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But be extirped' from our provinces.
Pwc. Your honours shall perceive how I will work, To bring this matter to the wished end.
[Drums heard. Hark! by the sound of drum, you may perceive Their powers are marching unto Paris-ward. An English March. Enter, and pass over at a
distance, TALBOT and his Forces. There
goes the Talbot, with his colours spread; And all the troops of English after him. A French March. Enter the Duke of BURGUNDY
[A partey sounded.
tryman. Bur. What say'st thou, Charles ? for I am march
ing hence. Char. Speak, Pucelle; and enchant him with thy
words. Puc. Brave Burgundy, undoubted hope of France! Stay, let thy humble handmaid speak to thee.
Bur. Speak on; but be not over-tedious.
Puc. Look on thy country, look on fertile France, And see the cities and the towns defac'd
7 But be extirped -] To extirp is to root out.
expulsid -] 1. e. expelled.
By wasting ruin of the cruel foe!
Bur. Either she hath bewitch'd me with her words,
thee, Doubting thy birth and lawful progeny. Who join'st thou with, but with a lordly nation, That will not trust thee, but for profit's sake: When Talbot hath set footing once in France, And fashion'd thee that instrument of ill, Who then, but English Henry, will be lord, And thou be thrust out, like a fugitive? Call we to mind,-and mark but this, for proof;Was not the duke of Orleans thy foe? And was he not in England prisoner? But, when they heard he was thine enemy, They set him free, without his ransome paid, In spite of Burgundy, and all his friends. See then! thou fight'st against thy countrymen, And join’st with them will be thy slaughter-men. Come, come, return; return, thou wand'ring lord ; Charles, and the rest, will take thee in their arms, Bur. I am vanquished; these haughty' words of
these haughty-] Haughty does not mean violent in this place, but elevated, high-spirited.
Have batter'd me like roaring cannon-shot,
again! Char. Welcome, brave duke! thy friendship makes
us fresh. Bast. And doth beget new courage in our breasts.
Alen. Pucelle hath bravely plaied her part in this, And doth deserve a coronet of gold. Char. Now let us on, my lords, and join our
powers ; And seek how we may prejudice the foe. [Exeunt.
Paris. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, and other Lords,
VERNON, Basset, &c. To them Talbot, and some of his Officers.
Tal. My gracious prince,--and honourable peers, Hearing of your arrival in this realm, I have a while given truce unto my wars, To do my duty to my sovereign : In sign whereof, this arm--that hath reclaim'd To your obedience fifty fortresses, Twelve cities, and seven walled towns of strength,
Done like a Frenchman ; turn, and turn again!] The inconstancy of the French was always the subject of satire. I have read a dissertation written to prove that the index of the wind upon our steeples was made in form of a cock, to ridicule the French for their frequent ehanges. JOHNSON,
Besides five hundred prisoners of esteem,
K. Hen. Is this the lord Talbot, uncle Gloster,
Glo. Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege.
tasted our reward, Or been reguerdon'd* with so much as thanks, Because till now we never saw your face: Therefore, stand up; and, for these good deserts, We here create you earl of Shrewsbury; And in our coronation take your place.
[Exeunt King HENRY, GLOSTER, TALBOT,
and Nobles. Ver. Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea, Disgracing of these colours that I wear 5 In honour of my noble lord of York, Dar’st thou maintain the former words thou spak'st?
Bas. Yes, sir; as well as you dare patronage The envious barking of your saucy tongue
2 I do remember how my father said,] The author of this play was not a very correct historian. Henry was but nine months old when his father died, and never saw him.
resolved,] i. e. confirmed in opinion of it. 4 Or been reguerdon'd-] i.e. rewarded. The word was ob. solete even in the time of Shakspeare. Chaucer uses it in the Boke of Boethius.
these colours that I wear --] This was the badge of a rose, and not an officers scarf,
Against my lord, the duke of Somerset.
Ver. Sirrah, thy lord I honour as he is.
[Strikes him. Bas. Villain, thou know'st, the law of arms is
such, That, who so draws a sword, 'tis present death ;' Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood. But I'll unto his majesty, and crave I may have liberty to venge this wrong; When thou shalt see, I'll meet thee to thy cost.
Ver. Well, miscreant, I'll be there as soon as you ; And, after, meet you sooner than
SCENE I. The same. A Room of State. Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, EXETER, YORK,
SUFFOLK, SOMERSET, WINCHESTER, WARWICK,
sixth! Glo. Now, governour of Paris, take your oath,
[Governour kneels. That you elect no other king but him: Esteem none friends, but such as are his friends ; And none your foes, but such as shall pretend?
ó That, who so draws a sword, 'tis present death ;] i. e. with . menace in the court, or in the presence chamber.
such as shall pretend) To pretend is to design, to intend. JOHNSON.