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Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs,
Puc. I am prepar’d: here is my keen-edg’d sword,
yard, Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.
Char. Then come o‘God's name, I fear no woman. Puc. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from a man.
[They fight. Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an Amazon, And fightest with the sword of Deborah. Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too Char. Whoe'er helps me, 'tis thou that must
Resolve on this :) i. e. be firmly persuaded of it.
help me: Impatiently I burn with thy desire; My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu'd. Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be; 'Tis the French Dauphin sueth to thee thus.
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love, For my profession's sacred from above: When I have chased all thy foes from hence, Then will I think upon a recompense. Char. Mean time, look gracious on thy prostrate
thrall. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk. Alen. Doubtless he shrives this woman to her
smock Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech. Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps no
mean? Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do
know: These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.
Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise you on? Shall we give over Orleans, or no?
Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants !
Expect Saint Martin's summer,] That is, expect prosperity after misfortune, like fair weather at Martlemas, after winter has begun.
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove?
Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
honours; Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz’d. Char. Presently we'll try :-Come, let's away
about it: No prophet will I trust, if she prove
London. Hill before the Tower.
Enter, at the Gates, the Duke of GLOSTER, with
his Serving-men, in blue Coats. Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day; Since Henry's death, I fear, there is conveyance. Where be these warders, that they wait not here? Open the gates; Gloster it is that calls.
[Servants knock. i Ward. [Within.] Who is there that knocks so 2 Ward. [Within.] Whoe'er he be, you may not
imperiously? i Serv. It is the noble duke of Gloster.
Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters,) Meaning the four daughters of Philip mentioned in the Acts.
there is conveyance.] Conveyance means theft.
be let in. i Serv. Answer you so the lord protector, villains? 1 Ward. [Within.] The Lord protect him! so we
answer him: We do no otherwise than we are willid. Glo. Who willed you? or whose will stands, but
Servants rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to the
Gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant.
Wood. [Within.] What noise is this? what
traitors have we here? Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear? Open the gates; here's Gloster, that would enter. Wood. (Within.] Have patience, noble duke; I
may not open; The cardinal of Winchester forbids: From him I have express commandement, That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in. Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him 'fore
me? Arrogant Winchester? that haughty prelate, Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could
brook? Thou art no friend to God, or to the king: Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly.
i Serv. Open the gates unto the lord protector; Or we'll burst them open, if that you come not
7 Break up the gates,] To break up in Shakspeare's age was the same as to break open. .
Enter WINCHESTER, attended by a Train of Ser
vants in tawny Coats.8 Win. How now, ambitious Humphry? what
means this? Glo. Pield priest, dost thou command me to be
shut out? Win. I do, thou most usurping proditor, And not protector of the king or realm.
Glo. Stand back, thou manifest conspirator; Thou, that contriv’dst to murder our dead lord; Thou, that giv’st whores indulgences to sin:' I'll canvas thee in thy broad cardinal's hat, If thou proceed in this thy insolence. Win. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge a
foot; This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain, To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt.
Glo. I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee back: Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing cloth I'll use, to carry thee out of this place. Win. Do what thou dar’st; I beard thee to thy
face. Glo. What? am I dar'd, and bearded to my
face? Draw, men, for all this privileged place;
tawny coats.] Tawny was a colour worn for mourning, as well as black; and was therefore the suitable and sober habit of any person employed in an ecclesiastical court. 9 Pield priest,] Alluding to his shaven crown.
Thou, that giv'st whores indulgences to sin:] The public stews were formerly under the district of the bishop of Winchester. ? I'll canvas thee -] i. e. I'll sift thee.
This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain,] About four miles from Damascus is a high hill, reported to be the same on which Caip slew his brother Abel.