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Now thou art come unto a feaft of death,
Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swifteft horse;
He is not Talbot's blood, noble Talbot flood.3 TAL. Fly, to revenge my death, if I be flain. JOHN. He, that flies fo, will ne'er return again. TAL. If we both ftay, we both are fure to die. JOHN. Then let me ftay; and, father, do you
Your loss is great, so your regard 4 should be; My worth unknown, no lofs is known in me. Upon my death the French can little boaft; In yours they will, in you all hopes are loft.
9 ——a feast of death,] To a field where death will be feafted with flaughter. JOHNSON.
So, in King Richard II:
"This feaft of battle, with mine adversary. STEEVENS. unavoided for unavoidable.
So, in King Richard II:
"And unavoided is the danger now. STEEVENS.
noble Talbot food. ] For what reafon this fcene is written in rhyme, I cannot guefs. If Shakspeare had not in other plays mingled his rhymes and blank verfes in the fame manner, I should have fufpected that this dialogue had been a part of fome other poem which was never finished, and that being loath to throw his labour away, he inserted it here. JOHNSON.
your regard Your care of your own fafety.
Flight cannot ftain the honour you have won ;
TAL. Shall all thy mother's hopes lie in one
JOHN. Ay, rather than I'll fhame my mother's
TAL. Upon my bleffing I command thee go. JOHN. To fight I will, but not to fly the foe. TAL. Part of thy father may be fav'd in thee. JOHN. No part of him, but will be shame in me. TAL. Thou never hadft renown, nor canft not lofe it.
JOHN. Yes, your renowned name; Shall flight abuse it?
TAL. Thy father's charge fhall clear thee from that ftain.
JOHN. You cannot witnefs for me, being flain. If death be fo apparent, then both fly.
TAL. And leave my followers here, to fight, and die?
My age was never tainted with fuch fhame. JOHN. And fhall my youth be guilty of fuch blame?
No more can I be fever'd from your fide,
TAL. Then here I take my leave of thee, fair fon, Born to eclipfe thy life this afternoon.
Come, fide by fide together live and die;
Alarum: Excurfions, wherein Talbot's fon is hemm'd about, and Talbot refcues him.
TAL. Saint George and victory! fight, foldiers,
The regent hath with Talbot broke his word,
gave thee life, and refcu'd thee from death.
JOHN. O twice my father! twice am I thy fon: The life, thou gav'ft me firft, was loft and done;
Born to eclipfe &c.] An apparent quibb'e between fon, and fun. So, in King Richard III:
"And turns the fun to fhade;-alas, alas!
A French epigram,
50 twice my father! twice am I thy fon:] on a child, who being thipwrecked with his father faved his life by getting on his parent's dead body, turns on the fame thought. After defcribing the wreck, it concludes thus:
aprez mille efforts,
"J'apperçus prez de moi flotter des membres morts;
Helas! c'etoit mon pere.
"Je le connus, je l'embraffai,
"Et fur lui jusqu'au port heureusement pouffé,
Till with thy warlike sword, despite of fate,
It warm'd thy father's heart with proud defire
Mean and right poor; for that pure blood of mine,
Came in ftrong refcue. Speak, thy father's care;
"Des ondes & vents j'evitai la furie.
Qui m'a deux fois donné la vie,
"Une fois fur la terre, & l'autre fur la mér!”
and done;] See p. 123, n. 8. MALONE.
7 To my determin'd time] i. e. ended. So, in King Henry IV.
"Till his friend fickness hath determin'd me."
The word is fill ufed in that fenfe by legal conveyancers.
O, too much folly is it, well I wot,
In thee thy mother dies, our household's name, My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's
All thefe, and more, we hazard by thy flay;
JOHN. The fword of Orleans hath not made me fmart,
These words of yours draw live-blood from my heart:9
On that advantage, bought with such a shame, (To fave a paltry life, and flay bright fame,)*
'Tis but the short'ning of my life one day:] The fru&ture of this line very much resembles that of another, in King Henry IV. Part II:
"Heaven shorten Harry's happy life one day."
The fword of Orleans hath not made me fmart,
So, in this play, Part III:
"Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words."
bright fame,)] This paffage Neither the grammar is to be I have ventur'd at a flight the reading which has ob
On that advantage, bought with fuch a shame, (To Save a paltry life, and lay feems to lie obfcure and disjointed. juftified; nor is the fentiment better. alteration, which departs fo little from tain'd, but so much raifes the fenfe, as well as takes away thế