Henry VI Part 1

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Enter Richard Duke of York, with trumpet and many

soldiers. Enter a Messenger that meets York


Are not the speedy scouts returned again
trumpet (n.) 1 trumpeter; herald, announcer See Topics: Stage directions

That dogged the mighty army of the Dauphin?


They are returned, my lord, and give it out
give out (v.) 1 report, assert, make known

That he is marched to Bordeaux with his power
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

To fight with Talbot; as he marched along,

By your espials were discovered
discover (v.) 5 spy, spot, make out
espial (n.) spy, watcher, observer

Two mightier troops than that the Dauphin led,

Which joined with him and made their march for Bordeaux.


A plague upon that villain Somerset,

That thus delays my promised supply
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief

Of horsemen that were levied for this siege!
levy (v.) 1 enlist, conscript, muster

Renowned Talbot doth expect my aid,

And I am louted by a traitor villain
lout (v.) mock, ridicule; or: delay, hold up

And cannot help the noble chevalier.

God comfort him in this necessity!

If he miscarry, farewell wars in France.
miscarry (v.) 1 come to harm, perish, meet death

Enter another messenger, Sir William Lucy


Thou princely leader of our English strength,

Never so needful on the earth of France,
needful (adj.) 1 necessary, needed, indispensable

Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot,

Who now is girdled with a waist of iron
waist (n.) 1 girdle, belt

And hemmed about with grim destruction.

To Bordeaux, warlike Duke! To Bordeaux, York!

Else farewell Talbot, France, and England's honour.


O God, that Somerset, who in proud heart

Doth stop my cornets, were in Talbot's place!
cornet (n.) 1 company of cavalry, troop of horsemen

So should we save a valiant gentleman

By forfeiting a traitor and a coward.

Mad ire and wrathful fury makes me weep,

That thus we die while remiss traitors sleep.
remiss (adj.) careless, inattentive, negligent


O, send some succour to the distressed lord!
distressed (adj.) afflicted with hardships, troubled with difficulties


He dies, we lose; I break my warlike word;

We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get;

All 'long of this vile traitor Somerset.
'long of (prep.) 1 on account of


Then God take mercy on brave Talbot's soul
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

And on his son, young John, who two hours since

I met in travel toward his warlike father.

This seven years did not Talbot see his son,

And now they meet where both their lives are done.


Alas, what joy shall noble Talbot have

To bid his young son welcome to his grave?

Away! Vexation almost stops my breath
vexation (n.) 3 anguish, grief, affliction

That sundered friends greet in the hour of death.
sundered (adj.) separated, kept apart

Lucy, farewell; no more my fortune can

But curse the cause I cannot aid the man.

Maine, Blois, Poitiers, and Tours are won away,

'Long all of Somerset and his delay.

Exit with his soldiers


Thus, while the vulture of sedition

Feeds in the bosom of such great commanders,

Sleeping neglection doth betray to loss
neglection (n.) negligence, neglect, disregard

The conquest of our scarce-cold conqueror,

That ever-living man of memory,

Henry the Fifth. Whiles they each other cross,

Lives, honours, lands, and all hurry to loss.


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