Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Alarum. Excursions. Enter old Talbot, led by a



Where is my other life? Mine own is gone.

O, where's young Talbot? Where is valiant John?

Triumphant Death, smeared with captivity,
captivity (n.) those made captive, prisoners

Young Talbot's valour makes me smile at thee.

When he perceived me shrink and on my knee,
shrink (v.) 4 yield, withdraw, give way

His bloody sword he brandished over me,

And like a hungry lion did commence

Rough deeds of rage and stern impatience;
impatience (n.) 1 anger, rage, fury
rage (n.) 2 warlike ardour, martial spirit

But when my angry guardant stood alone,
guardant (n.) guard, protector, keeper

Tendering my ruin and assailed of none,
ruin (n.) 3 fall, giving way, overthrow
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for

Dizzy-eyed fury and great rage of heart
dizzy-eyed (adj.) dazzling, blinding
rage (n.) 2 warlike ardour, martial spirit

Suddenly made him from my side to start
start (v.) 3 jump away, swerve, turn aside

Into the clustering battle of the French;
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion
clustering (adj.) swarming, thronging, crowded

And in that sea of blood my boy did drench
drench (v.) drown, plunge, immerse

His over-mounting spirit; and there died
over-mounting (adj.) mounting too high, over-ambitious

My Icarus, my blossom, in his pride.
pride (n.) 4 honour, glory, renown

Enter soldiers, with John Talbot, borne


O my dear lord, lo where your son is borne!


Thou antic Death, which laughest us here to scorn,
antic, antick(e), antique (n.) 1 grotesque figure, grinning jester, buffoon

Anon, from thy insulting tyranny,
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
tyranny (n.) cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence

Coupled in bonds of perpetuity,
couple (v.) 1 link, join, tie

Two Talbots, winged through the lither sky,
lither (adj.) yielding, submissive, compliant

In thy despite shall 'scape mortality.
despite (n.) 1 contempt, scorn, disdain
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

O thou whose wounds become hard-favoured Death,
become (v.) 3 put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to
hard-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly, hideous

Speak to thy father ere thou yield thy breath!

Brave Death by speaking, whether he will or no;
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke

Imagine him a Frenchman, and thy foe.

Poor boy! He smiles, methinks, as who should say
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

‘ Had Death been French, then Death had died today.’

Come, come, and lay him in his father's arms.

My spirit can no longer bear these harms.
harm (n.) 1 injury, hurt, pain

Soldiers, adieu! I have what I would have,

Now my old arms are young John Talbot's grave.

He dies

Enter Charles, Alençon, Burgundy, the Bastard, and

Joan la Pucelle


Had York and Somerset brought rescue in,

We should have found a bloody day of this.


How the young whelp of Talbot's, raging wood,
wood (adj.) mad, wild, furious

Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood!
flesh (v.) 1 [of a sword] use for the first time in battle
puny (adj.) untried, inexperienced


Once I encountered him and thus I said:

‘ Thou maiden youth, be vanquished by a maid.’
maiden (adj.) 3 untried, untested, uninitiated [in battle]

But with a proud majestical high scorn
majestical (adj.) 1 majestic, regal, kingly

He answered thus: ‘ Young Talbot was not born

To be the pillage of a giglot wench.’
giglot (n.) harlot, strumpet, wanton
pillage (n.) plunder, spoil, booty
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

So, rushing in the bowels of the French,

He left me proudly, as unworthy fight.


Doubtless he would have made a noble knight.

See where he lies inhearsed in the arms
inhearsed (adj.) as if in a coffin

Of the most bloody nurser of his harms.
harm (n.) 1 injury, hurt, pain
nurser (n.) fosterer, encourager, nourisher


Hew them to pieces, hack their bones asunder,

Whose life was England's glory, Gallia's wonder.
wonder (n.) 2 object of fascination, target of astonishment


O, no, forbear! For that which we have fled
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count

During the life, let us not wrong it dead.

Enter Lucy, accompanied by a French herald


Herald, conduct me to the Dauphin's tent,

To know who hath obtained the glory of the day.


On what submissive message art thou sent?
submissive (adj.) of submission, of surrender


Submission, Dauphin? 'Tis a mere French word;
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count
mere (adv.) 2 exclusively, purely, solely

We English warriors wot not what it means.
wot (v.) 1 learn, know, be told See Topics: Frequency count

I come to know what prisoners thou hast ta'en

And to survey the bodies of the dead.


For prisoners askest thou? Hell our prison is.

But tell me whom thou seekest.


But where's the great Alcides of the field,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Valiant Lord Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury,

Created for his rare success in arms

Great Earl of Washford, Waterford, and Valence,

Lord Talbot of Goodrig and Urchinfield,

Lord Strange of Blackmere, Lord Verdun of Alton,

Lord Cromwell of Wingfield, Lord Furnival of Sheffield,

The thrice-victorious Lord of Falconbridge,

Knight of the noble Order of Saint George,

Worthy Saint Michael, and the Golden Fleece,

Great Marshal to Henry the Sixth

Of all his wars within the realm of France?


Here's a silly stately style indeed!
style (n.) 1 mode of address, formal title

The Turk, that two and fifty kingdoms hath,

Writes not so tedious a style as this.

Him that thou magnifiest with all these titles

Stinking and flyblown lies here at our feet.


Is Talbot slain, the Frenchmen's only scourge,
only (adj.) 1 outstanding, peerless, pre-eminent

Your kingdom's terror and black Nemesis?

O, were mine eyeballs into bullets turned,

That I in rage might shoot them at your faces!

O that I could but call these dead to life!

It were enough to fright the realm of France.
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

Were but his picture left amongst you here,

It would amaze the proudest of you all.
amaze (v.) 3 appal, overwhelm, terrify

Give me their bodies, that I may bear them hence

And give them burial as beseems their worth.
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]
worth (n.) 3 rank, standing, dignity


I think this upstart is old Talbot's ghost,

He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit.

For God's sake, let him have them; to keep them here,

They would but stink and putrefy the air.


Go take their bodies hence.


I'll bear them hence; but from their ashes shall be reared

A phoenix that shall make all France afeard.
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count


So we be rid of them, do with them what thou wilt.

And now to Paris in this conquering vein!

All will be ours, now bloody Talbot's slain.


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