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Tal. But yet, before we go, let's not forget The noble duke of Bedford, late deceas'd, But see his exequies fulfill’d in Roüen; A braver soldier never couched lance, A gentler heart did never sway in court: But kings and mightiest potentates must die; For that's the end of human misery. [Exeunt.
The same. The Plains near the City. Enter CHARLES, the Bastard, ALENÇON, LA
Pucelle, and Forces.
Char. We have been guided by thee hitherto,
Bast. Search out thy wit for secret policies, And we will make thee famous through the world.
Alen. We'll set thy statue in some holy place, And have thee reverenc'd like a blessed saint; Employ thee then, sweet virgin, for our good.
Puc. Then thus it must be; this doth Joan devise : By fair persuasions, mix'd with sugar'd words, We will entice the duke of Burgundy To leave the Talbot, and to follow us.
Char. Ay, marry, sweeting, if we could do that, France were no place for Henry's warriors;
Nor should that nation boast it so with us,
Puc. Your honours shall perceive how I will work, To bring this matter to the wished end.
[Drums heard. Hark! by the sound of drum, you may perceive Their powers are marching unto Paris-ward. An English March. Enter, and pass over at a
distance, TALBOT and his Forces. There goes
the Talbot with his colours spread; And all the troops of English after him. A French March. Enter the Duke of BURGUNDY
[A Parley sounded.
tryman. Bur. What say’st thou, Charles ? for I am march
ing hence. Char. Speak, Pucelle; and enchant him with thy
words. Puc. Brave Burgundy, undoubted hope of France ! Stay, let thy humble handmaid speak to thee.
1 i.e. extirpated, rooted out. So in Lord Sterline's Darius, 1603:
• The world shall gather to extirp our name.' 2 Expuls'd is expell’d. Thus in Jonson's Sejanus :
• The expulsed Apicata finds him there.' VOL. VI.
Bur. Speak on; but be not over-tedious.
Puc. Look on thy country, look on fertile France, And see the cities and the towns defac'd By wasting ruin of the cruel foe! As looks the mother on her lowly babe, When death doth close his tender dying eyes, See, see, the pining malady of France; Behold the wounds, the most unnatural wounds, Which thou thyself hast given her woful breast! 0, turn thy edged sword another way; Strike those that hurt, and hurt not those that help! One drop of blood, drawn from thy country's bosom, Should grieve thee more than streams of foreign gore; Return thee, therefore, with a flood of tears, And wash away thy country's stained spots !
Bur. Either she hath bewitch'd me with her words, Or nature makes me suddenly relent.
Puc. Besides, all French and France exclaims on
Doubting thy birth and lawful progeny.
3 Another mistake. The duke was not liberated till after Burgundy's decline to the French interest; which did not happen, by the way, till some years after the execution of La Pucelle; nor was that during the regency of York, but of Bedford.
And join'st with them will be thy slaughter-men. Come, come, return; return, thou' wand'ring lord; Charles, and the rest, will take thee in their arms. Bur. I am vanquished: these haughty* words of
hers Have batter'd me like roaring cannon shot, And made me almost yield upon my
knees.Forgive me, country, and sweet countrymen! And, lords, accept this hearty kind embrace: My forces and my power of men are yours ;So, farewell, Talbot; I'll no longer trust thee.
Puc. Done like a Frenchman, turn, and turn again! Char. Welcome, brave duke! thy friendship makes
us fresh. Bast. And doth beget new courage in our breasts.
Alen. Pucelle bath bravely played her part in this, And doth deserve a coronet of gold.
Char. Now let us on, my lords, and join our powers; And seek how we may prejudice the foe. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. Paris. A Room in the Palace.
Enter KING HENRY, GLOSTER, and other Lords,
VERNON, BASSET, &c. To them TALBOT, and some of his Officers. Tal. My gracious prince, — and honourable
peers, Hearing of your arrival in this realm,
4 Haughty does not mean disdainful, or violent, as Johnson supposed; but elevated, high spirited. Vide note 9, p. 52. At the first interview with Joan the Dauphin says :
• Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high terms.' i.e, what Burgundy calls her haughty words. Haught and hault were used in the same manner; from hault and haultain, old French.
6 The inconstancy of the French was always the subject of satire. 'I have read (says Johnson) a dissertation written to prove that the index of the wind upon our steeples was made in form of a cock to ridicule the French for their frequent changes.'
I have a while given truce unto my wars,
K. Hen. Is this the Lord Talbot, uncle Glostero, That hath so long been resident in France ?
Glo. Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege.
face: Therefore, stand up; and, for these good deserts, We here create you earl of Shrewsbury; And in our coronation take your place. [Exeunt King HENRY, Gloster, TALBOT,
and Nobles. Ver. Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea, 6 Hanmer supplied the apparent deficiency in this line, by reading :
• Is this the fam'd Lord Talbot,' &c. 7 Malone remarks that · Henry was but nine months old when his father died, and never saw him. The poet did not perhaps deem historical accuracy necessary.
8 Convinced. Vide note on page 12. 9 Rewarded. Vide note on page 61.