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If sir John Fastolfeo had not play'd the coward;
Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself,
3 Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner,
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.Farewell, iny masters; to my task will I; Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, To keep our great Saint George's feast withal: Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake.
3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd; The English army is grown weak and faint : The earl of Salisbury craveth supply, And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
6 If sir John Fastolfe, &c.] For an account of this sir John Fastolfe, see Anstis's Treatise on the Order of the Garter; Parkins's Supplement to Blomfield's History of Norfolk ; Tanner's Bibliotheca Britannica; or Capel's notes, Vol. II. p. 221; Sir John Fenn's Collection of the Paston Letters; and Biographiu Britannica, Vol. V.
Since they, so few, watch such a multitude.
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. 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 send, And sit at chiefest stern of publick weal.
[Exit. Scene closes.
France. Before Orleans.
Enter CHARLES, with his Forces; ALENÇON,
ReiGNIER, and Others. Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the hea
vens, 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. What towns of any moment, but we have? At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale ghosts, Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat
bull-beeves: Either they must be dieted like mules, And have their provender tyed to their mouths, Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly
[Exeunt. Alarums ; Excursions; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter Charles, Alençon, Reignier, and
Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide;
Alen. Froissard, a countryman of ours, records,
as their hungry prey.) i. e. the prey for which they are hungry.
England all Olivers and Rowlands bred,] These were two of the most famous in the list of Charlemagne's twelve peers; and their exploits are rendered so ridiculously and equally extravagant by the old romancers, that from thence arose that saying amongst
More truly now may this be verified;
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals or device, Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on; 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.
Enter the Bastard of Orleans. Bast. Where's the prince Dauphin, I have news
for him. Char. Bastard of Orleans,' thrice welcome to us. Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your cheer
our plain and sensible ancestors, of giving one a Rowland for his Oliver, to signify the matching one incredible lie with another.
WARBURTON. Rather, to oppose one hero to another ; i. e. to give a person as good a one as he brings. Steevens.
-gimmals-) A gimmal is a piece of jointed work, where one piece moves within another, whence it is taken at large for an engine. It is now by the vulgar called a gimcrack.
Bastard of Orleans,] That this in forme: times was not a term of reproach, see Bishop Hurd's Letters on Chivalry and Romance, in the third volume of his Dialogues, p. 233, who observing on circumstances of agreement between the heroick and Gothick manners, says that “ Bastardy was in credit with both.” One of William the Conqueror's charters begins, “ Ego Gulielmus cognomento Bastardus." Nor was bastardy reckoned a disgrace among the ancients. See the eighth Iliad, in which the illegitimacy of Teucer is mentioned as a panegyrick upon him, ver. 284.
Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence?
to try her skill
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, you lords, and give us leave a while.
Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter, My wit untraind in any kind of art. Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas’d To shine on my contemptible estate:
nine sibyls of old Rome;] There was no nine sibyls of Rome ; but he confounds things, and mistakes this for the nine books of Sibylline oracles, brought to one of the Tarquins.