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Except it be to pray against thy foes.
Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds

in peace!
Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us :
Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms;
Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.-
Posterity, await for wretched years,
When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck
Our isle be made a nourish' of salt tears,
And none but women left to wail the dead.
Henry the fifth! thy ghost I invocate ;
Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils !
Combat with adverse planets in the heavens !
A far more glorious star thy soul will make,
Than Julius Cæsar, or bright-

Enter a Messenger. Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all! Sad tidings bring I to you out of France, Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture: Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans, Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's

corse ? Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.

Glo. "Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded If Henry were recall’d to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the

ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was

us'd ? Mess. No treachery ; but want of men and money. Among the soldiers this is muttered, That here you maintain several factions;

up?

3 Our isle be made a nourish,] probably a nurse.

And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought,
You are disputing of your generals.
One would have ling'ring wars with little cost;
Another would fly swift but wanteth wings;
A third man thinks, without expence at all,
By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd.
Awake, awake, English nobility!
Let not sleth dim your honours, new-begot ;
Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms ;
Of England's coat one half is cut away,

Ere. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, These tidings would call forth her flowing tides.

Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France:Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France.Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, To weep

their intermissive miseries,

Enter another Messenger. 2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad

mischance, France is revolted from the English quite; Except some petty towns of no import: The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims; The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd; Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part; The duke of Alençon flieth to his side.

Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to him O, whither shall we fly from this reproach? Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies"

throats :Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.

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her flowing tides,] i. e. England's flowing tides.

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their intermissive miseries.] i. e. their miseries, which have had only a short intermission from Henry the Fifth's death to my coming amongst them.

Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my

forwardness? An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Wherewith already France is over-run.

Enter a third Messenger.

3 Mess. My gracious lords,—to add to your

laments,
Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, -
I must inform you of a dismal fight,
Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.

Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so?
3 Mess. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'er-

thrown :
The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord,
Retiring from the siege of Orleans,
Having full scarce six thousand in his troop,
By three and twenty thousand of the French
Was round encompassed and set upon :
No leisure had he to enrank his men;
He wanted pikes to set before his archers;
Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of hedges,
They pitched in the ground confusedly,
To keep the horsemen off from breaking in,
More than three hours the fight continued ;
Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance.
Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him;
Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew :
The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms;
All the whole army stood agaz'd on him :
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
A Talbot ! a Talbot! cried out amain,
And rush'd into the bowels of the battle.
Here had the conquest fully been seald up,

If sir John Fastolfeo had not play'd the coward;
He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind,
With purpose to relieve and follow them,)
Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
Hence grew the general wreck and massacre ;
Enclosed were they with their enemies :
A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace,
Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back ;
Whom all France, with their chief assembled

strength,
Durst not presume to look once in the face.

Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, For living idly here, in pomp and ease, Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid, Unto his dastard foe-men is betray'd.

3 Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford : Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise.

Bed. His ransome there is none but I shall pay: I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne, His crown shall be the ransome of my friend ; Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours. Farewell, my masters ; to my task will I; Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, To keep our great Saint George's feast withal : Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake.

3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd; The English army is grown weak and faint : The earl of Salisbury craveth supply, And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,

o If Sir John Fastolfe, &c.] For an account of this sir John Fastolfe, see Anstis's Treatise on the Order of the Garter ; Parkins's Supplement to Blomfield's History of Norfolk ; Tanner's

Bibliotheca Britannica ; or Capel's notes, Vol. II. p. 221 ; Sir John Fenn's Collection of the Paston Letters ; and Biographia Britannica, Vol. V.

Since they, so few, watch such a multitude.
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry

sworn ;
Either to quell the Dauphin utterly,
Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.

Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, To go about my preparation.

[Erit. Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, To view the artillery and munition; And then I will proclaim young Henry king.

Exit. Ere. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain'd his special governor ; And for his safety there I'll best devise. [E.rit.

Win. Each hath his place and function to attend : I am left out ; for me nothing remains. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office; The king from Eltham I intend to send, And sit at chiefest stern of publick weal.

[E.rit. Scene closes.

SCENE II.

France. Before Orleans.

Enter Charles, with his Forces ; ALENÇON,

REIGNIER, and Others. Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the hea

vens, So in the earth, to this day is not known: Late did he shine upon the English side; Now we are victors upon us he smiles. What towns of any moment, but we have ? At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans ; Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale ghosts, Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.

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