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And, for those rorongs, those bitter injuries,

Win. This Rome shall remedy. Which Somerset hath offer'd to my house,


Roam' thither then. I doubt not, but with honour to redress :

Som. My lord, it were your duty to forbear. And therefore haste I to the parliament;

War. Ay, see the bishop be noi overborne. Either to be restored to my blood,

Som. Methinks, my lord should be religious, Or make my ill' the advantage of my good. And know the office that belongs to such.

[Exit. War. Methinks, his lordship should be humbler ;

It fitteth not a prelate so to plead.

Som. Yes, when his holy state is touch'd so near. ACT III.

War. State holy, or unhallow'd, what of that?

Is not his grace protector to the king? SCENE I. The same. The Parliament House. Plan. Plantagenet, I see, must hold his tongue ; Flourish. Enter King Henry, EXETER, GLON- Lest it be said, Speak, sirrah, when you should'; TER, WARWICK, SOMERSET, and Surfolk;


your bold verdict enter talk with lords ? the Bishop of Winchester, RichARD Planta Else would I have a fling at Winchester. (Aside. GENET, and others. GLOSTER offers to put up a

K. Hen. Uncles of Gloster, and of Winchester, Bill :3 Winchester snatches it and tears it. The special watchmen of our English weal; Win. Com'st thou with deep premeditated lines, To join your hearts in love and amity.

I would prevail, if prayers might prevail,
With written pamphlets studiously devis'd,

O, what a scandal is it to our crown,
Humphrey of Gloster? if thou canst accuse,
Or anight intend'st to lay unto my charge,

That two such noble peers as ye, should jar!

Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell, Do it without invention suddenly;

Civil dissension is a viperous worm, As I with sudden and extemporal speech

That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth. Purpose to answer what thou canst object.

(A noise within ; Down with the tawny coats! Glo. Presumptuous priest! this place commands What tumult's this? my patience,


An uproar, I dare warrant, Or thou should'st find thou hast dishonour'd me.

Begun through malice of the bishop's men. Think not, although in writing I preferr'd

(A noise again; Stones! Stones! The manner of thy vile outrageous crimes, That therefore I have forg'd, or am not able

Enter the Mayor of London, attended. Verbatim to rehearse the method of my pen : May. O, my good lords,—and virtuous Henry,-No, prelate ; such is thy audacious wickedness, Pity the city of London, pity us! Thy lewd, pestiferous, and dissensious pranks, The bishop and the duke of Gloster's men, As very infants prattle of thy pride.

Forbidden late to carry any weapon, Thou art a most pernicious usurer ;

Have fill'd their pockets full of pebble-stones; Froward by nature, enemy to peace;

And, banding themselves in contrary parts,
Lascivious, wanton, more than well heseems Do pelt so fast at one another's pate,
A man of thy profession and degree;

That many have their giddy brains knock'd out:
And for thy treachery, What's more manifest ? Our windows are broke down in every street,
In that thou laid'st a trap to take my life,

And we, for fear, compellid to shut our shops. As well at London Bridge, as at the Tower ?

Enter, skirmishing, the Retainers of GLOSTER and Beside, I fear me, if thy thoughts were sifted,


with bloody pates. The king, thy sovereign, is not quite exempt From envious malice of thy swelling heart.

K. Hen. We charge you, on allegiance to ourWin. Gloster, I do defy thee. - Lords, vouchsafe to hold your slaught'ring hands, and keep the peace.

self, To give me hearing what I shall reply. If I were covetous, ambitious, or perverse,

Pray, uncle Gloster, mitigate this strife. As he will have me, How am I so poor?

1 Serv. Nay, if we be Or how haps it, I seek not to advance

Forbidden stones, we'll fall to it with our teeth. Or raise myself , but keep my wonted calling?

2 Serv. Do what ye dare, we are as resolute. And for dissension, Who preferreth peace

[Skirmish again. More than I do,-except I be provok'd ?

Glo. You of my household, leave this peevish No, my good lords, it is not that offends;

broil, It is not that, that hath incens'd the duke:

And set this unaccustom'd fight aside. It is, because no one should sway but he ;

3 Serv. My lord, we know your grace to be a man No one, but he, should be about the king';

Just and upright; and, for your royal birth,

Inferior to none, but his majesty:
And that engenders thunder in his breast,
And makes him roar these accusations forth.

And ere that we will suffer such a prince,
But he shall know, I am as good

So kind a father of the commonweal, Glo.

As good ?

To be disgraced by an inkhorn mate, Thou bastard of my grandfather !4–

We, and our wives, and children, all will fight, Win. Ay, lordly sir; For what are you, I pray, And have our bodies slaughter'd by thy foes.

I But one imperious in another's throne?

1 Serv. Ay, and the very parings of our nails Glo. Am I not the protector, saucy priest?

Shall pitch a field, when we are dead. Win. And am I not a prelate of the church?

(Skirmish again,

Glo. Glo. Yes, as an outlaw in a castle keeps,

Siay, stay, I say! And useth ii to patronage his theft.

And, if you love me, as you say you do, Win. Unreverent Gloster!

Let me persuade you to forbear a while. Glo.

Thou art reverent

K. Hen. O, how this discord doth afflict my

soul! Touching thy spiritual function, not thy life.

of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, by Katharine | My ill is my ill usage. This sentiment resembles Swynford, whom the duke afterwards married. another of Falstaff, in the Second Part of King Henry 5 The jingle between roam and Rome is common to IV.:-'I will turn diseases to commodity.'

other writers. 2 This parliament was held in 1426 at Leicester, 6 Johnson explains unaccustomed by unseemly, inde. though here represented to have been held in London. cent; and in a note on Romeo and Juliet he says that he King Henry was now in the fifth year of his age. In the thinks he has observed it used in old books for wonder. firse parliament, which was held at London shortly after ful, powerful, efficacious. But he could find no inhis father's death, his mother Queen Katharine brought stances of either

of these strange uses of the word when the young king from Windsor to the metropolis, and sat he compiled his dictionary. on the throne with the infant in her lap.

7 i. e. a bookish person, a pedant, applied in contemp3 i. e. articles of accusation.

to a scholar. Inkhornisms and inkhorn-terms were 4 The bishop of Winchester was an illegitimate son common expressions.



Can you, my lord of Winchester, behold

Plan. And so thrive Richard, as thy foes may fall! My sighs and tears, and will not once relent? And as my duty springs, so perish they Who should be piuful, if you be not?

That grudge one thought against your majesty! Or who should study to prefer a peace,

Ali. Welcome, high prince, the mighiy duke of If hviy churchmen iake delight in broils ?

York ! Wür. My lord protector, yield ;-yield, Win- Som. Perish, base prince, ignoble duke of York! chester;

(Aside. Except you mean, with obstinate repulse,

Glo. Now will it best avail your majesty,
To slay your sovereign, and destroy the realm. To cross the seas, and to be crown'd in France :
You see what mischief, and what murder too, The presence of a king engenders love
Hath been enacted through your enmity;

Amongst his subjects, and his loyal friends;
Then be at peace, except ye thirst for blood. As it disanimates his enemies.

Win. He shall submit, or I will never yield. K. Hen. When Gloster says the word, King Henry Glo. Compassion on the king commands me stoop;

goes ; Or, I would see his heart out, ere the priest For friendly counsel cuts off many foes. Should ever get that privilege of me.

Glo. Your ships already are in readiness. War. Behold, my lord of Winchester, the duke

(Exeunt all irut Exeter, Hath banish'd moody discontented fury,

Exe. Ay, we may march in England, or in France, As by his smoothed brows it doth appear: Not seeing what is likely to ensue; Why look you still so stern, and tragical ? This late dissension, grown betwixt the peers,

Glo. Here, Winchester, I offer thee my hand. Burns under feigned ashes of forg'd love,
K. Hen. Fye, uncle Beaufort! I have heard you And will at last break out into a Hame :

As fester'd members rot but by degrees,
That malice was a great and grievous sin: Till bones, and flesh, and sinews, fall
And will not you maintain the thing you teach, So will this base and envious discord breed
But prove a chief offender in the same ?

And now I fear that fatal prophecy,
Ww. Sweet king-the bishop hath a kindly Which in the time of Henry, nam'd the fifth,

Was in the mouth of every sucking babe, For shame, my lord of Winchester! relent; That Henry, born at Monmouth, should win all; What, shall a child instruct you what to do? And Henry, born at Windsor, should lose all:

Win. Well, duke of Gloster, I will yield to thee; Which is so plain, thai Exeter doth wish Love for thy love, and hand for hand I give. His days may finish ere that hapless time. [Erit."

Glo. Ay: but, I fear me, with a hollow heart.See here, my friends, and loving countrymen ;

SCENE II. France. Before Rouen. Enter LA This token serveth for a flag of truce,

PUCELLE disguised, and Soldiers dressed like Betwixt ourselves, and all our followers :

Countrymen, with Sacks

upon their Backs. So help me God, as I dissemble not !

Puc. These are the city gates, the gates of Rouen, Win. So help me God, as I intend it not ! Through which our policy must make a breach :

(Aside. Take heed, be wary how you place your words; K. Hen. O, loving uncle, kind duke of Gloster, Talk like the vulgar sort of market-men, How joyful am I made by this contract!

That come to gather money for their corn. Away, my masters! trouble us no more;

If we have entrance (as, I hope, we shall,). But join in friendship, as your lords have done. And that we find the slothful watch but weak, I Serv. Content; I'll to the surgeon's.

l'll by a sign give notice to our friends, 2 Serv.

And so will I. | That Charles the Dauphin may encounter them. 3 Serv. And I will see what physic the tavern

1 Sold. Our sacks shall be a mean to sack the city, affords.

[Exeunt Servants, Mayor, foc. And we be lords and rulers over Rouen; War. Accept this scroll, most gracious sovereign; Therefore wo'll knock.

(Knocks. Which, in the right of Richard Plantagenet,

Guard. (Within.) Qui est la ? We do exhibit to your majesty.

Puc. Paisans, pauvres gens de France : Glo. Well urg'd, my lord of Warwick ;-for, sweet Poor markel-folks, that come to sell their corn. prince,

Guard. Enter, go in; the market-bell is rung. And if your grace mark every circumstance,

(Opens the Gate. You have great reason to do Richard right:

Puc. Now, Rouen, I'll shake ihý bulwarks to Especially, for those occasions

the ground. [PUCELLE, &.c. enter the City. At Eltham-place I told your majesty. K. Hen. And those occasions, uncle, were of

Enter CHARLES, Bastard of Orleans, ALENÇON

and Forces. force : Therefore, my loving lords, our pleasure is,

Char. Saint Dennis bless this happy stratagem! That Richard be restored to his blood.

And once again we'll sleep secure in Rouen. War. Let Richard be restored to his blood;

Bast. Here enter'd Pucelle, and her practisants;' So shall his father's wrongs be recompens’d.

Now she is there, how will she specify Win. As will the rest, so willeth Winchester.

Where is the best and safest passage in? K. Hen. If Richard will be truc, not that alone,

Alen. By thrushing out à torch from yonder But all the whole inheritance I give,

tower; That doth belong unto the house of York,

Which, once discern'd, shows, that her meaning is,From whence you spring by lineal descent. No way to that,' for weakness, which she enter'd.

Plan. Thy humble servant vows obedience, Enter LA PUCELLE on a Batllement ; holding out a And humble service, till the point of death.

Torch burning.
K. Hen. Stoop then, and set your knee against

Puc. Behold, this is the happy wedding torch, my foot ; And, in reguerdon? of that duty done,

That joineth Rouen unto her countrymen:

But burning fatal to the Talbotites, I girt thee with the valiant sword of York:

Bast. See, noble Charles! the beacon ofour friend, Rise, Richard, like a true Plantagenet;

The burning torch in yonder turret stands. And rise created princely duke of York.

1 A kindly gird is a kind or gentle reprouf. A gird, 6 The duke of Exeter died shortly after the meeting properly, is a cuuing reply, a sarcasm, or raunting of this parliament, and the earl of Warwick was ap. speech.

pointed governor or tutor to the king in his room. 2 Reguerdon is recompense, retard. It is perhaps 6 Rouen was anciently written and pronounced Roan. a corruption of regardum, Latin of the middle ages. 7 Practice, in the language of the time, was treachery, 3 Ignes suppositos cineri doloso. '- Hor.

or insidious stratagem. Practisants are therefore cun. 4 i. e. so will the malignity of this discord propagate federates in treurhery. itself, and advance.

8 1. e. no way like or compared to that.




Act 111.
Chea. Now shine it like a comet of revenge, Great Coeur-de-lion's heart was buried;
A prophet to the fall of all our foes !

So sure I swear, to get the lown, or die.
Alen. Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends ; Bur. My vows are equal partners with thy vows
Enter, and cry--The Dauphin !- presently, Tal. But, ere we go, regard this dying prince,
And then do execution on the watch. [They enter. The valiant duke of Bedford :-Come, my lord,

We will bestow you in some better place,
Alarums. Enter Talkot, and certain English. Fitter for sickness, and for crazy age.
Tal. France, thou shalt rue this treason with thy

Bed. Lord Talbot, do not so dishonour me :

Here will I sit before the walls of Rouen,
If Talbot but survive thy treachery.-

And will be partner of your weal, or woe.
Pucelle, that witch, that damned sorceress,

Bur. Courageous Bedford, let us now persuade
Hath wrought this hellish mischief unawares,

That hardly we escaped the pride' of France.

Bed. Not to be gone from hence; for once I read,
(Exeunt to the Town. That stout Pendragon, in his litter, sick,"

Came to the field, and vanquished his foes:
Alarum : Excursions.' Enter from the Town, Bed- Methinks, I should revive the soldiers' hearts,

FORD, brought in sick in a Chair, with Talbot, Because I ever found them as myself.
BURGUNDY, and the English Forces. Then, enter Tal. Undaunted spirit in a dying breast ! -
on the Walls, LA PUCELLE, CHARLES, Bastard, Then be it so :-Heavens keep old Bedford safe!
ALENGON, and others.

And now no more ado, brave Burgundy,
Puc. Good morrow, gallants ! want ye corn for But gather we our forces out of hand,

And set upon our boasting enemy.
I think, the duke of Burgundy will fast,

(Exeunt BURGUNDY, Talbot, and Forces,
Before he'll buy again at such a rate :

leaving Bedford, and others.
'Twas full of darnel ;? Do you like the taste ?
Bur. Scoff on, vilc fiend, and shameless cour-

Alarums : Excursions. Enter Sir John FASTOLFE

and a Captain.
I trust, ere long, to choke thee with thine own, Cap. Whither away, Sir John Fastolfe, in such
And make thee curse the harvest of that corn.

Chur. Your grace may starve, perhaps, before

Fast. Whither away? to save myself by flight;
that time.

We are like to have the overthrow again.
Bed. O, let no words, but deeds, revenge this

Cap. What! will you fly, and leave Lord Talbot ?

Puc. What will you do, good gray-beard ? break All the Talbots in the world to save my life. [Eril.
a lance,

Cap. Cowardly knight! ill fortune follow thee.
And run a tilt at death within a chair?

Tal. Foul fiend of France, and hag of all despite, Retreat : Excursions. Enter, from the Town, La
Encompass'd with thy lustful paramours !

PUCELLE, ALENÇON, CHARLES, fc. and excuri, Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant age,

flying. And twit with cowardice a man half dead? Damsel, I'll have a bout with you again,

Bed. Now, quiet soul, depart when heaven please ;

For I have seen our enemies' overthrow.
Or else let Talbot perish with this shame.
Puc. Are you so hot, sir ?-Yet, Pucelle, hold They, that of late were daring with their scoffs,

What is the trust or strength of foolish man?
thy peace;

Are glad and fain by flight to save themselves. If Talbot do but thunder, rain will follow.

[Dies, and is carried of in his Chair.* [Talbot, and the rest, consult together. God speed the parliament! who shall be the speaker? Alorum : Enter Talbot, Burgundy, and others.

Tal. Dare ye come forth and meet us in the field? Tal. Lost, and recover'd in a day again!

Puc. Belike, your lordship takes us then for fools, This is a double honour, Burgundy:
To try is that our own be ours, or no.

Yet, heavens have glory for this victory!
Tal. I speak not to that railing Hecate,

Lur. Warlike and martial Talbot, Burgundy
But unto thee, Alençon, and the


Enshrines thee in his heart; and there erects
Will ye, like soldiers, come and fight it out? Thy noble deeds, as valour's monument.
Alen. Signior, no.

Tal. Thanks, gentle duke. But where is Pucelle
Tal. Signior, hang !-base muleteers of France !

now ? Like

peasant footboys do they keep the walls; I think, her old familiar is asleep: And dare not take up arms like gentlemen, Now where's the Bastard's braves, and Cbarles his Puc. Captains, away: let's get us from the walls


For Talbot means no goodness, by his looks.-- What, all a-mort ? Rouen hangs her head for grief,
God be wi' you, my lord! we came, sir, but to tell you That such a valiant company are fled.
That we are here.

Now will we take some order in the town,
(Exeunt La PUCELLE, &-c. from the Walls. Placing therein some expert officers;
Tal. And there will we be too, ere it be long, And then depart to Paris, to the king;
Or else reproach be Talbot's greatest fame! For there young Harry, with his nobles, lies.
Vow, Burgundy, by honour of thy house,

Bur. What wills Lord Talbot, pleaseth Burgundy. (Prick'd on by public wrongs, sustain'd in France,) Tal. But yet, before we go, let's not forget Either to get the town again, or die :

The noble duke of Bedford, late deceas'd, And I,--as sure as English Blenry lives,

But see his exequies fulfill'd in Rouen; And as his father here was conqueror;

A braver soldier never couched lance, As sure as in this late-betrayed town

3 This is from Harding's Chronicle, who gives this 1 Pride signifies haughty power. The same speaker account of Uther Pendragon : afterwards says, in Act. iv.

For which the king ordained a horse-litter "And from the pride of Gallia rescued thee.'

To bcare him so then unto Verolame,
2 'Darnel (says Gerarde, in bis Herbal) hurteth the Where Occa lay and Oysa also in feer,
eyes, and maketh them dim, if it happen either in corne That Saynı Albons, now hight of noble same,
for breade, or drinke. Hence the old proverb-Lolio Bet downe the walles, but to him forthe thei came
victitare, applied to such as were dim-sighted. Thus Wher in batayl Occa and Oy sea were alayne,
also Ovid. Fast. i. 691:-

The felde he had, and thereof was fulfa yne.
Et careant loliis oculos pitiantibus agri.'

4 The Duke of Bedford died at Rouen in September,
La Pucelle means to intimate that the corn she carried 1135 ; but not in any action before that town.
with her had produced the same effect on the guards of 5 Ścofls
Rouen ; otherwise they would have seen through her 6 1. e. what quite cast down, or dispirited.
disguise, and defeated ber stratagem.

7 Make some nocessary disposiuons.

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A gentler heart did never sway in court :

Should grieve thee more than streams of foreign goru; But kings and mightiest potentates must die; Return thee, therefore, with a flood of tears, For that's the end of human misery. (Exeunt. And wash away thy country's stained spots! SCENE III. The same. The Plains near the City. Or nature makes me suddenly relent.

Bur. Either she hath bewitch'd me with her words, Enter CHARLES, the Bastard, ALENGON, LA

Puc. Besides, all French and France exclaims on Pucelle, and Forces.

thee, Puc. Dismay not, princes, at this accident, Doubting thy birth and lawful progeny: Nor grieve thai Rouen is so recovered

Who join'st thou with, but with a lordly nation, Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,

That will not trust thee, but for profit's sake ? For things that are not to be remedied.

When Talbot hath set footing once in France, Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while,

And fashion'd thee that instrument of ill, And like a peacock sweep along his tail:

Who then but English Henry will be lord, We'll pull his plumes, and take away his train, And thou be thrust out, like a fugitive? I Dauphin, and the rest, will be but rul'd. Call we to mind,-and mark but this, for proof;

Char. We have been guided by thee hitherto, Was not the duke of Orleans thy foe? And of thy cunning had no diffidence ;

And was he not in England prisoner ? One sudden foil shall never breed distrust.

But, when they heard he was thine enemy, Bast. Search out thy wit for secret policies, They set him free, without his ransom paid And we will make thee famous through the world. In spite of Burgundy, and all his friends.

Alen. We'll set thy statue in some holy place, See then! thou fightest against thy countrymen, And have thee reverenc'd like a blessed saint; And join'st with them will be thy slaughter-men. Employ thee then, sweet virgin, for our good. Come, come, return; return, thou wand'ring lord ; Puc. Then thus it must be ; this doth Joan devise : Charles, and the rest, will take thee in their

arms. By fair persuasions, mix'd with sugar'd words, Bur. I am vanquished: these haughtye words of We will entice the duke of Burgundy

hers To leave the Talbot, and to follow us.

Have batter'd me like roaring cannon shot, Char. Ay, marry, sweeting, if we could do that, And made me almost yield upon my knees.France were no place for Henry's warriors; Forgive me, country, and sweet countrymen! Nor should that nation boast it so with us, And, lords, accept this hearty kind embrace : But be extirped' from our provinces.

My forces and my power of men are yours; Alen. For ever should they be expuls’da from So, farewell, Talbot ; I'll no longer trust thee. France,

Puc. Done like a Frenchman, turn, and turn And not have title to an earldom here.

again!5 Puc. Your honours shall perceive how I will work, Char, Welcome, brave duke! thy friendship To bring this matter to the wished end.

makes us fresh. (Drums heard.

Bast. And doth beget new courage in our breasts. Hark! by the sound of drum, you may perceive Alen. Pucelle hath bravely played her part in this, Their powers are marching unto Paris-ward. And doth deserve a coronet of gold. An English March. Enter, and pass over al a dis- Char. Now let us on, my lords, and join our tance, TALBOT and his Forces.

powers ; There goes the Talbot with his colours spread;

And seek how we may prejudice the foe. (Ereunt. And all the troops of English after him.

SCENE IV. Paris. A Room in the Palace. EnA French March. Enter the Duke of BURGUNDY

ter King HENRY, GLOSTER, and other Lords, and Forces,

VERNON, Basset, fc. To them Talbot, and

some of his Officers. Now, in the rearward, comes the duke, and his ; Fortune, in favour, makes him lag behind.

Tal. My gracious prince,-and honourable peers, – Summon a parley, we will talk with him.

Hearing of your arrival in this realm,

(A Parley sounded. I have a while given truce unto my wars, Char. A parley with the duke of Burgundy, To do my duty to my sovereign: Bur. Who craves a parley with the Burgundy ? In sign whereof, this arm-that hath reclaim'd Puc. The princely Charles of France, thy coun- To your obedience fifty fortresses, tryman.

Twelve cities, and seven walled towns of strength, Bur. What say'st thou, Charles ? for I am march- Beside five hundred prisoners of esteem,ing hence.

Lets fall his sword before your highness' feet; Char. Speak, Pucelle ; and enchant him with thy And, with submissive loyal

of heart, words.

Ascribes the glory of his conquest gol,
Puc. Brave Burgundy, undoubted hope of France ! First to my God, and next unto your grace.
Stay, let thy humble handmaid speak to thee. K. Hen. Is this the Lord Talbot, uncle Gloster,

Bur. Speak on; but be not over-tedious. That hath so long been resident in France ?
Puc. Look on thy country, look on fertile France,

Glo. Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege. And see the cities and the towns defac'd

K. Hen. Welcome, brave captain, and victorious By wasting ruin of the cruel foe!

lord! As looks the mother on her lowly babe,

When I was young (as yet I am not old), When death doth close his tender dying eyes,

I do remember how my father said," See, see, the pining malady of France;

A stouter champion never handled sword. Behold the wounds, the most unnatural wounds, Long since we were resolved of your truth, Which thou thyself hast given her woeful breast! Your faithful service, and your toil in war; O, turn thy edged sword another way;

Yet never have you tasted our reward, Strike those that hurt, and hurt not those that help! Or been reguerdon'd' with so much as thanks, One drop of blood, drawn from thy country's bosom, Because till now we never saw your face :

Therefore, stand up; and, for these good deserts, li. e. estirpated, rooted out. 2 Espuls'd is expell’d.

tion written to prove that the index of the wind upon our 3 Another mistake. The duke was not liberated till sleeples was made in form of a cock to ridicule che after Burgundy's decline to the French interest; which French for their frequent changes.' did not happen, by the way, till some years after the exe. 6 Hanmer supplied the apparent deficiency in this line, cution of La Pucelle ; nor was that during the regency by reading :-. of York, but of Bedford.

"Is this the fam'd Lord Talbot,' &c. 4 Hmighty does not mean disdainful, or violent, as 7 Malone remarks that 'Henry was but nine months Johnson supposed; but elevated, high-spirited. old when his father died, and never saw him.' The

à The inconstancy of the French was always the sub. poet did not perhaps deem historical accuracy necessary. JECT 01 satire. 'I have read (says Johnson) a disserta- 8 Convinced.

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We here create you earl of Shrewsbury; | Or whether that such cowards ought to wear
And in our coronation take your place.

This ornament of knighthood, yea, or no.
(Exeunt King HENRY, GLOSTER, TALBOT, Glo. To say the truth, this fact was infamous,
and Nobles.

And ill beseeming any common man;
Ver. Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea, Much more a knight, a captain, and a leader.
Disgracing of these colours' that I wear

Tal. When first this order was ordaind, my lords,
In honour of my noble lord of York.-

Knights of the garter were of noble birth': Dar’st thou mamtain the former words thou spak'st ? Valiant, and virtuous, full of haughty courage, Bas. Yes, sir; as well as you dare patronage

Such as were grown to credit by the wars; The envious barking of your saucy tongue

Not fearing death, nor shrinking for distress, Against my lord the duke of Somerset.

But always resolute in most extremes.' Ver. Sirrah, thy lord I honour as he is.

He then, that is not furnish'd in this sort, Bas. Why, what is he? as good a man as York. Doth but usurp the sacred name of knight, Ver. Hark ye; not so: in witness, take ye that. Profaning this most honourable order;

(Strikes him. And should, (if I were worthy to be judge,) Bas. Villain, thou knowest the law of arms Be quite degraded, like a hedge-born swain is such,

Thai doth presume to boast of gentle blood.
That whoso draws a sword, 'tis prosent death ;? K. Hen. Stain to thy countrymen! thou hear'st
Or else this blow should broach ihy dearest blood.

thy doom : But I'll unto his majesty, and crave

Be packing therefore, thou that wast a knight; I may have liberty to venge this wrong ;

Henceforth we banish thee, on pain of death. When thou shalt see, I'll meet thee to thy cost.

(Erit FASTOLFE. Ver. Well, miscreant, I'll be there as soon as you; And now, my lord protector, view the letter And, after, meet you sooner than you would. Sent from our uncle duke of Burgundy.

[Exeunt. Glo. What means his grace, that he hath chang'd

his style ?. Viewing the superscription.

No more but, plain and bluntly,-- To the king

Hath he forgot, he is his sovereign ?

Or doth this churlish superscription
SCENE I. The same. A Room of State. Enter Pretend some alteration in good will?

KING HENRY, GLOSTER, EXETER, YORK, SUF- What's here?-I have upon especial cause,

Talbot, the Governor of Paris, and others. Mov'd with compassion of my country's wreck,
Glo. Lord bishop, set the crown upon his head. Together with the pitiful complaints
Win. God save King Henry, of that name the of such as your oppression feeds upon,
sixth !

Forsaken your pernicious faction,
Glo. Now, governor of Paris, take your oath, And join'd with Charles, the rightful king of

(Governor kneels.

That you elect no other king but him:

O monstrous treachery! Can this be so;
Esteem none friends, but such as are his friends ; That in alliance, amity, and oaths,
And none your foes, but such as shall pretend

There should be found such false dissembling guile ?
Malicious practices against his state :

K. Hen. What! doth my uncle Burgundy revolt? This shall ye do, so help you righteous God! Glo. He doth, my lord, and is become your foe. [Exeunt Gov, and his Train. K. Hen. Is that the worst this letter doth contain ?

Glo. It is the worst, and all, my lord, he writes.
Enter Sir John FASTOLFE.

K. Hen. Why then, Lord Talbot there shall talk
Fast. My gracious sovereign, as I rode from

with him, Calais,

And give him chastisement for this abuse :-To haste unto your coronation,

My lord, how say you? are you not content? A letter was deliver'd to my hands,

Tal. Content, my liege? Yes; but that I am
Writ to your grace from the duke of Burgundy.

Tal. Shame to the duke of Burgundy, and thee! I should have begg'd I might have been employ'd.
I vow'd base knight, when I did meet thee next, K. Hen. Then gather strength, and march unto
To tear the garter from thy craven's leg,

him straight :

[Plucking it off. Let him perceive how ill we brook his treason; (Which I have done,) because unworthily And whai offence it is, to fout his friends. Thou wast installed in that high degree.

Tal. I go, my lord, in heart desiring still,
Pardon me, princely Henry, and the rest : You may behold confusion of your foes. (Eril.
This dastard, at the battle of Patay,
When but in all I was six thousand strong,

Enter Vernon and Basset.
And that the French were almost ten to one,

Ver. Grant me the combat, gracious sovereign! Before we met, or that a stroke was given,

Bas, And me, my lord, grant me the combat too! Like to a trusty squire, did run away;

York. This is my servant; hear him, noble prince ! In which assault we lost twelve hundred men;

Som. And this is mine; Sweet Henry, favour him! Myself, and divers gentlemen beside,

K. Hen. Be patient, lords; and give them leave Were there surpris'd and taken prisoners.

to speak Then judge, great lords, if I have done amiss; Say, gentlemen, What makes you thus exclaim ?

And wherefore crave you combat ? or with whom ? 1 i. c. the badge of a rose. 2 By the ancient law before the conqnest, fighting in 5 The old copy has Poictiers instead of Pnlay. The the king's palace, or before the king's judges, was pun. battle of Poictiers was fought in 1357, the 31st of King ished with death. And still hy the Stat. 33 Henr. VIII. c. Edward III. and the scene now lies in the 7th of King xii. maliciously striking in the king's palace, whereby Henry VI. viz. 1428. The action happened (according blood is drawn, is punishable by perpetual imprison to Holinshead) 'ncere unto a village in Beausse, called ment and fine, at the king's pleasure, and also with loss Pataic.--From this battel departed, without any stroko of the offender's right hand. Stowe gives a circumstan-stricken, Sir John Fastolle, the same yeere by his vacial account of Sir Edmond Knevet being found guilty lianthese elected into the order of the garter. But for of this offence, with the ceremonials for carrying the doubt of misdealing at this brunt, the duke of Bedford sentence into execution. He petitioned the king to take looke from him the image of St. George and his garter,' his left hand instead of his right; and the king was &c. pleased to pardon him altogether.--Annals, edit. 1605, 6 Vide note 8 on p. 13; and note 4 on p. 17. p. 979.

7 i. e. in great si estremities. More and most were 3 To pretend is to intend, to design.

used by our ancestors for greater and greatest. 4 Warburton would read 'thy ciaren Ing.' Craren is mean, dastardly

9 Prerented is anticipated.

8 See note 3.

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