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61. HENRY THE SIXTH.

VERNON, of the White Rose, or York Faction. Duke of GLOSTER, Uncle to the King, and Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction. Protector.

CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of Durs or BEDFORD, Uncle to the King, and

France.
Regent of France.

REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King Thomas BēAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, great

of Naples. Uncle to the King:

Duke of BURGUNDY.-DUKE OF ALENÇON. HENRY Beaufort, great Uncle to the King, Governor of Paris.-BASTARD OF ORLEANS.

Bishop of Winchester; and afterwards MASTER-GUNNER OF Orleans, and his Son.
Cardinal.

GENERAL OF THE FRENCH Forces in BourJohs BLAUFORT, Earl of Somerset; afterwards

deaux. Duke.

A FRENCH SERGEANT.--A PORTER.
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, eldest Son of Richard, AN OLD SHEPHERD, Father to Joan la Pucelle.

late Earl of Cambridge; afterwards
Duke of York.

MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier; afterwards EARL OF WARWICK.-EARL OF SALISBURY.

married to King Henry. EARL OF SUFFOLK.

COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. LORD TALBOT, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. Joan LA PUCELLE, commonly called, Joan of John Talbot, his Son.

Arc. EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March. MORTIMER'S KEEPER, and a LAWYER. Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, WarSIR JOHN FASTOLFE.SIR WILLIAM Lucy. ders of the Tower, Heralds, Officers, SolSIR WILLIAM GLANSDALE.-SIR THOMAS Gar- diers, Messengers, and several Attendants GRAVE.

both on the English and French. MAYOR OF LONDON. WOODVILLE, Lieutenant of the Tower. Scene; partly in England, and partly in France.

ACT I.

More dazzled and drove back nis enemies, SCENE 1.-Westminster Abbey.

Than mid-day sun, fierce bent against their faces.

[speech: Jeud march. Corpse of King HENRY the Fifth What should I say? his deeds exceed all

urscovered, lying in state ; attended on by the He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered. Dukes oj' BEDFORD, GLOSTER, and ExeTER; Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we the Earl of WARWICK, the Bishop of Win

not in blood 2 Chester, Heralds, $c.

Henry is dead, and never shall revive : Bed. Hung be the heavens with black,* Upon a wooden coffin we attend; yield day to night!

And death's dishonourable victory Comets, importing change of times and states, We with our stately presence glorify, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;

Like captives bound to a triumphant car. And with them scourge the bad revolting What? shall we curse the planets of mishap, stars,

That plotted thus our glory's overthrow? That have consented unto Henry's death! Or shall we think the subtle-witted French Henry the fifth, too famous to live long! Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him, England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. | By magic verses* bave contriv'd his end ?

Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of Virtue he had, deserving to command; [time.

kings. His brandish'd sword did blind men with his Unto the French the dreadful judgement day beams;

So dreadful will not be, as was his fight. His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings; The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought: His sparkling eyes replete with wrathful fire,' The church's prayers made him so prosperous. * Alluding to our ancient stage-practice when a tragedy * There was a notion long prevalent, that life might be Glo. The church! where is it? Had not | France is revolted from the English quite; churchmen pray'd,

taken away by metrical charms.

was to be acted

Except some petty towns of no import : His thread of life had not so soon decay'd : The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in None do you like but an effeminate prince,

Rheims; Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd; Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part; protector;

The duke of Alençon flieth to his side. And lookest to comniand the prince, and realm, Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to 'Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe,

him. More than God, or religious churchmen, may. 0, whither shall we fly from this reproach?. Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the Glo. We will not fiy, but to our enemies' flesh;

[go'st,

throats : And ne'er throughout the year to church thou Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out. Except it be to pray against thy foes.

Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forBed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your

wardness!
minds in peace!

An army have I muster'd in my thoughts,
Let's to the altar:-Heralds, wait on us: Wherewith already France is over-run.
Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms;
Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. -

Enter a third MESSENGER.
Posterity, await for wretched years, (suck; 3 Mess. My gracious lords,-to add to your
When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall

laments,

[hearse, Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears,

Wherewith you now bedew King Henry's And none but women left to wail the dead,

I must inform you of a dismal fight, Henry the fifth! thy ghost I invocate;

Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils ! Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't Combat with adverse planets in the heavens!

so? A far more glorious star thy soul will make, 3 Mess. O, do; wherein lord Talbot was o'er. Thancias Cæsar, or bright

thrown: Enter a Messenger.

The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. M: My honourable lords, health to you all! The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Sos Laings bring I to you out of France,

Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture:

Having full scarce six thousand in bis troop, Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,

By three and twenty thousand of the French Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost.

Was round encompassed and set upon :
Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead He wanted pikes to set before his archers;

No leisure had he to enrank his men;
Henry's corse?
Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns

Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of Will make him burst his lead, and rise from They pitched in the ground confusedly,

hedges, death. Glo. Is Paris lost? is Roüen yielded up?

To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. If Henry were recall’d to life again,

More than three hours the fight continued; These news would cause him once more yield Enacted worders with his sword and lance.

Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, the ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand was us'd ?

him; Mess. No treachery; but want of men and Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew :

The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms; Among the soldiers this is muttered,

All the whole army stood agaz'd on him: That here you maintain several factions ;

His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, And, whilst a field should be despatch' and A Talbot! a Talbot! cried out amain,

And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. fought, You are disputing of your generals.

Here had the conquest fully been seald up, One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost; He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind,

If Sir John Fastolse had not play'd the coward; Another would fly swift but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expense at all,

With purpose to relieve and follow them,) By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'a. Cowardly fled not having stryck one stroke, Awake, awake, English nobility!

Hence grew the general wreck and massacre; Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot:

Enclosed were they with their enemies : Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms ; | Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back;

A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, Of England's coat one half is cut away. These tidings would call forth hert flowing Durst not presume to look once in the face. Exe. Were our tears wanting to this

funeral, Whom all France, with their chief assembled tides. Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of For living idly here, in pomp and ease,

Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, France: Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France.- Unto his dastard foe-man is betray'd.

Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid, Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hunger

3 Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, To weep their intermissive miseries.I

ford : Enter another MESSENGER.

Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise. 2 Mess Lords, view these letters, full of bad Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall njischance,

pay: * Nurse was anciently so spelt.

I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne, + Her, i. e. England's.

His crown shall be the ransom of my friend; ..e. Their miseries which have had only a short inter Four of their lords I'll change for one of

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Farewell, my masters; to my task will I; The other lords, like lions wanting food,
Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.*
To keep our great Saint George's seast withal: Alen. Froissard, a countryman of ours, remo
Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take,

cords, Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe England all Olivers and Rowlands bred, quake.

During the time Edward the third did reiga. ; 3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is be- More truly now may this be verified; sieg'd;

For none but Samsons, and Guliasses, The English army is grown weak and faint: It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten! The earl of Salisbury craveth supply,

Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er supAnd hardly keeps his men from mutiny, They had such courage and andacity ? [pose Since they, so few, watch such a multitude. Char. Let's leave this town; for they are E.re. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry

hair-brain'd slaves,

(ger: Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, (sworn; And hunger will enforce them to be more eaOr bring him in obedience to your yoke. Of old I know them; rather with their teeth

Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the To go about my preparation.

[Exit.

siege. Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, Reig. I think, by some odd gimmalst or den To view the artillery and munition;

vice,

{on; And then I will proclaim young Henry king: Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike

(Exit. Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do. Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone. king is,

Alen. Be it so.
Being ordain'd his special governor;
And for his safety there I'll best advise.

Enter the BASTARD of Orleuns.

[Erit. Bust. Where's the prince Dauphin, I have Win. Each hath his place and function to

news for him. attend:

Chur. Bastardt of Orleans, thrice welcome I am left out; for me nothing remains. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office; Bust. Methinks, your looks are sad, your The king from Eltham I intend to send,

cheers appall’d; And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. Hath the late overthrow' wrought this offence ?

[Exit. Scene closes. Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand:

A holy maid hither with me I bring, SCENE II.-France.-Before Orleans.

Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, Enter CHARLES, with his Forces; ALENÇON, Ordained'is to raise this tedious siege, REIGNIER, and others.

And drive the English forth the bounds of

France. Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the The spirit of deep prophecy she hath, heavens,

Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome; So in the earth, to this day is not known: What's past, and what's to come, she can Late did he shine upon the English side;

descry. Now we are victors upon us he smiles. Speak, shall I call her in? Believe my words, What towns of any moment, but we have?

For they are certain and unfallible. At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans;

Char. Go, call her in: [Exit Bastard.) But, Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale

first, to try her skill, ghosts,

Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place: Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.

Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern:Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat By this means shall we sound what skill she bull-beeves:

hath.

[Retires. Either they must be dieted like mules, And have their provender tyed to their mouths, Enter LA PUCELLE, BASTARD of Orleans, and Or piteons they will look, like drowned mice.

others. Roig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly here?

Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear:

wondrous feats? Remaineth none but mad-brain'd Salisbury;

Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to be. And he may well in fretting spend his gall,

guile me?

(hind; Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war.

Where is the Dauphin ?-come, come from beChur. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush I know thee well, though never seen before. on them.

Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me: Now for the honour of the forlorn French :

In private will' I talk with thee apart:Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,

Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a When he sees me go back one foot, or fly.

while. [Exeunt.

Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first

dash. Alurums ; Excursions; afterwards a Retreat. Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's

daughter, Re-enter Charles, Alençon, REIGNIER, und My wit untrain’d in any kind of art. others.

Heaven, and our lady gracious, hath it pleas'd Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have To shine on my contemptible estate:

I?Dogs! cowards! dastards!-I would ne'er * I. c. The prey for which they are hungry. bave fled,

+ A gimmal is a piece of jointed work, where one piece But that they left me 'midst my enemies.

moves within another; here it is taken at large for an en

gine. Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; This was not in former times a term of reproache He fighteth as one weary of his life.

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woman.

Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, And to sun's parching heat display'd my Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought. cheeks,

With Henry's death, the English circle ends; God's mother deigned to appear to me; Dispersed are the glories it included. And, in a vision full of majesty,

Now am I like that proud insulting ship, Will'd me to leave my base vocation,

Which Cæsar and his fortune bare at once. And free my country from calamity :

Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove? Her aid she promis'd, and assur'd success: Thou with an eagle art inspired then. In complete glory she reveal'd herself; Helen, the mother of great Constantine, [thee. And, whereas I was black and swart before, Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters,* were like With those clear rays which she infus’d on me, Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the earth, That beauty am I bless'd with, which you see. How may I reverently worship thee enough? Ask me what question thou canst possible, Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the And I will answer unpremeditated:

siege. My courage try by combat, if thou dar’st, Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save And thou shalt find that I'exceed my sex.

our honours; Resolve on this:* Thou shalt be fortunate, Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz'd. If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.

Char. Presently we'll try :-Come let's away Char. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high

about it: terms;

No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. Only this proof I'll of thy valour make,–

[Exeunt. In single combat thou shalt buckle with me; And, it thou vanquishest, thy words are true; SCENE III.-London.-Hill before the Tower. Otherwise, I renounce alí confidence.

Enter, at the Gates, the Duke of GLOSTER, with Puc. I am prepar'd: here is my keen-edg’d his Serving-men, in blue coats.

sword, Deck'd with five flour-de-luces on each side;

Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this The which at Touraine, in Saint Katharine's day; Since Henry's death, I fear, there is church-yard,

conveyance.t-Where be these warders, that Ont of a deal of old iron I chose forth.

they wait not here? Open the gates; Gloster

it is that calls. Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear no

[SERVANTS knock.

1 Ward. [Within.] Who is there that knocks Pu. And, while I live, I'll near fly from a

so imperiously?

1 Serv. It is the noble Duke of Gloster. man.

[They fight. Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an

2 Ward. (Within.] Whoe'er he be, you may Amazon,

not be let in. And fightest with the sword of Deborah.

1 Serr. Answer you so the lord protector, Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were

villains? too weak.

1 Ward. [Within.] The Lord protect him! Char. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that we do no otherwise than we are willd.

so we answer him: must help me: Impatiently I burn with thy desire ;

Glo. Who will'd you? or whose will stands My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu’d. There's none protector of the realm, but I.

but mine? Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be;

Break upt the gates, I'll be your warrantize: 'Tis the French Dauphin sueth to thee thus.

Shall I be fouted thus by dunghill grooms ? Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love,

Servants rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to For my profession's sacred from above: When I have chased all thy foes from hence,

the Gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant. Then will I think upon a recompense.

Wood. [Within.) What noise is this? wha Char. Meantime, look gracious on thy pros

traitors have we here? trate thrall.

Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in

hear?

[enter, talk.

Open the gates; here's Gloster that would Alen. Doubliess he shrives this woman to

Wood. [Within.) Have patience, noble duke: her smock;

I may not open; Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech. The cardinal of Winchester forbids: Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps From him I have express commandement, no mean?

That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in. Alen. He may meat inore than we poor men

Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest hin do know:

(tongues.

'fore me? These women are shrewd tempters with their Arrogant Winchester ? that haughty prelate, Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could

brook ? Shall we give over Orleans or no?

Thou art no friend to God, or to the king: Puc. Why, no, F say, distrustful recreants ! Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly. Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard.

i Serv. Open the gates unto the lord proChar. What she says, I'll confirm; we'll

tector;

[quickly. fight it out.

Or we'll burst them open, if that you come not
Puc. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge.
This night the siege assuredly I'll raise: Enter WINCHESTER, attended by a Traix of
Expect Saint Martin's summer,t halcyon days,

Sercants in tawny Coats.
Since I have entered into these wars.
Glory is like a circle in the water,

Win. How now, ambitious Humphry? what

means this? * Be firuiv purersuadieu oft

* Meaning the four daughters of Philip nientioned in tóxpect Drunensity after misfortune

Acts xxi. 9.

Theft.

1 Breas open.

you on?

Glo. Piel'd priest,* dost thou command me May. I'll call for clubs, * if you will nut to be shut out?

away: Win. I do, thou most usurping proditor, This cardinal is more haughty than the devil. And not protector of the king or realm.

Glo. Mayor, farewell: thou dost but what Glo. Stand back, thou manifest conspirator;

thou may’st. Thou, that contriv'dst to murder our dead lord; Win. Abominable Gloster! guard thy head; Thou, that giv'st whores indulgences to sin: For I intend to have it, ere long.. [Exit. I'll canvast thee in thy broad cardinal's hat, May. See the coast clear'd, and then we will If thou proceed in this thy insolence.

depart.

(bear! Win. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge Good God! that nobles should such stomachst a foot;

I myself fight not once in forty year. (Ereunt. This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain,

SCENE IV.-France. Before Orleans. To slay thy brother Abel if thou wilt. Glo. I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee Enter, on the Walls, the MASTER-GUNNER and back:

his Son. Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth M. Gun. Sirrah, thou know'st how Orleans Ill use, to carry thee out of this place.

is besieg'd; Win. Do what thou dar'st; I beard thee to And how the English have the suburbs won. thy face.

Son. Father, I know; and oft have shot at Glo. What? am I dar'd, and bearded to my

them, face?

Howe'er, unfortunate, I miss'd my aim. Draw, men, for all this privileged place;

M. Gun. But now thou shalt not. Be thou Blue-coats' to tawny-coats. Priest, beware

ruld by me: your beard ;

Chief master-gunner am I of this town; [GLOSTER und his Men attack the Bishop. Something, I must do, to procure me grace: I mean to tug it, and to cuff you soundly: The prince's espialso have informed me, Under my feet | stamp thy cardinal's hat; How the English, in the suburbs close inIn spite of pope or dignities of church,

trench'd, Here by the cheeks I'll drag thee up and down. Wont, through a secret gate of iron bars Win. Gloster, thou'lt answer this before the In yonder tower, to overpeer the city; [tage, pope.

And thence discover, how, with most advan. Glo. Winchester goose, Ş I cry-a rope! a They may vex us, with shot, or with assault. rope!

[stay?- To intercept this inconvenience, Now beat them hence. Why do you let them A piece of ordnance 'gainst it I have plac'd; Thee I'll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep's And fully even these three days have I watch'd, array.

If I could see them. Now, boy, do thou watch, Out, tawny coats!-out, scarlet|| hypocrite ! For I can stay no longer. Here a great Tumult. In the midst of it, Enter And thou shalt find me at the governor's.

If thou spy'st any, run and bring me word; the MAYOR of London, and Officers.

[Erit. May. Fie, lords! that you, being supreme Son. Father, I warrant you; take you no magistrates,

care ; Thus contumeliously should break the peace! I'll never trouble you, if I may spy them. Glo. Peace, mayor; thou know’st little of Enter, in an upper Chamber of a Tower, the my wrongs:

[king,

Lords SALISBURY and Talbot, Sir WILLIAM Here's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor Hath here distrain'd the Tower to his use.

GLANSDALE, Sir THOMAS GARGRAVE, and

others. Win. Here's Gloster too, a foe to citizens; One that still motions war, and never peace,

Sal. Talbot, my life, my joy, again return'd! O’ercharging your free purses with large fines; How wert thou handled, being prisoner? That seeks to overthrow religion,

Or by what means got'st thou to be releas'd? Because he is protector of the realm ;

Discourse, I pr’ythee, on this turret's top. And would have armour here out of the Tower,

Tal. The duke of Bedford had a prisoner, To crown himself king, and suppress the prince Called--the brave lord Ponton

de Santrailles; Glo. I will not answer thee with words, but for him I was exchang’d and ransomed.

blows. [Here they skirmish again. But with a baser man of arms by far, [me: May. Nought rests for me, in this tumul- Once, in contempt, they would have barter'a tuous strife,

Which I, disdaining, scorn'd; and craved death But to make open proclamation :

Rather than I would be so pild esteemed.|| Come, officer; as loud as e'er thou canst. In fine, redeem'd I was as I desir'd. [heart! Off. All manner of men, assembled here in arms

But, O! the treacherous Fastolfe wounds my this day, against God's peace and the king's, If I now had him brought into my power.

Whom with my bare fists I wi uld execute, we charge and command you, in his highness'

Sul. Yet tell’st thou not, how thou wert ennaype, to repuir to your several dwelling-places;

tertain'd. and not to wear, handle, or use, any sword, weapon, or dagger, henceforward, upon pain of

Tal. With scoffs, and scorns, and contume

lious taunts. death.

In open market-place produc'd they me, Glo. Cardinal, i'll be no breaker of the law: To be a public spectacle to all; But we shall meet, and break our minds at Here, said they, is the terror of the French, large.

The scare-crow that affrights our children so. Win. Gloster, we'll meet; to thy dear cost, Then broke I from the officers that led me; be sure:

And with my nails digg'd stones out of the Thy heart-blood I will have, for this day's work. ground,

* That is, for peace-officers armed with clubs or states * Alling to his shaven crown. + Traitor. Sift. + Pride.

1 Favour.

* Spies ¢ A struir pet. 11 An allusion to the Bishop' bout. || So stripped of honours,

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