Henry VI Part 1


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Enter Somerset, with his army, and a Captain of

Talbot's


SOMERSET

It is too late; I cannot send them now.

This expedition was by York and Talbot

Too rashly plotted. All our general force

Might with a sally of the very town
sally (n.) sudden attack against an enemy, sortie

Be buckled with. The over-daring Talbot
buckle (v.) 2 grapple, engage, fight at close quarters

Hath sullied all his gloss of former honour
gloss (n.) 2 brightness, freshness, shine, lustre
sully (v.) dim, stain, tarnish

By this unheedful, desperate, wild adventure.
unheedful (adj.) careless, heedless, irresponsible
wild (adj.) 2 rash, reckless, careless

York set him on to fight and die in shame,
set on (v.) 1 encourage, urge, incite

That, Talbot dead, great York might bear the name.


CAPTAIN

Here is Sir William Lucy, who with me

Set from our o'ermatched forces forth for aid.
overmatched (adj.) outnumbered, faced with superior strength

Enter Sir William Lucy


SOMERSET

How now, Sir William, whither were you sent?


LUCY

Whither, my lord? From bought and sold Lord Talbot,
buy and sell, past form bought and sold betray, exploit, treat treacherously

Who, ringed about with bold adversity,
ring about (v.) encircle, surround, enclose

Cries out for noble York and Somerset

To beat assailing death from his weak legions;

And whiles the honourable captain there

Drops bloody sweat from his war-wearied limbs,

And, in advantage lingering, looks for rescue,
advantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority

You, his false hopes, the trust of England's honour,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
trust (n.) trustee, guardian, custodian

Keep off aloof with worthless emulation.
emulation (n.) 1 ambitious rivalry, contention, conflict
worthless (adj.) unworthy, contemptible, ignoble

Let not your private discord keep away
discord (n.) vendetta, disagreement, dissension
private (adj.) 1 personal, individual, particular

The levied succours that should lend him aid,
levied (adj.) raised, mustered, drawn up
succour (n.) 2 reinforcements, military assistance

While he, renowned noble gentleman,

Yields up his life unto a world of odds.
world (n.) 3 large number, multitude

Orleans the Bastard, Charles, Burgundy,

Alençon, Reignier compass him about,
compass (v.) 3 surround, trap, ring in

And Talbot perisheth by your default.
default (n.) 1 failure, negligence, oversight


SOMERSET

York set him on; York should have sent him aid.
set on (v.) 1 encourage, urge, incite


LUCY

And York as fast upon your grace exclaims,
exclaim on / upon (v.) accuse, blame, denounce [loudly]

Swearing that you withhold his levied host,
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude
levied (adj.) raised, mustered, drawn up

Collected for this expedition.


SOMERSET

York lies; he might have sent and had the horse.
horse (n.) cavalry, horse soldiers

I owe him little duty, and less love,

And take foul scorn to fawn on him by sending.
scorn, take think it a disgrace, consider it an indignity


LUCY

The fraud of England, not the force of France,
fraud (n.) 3 faithlessness, deceitfulness, insincerity

Hath now entrapped the noble-minded Talbot.

Never to England shall he bear his life,

But dies betrayed to fortune by your strife.
fortune (n.) 3 chance, fate, [one's ] lot


SOMERSET

Come, go; I will dispatch the horsemen straight;
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Within six hours they will be at his aid.


LUCY

Too late comes rescue. He is ta'en or slain;

For fly he could not, if he would have fled;

And fly would Talbot never, though he might.


SOMERSET

If he be dead, brave Talbot, then adieu!


LUCY

His fame lives in the world, his shame in you.
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character

Exeunt

 
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