Henry VI Part 1


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Here an alarum again, and Talbot pursueth Charles

the Dauphin and driveth him. Then enter Joan la

Pucelle, driving Englishmen before her, and exeunt.

Then enter Talbot


TALBOT

Where is my strength, my valour, and my force?

Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them;
stay (v.) 10 dissuade, stop, prevent

A woman clad in armour chaseth them.

Enter Joan la Pucelle
bout (n.) 1 fight, round, contest

Here, here she comes. (To Pucelle) I'll have a bout with thee.

Devil or devil's dam, I'll conjure thee.
conjure (v.) 3 control, constrain [by invoking divine powers]
dam (n.) mother See Topics: Family

Blood will I draw on thee – thou art a witch –

And straightway give thy soul to him thou servest.


PUCELLE

Come, come, 'tis only I that must disgrace thee.

Here they fight


TALBOT

Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail?
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage,
strain (v.) 1 stretch, make extra effort

And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,

But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet.
high-minded (adj.) arrogant, haughty, imperious
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore

They fight again


PUCELLE

Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet come.

I must go victual Orleans forthwith.
victual (v.) supply, furnish, provide [with food]

A short alarum. Then she enters the town with

soldiers

O'ertake me if thou canst; I scorn thy strength.

Go, go, cheer up thy hungry-starved men;
hungry-starved (adj.) dying with hunger, famished

Help Salisbury to make his testament.
testament (n.) will, last will and testament

This day is ours, as many more shall be.

Exit


TALBOT

My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel;

I know not where I am nor what I do.

A witch by fear, not force, like Hannibal,

Drives back our troops and conquers as she lists.
list (v.) 1 wish, like, please

So bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench
noisome (adj.) noxious, harmful, evil

Are from their hives and houses driven away.

They called us, for our fierceness, English dogs;

Now, like to whelps, we crying run away.
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

A short alarum

Hark, countrymen! Either renew the fight

Or tear the lions out of England's coat;
coat (n.) 1 coat-of-arms

Renounce your soil, give sheep in lions' stead.
give (v.) 7 display, show, bear arms of
soil (n.) 2 country, homeland, nation
style (n.) 2 title, name

Sheep run not half so treacherous from the wolf,

Or horse or oxen from the leopard,

As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves.
oft-subdued (adj.) often-defeated, frequently subjugated

Alarum. Here another skirmish

It will not be. Retire into your trenches.

You all consented unto Salisbury's death,
consent (v.) agree, concur, acquiesce

For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.

Pucelle is entered into Orleans

In spite of us or aught that we could do.
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count

O, would I were to die with Salisbury!

The shame hereof will make me hide my head.

Exit Talbot. Alarum. Retreat

 
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