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Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,
Glo. Is Paris lost? is Roüen yielded up? If Henry were recall’d to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the ghost.
Ere. How were they lost? what treachery was us’d ?
Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. Among the soldiers this is muttered, That here you maintain several factions ; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought, You are disputing of your generals. One would have ling’ring wars, with little cost; Another would fly swift but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expence at all, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain’d. Awake, awake, English nobility! Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot: Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Of England's coat one-half is cut away.
Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral,
Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France :-
Enter another Messenger. 9 Mess. Lurds, 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 join’d; Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part; The duke of Alençon flieth to his side.
Ere. The Dauphin crowned king ! all fly to him ! O, whether shall we fly from this reproach?
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 forwardness? An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Wherewith already France is over-run.
Enter a third Messenger. 3 Mess. My gracious lords,—to add to your laments, Wherewith you now bedew 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? is't so?
3 Mes. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'erthrown: The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, By three and twenty thousand of the French Was round encompassed and set upon: No leisure had he to enrank his men ;
He wanted pikes to set before his archers;
Bed. Is Talbot slain ? then I will slay myself,
3 Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford : Most of the rest slaughter’d, or took, likewise.
Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall
3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd;
Ere. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworn; Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, To go about my preparation.
[Exit. Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, To view the artillery and munition; And then I will proclaim young Henry king. [Exit.
Ere. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain’d his special governor; And for his safety there I'll best devise. [Exit.
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend : I am left out; for me nothing remains. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office; The king from Eltham I intend to send, And sit at chiefest stern of public weal.
[Exit. Scene closes. SCENE II.- France before Orleans.
Enter Charles, with his Forces; ALENÇON, REIGNIER,
Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly here?
Char. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush on them. Now for the honour of the forlorn French :Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. [Exeunt.
Alarums; Excursions ; afterwards a Retreat.
Re-enter Charles, Alençon, Reignier, and Others. Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have I ?