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R. FAULDER AND SON, BOND-STREET; SCATCHERD AND LETTERMAN, AVE-MARIA
HENRY VI. .
PERSONS REPRESEN T E D. •
King II ENRY the Sirth.
BASSET, of the Red Rose, or Lancuster Fuction. Duke of GLOSTER, Uncle to the King, and Protector.
CHARLES, Dauphin, und afterwards King of Duke of BEDFORD, Uncle to the King, und Re- France. gent of France.
REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and Titular King Curdinal BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winchester, and of Naples. Great Uncle to the King.
Duke of BURGUNDY. Duke of ExETER.
Duke of ALENÇON. Duke of SOMERSET.
Bastard of ORLEANS. Furl of WARWICK.
Goterror of Paris. Earl of SALISBURY.
Master-Gunner of ORLEANS, Boy, his son. Earl of SUFFOLK.
An Old Shepherd, Futher to Joan la Pucelle. Lord TALBOT. Young TALBOT, his son.
MARGARET, daughter to Reignier, and afterRICHARD PLANTAGENET, afterwards Duke of wurds Queen to King Henry. York.
Countess of AUVERGNE. MORTIMER, Earl of March.
Joan LA PUCELLE, commonly called Joan ng Sir John F ASTOLFE Woodville, Lieutenant Arc; a Maid pretending to be inspir'd from
of the Tower. Lord Mayor of London. Sir Heuven, and setting up for the Championess THOMAS GARGRAVE. Șir WiLLIAM GLANS- of France. DALE. Sir WILLIAM Lucy.
Fiends, attending her. PERNON, of the l'hite Rose, or York Faction. Lords, Captains, Soldiers, Alessengers, and several Attendunts both on the English and Frenck.
The SCEVE is partly in England, and partly in France.
A C T I.
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
That have consented unto Henry's death! Dead March. Enter the funeral of King Henry the Henry the fifth, too famous to live long!
Fijih, altended on by the Duke of Bedford, Re- 5 England ne'er lost a king of so inuch worth. gent of France; the Duke of Gloster, Protector; Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time. the Duke of Exeter, and the Eurl of Wurwick ; Virtue he had, deserving to command: the Bishop of Winchester, und ihe Duke of So- His brandish’sword did blind men with his beams; merset, &c.
His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings; UNG be the heavens with black, 10 His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathfulfire, vield 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.
Mr. Theobald observes, that, “the historical transactions contained in this play, take in the coinpass of above thirty years. I must observe, however, that our author, in the three parts of Henry VI. has not been very precise to the date and disposition of his facts; but shuffled thein, 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 VI. 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 penance and banishment for sorcery happened three years before that princess came over to England. I could point out many other transgressions against history, as far as the order of tiine 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 hin 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 beautics at his hand. An accurate observer will easily see, the diction of them is more obsolete, and the numbers inore mean and prosaical, than in the gencrality of his genuine compositions."
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech: Among the soldiers this is muttered,
That here you maintain several factions ;
You are disputing of your generals.
Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings;
A third man thinks, without expence at all, We with our stately presence glorify,
By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd.
Awake, awake, English nobility;
These tidings would call forth their powing tides.
Away with these disgraceful wailing robes !
2 Mess. Lorus, view these letters, full of bad Ilis thread of lite had not so soon decay’d:
France is revolted from the English quite;
The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd ;
Glo. Namenot religion, for thou lov'st the flesh:300, whither shall we fly from this reproach? [him!
Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.
Wherewith already France is over-run.
Enter a third Messenger:
3 Mess. My gracious lords,--tv add to your laWhen aitheir mothers' moisteyes babes shall suck:
Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.
Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so? Combat with adverse planets in the heavens! 3 Mess. 0, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'erA far more glorious star thy soul will make, 145
thrown: Than Julius Cæsar, or bright
The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord,
Having full scarce' six thousand in his troop,
Instead whereof, sharpstakes,pluck'dout of hedges,
More than three hours the fight continued;
[money: Here, there, and everywhere, enrag'd he tiew: Mess. No treachery; but want of men and The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms;
Nourish here signifies a nurse. 'i. e. their miseries which have had only a short interinission from Henry the Fifthi's death to my coming arnongst them, .i. e. scarcely.
All the whole army stood agaz'd on him: So in the earth, to this day is not known:
soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, Late, did he shine upon the English side;
Now we are victors, upon us he smiles. And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. What towns of any moment, but we have ? Here had the conquest fully been seal’d up, 5 At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; If Sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward: Otherwhiles, thefamish'd English, like pale ghosts, He being in the vaward' (plac'd behind, Faintly besiege us one hour in a month. With purpose to relieve and follow them)
Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
bull-beeves: Hence grew the general wreck and massacre; 10 Either they must be dieted, like mules, Enclosed were they with their enemies: And have their provender ty'd to their mouths, A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, Or piteous they will look like drowned mice. Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back; Reig. Let's raise the siege; Whyliveweidlyhere? WhomallFrance, withherchiefassembledstrength, Talbot is taken, whom we woni to fear: Durst not presuine to look once in the face. 15 Remaineth none, but mad-brain'd Salisbury;
Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, And he may well in fretting spend his gall, For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
men, nor money, hath he to make war. Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,
Char. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush on Unto his dastard foe-men is betray'd.
them. 3 Mesx. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, 20 Now for the honour of the fordorn French:And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford: Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, Blost of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise. When he sees mego back one foot, orfly.[Exeunt:
Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall pay: [Here alarum, they are beaten back by the
125 Re-enter Charles, Alençon, and Reignier. Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.- Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have Farewell, my masters; to my task wills;
[fied, Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, Dogs! cowards! dastards !--I would ne'er have To keep our great Saint George's feast withal: But that they left me 'midst my enemies. Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, 30 Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; Whose bloodydeeds shall make all Europe quake. He fighteth as one weary of his life. 3.Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd; The other lords, like lions wanting food, The English army is grow'n weak and faint: Do rush upon us as their hungry prey. The earl of Salisbury craveth supply;
Alen. Froisard, a countryman of ours, records, And hardly keeps his men from mutiny, 3) England all Olivers and Rowlands 2 bred, Since they, so few, watch such a multitude. During the time Edward the third did reign. Exe. Remeniber, lords, your oaths to Henry More truly now may this be verified; sworn;
For none but Sampsons, and Goliasses, Either to quell the Dauphin utterly,
It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten! Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. 40 Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er suppose
Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, They had such courage and audacity? To go about my preparation.
[Exit. Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hairGlo. I'll to the Tower with all the haste I can,
brain'd slaves, To view the artillery and munition;
And hunger will enforce them to be more eager: And then I will proclaimyoung Henry king:[Erit. 45 Of old I know them; rather with their teeth
Exe. To Eltham will I, wherethe young kingis, The walls they'll tear down,than forsake thesiege. Being ordain'd his special governor;
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals 3 or device, And for his safety there I'll best advise. (Exit. Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on;
W'in. Each hath his place and function to attend : Else they could ne'er hold out so, as they do.
Alen. Be it so.
Enter the Bastard of Orleans. And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. [Exit. Bast. Where's the Prince Dauphin? I have SCENE II.
news for him. Before Orleans in France.
1551 Dau. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us. Enter Charles, Alençon, and Reignier, marching Bast. Methinks your looks are sad, your chear + with a Drum and Soldiers.
appall’d; Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence? heavens,
Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand: 'i.e. the back part of the can or front. 2 These were two of the most famous in the list of, Charlemagne'stwelvepeers; and their exploits are render'dsoridiculously and equally extravagant by the old romancers, that from thence arose that saying amongst our plain and sensible ancestors, of giting one a Rowland for his Oliver, to signify the matching one incredible lye with another; or, as in the modern acceptation of the proverb, to give a personas good aone as he brings. 3 A gimmal is apiece of jointed work, where one piece moves within another, whence it is taken at large for an engine. It is Bow vulgarly called a gimcrack. 4 Chear is countenance, appearance.