Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Alarum. Excursions, wherein Talbot's son is hemmed

about, and Talbot rescues him


Saint George and victory! Fight, soldiers, fight!

The Regent hath with Talbot broke his word

And left us to the rage of France his sword.

Where is John Talbot? Pause, and take thy breath;

I gave thee life and rescued thee from death.


O twice my father, twice am I thy son!

The life thou gavest me first was lost and done

Till with thy warlike sword, despite of fate,
despite of (prep.) in spite of

To my determined time thou gavest new date.
date (n.) 5 limit, term, endpoint
determined (adj.) 2 appointed, given a limit
time (n.) 3 lifetime, life
time (n.) 12 allotted limit, prescribed term


When from the Dauphin's crest thy sword struck fire,
crest (n.) 1 [originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece

It warmed thy father's heart with proud desire

Of bold-faced victory. Then leaden age,
leaden (adj.) 1 burdensome, heavy, cumbersome

Quickened with youthful spleen and warlike rage,
quicken (v.) 1 revive, rejuvenate, give life [to]
spleen (n.) 3 eagerness, spirits, impetuosity

Beat down Alençon, Orleans, Burgundy,

And from the pride of Gallia rescued thee.
pride (n.) 5 haughty power, arrogant force

The ireful Bastard Orleans, that drew blood
ireful (adj.) wrathful, angry, furious

From thee, my boy, and had the maidenhood

Of thy first fight, I soon encountered,

And, interchanging blows, I quickly shed

Some of his bastard blood; and in disgrace
disgrace, in insultingly, with contempt

Bespoke him thus: ‘ Contaminated, base,

And misbegotten blood I spill of thine,
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
misbegotten (adj.) illegitimate, bastard

Mean and right poor, for that pure blood of mine
mean (adj.) 1 of low rank, inferior in position, less important

Which thou didst force from Talbot, my brave boy.’
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

Here, purposing the Bastard to destroy,
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

Came in strong rescue. Speak, thy father's care;

Art thou not weary, John? How dost thou fare?
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

Wilt thou yet leave the battle, boy, and fly,

Now thou art sealed the son of chivalry?
seal (v.) 1 confirm, ratify, approve

Fly, to revenge my death when I am dead;

The help of one stands me in little stead.
stead (n.) advantage, help, benefit

O, too much folly is it, well I wot,
wot (v.) 1 learn, know, be told See Topics: Frequency count

To hazard all our lives in one small boat.

If I today die not with Frenchmen's rage,

Tomorrow I shall die with mickle age.
mickle (adj.) great, much, large

By me they nothing gain an if I stay;

'Tis but the shortening of my life one day.

In thee thy mother dies, our household's name,
household (n.) family, house, dynasty

My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's fame.
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character

All these, and more, we hazard by thy stay;
stay (n.) 1 staying, remaining, continued presence

All these are saved if thou wilt fly away.


The sword of Orleans hath not made me smart;
smart (v.) suffer, feel pain

These words of yours draw lifeblood from my heart.

On that advantage, bought with such a shame,
advantage, on that to gain those benefits, receiving those advantages

To save a paltry life and slay bright fame,
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character

Before young Talbot from old Talbot fly,

The coward horse that bears me fall and die!

And like me to the peasant boys of France,
like (v.) 5 liken, make like, make resemble

To be shame's scorn and subject of mischance!
mischance (n.) misfortune, calamity, mishap
scorn (n.) 1 mockery, taunt, insult, act of derision
scorn (n.) 2 object of scorn, target of mockery

Surely, by all the glory you have won,

An if I fly, I am not Talbot's son;

Then talk no more of flight; it is no boot;
boot (n.) 1 good, advantage, profit

If son to Talbot, die at Talbot's foot.


Then follow thou thy desperate sire of Crete,

Thou Icarus; thy life to me is sweet.

If thou wilt fight, fight by thy father's side;

And, commendable proved, let's die in pride.
commendable (n.) praiseworthy, deserving of approval
pride (n.) 4 honour, glory, renown


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