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His overmounting spirit; and there died
Enter Soldiers, bearing the Body of John TALBOT. Serv. O my dear lord ! lo, where your son is
borne ! Tal. Thou antick death, which laugh'st us here to
John Talbot's grave.
3 In King Richard II. we have the same image:
within the hollow crown
Scoffing his state, and grinning at his pomp.' 4 Lither is flexible, pliant, yielding. In much the same manner Milton says:
He with broad sails Winnow'd the buxom air.' Where buxom is used in its old original sense of pliant, yielding. Blount, in his Glossography, points out the perversion of buxom to its modern meaning.
Alarums. Exeunt Soldiers and Servant, leaving the
two Bodies. Enter CHARLES, ALENÇON, BURGUNDY, Bastard, LA PUCELLE, and Forces.
Char. Had York and Somerset brought rescue in, We should have found a bloody day of this. Bast. How the young whelp of Talbot's, raging
wood, Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood !
Puc. Once I encounter'd him, and thus I said, Thou maiden youth, be vanquish'd by a maid: But—with a proud, majestical high scorn, He answer'd thus; Young Talbot was not born To be the pillage of a giglot 6 wench: So, rushing in the bowels of the French?, He left me proudly, as unworthy fight. Bur. Doubtless, he would have made a noble
knight: See, where he lies inhersed in the arms Of the most bloody nurser of his harms. Bast. Hew them to pieces, hack their bones.
asunder; Whose life was England's glory, Gallia's wonder.
Char. O, no; forbear: for that which we have fled During the life, let us not wrong it dead.
5 Wood signified furious as well as mad: raging-wood is certainly here furiously raging.
6 A giglot is a wanton wench. ' A minx, gigle (or giglet), flirt, callet, or gixie,' says Cotgrave. The word occurs again in Measure for Measure.
· Whose choice is like that Greekish giglot's love,
Orlando Furioso, 1594. 7 We have a similar expression in the First Part of Jeronimo, 1605:
• Meet, Don Andrea! yes, in the battle's bowels.'
Enter SIR WILLIAM LUCY, attended, a French
Char. On what submissive message art thou sent?
Char. For prisoners ask’st thou? hell our prison is. But tell me whom thou seek'st?
Lucy. Where is the great Alcides of the field,
8 Lucy's message implied that he knew who had obtained the victory: therefore Hanmer reads :
· Herald, conduct me to the Dauphin's tent.' 9 Wexford, in Ireland, was anciently called Weysford. In Crompton's Mansion of Magnanimitie, 1599, it is written as here, Washford. This long list of titles is from the epitaph formerly existant on Lord Talbot's tomb at Rouën. It is to be found in the work above cited with one other, ‘Lord Lovetoft of Worsop,' which would not easily fall into the verse. It concludes as here, and adds, 'who died in the battle of Burdeaux, 1453, Malone was not acquainted with any older book in which this epitaph was to be found, and the play is of prior date to Crompton's book.
Puc. Here is a silly stately style indeed! The Turk, that two and fifty kingdoms hath, Writes not so tedious a style as this.-Him, that thou magnifiest with all these titles, Stinking and flyblown, lies here at our feet. Lucy. Is Talbot slain; the Frenchman's only
scourge, Your kingdom's terror and black Nemesis ? 0, were mine eyeballs into bullets turn’d, That I, in rage, might shoot them at your
faces ! 0, that I could but call these dead to life! It were enough to fright the realm of France: Were but his picture left among you here, It would amaze 10 the proudest of you
all. Give me their bodies; that I may bear them hence, And give them burial as beseems their worth.
Puc. I think, this upstart is old Talbot's ghost, He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit. For God's sake, let him have 'em; to keep them here, They would but stink, and putrefy the air.
Char. Go, take their bodies hence.
I'll bear them hence:
wilt. And now to Paris, in this conquering vein ; All will be ours, now bloody Talbot's slain.
10 To amaze is to dismay, to throw into consternation. A citie amazed or astonied with feare. Urbs lymphata horroribus.' BARET. Thus in Cymbeline
'I am amaz'd with matter.' 11 A word is wanting to complete the metre, which Hanmer thus supplied :
· But from their ashes, Dauphin, shall be rear’d.?
SCENE I. London. A Room in the Palace. Enter KING HENRY, GLOSTER, and EXETER.
K. Hen. Have you perus'd the letters from the pope, The emperor, and the earl of Armagnac?
Glo. I have, my lord; and their intent is this,-They humbly sue unto your excellence, To have a godly peace concluded of, Between the realms of England and of France.
K. Hen. How doth your grace affect their motion?
Glo. Well, my good lord; and as the only means To stop effusion of our Christian blood, And 'stablish quietness on every side.
K. Hen. Ay, marry, uncle; for I always thought, It was both impious and unnatural, That such immanity and bloody strife Should reign among professors of one faith.
Glo. Beside, my lord,--the sooner to effect, And surer bind, this knot of amity, The earl of Armagnac-near knit to Charles, A man of great authority in France, Proffers his only daughter to your grace In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry. K. Hen. Marriage, uncle! alas ! my years are
young; And fitter is my study and my books, Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
1 Immanity (immanitas, LAT.) outrageousness, cruelty, excess. Blount. A belluine kind of immanity never raged so amongst
Howell's Letters, iii. 15. 2 The king was, however, twenty-four years old.