 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.: Late did he shine upon the English side; Now we are victors, upon us he smiles.
3 This circumstance is men
1 make : in f. e. 2 send: in f. e. tioned in other writers of the time.
What towns of any moment but we have ?
Reig. Let's raise the siege. Why live we idly here?
Char. Sound, sound alarum ! we will rush on them, Now, for the honour of the forborneo French ! Him I forgive my death that killeth me. When he sees me go back one foot, or flee.' [Exeunt.
Alarums ; Excursions ; afterwards a Retreat, Re-enter CHARLES, ALENÇON, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have I ! Dogs! cowards ! dastards !—I would ne'er have fled, But that they left me 'midst my enemies.
Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide;
Alen. Froissart, a countryman of ours, records,
slaves, 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 siege.
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals or device, Their arms are set like clocks still to strike on; 1 otherwhiles: in f. a forlorn : in f. e. 3 ily: in f. e.
Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do.
Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
for him. Char. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us. Bast. Methinks your looks are sad, your cheer
try her skill,
[Retires. 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, my lords, and give us leave awhile. Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
[They retire. Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter. My wit untrain'd in any kind of art. Heaven and our gracious Lady? hath it pleas'd To shine on my contemptible estate: Lo! whilst I waited on my tender lambs, And to sun's parching heat display'd my cheeks, i Not in f. e. our Lady gracious : in f. e.
God's mother deigned to appear to me;
Char. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high terms.
In single combat thou shalt buckle with me,
Or, I renounce all confidence in you.2
Puc. I am prepar'd. Here is my keen-edg'd sword,
The which at Touraine, in Saint Katharine's churchyard,
Char. Then, come o' God's name: I fear no woman.
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 weak.
My heart and hands thou hast at once subdued.
Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be:
Char. Mean time look gracious on thy prostrate thrall.
[They talk apart.
1 otherwise: in f. e. 3 in you: not in f. e.
Not in f. e..