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Whilft fuch a worthy leader, wanting aid,
3 MESS. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford: Most of the rest flaughter'd, or took, likewise.
BED. His ranfom there is none but I fhall pay : I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne, His crown fhall be the ransom of my friend; Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.Farewell, my masters; to my task will I; Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, To keep our great faint George's feast withal : Ten thoufand foldiers with me I will take, Whofe bloody deeds fhall make all Europe quake. 3 MESS. SO you had need; for Orleans is befieg'd; The English army is grown weak and faint: The earl of Salisbury craveth fupply,
And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
Since they, fo few, watch fuch a multitude.
EXE. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry fworn ; Either to quell the Dauphin utterly,
Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
BED. I do remember it; and here take leave,
GLO. I'll to the Tower with all the hafte I can, To view the artillery and munition;
And then I will proclaim young Henry king.
And for his fafety there I'll beft devise.
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 fend,
[Exit. Scene closes.
SCENE II. France. Before Orleans.
Enter CHARLES, with his forces; ALENÇON, REIGNIER, and Others.
CHAR. Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens,
ALEN. They want their porridge, and their fat bull-
REIG. Let's raise the fiege; Why live we idly here?
CHAR. Sound, found alarum; we will rush on them.
REIG. Salisbury is a defperate homicide;
ALEN. Froifard, a countryman of ours, records,
For none but Sampsons, and Goliaffes,
CHAR. Let's leave this town; for they are hair-brain'd
REIG. I think, by fome odd gimmals or device,
Enter the BASTARD of Orleans.
BAST. Where's the prince Dauphin? I have news for him. CHAR. Baftard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us.
BAST. Methinks, your looks are fad, your cheer appal'd;
A holy maid hither with me I bring,
And drive the English forth the bounds of France.
What's past, and what's to come, she can defcry.
CHAR. GO, call her in: [Exit BASTARD.] But, firft, to try her skill,
Reignier, ftand thou as Dauphin in my place :
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 thinkeft 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 awhile.
REIG. She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas'd
Lo, whilft I waited on my tender lambs,
And to fun's parching heat display'd my cheeks,
And, in a vifion full of majesty,
Will'd me to leave my base vocation,
Ask me what question thou canft poffible,
CHAR. Thou haft aftonish'd me with thy high terms;
Puc. I am prepar'd: here is my keen-edg'd fword, Deck'd with five flower-de-luces on each fide; The which, at Touraine, in faint Katharine's church-yard, Out of a deal of old iron I chofe forth.
CHAR. Then come o'God's name, I fear no woman. Puc. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from a man. [They fight. CHAR. Stay, ftay thy hands; thou art an Amazon, And fighteft with the fword of Deborah.
Puc. Chrift's mother helps me, else I were too weak. CHAR. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that must help me: Impatiently I burn with thy defire;
My heart and hands thou haft at once fubdu'd.
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love, For my profeffion's facred from above: When I have chafed all thy foes from hence, Then will I think upon a recompenfe.
CHAR. Meantime, look gracious on thy proftrate thrall. REIG. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk.