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Here found retreat, and cease our hot pursuit. [Retreat.
Tal. Bring forth the body of old Salisbury,
Bed.'Tis thought, Lord Talbot, when the fight began,
Bur. My self, as far as I cou'd well discern For fmoak and dusky vapours of the night, Am sure I scar'd the Dauphin and his trull; When, arm in arm, they both came fwiftly running, Like to a pair of loving turtle doves, That cou'd not live afunder day or night. After that things are set in order here, We'll follow them with all the power we have.
Enter a Messenger. Mel. All hail, niy Lords; which of this princely train Call ye the warlike Talbot, for his acts So much applauded through the realm of France?
Tul. Here is the Talbot, who would speak with him?
Mel. The virtuous Lady, Countess of Auvergne, With modesty admiring thy renown, By me intreats, great Lord, thio' would'st vouchsafe To visit her poor cattle where ihe lies ; That the may boast the hath beheld the man Y y 2
Whose glory fills the world with loud report.
Bur. Is it even fo? nay, then, I fee our wars
Tal. Ne'er truft me then; for when a world of men
Bed. No, truly; that is more than manners will: And I have heard it said, unbidden guests Are often welcomest when they are gone.
Tal. Well then, alone, since there is no remedy, I mean to prove this lady's courtesy. Come hither, Captain; you perceive my mind. [Whispers.
Capt. I do, my Lord, and mean accordingly. [Exeunt. SCENE IV. The Countess of Auvergne's cafile.
Enter the Countess, and her Porter. Count. Porter, remember what I gave in charge; And when you've done so, bring the keys to me. Port. Madam, I will.
[Exit. Count. The plot is laid: if all things fall out right, I shall as famous be by this exploit, As Scythian Tonnyris by Cyrus' death. Great is the rumour * of this dreadful knight, And his atchievements of no less account: Fain would mine eyes be witness with mine ears, To give their censure t of these rare reports.
Enter Mefjenger, and Talbot.
Gount. Is this the scourge of France ?
* Rumour, for reputariun.
I see report is fabulous and false.
Tal. Madam, I have been bold to trouble you:
[goes, Count. What means he now! Go ask him, whither be - Mes. Stay, my Lord Talbot; for my Lady craves To know the cause of your abrupt departure.
Tal. Marry, for that she's in a wrong belief,
Enter Porter with keys.
Count. To me, blood-thirsty Lord :
Tal. Ha, ha, ha.
Tal. I laugh to see your Ladyship fo fond,
Count. Why? art not thou the man?
Tal. No, no; I am but shadow of my self:
[to moan, Your roof were not fufficient to contain it.
Count. This is a riddling merchant for the nonce; He will be here, and yet he is not here : How can these contrarieties agree?
Tal. That will I ihew you presently. Winds his horn; drums ftrike up; à peal of ordnance,
Count. Victorious Talbot, pardon my abuse;
Tal. Be not dismay'd, fair Lady; nor misconstruc
have done, hath not offended me:
Gount. With all my heart, and think me honoured To fealt so great a warrior in my
house. [Exeunt. SCENE V. Changes to London in the Temple-garden. Enter Richard Plantagenet, Warwick, Somerset, Suf
folk, Vernon, and others. Plan. Great Lords and Gentlemen, what means this Dare no man answer in a case of truth? [filence?
Suf. Within the Temple-hall we were too loud, The garden here is more convenient.
Plan. Then fay at once, if I maintain’d the truth; Or else was wrangling Somerset in th'error ?
Suf. ?Faith, I have been a truant in the law; I never yet could frame my will to it,
And therefore frame the law unto
[us. Som. Judge you, my Lord of Warwick, then between War. Between two hawks, which flies the higher
Plan. Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance;
Som. And on my fide it is fo welt apparellid,
Plan. Since you are tongue-ty'd, and fo loth to speak,
Som. Let him that is no coward, and no flatterer,
War. I love no colours; and without all colour
Suf. I pluck this red rose with young Somerset,
Ver. Stay, Lords and Gentlemen, and pluck no more, 'Till you conclude, that he upon whose side
* This is given as the original of the two badges of the bouse of York and Lancaster; wheil.er tiuiy, or not, is no great matter. But the
roverbial expression of laying a ibing under the role, I am peal ded came from thence. When the nation had ranged itself isto two great factions, under the white and red rose, and were perpeiually plotting and counterplotting againit one another, then when a macier of faction was communicated by either party to bis frierd in the same quarrel, it was natural for him to add, that he said it under the rose; meaning, that as it cuncern'd the faction, it was religiuully to te kept secret. Mr. Har.“