Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Talbot, with trump and drum, before Bordeaux
trump (n.) 2 trumpeter See Topics: Stage directions


Go to the gates of Bordeaux, trumpeter;

Summon their general unto the wall.

Trumpet sounds. Enter the General aloft with his men
captain (n.) commander, chief, leader See Topics: Address forms

English John Talbot, captains, calls you forth,

Servant in arms to Harry King of England;

And thus he would: open your city gates,
will (v.), past form would 1 desire, wish, want

Be humble to us, call my sovereign yours

And do him homage as obedient subjects,

And I'll withdraw me and my bloody power;
bloody (adj.) 2 able to cause bloodshed
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

But if you frown upon this proffered peace,

You tempt the fury of my three attendants,

Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire;
quartering (adj.) for cutting into quarters, dismembering

Who in a moment even with the earth
even (adj.) 4 level, horizontal, flat

Shall lay your stately and air-braving towers,
air-braving (adj.) lofty, challenging the air

If you forsake the offer of their love.
forsake (v.) 1 refuse, decline, reject


Thou ominous and fearful owl of death,

Our nation's terror and their bloody scourge!

The period of thy tyranny approacheth.
period (n.) 1 full stop, end, ending, conclusion
tyranny (n.) cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence

On us thou canst not enter but by death;

For I protest we are well fortified,
protest (v.) 1 make protestation, avow, affirm, proclaim

And strong enough to issue out and fight.

If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed,
appoint (v.) 1 arm, equip, furnish

Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee.
tangle (v.) trap, snare, enmesh, hold fast

On either hand thee there are squadrons pitched
pitched (adj.) strategically planned, made ready for combat
squadron (n.) army detachment, body of soldiers

To wall thee from the liberty of flight;
wall (v.) shut off, block, impede

And no way canst thou turn thee for redress
redress (n.) 1 relief, assistance, help, comfort

But death doth front thee with apparent spoil
apparent (adj.) 1 plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious
front (v.) 1 confront, face, meet
spoil (n.) 3 slaughter, destruction, ruination

And pale destruction meets thee in the face.

Ten thousand French have ta'en the sacrament

To rive their dangerous artillery
rive (v.) 3 set off, fire, make explode

Upon no Christian soul but English Talbot.

Lo, there thou standest, a breathing valiant man

Of an invincible unconquered spirit!

This is the latest glory of thy praise
latest (adj.) last, final

That I, thy enemy, due thee withal;
due (v.) endue, grace, endow

For ere the glass that now begins to run
glass (n.) 3 [sand of the] hourglass

Finish the process of his sandy hour,

These eyes that see thee now well coloured,
coloured (adj.) complexioned, with colour in one's cheeks

Shall see thee withered, bloody, pale, and dead.

Drum afar off

Hark! hark! The Dauphin's drum, a warning bell,

Sings heavy music to thy timorous soul;
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
timorous (adj.) 1 fearful, apprehensive, doubting

And mine shall ring thy dire departure out.
departure (n.) death, decease, demise

Exit with his men


He fables not; I hear the enemy.
fable (v.) speak falsely, lie, fabricate See Topics: Discourse markers

Out, some light horsemen, and peruse their wings.
peruse (v.) 2 reconnoitre, scout out, survey
wing (n.) 2 flank, force at the side of the main body of troops

O, negligent and heedless discipline!
discipline (n.) 1 military strategy, tactics, training in the art of war

How are we parked and bounded in a pale –
pale (n.) 1 fence, paling, enclosure
park (v.) enclose, contain, shut in [as if in a park]

A little herd of England's timorous deer,
timorous (adj.) 1 fearful, apprehensive, doubting

Mazed with a yelping kennel of French curs!
kennel (n.) 2 pack, mob
maze (v.) confuse, bewilder, perplex

If we be English deer, be then in blood;
blood, in [hunting] full of life, in fine condition

Not rascal-like to fall down with a pinch,
pinch (n.) 3 tiny bite, slight nip
rascal (n.) 2 young or inferior deer in a herd; one of the common herd
rascal (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing

But rather, moody-mad and desperate stags,
moody-mad (adj.) wild with rage, furiously angry

Turn on the bloody hounds with heads of steel

And make the cowards stand aloof at bay.
bay (n.) 2 baying, barking, howling

Sell every man his life as dear as mine,
dear (adj.) 4 expensive, costly

And they shall find dear deer of us, my friends.

God and Saint George, Talbot and England's right,

Prosper our colours in this dangerous fight!
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners See Topics: Frequency count


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