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Glo. Cardinal, I'll be no breaker of the law : Tal. With fcoffs, and scorns, and contumelious But we shall meet, and break our minds at large.

taunts.
Win. Glofter, we'll meet; to thy cost, be thou In open market-place produc'd they me,
sure :

To be a public spectacle to all ;
Thy heart-blood I will have for this day's work. 5 Here, said they, is the terror of the French,

Mayor. I'll call for clubs, if you will not away: The scare-crow that affrights our children so.
This cardinal is more haughty than the devil. Then broke I from the officers that led me;
Glo. Mayor, farewel : thou doit but what thou And with my nails digg'd stones out of the ground,
may'it.

To hurl at the beholders of my shame. Win. Abominable Gloster ! guard thy head; 19 My grisly countenance made others fly; For I intend to have it, ere long. [Exeunt. Nonc durit come near, for fear of sudden death. Mayor. See the coast clear'd, and then we will In iron walls they deem'd me not secure; depart.

So great fear of my name'mongst them was spread,
Good God! that nobles should such stomachs bear! That they suppos’d, I could rend bars of steel,
I myself fight not once in forty year. [Exeunt. 15 And spurn in pieces ports of adamant :

Wherefore a guard of chosen ihot I had,
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That walk'd about me every minute while ;
Orlians in France.

And if I did but stir out of my bed,
Erter the Master-Gänner of Orleans, and bis Boy. Ready they were to Moot me to the heart.
M. Gun. Sirrain, thou know'st how Orleans is 20

Enter tbe Boy, with a linstock.
befieg'd;

Sal. I grieve to hear what torments you enAnd how the English have the suburbs won.

dur'd; Boy. Father, I know; and oft have shot at them, But we will be reveng'd fufficiently. Howe'er, unfortunate, I miss'd my aim.

Now it is supper-time in Orleans : M. Gun. But now thou shalt not. Be thou 25 Here, through this grate, I can count every one, rul'd by me:

And view the Frenchmen how they fortify ; Chief master-gunner am I of this town;

Let us look in, the fight will much delight thee.Something I must do to procure me grace. Sir Thomas Gargrave, and Sir William Glansdale, The prince's 'Ipials' have informed me,

Let me have your express opinions, How the English, in the suburbs close intrench’d, 30 Where is beit place to make our battery next. 2 Went, through a secret grate of iron bars

Gar. I think, at the north gate : for there stand In yonder tower, to over-peer the city;

lords. And thence discover, low, with most advantage, Glan. And I here, at the bulwark of the bridge. They may vex us, with thot, or with assault. Tal. For aught I see, this city must be fainith'd, To intercept this inconvenience,

35 Or with light skirmishes enfeebled. A piece of ordnance 'gainst it I have plac'd;

[Shot from the town. Salisbury and Sir Tho. And fully even these three days have I watch'd,

Gargrave fall down. if I couid see them: Now, boy, do thou watch; Sal. O Lord, have mercy on us, wretched For I can stay no longer.

finners! If thou spy'st any, run and bring me word; 140 Gar. O Lord, have mercy on me, woeful man! And thou Malt find me at the governor's. [Exir. Tal. What chance is this, that suddenly hath Boy. Father, I warrant you į take you no care;

crois'd us? I'll never trouble you, if I may spy them.

Speak, Salisbury; at least, if thou canst speak; Enter the Lords Salisbury and Talbot, with Sir W. How far'ít thou, mirror of all martial men ?

Glansdale and Sir Tho. Gargrave, on the turrets. 45 One of thy eyes, and thy cheek's side ftruck off!

Sal. Talbot, my life, my joy, again return'd! Accursed tower! accurfed fatal hand, How wert thou handled, being prisoner ?

That hath contriv'd this woeful tragedy ! Or by what means got'st thou to be releas'd ? In thirteen battles Salisbury o'ercame; Discourse, I pry’thee, on this turret's top. Henry the fifth he first train'd to the wars :

Tal. The duke of Bedford had a prisoner, 50 Whilft any trump did found, or drum ftruck up, Called the brave lord Ponton de Santrailies; His sword did ne'er leave striking in the field.For him was I exchang d and ranfomed.

Yet liv's thou, Salisbury ? though thy speech doth But with a baser man of arms by far,

fail, Once, in contempt, they would have barter'd me: One eye thou hast to look to heaven for grace: Which I, dildaining, fcom'd; and craved death 155 The fun with one eye vieweth all the world. Rather than I would be so pillid 3 estcemed. Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive, In fine, redeem'd I was as I defir'd.

If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands ! But, oh! the treaclierous Fastolfe wounds my Bear hence his body, I will help to bury it. heart!

Sir Thomas Gargrave, haft thou any life? Whom with my bare fists I would execute, 6c Speak unto Talbot ; nay, look up to him. If I now had him brought into my power. Salisbury, chear thy spirit with this comiort; Sul. Yet tell'it thou not, how thou wert en- That shalt not die, whiles tertain'd.

He beckons with his hand, and smiles on me;

'Elpials are spies. bengur's.

2 Wont, i. e. were accustomed.

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As who should say, Wben I am dead and gone,

Tal. My thoughts are whirled like a potter's Remember to avenge me in the French.

wheel; Plantagenet, I will; and, Nero-like,

I know not where I am, nor what I do: Play on the lute, beholding the towns burn: A witch, by fear, not force, like Hannibal, Wretched shall France be only in my name. 5 Drives back our troops, and conquers as Me lists:

(Here an alarum, and it ibunders and lightens. So bees with smoke, and doves with noisome stench, What ftir is this? What tumult's in the heavens? Are from their hives, and houses, driven away. Whence cometh this alarum and this noise? They call'd us, for our fierceness, English dogs; Enter a Menger.

Now, like their whelps, we crying run away. Mej. My lord, my lord, the French have 10

[A fourt alarum. gather'd head :

Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,
The Dauphia, with one Jcan la Pucelle join'd, - Or tear the lions out of England's coat;
A holy prophetess, new risen up,

Renounce your soil, give theep in lions' stead : Is come with a great power to raise the siege. Sheep run not half to timorcus from the wolf,

(Hire Salibury lifreth bimuself up, and groans.15 Or horse, or oxen, from the leopard, Tal. Hear, hear, how dying Salisbury doth As you fly from your oft-subdued flaves.

[ Alarum. Hire ancther skirmish. It irks his heart, he cannot be 'reveng'd.

It will not be :-Retire into your trenches : Frenchmen, I'll be a Salisbury to you :

You all consented unto Salisbury's death, Pucelle or puzzel', dolphin or dogfish, 20 For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.Your hearts I'll itamp out with my horse's heels, Pucelle is enter'd into Orleans, And make a quagmire of your mingled brains.- In spight of us, or aught that we could do. Convey me Salisbury into his tent,

o, would I were to die with Salisbury ! And then we'll try what daftard Frenchmen dare. The shame hereof will make me hide my head. [ Alarum. Exeunt, bearing out ibe bodies.25

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[Alaruni, retreat, ficurish. Here an alarum again; and Tolbot purfueth the

SCENE VI. Daupbin, and driveth bim: then enter Yuan la Enter, on the walls, Pucelle, Dauphin, Reignier, Pucelic, driving Englishmen before ber. Tben enter

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Pucel. Advance our waving colours on the walls; Tal. Where is my strength, my valour, and my

Rescu'd is Orleans from the English wolves :force ?

Thus Joan la Pucelle hath perform'd her word. Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them;

D.zu. Divineft creature, bright Aftræa's daughter, A woman, clad in armour, chaseth them.

How shall I honour thee for this success ?
Enter La Pucelle.

35 Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens, Here, here she comes :--I'll have a bout with thee; That one day bloom'd, and fruitful were the next.--Devil, or devil's dam, I'll conjure thee:

France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess ! Blood will I draw on thee?, thou art a witch,

Recover'd is the town of Orleans : And straightway give thy soul to him thou serv'ft. More blessed hap did nc'er hefall our state. Pucel. Come, come, 'tis only 1 that must disgrace 4 Reig. Why ring not out the bells tlıroughout thee.

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the town? Tal. Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail. Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires, My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage,

And teast and banquet in the open streets, And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,

To celebrate the joy that God hath given us. But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet. 451 Alen. All France will be replete with mirth and Pucel. Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet

joy, I must go victual Orleans forthwith. [come : When they ihall hear how we have play'd the mene

(A short alarum. Then enters ibe town with Dau. 'Tis Joan, not wc, by whom the day is won; seldiers.

For which, I will divide my crown with her : O’ertake me if thou canst; I scorn thy strength. 5. And all the priests and friars in my realm Go, go, cheer up thy hunger-starved men ; Shall, in procession, ling her endless praise. Help Salisbury to make his testament:

A statelier pyramis to her I'll rear, This day is ours, as many more shall be.

Than Rhodope's 3, or Memphis', ever was :

[Exit Pucelle. lIn memory of her, when the is dead, Mr. Tollet says, Pufél means a dirty quench or a drab, from pizza, i. e. malus fætor, says Min. new. In a translation from Stephens's Apology for Herodotis, in 1607, p. 98, we read. ---- Some filthy queans, especially our puzzles of Paris, uie this other theft.” 2 The superstition of those times taught, that he that could draw the witch's blood, was free from her power. 3 Rhodope was a famous ftrumpet, who acquired great riches by hier trade. The leart but most finished of the Egyptian pyramids was built by her. She is said afterwards to have married Pfammetichus, king of

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Than the rich-jeweld cuffer of Darius
Transported shall be at high festivals
Before the kings and queens of France.

No longer on Saint Denis will we cry,
But Joan la Pucelle shall be France's faint,
Come in ; and let us banquet royally,
After this golden day of victory. (Flourish. Exeunt.

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How much in duty I am bound to both.
Befure Orleans.

15The English, scaling the walls, cry, St. George ! Enter a French Serjeant, with two Centinels.

A Talbo!!
IRS, take your places, and be vigilant : Cent. (Wirbin.] Arm, arm! the enemy doth

make assault ! Near to the walls, by some apparent sign, Tbe French leap over the walls in ebeir pirts. Enter Let us have knowledge at the court of guard. 20 several ways, Bastard, Alençon, Reignier, balf Cenr. Serjeant, you shall. [Exit Serjeant.] Thus ready, and balf unready. are poor servitors

Alen. How now, my lords ? what all unready? so ? (When others Neep upon their quiet beds)

Baft. Unready? ay, and glad we 'scap'd so well. Constrain'd to watch in darkness, rain, and cold. Roig. "Twas time, I trow, to wake, and leave Eater Talbot, Bedfurd, and Burgundy, witb scaling|25| Hearing alarums at our chamber doors. Cour beds, ladders. Their drumis beating a dead march.

Alen. Of all exploits, fince first I follow'd arms, Tal. Lord regent and redoubted Burgundy, Ne'er heard I of a warlike enterprize By whose approach, the regions of Artois, More venturous, or desperate, than this. Walloon, and Picardy, are friends to us,

Baft. I think, this Talbot is a fiend of hell. This happy night the Frenchmen are secure,

30 Reig. If not of hell, the heavens, sure, favour him. Having all day carous'd and banqueted :

Alen. Here cometh Charles; I marvel how he Embrace we then this opportunity ;

sped. As fitting best to quittance their deceit,

Enter Charles, and Pucelle. Contriv'd by art, and baleful sorcery.

Baft. Tut! holy Joan was his defensive guard. Bed. Coward of France !--how much he wrongs his 35 Cbar. Is this thy cunning, thou deceitful dame? fame,

Didft thou at first, to fatter us withal, Despairing of his own arm's fortitude,

Make us partakers of a little gain, To join with witches, and the help of hell. That now our loss might be ten times so much ? Bur. Traitors have never other company.

Pucel. Wherefore is Charles impatient with But what's that Pucelle, whom they term so pure ? 40

his friend? Tal. A maid, they say.

At all times will you have my power alike? Bed. A maid! and he so martial !

Sleeping, or waking, must I still prevail, Bur. Pray God, the prove not masculine ere long; Or will you blame and lay the fault on me ? If underneath the standard of the French,

Improvident soldiers ! had your watch been good, She carry armour, as the hath begun.

45 This sudden mischief never could have fall'n. Tal. Well, let them practise and converse with Cbar. Duke of Alençon, this was your default ; spirits :

That, being captain of the watch to-night, God is our fortress; in whose conquering name, Did look no better to that weighty charge. Let us resolve to scale their Ainty bulwarks.

Alen. Had all your quarters been as safely kept, Bed. Ascend, brave Talbot; we will follow thee. 50 As that whereof I had the government,

Tal. Not all together : better far, I guess, We had not been thus Mamefully surpriz’d.
That we do make our entrance several ways; Baft. Mine was secure.
That, if it chance the one of us do fail,

Reign. And so was mine, my lord.
The other yet may rise againit their force.

Cbar. And, for myself, most part of all this night, Bed. Agrted; I'll to yon corner.

55 within her quarter, and mine own precinct, Bur. And I to this.

[grave.- I was employ'd in paffing to and fro, Tal. And here will Talbot mount, or make his About relieving of the centinels : Now, Salisbury! for thee, and for the right Then how, or which way, should they first breakin?

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Pucd. Question, my lords, no further of the case, Whore glory fills the world with loud report. How, or which way: 'tis sure they found some Bur. Is it even so? Nay, then, I see, our wars part

Will turn into a peaceful comic sport, But weakly guarded, where the breach was made. When ladies crave to be encounter'd with.And now there refts no other shift but this, 5 You may not, my lord, despise her gentle fuit. To gather our soldiers, scatter'd and dispers’d, Tal. Ne'er trust me then; for, when a world And lay new platforms to endamage them.

of inen Alarum. En!er a Soldier crying, A Talbut ! A Could not prevail with all their oratory,

Talbot !! rbey fly, leaving their cloarbs bebind. Yet hath a woman's kindness over-ruild :

S4. I'll be so bold to take what they have left. 10 And therefore tell her, I return great thanks ; The cry of Talbot serves me for a sword;

And in submission will attend on her. For I have loaden me with many spoils,

Will not your honours bear me company ?
Vling no other weapon but his name. [Exit. Bed. No, truly; that is more than manners will:

And I have heard it said,--Unbidden guests
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"Tal. Well then, alone, since there's no remedy, Erter Talbs, Bedford, Burgundy, &c. I mean to prove this lady's courtesy. Bed. The day begins to break, and night is filed, Come hither, captain. [Whispers)-You perceive Whose pitchy mantle over-veil'd the earth. Here found retreat, and cease our hot pursuit. Caps. I do, my lord; and mean accordingly. [Retrear.

(Exeunt. Tal. Bring forth the body of old Salisbury;

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And here advance it in the market-place,
The middle centre of this cursed town.-

The Countess of Auvergne's Caftie.
Now have I pay'd my vow unto his soul;

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Enter the Countess, and ber Porter. For every drop of blood was drawn from him, Count. Porter, remember what I gave in charge; There hath at least five Frenchmen dy'd to-night, And, when you have done fo, bring the keys to me. And, that hereafter ages may behold

Pori. Madam, I will.

[Exit. What ruin happen'd in revenge of him,

Count. The plot is laid: if all things fall out right, Within their chiefest temple I'll erect

JI Mall as famous be by this exploit,
A comb, wherein his corpse shall be interr'd : As Scythian Tomyris by Cyrus' death.
Upon the which, that every one may read,

Great is the rumour of this dreadful knight, Shall be engravid the sack of Orleans ;

And his atchievements of no less account : The treacherous manner of his mournful death, Fain would mine eyes be witness with mine ears, And what a terror he had been to France. 35 To give their censure of these rare reports. But, Jords, in all our bloody massacre,

Enter Messenger, and Talbot. I muse, we met not with the Dauphin's grace ; Mef. Madam, according as your ladyship defir'd, His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of Arc;

By message crav'd, fo is lord Talbot comc. Nor any of his falfe confederates. [began,

Count. And he is welcome. What! is this the man?
Bed. 'Tis thought, lord Talbot, when the fight 40 Mell: Madam, it is.
Rous'd on the sudden from their drowsy beds, Count. [as mufing) Is this the scourge of France ?
They did, amongst the troops of armed men, Is this the Talbot, so much fear'd abroad,
Leap o'er the walls for refuge in the field. That with his name the mothers still their babes?

Bur. Myself (as far as I could well discern, I see, report is fabulous and false :
For smoke, and dusky vapours of the night) 45 I thought, I should have seen some Hercules,
Am sure, I scar'd the Dauphin, and his trull; A second Hector, for his grim aspect,
When arm in arm they both came swiftly running, And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs.
Like to a pair of loving turtle doves,

Alas! this is a child, a filly dwarf :
That could not live asunder day or night.

It cannot be, this weak and wrizled shrimp After that things are set in order here,

so should strike such terror to his enemies. We'll follow them with all the power we have. Tal. Madam, I have been bold to trouble you : Enter a Mesinger.

But, fince your ladyship is not at leisure, Meff

. All hail, my lords ! which of this princely I'll fort some other time to vitit you. Call ye the warlike Talbot, for his acts (train Count. What means he now?-Go ask him, So much applauded through the realm of France ? 55

whither he goes. Tal. Here is the Talbot; Who would speak Meff. Stay, my lord Talbot ; for my lady craves with him?

To know the cause of your abrupt departure. Melf. The virtuous lady, countess of Auvergne, Tal. Marry, for that she's in a wrong belief, With modefty admiring thy renown,

I go to certify her, Talbot's here. By me entreats, great lord, thou wouldīt vouchsafe 60

Re-enter. Purter wird keys. To vilit her poor castle where the lies ;

Count. If thou be he, then art thou prisoner. That the may boast, the hath beheld the man

Tal. Prisoner! to whom? ' This alludes to a popular tradition, that the French women, to affray their children, would tell them, that the TALBOT cometb. See also the end of Sc. ii. Au II. Nn4

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Count. To me, blood-thirsty lord;

Dare no man answer in a case of truth? And for that cause I craind thee to my house. Suf. Within the Temple-hall we were too loud; Long time thy shadow hath been thrall to me, The garden here is more convenient. (truth; For in my gallery thy picture hangs :

Plant. Then say at once, if I maintain'd the But now the substance shall endure the like: 5 Or, else, was wrangling Somerset in the error ? And I will chain these legs and arms of thine, Suf. 'Faith, I have been a truant in the law; That haft by tyranny, these many years,

I never yet could frame my will to it; Wanted our country, Nain our citizens,

And, therefore, frame the law unto my will. And lent our sons and husbands capt.vate.

Scm. Judge you, my lord of Warwick, then T:. Ha, ha, ha!

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(er pitch, Cours. Laughest thou, wretch? thy mirth thall Iar. Between two hawks, which flies the high

Tal. I laugh to tee your ladyship so fond', between two dogs, which hath the deeper mouth, mothirk that you have ought but Talbot's shadow, Between two blades, which bears the better temper, Hien to practise your severity.

Between two horses, which doth bear him best, Bovin mat. Wiiy, art not thou the man?

15 Between two girls, which hath the merrieft eye, Tal. I am, indeed.

I have, perhaps, some shallow spirit of judgment: 09.11. Then liave I substance too.

But in these nice tarp quillets of the law, Pui. No, no, I am but shadow of mysell : Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw. You a e deceiv'd, my substance is not here;

Plant. Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance: Tir what you see is but the smallest part 120 The truth appears to naked on my side, And least proportion of humanity:

That any purblind eye may find it out. I tell you, madam, were the whole frame here, Som. And on my side it is so well apparellid, It is of such a spacious lofty pitch,

So clear, so th ning, and so evident, Your roof were not sufficient to contain it. That it will glimmer through a blind man's eye.

Count. This is a viddling - merchant for the nonce ; 25 Plant. Since you are tongue-ty’d, and so loth to. He will be here, and yet he is not here:

speak, How can theie contrarieties agree?

in dumb fignificants proclaim your thoughts : Tal. That will I Mew you prefently,

Let him, that is a true-born gentleman, Winds his born; drums firike up: a feal of ordnance. And stands upon the honour of his birth, Enter Soldiers.

30 if he suppose that I have pleaded truth, How say you, madam ? are you now persuaded, From off this briar pluck a white rose with me 3. That Talbot is but thadow of himself?

Som. Let him that is no coward, nor no flatterer, These are his subftance, finews, arms, and strength, But dare maintain the party of the truth, With which he yeketh your rebellious necks; Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me. Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns, 35 War. I love no colours 4; and, without all colour And in a moment makes them desolate.

Of base insinuating flattery, Count. Victorious Talbot ! pardon my abuse : I pluck this white rofe, with Plantagenet. I find thou art no less than fame hath bruited, Suf. I pluck this red rose, with young Somerset; And more than may be gather'd by thy shape. And say withal, I think he held the right. Let my presumpt on not provoke thy wrath; 140 Ver. Stay, lords, and gentlemen; and pluck no For I am sorry, that with reverence

more, I did not entertain thee as thou art.

'Till you conclude that he, upon whose fide Tul. Be not ditmay'd, fair lady; nor misconstrue The fewest roles are cropt from the tree, The mind of Talbot, as you did mistake

Shall yield the other in the riglit opinion. The outward composition of his body.

451 Son. Good master Vernon, it is well objected; What you have done, hath not ofiended me : If I have fewest, I subscribe in silence. Nor other fatis.action do I crave,

Plart. And I. But only (with your patience) that we may

Ver. Then for the truth and plainners of the case Taste of your wine, and see what cates you hase; I pluck this pale and maiden blossom here, For soldiers' ftemacts always ferve them well. 50 Giving my verdiet on the white rose lide.

Cuiint. Witha'l my heart; and think me honoured Som. Prick not your finger as you pluck it off ; To featt fo great a warrior in my house. [Excurt. Leít, bleeding, you do paint the white rose red,

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Ver. If I, my lord, for my opinion bleed, Enter the Euris of Somirfit, Suffolk, and I'arrvick ;55Opinion hall be furgeon to my hurt, Richard Plantagenet, Virnon, and another Lawyer. And keep me on the side where still I am. Piart. Great lords, and gentlemen, what mcans Som. Well, well, come on : Who else? this filence?

Lawyer. Unless my study and my books be falle, Ii.e. so foolih. 2 The term merebant, which was, and now is, frequently applied to the lowest fors of dealers, feems anciently to have been used on familiar occasions in contradistinction to gentleman; lignilying, that the perfon Mewed by his behaviour he was a low fellow. The word chap, i. e. cbapman, a word of the fame import with merchant, in its leis respectable sense, is ftill in common use, particularly in Staffordinire, and the adjoining counties, as a common denomination for any person of whom they ničan to speak with freedom or disrespect. 3 The rose (as the fables say) was the symbol of filence, are confecrated by Cupid to Harpocrates, to conceal the lewd pranks of his mother. 4 Colours is here used ambiguousy for tits and deceirs. § i. e. it is justly proposeda

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