Henry VI, Part 1

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Synopsis

With an underage boy now king of England, Henry VI, Part 1, depicts the collapse of England’s role in France, as English nobles fight each other instead of the French and as Joan la Pucelle (Joan of Arc) brings military strength to the French army. The English hero Lord Talbot attacks Orleans, but is defeated by Joan.

In England, Gloucester, Henry VI’s Protector, and Gloucester’s rival Winchester encourage their followers to attack each other in the streets. Richard Plantagenet (later the Duke of York) and Somerset are equally antagonistic, with their followers signaling their allegiance by wearing white or red roses.

Henry VI is crowned in Paris, and orders York and Somerset to fight the French instead of each other. As they squabble, French forces kill Talbot and his son. The English army captures and executes Joan. Suffolk arranges a marriage between Henry and Margaret, daughter of the king of Naples, in order to keep her near him and give him, through her, control of England.


Characters in the Play
The English
King Henry VI
Lord Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury
John Talbot, his son
Duke of Gloucester, the king’s uncle, and Lord Protector
Duke of Bedford, the king’s uncle, and Regent of France
Duke of Exeter, the king’s great-uncle
Cardinal, Bishop of Winchester, the king’s great-uncle
Duke of Somerset
Richard Plantagenet, later Duke of York, and Regent of France
Earl of Warwick
Earl of Salisbury
Earl of Suffolk, William de la Pole
Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March
Sir William Glansdale
Sir Thomas Gargrave
Sir John Fastolf
Sir William Lucy
Woodville, Lieutenant of the Tower of London
Vernon, of the White Rose or York faction
Basset, of the Red Rose or Lancaster faction
A Lawyer
Jailors to Mortimer
A Legate
Mayor of London

Heralds, Attendants, three Messengers, Servingmen in blue coats and in tawny coats, two Warders, Officers, Soldiers, Captains, Watch, Trumpeters, Drummer, Servant, two Ambassadors

The French
Charles, Dauphin of France
Joan la Pucelle, also Joan of Arc
Reignier, Duke of Anjou and Maine, King of Naples
Margaret, his daughter
Duke of Alanson
Bastard of Orleance
Duke of Burgundy
General of the French forces at Bordeaux
Countess of Auvergne
Her Porter
Master Gunner of Orleance
Boy, his son
Sergeant of a Band
A Shepherd, Pucelle’s father

Drummer, Soldiers, two Sentinels, Messenger, Soldiers, Governor of Paris, Herald, Scout, Fiends accompanying Pucelle


ACT 1
Scene 1
Dead March. Enter the funeral of King Henry the Fifth,
attended on by the Duke of Bedford, Regent of France;
the Duke of Gloucester, Protector; the Duke of Exeter;
editorial emendationthe Earl ofeditorial emendation Warwick; the Bishop of Winchester; and
the Duke of Somerset, editorial emendationwith Heralds and Attendants.editorial emendation


BEDFORD 
FTLN 0001 Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!
FTLN 0002 Comets, importing change of times and states,
FTLN 0003 Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,
FTLN 0004 And with them scourge the bad revolting stars
FTLN 00055 That have consented unto Henry’s death:
FTLN 0006 King Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long.
FTLN 0007 England ne’er lost a king of so much worth.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0008 England ne’er had a king until his time.
FTLN 0009 Virtue he had, deserving to command;
FTLN 001010 His brandished sword did blind men with his beams;
FTLN 0011 His arms spread wider than a dragon’s wings;
FTLN 0012 His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathful fire,
FTLN 0013 More dazzled and drove back his enemies
FTLN 0014 Than midday sun fierce bent against their faces.
FTLN 001515 What should I say? His deeds exceed all speech.
FTLN 0016 He ne’er lift up his hand but conquerèd.
EXETER 
FTLN 0017 We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood?
FTLN 0018 Henry is dead and never shall revive.
FTLN 0019 Upon a wooden coffin we attend,
FTLN 002020 And Death’s dishonorable victory
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FTLN 0021 We with our stately presence glorify,
FTLN 0022 Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
FTLN 0023 What? Shall we curse the planets of mishap
FTLN 0024 That plotted thus our glory’s overthrow?
FTLN 002525 Or shall we think the subtle-witted French
FTLN 0026 Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him,
FTLN 0027 By magic verses have contrived his end?
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0028 He was a king blest of the King of kings;
FTLN 0029 Unto the French the dreadful Judgment Day
FTLN 003030 So dreadful will not be as was his sight.
FTLN 0031 The battles of the Lord of Hosts he fought;
FTLN 0032 The Church’s prayers made him so prosperous.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0033 The Church? Where is it? Had not churchmen prayed,
FTLN 0034 His thread of life had not so soon decayed.
FTLN 003535 None do you like but an effeminate prince
FTLN 0036 Whom like a schoolboy you may overawe.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0037 Gloucester, whate’er we like, thou art Protector
FTLN 0038 And lookest to command the Prince and realm.
FTLN 0039 Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe
FTLN 004040 More than God or religious churchmen may.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0041 Name not religion, for thou lov’st the flesh,
FTLN 0042 And ne’er throughout the year to church thou go’st,
FTLN 0043 Except it be to pray against thy foes.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0044 Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds in peace!
FTLN 004545 Let’s to the altar.—Heralds, wait on us.—
FTLN 0046 Instead of gold, we’ll offer up our arms,
FTLN 0047 Since arms avail not, now that Henry’s dead.
FTLN 0048 Posterity, await for wretched years
FTLN 0049 When at their mothers’ moistened eyes babes shall
FTLN 005050 suck,

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FTLN 0051 Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears,
FTLN 0052 And none but women left to wail the dead.
FTLN 0053 Henry the Fifth, thy ghost I invocate:
FTLN 0054 Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils,
FTLN 005555 Combat with adverse planets in the heavens.
FTLN 0056 A far more glorious star thy soul will make
FTLN 0057 Than Julius Caesar or bright—

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
FTLN 0058 My honorable lords, health to you all.
FTLN 0059 Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
FTLN 006060 Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture:
FTLN 0061 Guyen, Champaigne, Rheims, editorial emendationRoan,editorial emendation Orleance,
FTLN 0062 Paris, Gisors, Poitiers, are all quite lost.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0063 What say’st thou, man, before dead Henry’s corse?
FTLN 0064 Speak softly, or the loss of those great towns
FTLN 006565 Will make him burst his lead and rise from death.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0066 Is Paris lost? Is Roan yielded up?
FTLN 0067 If Henry were recalled to life again,
FTLN 0068 These news would cause him once more yield the
FTLN 0069 ghost.
EXETER 
FTLN 007070 How were they lost? What treachery was used?
MESSENGER 
FTLN 0071 No treachery, but want of men and money.
FTLN 0072 Amongst the soldiers, this is mutterèd:
FTLN 0073 That here you maintain several factions
FTLN 0074 And, whilst a field should be dispatched and fought,
FTLN 007575 You are disputing of your generals.
FTLN 0076 One would have ling’ring wars with little cost;
FTLN 0077 Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings;
FTLN 0078 A third thinks, without expense at all,

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FTLN 0079 By guileful fair words peace may be obtained.
FTLN 008080 Awake, awake, English nobility!
FTLN 0081 Let not sloth dim your honors new begot.
FTLN 0082 Cropped are the flower-de-luces in your arms;
FTLN 0083 Of England’s coat, one half is cut away. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
EXETER 
FTLN 0084 Were our tears wanting to this funeral,
FTLN 008585 These tidings would call forth her flowing tides.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0086 Me they concern; regent I am of France.
FTLN 0087 Give me my steelèd coat, I’ll fight for France.
FTLN 0088 Away with these disgraceful wailing robes.
FTLN 0089 Wounds will I lend the French instead of eyes
FTLN 009090 To weep their intermissive miseries.

Enter to them another Messenger, editorial emendationwith papers.editorial emendation

SECOND MESSENGER 
FTLN 0091 Lords, view these letters, full of bad mischance.
FTLN 0092 France is revolted from the English quite,
FTLN 0093 Except some petty towns of no import.
FTLN 0094 The Dauphin Charles is crownèd king in Rheims;
FTLN 009595 The Bastard of Orleance with him is joined;
FTLN 0096 Reignier, Duke of Anjou, doth take his part;
FTLN 0097 The Duke of Alanson flieth to his side. He exits.
EXETER 
FTLN 0098 The Dauphin crownèd king? All fly to him?
FTLN 0099 O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0100100 We will not fly but to our enemies’ throats.—
FTLN 0101 Bedford, if thou be slack, I’ll fight it out.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0102 Gloucester, why doubt’st thou of my forwardness?
FTLN 0103 An army have I mustered in my thoughts,
FTLN 0104 Wherewith already France is overrun.

Enter another Messenger.


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THIRD MESSENGER 
FTLN 0105105 My gracious lords, to add to your laments,
FTLN 0106 Wherewith you now bedew King Henry’s hearse,
FTLN 0107 I must inform you of a dismal fight
FTLN 0108 Betwixt the stout Lord Talbot and the French.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0109 What? Wherein Talbot overcame, is ’t so?
THIRD MESSENGER 
FTLN 0110110 O no, wherein Lord Talbot was o’erthrown.
FTLN 0111 The circumstance I’ll tell you more at large.
FTLN 0112 The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord,
FTLN 0113 Retiring from the siege of Orleance,
FTLN 0114 Having full scarce six thousand in his troop,
FTLN 0115115 By three and twenty thousand of the French
FTLN 0116 Was round encompassèd and set upon.
FTLN 0117 No leisure had he to enrank his men.
FTLN 0118 He wanted pikes to set before his archers,
FTLN 0119 Instead whereof, sharp stakes plucked out of hedges
FTLN 0120120 They pitchèd in the ground confusedly
FTLN 0121 To keep the horsemen off from breaking in.
FTLN 0122 More than three hours the fight continuèd,
FTLN 0123 Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,
FTLN 0124 Enacted wonders with his sword and lance.
FTLN 0125125 Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him;
FTLN 0126 Here, there, and everywhere, enraged, he slew.
FTLN 0127 The French exclaimed the devil was in arms;
FTLN 0128 All the whole army stood agazed on him.
FTLN 0129 His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
FTLN 0130130 “À Talbot! À Talbot!” cried out amain
FTLN 0131 And rushed into the bowels of the battle.
FTLN 0132 Here had the conquest fully been sealed up
FTLN 0133 If Sir John Fastolf had not played the coward.
FTLN 0134 He, being in the vaward, placed behind
FTLN 0135135 With purpose to relieve and follow them,
FTLN 0136 Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
FTLN 0137 Hence grew the general wrack and massacre.

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FTLN 0138 Enclosèd were they with their enemies.
FTLN 0139 A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin’s grace,
FTLN 0140140 Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back,
FTLN 0141 Whom all France, with their chief assembled
FTLN 0142 strength,
FTLN 0143 Durst not presume to look once in the face.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0144 Is Talbot slain then? I will slay myself
FTLN 0145145 For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
FTLN 0146 Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,
FTLN 0147 Unto his dastard foemen is betrayed.
THIRD MESSENGER 
FTLN 0148 O, no, he lives, but is took prisoner,
FTLN 0149 And Lord Scales with him, and Lord Hungerford;
FTLN 0150150 Most of the rest slaughtered or took likewise.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0151 His ransom there is none but I shall pay.
FTLN 0152 I’ll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne;
FTLN 0153 His crown shall be the ransom of my friend.
FTLN 0154 Four of their lords I’ll change for one of ours.
FTLN 0155155 Farewell, my masters; to my task will I.
FTLN 0156 Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make,
FTLN 0157 To keep our great Saint George’s feast withal.
FTLN 0158 Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take,
FTLN 0159 Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake.
THIRD MESSENGER 
FTLN 0160160 So you had need; ’fore Orleance besieged,
FTLN 0161 The English army is grown weak and faint;
FTLN 0162 The Earl of Salisbury craveth supply
FTLN 0163 And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
FTLN 0164 Since they so few watch such a multitude.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
EXETER 
FTLN 0165165 Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworn:
FTLN 0166 Either to quell the Dauphin utterly
FTLN 0167 Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.

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BEDFORD 
FTLN 0168 I do remember it, and here take my leave
FTLN 0169 To go about my preparation. Bedford exits.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0170170 I’ll to the Tower with all the haste I can
FTLN 0171 To view th’ artillery and munition,
FTLN 0172 And then I will proclaim young Henry king.
Gloucester exits.
EXETER 
FTLN 0173 To Eltham will I, where the young king is,
FTLN 0174 Being ordained his special governor;
FTLN 0175175 And for his safety there I’ll best devise. He exits.
WINCHESTER , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0176 Each hath his place and function to attend.
FTLN 0177 I am left out; for me nothing remains.
FTLN 0178 But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office.
FTLN 0179 The King from Eltham I intend to editorial emendationsteal,editorial emendation
FTLN 0180180 And sit at chiefest stern of public weal.
He exits editorial emendationat one door; at another door,
Warwick, Somerset, Attendants and
Heralds exit with the coffin.editorial emendation



editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Sound a flourish. Enter Charles editorial emendationthe Dauphin,editorial emendation
Alanson, and Reignier, marching with Drum
and Soldiers.


CHARLES 
FTLN 0181 Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens
FTLN 0182 So in the Earth, to this day is not known.
FTLN 0183 Late did he shine upon the English side;
FTLN 0184 Now we are victors; upon us he smiles.
FTLN 01855 What towns of any moment but we have?
FTLN 0186 At pleasure here we lie, near Orleance.
FTLN 0187 Otherwhiles, the famished English, like pale ghosts,
FTLN 0188 Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.

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ALANSON 
FTLN 0189 They want their porridge and their fat bull beeves.
FTLN 019010 Either they must be dieted like mules
FTLN 0191 And have their provender tied to their mouths,
FTLN 0192 Or piteous they will look, like drownèd mice.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 0193 Let’s raise the siege. Why live we idly here?
FTLN 0194 Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear.
FTLN 019515 Remaineth none but mad-brained Salisbury,
FTLN 0196 And he may well in fretting spend his gall;
FTLN 0197 Nor men nor money hath he to make war.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0198 Sound, sound alarum! We will rush on them.
FTLN 0199 Now for the honor of the forlorn French!
FTLN 020020 Him I forgive my death that killeth me
FTLN 0201 When he sees me go back one foot, or fly.
They exit. Here alarum. They are beaten
back by the English, with great loss.


Enter Charles, Alanson, and Reignier.

CHARLES 
FTLN 0202 Whoever saw the like? What men have I!
FTLN 0203 Dogs, cowards, dastards! I would ne’er have fled
FTLN 0204 But that they left me ’midst my enemies.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 020525 Salisbury is a desperate homicide.
FTLN 0206 He fighteth as one weary of his life.
FTLN 0207 The other lords, like lions wanting food,
FTLN 0208 Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.
ALANSON 
FTLN 0209 Froissart, a countryman of ours, records
FTLN 021030 England all Olivers and Rolands editorial emendationbrededitorial emendation
FTLN 0211 During the time Edward the Third did reign.
FTLN 0212 More truly now may this be verified,
FTLN 0213 For none but Samsons and Goliases
FTLN 0214 It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten!

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FTLN 021535 Lean rawboned rascals! Who would e’er suppose
FTLN 0216 They had such courage and audacity?
CHARLES 
FTLN 0217 Let’s leave this town, for they are hare-brained slaves,
FTLN 0218 And hunger will enforce them to be more eager.
FTLN 0219 Of old I know them; rather with their teeth
FTLN 022040 The walls they’ll tear down than forsake the siege.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 0221 I think by some odd gimmers or device
FTLN 0222 Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on;
FTLN 0223 Else ne’er could they hold out so as they do.
FTLN 0224 By my consent, we’ll even let them alone.
ALANSON  FTLN 022545Be it so.

Enter the Bastard of Orleance.

BASTARD 
FTLN 0226 Where’s the Prince Dauphin? I have news for him.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0227 Bastard of Orleance, thrice welcome to us.
BASTARD 
FTLN 0228 Methinks your looks are sad, your cheer appalled.
FTLN 0229 Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence?
FTLN 023050 Be not dismayed, for succor is at hand.
FTLN 0231 A holy maid hither with me I bring,
FTLN 0232 Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven,
FTLN 0233 Ordainèd is to raise this tedious siege
FTLN 0234 And drive the English forth the bounds of France.
FTLN 023555 The spirit of deep prophecy she hath,
FTLN 0236 Exceeding the nine Sibyls of old Rome.
FTLN 0237 What’s past and what’s to come she can descry.
FTLN 0238 Speak, shall I call her in? Believe my words,
FTLN 0239 For they are certain and unfallible.
CHARLES 
FTLN 024060 Go call her in. editorial emendationBastard exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0241 But first, to try her skill,
FTLN 0242 Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place;

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FTLN 0243 Question her proudly; let thy looks be stern.
FTLN 0244 By this means shall we sound what skill she hath.

Enter editorial emendationBastard, witheditorial emendation Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle.

REIGNIER , editorial emendationas Charleseditorial emendation 
FTLN 024565 Fair maid, is ’t thou wilt do these wondrous feats?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0246 Reignier, is ’t thou that thinkest to beguile me?
FTLN 0247 Where is the Dauphin?—Come, come from behind.
FTLN 0248 I know thee well, though never seen before.
FTLN 0249 Be not amazed; there’s nothing hid from me.
FTLN 025070 In private will I talk with thee apart.—
FTLN 0251 Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 0252 She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
editorial emendationAlanson, Reignier, and Bastard exit.editorial emendation
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0253 Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd’s daughter,
FTLN 0254 My wit untrained in any kind of art.
FTLN 025575 Heaven and Our Lady gracious hath it pleased
FTLN 0256 To shine on my contemptible estate.
FTLN 0257 Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs,
FTLN 0258 And to sun’s parching heat displayed my cheeks,
FTLN 0259 God’s Mother deignèd to appear to me,
FTLN 026080 And in a vision full of majesty
FTLN 0261 Willed me to leave my base vocation
FTLN 0262 And free my country from calamity.
FTLN 0263 Her aid she promised and assured success.
FTLN 0264 In complete glory she revealed herself;
FTLN 026585 And whereas I was black and swart before,
FTLN 0266 With those clear rays which she infused on me
FTLN 0267 That beauty am I blest with, which you may see.
FTLN 0268 Ask me what question thou canst possible,
FTLN 0269 And I will answer unpremeditated.
FTLN 027090 My courage try by combat, if thou dar’st,
FTLN 0271 And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex.

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FTLN 0272 Resolve on this: thou shalt be fortunate
FTLN 0273 If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0274 Thou hast astonished me with thy high terms.
FTLN 027595 Only this proof I’ll of thy valor make:
FTLN 0276 In single combat thou shalt buckle with me,
FTLN 0277 And if thou vanquishest, thy words are true;
FTLN 0278 Otherwise I renounce all confidence.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0279 I am prepared. Here is my keen-edged sword,
FTLN 0280100 Decked with fine flower-de-luces on each side—
FTLN 0281  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation The which at Touraine, in Saint Katherine’s
FTLN 0282 churchyard,
FTLN 0283 Out of a great deal of old iron I chose forth.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0284 Then come, a’ God’s name! I fear no woman.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0285105 And while I live, I’ll ne’er fly from a man.
Here they fight, and
Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle overcomes.

CHARLES 
FTLN 0286 Stay, stay thy hands! Thou art an Amazon,
FTLN 0287 And fightest with the sword of Deborah.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0288 Christ’s mother helps me; else I were too weak.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0289 Whoe’er helps thee, ’tis thou that must help me.
FTLN 0290110 Impatiently I burn with thy desire.
FTLN 0291 My heart and hands thou hast at once subdued.
FTLN 0292 Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so,
FTLN 0293 Let me thy servant and not sovereign be.
FTLN 0294 ’Tis the French Dauphin sueth to thee thus.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0295115 I must not yield to any rights of love,
FTLN 0296 For my profession’s sacred from above.

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FTLN 0297 When I have chasèd all thy foes from hence,
FTLN 0298 Then will I think upon a recompense.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0299 Meantime look gracious on thy prostrate thrall.

editorial emendationEnter Reignier and Alanson.editorial emendation

REIGNIER , editorial emendationaside to Alansoneditorial emendation 
FTLN 0300120 My lord, methinks, is very long in talk.
ALANSON , editorial emendationaside to Reigniereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0301 Doubtless he shrives this woman to her smock,
FTLN 0302 Else ne’er could he so long protract his speech.
REIGNIER , editorial emendationaside to Alansoneditorial emendation 
FTLN 0303 Shall we disturb him, since he keeps no mean?
ALANSON , editorial emendationaside to Reigniereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0304 He may mean more than we poor men do know.
FTLN 0305125 These women are shrewd tempters with their
FTLN 0306 tongues.
REIGNIER , editorial emendationto Charleseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0307 My lord, where are you? What devise you on?
FTLN 0308 Shall we give o’er Orleance, or no?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0309 Why, no, I say. Distrustful recreants,
FTLN 0310130 Fight till the last gasp. I’ll be your guard.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0311 What she says I’ll confirm: we’ll fight it out.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0312 Assigned am I to be the English scourge.
FTLN 0313 This night the siege assuredly I’ll raise.
FTLN 0314 Expect Saint Martin’s summer, halcyons’ days,
FTLN 0315135 Since I have enterèd into these wars.
FTLN 0316 Glory is like a circle in the water,
FTLN 0317 Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself
FTLN 0318 Till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.
FTLN 0319 With Henry’s death, the English circle ends;
FTLN 0320140 Dispersèd are the glories it included.

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FTLN 0321 Now am I like that proud insulting ship
FTLN 0322 Which Caesar and his fortune bare at once.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0323 Was Mahomet inspirèd with a dove?
FTLN 0324 Thou with an eagle art inspirèd then.
FTLN 0325145 Helen, the mother of great Constantine,
FTLN 0326 Nor yet Saint Philip’s daughters were like thee.
FTLN 0327 Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the Earth,
FTLN 0328 How may I reverently worship thee enough?
ALANSON 
FTLN 0329 Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 0330150 Woman, do what thou canst to save our honors.
FTLN 0331 Drive them from Orleance and be immortalized.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0332 Presently we’ll try. Come, let’s away about it.
FTLN 0333 No prophet will I trust if she prove false.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Gloucester with his Servingmen editorial emendationin blue coats.editorial emendation

GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0334 I am come to survey the Tower this day.
FTLN 0335 Since Henry’s death I fear there is conveyance.
FTLN 0336 Where be these warders that they wait not here?—
FTLN 0337 Open the gates! ’Tis Gloucester that calls.
editorial emendationServingmen knock at the gate.editorial emendation
FIRST WARDER , editorial emendationwithineditorial emendation 
FTLN 03385 Who’s there that knocks so imperiously?
FIRST SERVINGMAN 
FTLN 0339 It is the noble Duke of Gloucester.
SECOND WARDER , editorial emendationwithineditorial emendation 
FTLN 0340 Whoe’er he be, you may not be let in.

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FIRST SERVINGMAN 
FTLN 0341 Villains, answer you so the Lord Protector?
FIRST WARDER , editorial emendationwithineditorial emendation 
FTLN 0342 The Lord protect him, so we answer him.
FTLN 034310 We do no otherwise than we are willed.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0344 Who willed you? Or whose will stands but mine?
FTLN 0345 There’s none Protector of the realm but I.—
FTLN 0346 Break up the gates! I’ll be your warrantize.
FTLN 0347 Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms?
Gloucester’s men rush at the Tower gates, and
Woodville, the lieutenant, speaks within.

WOODVILLE 
FTLN 034815 What noise is this? What traitors have we here?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0349 Lieutenant, is it you whose voice I hear?
FTLN 0350 Open the gates. Here’s Gloucester that would enter.
WOODVILLE 
FTLN 0351 Have patience, noble duke, I may not open.
FTLN 0352 The Cardinal of Winchester forbids.
FTLN 035320 From him I have express commandment
FTLN 0354 That thou nor none of thine shall be let in.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0355 Fainthearted Woodville, prizest him ’fore me?
FTLN 0356 Arrogant Winchester, that haughty prelate
FTLN 0357 Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne’er could brook?
FTLN 035825 Thou art no friend to God or to the King.
FTLN 0359 Open the gates, or I’ll shut thee out shortly.
SERVINGMEN 
FTLN 0360 Open the gates unto the Lord Protector,
FTLN 0361 Or we’ll burst them open if that you come not quickly.

Enter, to the Protector at the Tower gates, Winchester
editorial emendationin cardinal’s robeseditorial emendation and his men in tawny coats.


WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0362 How now, ambitious Humphrey, what means this?

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GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 036330 Peeled priest, dost thou command me to be shut out?
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0364 I do, thou most usurping proditor—
FTLN 0365 And not Protector—of the King or realm.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0366 Stand back, thou manifest conspirator,
FTLN 0367 Thou that contrived’st to murder our dead lord,
FTLN 036835 Thou that giv’st whores indulgences to sin!
FTLN 0369 I’ll canvass thee in thy broad cardinal’s hat
FTLN 0370 If thou proceed in this thy insolence.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0371 Nay, stand thou back. I will not budge a foot.
FTLN 0372 This be Damascus; be thou cursèd Cain
FTLN 037340 To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0374 I will not slay thee, but I’ll drive thee back.
FTLN 0375 Thy scarlet robes, as a child’s bearing-cloth,
FTLN 0376 I’ll use to carry thee out of this place.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0377 Do what thou dar’st, I beard thee to thy face.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 037845 What, am I dared and bearded to my face?—
FTLN 0379 Draw, men, for all this privilegèd place.
FTLN 0380 Blue coats to tawny coats! editorial emendationAll draw their swords.editorial emendation
FTLN 0381 Priest, beware your beard.
FTLN 0382 I mean to tug it and to cuff you soundly.
FTLN 038350 Under my feet editorial emendationI’lleditorial emendation stamp thy cardinal’s hat;
FTLN 0384 In spite of pope or dignities of Church,
FTLN 0385 Here by the cheeks I’ll drag thee up and down.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0386 Gloucester, thou wilt answer this before the Pope.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0387 Winchester goose, I cry “a rope, a rope!”—
FTLN 038855 Now beat them hence; why do you let them stay?—

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FTLN 0389 Thee I’ll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep’s array.—
FTLN 0390 Out, tawny coats, out, scarlet hypocrite!

Here Gloucester’s men beat out the Cardinal’s men,
and enter in the hurly-burly the Mayor of London
and his Officers.


MAYOR 
FTLN 0391 Fie, lords, that you, being supreme magistrates,
FTLN 0392 Thus contumeliously should break the peace!
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 039360 Peace, Mayor? Thou know’st little of my wrongs.
FTLN 0394 Here’s Beaufort, that regards nor God nor king,
FTLN 0395 Hath here distrained the Tower to his use.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0396 Here’s Gloucester, a foe to citizens,
FTLN 0397 One that still motions war and never peace,
FTLN 039865 O’ercharging your free purses with large fines;
FTLN 0399 That seeks to overthrow religion
FTLN 0400 Because he is Protector of the realm,
FTLN 0401 And would have armor here out of the Tower
FTLN 0402 To crown himself king and suppress the Prince.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 040370 I will not answer thee with words, but blows.
Here they skirmish again.
MAYOR 
FTLN 0404 Naught rests for me in this tumultuous strife
FTLN 0405 But to make open proclamation.
FTLN 0406 Come, officer, as loud as e’er thou canst, cry.
editorial emendationHe hands an Officer a paper.editorial emendation
editorial emendationOFFICER  readseditorial emendation  FTLN 0407All manner of men, assembled here in
FTLN 040875 arms this day against God’s peace and the King’s, we
FTLN 0409 charge and command you, in his Highness’ name, to
FTLN 0410 repair to your several dwelling places, and not to
FTLN 0411 wear, handle, or use any sword, weapon, or dagger
FTLN 0412 henceforward, upon pain of death.


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GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 041380 Cardinal, I’ll be no breaker of the law,
FTLN 0414 But we shall meet and break our minds at large.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0415 Gloucester, we’ll meet to thy cost, be sure.
FTLN 0416 Thy heartblood I will have for this day’s work.
MAYOR 
FTLN 0417 I’ll call for clubs if you will not away.
FTLN 041885  (editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation) This cardinal’s more haughty than the devil!
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 0419 Mayor, farewell. Thou dost but what thou mayst.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 0420 Abominable Gloucester, guard thy head,
FTLN 0421 For I intend to have it ere long.
editorial emendationGloucester and Winchestereditorial emendation exit
editorial emendationat separate doors, with their Servingmen.editorial emendation

MAYOR , editorial emendationto Officerseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0422 See the coast cleared, and then we will depart.
FTLN 042390  (editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation) Good God, these nobles should such
FTLN 0424 stomachs bear!
FTLN 0425 I myself fight not once in forty year.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter the Master Gunner of Orleance and his Boy.

MASTER GUNNER 
FTLN 0426 Sirrah, thou know’st how Orleance is besieged
FTLN 0427 And how the English have the suburbs won.
BOY 
FTLN 0428 Father, I know, and oft have shot at them;
FTLN 0429 Howe’er, unfortunate, I missed my aim.
MASTER GUNNER 
FTLN 04305 But now thou shalt not. Be thou ruled by me.
FTLN 0431 Chief master-gunner am I of this town;

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FTLN 0432 Something I must do to procure me grace.
FTLN 0433 The Prince’s espials have informèd me
FTLN 0434 How the English, in the suburbs close entrenched,
FTLN 043510 Went through a secret grate of iron bars
FTLN 0436 In yonder tower, to overpeer the city,
FTLN 0437 And thence discover how with most advantage
FTLN 0438 They may vex us with shot or with assault.
FTLN 0439 To intercept this inconvenience,
FTLN 044015 A piece of ordnance ’gainst it I have placed,
FTLN 0441 And even these three days have I watched
FTLN 0442 If I could see them. Now do thou watch,
FTLN 0443 For I can stay no longer.
FTLN 0444 If thou spy’st any, run and bring me word;
FTLN 044520 And thou shalt find me at the Governor’s. He exits.
BOY 
FTLN 0446 Father, I warrant you, take you no care;
FTLN 0447 I’ll never trouble you if I may spy them. He exits.

Enter Salisbury and Talbot on the turrets,
with editorial emendationSir William Glansdale, Sir Thomas Gargrave,
Attendants andeditorial emendation Others.


SALISBURY 
FTLN 0448 Talbot, my life, my joy, again returned!
FTLN 0449 How wert thou handled, being prisoner?
FTLN 045025 Or by what means gott’st thou to be released?
FTLN 0451 Discourse, I prithee, on this turret’s top.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0452 The editorial emendationDukeeditorial emendation of Bedford had a prisoner
FTLN 0453 Called the brave Lord Ponton de Santrailles;
FTLN 0454 For him was I exchanged and ransomèd.
FTLN 045530 But with a baser man-of-arms by far
FTLN 0456 Once in contempt they would have bartered me,
FTLN 0457 Which I disdaining, scorned, and cravèd death
FTLN 0458 Rather than I would be so editorial emendationvile-esteemed.editorial emendation
FTLN 0459 In fine, redeemed I was as I desired.
FTLN 046035 But O, the treacherous Fastolf wounds my heart,

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FTLN 0461 Whom with my bare fists I would execute
FTLN 0462 If I now had him brought into my power.
SALISBURY 
FTLN 0463 Yet tell’st thou not how thou wert entertained.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0464 With scoffs and scorns and contumelious taunts.
FTLN 046540 In open marketplace produced they me
FTLN 0466 To be a public spectacle to all.
FTLN 0467 “Here,” said they, “is the terror of the French,
FTLN 0468 The scarecrow that affrights our children so.”
FTLN 0469 Then broke I from the officers that led me,
FTLN 047045 And with my nails digged stones out of the ground
FTLN 0471 To hurl at the beholders of my shame.
FTLN 0472 My grisly countenance made others fly;
FTLN 0473 None durst come near for fear of sudden death.
FTLN 0474 In iron walls they deemed me not secure:
FTLN 047550 So great fear of my name ’mongst them were spread
FTLN 0476 That they supposed I could rend bars of steel
FTLN 0477 And spurn in pieces posts of adamant.
FTLN 0478 Wherefore a guard of chosen shot I had
FTLN 0479 That walked about me every minute-while;
FTLN 048055 And if I did but stir out of my bed,
FTLN 0481 Ready they were to shoot me to the heart.

Enter the Boy with a linstock.
editorial emendationHe crosses the main stage and exits.editorial emendation


SALISBURY 
FTLN 0482 I grieve to hear what torments you endured,
FTLN 0483 But we will be revenged sufficiently.
FTLN 0484 Now it is supper time in Orleance.
FTLN 048560 Here, through this grate, I count each one
FTLN 0486 And view the Frenchmen how they fortify.
FTLN 0487 Let us look in; the sight will much delight thee.
FTLN 0488 Sir Thomas Gargrave and Sir William Glansdale,
FTLN 0489 Let me have your express opinions
FTLN 049065 Where is best place to make our batt’ry next?

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ACT 1. SC. 4

GARGRAVE 
FTLN 0491 I think at the north gate, for there stands lords.
GLANSDALE 
FTLN 0492 And I, here, at the bulwark of the bridge.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0493 For aught I see, this city must be famished
FTLN 0494 Or with light skirmishes enfeeblèd.
Here they editorial emendationshoot,editorial emendation and Salisbury
editorial emendationand Gargrave falleditorial emendation down.

SALISBURY 
FTLN 049570 O Lord, have mercy on us, wretched sinners!
GARGRAVE 
FTLN 0496 O Lord, have mercy on me, woeful man!
TALBOT 
FTLN 0497 What chance is this that suddenly hath crossed us?—
FTLN 0498 Speak, Salisbury—at least if thou canst, speak!
FTLN 0499 How far’st thou, mirror of all martial men?
FTLN 050075 One of thy eyes and thy cheek’s side struck off!—
FTLN 0501 Accursèd tower, accursèd fatal hand
FTLN 0502 That hath contrived this woeful tragedy!
FTLN 0503 In thirteen battles Salisbury o’ercame;
FTLN 0504 Henry the Fifth he first trained to the wars.
FTLN 050580 Whilst any trump did sound or drum struck up,
FTLN 0506 His sword did ne’er leave striking in the field.—
FTLN 0507 Yet liv’st thou, Salisbury? Though thy speech doth fail,
FTLN 0508 One eye thou hast to look to heaven for grace.
FTLN 0509 The sun with one eye vieweth all the world.
FTLN 051085 Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive
FTLN 0511 If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands!—
FTLN 0512 Sir Thomas Gargrave, hast thou any life?
FTLN 0513 Speak unto Talbot. Nay, look up to him.—
FTLN 0514 Bear hence his body; I will help to bury it.
editorial emendationAttendants exit with body of Gargrave.editorial emendation
FTLN 051590 Salisbury, cheer thy spirit with this comfort,
FTLN 0516 Thou shalt not die whiles—

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FTLN 0517 He beckons with his hand and smiles on me
FTLN 0518 As who should say “When I am dead and gone,
FTLN 0519 Remember to avenge me on the French.”
FTLN 052095 Plantagenet, I will; and, like thee, editorial emendationNero,editorial emendation
FTLN 0521 Play on the lute, beholding the towns burn.
FTLN 0522 Wretched shall France be only in my name.
Here an alarum, and it thunders and lightens.
FTLN 0523 What stir is this? What tumult’s in the heavens?
FTLN 0524 Whence cometh this alarum and the noise?

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
FTLN 0525100 My lord, my lord, the French have gathered head.
FTLN 0526 The Dauphin, with one Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle joined,
FTLN 0527 A holy prophetess new risen up,
FTLN 0528 Is come with a great power to raise the siege.
Here Salisbury lifteth himself up and groans.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0529 Hear, hear, how dying Salisbury doth groan;
FTLN 0530105 It irks his heart he cannot be revenged.
FTLN 0531 Frenchmen, I’ll be a Salisbury to you.
FTLN 0532 Pucelle or puzel, dauphin or dogfish,
FTLN 0533 Your hearts I’ll stamp out with my horse’s heels
FTLN 0534 And make a quagmire of your mingled brains.
FTLN 0535110 Convey editorial emendationweeditorial emendation Salisbury into his tent,
FTLN 0536 And then try what these dastard Frenchmen dare.
Alarum. They exit.


editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Here an alarum again, and Talbot pursueth the
Dauphin and driveth him; then enter Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle,
driving Englishmen before her. editorial emendationThey cross the stage
and exit.editorial emendation
 Then enter Talbot.



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ACT 1. SC. 5

TALBOT 
FTLN 0537 Where is my strength, my valor, and my force?
FTLN 0538 Our English troops retire; I cannot stay them.
FTLN 0539 A woman clad in armor chaseth them.

Enter Pucelle, editorial emendationwith Soldiers.editorial emendation

FTLN 0540 Here, here she comes!—I’ll have a bout with thee.
FTLN 05415 Devil or devil’s dam, I’ll conjure thee.
FTLN 0542 Blood will I draw on thee—thou art a witch—
FTLN 0543 And straightway give thy soul to him thou serv’st.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0544 Come, come; ’tis only I that must disgrace thee.
Here they fight.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0545 Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail?
FTLN 054610 My breast I’ll burst with straining of my courage,
FTLN 0547 And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,
FTLN 0548 But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet.
They fight again.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0549 Talbot, farewell. Thy hour is not yet come.
FTLN 0550 I must go victual Orleance forthwith.
A short alarum. Then editorial emendationshe prepares toeditorial emendation
enter the town with Soldiers.

FTLN 055115 O’ertake me if thou canst. I scorn thy strength.
FTLN 0552 Go, go, cheer up thy editorial emendationhunger-starvèdeditorial emendation men.
FTLN 0553 Help Salisbury to make his testament.
FTLN 0554 This day is ours, as many more shall be.
She exits editorial emendationwith Soldiers.editorial emendation
TALBOT 
FTLN 0555 My thoughts are whirlèd like a potter’s wheel.
FTLN 055620 I know not where I am nor what I do.
FTLN 0557 A witch by fear—not force, like Hannibal—
FTLN 0558 Drives back our troops, and conquers as she lists.
FTLN 0559 So bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench

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FTLN 0560 Are from their hives and houses driven away.
FTLN 056125 They called us, for our fierceness, English dogs;
FTLN 0562 Now like to whelps we crying run away.

A short alarum. editorial emendationEnter English soldiers,
chased by French soldiers.editorial emendation


FTLN 0563 Hark, countrymen, either renew the fight,
FTLN 0564 Or tear the lions out of England’s coat.
FTLN 0565 Renounce your soil; give sheep in lions’ stead.
FTLN 056630 Sheep run not half so treacherous from the wolf,
FTLN 0567 Or horse or oxen from the leopard,
FTLN 0568 As you fly from your oft-subduèd slaves.
Alarum. Here another skirmish.
FTLN 0569 It will not be! Retire into your trenches.
FTLN 0570 You all consented unto Salisbury’s death,
FTLN 057135 For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.
FTLN 0572 Pucelle is entered into Orleance
FTLN 0573 In spite of us or aught that we could do.
editorial emendationSoldiers exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 0574 O, would I were to die with Salisbury!
FTLN 0575 The shame hereof will make me hide my head.
Talbot exits. Alarum. Retreat.


editorial emendationScene 6editorial emendation
Flourish. Enter on the walls Pucelle, editorial emendationCharles theeditorial emendation
Dauphin, Reignier, Alanson, and Soldiers.


PUCELLE 
FTLN 0576 Advance our waving colors on the walls.
FTLN 0577 Rescued is Orleance from the English.
FTLN 0578 Thus Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle hath performed her word.
editorial emendationShe exits.editorial emendation
CHARLES 
FTLN 0579 Divinest creature, Astraea’s daughter,
FTLN 05805 How shall I honor thee for this success?

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FTLN 0581 Thy promises are like Adonis’ garden
FTLN 0582 That one day bloomed and fruitful were the next.
FTLN 0583 France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess.
FTLN 0584 Recovered is the town of Orleance.
FTLN 058510 More blessèd hap did ne’er befall our state.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 0586 Why ring not bells aloud throughout the town?
FTLN 0587 Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires
FTLN 0588 And feast and banquet in the open streets
FTLN 0589 To celebrate the joy that God hath given us.
ALANSON 
FTLN 059015 All France will be replete with mirth and joy
FTLN 0591 When they shall hear how we have played the men.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0592 ’Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won;
FTLN 0593 For which I will divide my crown with her,
FTLN 0594 And all the priests and friars in my realm
FTLN 059520 Shall in procession sing her endless praise.
FTLN 0596 A statelier pyramis to her I’ll rear
FTLN 0597 Than Rhodophe’s editorial emendationofeditorial emendation Memphis ever was.
FTLN 0598 In memory of her, when she is dead,
FTLN 0599 Her ashes, in an urn more precious
FTLN 060025 Than the rich-jeweled coffer of Darius,
FTLN 0601 Transported shall be at high festivals
FTLN 0602 Before the kings and queens of France.
FTLN 0603 No longer on Saint Dennis will we cry,
FTLN 0604 But Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle shall be France’s saint.
FTLN 060530 Come in, and let us banquet royally
FTLN 0606 After this golden day of victory.
Flourish. They exit.




ACT 2
Scene 1
Enter editorial emendationon the wallseditorial emendation a editorial emendationFrencheditorial emendation Sergeant of a Band,
with two Sentinels.


SERGEANT 
FTLN 0607 Sirs, take your places and be vigilant.
FTLN 0608 If any noise or soldier you perceive
FTLN 0609 Near to the walls, by some apparent sign
FTLN 0610 Let us have knowledge at the court of guard.
SENTINEL 
FTLN 06115 Sergeant, you shall. editorial emendationSergeant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0612 Thus are poor servitors,
FTLN 0613 When others sleep upon their quiet beds,
FTLN 0614 Constrained to watch in darkness, rain, and cold.

Enter Talbot, Bedford, and Burgundy, editorial emendationbelow,editorial emendation
with scaling ladders.


TALBOT 
FTLN 0615 Lord Regent, and redoubted Burgundy,
FTLN 061610 By whose approach the regions of Artois,
FTLN 0617 Walloon, and Picardy are friends to us,
FTLN 0618 This happy night the Frenchmen are secure,
FTLN 0619 Having all day caroused and banqueted.
FTLN 0620 Embrace we then this opportunity,
FTLN 062115 As fitting best to quittance their deceit
FTLN 0622 Contrived by art and baleful sorcery.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0623 Coward of France, how much he wrongs his fame,
FTLN 0624 Despairing of his own arm’s fortitude,
FTLN 0625 To join with witches and the help of hell!
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BURGUNDY 
FTLN 062620 Traitors have never other company.
FTLN 0627 But what’s that Pucelle whom they term so pure?
TALBOT 
FTLN 0628 A maid, they say.
BEDFORD  FTLN 0629 A maid? And be so martial?
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 0630 Pray God she prove not masculine ere long,
FTLN 063125 If underneath the standard of the French
FTLN 0632 She carry armor as she hath begun.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0633 Well, let them practice and converse with spirits.
FTLN 0634 God is our fortress, in whose conquering name
FTLN 0635 Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 063630 Ascend, brave Talbot. We will follow thee.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0637 Not all together. Better far, I guess,
FTLN 0638 That we do make our entrance several ways,
FTLN 0639 That if it chance the one of us do fail,
FTLN 0640 The other yet may rise against their force.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 064135 Agreed. I’ll to yond corner.
BURGUNDY  FTLN 0642 And I to this.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0643 And here will Talbot mount, or make his grave.
FTLN 0644 Now, Salisbury, for thee and for the right
FTLN 0645 Of English Henry, shall this night appear
FTLN 064640 How much in duty I am bound to both.
editorial emendationScaling the walls, theyeditorial emendation cry
“Saint George! À Talbot!”

SENTINEL 
FTLN 0647 Arm, arm! The enemy doth make assault.
editorial emendationThe English, pursuing the Sentinels, exit aloft.editorial emendation
The French leap o’er the walls in their shirts.

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Enter several ways, Bastard, Alanson, Reignier,
half ready, and half unready.


ALANSON 
FTLN 0648 How now, my lords? What, all unready so?
BASTARD 
FTLN 0649 Unready? Ay, and glad we scaped so well.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 0650 ’Twas time, I trow, to wake and leave our beds,
FTLN 065145 Hearing alarums at our chamber doors.
ALANSON 
FTLN 0652 Of all exploits since first I followed arms
FTLN 0653 Ne’er heard I of a warlike enterprise
FTLN 0654 More venturous or desperate than this.
BASTARD 
FTLN 0655 I think this Talbot be a fiend of hell.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 065650 If not of hell, the heavens sure favor him.
ALANSON 
FTLN 0657 Here cometh Charles. I marvel how he sped.

Enter Charles and Joan editorial emendationla Pucelle.editorial emendation

BASTARD 
FTLN 0658 Tut, holy Joan was his defensive guard.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0659 Is this thy cunning, thou deceitful dame?
FTLN 0660 Didst thou at first, to flatter us withal,
FTLN 066155 Make us partakers of a little gain
FTLN 0662 That now our loss might be ten times so much?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0663 Wherefore is Charles impatient with his friend?
FTLN 0664 At all times will you have my power alike?
FTLN 0665 Sleeping or waking, must I still prevail,
FTLN 066660 Or will you blame and lay the fault on me?—
FTLN 0667 Improvident soldiers, had your watch been good,
FTLN 0668 This sudden mischief never could have fall’n.

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CHARLES 
FTLN 0669 Duke of Alanson, this was your default,
FTLN 0670 That, being captain of the watch tonight,
FTLN 067165 Did look no better to that weighty charge.
ALANSON 
FTLN 0672 Had all your quarters been as safely kept
FTLN 0673 As that whereof I had the government,
FTLN 0674 We had not been thus shamefully surprised.
BASTARD 
FTLN 0675 Mine was secure.
REIGNIER  FTLN 067670 And so was mine, my lord.
CHARLES 
FTLN 0677 And for myself, most part of all this night
FTLN 0678 Within her quarter and mine own precinct
FTLN 0679 I was employed in passing to and fro
FTLN 0680 About relieving of the sentinels.
FTLN 068175 Then how or which way should they first break in?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 0682 Question, my lords, no further of the case,
FTLN 0683 How or which way; ’tis sure they found some place
FTLN 0684 But weakly guarded, where the breach was made.
FTLN 0685 And now there rests no other shift but this:
FTLN 068680 To gather our soldiers, scattered and dispersed,
FTLN 0687 And lay new platforms to endamage them.

Alarum. Enter editorial emendationan Englisheditorial emendation Soldier, crying,
“À Talbot, À Talbot!”
 editorial emendationThe Frencheditorial emendation fly,
leaving their clothes behind.


SOLDIER 
FTLN 0688 I’ll be so bold to take what they have left.
FTLN 0689 The cry of “Talbot” serves me for a sword,
FTLN 0690 For I have loaden me with many spoils,
FTLN 069185 Using no other weapon but his name.
He exits.




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editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, editorial emendationa Captain and Others.editorial emendation

BEDFORD 
FTLN 0692 The day begins to break and night is fled,
FTLN 0693 Whose pitchy mantle over-veiled the Earth.
FTLN 0694 Here sound retreat and cease our hot pursuit.
Retreat editorial emendationsounded.editorial emendation
TALBOT 
FTLN 0695 Bring forth the body of old Salisbury,
FTLN 06965 And here advance it in the marketplace,
FTLN 0697 The middle center of this cursèd town.

editorial emendationSoldiers enter bearing the body of Salisbury,editorial emendation
Drums beating a dead march.


FTLN 0698 Now have I paid my vow unto his soul:
FTLN 0699 For every drop of blood was drawn from him
FTLN 0700 There hath at least five Frenchmen died tonight.
FTLN 070110 And, that hereafter ages may behold
FTLN 0702 What ruin happened in revenge of him,
FTLN 0703 Within their chiefest temple I’ll erect
FTLN 0704 A tomb wherein his corpse shall be interred,
FTLN 0705 Upon the which, that everyone may read,
FTLN 070615 Shall be engraved the sack of Orleance,
FTLN 0707 The treacherous manner of his mournful death,
FTLN 0708 And what a terror he had been to France.
editorial emendationFuneral exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0709 But, lords, in all our bloody massacre,
FTLN 0710 I muse we met not with the Dauphin’s grace,
FTLN 071120 His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of editorial emendationArc,editorial emendation
FTLN 0712 Nor any of his false confederates.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 0713 ’Tis thought, Lord Talbot, when the fight began,
FTLN 0714 Roused on the sudden from their drowsy beds,
FTLN 0715 They did amongst the troops of armèd men
FTLN 071625 Leap o’er the walls for refuge in the field.

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BURGUNDY 
FTLN 0717 Myself, as far as I could well discern
FTLN 0718 For smoke and dusky vapors of the night,
FTLN 0719 Am sure I scared the Dauphin and his trull,
FTLN 0720 When arm-in-arm they both came swiftly running,
FTLN 072130 Like to a pair of loving turtledoves
FTLN 0722 That could not live asunder day or night.
FTLN 0723 After that things are set in order here,
FTLN 0724 We’ll follow them with all the power we have.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
FTLN 0725 All hail, my lords. Which of this princely train
FTLN 072635 Call you the warlike Talbot, for his acts
FTLN 0727 So much applauded through the realm of France?
TALBOT 
FTLN 0728 Here is the Talbot. Who would speak with him?
MESSENGER 
FTLN 0729 The virtuous lady, Countess of Auvergne,
FTLN 0730 With modesty admiring thy renown,
FTLN 073140 By me entreats, great lord, thou wouldst vouchsafe
FTLN 0732 To visit her poor castle where she lies,
FTLN 0733 That she may boast she hath beheld the man
FTLN 0734 Whose glory fills the world with loud report.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 0735 Is it even so? Nay, then, I see our wars
FTLN 073645 Will turn unto a peaceful comic sport,
FTLN 0737 When ladies crave to be encountered with.
FTLN 0738 You may not, my lord, despise her gentle suit.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0739 Ne’er trust me, then; for when a world of men
FTLN 0740 Could not prevail with all their oratory,
FTLN 074150 Yet hath a woman’s kindness overruled.—
FTLN 0742 And therefore tell her I return great thanks,
FTLN 0743 And in submission will attend on her.—
FTLN 0744 Will not your Honors bear me company?

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BEDFORD 
FTLN 0745 No, truly, ’tis more than manners will;
FTLN 074655 And I have heard it said unbidden guests
FTLN 0747 Are often welcomest when they are gone.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0748 Well then, alone, since there’s no remedy,
FTLN 0749 I mean to prove this lady’s courtesy.—
FTLN 0750 Come hither, captain. Whispers.
FTLN 075160 You perceive my mind?
CAPTAIN 
FTLN 0752 I do, my lord, and mean accordingly.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Countess editorial emendationof Auvergne, with Porter.editorial emendation

COUNTESS 
FTLN 0753 Porter, remember what I gave in charge,
FTLN 0754 And when you have done so, bring the keys to me.
PORTER  FTLN 0755Madam, I will. He exits.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0756 The plot is laid. If all things fall out right,
FTLN 07575 I shall as famous be by this exploit
FTLN 0758 As Scythian Tamyris by Cyrus’ death.
FTLN 0759 Great is the rumor of this dreadful knight,
FTLN 0760 And his achievements of no less account.
FTLN 0761 Fain would mine eyes be witness with mine ears
FTLN 076210 To give their censure of these rare reports.

Enter Messenger and Talbot.

MESSENGER 
FTLN 0763 Madam, according as your Ladyship desired,
FTLN 0764 By message craved, so is Lord Talbot come.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0765 And he is welcome. What, is this the man?

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MESSENGER 
FTLN 0766 Madam, it is.
COUNTESS  FTLN 076715 Is this the scourge of France?
FTLN 0768 Is this the Talbot, so much feared abroad
FTLN 0769 That with his name the mothers still their babes?
FTLN 0770 I see report is fabulous and false.
FTLN 0771 I thought I should have seen some Hercules,
FTLN 077220 A second Hector, for his grim aspect
FTLN 0773 And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs.
FTLN 0774 Alas, this is a child, a silly dwarf!
FTLN 0775 It cannot be this weak and writhled shrimp
FTLN 0776 Should strike such terror to his enemies.
TALBOT 
FTLN 077725 Madam, I have been bold to trouble you.
FTLN 0778 But since your Ladyship is not at leisure,
FTLN 0779 I’ll sort some other time to visit you.
editorial emendationHe begins to exit.editorial emendation
COUNTESS , editorial emendationto Messengereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0780 What means he now? Go ask him whither he goes.
MESSENGER 
FTLN 0781 Stay, my Lord Talbot, for my lady craves
FTLN 078230 To know the cause of your abrupt departure.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0783 Marry, for that she’s in a wrong belief,
FTLN 0784 I go to certify her Talbot’s here.

Enter Porter with keys.

COUNTESS , editorial emendationto Talboteditorial emendation 
FTLN 0785 If thou be he, then art thou prisoner.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0786 Prisoner? To whom?
COUNTESS  FTLN 078735 To me, bloodthirsty lord.
FTLN 0788 And for that cause I trained thee to my house.
FTLN 0789 Long time thy shadow hath been thrall to me,
FTLN 0790 For in my gallery thy picture hangs.

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FTLN 0791 But now the substance shall endure the like,
FTLN 079240 And I will chain these legs and arms of thine,
FTLN 0793 That hast by tyranny these many years
FTLN 0794 Wasted our country, slain our citizens,
FTLN 0795 And sent our sons and husbands captivate.
TALBOT  FTLN 0796Ha, ha, ha!
COUNTESS 
FTLN 079745 Laughest thou, wretch? Thy mirth shall turn to moan.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0798 I laugh to see your Ladyship so fond
FTLN 0799 To think that you have aught but Talbot’s shadow
FTLN 0800 Whereon to practice your severity.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0801Why, art not thou the man?
TALBOT  FTLN 080250I am, indeed.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0803Then have I substance too.
TALBOT 
FTLN 0804 No, no, I am but shadow of myself.
FTLN 0805 You are deceived; my substance is not here,
FTLN 0806 For what you see is but the smallest part
FTLN 080755 And least proportion of humanity.
FTLN 0808 I tell you, madam, were the whole frame here,
FTLN 0809 It is of such a spacious lofty pitch
FTLN 0810 Your roof were not sufficient to contain ’t.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0811 This is a riddling merchant for the nonce:
FTLN 081260 He will be here and yet he is not here.
FTLN 0813 How can these contrarieties agree?
TALBOT 
FTLN 0814 That will I show you presently.
Winds his horn. Drums strike up;
a peal of ordnance.


Enter Soldiers.

FTLN 0815 How say you, madam? Are you now persuaded
FTLN 0816 That Talbot is but shadow of himself?

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FTLN 081765 These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength,
FTLN 0818 With which he yoketh your rebellious necks,
FTLN 0819 Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns,
FTLN 0820 And in a moment makes them desolate.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0821 Victorious Talbot, pardon my abuse.
FTLN 082270 I find thou art no less than fame hath bruited,
FTLN 0823 And more than may be gathered by thy shape.
FTLN 0824 Let my presumption not provoke thy wrath,
FTLN 0825 For I am sorry that with reverence
FTLN 0826 I did not entertain thee as thou art.
TALBOT 
FTLN 082775 Be not dismayed, fair lady, nor misconster
FTLN 0828 The mind of Talbot as you did mistake
FTLN 0829 The outward composition of his body.
FTLN 0830 What you have done hath not offended me,
FTLN 0831 Nor other satisfaction do I crave
FTLN 083280 But only, with your patience, that we may
FTLN 0833 Taste of your wine and see what cates you have,
FTLN 0834 For soldiers’ stomachs always serve them well.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0835 With all my heart, and think me honorèd
FTLN 0836 To feast so great a warrior in my house.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Richard Plantagenet, Warwick, Somerset,
editorial emendationWilliam de laeditorial emendation Pole editorial emendationthe Earl of Suffolk,
Vernon, a Lawyer,editorial emendation and Others.


PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0837 Great lords and gentlemen, what means this silence?
FTLN 0838 Dare no man answer in a case of truth?

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SUFFOLK 
FTLN 0839 Within the Temple Hall we were too loud;
FTLN 0840 The garden here is more convenient.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 08415 Then say at once if I maintained the truth,
FTLN 0842 Or else was wrangling Somerset in th’ error?
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 0843 Faith, I have been a truant in the law
FTLN 0844 And never yet could frame my will to it,
FTLN 0845 And therefore frame the law unto my will.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 084610 Judge you, my Lord of Warwick, then, between us.
WARWICK 
FTLN 0847 Between two hawks, which flies the higher pitch,
FTLN 0848 Between two dogs, which hath the deeper mouth,
FTLN 0849 Between two blades, which bears the better temper,
FTLN 0850 Between two horses, which doth bear him best,
FTLN 085115 Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye,
FTLN 0852 I have perhaps some shallow spirit of judgment;
FTLN 0853 But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,
FTLN 0854 Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0855 Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance!
FTLN 085620 The truth appears so naked on my side
FTLN 0857 That any purblind eye may find it out.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0858 And on my side it is so well appareled,
FTLN 0859 So clear, so shining, and so evident,
FTLN 0860 That it will glimmer through a blind man’s eye.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 086125 Since you are tongue-tied and so loath to speak,
FTLN 0862 In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts:
FTLN 0863 Let him that is a trueborn gentleman
FTLN 0864 And stands upon the honor of his birth,
FTLN 0865 If he suppose that I have pleaded truth,
FTLN 086630 From off this brier pluck a white rose with me.

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SOMERSET 
FTLN 0867 Let him that is no coward nor no flatterer,
FTLN 0868 But dare maintain the party of the truth,
FTLN 0869 Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me.
WARWICK 
FTLN 0870 I love no colors; and, without all color
FTLN 087135 Of base insinuating flattery,
FTLN 0872 I pluck this white rose with Plantagenet.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 0873 I pluck this red rose with young Somerset,
FTLN 0874 And say withal I think he held the right.
VERNON 
FTLN 0875 Stay, lords and gentlemen, and pluck no more
FTLN 087640 Till you conclude that he upon whose side
FTLN 0877 The fewest roses are croppèd from the tree
FTLN 0878 Shall yield the other in the right opinion.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0879 Good Master Vernon, it is well objected:
FTLN 0880 If I have fewest, I subscribe in silence.
PLANTAGENET  FTLN 088145And I.
VERNON 
FTLN 0882 Then for the truth and plainness of the case,
FTLN 0883 I pluck this pale and maiden blossom here,
FTLN 0884 Giving my verdict on the white rose side.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0885 Prick not your finger as you pluck it off,
FTLN 088650 Lest, bleeding, you do paint the white rose red,
FTLN 0887 And fall on my side so against your will.
VERNON 
FTLN 0888 If I, my lord, for my opinion bleed,
FTLN 0889 Opinion shall be surgeon to my hurt
FTLN 0890 And keep me on the side where still I am.
SOMERSET  FTLN 089155Well, well, come on, who else?
LAWYER 
FTLN 0892 Unless my study and my books be false,

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FTLN 0893 The argument you held was wrong in editorial emendationlaw,editorial emendation
FTLN 0894 In sign whereof I pluck a white rose too.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0895 Now, Somerset, where is your argument?
SOMERSET 
FTLN 089660 Here in my scabbard, meditating that
FTLN 0897 Shall dye your white rose in a bloody red.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0898 Meantime your cheeks do counterfeit our roses,
FTLN 0899 For pale they look with fear, as witnessing
FTLN 0900 The truth on our side.
SOMERSET  FTLN 090165 No, Plantagenet.
FTLN 0902 ’Tis not for fear, but anger that thy cheeks
FTLN 0903 Blush for pure shame to counterfeit our roses,
FTLN 0904 And yet thy tongue will not confess thy error.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0905 Hath not thy rose a canker, Somerset?
SOMERSET 
FTLN 090670 Hath not thy rose a thorn, Plantagenet?
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0907 Ay, sharp and piercing, to maintain his truth,
FTLN 0908 Whiles thy consuming canker eats his falsehood.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0909 Well, I’ll find friends to wear my bleeding roses
FTLN 0910 That shall maintain what I have said is true,
FTLN 091175 Where false Plantagenet dare not be seen.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0912 Now, by this maiden blossom in my hand,
FTLN 0913 I scorn thee and thy fashion, peevish boy.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 0914 Turn not thy scorns this way, Plantagenet.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0915 Proud Pole, I will, and scorn both him and thee.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 091680 I’ll turn my part thereof into thy throat.

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SOMERSET 
FTLN 0917 Away, away, good William de la Pole!
FTLN 0918 We grace the yeoman by conversing with him.
WARWICK 
FTLN 0919 Now, by God’s will, thou wrong’st him, Somerset.
FTLN 0920 His grandfather was Lionel, Duke of Clarence,
FTLN 092185 Third son to the third Edward, King of England.
FTLN 0922 Spring crestless yeomen from so deep a root?
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0923 He bears him on the place’s privilege,
FTLN 0924 Or durst not for his craven heart say thus.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0925 By Him that made me, I’ll maintain my words
FTLN 092690 On any plot of ground in Christendom.
FTLN 0927 Was not thy father Richard, Earl of Cambridge,
FTLN 0928 For treason executed in our late king’s days?
FTLN 0929 And, by his treason, stand’st not thou attainted,
FTLN 0930 Corrupted, and exempt from ancient gentry?
FTLN 093195 His trespass yet lives guilty in thy blood,
FTLN 0932 And, till thou be restored, thou art a yeoman.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0933 My father was attachèd, not attainted,
FTLN 0934 Condemned to die for treason, but no traitor;
FTLN 0935 And that I’ll prove on better men than Somerset,
FTLN 0936100 Were growing time once ripened to my will.
FTLN 0937 For your partaker Pole and you yourself,
FTLN 0938 I’ll note you in my book of memory
FTLN 0939 To scourge you for this apprehension.
FTLN 0940 Look to it well, and say you are well warned.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0941105 Ah, thou shalt find us ready for thee still,
FTLN 0942 And know us by these colors for thy foes,
FTLN 0943 For these my friends in spite of thee shall wear.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0944 And, by my soul, this pale and angry rose,
FTLN 0945 As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate,

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FTLN 0946110 Will I forever, and my faction, wear
FTLN 0947 Until it wither with me to my grave
FTLN 0948 Or flourish to the height of my degree.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 0949 Go forward, and be choked with thy ambition!
FTLN 0950 And so farewell, until I meet thee next. He exits.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 0951115 Have with thee, Pole.—Farewell, ambitious Richard.
He exits.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0952 How I am braved, and must perforce endure it!
WARWICK 
FTLN 0953 This blot that they object against your house
FTLN 0954 Shall be whipped out in the next parliament,
FTLN 0955 Called for the truce of Winchester and Gloucester;
FTLN 0956120 And if thou be not then created York,
FTLN 0957 I will not live to be accounted Warwick.
FTLN 0958 Meantime, in signal of my love to thee,
FTLN 0959 Against proud Somerset and William Pole
FTLN 0960 Will I upon thy party wear this rose.
FTLN 0961125 And here I prophesy: this brawl today,
FTLN 0962 Grown to this faction in the Temple garden,
FTLN 0963 Shall send, between the red rose and the white,
FTLN 0964 A thousand souls to death and deadly night.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 0965 Good Master Vernon, I am bound to you,
FTLN 0966130 That you on my behalf would pluck a flower.
VERNON 
FTLN 0967 In your behalf still will I wear the same.
LAWYER 
FTLN 0968 And so will I.
PLANTAGENET  FTLN 0969 Thanks, gentle editorial emendationsir.editorial emendation
FTLN 0970 Come, let us four to dinner. I dare say
FTLN 0971135 This quarrel will drink blood another day.
They exit.




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editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationEdmundeditorial emendation Mortimer, brought in a chair,
and Jailers.


MORTIMER 
FTLN 0972 Kind keepers of my weak decaying age,
FTLN 0973 Let dying Mortimer here rest himself.
FTLN 0974 Even like a man new-halèd from the rack,
FTLN 0975 So fare my limbs with long imprisonment;
FTLN 09765 And these gray locks, the pursuivants of death,
FTLN 0977 Nestor-like agèd in an age of care,
FTLN 0978 Argue the end of Edmund Mortimer;
FTLN 0979 These eyes, like lamps whose wasting oil is spent,
FTLN 0980 Wax dim, as drawing to their exigent;
FTLN 098110 Weak shoulders, overborne with burdening grief,
FTLN 0982 And pithless arms, like to a withered vine
FTLN 0983 That droops his sapless branches to the ground;
FTLN 0984 Yet are these feet, whose strengthless stay is numb,
FTLN 0985 Unable to support this lump of clay,
FTLN 098615 Swift-wingèd with desire to get a grave,
FTLN 0987 As witting I no other comfort have.
FTLN 0988 But tell me, keeper, will my nephew come?
KEEPER 
FTLN 0989 Richard Plantagenet, my lord, will come.
FTLN 0990 We sent unto the Temple, unto his chamber,
FTLN 099120 And answer was returned that he will come.
MORTIMER 
FTLN 0992 Enough. My soul shall then be satisfied.
FTLN 0993 Poor gentleman, his wrong doth equal mine.
FTLN 0994 Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign,
FTLN 0995 Before whose glory I was great in arms,
FTLN 099625 This loathsome sequestration have I had;
FTLN 0997 And even since then hath Richard been obscured,
FTLN 0998 Deprived of honor and inheritance.
FTLN 0999 But now the arbitrator of despairs,

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FTLN 1000 Just Death, kind umpire of men’s miseries,
FTLN 100130 With sweet enlargement doth dismiss me hence.
FTLN 1002 I would his troubles likewise were expired,
FTLN 1003 That so he might recover what was lost.

Enter Richard editorial emendationPlantagenet.editorial emendation

KEEPER 
FTLN 1004 My lord, your loving nephew now is come.
MORTIMER 
FTLN 1005 Richard Plantagenet, my friend, is he come?
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 100635 Ay, noble uncle, thus ignobly used,
FTLN 1007 Your nephew, late despisèd Richard, comes.
MORTIMER , editorial emendationto Jailereditorial emendation 
FTLN 1008 Direct mine arms I may embrace his neck
FTLN 1009 And in his bosom spend my latter gasp.
FTLN 1010 O, tell me when my lips do touch his cheeks,
FTLN 101140 That I may kindly give one fainting kiss.
editorial emendationHe embraces Richard.editorial emendation
FTLN 1012 And now declare, sweet stem from York’s great stock,
FTLN 1013 Why didst thou say of late thou wert despised?
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1014 First, lean thine agèd back against mine arm,
FTLN 1015 And in that ease I’ll tell thee my disease.
FTLN 101645 This day, in argument upon a case,
FTLN 1017 Some words there grew ’twixt Somerset and me,
FTLN 1018 Among which terms he used his lavish tongue
FTLN 1019 And did upbraid me with my father’s death;
FTLN 1020 Which obloquy set bars before my tongue,
FTLN 102150 Else with the like I had requited him.
FTLN 1022 Therefore, good uncle, for my father’s sake,
FTLN 1023 In honor of a true Plantagenet,
FTLN 1024 And for alliance’ sake, declare the cause
FTLN 1025 My father, Earl of Cambridge, lost his head.

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MORTIMER 
FTLN 102655 That cause, fair nephew, that imprisoned me
FTLN 1027 And hath detained me all my flow’ring youth
FTLN 1028 Within a loathsome dungeon, there to pine,
FTLN 1029 Was cursèd instrument of his decease.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1030 Discover more at large what cause that was,
FTLN 103160 For I am ignorant and cannot guess.
MORTIMER 
FTLN 1032 I will, if that my fading breath permit
FTLN 1033 And death approach not ere my tale be done.
FTLN 1034 Henry the Fourth, grandfather to this king,
FTLN 1035 Deposed his nephew Richard, Edward’s son,
FTLN 103665 The first begotten and the lawful heir
FTLN 1037 Of Edward king, the third of that descent;
FTLN 1038 During whose reign the Percies of the north,
FTLN 1039 Finding his usurpation most unjust,
FTLN 1040 Endeavored my advancement to the throne.
FTLN 104170 The reason moved these warlike lords to this
FTLN 1042 Was, for that—young Richard thus removed,
FTLN 1043 Leaving no heir begotten of his body—
FTLN 1044 I was the next by birth and parentage;
FTLN 1045 For by my mother I derivèd am
FTLN 104675 From Lionel, Duke of Clarence, third son
FTLN 1047 To King Edward the Third; whereas he
FTLN 1048 From John of Gaunt doth bring his pedigree,
FTLN 1049 Being but fourth of that heroic line.
FTLN 1050 But mark: as in this haughty great attempt
FTLN 105180 They laborèd to plant the rightful heir,
FTLN 1052 I lost my liberty and they their lives.
FTLN 1053 Long after this, when Henry the Fifth,
FTLN 1054 Succeeding his father Bolingbroke, did reign,
FTLN 1055 Thy father, Earl of Cambridge then, derived
FTLN 105685 From famous Edmund Langley, Duke of York,
FTLN 1057 Marrying my sister that thy mother was,

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FTLN 1058 Again, in pity of my hard distress,
FTLN 1059 Levied an army, weening to redeem
FTLN 1060 And have installed me in the diadem.
FTLN 106190 But, as the rest, so fell that noble earl
FTLN 1062 And was beheaded. Thus the Mortimers,
FTLN 1063 In whom the title rested, were suppressed.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1064 Of which, my lord, your Honor is the last.
MORTIMER 
FTLN 1065 True, and thou seest that I no issue have
FTLN 106695 And that my fainting words do warrant death.
FTLN 1067 Thou art my heir; the rest I wish thee gather.
FTLN 1068 But yet be wary in thy studious care.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1069 Thy grave admonishments prevail with me.
FTLN 1070 But yet methinks my father’s execution
FTLN 1071100 Was nothing less than bloody tyranny.
MORTIMER 
FTLN 1072 With silence, nephew, be thou politic;
FTLN 1073 Strong-fixèd is the house of Lancaster,
FTLN 1074 And, like a mountain, not to be removed.
FTLN 1075 But now thy uncle is removing hence,
FTLN 1076105 As princes do their courts when they are cloyed
FTLN 1077 With long continuance in a settled place.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1078 O uncle, would some part of my young years
FTLN 1079 Might but redeem the passage of your age.
MORTIMER 
FTLN 1080 Thou dost then wrong me, as that slaughterer doth
FTLN 1081110 Which giveth many wounds when one will kill.
FTLN 1082 Mourn not, except thou sorrow for my good;
FTLN 1083 Only give order for my funeral.
FTLN 1084 And so farewell, and fair be all thy hopes,
FTLN 1085 And prosperous be thy life in peace and war.
Dies.

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PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1086115 And peace, no war, befall thy parting soul.
FTLN 1087 In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage,
FTLN 1088 And like a hermit overpassed thy days.—
FTLN 1089 Well, I will lock his counsel in my breast,
FTLN 1090 And what I do imagine, let that rest.—
FTLN 1091120 Keepers, convey him hence, and I myself
FTLN 1092 Will see his burial better than his life.
editorial emendationJailerseditorial emendation exit editorial emendationcarrying Mortimer’s body.editorial emendation
FTLN 1093 Here dies the dusky torch of Mortimer,
FTLN 1094 Choked with ambition of the meaner sort.
FTLN 1095 And for those wrongs, those bitter injuries,
FTLN 1096125 Which Somerset hath offered to my house,
FTLN 1097 I doubt not but with honor to redress.
FTLN 1098 And therefore haste I to the Parliament,
FTLN 1099 Either to be restorèd to my blood,
FTLN 1100 Or make editorial emendationmine illeditorial emendation th’ advantage of my good.
He exits.




ACT 3
Scene 1
Flourish. Enter King editorial emendationHenry,editorial emendation Exeter, Gloucester, editorial emendationandeditorial emendation
Winchester; Richard Plantagenet editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Warwick,
editorial emendationwith white roses;editorial emendation Somerset editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Suffolk, editorial emendationwith red
roses; and Others.editorial emendation
 Gloucester offers to put up a bill.
Winchester snatches it, tears it.


WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1101 Com’st thou with deep premeditated lines,
FTLN 1102 With written pamphlets studiously devised?
FTLN 1103 Humphrey of Gloucester, if thou canst accuse
FTLN 1104 Or aught intend’st to lay unto my charge,
FTLN 11055 Do it without invention, suddenly,
FTLN 1106 As I with sudden and extemporal speech
FTLN 1107 Purpose to answer what thou canst object.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1108 Presumptuous priest, this place commands my
FTLN 1109 patience,
FTLN 111010 Or thou shouldst find thou hast dishonored me.
FTLN 1111 Think not, although in writing I preferred
FTLN 1112 The manner of thy vile outrageous crimes,
FTLN 1113 That therefore I have forged or am not able
FTLN 1114 Verbatim to rehearse the method of my pen.
FTLN 111515 No, prelate, such is thy audacious wickedness,
FTLN 1116 Thy lewd, pestiferous, and dissentious pranks,
FTLN 1117 As very infants prattle of thy pride.
FTLN 1118 Thou art a most pernicious usurer,
FTLN 1119 Froward by nature, enemy to peace,
FTLN 112020 Lascivious, wanton, more than well beseems
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FTLN 1121 A man of thy profession and degree.
FTLN 1122 And for thy treachery, what’s more manifest,
FTLN 1123 In that thou laid’st a trap to take my life
FTLN 1124 As well at London Bridge as at the Tower?
FTLN 112525 Besides, I fear me, if thy thoughts were sifted,
FTLN 1126 The King, thy sovereign, is not quite exempt
FTLN 1127 From envious malice of thy swelling heart.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1128 Gloucester, I do defy thee.—Lords, vouchsafe
FTLN 1129 To give me hearing what I shall reply.
FTLN 113030 If I were covetous, ambitious, or perverse,
FTLN 1131 As he will have me, how am I so poor?
FTLN 1132 Or how haps it I seek not to advance
FTLN 1133 Or raise myself, but keep my wonted calling?
FTLN 1134 And for dissension, who preferreth peace
FTLN 113535 More than I do, except I be provoked?
FTLN 1136 No, my good lords, it is not that offends;
FTLN 1137 It is not that that hath incensed the Duke.
FTLN 1138 It is because no one should sway but he,
FTLN 1139 No one but he should be about the King;
FTLN 114040 And that engenders thunder in his breast
FTLN 1141 And makes him roar these accusations forth.
FTLN 1142 But he shall know I am as good—
GLOUCESTER  FTLN 1143 As good!
FTLN 1144 Thou bastard of my grandfather!
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 114545 Ay, lordly sir; for what are you, I pray,
FTLN 1146 But one imperious in another’s throne?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1147 Am I not Protector, saucy priest?
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1148 And am not I a prelate of the Church?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1149 Yes, as an outlaw in a castle keeps,
FTLN 115050 And useth it to patronage his theft.

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WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1151 Unreverent Gloucester!
GLOUCESTER  FTLN 1152 Thou art reverend
FTLN 1153 Touching thy spiritual function, not thy life.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1154 Rome shall remedy this.
editorial emendationGLOUCESTEReditorial emendation  FTLN 115555 Roam thither then.
WARWICK , editorial emendationto Winchestereditorial emendation 
FTLN 1156 My lord, it were your duty to forbear.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1157 Ay, editorial emendationsoeditorial emendation the Bishop be not overborne.
FTLN 1158 Methinks my lord should be religious,
FTLN 1159 And know the office that belongs to such.
WARWICK 
FTLN 116060 Methinks his Lordship should be humbler.
FTLN 1161 It fitteth not a prelate so to plead.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1162 Yes, when his holy state is touched so near.
WARWICK 
FTLN 1163 State holy, or unhallowed, what of that?
FTLN 1164 Is not his Grace Protector to the King?
PLANTAGENET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 116565 Plantagenet, I see, must hold his tongue,
FTLN 1166 Lest it be said “Speak, sirrah, when you should;
FTLN 1167 Must your bold verdict enter talk with lords?”
FTLN 1168 Else would I have a fling at Winchester.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1169 Uncles of Gloucester and of Winchester,
FTLN 117070 The special watchmen of our English weal,
FTLN 1171 I would prevail, if prayers might prevail,
FTLN 1172 To join your hearts in love and amity.
FTLN 1173 O, what a scandal is it to our crown
FTLN 1174 That two such noble peers as you should jar!
FTLN 117575 Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell
FTLN 1176 Civil dissension is a viperous worm
FTLN 1177 That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.

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A noise within: “Down with the tawny coats!”
FTLN 1178 What tumult ’s this?
WARWICK  FTLN 1179 An uproar, I dare warrant,
FTLN 118080 Begun through malice of the Bishop’s men.
A noise again: “Stones! Stones!”

Enter Mayor.

MAYOR 
FTLN 1181 O, my good lords, and virtuous Henry,
FTLN 1182 Pity the city of London, pity us!
FTLN 1183 The Bishop and the Duke of Gloucester’s men,
FTLN 1184 Forbidden late to carry any weapon,
FTLN 118585 Have filled their pockets full of pebble stones
FTLN 1186 And, banding themselves in contrary parts,
FTLN 1187 Do pelt so fast at one another’s pate
FTLN 1188 That many have their giddy brains knocked out;
FTLN 1189 Our windows are broke down in every street,
FTLN 119090 And we, for fear, compelled to shut our shops.

Enter editorial emendationServingmeneditorial emendation in skirmish with bloody pates.

KING HENRY 
FTLN 1191 We charge you, on allegiance to ourself,
FTLN 1192 To hold your slaught’ring hands and keep the peace.—
FTLN 1193 Pray, Uncle Gloucester, mitigate this strife.
FIRST SERVINGMAN  FTLN 1194Nay, if we be forbidden stones, we’ll
FTLN 119595 fall to it with our teeth.
SECOND SERVINGMAN 
FTLN 1196 Do what you dare, we are as
FTLN 1197 resolute. Skirmish again.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1198 You of my household, leave this peevish broil,
FTLN 1199 And set this unaccustomed fight aside.
THIRD SERVINGMAN 
FTLN 1200100 My lord, we know your Grace to be a man
FTLN 1201 Just and upright, and, for your royal birth,

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FTLN 1202 Inferior to none but to his Majesty;
FTLN 1203 And ere that we will suffer such a prince,
FTLN 1204 So kind a father of the commonweal,
FTLN 1205105 To be disgracèd by an inkhorn mate,
FTLN 1206 We and our wives and children all will fight
FTLN 1207 And have our bodies slaughtered by thy foes.
FIRST SERVINGMAN 
FTLN 1208 Ay, and the very parings of our nails
FTLN 1209 Shall pitch a field when we are dead.
Begin again.
GLOUCESTER  FTLN 1210110Stay, stay, I say!
FTLN 1211 And if you love me, as you say you do,
FTLN 1212 Let me persuade you to forbear awhile.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1213 O, how this discord doth afflict my soul!
FTLN 1214 Can you, my Lord of Winchester, behold
FTLN 1215115 My sighs and tears, and will not once relent?
FTLN 1216 Who should be pitiful if you be not?
FTLN 1217 Or who should study to prefer a peace
FTLN 1218 If holy churchmen take delight in broils?
WARWICK 
FTLN 1219 Yield, my Lord Protector—yield, Winchester—
FTLN 1220120 Except you mean with obstinate repulse
FTLN 1221 To slay your sovereign and destroy the realm.
FTLN 1222 You see what mischief, and what murder too,
FTLN 1223 Hath been enacted through your enmity.
FTLN 1224 Then be at peace, except you thirst for blood.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1225125 He shall submit, or I will never yield.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1226 Compassion on the King commands me stoop,
FTLN 1227 Or I would see his heart out ere the priest
FTLN 1228 Should ever get that privilege of me.
WARWICK 
FTLN 1229 Behold, my Lord of Winchester, the Duke
FTLN 1230130 Hath banished moody discontented fury,

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FTLN 1231 As by his smoothèd brows it doth appear.
FTLN 1232 Why look you still so stern and tragical?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1233 Here, Winchester, I offer thee my hand.
editorial emendationWinchester refuses Gloucester’s hand.editorial emendation
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1234 Fie, Uncle Beaufort! I have heard you preach
FTLN 1235135 That malice was a great and grievous sin;
FTLN 1236 And will not you maintain the thing you teach,
FTLN 1237 But prove a chief offender in the same?
WARWICK 
FTLN 1238 Sweet king! The Bishop hath a kindly gird.—
FTLN 1239 For shame, my Lord of Winchester, relent;
FTLN 1240140 What, shall a child instruct you what to do?
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1241 Well, Duke of Gloucester, I will yield to thee;
FTLN 1242 Love for thy love and hand for hand I give.
editorial emendationThey take each other’s hand.editorial emendation
GLOUCESTER , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1243 Ay, but I fear me with a hollow heart.—
FTLN 1244 See here, my friends and loving countrymen,
FTLN 1245145 This token serveth for a flag of truce
FTLN 1246 Betwixt ourselves and all our followers,
FTLN 1247 So help me God, as I dissemble not.
WINCHESTER , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1248 So help me God, as I intend it not.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1249 O, loving uncle—kind Duke of Gloucester—
FTLN 1250150 How joyful am I made by this contract.
FTLN 1251  editorial emendationTo the Servingmen.editorial emendation Away, my masters, trouble us
FTLN 1252 no more,
FTLN 1253 But join in friendship as your lords have done.
FIRST SERVINGMAN  FTLN 1254Content. I’ll to the surgeon’s.
SECOND SERVINGMAN  FTLN 1255155And so will I.

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THIRD SERVINGMAN  FTLN 1256And I will see what physic the tavern
FTLN 1257 affords.
They exit editorial emendationwith Mayor and Others.editorial emendation
WARWICK , editorial emendationpresenting a scrolleditorial emendation 
FTLN 1258 Accept this scroll, most gracious sovereign,
FTLN 1259 Which in the right of Richard Plantagenet
FTLN 1260160 We do exhibit to your Majesty.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1261 Well urged, my Lord of Warwick.—For, sweet prince,
FTLN 1262 An if your Grace mark every circumstance,
FTLN 1263 You have great reason to do Richard right,
FTLN 1264 Especially for those occasions
FTLN 1265165 At Eltham Place I told your Majesty.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1266 And those occasions, uncle, were of force.—
FTLN 1267 Therefore, my loving lords, our pleasure is
FTLN 1268 That Richard be restorèd to his blood.
WARWICK 
FTLN 1269 Let Richard be restorèd to his blood;
FTLN 1270170 So shall his father’s wrongs be recompensed.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 1271 As will the rest, so willeth Winchester.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1272 If Richard will be true, not that alone
FTLN 1273 But all the whole inheritance I give
FTLN 1274 That doth belong unto the house of York,
FTLN 1275175 From whence you spring by lineal descent.
PLANTAGENET 
FTLN 1276 Thy humble servant vows obedience
FTLN 1277 And humble service till the point of death.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1278 Stoop then, and set your knee against my foot;
editorial emendationPlantagenet kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 1279 And in reguerdon of that duty done
FTLN 1280180 I girt thee with the valiant sword of York.

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FTLN 1281 Rise, Richard, like a true Plantagenet,
FTLN 1282 And rise created princely Duke of York.
YORK , editorial emendationformerly PLANTAGENET, standingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1283 And so thrive Richard as thy foes may fall!
FTLN 1284 And as my duty springs, so perish they
FTLN 1285185 That grudge one thought against your Majesty.
ALL 
FTLN 1286 Welcome, high prince, the mighty Duke of York.
SOMERSET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1287 Perish, base prince, ignoble Duke of York.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1288 Now will it best avail your Majesty
FTLN 1289 To cross the seas and to be crowned in France.
FTLN 1290190 The presence of a king engenders love
FTLN 1291 Amongst his subjects and his loyal friends,
FTLN 1292 As it disanimates his enemies.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1293 When Gloucester says the word, King Henry goes,
FTLN 1294 For friendly counsel cuts off many foes.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1295195 Your ships already are in readiness.
Sennet. Flourish. All but Exeter exit.
EXETER 
FTLN 1296 Ay, we may march in England or in France,
FTLN 1297 Not seeing what is likely to ensue.
FTLN 1298 This late dissension grown betwixt the peers
FTLN 1299 Burns under feignèd ashes of forged love
FTLN 1300200 And will at last break out into a flame.
FTLN 1301 As festered members rot but by degree
FTLN 1302 Till bones and flesh and sinews fall away,
FTLN 1303 So will this base and envious discord breed.
FTLN 1304 And now I fear that fatal prophecy
FTLN 1305205 Which in the time of Henry named the Fifth
FTLN 1306 Was in the mouth of every sucking babe:
FTLN 1307 That Henry born at Monmouth should win all,

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FTLN 1308 And Henry born at Windsor editorial emendationshouldeditorial emendation lose all,
FTLN 1309 Which is so plain that Exeter doth wish
FTLN 1310210 His days may finish ere that hapless time.
He exits.


Scene 2
Enter Pucelle disguised, with four Soldiers with sacks
upon their backs.


PUCELLE 
FTLN 1311 These are the city gates, the gates of Roan,
FTLN 1312 Through which our policy must make a breach.
FTLN 1313 Take heed. Be wary how you place your words;
FTLN 1314 Talk like the vulgar sort of market men
FTLN 13155 That come to gather money for their corn.
FTLN 1316 If we have entrance, as I hope we shall,
FTLN 1317 And that we find the slothful watch but weak,
FTLN 1318 I’ll by a sign give notice to our friends,
FTLN 1319 That Charles the Dauphin may encounter them.
SOLDIER 
FTLN 132010 Our sacks shall be a mean to sack the city,
FTLN 1321 And we be lords and rulers over Roan;
FTLN 1322 Therefore we’ll knock.
Knock.
WATCH , editorial emendationwithineditorial emendation 
FTLN 1323 Qui là?
PUCELLE  FTLN 1324 Paysans la pauvre gens de France:
FTLN 132515 Poor market folks that come to sell their corn.
WATCH 
FTLN 1326 Enter, go in. The market bell is rung.
PUCELLE , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1327 Now, Roan, I’ll shake thy bulwarks to the ground.
They exit.

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Enter Charles, Bastard, Alanson, editorial emendationReignier,
and Soldiers.editorial emendation


CHARLES 
FTLN 1328 Saint Dennis bless this happy stratagem
FTLN 1329 And once again we’ll sleep secure in Roan.
BASTARD 
FTLN 133020 Here entered Pucelle and her practisants.
FTLN 1331 Now she is there, how will she specify
FTLN 1332 “Here is the best and safest passage in”?
REIGNIER 
FTLN 1333 By thrusting out a torch from yonder tower,
FTLN 1334 Which, once discerned, shows that her meaning is:
FTLN 133525 No way to that, for weakness, which she entered.

Enter Pucelle on the top, thrusting out a torch burning.

PUCELLE 
FTLN 1336 Behold, this is the happy wedding torch
FTLN 1337 That joineth Roan unto her countrymen,
FTLN 1338 But burning fatal to the Talbonites.
BASTARD 
FTLN 1339 See, noble Charles, the beacon of our friend;
FTLN 134030 The burning torch, in yonder turret stands.
CHARLES 
FTLN 1341 Now shine it like a comet of revenge,
FTLN 1342 A prophet to the fall of all our foes!
REIGNIER 
FTLN 1343 Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.
FTLN 1344 Enter and cry “The Dauphin!” presently,
FTLN 134535 And then do execution on the watch.
Alarum. editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

An Alarum. editorial emendationEntereditorial emendation Talbot in an excursion.

TALBOT 
FTLN 1346 France, thou shalt rue this treason with thy tears,
FTLN 1347 If Talbot but survive thy treachery.

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FTLN 1348 Pucelle, that witch, that damnèd sorceress,
FTLN 1349 Hath wrought this hellish mischief unawares,
FTLN 135040 That hardly we escaped the pride of France.
He exits.

An alarum. Excursions. Bedford brought in sick in
a chair, editorial emendationcarried by two Attendants.editorial emendation Enter Talbot
and Burgundy without; within, Pucelle editorial emendationwith a sack
of grain,editorial emendation Charles, Bastard, editorial emendationAlanson,editorial emendation and Reignier
on the walls.


PUCELLE , editorial emendationto those beloweditorial emendation 
FTLN 1351 Good morrow, gallants. Want you corn for bread?
editorial emendationShe scatters grain on those below.editorial emendation
FTLN 1352 I think the Duke of Burgundy will fast
FTLN 1353 Before he’ll buy again at such a rate.
FTLN 1354 ’Twas full of darnel. Do you like the taste?
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 135545 Scoff on, vile fiend and shameless courtesan!
FTLN 1356 I trust ere long to choke thee with thine own,
FTLN 1357 And make thee curse the harvest of that corn.
CHARLES 
FTLN 1358 Your Grace may starve, perhaps, before that time.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 1359 O, let no words, but deeds, revenge this treason.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 136050 What will you do, good graybeard? Break a lance
FTLN 1361 And run a-tilt at Death within a chair?
TALBOT 
FTLN 1362 Foul fiend of France and hag of all despite,
FTLN 1363 Encompassed with thy lustful paramours,
FTLN 1364 Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant age
FTLN 136555 And twit with cowardice a man half dead?
FTLN 1366 Damsel, I’ll have a bout with you again,
FTLN 1367 Or else let Talbot perish with this shame.

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PUCELLE 
FTLN 1368 Are you so hot, sir? Yet, Pucelle, hold thy peace,
FTLN 1369 If Talbot do but thunder, rain will follow.
editorial emendationThose beloweditorial emendation whisper together in council.
FTLN 137060 God speed the Parliament! Who shall be the Speaker?
TALBOT 
FTLN 1371 Dare you come forth and meet us in the field?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1372 Belike your Lordship takes us then for fools,
FTLN 1373 To try if that our own be ours or no.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1374 I speak not to that railing Hecate,
FTLN 137565 But unto thee, Alanson, and the rest.
FTLN 1376 Will you, like soldiers, come and fight it out?
ALANSON  FTLN 1377Seigneur, no.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1378 Seigneur, hang! Base muleteers of France,
FTLN 1379 Like peasant footboys do they keep the walls
FTLN 138070 And dare not take up arms like gentlemen.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1381 Away, captains. Let’s get us from the walls,
FTLN 1382 For Talbot means no goodness by his looks.—
FTLN 1383 Goodbye, my lord. We came but to tell you
FTLN 1384 That we are here. They exit from the walls.
TALBOT 
FTLN 138575 And there will we be too, ere it be long,
FTLN 1386 Or else reproach be Talbot’s greatest fame.—
FTLN 1387 Vow, Burgundy, by honor of thy house,
FTLN 1388 Pricked on by public wrongs sustained in France,
FTLN 1389 Either to get the town again or die.
FTLN 139080 And I, as sure as English Henry lives,
FTLN 1391 And as his father here was conqueror,
FTLN 1392 As sure as in this late-betrayèd town
FTLN 1393 Great Coeur-de-lion’s heart was burièd,
FTLN 1394 So sure I swear to get the town or die.

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BURGUNDY 
FTLN 139585 My vows are equal partners with thy vows.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1396 But, ere we go, regard this dying prince,
FTLN 1397 The valiant Duke of Bedford.—Come, my lord,
FTLN 1398 We will bestow you in some better place,
FTLN 1399 Fitter for sickness and for crazy age.
BEDFORD 
FTLN 140090 Lord Talbot, do not so dishonor me.
FTLN 1401 Here will I sit, before the walls of Roan,
FTLN 1402 And will be partner of your weal or woe.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 1403 Courageous Bedford, let us now persuade you—
BEDFORD 
FTLN 1404 Not to be gone from hence, for once I read
FTLN 140595 That stout Pendragon, in his litter sick,
FTLN 1406 Came to the field and vanquishèd his foes.
FTLN 1407 Methinks I should revive the soldiers’ hearts
FTLN 1408 Because I ever found them as myself.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1409 Undaunted spirit in a dying breast,
FTLN 1410100 Then be it so. Heavens keep old Bedford safe!—
FTLN 1411 And now no more ado, brave Burgundy,
FTLN 1412 But gather we our forces out of hand
FTLN 1413 And set upon our boasting enemy.
He exits editorial emendationwith Burgundy.editorial emendation
editorial emendationBedford and Attendants remain.editorial emendation


An alarum. Excursions. Enter Sir John Fastolf
and a Captain.


CAPTAIN 
FTLN 1414 Whither away, Sir John Fastolf, in such haste?
FASTOLF 
FTLN 1415105 Whither away? To save myself by flight.
FTLN 1416 We are like to have the overthrow again.

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CAPTAIN 
FTLN 1417 What, will you fly and leave Lord Talbot?
FASTOLF  FTLN 1418 Ay,
FTLN 1419 All the Talbots in the world, to save my life.
He exits.
CAPTAIN 
FTLN 1420110 Cowardly knight, ill fortune follow thee.
He exits.

Retreat. Excursions. Pucelle, Alanson, and Charles
editorial emendationenter, pursued by English Soldiers, andeditorial emendation fly.


BEDFORD 
FTLN 1421 Now, quiet soul, depart when heaven please,
FTLN 1422 For I have seen our enemies’ overthrow.
FTLN 1423 What is the trust or strength of foolish man?
FTLN 1424 They that of late were daring with their scoffs
FTLN 1425115 Are glad and fain by flight to save themselves.
Bedford dies, and is carried
in by two in his chair.


An alarum. Enter Talbot, Burgundy, and the rest.

TALBOT 
FTLN 1426 Lost and recovered in a day again!
FTLN 1427 This is a double honor, Burgundy.
FTLN 1428 Yet heavens have glory for this victory.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 1429 Warlike and martial Talbot, Burgundy
FTLN 1430120 Enshrines thee in his heart, and there erects
FTLN 1431 Thy noble deeds as valor’s monuments.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1432 Thanks, gentle duke. But where is Pucelle now?
FTLN 1433 I think her old familiar is asleep.
FTLN 1434 Now where’s the Bastard’s braves and Charles his
FTLN 1435125 gleeks?
FTLN 1436 What, all amort? Roan hangs her head for grief

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FTLN 1437 That such a valiant company are fled.
FTLN 1438 Now will we take some order in the town,
FTLN 1439 Placing therein some expert officers,
FTLN 1440130 And then depart to Paris to the King,
FTLN 1441 For there young Henry with his nobles lie.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 1442 What wills Lord Talbot pleaseth Burgundy.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1443 But yet, before we go, let’s not forget
FTLN 1444 The noble Duke of Bedford late-deceased,
FTLN 1445135 But see his exequies fulfilled in Roan.
FTLN 1446 A braver soldier never couchèd lance,
FTLN 1447 A gentler heart did never sway in court.
FTLN 1448 But kings and mightiest potentates must die,
FTLN 1449 For that’s the end of human misery.
They exit.


Scene 3
Enter Charles, Bastard, Alanson, Pucelle, editorial emendationand Soldiers.editorial emendation

PUCELLE 
FTLN 1450 Dismay not, princes, at this accident,
FTLN 1451 Nor grieve that Roan is so recoverèd.
FTLN 1452 Care is no cure, but rather corrosive
FTLN 1453 For things that are not to be remedied.
FTLN 14545 Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while,
FTLN 1455 And like a peacock sweep along his tail;
FTLN 1456 We’ll pull his plumes and take away his train,
FTLN 1457 If dauphin and the rest will be but ruled.
CHARLES 
FTLN 1458 We have been guided by thee hitherto,
FTLN 145910 And of thy cunning had no diffidence.
FTLN 1460 One sudden foil shall never breed distrust.

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BASTARD , editorial emendationto Pucelleeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1461 Search out thy wit for secret policies,
FTLN 1462 And we will make thee famous through the world.
ALANSON , editorial emendationto Pucelleeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1463 We’ll set thy statue in some holy place
FTLN 146415 And have thee reverenced like a blessèd saint.
FTLN 1465 Employ thee then, sweet virgin, for our good.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1466 Then thus it must be; this doth Joan devise:
FTLN 1467 By fair persuasions mixed with sugared words
FTLN 1468 We will entice the Duke of Burgundy
FTLN 146920 To leave the Talbot and to follow us.
CHARLES 
FTLN 1470 Ay, marry, sweeting, if we could do that,
FTLN 1471 France were no place for Henry’s warriors,
FTLN 1472 Nor should that nation boast it so with us,
FTLN 1473 But be extirpèd from our provinces.
ALANSON 
FTLN 147425 Forever should they be expulsed from France,
FTLN 1475 And not have title of an earldom here.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1476 Your honors shall perceive how I will work
FTLN 1477 To bring this matter to the wishèd end.
Drum sounds afar off.
FTLN 1478 Hark! By the sound of drum you may perceive
FTLN 147930 Their powers are marching unto Paris-ward.
Here sound an English march.
FTLN 1480 There goes the Talbot with his colors spread,
FTLN 1481 And all the troops of English after him.
French march.
FTLN 1482 Now in the rearward comes the Duke and his.
FTLN 1483 Fortune in favor makes him lag behind.
FTLN 148435 Summon a parley; we will talk with him.
Trumpets sound a parley.

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CHARLES 
FTLN 1485 A parley with the Duke of Burgundy!

editorial emendationEnter Burgundy.editorial emendation

BURGUNDY 
FTLN 1486 Who craves a parley with the Burgundy?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1487 The princely Charles of France, thy countryman.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 1488 What say’st thou, Charles?—for I am marching hence.
CHARLES , editorial emendationaside to Pucelleeditorial emendation 
FTLN 148940 Speak, Pucelle, and enchant him with thy words.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1490 Brave Burgundy, undoubted hope of France,
FTLN 1491 Stay; let thy humble handmaid speak to thee.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 1492 Speak on, but be not over-tedious.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 1493 Look on thy country, look on fertile France,
FTLN 149445 And see the cities and the towns defaced
FTLN 1495 By wasting ruin of the cruel foe.
FTLN 1496 As looks the mother on her lowly babe
FTLN 1497 When death doth close his tender-dying eyes,
FTLN 1498 See, see the pining malady of France:
FTLN 149950 Behold the wounds, the most unnatural wounds,
FTLN 1500 Which thou thyself hast given her woeful breast.
FTLN 1501 O, turn thy edgèd sword another way;
FTLN 1502 Strike those that hurt, and hurt not those that help.
FTLN 1503 One drop of blood drawn from thy country’s bosom
FTLN 150455 Should grieve thee more than streams of foreign gore.
FTLN 1505 Return thee therefore with a flood of tears,
FTLN 1506 And wash away thy country’s stainèd spots.
BURGUNDY , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1507 Either she hath bewitched me with her words,
FTLN 1508 Or nature makes me suddenly relent.

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PUCELLE 
FTLN 150960 Besides, all French and France exclaims on thee,
FTLN 1510 Doubting thy birth and lawful progeny.
FTLN 1511 Who join’st thou with but with a lordly nation
FTLN 1512 That will not trust thee but for profit’s sake?
FTLN 1513 When Talbot hath set footing once in France
FTLN 151465 And fashioned thee that instrument of ill,
FTLN 1515 Who then but English Henry will be lord,
FTLN 1516 And thou be thrust out like a fugitive?
FTLN 1517 Call we to mind, and mark but this for proof:
FTLN 1518 Was not the Duke of Orleance thy foe?
FTLN 151970 And was he not in England prisoner?
FTLN 1520 But when they heard he was thine enemy,
FTLN 1521 They set him free, without his ransom paid,
FTLN 1522 In spite of Burgundy and all his friends.
FTLN 1523 See then, thou fight’st against thy countrymen,
FTLN 152475 And join’st with them will be thy slaughtermen.
FTLN 1525 Come, come, return; return, thou wandering lord.
FTLN 1526 Charles and the rest will take thee in their arms.
BURGUNDY , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1527 I am vanquishèd. These haughty words of hers
FTLN 1528 Have battered me like roaring cannon-shot,
FTLN 152980 And made me almost yield upon my knees.—
FTLN 1530 Forgive me, country, and sweet countrymen;
FTLN 1531 And, lords, accept this hearty kind embrace.
editorial emendationHe embraces Charles, Bastard, and Alanson.editorial emendation
FTLN 1532 My forces and my power of men are yours.
FTLN 1533 So, farewell, Talbot. I’ll no longer trust thee.
PUCELLE , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 153485 Done like a Frenchman: turn and turn again.
CHARLES 
FTLN 1535 Welcome, brave duke. Thy friendship makes us fresh.
BASTARD 
FTLN 1536 And doth beget new courage in our breasts.

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ALANSON 
FTLN 1537 Pucelle hath bravely played her part in this
FTLN 1538 And doth deserve a coronet of gold.
CHARLES 
FTLN 153990 Now let us on, my lords, and join our powers,
FTLN 1540 And seek how we may prejudice the foe.
They exit.


Scene 4
editorial emendationFlourish.editorial emendation Enter the King, Gloucester, Winchester,
Exeter; York, Warwick, editorial emendationand Vernon, with white roses;editorial emendation
Somerset, Suffolk, editorial emendationand Basset, with red roses.editorial emendation
To them, with his Soldiers, Talbot.


TALBOT 
FTLN 1541 My gracious prince and honorable peers,
FTLN 1542 Hearing of your arrival in this realm,
FTLN 1543 I have awhile given truce unto my wars
FTLN 1544 To do my duty to my sovereign;
FTLN 15455 In sign whereof, this arm, that hath reclaimed
FTLN 1546 To your obedience fifty fortresses,
FTLN 1547 Twelve cities, and seven walled towns of strength,
FTLN 1548 Besides five hundred prisoners of esteem,
FTLN 1549 Lets fall his sword before your Highness’ feet,
FTLN 155010 And with submissive loyalty of heart
FTLN 1551 Ascribes the glory of his conquest got
FTLN 1552 First to my God, and next unto your Grace.
editorial emendationHe kneels.editorial emendation
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1553 Is this the Lord Talbot, Uncle Gloucester,
FTLN 1554 That hath so long been resident in France?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 155515 Yes, if it please your Majesty, my liege.

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KING HENRY 
FTLN 1556 Welcome, brave captain and victorious lord.
FTLN 1557 When I was young—as yet I am not old—
FTLN 1558 I do remember how my father said
FTLN 1559 A stouter champion never handled sword.
FTLN 156020 Long since we were resolvèd of your truth,
FTLN 1561 Your faithful service, and your toil in war;
FTLN 1562 Yet never have you tasted our reward
FTLN 1563 Or been reguerdoned with so much as thanks,
FTLN 1564 Because till now we never saw your face.
FTLN 156525 Therefore stand up; and for these good deserts
FTLN 1566 We here create you Earl of Shrewsbury;
FTLN 1567 And in our coronation take your place. editorial emendationTalbot rises.editorial emendation
Sennet. Flourish. All except
Vernon and Basset exit.

VERNON 
FTLN 1568 Now, sir, to you that were so hot at sea,
FTLN 1569 Disgracing of these colors that I wear
FTLN 157030 In honor of my noble Lord of York,
FTLN 1571 Dar’st thou maintain the former words thou spak’st?
BASSET 
FTLN 1572 Yes, sir, as well as you dare patronage
FTLN 1573 The envious barking of your saucy tongue
FTLN 1574 Against my lord the Duke of Somerset.
VERNON 
FTLN 157535 Sirrah, thy lord I honor as he is.
BASSET 
FTLN 1576 Why, what is he? As good a man as York.
VERNON 
FTLN 1577 Hark you, not so; in witness, take you that.
Strikes him.
BASSET 
FTLN 1578 Villain, thou knowest the law of arms is such
FTLN 1579 That whoso draws a sword ’tis present death,
FTLN 158040 Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood.

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FTLN 1581 But I’ll unto his Majesty, and crave
FTLN 1582 I may have liberty to venge this wrong,
FTLN 1583 When thou shalt see I’ll meet thee to thy cost.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
VERNON 
FTLN 1584 Well, miscreant, I’ll be there as soon as you,
FTLN 158545 And after meet you sooner than you would.
He exits.




ACT 4
Scene 1
editorial emendationFlourish.editorial emendation Enter King, Gloucester, Winchester, Talbot,
Exeter; York editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Warwick, editorial emendationwith white roses;editorial emendation Suffolk
editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Somerset, editorial emendationwith red roses;editorial emendation Governor editorial emendationof Paris,
and Others.editorial emendation


GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1586 Lord Bishop, set the crown upon his head.
WINCHESTER , editorial emendationcrowning King Henryeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1587 God save King Henry, of that name the Sixth!
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1588 Now, Governor of Paris, take your oath.
editorial emendationGovernor kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 1589 That you elect no other king but him;
FTLN 15905 Esteem none friends but such as are his friends,
FTLN 1591 And none your foes but such as shall pretend
FTLN 1592 Malicious practices against his state:
FTLN 1593 This shall you do, so help you righteous God.
editorial emendationGovernor rises.editorial emendation

Enter Fastolf.

FASTOLF 
FTLN 1594 My gracious sovereign, as I rode from Callice
FTLN 159510 To haste unto your coronation,
FTLN 1596 A letter was delivered to my hands,
FTLN 1597 Writ to your Grace from th’ Duke of Burgundy.
editorial emendationHe hands the King a paper.editorial emendation
TALBOT 
FTLN 1598 Shame to the Duke of Burgundy and thee!
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FTLN 1599 I vowed, base knight, when I did meet thee next,
FTLN 160015 To tear the Garter from thy craven’s leg,
(editorial emendationtearing it offeditorial emendation)
FTLN 1601 Which I have done, because unworthily
FTLN 1602 Thou wast installèd in that high degree.—
FTLN 1603 Pardon me, princely Henry and the rest.
FTLN 1604 This dastard, at the battle of editorial emendationPatay,editorial emendation
FTLN 160520 When but in all I was six thousand strong
FTLN 1606 And that the French were almost ten to one,
FTLN 1607 Before we met or that a stroke was given,
FTLN 1608 Like to a trusty squire did run away;
FTLN 1609 In which assault we lost twelve hundred men.
FTLN 161025 Myself and divers gentlemen besides
FTLN 1611 Were there surprised and taken prisoners.
FTLN 1612 Then judge, great lords, if I have done amiss,
FTLN 1613 Or whether that such cowards ought to wear
FTLN 1614 This ornament of knighthood—yea or no?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 161530 To say the truth, this fact was infamous
FTLN 1616 And ill beseeming any common man,
FTLN 1617 Much more a knight, a captain, and a leader.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1618 When first this Order was ordained, my lords,
FTLN 1619 Knights of the Garter were of noble birth,
FTLN 162035 Valiant and virtuous, full of haughty courage,
FTLN 1621 Such as were grown to credit by the wars;
FTLN 1622 Not fearing death nor shrinking for distress,
FTLN 1623 But always resolute in most extremes.
FTLN 1624 He then that is not furnished in this sort
FTLN 162540 Doth but usurp the sacred name of knight,
FTLN 1626 Profaning this most honorable Order,
FTLN 1627 And should, if I were worthy to be judge,
FTLN 1628 Be quite degraded, like a hedge-born swain
FTLN 1629 That doth presume to boast of gentle blood.
KING HENRY , editorial emendationto Fastolfeditorial emendation 
FTLN 163045 Stain to thy countrymen, thou hear’st thy doom.

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FTLN 1631 Be packing therefore, thou that wast a knight.
FTLN 1632 Henceforth we banish thee on pain of death.
editorial emendationFastolf exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 1633 And now, editorial emendationmyeditorial emendation lord protector, view the letter
FTLN 1634 Sent from our uncle, Duke of Burgundy.
editorial emendationHe hands the paper to Gloucester.editorial emendation
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 163550 What means his Grace that he hath changed his style?
FTLN 1636 No more but, plain and bluntly, “To the King”!
FTLN 1637 Hath he forgot he is his sovereign?
FTLN 1638 Or doth this churlish superscription
FTLN 1639 Pretend some alteration in good will?
FTLN 164055 What’s here?  (editorial emendationReads.editorial emendation)
FTLN 1641 I have upon especial cause,
FTLN 1642 Moved with compassion of my country’s wrack,
FTLN 1643 Together with the pitiful complaints
FTLN 1644 Of such as your oppression feeds upon,
FTLN 164560 Forsaken your pernicious faction
FTLN 1646 And joined with Charles, the rightful king of France.

FTLN 1647 O monstrous treachery! Can this be so?
FTLN 1648 That in alliance, amity, and oaths
FTLN 1649 There should be found such false dissembling guile?
KING HENRY 
FTLN 165065 What? Doth my Uncle Burgundy revolt?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1651 He doth, my lord, and is become your foe.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1652 Is that the worst this letter doth contain?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1653 It is the worst, and all, my lord, he writes.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1654 Why, then, Lord Talbot there shall talk with him
FTLN 165570 And give him chastisement for this abuse.—
FTLN 1656 How say you, my lord, are you not content?

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TALBOT 
FTLN 1657 Content, my liege? Yes. But that I am prevented,
FTLN 1658 I should have begged I might have been employed.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1659 Then gather strength and march unto him straight;
FTLN 166075 Let him perceive how ill we brook his treason
FTLN 1661 And what offense it is to flout his friends.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1662 I go, my lord, in heart desiring still
FTLN 1663 You may behold confusion of your foes. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

Enter Vernon, editorial emendationwith a white rose,editorial emendation and Basset,
editorial emendationwith a red rose.editorial emendation


VERNON 
FTLN 1664 Grant me the combat, gracious sovereign.
BASSET 
FTLN 166580 And me, my lord, grant me the combat too.
YORK , editorial emendationindicating Vernoneditorial emendation 
FTLN 1666 This is my servant; hear him, noble prince.
SOMERSET , editorial emendationindicating Basseteditorial emendation 
FTLN 1667 And this is mine, sweet Henry; favor him.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1668 Be patient, lords, and give them leave to speak.—
FTLN 1669 Say, gentlemen, what makes you thus exclaim,
FTLN 167085 And wherefore crave you combat, or with whom?
VERNON 
FTLN 1671 With him, my lord, for he hath done me wrong.
BASSET 
FTLN 1672 And I with him, for he hath done me wrong.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1673 What is that wrong whereof you both complain?
FTLN 1674 First let me know, and then I’ll answer you.
BASSET 
FTLN 167590 Crossing the sea from England into France,
FTLN 1676 This fellow here with envious carping tongue
FTLN 1677 Upbraided me about the rose I wear,

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FTLN 1678 Saying the sanguine color of the leaves
FTLN 1679 Did represent my master’s blushing cheeks
FTLN 168095 When stubbornly he did repugn the truth
FTLN 1681 About a certain question in the law
FTLN 1682 Argued betwixt the Duke of York and him,
FTLN 1683 With other vile and ignominious terms.
FTLN 1684 In confutation of which rude reproach,
FTLN 1685100 And in defense of my lord’s worthiness,
FTLN 1686 I crave the benefit of law of arms.
VERNON 
FTLN 1687 And that is my petition, noble lord;
FTLN 1688 For though he seem with forgèd quaint conceit
FTLN 1689 To set a gloss upon his bold intent,
FTLN 1690105 Yet know, my lord, I was provoked by him,
FTLN 1691 And he first took exceptions at this badge,
FTLN 1692 Pronouncing that the paleness of this flower
FTLN 1693 Bewrayed the faintness of my master’s heart.
YORK 
FTLN 1694 Will not this malice, Somerset, be left?
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1695110 Your private grudge, my Lord of York, will out,
FTLN 1696 Though ne’er so cunningly you smother it.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1697 Good Lord, what madness rules in brainsick men
FTLN 1698 When for so slight and frivolous a cause
FTLN 1699 Such factious emulations shall arise!
FTLN 1700115 Good cousins both, of York and Somerset,
FTLN 1701 Quiet yourselves, I pray, and be at peace.
YORK 
FTLN 1702 Let this dissension first be tried by fight,
FTLN 1703 And then your Highness shall command a peace.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1704 The quarrel toucheth none but us alone;
FTLN 1705120 Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
YORK , editorial emendationthrowing down a gageeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1706 There is my pledge; accept it, Somerset.

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VERNON , editorial emendationto Somerseteditorial emendation 
FTLN 1707 Nay, let it rest where it began at first.
BASSET , editorial emendationto Somerseteditorial emendation 
FTLN 1708 Confirm it so, mine honorable lord.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 1709 Confirm it so? Confounded be your strife,
FTLN 1710125 And perish you with your audacious prate!
FTLN 1711 Presumptuous vassals, are you not ashamed
FTLN 1712 With this immodest clamorous outrage
FTLN 1713 To trouble and disturb the King and us?—
FTLN 1714 And you, my lords, methinks you do not well
FTLN 1715130 To bear with their perverse objections,
FTLN 1716 Much less to take occasion from their mouths
FTLN 1717 To raise a mutiny betwixt yourselves.
FTLN 1718 Let me persuade you take a better course.
EXETER 
FTLN 1719 It grieves his Highness. Good my lords, be friends.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 1720135 Come hither, you that would be combatants:
FTLN 1721 Henceforth I charge you, as you love our favor,
FTLN 1722 Quite to forget this quarrel and the cause.—
FTLN 1723 And you, my lords, remember where we are:
FTLN 1724 In France, amongst a fickle wavering nation.
FTLN 1725140 If they perceive dissension in our looks,
FTLN 1726 And that within ourselves we disagree,
FTLN 1727 How will their grudging stomachs be provoked
FTLN 1728 To willful disobedience and rebel!
FTLN 1729 Besides, what infamy will there arise
FTLN 1730145 When foreign princes shall be certified
FTLN 1731 That for a toy, a thing of no regard,
FTLN 1732 King Henry’s peers and chief nobility
FTLN 1733 Destroyed themselves and lost the realm of France!
FTLN 1734 O, think upon the conquest of my father,
FTLN 1735150 My tender years, and let us not forgo
FTLN 1736 That for a trifle that was bought with blood.
FTLN 1737 Let me be umpire in this doubtful strife.

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FTLN 1738 I see no reason if I wear this rose
FTLN 1739 That anyone should therefore be suspicious
FTLN 1740155 I more incline to Somerset than York.
editorial emendationHe puts on a red rose.editorial emendation
FTLN 1741 Both are my kinsmen, and I love them both.
FTLN 1742 As well they may upbraid me with my crown
FTLN 1743 Because, forsooth, the King of Scots is crowned.
FTLN 1744 But your discretions better can persuade
FTLN 1745160 Than I am able to instruct or teach;
FTLN 1746 And therefore, as we hither came in peace,
FTLN 1747 So let us still continue peace and love.
FTLN 1748 Cousin of York, we institute your Grace
FTLN 1749 To be our regent in these parts of France;—
FTLN 1750165 And good my Lord of Somerset, unite
FTLN 1751 Your troops of horsemen with his bands of foot;
FTLN 1752 And like true subjects, sons of your progenitors,
FTLN 1753 Go cheerfully together and digest
FTLN 1754 Your angry choler on your enemies.
FTLN 1755170 Ourself, my lord protector, and the rest,
FTLN 1756 After some respite, will return to Callice;
FTLN 1757 From thence to England, where I hope ere long
FTLN 1758 To be presented, by your victories,
FTLN 1759 With Charles, Alanson, and that traitorous rout.
Flourish. All but York, Warwick, Exeter, Vernon exit.
WARWICK 
FTLN 1760175 My Lord of York, I promise you the King
FTLN 1761 Prettily, methought, did play the orator.
YORK 
FTLN 1762 And so he did, but yet I like it not
FTLN 1763 In that he wears the badge of Somerset.
WARWICK 
FTLN 1764 Tush, that was but his fancy; blame him not.
FTLN 1765180 I dare presume, sweet prince, he thought no harm.
YORK 
FTLN 1766 And if editorial emendationiwiseditorial emendation he did—but let it rest.
FTLN 1767 Other affairs must now be managèd.

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editorial emendationYork, Warwick and Vernoneditorial emendation exit.
Exeter remains.

EXETER 
FTLN 1768 Well didst thou, Richard, to suppress thy voice,
FTLN 1769 For had the passions of thy heart burst out,
FTLN 1770185 I fear we should have seen deciphered there
FTLN 1771 More rancorous spite, more furious raging broils,
FTLN 1772 Than yet can be imagined or supposed.
FTLN 1773 But howsoe’er, no simple man that sees
FTLN 1774 This jarring discord of nobility,
FTLN 1775190 This shouldering of each other in the court,
FTLN 1776 This factious bandying of their favorites,
FTLN 1777 But editorial emendationseeseditorial emendation it doth presage some ill event.
FTLN 1778 ’Tis much when scepters are in children’s hands,
FTLN 1779 But more when envy breeds unkind division:
FTLN 1780195 There comes the ruin; there begins confusion.
He exits.


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Talbot with editorial emendationSoldiers andeditorial emendation Trump and Drum
before Bordeaux.


TALBOT 
FTLN 1781 Go to the gates of Bordeaux, trumpeter.
FTLN 1782 Summon their general unto the wall.

editorial emendationTrumpeteditorial emendation sounds. Enter General editorial emendationand Otherseditorial emendation aloft.

FTLN 1783 English John Talbot, captains, editorial emendationcallseditorial emendation you forth,
FTLN 1784 Servant-in-arms to Harry, King of England,
FTLN 17855 And thus he would: open your city gates,
FTLN 1786 Be humble to us, call my sovereign yours,
FTLN 1787 And do him homage as obedient subjects,
FTLN 1788 And I’ll withdraw me and my bloody power.
FTLN 1789 But if you frown upon this proffered peace,
FTLN 179010 You tempt the fury of my three attendants,

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FTLN 1791 Lean Famine, quartering Steel, and climbing Fire,
FTLN 1792 Who, in a moment, even with the earth
FTLN 1793 Shall lay your stately and air-braving towers,
FTLN 1794 If you forsake the offer of their love.
editorial emendationGENERALeditorial emendation 
FTLN 179515 Thou ominous and fearful owl of death,
FTLN 1796 Our nation’s terror and their bloody scourge,
FTLN 1797 The period of thy tyranny approacheth.
FTLN 1798 On us thou canst not enter but by death;
FTLN 1799 For I protest we are well fortified
FTLN 180020 And strong enough to issue out and fight.
FTLN 1801 If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed,
FTLN 1802 Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee.
FTLN 1803 On either hand thee, there are squadrons pitched
FTLN 1804 To wall thee from the liberty of flight;
FTLN 180525 And no way canst thou turn thee for redress
FTLN 1806 But Death doth front thee with apparent spoil,
FTLN 1807 And pale Destruction meets thee in the face.
FTLN 1808 Ten thousand French have ta’en the Sacrament
FTLN 1809 To rive their dangerous artillery
FTLN 181030 Upon no Christian soul but English Talbot.
FTLN 1811 Lo, there thou stand’st, a breathing valiant man
FTLN 1812 Of an invincible unconquered spirit.
FTLN 1813 This is the latest glory of thy praise
FTLN 1814 That I, thy enemy, due thee withal;
FTLN 181535 For ere the glass that now begins to run
FTLN 1816 Finish the process of his sandy hour,
FTLN 1817 These eyes, that see thee now well-colorèd,
FTLN 1818 Shall see thee withered, bloody, pale, and dead.
Drum afar off.
FTLN 1819 Hark, hark, the Dauphin’s drum, a warning bell,
FTLN 182040 Sings heavy music to thy timorous soul,
FTLN 1821 And mine shall ring thy dire departure out.
He exits, editorial emendationaloft, with Others.editorial emendation

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TALBOT 
FTLN 1822 He fables not; I hear the enemy.
FTLN 1823 Out, some light horsemen, and peruse their wings.
editorial emendationSome Soldiers exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 1824 O, negligent and heedless discipline,
FTLN 182545 How are we parked and bounded in a pale,
FTLN 1826 A little herd of England’s timorous deer
FTLN 1827 Mazed with a yelping kennel of French curs.
FTLN 1828 If we be English deer, be then in blood,
FTLN 1829 Not rascal-like to fall down with a pinch,
FTLN 183050 But rather, moody-mad and desperate stags,
FTLN 1831 Turn on the bloody hounds with heads of steel
FTLN 1832 And make the cowards stand aloof at bay.
FTLN 1833 Sell every man his life as dear as mine
FTLN 1834 And they shall find dear deer of us, my friends.
FTLN 183555 God and Saint George, Talbot and England’s right,
FTLN 1836 Prosper our colors in this dangerous fight!
editorial emendationHe exits with Soldiers, Drum and Trumpet.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter a Messenger that meets York. Enter York
with Trumpet and many Soldiers.


YORK 
FTLN 1837 Are not the speedy scouts returned again
FTLN 1838 That dogged the mighty army of the Dauphin?
MESSENGER 
FTLN 1839 They are returned, my lord, and give it out
FTLN 1840 That he is marched to Bordeaux with his power
FTLN 18415 To fight with Talbot. As he marched along,
FTLN 1842 By your espials were discoverèd
FTLN 1843 Two mightier troops than that the Dauphin led,
FTLN 1844 Which joined with him and made their march for
FTLN 1845 Bordeaux. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

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YORK 
FTLN 184610 A plague upon that villain Somerset
FTLN 1847 That thus delays my promisèd supply
FTLN 1848 Of horsemen that were levied for this siege!
FTLN 1849 Renownèd Talbot doth expect my aid,
FTLN 1850 And I am louted by a traitor villain
FTLN 185115 And cannot help the noble chevalier.
FTLN 1852 God comfort him in this necessity.
FTLN 1853 If he miscarry, farewell wars in France.

Enter editorial emendationSir William Lucy.editorial emendation

editorial emendationLUCYeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1854 Thou princely leader of our English strength,
FTLN 1855 Never so needful on the earth of France,
FTLN 185620 Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot,
FTLN 1857 Who now is girdled with a waist of iron
FTLN 1858 And hemmed about with grim destruction.
FTLN 1859 To Bordeaux, warlike duke! To Bordeaux, York!
FTLN 1860 Else farewell Talbot, France, and England’s honor.
YORK 
FTLN 186125 O God, that Somerset, who in proud heart
FTLN 1862 Doth stop my cornets, were in Talbot’s place!
FTLN 1863 So should we save a valiant gentleman
FTLN 1864 By forfeiting a traitor and a coward.
FTLN 1865 Mad ire and wrathful fury makes me weep
FTLN 186630 That thus we die while remiss traitors sleep.
editorial emendationLUCYeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1867 O, send some succor to the distressed lord!
YORK 
FTLN 1868 He dies, we lose; I break my warlike word;
FTLN 1869 We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get,
FTLN 1870 All long of this vile traitor Somerset.
editorial emendationLUCYeditorial emendation 
FTLN 187135 Then God take mercy on brave Talbot’s soul,
FTLN 1872 And on his son, young John, who two hours since
FTLN 1873 I met in travel toward his warlike father.

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FTLN 1874 This seven years did not Talbot see his son,
FTLN 1875 And now they meet where both their lives are done.
YORK 
FTLN 187640 Alas, what joy shall noble Talbot have
FTLN 1877 To bid his young son welcome to his grave?
FTLN 1878 Away! Vexation almost stops my breath,
FTLN 1879 That sundered friends greet in the hour of death.
FTLN 1880 Lucy, farewell. No more my fortune can
FTLN 188145 But curse the cause I cannot aid the man.
FTLN 1882 Maine, Blois, Poictiers, and Tours are won away,
FTLN 1883 Long all of Somerset and his delay.
editorial emendationYork and his Soldierseditorial emendation exit.
editorial emendationLUCYeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1884 Thus while the vulture of sedition
FTLN 1885 Feeds in the bosom of such great commanders,
FTLN 188650 Sleeping neglection doth betray to loss
FTLN 1887 The conquest of our scarce-cold conqueror,
FTLN 1888 That ever-living man of memory,
FTLN 1889 Henry the Fifth. Whiles they each other cross,
FTLN 1890 Lives, honors, lands, and all hurry to loss.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Somerset with his army editorial emendationand a Captain
from Talbot’s army.editorial emendation


SOMERSET 
FTLN 1891 It is too late; I cannot send them now.
FTLN 1892 This expedition was by York and Talbot
FTLN 1893 Too rashly plotted. All our general force
FTLN 1894 Might with a sally of the very town
FTLN 18955 Be buckled with. The overdaring Talbot
FTLN 1896 Hath sullied all his gloss of former honor
FTLN 1897 By this unheedful, desperate, wild adventure.

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FTLN 1898 York set him on to fight and die in shame
FTLN 1899 That, Talbot dead, great York might bear the name.

editorial emendationEnter Sir William Lucy.editorial emendation

CAPTAIN 
FTLN 190010 Here is Sir William Lucy, who with me
FTLN 1901 Set from our o’er-matched forces forth for aid.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1902 How now, Sir William, whither were you sent?
LUCY 
FTLN 1903 Whither, my lord? From bought and sold Lord Talbot,
FTLN 1904 Who, ringed about with bold adversity,
FTLN 190515 Cries out for noble York and Somerset
FTLN 1906 To beat assailing Death from his weak regions;
FTLN 1907 And whiles the honorable captain there
FTLN 1908 Drops bloody sweat from his war-wearied limbs
FTLN 1909 And, in advantage ling’ring, looks for rescue,
FTLN 191020 You, his false hopes, the trust of England’s honor,
FTLN 1911 Keep off aloof with worthless emulation.
FTLN 1912 Let not your private discord keep away
FTLN 1913 The levied succors that should lend him aid,
FTLN 1914 While he, renownèd noble gentleman,
FTLN 191525 Yield up his life unto a world of odds.
FTLN 1916 Orleance the Bastard, Charles, Burgundy,
FTLN 1917 Alanson, Reignier compass him about,
FTLN 1918 And Talbot perisheth by your default.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1919 York set him on; York should have sent him aid.
LUCY 
FTLN 192030 And York as fast upon your Grace exclaims,
FTLN 1921 Swearing that you withhold his levied host
FTLN 1922 Collected for this expedition.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 1923 York lies. He might have sent and had the horse.
FTLN 1924 I owe him little duty and less love,
FTLN 192535 And take foul scorn to fawn on him by sending.

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LUCY 
FTLN 1926 The fraud of England, not the force of France,
FTLN 1927 Hath now entrapped the noble-minded Talbot.
FTLN 1928 Never to England shall he bear his life,
FTLN 1929 But dies betrayed to fortune by your strife.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 193040 Come, go. I will dispatch the horsemen straight.
FTLN 1931 Within six hours they will be at his aid.
LUCY 
FTLN 1932 Too late comes rescue; he is ta’en or slain,
FTLN 1933 For fly he could not if he would have fled;
FTLN 1934 And fly would Talbot never, though he might.
SOMERSET 
FTLN 193545 If he be dead, brave Talbot, then adieu.
LUCY 
FTLN 1936 His fame lives in the world, his shame in you.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter Talbot and editorial emendationJohn Talbot,editorial emendation his son.

TALBOT 
FTLN 1937 O young John Talbot, I did send for thee
FTLN 1938 To tutor thee in stratagems of war,
FTLN 1939 That Talbot’s name might be in thee revived
FTLN 1940 When sapless age and weak unable limbs
FTLN 19415 Should bring thy father to his drooping chair.
FTLN 1942 But—O, malignant and ill-boding stars!—
FTLN 1943 Now thou art come unto a feast of Death,
FTLN 1944 A terrible and unavoided danger.
FTLN 1945 Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swiftest horse,
FTLN 194610 And I’ll direct thee how thou shalt escape
FTLN 1947 By sudden flight. Come, dally not, be gone.

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JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1948 Is my name Talbot? And am I your son?
FTLN 1949 And shall I fly? O, if you love my mother,
FTLN 1950 Dishonor not her honorable name
FTLN 195115 To make a bastard and a slave of me!
FTLN 1952 The world will say “He is not Talbot’s blood,
FTLN 1953 That basely fled when noble Talbot stood.”
TALBOT 
FTLN 1954 Fly, to revenge my death if I be slain.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1955 He that flies so will ne’er return again.
TALBOT 
FTLN 195620 If we both stay, we both are sure to die.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1957 Then let me stay and, father, do you fly.
FTLN 1958 Your loss is great; so your regard should be.
FTLN 1959 My worth unknown, no loss is known in me.
FTLN 1960 Upon my death, the French can little boast;
FTLN 196125 In yours they will; in you all hopes are lost.
FTLN 1962 Flight cannot stain the honor you have won,
FTLN 1963 But mine it will, that no exploit have done.
FTLN 1964 You fled for vantage, everyone will swear;
FTLN 1965 But if I bow, they’ll say it was for fear.
FTLN 196630 There is no hope that ever I will stay
FTLN 1967 If the first hour I shrink and run away. editorial emendationHe kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 1968 Here on my knee I beg mortality,
FTLN 1969 Rather than life preserved with infamy.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1970 Shall all thy mother’s hopes lie in one tomb?
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 197135 Ay, rather than I’ll shame my mother’s womb.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1972 Upon my blessing I command thee go.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1973 To fight I will, but not to fly the foe.

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TALBOT 
FTLN 1974 Part of thy father may be saved in thee.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1975 No part of him but will be shame in me.
TALBOT 
FTLN 197640 Thou never hadst renown, nor canst not lose it.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1977 Yes, your renownèd name; shall flight abuse it?
TALBOT 
FTLN 1978 Thy father’s charge shall clear thee from that stain.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1979 You cannot witness for me, being slain.
FTLN 1980 If death be so apparent, then both fly.
TALBOT 
FTLN 198145 And leave my followers here to fight and die?
FTLN 1982 My age was never tainted with such shame.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1983 And shall my youth be guilty of such blame?
editorial emendationHe rises.editorial emendation
FTLN 1984 No more can I be severed from your side
FTLN 1985 Than can yourself yourself in twain divide.
FTLN 198650 Stay, go, do what you will; the like do I,
FTLN 1987 For live I will not, if my father die.
TALBOT 
FTLN 1988 Then here I take my leave of thee, fair son,
FTLN 1989 Born to eclipse thy life this afternoon.
FTLN 1990 Come, side by side, together live and die,
FTLN 199155 And soul with soul from France to heaven fly.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.




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editorial emendationScene 6editorial emendation
Alarum. Excursions, wherein Talbot’s son editorial emendationJohneditorial emendation
is hemmed about, and Talbot rescues him.


TALBOT 
FTLN 1992 Saint George, and victory! Fight, soldiers, fight!
FTLN 1993 The Regent hath with Talbot broke his word
FTLN 1994 And left us to the rage of France his sword.
FTLN 1995 Where is John Talbot?—Pause, and take thy breath;
FTLN 19965 I gave thee life and rescued thee from death.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 1997 O, twice my father, twice am I thy son!
FTLN 1998 The life thou gav’st me first was lost and done
FTLN 1999 Till with thy warlike sword, despite of fate,
FTLN 2000 To my determined time thou gav’st new date.
TALBOT 
FTLN 200110 When from the Dauphin’s crest thy sword struck fire,
FTLN 2002 It warmed thy father’s heart with proud desire
FTLN 2003 Of bold-faced victory. Then leaden age,
FTLN 2004 Quickened with youthful spleen and warlike rage,
FTLN 2005 Beat down Alanson, Orleance, Burgundy,
FTLN 200615 And from the pride of Gallia rescued thee.
FTLN 2007 The ireful Bastard Orleance, that drew blood
FTLN 2008 From thee, my boy, and had the maidenhood
FTLN 2009 Of thy first fight, I soon encounterèd,
FTLN 2010 And, interchanging blows, I quickly shed
FTLN 201120 Some of his bastard blood, and in disgrace
FTLN 2012 Bespoke him thus: “Contaminated, base,
FTLN 2013 And misbegotten blood I spill of thine,
FTLN 2014 Mean and right poor, for that pure blood of mine
FTLN 2015 Which thou didst force from Talbot, my brave boy.”
FTLN 201625 Here, purposing the Bastard to destroy,
FTLN 2017 Came in strong rescue. Speak, thy father’s care:
FTLN 2018 Art thou not weary, John? How dost thou fare?

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FTLN 2019 Wilt thou yet leave the battle, boy, and fly,
FTLN 2020 Now thou art sealed the son of chivalry?
FTLN 202130 Fly, to revenge my death when I am dead;
FTLN 2022 The help of one stands me in little stead.
FTLN 2023 O, too much folly is it, well I wot,
FTLN 2024 To hazard all our lives in one small boat.
FTLN 2025 If I today die not with Frenchmen’s rage,
FTLN 202635 Tomorrow I shall die with mickle age.
FTLN 2027 By me they nothing gain, and, if I stay,
FTLN 2028 ’Tis but the short’ning of my life one day.
FTLN 2029 In thee thy mother dies, our household’s name,
FTLN 2030 My death’s revenge, thy youth, and England’s fame.
FTLN 203140 All these and more we hazard by thy stay;
FTLN 2032 All these are saved if thou wilt fly away.
JOHN TALBOT 
FTLN 2033 The sword of Orleance hath not made me smart;
FTLN 2034 These words of yours draw lifeblood from my heart.
FTLN 2035 On that advantage, bought with such a shame,
FTLN 203645 To save a paltry life and slay bright fame,
FTLN 2037 Before young Talbot from old Talbot fly,
FTLN 2038 The coward horse that bears me fall and die!
FTLN 2039 And like me to the peasant boys of France,
FTLN 2040 To be shame’s scorn and subject of mischance!
FTLN 204150 Surely, by all the glory you have won,
FTLN 2042 An if I fly, I am not Talbot’s son.
FTLN 2043 Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot;
FTLN 2044 If son to Talbot, die at Talbot’s foot.
TALBOT 
FTLN 2045 Then follow thou thy desp’rate sire of Crete,
FTLN 204655 Thou Icarus; thy life to me is sweet.
FTLN 2047 If thou wilt fight, fight by thy father’s side,
FTLN 2048 And commendable proved, let’s die in pride.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.




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editorial emendationScene 7editorial emendation
Alarum. Excursions. Enter old Talbot
led editorial emendationby a Servant.editorial emendation


TALBOT 
FTLN 2049 Where is my other life? Mine own is gone.
FTLN 2050 O, where’s young Talbot? Where is valiant John?
FTLN 2051 Triumphant Death, smeared with captivity,
FTLN 2052 Young Talbot’s valor makes me smile at thee.
FTLN 20535 When he perceived me shrink and on my knee,
FTLN 2054 His bloody sword he brandished over me,
FTLN 2055 And like a hungry lion did commence
FTLN 2056 Rough deeds of rage and stern impatience;
FTLN 2057 But when my angry guardant stood alone,
FTLN 205810 Tend’ring my ruin and assailed of none,
FTLN 2059 Dizzy-eyed fury and great rage of heart
FTLN 2060 Suddenly made him from my side to start
FTLN 2061 Into the clust’ring battle of the French;
FTLN 2062 And in that sea of blood, my boy did drench
FTLN 206315 His over-mounting spirit; and there died
FTLN 2064 My Icarus, my blossom, in his pride.

Enter editorial emendationSoldierseditorial emendation with John Talbot, borne.

SERVINGMAN 
FTLN 2065 O, my dear lord, lo where your son is borne!
TALBOT 
FTLN 2066 Thou antic Death, which laugh’st us here to scorn,
FTLN 2067 Anon from thy insulting tyranny,
FTLN 206820 Coupled in bonds of perpetuity,
FTLN 2069 Two Talbots, wingèd through the lither sky,
FTLN 2070 In thy despite shall scape mortality.—
FTLN 2071 O, thou whose wounds become hard-favored Death,
FTLN 2072 Speak to thy father ere thou yield thy breath!
FTLN 207325 Brave Death by speaking, whither he will or no.
FTLN 2074 Imagine him a Frenchman and thy foe.—

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FTLN 2075 Poor boy, he smiles, methinks, as who should say
FTLN 2076 “Had Death been French, then Death had died
FTLN 2077 today.”—
FTLN 207830 Come, come, and lay him in his father’s arms;
FTLN 2079 My spirit can no longer bear these harms.
FTLN 2080 Soldiers, adieu! I have what I would have,
FTLN 2081 Now my old arms are young John Talbot’s grave.
Dies.
editorial emendationAlarums. Soldiers exit.editorial emendation

Enter Charles, Alanson, Burgundy, Bastard,
and Pucelle, editorial emendationwith Forces.editorial emendation


CHARLES 
FTLN 2082 Had York and Somerset brought rescue in,
FTLN 208335 We should have found a bloody day of this.
BASTARD 
FTLN 2084 How the young whelp of Talbot’s, raging wood,
FTLN 2085 Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen’s blood!
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2086 Once I encountered him, and thus I said:
FTLN 2087 “Thou maiden youth, be vanquished by a maid.”
FTLN 208840 But with a proud majestical high scorn
FTLN 2089 He answered thus: “Young Talbot was not born
FTLN 2090 To be the pillage of a giglot wench.”
FTLN 2091 So, rushing in the bowels of the French,
FTLN 2092 He left me proudly, as unworthy fight.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 209345 Doubtless he would have made a noble knight.
FTLN 2094 See where he lies inhearsèd in the arms
FTLN 2095 Of the most bloody nurser of his harms.
BASTARD 
FTLN 2096 Hew them to pieces, hack their bones asunder,
FTLN 2097 Whose life was England’s glory, Gallia’s wonder.
CHARLES 
FTLN 209850 O, no, forbear! For that which we have fled
FTLN 2099 During the life, let us not wrong it dead.

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Enter Lucy editorial emendationwith Attendants and a French Herald.editorial emendation

LUCY 
FTLN 2100 Herald, conduct me to the Dauphin’s tent,
FTLN 2101 To know who hath obtained the glory of the day.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2102 On what submissive message art thou sent?
LUCY 
FTLN 210355 Submission, dauphin? ’Tis a mere French word.
FTLN 2104 We English warriors wot not what it means.
FTLN 2105 I come to know what prisoners thou hast ta’en,
FTLN 2106 And to survey the bodies of the dead.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2107 For prisoners askst thou? Hell our prison is.
FTLN 210860 But tell me whom thou seek’st.
LUCY 
FTLN 2109 But where’s the great Alcides of the field,
FTLN 2110 Valiant Lord Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury,
FTLN 2111 Created for his rare success in arms
FTLN 2112 Great Earl of Washford, Waterford, and Valence,
FTLN 211365 Lord Talbot of Goodrich and Urchinfield,
FTLN 2114 Lord Strange of Blackmere, Lord Verdon of Alton,
FTLN 2115 Lord Cromwell of Wingfield, Lord Furnival of
FTLN 2116 Sheffield,
FTLN 2117 The thrice victorious Lord of Falconbridge,
FTLN 211870 Knight of the noble Order of Saint George,
FTLN 2119 Worthy Saint Michael, and the Golden Fleece,
FTLN 2120 Great Marshal to Henry the Sixth
FTLN 2121 Of all his wars within the realm of France?
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2122 Here’s a silly stately style indeed.
FTLN 212375 The Turk, that two-and-fifty kingdoms hath,
FTLN 2124 Writes not so tedious a style as this.
FTLN 2125 Him that thou magnifi’st with all these titles
FTLN 2126 Stinking and flyblown lies here at our feet.

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LUCY 
FTLN 2127 Is Talbot slain, the Frenchmen’s only scourge,
FTLN 212880 Your kingdom’s terror and black Nemesis?
FTLN 2129 O, were mine eyeballs into bullets turned
FTLN 2130 That I in rage might shoot them at your faces!
FTLN 2131 O, that I could but call these dead to life,
FTLN 2132 It were enough to fright the realm of France.
FTLN 213385 Were but his picture left amongst you here,
FTLN 2134 It would amaze the proudest of you all.
FTLN 2135 Give me their bodies, that I may bear them hence
FTLN 2136 And give them burial as beseems their worth.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2137 I think this upstart is old Talbot’s ghost,
FTLN 213890 He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit.
FTLN 2139 For God’s sake, let him have him. To keep them here,
FTLN 2140 They would but stink and putrefy the air.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2141 Go, take their bodies hence.
LUCY  FTLN 2142 I’ll bear them hence.
FTLN 214395 But from their ashes shall be reared
FTLN 2144 A phoenix that shall make all France afeard.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2145 So we be rid of them, do with him what thou wilt.
editorial emendationLucy, Servant, and Attendants exit,
bearing the bodies.editorial emendation

FTLN 2146 And now to Paris in this conquering vein.
FTLN 2147 All will be ours, now bloody Talbot’s slain.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.




editorial emendationACT 5editorial emendation
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Sennet. Enter King, Gloucester, and Exeter,
editorial emendationwith Attendants.editorial emendation


KING HENRY , editorial emendationto Gloucestereditorial emendation 
FTLN 2148 Have you perused the letters from the Pope,
FTLN 2149 The Emperor, and the Earl of Armagnac?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 2150 I have, my lord, and their intent is this:
FTLN 2151 They humbly sue unto your Excellence
FTLN 21525 To have a godly peace concluded of
FTLN 2153 Between the realms of England and of France.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 2154 How doth your Grace affect their motion?
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 2155 Well, my good lord, and as the only means
FTLN 2156 To stop effusion of our Christian blood
FTLN 215710 And stablish quietness on every side.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 2158 Ay, marry, uncle, for I always thought
FTLN 2159 It was both impious and unnatural
FTLN 2160 That such immanity and bloody strife
FTLN 2161 Should reign among professors of one faith.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 216215 Besides, my lord, the sooner to effect
FTLN 2163 And surer bind this knot of amity,
FTLN 2164 The Earl of Armagnac, near knit to Charles,
FTLN 2165 A man of great authority in France,
FTLN 2166 Proffers his only daughter to your Grace
FTLN 216720 In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.
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KING HENRY 
FTLN 2168 Marriage, uncle? Alas, my years are young;
FTLN 2169 And fitter is my study and my books
FTLN 2170 Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
FTLN 2171 Yet call th’ Ambassadors and, as you please,
FTLN 217225 So let them have their answers every one.
editorial emendationAn Attendant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2173 I shall be well content with any choice
FTLN 2174 Tends to God’s glory and my country’s weal.

Enter Winchester, editorial emendationdressed in cardinal’s robes,editorial emendation
and editorial emendationthe Ambassador of Armagnac, a Papal Legate,
and another Ambassador.editorial emendation


EXETER , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2175 What, is my Lord of Winchester installed
FTLN 2176 And called unto a cardinal’s degree?
FTLN 217730 Then I perceive that will be verified
FTLN 2178 Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy:
FTLN 2179 “If once he come to be a cardinal,
FTLN 2180 He’ll make his cap coequal with the crown.”
KING HENRY 
FTLN 2181 My Lords Ambassadors, your several suits
FTLN 218235 Have been considered and debated on;
FTLN 2183 Your purpose is both good and reasonable,
FTLN 2184 And therefore are we certainly resolved
FTLN 2185 To draw conditions of a friendly peace,
FTLN 2186 Which by my Lord of Winchester we mean
FTLN 218740 Shall be transported presently to France.
GLOUCESTER , editorial emendationto the Ambassador of Armagnaceditorial emendation 
FTLN 2188 And for the proffer of my lord your master,
FTLN 2189 I have informed his Highness so at large
FTLN 2190 As, liking of the lady’s virtuous gifts,
FTLN 2191 Her beauty, and the value of her dower,
FTLN 219245 He doth intend she shall be England’s queen.

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KING HENRY , editorial emendationhanding a jewel to the Ambassadoreditorial emendation 
FTLN 2193 In argument and proof of which contract,
FTLN 2194 Bear her this jewel, pledge of my affection.—
FTLN 2195 And so, my Lord Protector, see them guarded
FTLN 2196 And safely brought to Dover, editorial emendationwhere, inshipped,editorial emendation
FTLN 219750 Commit them to the fortune of the sea.
editorial emendationAll except Winchester and Legateeditorial emendation exit.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 2198 Stay, my Lord Legate; you shall first receive
FTLN 2199 The sum of money which I promisèd
FTLN 2200 Should be delivered to his Holiness
FTLN 2201 For clothing me in these grave ornaments.
LEGATE 
FTLN 220255 I will attend upon your Lordship’s leisure. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 2203 Now Winchester will not submit, I trow,
FTLN 2204 Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
FTLN 2205 Humphrey of Gloucester, thou shalt well perceive
FTLN 2206 That neither in birth or for authority
FTLN 220760 The Bishop will be overborne by thee.
FTLN 2208 I’ll either make thee stoop and bend thy knee,
FTLN 2209 Or sack this country with a mutiny.
He exits.


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Charles, Burgundy, Alanson, Bastard,
Reignier, and Joan editorial emendationla Pucelle, with Soldiers.editorial emendation


CHARLES 
FTLN 2210 These news, my lords, may cheer our drooping spirits:
FTLN 2211 ’Tis said the stout Parisians do revolt
FTLN 2212 And turn again unto the warlike French.
ALANSON 
FTLN 2213 Then march to Paris, royal Charles of France,
FTLN 22145 And keep not back your powers in dalliance.

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PUCELLE 
FTLN 2215 Peace be amongst them if they turn to us;
FTLN 2216 Else ruin combat with their palaces!

Enter Scout.

SCOUT 
FTLN 2217 Success unto our valiant general,
FTLN 2218 And happiness to his accomplices.
CHARLES 
FTLN 221910 What tidings send our scouts? I prithee speak.
SCOUT 
FTLN 2220 The English army that divided was
FTLN 2221 Into two parties is now conjoined in one,
FTLN 2222 And means to give you battle presently.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2223 Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warning is,
FTLN 222415 But we will presently provide for them.
BURGUNDY 
FTLN 2225 I trust the ghost of Talbot is not there.
FTLN 2226 Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2227 Of all base passions, fear is most accursed.
FTLN 2228 Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine;
FTLN 222920 Let Henry fret and all the world repine.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2230 Then on, my lords, and France be fortunate!
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Alarum. Excursions. Enter Joan editorial emendationlaeditorial emendation Pucelle.

PUCELLE 
FTLN 2231 The Regent conquers and the Frenchmen fly.
FTLN 2232 Now help, you charming spells and periapts,
FTLN 2233 And you choice spirits that admonish me,

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FTLN 2234 And give me signs of future accidents. Thunder.
FTLN 22355 You speedy helpers, that are substitutes
FTLN 2236 Under the lordly monarch of the north,
FTLN 2237 Appear, and aid me in this enterprise.

Enter Fiends.

FTLN 2238 This editorial emendationspeededitorial emendation and quick appearance argues proof
FTLN 2239 Of your accustomed diligence to me.
FTLN 224010 Now, you familiar spirits that are culled
FTLN 2241 Out of the powerful regions under earth,
FTLN 2242 Help me this once, that France may get the field.
They walk, and speak not.
FTLN 2243 O, hold me not with silence overlong!
FTLN 2244 Where I was wont to feed you with my blood,
FTLN 224515 I’ll lop a member off and give it you
FTLN 2246 In earnest of a further benefit,
FTLN 2247 So you do condescend to help me now.
They hang their heads.
FTLN 2248 No hope to have redress? My body shall
FTLN 2249 Pay recompense if you will grant my suit.
They shake their heads.
FTLN 225020 Cannot my body nor blood-sacrifice
FTLN 2251 Entreat you to your wonted furtherance?
FTLN 2252 Then take my soul—my body, soul, and all—
FTLN 2253 Before that England give the French the foil.
They depart.
FTLN 2254 See, they forsake me. Now the time is come
FTLN 225525 That France must vail her lofty-plumèd crest
FTLN 2256 And let her head fall into England’s lap.
FTLN 2257 My ancient incantations are too weak,
FTLN 2258 And hell too strong for me to buckle with.
FTLN 2259 Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust.
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Excursions. Burgundy and York fight hand to hand.
editorial emendationBurgundy and theeditorial emendation French fly
 editorial emendationas York and English
soldiers capture Joan la Pucelle.editorial emendation


YORK 
FTLN 226030 Damsel of France, I think I have you fast.
FTLN 2261 Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms,
FTLN 2262 And try if they can gain your liberty.
FTLN 2263 A goodly prize, fit for the devil’s grace!
FTLN 2264 See how the ugly witch doth bend her brows
FTLN 226535 As if with Circe she would change my shape.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2266 Changed to a worser shape thou canst not be.
YORK 
FTLN 2267 O, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man;
FTLN 2268 No shape but his can please your dainty eye.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2269 A plaguing mischief light on Charles and thee,
FTLN 227040 And may you both be suddenly surprised
FTLN 2271 By bloody hands in sleeping on your beds!
YORK 
FTLN 2272 Fell banning hag! Enchantress, hold thy tongue.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2273 I prithee give me leave to curse awhile.
YORK 
FTLN 2274 Curse, miscreant, when thou com’st to the stake.
They exit.

Alarum. Enter Suffolk with Margaret in his hand.

SUFFOLK 
FTLN 227545 Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner.
Gazes on her.
FTLN 2276 O fairest beauty, do not fear nor fly,
FTLN 2277 For I will touch thee but with reverent hands.
FTLN 2278 I kiss these fingers for eternal peace

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FTLN 2279 And lay them gently on thy tender side.
FTLN 228050 Who art thou? Say, that I may honor thee.
MARGARET 
FTLN 2281 Margaret my name, and daughter to a king,
FTLN 2282 The King of Naples, whosoe’er thou art.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2283 An earl I am, and Suffolk am I called.
FTLN 2284 Be not offended, nature’s miracle;
FTLN 228555 Thou art allotted to be ta’en by me.
FTLN 2286 So doth the swan her downy cygnets save,
FTLN 2287 Keeping them prisoner underneath editorial emendationhereditorial emendation wings.
FTLN 2288 Yet if this servile usage once offend,
FTLN 2289 Go and be free again as Suffolk’s friend.
She is going.
FTLN 229060 O, stay!  (editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation) I have no power to let her pass.
FTLN 2291 My hand would free her, but my heart says no.
FTLN 2292 As plays the sun upon the glassy streams,
FTLN 2293 Twinkling another counterfeited beam,
FTLN 2294 So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.
FTLN 229565 Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak.
FTLN 2296 I’ll call for pen and ink and write my mind.
FTLN 2297 Fie, de la Pole, disable not thyself!
FTLN 2298 Hast not a tongue? Is she not here?
FTLN 2299 Wilt thou be daunted at a woman’s sight?
FTLN 230070 Ay. Beauty’s princely majesty is such
FTLN 2301 Confounds the tongue and makes the senses rough.
MARGARET 
FTLN 2302 Say, Earl of Suffolk, if thy name be so,
FTLN 2303 What ransom must I pay before I pass?
FTLN 2304 For I perceive I am thy prisoner.
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 230575 How canst thou tell she will deny thy suit
FTLN 2306 Before thou make a trial of her love?
MARGARET 
FTLN 2307 Why speak’st thou not? What ransom must I pay?

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SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2308 She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed;
FTLN 2309 She is a woman, therefore to be won.
MARGARET 
FTLN 231080 Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea or no?
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2311 Fond man, remember that thou hast a wife;
FTLN 2312 Then how can Margaret be thy paramour?
MARGARET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2313 I were best to leave him, for he will not hear.
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2314 There all is marred; there lies a cooling card.
MARGARET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 231585 He talks at random; sure the man is mad.
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2316 And yet a dispensation may be had.
MARGARET 
FTLN 2317 And yet I would that you would answer me.
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2318 I’ll win this Lady Margaret. For whom?
FTLN 2319 Why, for my king. Tush, that’s a wooden thing!
MARGARET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 232090 He talks of wood. It is some carpenter.
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2321 Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,
FTLN 2322 And peace establishèd between these realms.
FTLN 2323 But there remains a scruple in that, too;
FTLN 2324 For though her father be the King of Naples,
FTLN 232595 Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor,
FTLN 2326 And our nobility will scorn the match.
MARGARET 
FTLN 2327 Hear you, captain? Are you not at leisure?
SUFFOLK , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2328 It shall be so, disdain they ne’er so much.
FTLN 2329 Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.—
FTLN 2330100 Madam, I have a secret to reveal.

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MARGARET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2331 What though I be enthralled, he seems a knight,
FTLN 2332 And will not any way dishonor me.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2333 Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say.
MARGARET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2334 Perhaps I shall be rescued by the French,
FTLN 2335105 And then I need not crave his courtesy.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2336 Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause.
MARGARET , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2337 Tush, women have been captivate ere now.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2338 Lady, wherefore talk you so?
MARGARET 
FTLN 2339 I cry you mercy, ’tis but quid for quo.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2340110 Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose
FTLN 2341 Your bondage happy, to be made a queen?
MARGARET 
FTLN 2342 To be a queen in bondage is more vile
FTLN 2343 Than is a slave in base servility,
FTLN 2344 For princes should be free.
SUFFOLK  FTLN 2345115 And so shall you,
FTLN 2346 If happy England’s royal king be free.
MARGARET 
FTLN 2347 Why, what concerns his freedom unto me?
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2348 I’ll undertake to make thee Henry’s queen,
FTLN 2349 To put a golden scepter in thy hand
FTLN 2350120 And set a precious crown upon thy head,
FTLN 2351 If thou wilt condescend to be my—
MARGARET  FTLN 2352 What?
SUFFOLK  FTLN 2353His love.

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MARGARET 
FTLN 2354 I am unworthy to be Henry’s wife.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2355125 No, gentle madam, I unworthy am
FTLN 2356 To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
FTLN 2357 And have no portion in the choice myself.
FTLN 2358 How say you, madam? Are you so content?
MARGARET 
FTLN 2359 An if my father please, I am content.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2360130 Then call our captains and our colors forth!
editorial emendationA Soldier exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2361 And, madam, at your father’s castle walls
FTLN 2362 We’ll crave a parley to confer with him.

editorial emendationEnter Captains and Trumpets.editorial emendation Sound editorial emendationa parley.editorial emendation
Enter Reignier on the walls.

FTLN 2363 See, Reignier, see thy daughter prisoner!
REIGNIER 
FTLN 2364 To whom?
SUFFOLK  FTLN 2365135 To me.
REIGNIER  FTLN 2366 Suffolk, what remedy?
FTLN 2367 I am a soldier and unapt to weep
FTLN 2368 Or to exclaim on Fortune’s fickleness.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2369 Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord:
FTLN 2370140 Consent, and, for thy Honor give consent,
FTLN 2371 Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king,
FTLN 2372 Whom I with pain have wooed and won thereto;
FTLN 2373 And this her easy-held imprisonment
FTLN 2374 Hath gained thy daughter princely liberty.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 2375145 Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?
SUFFOLK  FTLN 2376 Fair Margaret knows
FTLN 2377 That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign.

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REIGNIER 
FTLN 2378 Upon thy princely warrant, I descend
FTLN 2379 To give thee answer of thy just demand.
editorial emendationHe exits from the walls.editorial emendation
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2380150 And here I will expect thy coming.

Trumpets sound. Enter Reignier, editorial emendationbelow.editorial emendation

REIGNIER 
FTLN 2381 Welcome, brave earl, into our territories.
FTLN 2382 Command in Anjou what your Honor pleases.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2383 Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child,
FTLN 2384 Fit to be made companion with a king.
FTLN 2385155 What answer makes your Grace unto my suit?
REIGNIER 
FTLN 2386 Since thou dost deign to woo her little worth
FTLN 2387 To be the princely bride of such a lord,
FTLN 2388 Upon condition I may quietly
FTLN 2389 Enjoy mine own, the country Maine and Anjou,
FTLN 2390160 Free from oppression or the stroke of war,
FTLN 2391 My daughter shall be Henry’s, if he please.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2392 That is her ransom; I deliver her,
FTLN 2393 And those two counties I will undertake
FTLN 2394 Your Grace shall well and quietly enjoy.
REIGNIER 
FTLN 2395165 And I, again in Henry’s royal name
FTLN 2396 As deputy unto that gracious king,
FTLN 2397 Give thee her hand for sign of plighted faith.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2398 Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks
FTLN 2399 Because this is in traffic of a king.
FTLN 2400170  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation And yet methinks I could be well content
FTLN 2401 To be mine own attorney in this case.—

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FTLN 2402 I’ll over then to England with this news,
FTLN 2403 And make this marriage to be solemnized.
FTLN 2404 So farewell, Reignier; set this diamond safe
FTLN 2405175 In golden palaces, as it becomes.
REIGNIER , editorial emendationembracing Suffolkeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2406 I do embrace thee, as I would embrace
FTLN 2407 The Christian prince King Henry, were he here.
MARGARET , editorial emendationto Suffolkeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2408 Farewell, my lord; good wishes, praise, and prayers
FTLN 2409 Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret.
She is going, editorial emendationas Reignier exits.editorial emendation
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2410180 Farewell, sweet madam. But, hark you, Margaret,
FTLN 2411 No princely commendations to my king?
MARGARET 
FTLN 2412 Such commendations as becomes a maid,
FTLN 2413 A virgin, and his servant, say to him.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2414 Words sweetly placed and editorial emendationmodestlyeditorial emendation directed.
FTLN 2415185 But, madam, I must trouble you again:
FTLN 2416 No loving token to his Majesty?
MARGARET 
FTLN 2417 Yes, my good lord: a pure unspotted heart,
FTLN 2418 Never yet taint with love, I send the King.
SUFFOLK  FTLN 2419And this withal. Kiss her.
MARGARET 
FTLN 2420190 That for thyself. I will not so presume
FTLN 2421 To send such peevish tokens to a king. editorial emendationShe exits.editorial emendation
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2422 O, wert thou for myself! But, Suffolk, stay.
FTLN 2423 Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth.
FTLN 2424 There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk.
FTLN 2425195 Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise;
FTLN 2426 Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount

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FTLN 2427 editorial emendationAndeditorial emendation natural graces that extinguish art;
FTLN 2428 Repeat their semblance often on the seas,
FTLN 2429 That, when thou com’st to kneel at Henry’s feet,
FTLN 2430200 Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with wonder.
He exits.


editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter York, Warwick, Shepherd,
editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Pucelle, editorial emendationguarded.editorial emendation


YORK 
FTLN 2431 Bring forth that sorceress condemned to burn.
SHEPHERD 
FTLN 2432 Ah, Joan, this kills thy father’s heart outright.
FTLN 2433 Have I sought every country far and near,
FTLN 2434 And, now it is my chance to find thee out,
FTLN 24355 Must I behold thy timeless cruel death?
FTLN 2436 Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, I’ll die with thee.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2437 Decrepit miser, base ignoble wretch!
FTLN 2438 I am descended of a gentler blood.
FTLN 2439 Thou art no father nor no friend of mine.
SHEPHERD 
FTLN 244010 Out, out!—My lords, an please you, ’tis not so!
FTLN 2441 I did beget her, all the parish knows;
FTLN 2442 Her mother liveth yet, can testify
FTLN 2443 She was the first fruit of my bach’lorship.
WARWICK 
FTLN 2444 Graceless, wilt thou deny thy parentage?
YORK 
FTLN 244515 This argues what her kind of life hath been,
FTLN 2446 Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes.
SHEPHERD 
FTLN 2447 Fie, Joan, that thou wilt be so obstacle!

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FTLN 2448 God knows thou art a collop of my flesh,
FTLN 2449 And for thy sake have I shed many a tear.
FTLN 245020 Deny me not, I prithee, gentle Joan.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2451 Peasant, avaunt!—You have suborned this man
FTLN 2452 Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.
SHEPHERD 
FTLN 2453 ’Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest
FTLN 2454 The morn that I was wedded to her mother.—
FTLN 245525 Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl.
FTLN 2456 Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursèd be the time
FTLN 2457 Of thy nativity! I would the milk
FTLN 2458 Thy mother gave thee when thou editorial emendationsuck’dsteditorial emendation her
FTLN 2459 breast
FTLN 246030 Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake!
FTLN 2461 Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs afield,
FTLN 2462 I wish some ravenous wolf had eaten thee!
FTLN 2463 Dost thou deny thy father, cursèd drab?
FTLN 2464 O burn her, burn her! Hanging is too good. He exits.
YORK 
FTLN 246535 Take her away, for she hath lived too long
FTLN 2466 To fill the world with vicious qualities.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2467 First, let me tell you whom you have condemned:
FTLN 2468 Not editorial emendationoneeditorial emendation begotten of a shepherd swain,
FTLN 2469 But issued from the progeny of kings,
FTLN 247040 Virtuous and holy, chosen from above
FTLN 2471 By inspiration of celestial grace
FTLN 2472 To work exceeding miracles on earth.
FTLN 2473 I never had to do with wicked spirits.
FTLN 2474 But you, that are polluted with your lusts,
FTLN 247545 Stained with the guiltless blood of innocents,
FTLN 2476 Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices,
FTLN 2477 Because you want the grace that others have,
FTLN 2478 You judge it straight a thing impossible

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FTLN 2479 To compass wonders but by help of devils.
FTLN 248050 No, misconceivèd! Joan of editorial emendationArceditorial emendation hath been
FTLN 2481 A virgin from her tender infancy,
FTLN 2482 Chaste and immaculate in very thought,
FTLN 2483 Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effused,
FTLN 2484 Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven.
YORK 
FTLN 248555 Ay, ay.—Away with her to execution.
WARWICK 
FTLN 2486 And hark you, sirs: because she is a maid,
FTLN 2487 Spare for no faggots; let there be enow.
FTLN 2488 Place barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake
FTLN 2489 That so her torture may be shortenèd.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 249060 Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts?
FTLN 2491 Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity,
FTLN 2492 That warranteth by law to be thy privilege:
FTLN 2493 I am with child, you bloody homicides.
FTLN 2494 Murder not then the fruit within my womb,
FTLN 249565 Although you hale me to a violent death.
YORK 
FTLN 2496 Now heaven forfend, the holy maid with child?
WARWICK , editorial emendationto Pucelleeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2497 The greatest miracle that e’er you wrought!
FTLN 2498 Is all your strict preciseness come to this?
YORK 
FTLN 2499 She and the Dauphin have been juggling.
FTLN 250070 I did imagine what would be her refuge.
WARWICK 
FTLN 2501 Well, go to, we’ll have no bastards live,
FTLN 2502 Especially since Charles must father it.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2503 You are deceived; my child is none of his.
FTLN 2504 It was Alanson that enjoyed my love.

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YORK 
FTLN 250575 Alanson, that notorious Machiavel?
FTLN 2506 It dies an if it had a thousand lives!
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2507 O, give me leave! I have deluded you.
FTLN 2508 ’Twas neither Charles nor yet the Duke I named,
FTLN 2509 But Reignier, King of Naples, that prevailed.
WARWICK 
FTLN 251080 A married man? That’s most intolerable.
YORK 
FTLN 2511 Why, here’s a girl! I think she knows not well—
FTLN 2512 There were so many—whom she may accuse.
WARWICK 
FTLN 2513 It’s sign she hath been liberal and free.
YORK 
FTLN 2514 And yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure!—
FTLN 251585 Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat and thee.
FTLN 2516 Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.
PUCELLE 
FTLN 2517 Then lead me hence, with whom I leave my curse:
FTLN 2518 May never glorious sun reflex his beams
FTLN 2519 Upon the country where you make abode,
FTLN 252090 But darkness and the gloomy shade of death
FTLN 2521 Environ you, till mischief and despair
FTLN 2522 Drive you to break your necks or hang yourselves.
She exits, editorial emendationled by Guards.editorial emendation
YORK 
FTLN 2523 Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes,
FTLN 2524 Thou foul accursèd minister of hell!

Enter editorial emendationWinchester, aseditorial emendation Cardinal.

WINCHESTER 
FTLN 252595 Lord Regent, I do greet your Excellence
FTLN 2526 With letters of commission from the King.
FTLN 2527 For know, my lords, the states of Christendom,

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FTLN 2528 Moved with remorse of these outrageous broils,
FTLN 2529 Have earnestly implored a general peace
FTLN 2530100 Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French;
FTLN 2531 And here at hand the Dauphin and his train
FTLN 2532 Approacheth to confer about some matter.
YORK 
FTLN 2533 Is all our travail turned to this effect?
FTLN 2534 After the slaughter of so many peers,
FTLN 2535105 So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers
FTLN 2536 That in this quarrel have been overthrown
FTLN 2537 And sold their bodies for their country’s benefit,
FTLN 2538 Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace?
FTLN 2539 Have we not lost most part of all the towns—
FTLN 2540110 By treason, falsehood, and by treachery—
FTLN 2541 Our great progenitors had conquerèd?
FTLN 2542 O, Warwick, Warwick, I foresee with grief
FTLN 2543 The utter loss of all the realm of France!
WARWICK 
FTLN 2544 Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace
FTLN 2545115 It shall be with such strict and severe covenants
FTLN 2546 As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.

Enter Charles, Alanson, Bastard,
Reignier, editorial emendationwith Attendants.editorial emendation


CHARLES 
FTLN 2547 Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed
FTLN 2548 That peaceful truce shall be proclaimed in France,
FTLN 2549 We come to be informèd by yourselves
FTLN 2550120 What the conditions of that league must be.
YORK 
FTLN 2551 Speak, Winchester, for boiling choler chokes
FTLN 2552 The hollow passage of my poisoned voice
FTLN 2553 By sight of these our baleful enemies.
WINCHESTER 
FTLN 2554 Charles and the rest, it is enacted thus:

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FTLN 2555125 That, in regard King Henry gives consent,
FTLN 2556 Of mere compassion and of lenity,
FTLN 2557 To ease your country of distressful war
FTLN 2558 And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,
FTLN 2559 You shall become true liegemen to his crown.
FTLN 2560130 And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear
FTLN 2561 To pay him tribute and submit thyself,
FTLN 2562 Thou shalt be placed as viceroy under him,
FTLN 2563 And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
ALANSON 
FTLN 2564 Must he be then as shadow of himself—
FTLN 2565135 Adorn his temples with a coronet,
FTLN 2566 And yet, in substance and authority,
FTLN 2567 Retain but privilege of a private man?
FTLN 2568 This proffer is absurd and reasonless.
CHARLES 
FTLN 2569 ’Tis known already that I am possessed
FTLN 2570140 With more than half the Gallian territories,
FTLN 2571 And therein reverenced for their lawful king.
FTLN 2572 Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquished,
FTLN 2573 Detract so much from that prerogative
FTLN 2574 As to be called but viceroy of the whole?
FTLN 2575145 No, lord ambassador, I’ll rather keep
FTLN 2576 That which I have than, coveting for more,
FTLN 2577 Be cast from possibility of all.
YORK 
FTLN 2578 Insulting Charles, hast thou by secret means
FTLN 2579 Used intercession to obtain a league
FTLN 2580150 And, now the matter grows to compromise,
FTLN 2581 Stand’st thou aloof upon comparison?
FTLN 2582 Either accept the title thou usurp’st,
FTLN 2583 Of benefit proceeding from our king
FTLN 2584 And not of any challenge of desert,
FTLN 2585155 Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.
REIGNIER , editorial emendationaside to Charleseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2586 My lord, you do not well in obstinacy

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FTLN 2587 To cavil in the course of this contract.
FTLN 2588 If once it be neglected, ten to one
FTLN 2589 We shall not find like opportunity.
ALANSON , editorial emendationaside to Charleseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2590160 To say the truth, it is your policy
FTLN 2591 To save your subjects from such massacre
FTLN 2592 And ruthless slaughters as are daily seen
FTLN 2593 By our proceeding in hostility;
FTLN 2594 And therefore take this compact of a truce
FTLN 2595165 Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
WARWICK 
FTLN 2596 How say’st thou, Charles? Shall our condition stand?
CHARLES 
FTLN 2597 It shall—only reserved you claim no interest
FTLN 2598 In any of our towns of garrison.
YORK 
FTLN 2599 Then swear allegiance to his Majesty,
FTLN 2600170 As thou art knight, never to disobey
FTLN 2601 Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,
FTLN 2602 Thou nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.
editorial emendationCharles, Alanson, Bastard, and Reignier
swear allegiance to Henry.editorial emendation

FTLN 2603 So, now dismiss your army when you please;
FTLN 2604 Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still,
FTLN 2605175 For here we entertain a solemn peace.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter Suffolk in conference with the King,
Gloucester, and Exeter, editorial emendationwith Attendants.editorial emendation


KING HENRY 
FTLN 2606 Your wondrous rare description, noble earl,
FTLN 2607 Of beauteous Margaret hath astonished me.

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FTLN 2608 Her virtues gracèd with external gifts
FTLN 2609 Do breed love’s settled passions in my heart,
FTLN 26105 And like as rigor of tempestuous gusts
FTLN 2611 Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide,
FTLN 2612 So am I driven by breath of her renown
FTLN 2613 Either to suffer shipwrack, or arrive
FTLN 2614 Where I may have fruition of her love.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 261510 Tush, my good lord, this superficial tale
FTLN 2616 Is but a preface of her worthy praise.
FTLN 2617 The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
FTLN 2618 Had I sufficient skill to utter them,
FTLN 2619 Would make a volume of enticing lines
FTLN 262015 Able to ravish any dull conceit;
FTLN 2621 And, which is more, she is not so divine,
FTLN 2622 So full replete with choice of all delights,
FTLN 2623 But with as humble lowliness of mind
FTLN 2624 She is content to be at your command—
FTLN 262520 Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents—
FTLN 2626 To love and honor Henry as her lord.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 2627 And otherwise will Henry ne’er presume.—
FTLN 2628 Therefore, my Lord Protector, give consent
FTLN 2629 That Margaret may be England’s royal queen.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 263025 So should I give consent to flatter sin.
FTLN 2631 You know, my lord, your Highness is betrothed
FTLN 2632 Unto another lady of esteem.
FTLN 2633 How shall we then dispense with that contract
FTLN 2634 And not deface your honor with reproach?
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 263530 As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
FTLN 2636 Or one that, at a triumph having vowed
FTLN 2637 To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
FTLN 2638 By reason of his adversary’s odds.

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FTLN 2639 A poor earl’s daughter is unequal odds,
FTLN 264035 And therefore may be broke without offense.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 2641 Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than that?
FTLN 2642 Her father is no better than an earl,
FTLN 2643 Although in glorious titles he excel.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2644 Yes, my lord, her father is a king,
FTLN 264540 The King of Naples and Jerusalem,
FTLN 2646 And of such great authority in France
FTLN 2647 As his alliance will confirm our peace,
FTLN 2648 And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 2649 And so the Earl of Armagnac may do,
FTLN 265045 Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
EXETER 
FTLN 2651 Besides, his wealth doth warrant a liberal dower,
FTLN 2652 Where Reignier sooner will receive than give.
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2653 A dower, my lords? Disgrace not so your king
FTLN 2654 That he should be so abject, base, and poor,
FTLN 265550 To choose for wealth and not for perfect love.
FTLN 2656 Henry is able to enrich his queen,
FTLN 2657 And not to seek a queen to make him rich;
FTLN 2658 So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
FTLN 2659 As market men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
FTLN 266055 Marriage is a matter of more worth
FTLN 2661 Than to be dealt in by attorneyship.
FTLN 2662 Not whom we will, but whom his Grace affects,
FTLN 2663 Must be companion of his nuptial bed.
FTLN 2664 And therefore, lords, since he affects her most,
FTLN 266560 Most of all these reasons bindeth us
FTLN 2666 In our opinions she should be preferred.
FTLN 2667 For what is wedlock forcèd but a hell,
FTLN 2668 An age of discord and continual strife?

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FTLN 2669 Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss
FTLN 267065 And is a pattern of celestial peace.
FTLN 2671 Whom should we match with Henry, being a king,
FTLN 2672 But Margaret, that is daughter to a king?
FTLN 2673 Her peerless feature, joinèd with her birth,
FTLN 2674 Approves her fit for none but for a king.
FTLN 267570 Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit,
FTLN 2676 More than in women commonly is seen,
FTLN 2677 Will answer our hope in issue of a king.
FTLN 2678 For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
FTLN 2679 Is likely to beget more conquerors,
FTLN 268075 If with a lady of so high resolve
FTLN 2681 As is fair Margaret he be linked in love.
FTLN 2682 Then yield, my lords, and here conclude with me
FTLN 2683 That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she.
KING HENRY 
FTLN 2684 Whether it be through force of your report,
FTLN 268580 My noble Lord of Suffolk, or for that
FTLN 2686 My tender youth was never yet attaint
FTLN 2687 With any passion of inflaming love,
FTLN 2688 I cannot tell; but this I am assured:
FTLN 2689 I feel such sharp dissension in my breast,
FTLN 269085 Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
FTLN 2691 As I am sick with working of my thoughts.
FTLN 2692 Take therefore shipping; post, my lord, to France;
FTLN 2693 Agree to any covenants, and procure
FTLN 2694 That Lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come
FTLN 269590 To cross the seas to England and be crowned
FTLN 2696 King Henry’s faithful and anointed queen.
FTLN 2697 For your expenses and sufficient charge,
FTLN 2698 Among the people gather up a tenth.
FTLN 2699 Be gone, I say, for till you do return,
FTLN 270095 I rest perplexèd with a thousand cares.—
FTLN 2701 And you, good uncle, banish all offense.
FTLN 2702 If you do censure me by what you were,

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FTLN 2703 Not what you are, I know it will excuse
FTLN 2704 This sudden execution of my will.
FTLN 2705100 And so conduct me where, from company,
FTLN 2706 I may revolve and ruminate my grief.
He exits editorial emendationwith Attendants.editorial emendation
GLOUCESTER 
FTLN 2707 Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last.
Gloucester exits editorial emendationwith Exeter.editorial emendation
SUFFOLK 
FTLN 2708 Thus Suffolk hath prevailed, and thus he goes
FTLN 2709 As did the youthful Paris once to Greece,
FTLN 2710105 With hope to find the like event in love,
FTLN 2711 But prosper better than the Trojan did.
FTLN 2712 Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the King,
FTLN 2713 But I will rule both her, the King, and realm.
He exits.