Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Joan la Pucelle disguised, with four soldiers

dressed like countrymen with sacks upon their backs


These are the city gates, the gates of Rouen,

Through which our policy must make a breach.
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft

Take heed, be wary how you place your words;
place (v.) 2 arrange, dispose, express

Talk like the vulgar sort of market-men
vulgar (adj.) 5 familiar, ordinary, everyday

That come to gather money for their corn.

If we have entrance, as I hope we shall,

And that we find the slothful watch but weak,

I'll by a sign give notice to our friends,

That Charles the Dauphin may encounter them.


Our sacks shall be a mean to sack the city,
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method

And we be lords and rulers over Rouen.

Therefore we'll knock.

They knock



Qui là?


Paysans, la pauvre gent de France,

Poor market folks that come to sell their corn.


(opening the gates)

Enter, go in; the market bell is rung.


Now, Rouen, I'll shake thy bulwarks to the ground.

Exeunt into the city

Enter Charles, the Bastard, Alençon, Reignier, and



Saint Denis bless this happy stratagem,

And once again we'll sleep secure in Rouen.
secure (adv.) safely, free from anxiety


Here entered Pucelle and her practisants.
practisant (n.) conspirator, plotter, intriguer

Now she is there, how will she specify

Here is the best and safest passage in?


By thrusting out a torch from yonder tower,

Which, once discerned, shows that her meaning is:

No way to that, for weakness, which she entered.

Enter Joan la Pucelle on the top, thrusting out a torch



Behold, this is the happy wedding torch

That joineth Rouen unto her countrymen,

But burning fatal to the Talbotites.



See, noble Charles, the beacon of our friend;

The burning torch in yonder turret stands.


Now shine it like a comet of revenge,

A prophet to the fall of all our foes!
prophet (n.) 1 portent, omen, foretelling


Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.
defer (v.) waste, put off, delay

Enter and cry ‘ The Dauphin!’ presently,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And then do execution on the watch.
execution (n.) 4 killing, slaying, slaughter

Alarum. They storm the gates and exeunt
excursion (n.) sortie, sally, bout of fighting See Topics: Stage directions

An alarum. Enter Talbot in an excursion from within

the town


France, thou shalt rue this treason with thy tears,

If Talbot but survive thy treachery.

Pucelle, that witch, that damned sorceress,

Hath wrought this hellish mischief unawares,
mischief (n.) 2 wicked action, evil deed, harmful scheme
unawares (adv.) without warning, by surprise, unexpectedly

That hardly we escaped the pride of France.
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty
pride (n.) 5 haughty power, arrogant force


An alarum. Excursions. Bedford brought in sick in a


Enter Talbot and Burgundy without; within, Joan la

Pucelle, Charles, the Bastard, Alençon, and Reignier

on the walls


Good morrow, gallants, want ye corn for bread?
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion See Topics: Address forms
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count
want (v.) 4 require, demand, need

I think the Duke of Burgundy will fast
fast (v.) 1 starve, stay empty, go without [food]

Before he'll buy again at such a rate.

'Twas full of darnel; do you like the taste?
darnel (n.) weeds, cockle, tares See Topics: Plants


Scoff on, vile fiend and shameless courtesan!
courtesan, courtezan (n.) prostitute, strumpet

I trust ere long to choke thee with thine own,

And make thee curse the harvest of that corn.


Your grace may starve, perhaps, before that time.
starve (v.) 1 die, perish


O, let no words, but deeds, revenge this treason!


What will you do, good greybeard? Break a lance,
lance, break a engage in a jousting contest

And run a-tilt at death within a chair?
tilt (n.) lance-charge, joust, combat


Foul fiend of France and hag of all despite,
despite (n.) 2 malice, spite, hatred
hag (n.) 1 witch, sorceress

Encompassed with thy lustful paramours,
encompass (v.) 1 surround, encircle, enclose

Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant age
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

And twit with cowardice a man half dead?

Damsel, I'll have a bout with you again,
bout (n.) 1 fight, round, contest

Or else let Talbot perish with this shame.


Are ye so hot, sir? Yet, Pucelle, hold thy peace.
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate

If Talbot do but thunder, rain will follow.

The English whisper together in counsel

God speed the parliament; who shall be the Speaker?


Dare ye come forth and meet us in the field?
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count


Belike your lordship takes us then for fools,
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

To try if that our own be ours or no.


I speak not to that railing Hecate,

But unto thee, Alençon, and the rest.

Will ye, like soldiers, come and fight it out?
ye (pron.) you [singular or plural]


Signor, no.


Signor, hang! Base muleteers of France!
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count

Like peasant footboys do they keep the walls
footboy (n.) boy attendant, page-boy, servant on foot [accompanying a rider],
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside

And dare not take up arms like gentlemen.


Away, captains! Let's get us from the walls,

For Talbot means no goodness by his looks.

God bye, my lord; we came but to tell you

That we are here.

Exeunt from the walls


And there will we be too ere it be long,

Or else reproach be Talbot's greatest fame!
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character

Vow, Burgundy, by honour of thy house,

Pricked on by public wrongs sustained in France,
prick on (v.) incite, urge on, spur on

Either to get the town again or die;

And I, as sure as English Henry lives

And as his father here was conqueror,

As sure as in this late betrayed town
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before

Great Coeur-de-lion's heart was buried,

So sure I swear to get the town or die.


My vows are equal partners with thy vows.


But, ere we go, regard this dying prince,
regard (v.) 4 tend, look after, take care of

The valiant Duke of Bedford. Come, my lord,

We will bestow you in some better place,

Fitter for sickness and for crazy age.
crazy (adj.) frail, infirm, fragile


Lord Talbot, do not so dishonour me;

Here will I sit, before the walls of Rouen,

And will be partner of your weal or woe.
weal 2 welfare, well-being, prosperity


Courageous Bedford, let us now persuade you.


Not to be gone from hence; for once I read

That stout Pendragon in his litter sick

Came to the field and vanquished his foes.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Methinks I should revive the soldiers' hearts,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Because I ever found them as myself.


Undaunted spirit in a dying breast!

Then be it so. Heavens keep old Bedford safe!

And now no more ado, brave Burgundy,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

But gather we our forces out of hand
hand, out of 1 at once, immediately, straight away

And set upon our boasting enemy.

Exeunt all but Bedford and attendants

An alarum. Excursions. Enter Sir John Falstaff and

a Captain


Whither away, Sir John Falstaff, in such haste?


Whither away? To save myself by flight.

We are like to have the overthrow again.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


What, will you fly and leave Lord Talbot?



All the Talbots in the world, to save my life.



Cowardly knight, ill fortune follow thee!
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count


Retreat. Excursions. Pucelle, Alençon, and Charles

enter from the town and fly


Now, quiet soul, depart when heaven please,

For I have seen our enemies' overthrow.

What is the trust or strength of foolish man?

They that of late were daring with their scoffs
late, of recently, a little while ago
scoff (n.) taunt, scorn, mockery

Are glad and fain by flight to save themselves.
fain (adj.) 2 satisfied, well pleased, glad

Bedford dies and is carried in by

two attendants in his chair

An alarum. Enter Talbot, Burgundy, and the rest of

the English soldiers


Lost and recovered in a day again!

This is a double honour, Burgundy.

Yet heavens have glory for this victory!


Warlike and martial Talbot, Burgundy

Enshrines thee in his heart and there erects

Thy noble deeds as valour's monuments.


Thanks, gentle Duke. But where is Pucelle now?
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

I think her old familiar is asleep.
familiar (n.) 2 attendant spirit, personal demon

Now where's the Bastard's braves and Charles his gleeks?
brave (n.) boast, bravado, blustering threat
gleek (n.) taunt, gibe, insult

What, all amort? Rouen hangs her head for grief
amort (adj.) dispirited, spiritless, dejected

That such a valiant company are fled.

Now will we take some order in the town,
expert (adj.) experienced, tried and tested
order, take make arrangements

Placing therein some expert officers,

And then depart to Paris to the King,

For there young Henry with his nobles lie.


What wills Lord Talbot pleaseth Burgundy.


But yet, before we go, let's not forget

The noble Duke of Bedford, late deceased,
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before

But see his exequies fulfilled in Rouen.
exequies (n.) funeral rites, burial ceremonies
fulfil (v.) 1 perform, execute, carry out

A braver soldier never couched lance;
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
couch (v.) 7 lower, bring down [to attack position]

A gentler heart did never sway in court.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern

But kings and mightiest potentates must die,

For that's the end of human misery.


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