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You are disputing of your generals.
Enter another Messenger.
2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad mischance. France is revolted from the English quite; Except some petty towns of no import; The dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims; The bastard of Orleans with him is joined ; Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part ; The duke of Alençon flieth to his side. Eace. The dauphin crowned king ! all fly to him O, whither shall we fly from this reproach P Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies’ throats; Bedford, if thou be slack, I’ll fight it out. Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forwardmess? An army have I mustered in my thoughts, Wherewith already France is overrun.
1 i. e. England's flowing tides. 2 i. e. their miseries which have only a short intermission.
Enter a third Messenger.
3 Mess. My gracious lords, to add to your laments, Wherewith you now bedev king Henry's hearse,_ I must inform you of a dismal fight, Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.
Win. What wherein Talbot overcame P is't so P
3 Mess. O, no ; wherein lord Talbot was o'er
The circumstance I’ll tell you more at large.
1 For an account of this sir John Fastolfe, vide Biographia Britannica, by Kippis, vol. v.; in which is his life, written by Mr. Gough. VOL. IV. 30
A base Walloon, to win the dauphin's grace,
The king from Eltham I intend to steal,
SCENE II. France. Before Orleans.
Enter CHARLEs, with his Forces; ALENgoN, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Mars his true moving,” even as in the heavens, So in the earth, to this day is not known. Late did he shine upon the English side; Now we are victors, upon us he smiles. What towns of any moment, but we have P At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; Otherwhiles, the famished English, like pale ghosts, Faintly besiege us one hour in a month. Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat bullbeeves. - -Either they must be dieted like mules, And have their provender tied to their mouths, Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. Reig. Let's raise the siege ; why live we idly here? Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear. Remaineth none but mad–brained Salisbury; And he may well in fretting spend his gall; . Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war. Char. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush on them. Now for the honor of the forlorn French.Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. [Eveunt. Alarums; Excursions; afterwards a Retreat.
1 The old copy reads send; the present reading was proposed by Mason, who observes that the king was not at this time in the power of the cardinal, but under the care of the duke of Exeter. The second article of accusation brought against the bishop by the duke of Gloucester is, “that he purposed and disposed him to set hand on the king’s person, and to have removed him from Eltham to Windsor, to the intent to put him in governance as him list.”—Holinshed, vol. iii. p. 591.
2 “You are as ignorant in the true movings of my muse as the astronomers are in the true movings of Mars, which to this day they could never attain to.”—Gabriel Harvey's Hunt is up, by Nash, 1596, Preface.
Re-enter CHARLEs, ALENGON, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Who ever saw the like P what men have I?— Dogs! cowards! dastards !—I would ne'er have fled, But that they left me 'midst my enemies. Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; He fighteth as one weary of his life. The other lords, like lions wanting food, Do rush upon us as their hungry prey. Alen. Froissard, a countryman of ours, records, England all Olivers and Rowlands' bred, During the time Edward the Third did reign. More truly now may this be verified; For none but Samsons and Goliasses It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten Lean, raw-boned rascals who would e'er suppose They had such courage and audacity ? . Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hairbrained slaves, And hunger will enforce them to be more eager. Of old I know them ; rather with their teeth The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the siege. Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals” or device, Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on : Else ne'er could they hold out so as they do. By my consent, we’ll e'en let them alone. Alen. Be it so.
Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
Bast. Where's the prince dauphin P I have news for him. .
l.These were two of the most famous in the list of Charlemagne's twelve peers; and their exploits are the theme of the old romances. From the equally doughty and unheard-of exploits of these champions, arose the saying of Giving a Rowland for an Oliver, for giving a person as good as he brings.
* By gimmals, gimbols, gimmers, or gimowes, any kind of device or mao producing motion was meant. Baret has “the gimew or hinge of a door.” r w