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FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. King HENRY THE SIXTH.
| Mayor of London. WoodviLLE, Lieutenant of DUKE of GLOSTER, Uncle to the King, and Pro- ' the Tower. tector.
VERNON, of the White Rose, or York Fuction. DUKE OF BEDFORD, Uncle to the King, and Regent Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction, of France.
CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France. fhomas BEAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, great Uncle
REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King us to the King.
Naples. HENRY BEAUFORT, great Uncle to the King, Bi
Duke of BÚRGUNDY. DUKE of ALENCON. shop of Winchester, and afterwards Car
Governor of Paris. Bastard of Orleans. dinal, John BEAUFORT, Earl of Somerset; afterwards
Master-Gunner of Orleans, and his Son.
General of the French Forces in Bordeaux
A French Sergeant. A Porter.
An old Shepherd, Father to Joan la Pucelle. of York.
MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier: afterwards EARL of WARWICK. Earl of SALISBURY, EARL
married to King Henry. SUFFOLK.
COUNTESS of AUVERGNE. LORD TALBOT, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. JOAN LA PÚCELLE, commonly called Joan of Arc. JOHN TALBOT, his Son.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March.
of the Tower, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, MesMortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.
sengers, and several Attendants both on the Enga SIR JOPN FASTOLFE. SIR WILLIAM Lucy.'
lish and French. SIR WILLIAM GLANSDALE. SIR THOMAS GARGRAVE.
SCENE-partly in England, and partly in France,
| Like captives bound to a triumphant car. CENE I. Westminster Abbey. Dead March. That plotted thus our glory's overthrow?
What? 'shall we curse the planets of mishap, Corpse of King Henry the Fifth discovered, lying I Or shall we think the subtle-witted French in state ; attended on by the Dukes of BEDFORD, Coniurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him. GLOSTER, and EXETER ; the EARL of WAR. | By magick verses have contriv'd his end? WICK,' the Bishop of WINCHESTER, Heralds,
Win, He was a king bless'd of the King of kings. & C.
Unto the French the dreadful judgment day
So dreadful will not be, as was his sight.
The battles of the Lord of Hosts he fought: night!
The church's prayers made him so prosperous. Comets, importing change of times and states,
Glo. The church! where is it? Had not church Brandish your crystals tresses in the sky,
men pr And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
His thread of life had not so soon decay'ı: That have consented unto Henry's death!
Nune do you like but an effeminate prince, Henry the Fifih, too famous to live long !
Whom, like a schoolboy, you may overawe. England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.
Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art proGlo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
tector; Virtue he had, deserving to command :
| And lookest to command the prince, and realm. His brandish'd sword did blind men with his beams; Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thée in awe, flis arms spread wider than a dragon's wings;
'More than God, or religious churchmen, may. His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathful fire,
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh; More dazzled and drove back his enemies, And ne'er throughout the year to church thou goʻst, 'Than midday sun fierce bent against their faces. | Except it be to pray against thy foes. What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech:1 Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquer'd.
in peace! Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not
Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us :in blood ?
Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms; Henry is dead, and never shall revive;
Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. Upon a wooden coffin we attend;
Posterity, await for wretched years, And death's dishonourable victory
When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck We with our stately presence glorify,
Our isle be made a nourish4 of salt tears,
And none but women left to wail the dead.. I Richard Beauchamp, carl of Warwick, who is a cnaracter in King Henry V. The earl of Warwick, 3 Crystal is an epithet repeatedly bestowed on comets who appears in a subsequent part of this drama, is by our ancient writers. Richard Nevill, son to the earl of Salisbury, who came 4 Consented here means conspired together to pro to the title in right of his wife, Anne, sister of Henry mote the death of Henry by their malignant influence Beauchamp, duke of Warwick Richard, the father on human events. Our ancestors had but one word to of this Henry, was appointed governor to the king on express consent, and concent, which meant accord and the demiss of Thomas Beaufort, duke of Exeter, and agreement, whether of persons or things. died in 1439. There is no reason to think the author 5 There was a notion long prevalent that life might ba meant to confound the two characters,
taken away by metrical charms. 2 Alluding in the ancient practice of hanging the stage 6 Nurse, was anciently spelt nouryce and norysh. will black when a tragedy was to be acted.
I and, by Lydgate, even nourisha
Henry the Fifth! thy giost I invocate;
Retiring from the siege of Orleans,
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,
To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture :
More than three hours the fight continued ; Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,
Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, oictiers, are all quite lost.2
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him; corse ?
Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slow: Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms; Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death. All the whole army stood agaz'd on him:
Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up? His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, If Henry were recall'd to life again,
A Talbot ! á Talbot! cried out ainain, These news would cause him once more yield the And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. ghost.
Here had the conquest fully been seald up, Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was If Sir John Fastolfes had not play'd the coward; us'd?
He being in the vaward (plac'd behind, Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. With purpose to relieve and follow them,) Among the soldiers this is mutter'd,
Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. That here you maintain several factions ;
Hence grew the general wreck and massacre; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought, Enclosed were they with their enemies : You are disputing of your generals.
A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, One would have ling’ring wars, with little cost; .. Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back; Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings; Whom all France, with their chief assembled A third man thinks, without expense at all,
strength, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. Durst not presume to look once in the face. Awake, awake, English nobility!
Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, Let not sloth dim your honours, new begot: .. For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid, * Of England's coat one half is cut away.
Unto his dastard foeman is betray'd. Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, 3 Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, These tidings would call forth her flowing tides. And Lord Scales with him, and Lord Hungerford.
Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France : Most of the rest slaughter?d, or took, likewise. Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France.-- Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall pay: Away with these disgraceful wailing robes !
I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne, Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, His crown shall be the ransom of my friend : To weep their intermissive miseries.
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, 2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad To keep our great Saint George's feast withal : mischance,
Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, France is revolted from the English quite; Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake. Except some petty towns of no import :
3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is beThe Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims;
sieg'd; The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd;
The English army is grown weak and faint:
And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
Eice. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
: sworn, Glo. We will not Ay, but to our enemies' throats; 1 Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, Bedford, if thou be slack, l'll fight it out.
Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. Beil. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forward Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, ness? To go about my preparation.
[Éxit. An army have I muster'd in my thoughts,
Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, Wherewith already France is overrun.
To view the artillery and munition ;
And then I will proclaim young Henry king. [Exit.
Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, 3 Mess. My gracious lords, to add to your laments, Being ordain'd his special governor ; Wherewith you now bedew King Henry's hearse,- And for his safety there I'll best devise. [Exit. I must inform you of a dismal fight,
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend. Betwixt the stout Lord Talbot and the French.
I am left out: for me nothing remains. Win, What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so? | But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office : 3 Mess. 0, no; wherein Lord Talbot was o'er- | The king from Eltham I intend to steal.6 thrown:
And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
[Exit. Scene closes. The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord,
5 For an account of this Sir John Fastolfe, vide Bin. 1 Pope conjectured that this blank had been supplied graphia Britannica, by Kippis, vol. v. ; in which is his by the name of Francis Drake, which, though a gla-life, written by Mr. Gough. ring anachronism, might have been a popular, though 6 The old copy reads send, the present readiny was not judicious, mode of attracting plaudits in the theatre. proposed by Mason, who observes that the king was not Part of the arms of Drake was two blazing stars. at this time in the power of the cardinal, but under the
Capel proposed to complete this defective verse by care of the duke of Exeter. The second article of accu. che insertion of Rouen among the places lost, as Gloster sation brought against the bishop by the duke of Gloucesinfers that it had been mentioned with the rest.
ter is that he purposed and disposed him to get hand on 3 i.e. England's flowing iides.
the king's person, and to have removed hin from El 4 i. e, their miseries which have only a short inter tham to Windsor, to the intent to put him in governance mission
I as him list.' Holinshed vcl. iii. p. 591
SCENE II. France. Before Orleans. Enter | Speak, shall I call lier in ? Believe my words,
CHARLES, with his Forces ; ALENCOX, REIGNIER, For they are certain and infallible. and others.
Char. Go, call her in: (Exit Bastard.) But, first Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the .. to try her skill, heavens,
Rcignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place: So in the earth, to this day is not known:
Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern:Late did he shine upon the English side;
By this mean shall we sound what skill she hath. Now we are victors, upon us he smiles.
[Retiru. What towns of any moment, but we have ?
Enter LA PUCELLE, Bastard of Orleans, and others. At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale ghosts, "
Reig. Fair maid, is'i thou wilt do these wondrous
feats? Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beguile Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat bull
• Where is the Dauphin ?--come, come from behind ; Either they must be dieted like mules,
I know thee well, though never seen before. And have their provender tied to their mouths,
Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me: Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice.
In private will I talk with thee apart:Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly St
bany Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while. here?
Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear: :
Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter, Remaineth none but mad-brain'd Salisbury;
My wit untrain'd in any kind of art.
Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas'd Char. Sound, sound alarum ; we will rush on them.
To shine on my contemptible estate: Now for the honour of the forlorn French :
• Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs,
And to sun's parching heat display'd my cheeks, Him I forgive niy death, that killeth me,
God's mother deigned to appear to me; When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. [Exeunt. And, in a vision full of majesty.
Alarums : Excursions : afterwards a Retreat. Willd me to leave my base vocation, Re-enter CHARLES, ALENCON, REIGNIER, and And free my country from calamity : others.
Her aid she promisd, and assurd success : Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have I?
In complete glory she reveald herself; Dogs! cowards ! dastards! I would ne'er have fled,
And, whereas I was black and swart before, But that they left me 'midst my enemies.
Uy With those clear rays which she infus'd on me, Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide ;
That beauty am I bless'd with, which you see He fighteth as one weary of his life.
Ask me what question thou canst possible,
And I will answer unpremeditated :
My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st,
And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex.
Resolve on this:8 Thou shalt be fortunate,
If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.
Char. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high For none but Samsons, and Goliasses
Only this proof I'll of thy valour make,
In single combat thou shalt buckle with me :
And, if thou vanquishest, thy words are true;
Otherwise, I renounce all confidence. Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hair
Puc. I am prepard: here is my keen-edged sword brain'd slaves, And hunger will enforce them to be more eager :
Deck'd with five flower-de-luces on each side:
The which at Touraine, in Saint Katharine's church Of old I know them ; rather with their teeth The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the siege.
yard, Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals4 or device, Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on;
Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear no woman.
Puc. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from a man. Else ne'er could they hold out so as they do. By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone.
Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an Amazon Alen. Be it so.
And fightest with the sword of Deborah. .
Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were toc Bast. Where's the prince Dauphin, I have news
weak. for him.
Char. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that mus: Char. Bastards of Orleans, thrice welcome to us.
help me : Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your cheers Impatiently I burn with thy desire;
My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu'd. Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence? Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand :
Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be; A holy maid hither with me I bring,
'Tis the French Dauphin sueth thus to thee. Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven,
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love, Ordained is to raise this tedious siege,
For my profession's sacred from above :
Then will I think upon a recompense.
y. I 4 By gimmals, gimbols, giniiners, or gimouces, any
kind of device or machinery producing motion was 1 You are as ignorant in the true movings of my meant. Barot has the gimei or hinge of a door.' muse as the astronomers are in the true movings of 5 Bastard was not in Tormer times a title of reproach. Mars, which this day they could never attain to. Ga- 6 Cheer in this instance means heart or courage, as briel Harvey's Hunt is up, by Nash, 1596, Preface. in the expression be of good cheer.' 2 i. e. the prey for which they are hungry.
7 Warburton says that, there were no nine sybils of 3 These were two of the most famous in the list of Rome, it is a mistake for the nine Sibylline Oracles Charlemagne's twelve peers; and their exploits are the brought to one of the Tarquins. But the poet followed theme of the old romances. From the equally doughty the popular books of his day, which say that the ter and unheard of exploits of these champions, arose the sybils were 10omen that had the spirit of prophecy (envi waying of Giving a Rowland for an Oliver, for giving a merating them) and that they prophesied of Christ erson as good as he brings
8 i. e. be convinced of it.
Char. Mean tino, Igok gracious on thy prostrate Servants rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to wa thrall.
Gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk. I Wood. Within.) What noise is this ? what traiAlen. Doubtless he shirives this woman to her : tors have we here? smock;
Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear? Eise ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
Open the gates; here's Gloster, that would enter. Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps no 'Wood. s Within.1 Have patience, noble duke: 1 mean?
may not open; Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do| The cardinal of Winchester forbids: know:
From him I have express commandment, These women are shiewe tempters with their tongues. That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in. Reg. My lord, where are you? what devise you Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him 'fore on?
me ? Shall we give over Vrieans, or no?
Arrogant Winchester ? that haughty prelate, Puc. Why, no, 1 sav, distrustful recreants !
Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could brook? Fight till the last gisy, I will be your guard. Thou art no friend to God, or to the king : Char. What sne says, I'll confirm; we'll fight it Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly. out.
1 Serv. Open the gates unto the lord protector; Puc. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge. Or we'll burst them open, if that you come not This night the siege assuredly I'll raise :
quickly. Expect Saint Martin's summer, halcyon days, Since I have entered into these wars.
Enter WINCHESTER, attended by a Train of Sex Glory is like a circle ni the water,
vants in tawny Coats.? Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Win. How now, ambitious Humphry? what Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.?
means this? .. With Henry's death, the English circle ends; Glo. Pield priest, 8 dost thou command me to be Dispersed are the glories it included. :
shut out? Now am I like that proud insulting ship,
Win. I do, thou most usurping proditor, Which Cæsar and his fortune bare at once. And not protector of the king or realm.
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove ?3 Glo. Stand back, thou manifest conspirator ; Thou with an eagle art inspired then.
Thou, that contriv'dst to murder our dead lord; Helen, the mother of great Constantine,
Thou, that giv'st whores indulgences to sing :10 Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters, 4 were like thee. I'll canvasli thee in thy broad cardinal's hat, Bright star of Venus, fall'n down on the earth, If thou proceed in this thy insolence. How may I reverently worship thee enough? Win. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge a Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
foot; Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save our This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain, honours;
To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt. Drive them from Ór.eans, and be immortaliz'd. | Glo. I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee back : Char. Presently we'll ty:--Come let's away Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth about it:
I'll use, to carry thee out of this place. No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. [Exeunt. / Win. Do what thou dar'st: I beard thee to thy SCENE III. London. Hill before the Tower.
face. Enter, at the Gates, the Duke of GLOSTER, with
Glo. What ? am I dar'd, and bearded to my his Serving-men in blue Coats.
face? Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day;
| Draw, men, for all this privileged place;
ay; Blue-coats to tawny-coats. Priest, beware your Since Henry's death, I fear there is conveyance.
beard ; Where be these warders, that they wait not here?
[GLOSTER and his men attack the Bishop Open the gates; Gloster it is that calls.
I mean to tug it, and to cuff you soundly:
Ock. Under my feet I stamp thy cardinal's hat;
Here by the cheeks I'll drag thee up and down. 1 Serv. It is the noble duke of Gloster. 2 Ward. Within.] Whoe'er he be, you may not
Win. Gloster, thou'lt answer this before the pope.
Glo. Winchester goose, 12 I cry--a rope ! a rope ! be let in,
Now beat them hence: Why do you let them stay? | Serv. Answer you So the lord protector, Thee I'll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep's arrav
villains ? 1 Ward. [Within.) The Lord protect him! so
Out, tawny coats !-out scarlet13 hypocrite! we answer him:
Here a great Tumult. In the midst of it, Enter the ITo do no otherwise than we are will'd.
Mayor of London, 14 and Officers. Glo. Who willed you? or whose will stands, but May. Fye, lords! that you, being supreme magis. mine?
trates, There's none protector of the realm, but I.
Thus contumeliously should break the peace! Break up the gates, I'll be your warrantize :
Glo. Peace, mayor: thou know'st little of my Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms ?
wrongs : 1 i. e. expect prosperity after misfortune, like fair 9 Traitor. weather at Martlemas, after winter has begun.
10 The public steros in Southwark were under the 2 This is a favourite image with poets.
jurisdiction of the bishop of Winchester, Upton had 3 Mahomet had a dove which he used to feed with seen the office book of the court leet, in which was en. wheat out of his ear; which dove when it was hungry, tered the fees paid by, and the customs and regulations lighted un Mahomet's shoulder, and thrust its bill in to of these brothels. find its breakfast, Mahumet persuading the rude and 11.To canvas was 'to toss in a sieve; a punishment -imple Arabians that it was the Holy Ghost.' Raleigh's (says Cotgrave) inflicted on such as commit gross ab dist. of the World, part i. c. vi.
4 Meaning the foc. daughters of Philip mentioned in 12 A Winchester goose was a particular stage of the Acts, xxi. 9.
disease contracted in the stews, hence Gloucester be. 5 Conveyance anciently signified any kind of furtive stows the epithet on the bishop in derision and scorn. knavery, or privy stealing.
13 In King Henry VIII. the earl of Surrey, with a 6 To break up was the same as to break open. similar allusion to Cardinal Wolsey's habit, calls him
7 It appears that the attendants upon ecclesiastical scarlet sin.' courts, and a bishop's servants, were then, as now, dis- 14 It appears from Pennant's London that this mayor tinguished by clothing of a sombre colour.
was John Coventry, an opulent mercer, from whom the 81 e. Sald, alludins to his shaven crown.
I present earl of Coventry is descended.
lighted un Makfast, Mahumet, Peroly Ghost. Raleigh's surdities.
whester goose was a particu Gloucester beHere's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor king, Or by what means gott'st thou to be releas'd ? Hath here distrain'd the Tower to his use. | Discourse, I prythee, on this turret's top.
IVin. Here's Gloster too, a foe to citizens; T'al. The duke of Bedford had a prisoner, One that still motions war, and never peace, Called the brave Lord Punton de Santraillés ; O’ercharging your free purses with large fines; For him I was exchang'd and ransomed. That seeks to overthrow religion,
But with a baser man of arms by far, Because he is protector of the realm;
Once, in contempt, they would have barter'd me And would have armour here out of the 'Tower, Which I, disdaining, scorn'd; and craved death To crown himself king, and suppress the princé. Rather than I would be so vile esteem'd. Glo. I will not answer thee with words, but blows. In fine, redeem'd I was as I desir'd.
Here they skirmish again. But, O! the treacherous Fastolfe wounds my heart May. Nought rests for me, in this tumultuous Whom with my bare fists I would execute, strife,
If I now had him brought into my power. But to make open proclamation:
Sal. Yet tell'st thou not, how ihou wert enter: Coine, officer; as loud as e'er thou can'st.
tain'd. Off. All manner of men, assembled here in arms this! Tal. With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious day against God's peace and the king's, we charge
taunts. and command you, in his highness' name, to repair
air In open market-place produc'd they me, to your several dwelling-places; and not to wear,
To be a public spectacle to all; handle, or use, any sword, weapon, or dagger,
Here, said they, is the terror of the French,"
The scare-crow that affrights our children so. henceforward, upon pain of death.
Then broke I from the officers that led me ; Glo. Cardinal, I'll be no breaker of the law :
And with my nails digg'd stones out of the ground Bit we shall meet, and break our minds at large.
To hurl at the beholders of my shame. Win. Gloster, we'll meet; to thy dear cost, be My grisly countenance made others fly: sure :
None durst come near for fear of sudden death. Thy heart-blood I will have, for this day's work.
In iron walls they deem'd me not secure; May. I'll call for clubs, if you will not away :
So great fear of my name 'mongst them was spread This cardinal is more haughty than the devil.
That they suppos'd, I could rend bars of steel, Glo. Mayor, farewell : thou dost but what thou | And spurn in pieces posts of adamant: may'st.
Wherefore a guard of chosen shot I had, Win. Abominable Gloster! guard thy head; That walk'd about me every minute-while; For I intend to have it, ere long. (Ereunt.
And if I did but stir out of my bed, May. See the coast clear'd, and then we will | Ready they were to shoot me to the heart. depart.
Sai. I grieve to hear what torments you ondur'd. Good God! that nobles should such stomachs? | But we will be reveng'd sufficiently. bear!
Now it is supper-time in Orleans : I myself fight not once in forty year. [Exeunt. Here, through this grate, I can count every one, SCENE IV. France.
rance. Before Orleans. Enter, And view the Frenchmen how they fortify; on the Walls, the Master Gunner and his Son. Let us look in, the sight will much' delight thee.. M. Gun. Sirrah, thou know'st how Orleans is Sir Thomas Gargrave, and Sir William Glansdale besieg'd :
Let me have your express opinions, And how the English have the suburbs won. Where is best place to make our battery next.
Son. Father, I know; and oft have shot at them, Gar. I think, at the north gate, for there stand Howe'er, unfortunate, I'miss'd my aim.
lords. M. Gun. But now thou shalt not. Be thou ruld
Be thou rulld! Glan. And I, here, at the bulwark of the bridge. by me:
Tal. For aught I see, this city must be famish'd, Chief master-gunner am I of this town;
Or with light skirmishes enfeebled. Something I must do, to procure me grace:3
Shot from the Town. SALISBURY and SIR The prince's espials4 have inform'd me,
THO. GARGRAVE fall. How the English, in the suburbs close intrench'd, Sal. O Lord, have mercy on us, wretched sinners Wont, through a secret grate of iron bars
Gar. O Lord, have mercy on me, wocfui man! In yonder tower, to overpeer the city;
Tal. What chance is this, that suddenly hat! And thence discover how, with most advantage,
cross'd us? They may vex us, with shot, or with assault.
Speak, Salisbury: at least, if thou canst speak; To intercept this inconvenience,
How farist thou, mirror of all martial men? A piece of ordnance 'gainst it I have plac'd;
One of thy eyes, and thy cheek's side struck off!! And fully even these three days have I watch'd,
Accursed tower! accursed fatal hand, If I could see them. Now, boy, do thou watch,
That hath contriv'd this woeful tragedy ! For I can stay no longer.
In thirteen battles Salisbury o'ercame; If thou spy'st any, run and bring we word;
Henry the Fifth he first train'd to the wars; And thou shalt find me at the governor's. ' [Exit. Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up, Son. Father, I warrant you; take you no care:
e: His sword did ne'er leave striking in the field. I'll never trouble you, if I may spy them.
** Yet liv'st thou, Salisbury'? though thy speech doth
fail, Enter, in an upper Chamber of a Tower, the LORDS One eye thou hast to look to heaven for grace:
SALISBURY and TALBOT, SIR WILLIAM The sun with one eye vieweth all the world, GLANSDALE, Sir THOMAS GARGRAVE, and Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive, others.
If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands! Sal. Talbot, my life, my joy, again return'd! Bear hence his body, I will help to bury it. llow wert thou handled, being prisoner ?
Sir Thomas Gargrave, hast thou any life?
Speak unto Talbot ; nay, look up to him. I Malone erroneously thinks the mayor cries out for peace-officers armed with clubs or staves. The practice very scourge and a daily terror, insomuch laat as his :if calling out Clubs! clubs ! to call out the London person was fearful and terrible to his adversaries preapprentices upon the occasion of any affray in the sent, so his name and fame was spiteful and dieadful to streets, has been before explained, see As You Like It, the common people absent; insomuch that women ir. Act v. Sc. 2.
France, to feare their yong children, would crye the 2 Stomach is pride, a haughty spirit of resentment Talbot cometh Hall's Chronicle. 3 Favour.
8 Camden says, in his Remaines, that the French 4 Spies. Vide note on Hamlet, Act iii. Sc. 1.
scarce knew the use of great ordnance till the siege of 3 The old copy reads went; the emendation is Mr. Mans in 1453, when a breach was made in the walls of Tyrwhitt's
that town by the English, under the conduct of this ear! 6 The old copy readspild esteem'd.'
of Salisbury; and that he was the first English gertio " This nian (Talijoil was to the French people al man that was slain by a cannon hali