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But be extirped' from our provinces.
Alen. For ever should they be expuls'do frotu

And not have title to an earldom here.

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

and Forces.
Now, in the rearward, comes the duke, and his;
Fortune, in favour, makes him lag behind.
Summon a parley, we will talk with him.

[A partey sounded.
Char. A parley with the duke of Burgundy.
Bur. Who craves a parley with the Burgundy ?
Puc. The princely Charles of France, thy coun-

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!
As looks the mother on her lowly babe,
When death doth close his tender dying eyes,
See, see, the pining malady of France;
Behold the wounds, the most unnatural wounds,
Which thou thyself hast given her woful breast !
O, turn thy edged sword another way ;
Strike those that hurt, and hurt not those that help!
One drop of blood, drawn from thy country's bosom,
Shouldgrieve thee more than streams of foreign gore;
Return thee, therefore, with a flood of tears,
And wash away thy country's stained spots!

Bur. Either she hath bewitch'd me with her words,
Or nature makes me suddenly relent.
Puc. Besides, all French and France exclaims on

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,
And made me almost yield upon my knees.
Forgive me, country, and sweet countrymen!
And, lords, accept this hearty kind embrace :
My forces and my power of men are yours ;-
So, farewell, Talbot ; I'll no longer trust thee.
Puc. Done like a Frenchman ; turn, and turn

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,
Lets fall his sword before your highness' feet;
And, with submissive loyalty of heart,
Ascribes the glory of his conquest got,
First to my God, and next unto your grace.

K. Hen. Is this the lord Talbot, uncle Gloster,
That hath so long been resident in France ?

Glo. Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege.
K. Hcn. Welcome, brave captain, and victorious

When I was young, (as yet I am not old,)
I do remember how my father said,
A stouter champion never handled sword.
Long since we were resolved of your truth,
Your faithful service, and your toil in war;
Yet never have


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.


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


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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.
Bas. Why, what is he? as good a man as York.
Ver. Hark ye; not so: in witness, take ye that.

[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,

Talbot, the Governor of Paris, and Others.
Glo. Lord bishop, set the crown upon his head.
Win. God save king Henry, of that name the

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.


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