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The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, K. Hen. What says she, fair one ? that the tongues Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank,
of men are full of deceits? Conceives by idleness; and nothing teems,
Alice. Ouy; dat de tongues of de mans is be full But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, of deceits : dat is de princess. Losing both beauty and utility.
K. Hen. The princess is the better English-woman. And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, l'faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for my understandDefective in their natures, grow to wildness ; ing : I am glad, thou can'st speak no better English; Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, for, if thou couldst, thou would'st find me such a Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, plain king, that thou would'st think, 1 had sold ny The sciences that should become our country ; farm to buy my crown. I know no ways to mince it in like savages, -as soldiers will,
love, but directly to say I love you : then, if you That nothing do but meditate on blood, --
urge me farther than to say-Do you in faith? I wear To swearing, and stern looks, diffus'd attire, out my suit. Give me your answer; i'faith, do; and And every thing that seems unnatural.
so clap hands and a bargain : How say you, lady? Which to reduce into our former favour.
Kath. Sunf vostre honneur, me understand well. You are assembled : and my speech entreats,
K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to verses, or That I may know the let, why gentle peace to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: for Should not expel these inconveniences,
I have neither words nor measure ; and for And bless us with her foriner qualities.
the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a rea. K. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the peace, sonable measure in strength. If I could win a lady Whose want gives growth to the imperfections at leap frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with my Which you have cited, you must by that peace armour on my back, under the correction of bragging With full accord to all our just demands;
be it spoken, I should quickly leap into a wife. Or, Whose tenours and particular effects
if I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for You have, enschedul'd briefly, in your hands. her favours, I could lay on like a butcher, and sit like
Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which, as a jack-an-apes, never off: but, before God, I cannot There is no answer made.
(yet, look greenly, nor gasp out my eloquence, nor I have K. Hen. Well then, the peace,
no cunning in protestation; only downright oaths, Which
you before so urg'd, lies in his answer. which I never use till urged, and never break for urgFr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye ing. If thou canst love a fellow of this temper, Kate, O'er-glanc'd the articles: pleaseth your grace whose face is not worth sun-burning, that never looks To appoint some of your council presently in his glass for love of any thing he sees there, let To sit with us once more, with better heed
thine eye be thy cook. I speak to thee plain soldier: To re-survey them, we will, suddenly,
If thou canst love me for this, take me : if not, to Pass our accept, and peremptory answer.
say to thee—that I shall die, is true : but-for thy K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter, love, by the Lord, no ; yet I love thee too. And while And brother Clarence,-and you, brother Gloster, - thou livest, dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and unWarwick,-and Huntington,-go with the king: coined constancy; for he perforce must do thee right, And take with you free power, to ratify,
because he hath not the gift to woo in other places : Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best
for these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyrne Shall see advantageable for our dignity,
themselves into ladies' favours, – they do always rea. Any thing in, or out of, our demands;
son themselves out again, What! a speaker is but a And we'll consign thereto. - Will you, fair sister, prater ; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall; Go with the princes, or stay here with us? a straight back will stoop: a black beard will turn
Q. Isab. Our gracious brother, I will go with them; white; a curled pate will grow bald ; a fair face will Haply, a woman's voice may do some good, wither; a full eye will wax hollow; but a good beart, When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on. Kate, is the sun and moon; or, rather, the sun, and
K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here with not the moon; for it shines bright, and never changes, She is our capital demand, compris'd (us; but keeps its course truly. If thou would have such Within the fore rank of our articles.
a one, take me : And take me, take a soldier ; take Q. Isab. She hath good leave.
a soldier, take a king : And what sayest thou then to (E.. all but Henry, Kath., & her Gentlewoman. my love ? speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee. K. Hen.
Fair Katharine, and most fair! Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de enemy of Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms,
France ? Such as will enter at a lady's ear,
ki Hen. No; it is not possible, you should love And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart? the enemy of France, Kate : but, in Coving me, you
Knth. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot should love the friend of France ; for I love France speak your England.
so well, that I will not part with a village of it; I K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me will have it all mine : and, Kate, when France is mine, soindly with your French heart, I will be glad to and I am yours, then yours is France, and you are mine. hear you confess it brokenly with your English tongue.
Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat. Do you like me, Kate ?
K.Hen. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French; which, Kath. Pardonner
I cannot tell vat is-like me I am sure, will hang upon my tongue like a new-marK. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate ; and you are ried wife about her husband's neck, hardly to be shook like an angel.
off. Quand j'ay la possession de France, et quand ? Kath. Que dit-il? que je suis semblable à les anges ? avez le possession de moi, (let me see, what then! Saint
Alice. Ouy, vraymeni, (sauf vostre grace) uinsi Dennis be my speed !) donc vostre est France, et vous dit-il.
estes mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to conquer K. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine; and I must not the kingdom, as to speak so much more French : I shall blush to affirm it.
never move thee in French, unless it be to laugh at me. Kath. O bon Dieu ! les langues des hommes sont Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que vous pleines 6es tt impcries.
parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle.
8. Hen. No, 'iai. is't not, Kate : but thy speak - | France,-I connot tell what is, baiser, en English. ng of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, K. Hen. To kiss. must needs be granted to be much at one. But, Alice. Your majesty entendre bettre que moy. hate, dost thou understand thus much English? Canst K. Hen. It is not the fashion for the maids in thou love me?
France to kiss before they are married, would she say? Kath. I cannot tell.
Alice. Quý, traument. K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate ? K. Hen. Ö Kate, nice customs curt'sy to great I 'li ask them. Come, I know, thou lovest me: and kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined at night when you come into your closet, you 'll ques- within the weak list of a country's fashion : we arexa tion this gentlewoman about me ; and I know, Kate, the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me, that you follows our places, stops the mouths of
all findfaults: love with your heart: but, good Kate, mock me mer as I will do yours, for upholding the rice fashion of cifully: the rather, gentle princess, because I love your country, in denying me a kiss : therefore, pa thee crielly. If ever thou be'st mine, Kate, (as I have tiently and yielding. (Kissing her. ] You have witcha saving faith within me, tells me,—thou shalt,) I get craft in your lips, Kate : there is more eloquence ir. thee with scambling, and thou must therefore needs a sugar touch of them, than in the tongues of the prove a good soldier breeder : Shall not thou and I, French council; and they should sooner persuade between Saint Dennis and Saint George, compound Harry of England, than a general petition of mona boy, nalf French, half English, that shall go to Con- archs. Here comes your father. stantinople, and take the Turk by the beard ? shall
Enter the French King and QUEEN, BURGUNDY, we not? what sayest thou, my fair flower-de luce ? Kuth. I do not know dat.
BEDFORV, GLOster, Exeter, WESTMORELAND, and K. Hen. No ; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to
other French and English Lords. promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will endea. Bur. God save your majesty! my royal cousin, vour for your French part of such a boy; and, for teach you our princess English ? my English moiety, take the word of a king and a K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair cousin, bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Katharine how perfectly I love her; and that is good English. du monde, mon tres chere et divine deesse?
Bur. Is she not apt? Kath. Your majesté ’ave fausse French enough to K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my condeceive de most sage damoiselle dat is en France. dition is not smooth : so that, having neither the
Ki Hen. Now fye upon my false French! By mine voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate : by which conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will aphonour I dare not swear, thou lovest me ; yet my pear in his true likeness. blood begins to flatter me ; that thou dost, notwith- Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I answer standing the poor and untempering effect of my visage. you for that. If you would conjure in her you must Now beshrew my father's ambition ! he was thinking make a circle : if conjure up love in her in his true of civil wars when he got me ; therefore was I created likeness, he must appear naked, and blind : Can you with a stubborn wutside, with an aspect of iron, that, blame her then, being a maid yet rosed over with the when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. But in virgin crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I shall appear, of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? It were, my comfort is, that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty: my lord, a hard condition for a maid to consign to. can do no more spoil upon my face: thou hast me, K. Hen. Yet they do wink, and yield; as love is if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt wear blind and enforces. me, if thou wear me, better and better ; And therefore Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they tell me, most fair Katharine, will you have me? Put see not what they do. off your maiden blushes ; avouch the thoughts of your K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin heart with the looks of an empress ; take me by the to consent to winking. hand, and say-Harry of England, I am thine: which Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear withal, but you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, I will tell thee aloud- England is thine, Ireland is well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bar"nine, France is thine, and Henry Plantagenet is tholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes ; thine ; who, though I speak it before his face, if he and then they will endure handling, which before be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the would not abide looking on. best king of good fellows. Come, your answer in k. Hen. This moral ties me over to time, and a broken music; for thy voice is music and thy English hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your coubroken: therefore, queen of all, Katharine, break thy sin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too. mind to me in broken English, Wilt thou have me? Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. Kath. Dat is, as it shall please de roy mon pere.
K. Hen. It is so ; and you may, some of you, R. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate; it thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many shall please him, Kate.
a fair French city, for one fair French maid that Kath. Den it shall also content me.
stands in my way. K. Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, and I Fr. King: Yes, my lord, you see them perspeccall you-my queen.
tively, the cities turned into a maid ; for they are all Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez : ma foy, girdled with maiden walls, that war hath neverentered. je ne veur point que vous abbaisses vostre grandeur, en K. Hrn. Shall Kate be
wife? baisant la main d'une vostre indigne serviteure ; er- Fr. King. So please you. C1.sez moy, je vous supplie, mon tres puissant seigneur. K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you
K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. talk of, may wait on her: so the maid that stood in
kuth. Les dumes, et dumoiselles, pour estre baisées the way of my wish, shall shew me the way to my will. devant leur nopees, il n'est pas le coutume de France. Fr. K. We have consented to all terms of reasou K. Hen. Madam my interpreter, what
she? K. Hen. Is't so, iny lords of England ? Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of | U’est. The king hath granted every article :
His daughter, first ; and then, in sequel, all, So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, According to their firm proposed natures.
That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, Eve. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :- Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, Where your majesty demands,- That the king of Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, France, having any occasion to write for matter of To make divorce of their incorporate league ; grant, shall name your highness in this form, and That English may as French, French Englishmen, with this addition, in French, -- Notre tres cher fils Receive each other !–God speak this Amen! Henry roy d'Angleterre, heretier de France; and thus All. Amen! in Latin,-Præclarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage ;-on which Angliæ, et hæres Francia.
My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, [day, Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, And all the peers’, for surety of our leagues. But your request shall make me let it pass. Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me ;
K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear alliance, And may our oaths well kept and prosperous be! (Es. Let that one article rank with the rest :
Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her blood Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen,
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.
[ness all, Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd king K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate :-and bear me wit- of France and England, did this king succeed , That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. (Flourish. Whose state so many had the managing,
Q. Isab. God, the best maker of all marriages, That they lost France, and made his England bleed: Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one ! Which oft our stage hath shewn; and, for their sale As man and wife, being two, are one in love, In your fair minds let this acceptance take. [Frit.
This play has many scenes of high dignity, and many of easy play is the emptiness and narrowness of the last act, which a merriment. The character of the king is well supported, except very little diligence might have easily avoided--JOHNSON in his courtship, where he has neither the vivacity of Hal, por of the general conduct of this play it may be remarked, that the grandeur of llenry. The humour of Pistol is very happily the interest turns altogether upon the circumstances which ac continued : his character has perhaps been the model of all the company a single battle ; consequently, the poet has put iorb bulli that ve yet appeared on Oglish stage.
all his strength in colouring and contrasting ihe situation of the The lines given to the Chorus have many admirers ; but the two armies, and so admirably has he succeeded in this attempt, truth is, that in them a little may be praised, and much must by opposing ihe full assurance of victory on the part of the Freuch, be forgiven ; nor can it be easily discovered why the intelli- their boastlul clamour and impatient levity,to lic conscious dar gence given by the Chorus is more necessary in this play than ger, and calun valour, of the English, that we wait the issue of in maoy others where it is omitted. The great defect of this the combat with an almost breathless anxiety.-Dr. DRAK6.
FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
of this play there is po edition extant previoas to the folio, account for their having done so, is by supposing, that they
1623. It is a miserable production; and Malone has distinctly imagined the insertion of this historical drama was necessary proved, in his ingenious and elaborate Essay on the three paris to understanding the two pieces that follow it; or, that Shak of King Henry VI. ibat it has been unjustly ascribed to the speare, for the advantage of his own theatre, having written hand of Shakspeare
a few lines in the first part of King Henry VI. after Dis own In the second and third parts of King Henry VI. the pen of second and third parts had been played, they conceived this our great poet is easily distinguished; but in the present play a sufficieut warrant for attributing it, alcag with the others. there is not a single passage marked with the characters of his to him, in the general collection of his works." genius. "It may be asked," says Malone, " if the drama The historical transactions contained in this play, take in the was not written by Shakspeare, why did Heminge and Con. compass of about thirty years. dell print it with the rest of his works ? The only way I can PERSONS REPRESENTED. WOODVILLE, Lieutenant of the Tower.
VERNON, of the White Rose, or York faction. kino HENRY THE Sixth.
Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster faction. Duke op Gloster, uncle to the King, and Protector. Charles, Dauphin, und afterwards King of France DUKE OF BEDFORD, uncle to the King, and regent of Reignier, Duke of Anjou, and titular King of Naples France.
(the King. Duke of BURGUNDY. DUKE of Alençox. Thomas BEAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, great uncle to. Bastard of Orleans. Governor of Paris. Henry BEAUFORT, great uncle to the King, bishop of Master-Gunner of Orleans, and his son.
Winchester, and afterwards cardinal. General of the French forces in Bourdeaux.
Earl of Cambridge ; afterwards Duke of York. Margaret, daughter to Reignier ; afterwards marEarls of WARWICK, SALISBURY, and SUFFOLK.
COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. [ried to King Henry, Lord Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. John Talkot, his son.
JOAN LA PUCELLE, commonly called Joan of Arc. EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders of Mayor of London. Mortimer's Keeper, and u Lawyer.
the Tower, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, Sir John FASTOLFE. Sir William Lucy.
and severul Attendants both on the English & French. Sir William Gl.INSDALE. Sir Thomas GARGRAVE. SCENE,-partly in Excland, and partly in France. ACT 1.
Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns
Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death. SCENE 1.-Westminster Abbey.
Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up ? Dead march. Corpse of Kino HENRY THE FIFTu These news would cause him once more yield the ghost
If Henry were recall’d to life again, discovered, lying in state ; attended on by the DUKES
Ese. How were they lost? what treachery was us'd ? or BEDFORD, GLOSTER, and EXETER; the EARL OF WARWICK, the Bishop of Winchester, Heraldo,&c. Among the soldiers this is muttered,
Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield day.to That here you maintain several factions ; Comets, importing change of times and states, (night! And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
You are disputing of your generals. And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost; That have consented unto Henry's death!
Another would Ay swift, but wanteth wings; Henry the fifth, too famous to live long !
A third man thinks, without expence at all, England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd.
Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time. Awake, awake, English nobility!
Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot;
Exe. Wore our tears wanting to this funeral, More dazzled and drove back his enemies,
These tidings would call forth her flowing tides. Than mid day sun, fierce bent against their faces. Bed. Me they concern ; regent I am of France :What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech: Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France. He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered.
Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Ese. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not in Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, Henry is dead, and never shall revive : (blood ? | To weep their intermissive miseries. Upon a wooden coffin we attend ; And death's dishonourable victory
Enter another Messenger. We with our stately presence glorify,
% Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad mis. Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
France is revolted from the English quite ; (chance What? 'shall we curse the planets of mishap, Except some petty towns of no import : That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ?
The Dauphin Charles is crow.ed king in Rheims ; Or shall we think we subtle witted French
The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd; Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him, Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part; By magic verses have contriv'd his end ?
The duke of Alençon fieth to his side. Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of kings. Ese. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to him! Unto the French the dreadful judgment day O, whither shall we fly froin this reproach ? So dreadful will not be, as was his sight.
Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats:-The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought :
Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.
Glo. The church! where is it? Had not churchmen An army have 1 muster'd in my thoughts,
Enter a third Messenger.
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh; Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is 't so? And ne'er throughout the year to church thou go'st, 3 Mess. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'erthrown: Except it be to pray against thy foes. (peace ! The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds in The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us :
Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms;
Having scarce six thousand in his troop, Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.- By three and twenty thousand of the French Posterity, await for wretched years,
Was round encompassed and set upon : When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck; No leisure had he to enrank his men ; Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears,
He wanted pikes to set before his archers;
They pitched in the ground confusedly,
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance.
Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him, Enter a Messenger.
Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew : Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all ! The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms; Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
All the whole army stood agaz'd on him : Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture :
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
A Talbot ! a Talbot! cried out amain,
If sir John Falstolfe had not play'd the coward ; Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,
When he sees me go back one foot, or ily. [Ezeunt.
Alarums; Ercursions ; afterwards a Retreat. Hence grew the general wreck and massacre ; Re-enter CHARLES, Alençon, REIGNER, and others. Enclosed were they with their enemies :
Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have I ?A l ase Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace. Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back;
Dogs! cowards! dastards !- I would ne'er have fled, Whom all France, with their chief assembled strength,
But that they left me midst my enemies. Durst not presume to look once in the face.
Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide ; Bed. Is Talbot slain ? then I will slay myself,
He fighteth as one weary of his life. For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
The other lords, like lions wanting food, Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,
Do rush upon us as their hungry prey. Unto his dastard foe men is betray'd.
Alen. Froissard, a countryman of ours, records,
England all Olivers and Rowlands bred, 3 Mess. O no, lię lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford:
During the time Edward the third did reign.
More truly now may this be verified ;
For none but Samsons, and Goliasses,
It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten ! I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne,
Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er suppose His crown shall be the ransome of my friend;
They had such courage and audacity ? Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours. —
Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hair-brain'd Farewell, my masters ; to my task will I; Bonfires in France forth with I am to make,
And hunger will enforce them to be more eager :
Of old I know them ; rather with their teeth To keep our great Saint George's feast withal :
The walls they 'll tear down, than forsake the siege. Ten thousand soldiers with me will I take,
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals, or device, Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake. 3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd; Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do.
Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on ; The English army is grown weak and faint:
By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone.
Alen. Be it so.
Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
for him. Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Char. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us. Bed. I do remember it; and here take leavc, Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your cheer apTo go about my preparation.
pallid; Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the baste I can,
Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence ? To view the artillery and munition ;
Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand : And then I will proclaim young Henry King.. (Erit. A holy maid hither with me I bring,
Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, Being ordain’d his special governor ;
Ordained is to raise this tedious siege, And for his safety there I'll best devise. [Exit. And drive the English forth the bounds of France.
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend : The spirit of deep prophecy she bath, I am left out; for me nothing remains.
Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome ; But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office;
What's past, and what's to come, she can descry. The king froin Eltham I intend to send,
Speak, shall I call her in ? Believe my words, Aod sit at chiefest stern of public weal.
For they are certain and unfallible. (her skill, [Exit. Scene closes.
Char. Go, call her in: [Exit Bast.] But, first, to try
Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place :SCENE II.- France. Before Orleans. Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern :Enter CHARLES, with his Forces ; ALENÇON,
By this means shall we sound what skill she hath. REIGNIER, and others.
[Retires. Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens,
Enter LA PUCELLE, Bastard of Orleans, and others. So in the earth, to this day is not known :
Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these wond'rou: Late did he shine upon the English side ;
feats! Now we are victors, upon us he smiles.
Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beguile me' What towns of any moment, but we have ?
Where is the Dauphin ?—come, come from bebind , At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans ;
I know thee well, though never seen before. Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale ghosts, Be not amaz’d, there's nothing hid from me: Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
In private will I talk with thee apart ;Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat bull. Stand back, you lords, and give us leave awhile. Either they must be dieted like mules, (beeves : Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash. And have their provender tyed to their mouths, Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. My wit untraind in any kind of art,
Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly here? Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas'd Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear :
To shine on my contemptible estate : Remaineth none, but mad brain d Salisbury; Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs, And he may well in fretting spend his gall,
And to sun's parching heat display'd my cheeks, Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war. God's mother deigned to appear to me :
Chur. Sound, sound alarum ; we will rush on them. And, in a vision full of majesty, Now for the honour of the forlorn French :
Will'd me to leave my base vocalion.