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Here an alarum again : and Talbot pursueth

the DAUPHIN, and driveth him: then enter
JOAN LA PUCELLE, driving Englishmen be-
fore her, and exit after them: then re-enter

TALBOT.
Tal. Where is my strength, my valour, and

my force ?

Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them;
A woman clad in armour chaseth them.

grace thee.

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Re-enter LA PUCELLE. Here, here she comes. I 'll have a bout with

thee; Devil or devil's dam, I 'll conjure thee : Blood will I draw on thee, thou art a witch, And straightway give thy soul to him thou servest. Puc. Come, come, 'tis only I that must dis

[Here they fight. Tal. Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail ? My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder, But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet.

[They fight again. Puc. Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet

come : I must go victual Orleans forthwith. [A short alarum : then enter the town with

soldiers. O'ertake me, if thou canst; I scorn thy strength. Go, go, cheer up thy hungry-starved men;

6. Blood will I draw on thee ; exempt from her power to harm. it was believed that to draw

16. hungry - starved, starved blood from a witch was to be with hunger.

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Help Salisbury to make his testament:
This day is ours, as many more shall be. [Exit.
Tal. My thoughts are whirled like a potter's

wheel;
I know not where I am, nor what I do:
A witch, by fear, not force, like Hannibal,
Drives back our troops and conquers as she

lists :
So bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench
Are from their hives and houses driven away.
They call’d us for our fierceness English dogs;
Now, like to whelps, we crying run away.

[A short alarum.
Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,
Or tear the lions out of England's coat;
Renounce your soil, give sheep in lions' stead :
Sheep run not half so treacherous from the wolf,
Or horse or oxen from the leopard,
As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves.

[Alarum. Here another skirmish. It will not be : retire into

your

trenches :
You all consented unto Salisbury's death,
For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.
Pucelle is enter'd into Orleans,
In spite of us or aught that we could do.
O, would I were to die with Salisbury !
The shame hereof will make me hide

my

head.
[Exit Talbot. Alarum ; retreat ; flourish.

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21. by fear, not force, like Hannibal, alluding to Hannibal's evasion of the Romans by attaching lighted brands to the horns of a herd of oxen.

30. treacherous; i.e. cowardly, since cowardice is, in the opinion of a man like Talbot, the worst form of treachery' (Schmidt).

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Enter, on the walls, LA PUCELLE, CHARLES,

REIGNIER, ALENÇON, and Soldiers.
Puc. Advance our waving colours on the walls;
Rescued is Orleans from the English:
Thus Joan la Pucelle hath perform'd her word.

Char. Divinest creature, Astræa's daughter,
How shall I honour thee for this success ?
Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens
That one day bloom'd and fruitful were the next.
France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess !
Recover'd is the town of Orleans :
More blessed hap did ne'er befall our state.
Reig. Why ring not out the bells aloud through-

out the town?
Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires
And feast and banquet in the open streets,
To celebrate the joy that God hath given us.

Alen. All France will be replete with mirth

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and joy,

When they shall hear how we have play'd the

men.

Char. 'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is

won ;

For which I will divide my crown with her,
And all the priests and friars in my realm

2.

English (a trisyllable : 6. Adonis' gardens; the gar• Engelish').

dens of Adonis were a proverbial 4. creature (a trisyllable : type of fugitive delights : here crëature').

a new and ingenious turn is 4. Astræa, daughter of Zeus given to the image, by transand Themis, hence goddess of lating the brevity of the flower Justice (and so of the observance into the swift maturity of the of promises).

fruit.

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Shall in procession sing her endless praise.
A statelier pyramis to her I'll rear
Than Rhodope's of Memphis ever was :
In memory of her when she is dead,
Her ashes, in an urn more precious
Than the rich-jewel'd coffer 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 saint.
Come in, and let us banquet royally,
After this golden day of victory.

(Flourish. Exeunt.

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Enter a Sergeant of a band, with two Sentinels.

Serg. Sirs, take your places and be vigilant :
If any noise or soldier you perceive
Near to the walls, by some apparent sign
Let us have knowledge at the court of guard.
First Sent. Sergeant, you shall. [Exit Sergeant.]

Thus are poor servitors,
When others sleep upon their quiet beds,
Constrain’d to watch in darkness, rain and cold.
21. pyramis, pyramid.

of the courtesan Rhodope. 22. Rhodope's of Memphis; 25. coffer of Darius; in which, Capell's conjecture, adopted by according to Plutarch, AlexDyce, for Ff Rhodope's or ander, after the ruin of Darius, Memphis'.' Pliny and Plutarch enshrined the poems of Homer. relate that one of the pyramids 4. court of guard, guard. of Memphis was built at the cost

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Enter TALBOT, BEDFORD, BURGUNDY, and forces,

with scaling-ladders, their drums beating a

dead march.
Tal. Lord Regent, and redoubted Burgundy,
By whose approach the regions of Artois,
Wallon and Picardy are friends to us,
This happy night the Frenchmen are secure,
Having all day caroused and banqueted :
Embrace we then this opportunity
As fitting best to quittance their deceit
Contrived by art and baleful sorcery.
Bed. Coward of France ! how much he wrongs

his fame,
Despairing of his own arm's fortitude,
To join with witches and the help of hell!

Bur. Traitors have never other company. But what's that Pucelle whom they term so

pure ? Tal. A maid, they say. Bed.

A maid! and be so martial ! Bur. Pray God she prove not masculine ere

long, If underneath the standard of the French She carry armour as she hath begun. Tal. Well, let them practise and converse with

spirits :
God is our fortress, in whose conquering name
Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks.
Bed. Ascend, brave Talbot; we will follow

thee.
Tal. Not all together : better far, I guess,
That we do make our entrance several ways;
That, if it chance the one of us do fail,
The other yet may rise against their force.
II. secure, unsuspicious. 14. quittance, requite.

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