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T. Gillet, Wild Court, and J. BRETTELL, Marshall Street, Printers.
Lords, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and screral Attendants both on the English and French. The S C E V E is partly in England, and partly in Irance.
MARGARET, daughter to Reignier, and aftertourds 2ween to King Henry.
Countess of AUVERGNE.
JoAN LA Pucelle, commonly called Joan of
Arc; a Maid pretending to be inspir'd from
Heaven, and setting up for the Championess
Fiends, attending her.
Hestminster-Abbey. Dead March. Enter the funeral of King Henry | Firth, altended on by the Duke of Bedford, Regent of France: the Duke of Gloster, Protector; the Duke of Exeter, and the Earl of IWarwick ; the Bishop of Winchester, and the Duke of So- His brandish'dsword did blind men with his beams; merset, &c. - His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings; Bed. HU NG be the heavens with black, 10|His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathfulfire, yield day to night! More dazzled and drove back his enemies, Comets, importing change of times and states, Than mid-day sun, fierce bent against their faces.
|Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky; .
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
That have consented unto Henry's death!
Henry the fifth, too famous to live long |
5|England ne'er lost a king of so intich worth.
Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
Virtue he had, deserving to command:
"Mr. Theobald observes, that, “the historical transactions contained in this play, take in the comass of above thirty years. I must observe, however, that our author, in the three parts of Henry WI. as not been very precise to the date and disposition of his facts; but shuffled theim, backwards and forwards, out of time. For instance; the lord Talbot is kill'd at the end of the fourth act of this play, who in reality did not fall till the 13th of July 1453; and The Second Part of Henry WI. opens with the marriage of the king, which was solemniz'd eight years before Talbot's death, in the year 1445. Again, in the second part, dame Eleanor Cobham is introduced to insult queen Margaret; though her enance and banishment for sorcery happened three years before that princess came over to England. ! could point out many other transgressions against history, as far as the order of time is concerned. Indeed, though there are several master-strokes in these three play", which incontestably betray the workmanship of Shakspeare; yet I am almost doubtful whether they were entirely of his writing. And unless they were wrote by him very early, I should rather imagine them to have been brought to him as a director of the stage; and so have received some finishing beauties at his hand. An accurate observer will easily see, the diction of them is more obsolete, and the numbers inore mean and prosaical, thin in the generality of his genuine compositions.”
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech:
He ne'erlift up his hand but conquered.
Ere. We mourn in black; Why mouri, we net
Henry is dead, and never shall revive:
Upon a wooden coffin we attend;
And death's dishonourable victory
We with our stately presence glorify,
Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
What? shall we curse the planets of missap,
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ;
Or shall we think the subtle-witted French
Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him,
By magic verses have contriv'd his end?
Hin. He was a king blest of the King of Kings.
Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day
So dreadful will not be, as was his sight.
The battles of the Lord of Hosts he fought:
The church's prayers made him so prosperous.
Glo. The church where is it? Had not church-
His thread of life had not so soon decay’d:
None do you like but an effeminate prince,
Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe.
IWin. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art pro-
And lookest to command the prince, and realm.
Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe,
More than God, or religious church-men, may.
Glo. Namenot religion, for thou lov'st the flesh;
And ne'erthroughout the year tochtirch thougo'st,
Fo it be to pray against thy foes.
Bed. Cease, cease thesejars, and rest your minds
Let's to the altar:—Heralds, wait on us:—
Instead of gold, we'll offe, up our arms;
Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.—
Posterity, await for wretched years,
When at their mothers' moisteyes babes shall suck: 40'Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse,_
Our isle be made a nourish' of salt tears,
And none but women left to wall the dead.—
Henry the fifth thy ghost I invocate;
Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils
Combat with adverse planets in the heavens'
A far more glorious star thy soul will make,
Than Julius Caesar, or bright
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all !
Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture:
Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,
Paris, Guisors, Poi, tiers, are all quite lost.
Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Hen-
ry's corse? -
Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns
Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.
Glo. Is Paris lost? Is Roan yielded up? *
If Henry were recall'd to life again, [ghost.
These news would cause him once more yield the
Ere. How were they lost? what treachery was
Mess. No treachery; but want of men and
Among the soldiers this is muttered,— That here you maintain several factions; And, whilst a fieldshould be dispatch'd and fought, You are disputing of your generals. §. would have ling'ring wars with little cost; Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expence at als, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. Awake, awake, English nobility; 10|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. Ere. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, These tidings would call forth their flowing tides. 15| Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France:– Give me my steeled coat, I’ll fight for France.— Away with these disgraceful wailing robes! Wounds I will lend the French instead of eyes, To weep their intermissive miseries.
20 Euter to them 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:
25|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. [Erit. Ere. The Dauphin crowned king all fly to
Glo. We will notfly butto our enemies' throats:– Redford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out. Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forwardness 2 5|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,
I must inform you of a dismal fight,
Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.
J/in. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so?
3 Mess. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'er-
* Nourish here signifies a nurse. . . i. e. their miseries which have had only a short intermission from
Henry the Fifth's death to my coming amongst them.
All the whole army stood agaz'd on him:
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
A Talbot! a Talbot! cried out amain,
And rush'd into the bowels of the battle.
Here had the conquest fully been seal’d up,
If Sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward:
He being in the vaward' (plac'd behind,
With purpose to relieve and follow them)
Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
Hence grew the general wreck and massacre;
Enclosed were they with their enemies:
A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's
Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back;
Durst not presume to look once in the face.
Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself,
For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,
Unto his dastard foe-men is betray'd.
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 2
At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans;
Otherwhiles,thefamish’d English, likepale ghosts,
Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat
Either they must be dieted, like mules,
And have their provender ty'd to their mouths,
Orpiteous they will look like drowned mice.
Reig. Let's raise thesiege;Whyliveweidlyhere?
Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear:
Remaineth none, but mad-brain’d 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
3. Mess. Ono, he lives; but is took prisoner, 20 Now for the honour of the forlorn French:—
And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford:
Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise.
Bed. Hisransom there is none but I shall pay:
I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throné,
His crown shall be the ransom of my friend;
Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.—
Farewell, my masters; to my task will I;
Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make,
To keep our great Saint George's feast withal:
Tenthousand soldiers with me I will take,
Whosebloodydeedsshallmake all Europe quake.
344cos.So you had need; for Orleansisbesieg'd;
The #. army is grown weak and faint:
The ears of Salisbury craveth supply;
And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
Since they, so few, watch such a multitude.
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. Erit. Glo. I'll to the H. with all the haste I can, To view the artillery and munition; And then I willproclaimyoung Henryking.[Erit. £re. To Eltham wills, where the youngkingis, Being ordain'd his special governor; And for his safety there I'll best advise. [Erit. Win. Eachhath hisplace 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 sitat chiefest stern of public weal. S C E N II. Befor
e Orleans in France. Enter Charles, Alençon, and Reignier, marching with a Drum and Soldiers. Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens,
*i.e. the back part of the can or front.
Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,
When he sees mego back one foot, or fly.[Ereunt.
[Here alarum, they are beaten back by the
English, with great loss.
Re-enter Charles, Alençon, and Reignier.
Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have
Dogs! cowards' dastards!—I would ne'er have
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. Froisard, 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 §: Sampsons, and Goliasses,
It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten!
Lean raw-bon'drascals! who would e'er suppose
They had such courage and audacity?
Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hair-
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 forsakethesiege.
Reig. Ithink, by some odd gimmals” or device,
Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on;
Else they could ne'er 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?
news for him.
Dau. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us.
Bast. Methinks, yourlooksaresad, your chear"
Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence?
Be not dismay’d, for succour is at hand:
* These were two of the most famous in the list of,
harlemagne's twelvepeers; and their exploits are render'dsoridiculously and equally extravagantby the old romancers, that from thence arose that saying amongst our plain and sensible ancestors, of giving one a Rowland for his Oliver, to signify the matching one incredible lye with another; or, as in
themodern acceptation oftheproverb, to give apersonas gooda oneashebrings,
ofjointed work, where one piece moves within another, whence it is taken at large for anengine. It
* now vulgarly called a gimcrack.
* Chear is countenance, appearance.