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PERSONS REPRESENTED. King Henry the Sixth.
Vernon, of the white rose, or York faction. Drike of Gloster, uncle to the king, and protector. Basset, of the red rose, or Lancaster faction. Duke of Bedford, uncle to the king and regent Charles, dauphin, and afterwards king of France. of France.
Reignier, duke of Anjou, and titular king of Naplus. Thomas Beaufort, duke of Exeter, great uncle to Duke of 'Burgundy.
Duke of Alençon. the king:
Governor of Paris.
Bastard of Orleans. Henry, Beaufort, great icle to the king, bishop of Master-gunner of Orleans, and his son. Winchester, and afterwards cardinal.
General of the French forces in Bourdeaux. John Beaufort, earl of Somerset ; afterwards duke. A French Sergeant. A Porter. Richard Plantagenet, eldest son of Richard, late An old shepherd, father to Joan la Pucelle.
earl of Cambridge; afterwards duke of York. Earl of Warwick. Earl of Salisbury.
Margaret, daughter to Reignier; afterwards mar.. Earl of Suffolk.
ried to King Henry. Countess of Auvergne. Lord Talbot, afterwards earl of Shrewsbury.
Joan la Pucelle, commonly called Joan of Arc. John Talbot, his son.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, lords, warders Edmund Mortimer, earl of March.
of the Tower, heralds, officers, soldiers, mes. Mortimer's keeper and a lawyer. Sir John Fastolfe.
sengers, and several allendants, both on the Sir William Lucy. Sir William Glansdale. Sir Thomas Gargrave.
English and French. Mayor of London. Woodville, lieut. of the Tower. Scene, partly in England, and partly in France.
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ?!
Or shali we think the subtle-witted French SCENE I.-Westminster Abbey. Dead march. Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him,
Corpse of King Henry the Fifth discovered, By magic verses have contriv'd his end ?
The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought:
The church's prayers made him so prosperous.
Glo. The church! where is it? Had not church HUNG be the heavens with black, yield day to men pray'd, night!
His thread of life had not so soon decay'd: Comets, importing change of times and states, None do you like but an effeminate prince, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art pro. That have consented unto Henry's death!
tector; Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long ! And lookest to command the prince and realm. England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe,
Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time. More than God, or religious churchmen, may. Virtue he had, deserving to command :
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh;
Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. Ere. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not Posterity, await for wretched years, in blood ?
When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck, Henry is dead, and never shall revive:
Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears, Upon a wooden coffin we attend;
And none but women left to wail the dead. And death's dishonourable victory
Henry the Fifth! thy ghost I invocate; We with our stately presence glorify,
Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils! Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
Combat with adverse planets in the heavens! What! "shall we curse the planets of mishap,
(2) There was a notion long prevalent, that life (1) Alluding to our ancient stage-practice when might be taken away by metrical charms a tragedy was to be acted.
(3) Nurse was ancieny po spelt ( 437
A far more glorious star thy soul will make, 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, Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all! To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
More than three hours the fight continued ; Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture:
Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him: Bed. What say'st thou man, before dead Henry's Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew: corse ?
The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms:
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
And rush'd into the bowcls of the battle. These news would cause him once more yield the Here had the conquest fully been seald up, ghost.
If sir John Fastolle had not play'd the coward; Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was He being in the vaward (plac'd behind, us'd ?
With purpose to relieve and follow them,) Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. Among the soldiers this is muttered.
Hence grew the general wreck and massacre;
Enclosed were they with their enemies :
Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back;
strength, A third man thinks, without expense at all,
Durst not presume to look once in the face.
For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
3 Mess. O no, he lives ; but is took prisoner, Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford. These tidings would call forth her flowing tides.' Most of the rest slaughter d, or took, likewise.
Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France :- Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall pay: Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France.
I'll hale the dauphin headlong from his throne, Away with these disgraceful wailing robes! His crown shall be the ransom of my friend ; Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.To weep their intermissive miseries.?
Farewell, my masters; to my task will I;
Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, 2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad To keep our great Saint George's feast withal: mischance,
Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, France is revolted from the English quite;
Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake.
3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd; Except some petty towns of no import : The dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims;
The English army is grown weak and saint: The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd;
The earl of Salisbury craveth supply, Reigneir, duke of Anjou, doth take his part;
And hardly keeps his men from mutiny, The duke of Alençon flieth to his side.
Since they, so few, watch such a multitude. Exe. The dauphin crowned king! all fly to him !
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry 0, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave,
(Éxit. ness? An army have I muster'd in my thoughts,
Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can,
To view the artillery and munition : Wherewith already France is over-run.
And then I will proclaim young Henry king: . [Ex. Enter a third Messenger.
Exe. To Eltham will 1, where the young king is, 3 Mess. My gracious lords,—to add to your Being ordain'd his special governor; laments,
And for his safety there I'll best devise. (Exit. Where with you now bedew king Henry's hearse,- Win. Each haih his placc and function to attend : I must inform you of a dismal fight,
I am left out out; for me nothing remains. Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office;
Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame ? is't so? The king from Eltham I intend to send, 3 Mess. O no; wherein lord Talbot was o'er- And sit at chiefest stern of publick weal. thrown:
(Exit. Scene closes. The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. SCENE II.-France. Before Orleans, Enter The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Charles, with his forces ; Alençon, Reigneir, Retiring from the siege of Orleans,
and others. Having full scarce six thousand in his troop,' Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the By three and twenty thousand of the French
heavens, Was round encompassed and set upon ;
(2) i. e. Their miseries which have had only a (1) Her, England's,
So in the earth, to this day is not known:
Char. Go, call her in: [Erit Bastard.] But, first, Late did he shine upon the English side;
to try her skill, Now we are victors, upon us he smiles.
Reignier, stand thou as dauphin in my place: What towns of any moment, but we have?
Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern :At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans;
By this mcans shall we sound what skill she hath. Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale ghosts,
(Retires. Faintly besiege us one hour in a month. Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat Enter La Pucelle, Bastard of Orleans and others. bull-beeves;
Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these wond'rous Either they must be dieted like mules,
feats? And have their provender tied to their mouths, Puc Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beguile Or piteous they will look like drowned mice.
mel Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly Where is the dauphin?—come, come from behind; here?
I know thee well, though never seen before.
Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me:
Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while. Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war.
Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Char. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush on Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's them.
daughter, Now for the honour of the forlorn French:
My wit untraind in any kind of art. Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,
Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas'd When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. (Exe. To shine on my contemptible estate: Alarums; excursions ; afterwards a retreat. Re-Lo, whilst I waited on my tender
And to sun's parching heat display'd my cheeks, enter Charles, Alençon, Reignier, and others.
God's mother deigned to appear to me;
And free my country from calamity:
In complete glory she reveald herself;
And, whereas I was black and swart before, Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.'
With those clear rays which she infus'd on me,
Ask me what question thou canst possible,
My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st,
And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex. It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten!
Resolve on this :: Thou shalt be fortunate, Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er suppose If thou receive me for thy warlike mate. They had such courage and audacity?
Char. Thou hast asionish'd me with thy high Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hair
terms; brain'd slaves,
Only this proof"I'll of thy valour make,
Reg. I think, by some odd gimmals? or device, Puc. I am prepar'd: here is my keen-edg’d sword,
church-yard, Alen. Be it so.
Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.
Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear nowoman. Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
Puc. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from a man. Bast. Where's the prince dauphin? I have news
[They fight. for him.
Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an amazon, Char. Bastard" of Orleans, thrice welcome to us. And fightest with the sword of Deborah. Bast. Methinks your looks are sad, your cheer Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too appall’d;
weak. Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence? Char. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that must Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand:
help me: A holy maid hither with me I bring,
Impatiently I burn with thy desire ;
Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so,
'Tis the French dauphin sueth to thee thus. Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome :
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love,
Then will I think upon a recompense. (1) i. e. The prey for whicle they are hungry. (3) This was not in former times a term of rea (2). A gimmal is a piece of jointed work, where proach. one piece moves within another; here it is taken! Countenance. at large for an engine.
(5) Be firmly persuaded of it.
Char. Mean time, look gracious on thy prostrate Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear? thrall.
Open the gates; here's Gloster, that would enter. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk. Wood. I 11 ilhin.] Have patience, noble duke : Alen. Doubtless he shrives this woman to her
I may not open :
The cardinal of Winchester forbids :
Glo. Faint-hcaricd Woodville, prizest him 'fore Alen. He may mean more than wc poor men do me? know:
Arrogant Winchester ? that haughty prelate, These women are shrewd tempters with their Whoin Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could tongues.
brook? Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise you Thou art no friend to God, or to the king : on?
Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly. Shall we give over Orleans, cr no?
i Serr. Open the gates unto the lord protector ; Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants! Or we'll burst them open, if that you come not Fight till the last gasp; 'I will be your guard.
quickly. Char. What she says, I'll confirm; we'll fight Enter Winchester, attended by a train of serrants,
it out. Puc. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge.
in tarny-coats. This night the siege assuredly I'll raise :
Win. How now, ambitious Humphrey ? what Expect Saint Martin's summer,' halcyon days,
means this? Since I have entered into these wars,
Glo. Pield priest,' dost thou command me to be Glory is like a circle in the water,
shut out? Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
J'in. I do, thou most usurping proditor,
Thou that contriv'dst to murder our dead lord;
Thou, that giv'st whores indulgences to sin: Which Cæsar and his fortunc barc at once. I'll canvass' thee in thy broad cardinal's hat,
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove? If thou proceed in this thy insolence. Though with an eagle art inspired then.
Win. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge a Helen, the mother of great Constantine, Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters, were like thee. This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain, Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the earth, To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt. How may I reverently worship thee enough? Glo. I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee back:
Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege. Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth, Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save our I'll use to carry thee out of this place. honours;
Win, Do what thou dar’st; I beard thee to thy Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz’d.'
face. Char. Presently we'll try:-Come, let's away Glo. What? am I dar'd, and bearded to my about it :
face? No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. (Exe. Draw, men, for all this privileged place; SCENE III.-London. Hill before the Tower.
Blue-coats to tawny-coats. Priest, beware your
bcard ; Enter, at the gates, the Duke of Gloster, with
[Gloster and his men attack the bishop. his serving-men in blue coats.
I mean to tug it, and to cuff you soundly: Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day; Under my feet I stamp thy cardinal's hat; Since Henry's death, I fear, there is conveyance. In spite of pope or dignities of church, Where be these warders, that they wait not here? Here by the cheeks I'll drag thee up and down.' Open the gates; Gloster it is that calls.
Win. Gloster, thou'lt answer this before the pope.
[Servants knock. Glo. Winchester goose,' I cry—a rope ! a rope ! 1 Ward. (Within.) Who is there that knocks so Now beat them hence, why do you let them stay ?imperiously?
Thee I'll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep's array:1 Serv. It is the noble duke of Gloster.
Out, tawney-coats !-out, scarlet' hypocrite! 2 Ward. Within.) Whoe'er he be, you may Here a great tremult. In the midst of it, enter
not be let in. 1 Serv. Answer you so the lord protector, villaina? the Mayor of London, and officers. 1 Ward. [Within.) The Lord protect him! so May. Fie, lords ! that you, being supreme mawe answer him :
gistrates, We do no otherwise than we are will’d.
Thus contumeliously should break the peace! Glo. Who willed you ? or whose will stands but mine?
Glo. Peace, mayor; thou knowest little of my There's none protector of the realm, but I.
Here's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor king Break up the gates, I'll be your warrantize: Hath here distrain'd the Tower to his use. Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms ?
Win. Here's Gloster too, a foe to citizens : Servants rush at the Tower gates. Enter, to the one that still motions war, and never peace, gales, Woodville, the lieutenant.
O'ercharging your free purses with large fines; Wood. (Within.) What noise is this ? what trai- That seeks to overthrow religion, tors have we here?
M) Break open. (1) Expect prosperity after misfortune.
(5) Alluding to his shaven crown. (6) Traitor, Meaning the four daughters of Philip, men
(8) A strumpet. Lioned in Acts xxi, 9,
19) An allusion to the bishop's habit,