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Embrace we then this opportunity;
How, or which way: 'tis sure, they found some As fitting best to quittance their deceil,
place Contriv'd by art, and haleful sorcery.
But weakly guarded, where the breach was made, Bed. Coward of France 2-how much he wrrings And now there rests no other shift but this,-his fame,
To gather our soldiers, scatter'd and dispers’d, Despairing of his own arm's fortitude,
And lay new platforms? to cndamage them. To join with witches, and the help of hell. Alarum. Enter an English Soldier, crying a Tal
Bur. Traitors have never other company - bot! a Talbut! They Ny, leaving their Clothes beBut what's that Pucelle, whom they term so pure ? hind.
Tal. A maid, they say.
Sold. I'll be so bold to take what they have lefl, Bur. Pray God, she prove not masculine ere long; For I have loaden me with many spoils,
cry of Talbot serves me for a sword; If underneach the standard of the French,
Using no other weapon but his name. [Erit She carry ar mour as she hath begun. Tal. Well, let them practise and converse with SCENE II. Orleans. Within the Town Enter spirits:
Talbot, BEDFORD, BURGUNDY, a Captain, and God is our fortress; in whose conquering naine,
others. Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. Bed. The day begins to break, and night is fled,
Bed. Ascend, brave Talbot; we will follow thee. Whose pitchy mantle over-veild the earth.
Tal. Not all together: betier far, I guess, Here sound retreal, and cease our hot pursuit, That we do make our entrance several ways;
(Retreat sounded That, if it chance the one of us do fail,
Tal. Bring forth the body of old Salisbury; The other yet may rise against their force. And here advance it in the market-place, Bed. Agreed ; I'll to yon corner.
The middle centre of this cursed town.Bur.
And I to this. Now have I paid my vow unto his soul; Tal. And here will Talbot mount, or make his for every drop of blood was drawn from him,
There hath at least five Frenchmen died to-night. Now, Salisbury! for thee, and for the right And, that hereafter ages may behold of English Henry, shall this night appear
Whát ruin happen'd in revenge of him, How much in duty I am bound to both.
Within their chiefest temple I'll erect (The English scale the Walls, crying St. George! A tomb, wherein his corpse shall be interr’d:
a Talbot! and all enter by the Tourn. Upon the which, that every one may read, Sent. (Within.) Arm, arm! the enemy doth make Shall be engrav'd the sack of Orleans ; assault!
The treacherous manner of his mournful death,
And what a terror he had been to France. The French leap over the Walls in their shirts. Enter, But, lords, in all our bloody massacre,
several ways, BASTARD, ALENÇON, REIGNIER, I muse,' we met not with the Dauphin's grace; half rearly, and half unrearly.
His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of Arc; Alen. How now, my lords ? what all unready' so? Nor any of his false confederates. Bast. Unready? ay, and glad we 'scap'd so well. Bed.' 'Tis thought, Lord Talbot, when the fight Reig. 'Twas time, I trow, to wake and leave our
Rous'd on the sudden from their drowsy beds, Hearing alarums at our chamber doors.
They did amongst the troops of armed men, Alen. Of all exploits, since first I follow'd arms, Leap o'er the walls for refuge in the field. Never heard I of a warlike enterprise
Bur. Myself (as far as I could weli discern, More venturous, or desperate than this.
For smoke, and dusky vapours of the night) Bast. I think, this Talbot be a fiend of hell. Am sure I scar'd the Dauphin, and his trull; Reig. If not of hell, the heavens, sure, favour When arm in arm they both came swiftly running, him.
Like to a pair of loving turtle-doves, Alen. Here cometh Charles ; I marvel how he That could not live asunder day or night. sped.
After that things are set in order here,
We'll follow them with all the power we have. Enter CHARLES and LA PUCELLE.
Enter a Messenger. Bast. Tut! holy Joan was his defensive guard. Mess. All hail, my lords ! which of this princely Char. Is this thy cunning, thou deceitful daine ?
train Didst thou at first, to flatter us withal,
Call ye the warlike Talbot, for his acts Make us partakers of a little gain,
So much applauded through the realm of France ? That now our loss might be ten times so much?
Tal. Here is the Talbot; who would speak with Puc. Wherefore is Charles impatient with his
Mess. The virtuous lady, countess of Auvergne, At all times will you have my power alike? With modesty admiring thy renown, Sleeping, or waking, must I still prevail, Or will you blame and lay the fault on me ?
By me entreats, good lord, thou wouldst vouchsafe
To visit her poor castle where she lies ;4 Improvident soldiers! had your watch been good, That she may boast she hath beheld the man This sudden mischief never could have fall’n.
Whose glory fills the world with loud report. Char. Duke of Alençon, this was your default; Bur. Is it even so ? Nay, then, I see our wars That, being captain of the watch to-night,
Will turn unto a peaceful comic sport, Did look no better to that weighly charge.
When ladies crave to be encounter'd with.Alen. Had all your quarters been as safely kept, You may not, my lord, despise her gentie suit., As that whereof I had the government, We had not been thus shamefully surpris'd.
Tal. Ne'er trust me then; for, when a world of Best. Mine was secure.
Could not prevail with all their oratory,
And so was mine, my lord. Yet bath a woman's kindness overruld :-
Will not your honours bear me company?
Bed. No, truly; it is more than manners will: Puo. Question, my lords, no further of the case, Are often welcomest when they are gone.
1 Unready is undressed.
T'a! Well then, alone, since there's no remedy, You are deceiv'd, my substance is not here; I mean to prove this lady's courtesy.
For what you see, is but the smallest part Come hither, capiain. (Whispers.)-You perceive And least proportion of humanity: my mind.
I tell you, madam, were the whole frame here, Capt. I do, my lord; and mean accordingly. It is of such a spacious lofty pitch,
(Ereunt. Your roof were not sufficient to contain it. SCENE III. Auvergne. Court of the Castle.
Count. This is a riddling merchant for the nonce ; Enter the Countess and her Porter.
He will be here, and yet he is not here:
How can these contrarieties agree?
(Erit. He winds a Horn. Drums heard; then a Peal of Count. The plot is laid: if all things fall out Ordnance. The Gates being forced, enter Soldiers. right,
How say you, madam? are you now persuaded, I shall as famous be by this exploit,
That Talbot is but shadow of himself? As Scythian Thomyris by Cyrus' death.
These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength, Great is the rumour of this dreadful knight, With which he yoketh your rebellious necks; And his achievements of no less account:
Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns, Fair would mine eyes be witness with mine ears, And in a moment makes them desolate. To give their censure of these rare reports. Count. Victorious Talbot! pardon my abuse : Enler Messenger and Talbot.
I find, thou art no less than fame hath bruited,' Mess. Madam,
And more than may be gather'd by thy shape.
Let my presumption not provoke thy wrath ; According as your ladyship desir'd,
For I am sorry, that with reverence By message cray'd, so is Lord Talbot come.
I did not entertain thee as thou art. Count. And he is welcome. What! is this the
Tal. Be not dismay'd, fair lady; nor misconstruo man ?
The mind of Talbot, as you did mistake Mess. Madam, it is.
The outward composition of his body. Count,
Is this the scourge of France ? What you have done, hath not offended me :
No other satisfaction do I crave,
Taste of your wine, and see what cates you have; I thought I should have seen some Hercules,
For soldiers' stomachs always serve them well. A second Hector, for his grim aspect,
Count. With all my heart: and think me honoured And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs. Alas! this is a child, a silly dwarf:
To feast sn great a warrior in my house. (Ereunt. It cannot be, this weak and writhled shrimp
SCENE IV. London. The Temple Garden. Enter Should strike such terror to his enemies.
the Earls of SOMERSET, SUFFOLK, and WARTal. Madam, I have been bold to trouble you:
WICK; RICHARD PLANTAGENET, VERNON, and But, since your ladyship is not at leisure,
another Lawyer. I'll sort some other time to visit you.
Plan. Great lords, and gentlemen, what means Count. What means he now ?-Go ask him,
this silence ? whither he goes.
Dare no man answer in a case of truth? Mess. Stay, my Lord Talbot ; for my lady craves Suff. Within the Temple hall we were too loud : To know the cause of your abrupt departure. The garden here is more convenient.
Tal. Marry, for that she's in a wrong belief, Plan. Then say at once, if I maintain’d the truth; I go to certify her, Talbot's here.
Or, else, was wrangling Somerset in the error ?" Re-enter Porter, with Keys.
Suff. 'Faith, I have been a truant in the law;
And never yet could frame my will to it; Count. If thou be he, then art thou prisoner. And, therefore, frame the law unto my will. Tal. Prisoner! to whom?
Som. Judge you, my lord of Warwick, then beCount. To me, blood-thirsty lord;
tween us. And for that cause I train'd thee to my house.
War. Between two hawks, which flies the higher Long time thy shadow hath been thrall to me,
pitch, For in my gallery thy picture hangs;
Between iwo dogs, which hath the deeper mouth, But now the substance shall endure the like;
Between two blades, which bears the better temper, And I will chain these legs and arms of thine, Between two horses, which doth bear him best, That hast by tyranny, these many years,
Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye, Wasted our country, slain our citizens,
I have, perhaps, some shallow spirit of judgment • And sent our sons and husbands captivate. But in these nice sharp quillets of the law, Tol. Ha, ha, ha!
Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.
I Count. Laughest thou, wretch ? thy mirth shall
Plan. Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance: turn to moan.
The truth appears so naked on my side, Tal. I laugh to see your ladyship so fond, That any purblind eye may find it out. To think that you have aught but Talbot's shadow, Som. And on my side it is so well apparell’d, Whereon to practise your severity.
So clear, so shining, and so evident, Count. Why, art not thou the man?
That it will glimmer through a blind man's eye. Tal.
I am indeed.
Plan. Since you are tongue-ty'd, and so loath to Count. Then have I substance too.
speak, Tal. No, no, I am but shadow of myself: In dumb significants" proclaim your thoughts : 1 i. e. judgment, opinion.
tinction to gentleman ; signifying that the person showed 2 Dryden has transplanted this idea into his Don Se. by his behaviour he was a low fellow. bastian :
7 Bruited is reported, loudly announced. Nor shall Sebastian's formidable name
8 We should read a lawyer. This lawyer was pro Be longer used, to lull the crying babe.' bably Roger Nevyle, who was afterwards hanged. See 3 Writhled for urinkled.
W. Wyrcester, p. 479. 4 Thus in Solyman and Persida :
9 Johnson observes that there is apparently a want If not destroy'd and bound and captivate, of opposition between the two questions here,' but there
If captivate, then forcd from holy faith. is no reason to suspect that the text is corrupi. 5 i. e. foolish, silly, weak.
10 i. e. regulate his motions most adroitly. We stil. 8 This is a ridelling merchant for the nonce. The say that a horse curries himself well. term merchant, which was, and even now is, frequently il Dumb significants, which Malone would have applicd to the lowest kind of dealers, seems anciently to changed to significance, is nothing more than signs or have been usod on these familiar occasions in contradis. token.
Let him, that is a true-born gentleman,
War. Now, by God's will, thou wrong'st him, And stand: upon the honour of his birth,
Somerset; If he suppose that I have pleaded truth,
His grandfather was Lionel, duke of Clarence ? From off this brier pluck a white rose with me. Third son to the third Edward, king of England;
Som. Let him that is no coward, nor no flatterer, Spring crestless yeomen from so deep a root? But dare maintain the party of the truth,
Plan. He bears him on the place's privilege," Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me. Or durst not, for his craven heart, say thus.
War. I love no colours ;' and, without all colour Som. By him that made me, I'll maintain my Or base insinuating flattery,
words I pluck this white rose with Plantagenet.
On and plot of ground in Christendoin : Suff. I pluck this red rose, with young Somerset; was not thy father, Richard, earl of Cambridge, And say withal, I think he held the right.
For treason executed in our late king's day? Ver. 'Stay, lords and gentlemen: and pluck no And, by his trvason, stand'st not thou attainted, more,
Corrupted, and exemple from ancient gentry? Till you conclude-that he, upon whose side His trespass yet lives guilty in thy blood; The fewes: roses are cropp'd from the tree, And, till thou be restor’d, ihou art a yeoman. Shall yield the other in the right opinion.
Plan. My father was attached, not attainted; Som. Good master Vernon, it is well objected ;2 Condemnd to die for treason, but no traitor; If I have fewest, I subscribe in silence.
And that I'll prove on better inen than Somerset, Plan. And I.
(case, Were growing time once ripen’d to my will. Ver. Then, for the truth and plainness of the For your partaker Poole, and you yourself, pluck this pale, and maiden blossom here, I'll note you in my book of memory, Giving my verdict on the white rose side.
To scourge you for this apprehension :"1 Som. Prick not your finger as you pluck it off; Look to it well; and say you are well warn'd. Lest, bleeding, you do paint the white rose red, Som. Ay, thou shalt find us ready for thee still : And fall on my side so against your will.
And know us, by these colours, for thy foes; Ver. If I, my lord, for my opinion bleed, For these my friends, in spite of thee, shall wear. Opinion shall be surgeon to my hurt,
Plan. And, by my soul, this pale and angry rose, And keep me on the side where still I am.
As cognizance of my blood-drinking haie,
Until it wither with me to my grave,
(T. SOMERSET. Suff. Go forward, and be chok'd with thy ambition! la sign whereof, I pluck a white rose too.
And so farewell, until I meet thee next. (Exit. Plan. Now, Somerset, where is your argument ? Som. Have with thee, Poole.-Farewell, ambiSom. Here, in my scabbard ; meditating that,
(Eril. Bball dye your white rose in a bloody red,
Plan. How I am brav'd, and must perforce enPlan. Mean time, your cheeks do counterfeit our
(house, roses ;
War. This blot, that they object against your For pale they look with fear, as witnessing Shall be wip'd out in the next parliament, The truth on our side.
Call'd for the truce of Winchester and Gloster:
And, if thou be not then created York,
Plan. Hath not thy rose a canker, Somerset ? Will I upon thy party wear this rose :
Shall send, between the red rose and the white,
That you on my behalf would pluck a flower. That shall maintain what I have said is true,
Ver. In your behalf still will I wear the same Where false Plantagenet dare not be seen.
Law. And so will I.
Suff. Turn not thy scorns this way, Plantagener. This quarrel will drink blood another day. (Eseunt. Plan. Proud Poole, I will; and scorn both him SCENE V. The same. A Room in the Tower, and thee.
Enter MORTIMER, 13 brought in a Chair by trro Suff. I'll turn my part thereof into thy throat.
Mor. Kind keepers of my weak decaying age,
Let dying Mortimer here rest himself. | Colours is here used ambiguously for tints and have derived some such privilege from the knights deceits.
templars, or knights hospitallers, both religious orders, 2 Well objected is properly proposed, properly thrown its former inhabitants. It is true, blows may have been in our way
prohibited by the regulations of the society: the author 8 It is not for fear that my cheeks look pale, but for perhaps did not much consider the matter, but repreanger : anger produced by this circumstance-namely, sents it as suited his purpose. that thy cheeks blush, &c.
8 Exempt for excluded. 4 Theobald altered fashion, which is the reading of 9 Partaket, in ancient language, signifies one who the old copy, to faction. Warburton contends that by takes part with another; an accomplice, a confederate. fashion is meant the badge of the red rose, which "A partaker, or coparcioner; particeps, consors, conSomerset said that he and his friends would be distin- socius.'-Baret. guished by.
10 So in Hamlet :6 The poet mistakes. Plantagenet's paternal grand
the table of my memory.' father was Edmund of Langley, duke of York. His Again :maternal grandfather was Roger Mortimer, earl of
shall live March, who was the son of Philippa, the daughter of Within the book and volume of my brain.' Lionel, duke of Clarence. The duke therefore was his 11 Theobald changed this to reprehension: and War. maternal great great grandfather.
burton explains it by opinion. It rather means concep. 6 j. e. those who have no right to arms.
tion, or a conceit taken that matters are different from 7 It does not appear that the temple had any privilege whai the truth warrants. of sanctuary at this time, being then, as now, the resi. 12 A cognizance is a bad ge. dence of law students The author might imagine it to 13 This is at variance with the strict truth of history
maternal grandfather was Roger Mortimer, eart on March, who was the son of Philippa, the daughter of Within the book and volume of my brain.! Lionel, duke of Clarence. The duke therefore was his 11 Theobald changed this to reprehension : and War. maternal great great grandfather.
burton explains it by opinion. It rather means concep. 6 i. e. those who have no right to arms.
tion, or a conceit taken that matters are different from 7 It does not appear that the temple had any privilege what the truth warrants. of sanctuary at this time, being then, as now, the resi. 12 A cognizance is a badge. dence of law students The author might imagine it to 13 This is at variance with the strict truth of history