Henry VI Part 1
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Enter Pucell disguis'd, with foure Souldiors Enter Joan la Pucelle disguised, with four soldiers 1H6 III.ii.1.1
with Sacks vpon their backs.dressed like countrymen with sacks upon their backs 1H6 III.ii.1.2
Pucell. PUCELLE 
These are the Citie Gates, the Gates of Roan,These are the city gates, the gates of Rouen, 1H6 III.ii.1
Through which our Pollicy must make a breach.Through which our policy must make a breach.policy (n.)
old form: Pollicy
stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft
1H6 III.ii.2
Take heed, be wary how you place your words,Take heed, be wary how you place your words;place (v.)arrange, dispose, express1H6 III.ii.3
Talke like the vulgar sort of Market men,Talk like the vulgar sort of market-menvulgar (n.)familiar, ordinary, everyday1H6 III.ii.4
That come to gather Money for their Corne.That come to gather money for their corn. 1H6 III.ii.5
If we haue entrance, as I hope we shall,If we have entrance, as I hope we shall, 1H6 III.ii.6
And that we finde the slouthfull Watch but weake,And that we find the slothful watch but weak, 1H6 III.ii.7
Ile by a signe giue notice to our friends,I'll by a sign give notice to our friends, 1H6 III.ii.8
That Charles the Dolphin may encounter them.That Charles the Dauphin may encounter them. 1H6 III.ii.9
Souldier. FIRST SOLDIER 
Our Sacks shall be a meane to sack the CityOur sacks shall be a mean to sack the city,mean (n.)
old form: meane
means, way, method
1H6 III.ii.10
And we be Lords and Rulers ouer Roan,And we be lords and rulers over Rouen. 1H6 III.ii.11
Therefore wee'le knock. Therefore we'll knock. 1H6 III.ii.12
Knock.They knock 1H6 III.ii.13
Watch. WATCH  
(within) 1H6 III.ii.13
Che la.Qui là? 1H6 III.ii.13
Pucell. PUCELLE 
Peasauns la pouure gens de Fraunce,Paysans, la pauvre gent de France, 1H6 III.ii.14
Poore Market folkes that come to sell their Corne.Poor market folks that come to sell their corn. 1H6 III.ii.15
Watch. WATCH  
(opening the gates) 1H6 III.ii.16
Enter, goe in, the Market Bell is rung.Enter, go in; the market bell is rung. 1H6 III.ii.16
Pucell. PUCELLE 
Now Roan, Ile shake thy Bulwarkes to the ground. Now, Rouen, I'll shake thy bulwarks to the ground. 1H6 III.ii.17
Exeunt.Exeunt into the city 1H6 III.ii.17
Enter Charles, Bastard, Alanson.Enter Charles, the Bastard, Alençon, Reignier, and 1H6 III.ii.18.1
soldiers 1H6 III.ii.18.2
Charles. CHARLES 
Saint Dennis blesse this happy Stratageme,Saint Denis bless this happy stratagem,Denis, Saintin Christian tradition, the first apostle of France, 3rd-c1H6 III.ii.18
And once againe wee'le sleepe secure in Roan.And once again we'll sleep secure in Rouen.secure (adv.)safely, free from anxiety1H6 III.ii.19
Bastard. BASTARD 
Here entred Pucell, and her Practisants:Here entered Pucelle and her practisants.practisant (n.)conspirator, plotter, intriguer1H6 III.ii.20
Now she is there, how will she specifie?Now she is there, how will she specify 1H6 III.ii.21
Here is the best and safest passage in.Here is the best and safest passage in? 1H6 III.ii.22
Reig. REIGNIER 
By thrusting out a Torch from yonder Tower,By thrusting out a torch from yonder tower, 1H6 III.ii.23
Which once discern'd, shewes that her meaning is,Which, once discerned, shows that her meaning is: 1H6 III.ii.24
No way to that (for weaknesse) which she entred.No way to that, for weakness, which she entered. 1H6 III.ii.25
Enter Pucell on the top, thrusting out a Torch Enter Joan la Pucelle on the top, thrusting out a torch 1H6 III.ii.26.1
burning.burning 1H6 III.ii.26.2
Pucell. PUCELLE 
Behold, this is the happy Wedding Torch,Behold, this is the happy wedding torch 1H6 III.ii.26
That ioyneth Roan vnto her Countreymen,That joineth Rouen unto her countrymen, 1H6 III.ii.27
But burning fatall to the Talbonites.But burning fatal to the Talbotites. 1H6 III.ii.28
Exit 1H6 III.ii.28
Bastard. BASTARD 
See Noble Charles the Beacon of our friend,See, noble Charles, the beacon of our friend; 1H6 III.ii.29
The burning Torch in yonder Turret stands.The burning torch in yonder turret stands. 1H6 III.ii.30
Charles. CHARLES 
Now shine it like a Commet of Reuenge,Now shine it like a comet of revenge, 1H6 III.ii.31
A Prophet to the fall of all our Foes.A prophet to the fall of all our foes!prophet (n.)portent, omen, foretelling1H6 III.ii.32
Reig. REIGNIER 
Deferre no time, delayes haue dangerous ends,Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.defer (v.)
old form: Deferre
waste, put off, delay
1H6 III.ii.33
Enter and cry, the Dolphin, presently,Enter and cry ‘ The Dauphin!’ presently,presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at once1H6 III.ii.34
And then doe execution on the Watch. And then do execution on the watch.execution (n.)killing, slaying, slaughter1H6 III.ii.35
Alarum. Alarum. They storm the gates and exeunt 1H6 III.ii.36
An Alarum. Talbot in an Excursion.An alarum. Enter Talbot in an excursion from withinexcursion (n.)sortie, sally, bout of fighting1H6 III.ii.36.1
the town 1H6 III.ii.36.2
Talb. TALBOT 
France, thou shalt rue this Treason with thy teares,France, thou shalt rue this treason with thy tears, 1H6 III.ii.36
If Talbot but suruiue thy Trecherie.If Talbot but survive thy treachery. 1H6 III.ii.37
Pucell that Witch, that damned Sorceresse,Pucelle, that witch, that damned sorceress, 1H6 III.ii.38
Hath wrought this Hellish Mischiefe vnawares,Hath wrought this hellish mischief unawares,mischief (n.)
old form: Mischiefe
wicked action, evil deed, harmful scheme
1H6 III.ii.39
unawares (adv.)
old form: vnawares
without warning, by surprise, unexpectedly
That hardly we escap't the Pride of France. That hardly we escaped the pride of France.pride (n.)haughty power, arrogant force1H6 III.ii.40
hardly (adv.)with great difficulty, only with difficulty
Exit.Exit 1H6 III.ii.40
An Alarum: Excursions. Bedford brought in sicke in a An alarum. Excursions. Bedford brought in sick in a 1H6 III.ii.41.1
Chayre.chair 1H6 III.ii.41.2
Enter Talbot and Burgonie without: within,Enter Talbot and Burgundy without; within, Joan la 1H6 III.ii.41.3
Pucell, Charles, Bastard, and Reigneir Pucelle, Charles, the Bastard, Alençon, and Reignier 1H6 III.ii.41.4
on the Walls.on the walls 1H6 III.ii.41.5
Pucell. PUCELLE 
God morrow Gallants, want ye Corn for Bread?Good morrow, gallants, want ye corn for bread?want (v.)require, demand, need1H6 III.ii.41
morrow (n.)morning
gallant (n.)fine gentleman, man of fashion
I thinke the Duke of Burgonie will fast,I think the Duke of Burgundy will fastfast (v.)starve, stay empty, go without [food]1H6 III.ii.42
Before hee'le buy againe at such a rate.Before he'll buy again at such a rate. 1H6 III.ii.43
'Twas full of Darnell: doe you like the taste?'Twas full of darnel; do you like the taste?darnel (n.)
old form: Darnell
weeds, cockle, tares
1H6 III.ii.44
Burg. BURGUNDY 
Scoffe on vile Fiend, and shamelesse Curtizan,Scoff on, vile fiend and shameless courtesan!courtesan, courtezan (n.)
old form: Curtizan
prostitute, strumpet
1H6 III.ii.45
I trust ere long to choake thee with thine owne,I trust ere long to choke thee with thine own, 1H6 III.ii.46
And make thee curse the Haruest of that Corne.And make thee curse the harvest of that corn. 1H6 III.ii.47
Charles. CHARLES 
Your Grace may starue (perhaps) before that time.Your grace may starve, perhaps, before that time.starve (v.)
old form: starue
die, perish
1H6 III.ii.48
Bedf. BEDFORD 
Oh let no words, but deedes, reuenge this Treason. O, let no words, but deeds, revenge this treason! 1H6 III.ii.49
Pucell. PUCELLE 
What will you doe, good gray-beard? / Breake a Launce,What will you do, good greybeard? Break a lance,lance, break a
old form: Breake, Launce
engage in a jousting contest
1H6 III.ii.50
and runne a-Tilt at Death, / Within a Chayre.And run a-tilt at death within a chair?tilt (n.)lance-charge, joust, combat1H6 III.ii.51
Talb. TALBOT 
Foule Fiend of France, and Hag of all despight,Foul fiend of France and hag of all despite,despite (n.)
old form: despight
malice, spite, hatred
1H6 III.ii.52
hag (n.)witch, sorceress
Incompass'd with thy lustfull Paramours,Encompassed with thy lustful paramours,encompass (v.)
old form: Incompass'd
surround, encircle, enclose
1H6 III.ii.53
paramour (n.)lover
Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant Age,Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant agebecome (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate to1H6 III.ii.54
And twit with Cowardise a man halfe dead?And twit with cowardice a man half dead? 1H6 III.ii.55
Damsell, Ile haue a bowt with you againe,Damsel, I'll have a bout with you again,bout (n.)
old form: bowt
fight, round, contest
1H6 III.ii.56
Or else let Talbot perish with this shame.Or else let Talbot perish with this shame. 1H6 III.ii.57
Pucell.PUCELLE 
Are ye so hot, Sir: yet Pucell hold thy peace,Are ye so hot, sir? Yet, Pucelle, hold thy peace.hot (adj.)hot-tempered, angry, passionate1H6 III.ii.58
If Talbot doe but Thunder, Raine will follow.If Talbot do but thunder, rain will follow. 1H6 III.ii.59
They whisper together in counsell.The English whisper together in counsel 1H6 III.ii.60
God speed the Parliament: who shall be the Speaker?God speed the parliament; who shall be the Speaker? 1H6 III.ii.60
Talb. TALBOT 
Dare yee come forth,and meet vs in the field?Dare ye come forth and meet us in the field?field (n.)field of battle, battleground, field of combat1H6 III.ii.61
Pucell. PUCELLE 
Belike your Lordship takes vs then for fooles,Belike your lordship takes us then for fools,belike (adv.)probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems1H6 III.ii.62
To try if that our owne be ours, or no.To try if that our own be ours or no. 1H6 III.ii.63
Talb. TALBOT 
I speake not to that rayling Hecate,I speak not to that railing Hecate,Hecat, Hecate (n.)[pron: 'hekat, 'hekatee] Greek goddess of the underworld; associated with magic, ghosts, witchcraft1H6 III.ii.64
But vnto thee Alanson, and the rest.But unto thee, Alençon, and the rest. 1H6 III.ii.65
Will ye, like Souldiors, come and fight it out?Will ye, like soldiers, come and fight it out?ye (pron.)you [singular or plural]1H6 III.ii.66
Alans. ALENÇON 
Seignior no.Signor, no. 1H6 III.ii.67
Talb. TALBOT 
Seignior hang: base Muleters of France,Signor, hang! Base muleteers of France!base (adj.)low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank1H6 III.ii.68
muleter, muleteer (n.)mule-driver
Like Pesant foot-Boyes doe they keepe the Walls,Like peasant footboys do they keep the wallskeep (v.)
old form: keepe
stay within, remain inside
1H6 III.ii.69
footboy (n.)
old form: foot-Boyes
boy attendant, page-boy, servant on foot [accompanying a rider],
And dare not take vp Armes, like Gentlemen.And dare not take up arms like gentlemen. 1H6 III.ii.70
Pucell. PUCELLE 
Away Captaines, let's get vs from the Walls,Away, captains! Let's get us from the walls, 1H6 III.ii.71
For Talbot meanes no goodnesse by his Lookes.For Talbot means no goodness by his looks. 1H6 III.ii.72
God b'uy my Lord, we came but to tell youGod bye, my lord; we came but to tell you 1H6 III.ii.73
That wee are here. That we are here. 1H6 III.ii.74
Exeunt from the Walls.Exeunt from the walls 1H6 III.ii.74
Talb. TALBOT 
And there will we be too, ere it be long,And there will we be too ere it be long, 1H6 III.ii.75
Or else reproach be Talbots greatest fame.Or else reproach be Talbot's greatest fame!fame (n.)reputation, renown, character1H6 III.ii.76
Vow Burgonie, by honor of thy House,Vow, Burgundy, by honour of thy house, 1H6 III.ii.77
Prickt on by publike Wrongs sustain'd in France,Pricked on by public wrongs sustained in France,prick on (v.)
old form: Prickt
incite, urge on, spur on
1H6 III.ii.78
Either to get the Towne againe, or dye.Either to get the town again or die; 1H6 III.ii.79
And I, as sure as English Henry liues,And I, as sure as English Henry lives 1H6 III.ii.80
And as his Father here was Conqueror;And as his father here was conqueror, 1H6 III.ii.81
As sure as in this late betrayed Towne,As sure as in this late betrayed townlate (adv.)recently, a little while ago / before1H6 III.ii.82
Great Cordelions Heart was buryed;Great Coeur-de-lion's heart was buried, 1H6 III.ii.83
So sure I sweare, to get the Towne, or dye.So sure I swear to get the town or die. 1H6 III.ii.84
Burg. BURGUNDY 
My Vowes are equall partners with thy Vowes.My vows are equal partners with thy vows. 1H6 III.ii.85
Talb. TALBOT 
But ere we goe, regard this dying Prince,But, ere we go, regard this dying prince,regard (v.)tend, look after, take care of1H6 III.ii.86
The valiant Duke of Bedford: Come my Lord,The valiant Duke of Bedford. Come, my lord, 1H6 III.ii.87
We will bestow you in some better place,We will bestow you in some better place, 1H6 III.ii.88
Fitter for sicknesse, and for crasie age.Fitter for sickness and for crazy age.crazy (adj.)
old form: crasie
frail, infirm, fragile
1H6 III.ii.89
Bedf. BEDFORD 
Lord Talbot, doe not so dishonour me:Lord Talbot, do not so dishonour me; 1H6 III.ii.90
Here will I sit, before the Walls of Roan,Here will I sit, before the walls of Rouen, 1H6 III.ii.91
And will be partner of your weale or woe.And will be partner of your weal or woe.weal
old form: weale
welfare, well-being, prosperity
1H6 III.ii.92
Burg. BURGUNDY 
Couragious Bedford, let vs now perswade you.Courageous Bedford, let us now persuade you. 1H6 III.ii.93
Bedf.BEDFORD 
Not to be gone from hence: for once I read,Not to be gone from hence; for once I read 1H6 III.ii.94
That stout Pendragon, in his Litter sick,That stout Pendragon in his litter sickPendragon (n.)early British king, the father of King Arthur1H6 III.ii.95
Came to the field, and vanquished his foes.Came to the field and vanquished his foes.field (n.)field of battle, battleground, field of combat1H6 III.ii.96
Me thinkes I should reuiue the Souldiors hearts,Methinks I should revive the soldiers' hearts,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: Me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
1H6 III.ii.97
Because I euer found them as my selfe.Because I ever found them as myself. 1H6 III.ii.98
Talb. TALBOT 
Vndaunted spirit in a dying breast,Undaunted spirit in a dying breast! 1H6 III.ii.99
Then be it so: Heauens keepe old Bedford safe.Then be it so. Heavens keep old Bedford safe! 1H6 III.ii.100
And now no more adoe, braue Burgonie,And now no more ado, brave Burgundy,brave (adj.)
old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
1H6 III.ii.101
But gather we our Forces out of hand,But gather we our forces out of handhand, out ofat once, immediately, straight away1H6 III.ii.102
And set vpon our boasting Enemie. And set upon our boasting enemy. 1H6 III.ii.103
Exit. Exeunt all but Bedford and attendants 1H6 III.ii.103
An Alarum: Excursions. Enter Sir Iohn Falstaffe, and An alarum. Excursions. Enter Sir John Falstaff and 1H6 III.ii.104.1
a Captaine.a Captain 1H6 III.ii.104.2
Capt. CAPTAIN 
Whither away Sir Iohn Falstaffe, in such haste?Whither away, Sir John Falstaff, in such haste? 1H6 III.ii.104
Falst. FALSTAFF 
Whither away? to saue my selfe by flight,Whither away? To save myself by flight. 1H6 III.ii.105
We are like to haue the ouerthrow againe.We are like to have the overthrow again.like (adv.)likely, probable / probably1H6 III.ii.106
Capt. CAPTAIN 
What? will you flye, and leaue Lord Talbot?What, will you fly and leave Lord Talbot? 1H6 III.ii.107.1
Falst.FALSTAFF 
I,Ay, 1H6 III.ii.107.2
all the Talbots in the World, to saue my life.All the Talbots in the world, to save my life. 1H6 III.ii.108
Exit 1H6 III.ii.108
Capt.CAPTAIN 
Cowardly Knight,ill fortune follow thee.Cowardly knight, ill fortune follow thee!ill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourable1H6 III.ii.109
Exit.Exit 1H6 III.ii.109
Retreat. Excursions. Pucell, Alanson, and Charles Retreat. Excursions. Pucelle, Alençon, and Charles 1H6 III.ii.110
flye.enter from the town and fly 1H6 III.ii.110
Bedf. BEDFORD 
Now quiet Soule, depart when Heauen please,Now, quiet soul, depart when heaven please, 1H6 III.ii.110
For I haue seene our Enemies ouerthrow.For I have seen our enemies' overthrow. 1H6 III.ii.111
What is the trust or strength of foolish man?What is the trust or strength of foolish man? 1H6 III.ii.112
They that of late were daring with their scoffes,They that of late were daring with their scoffsscoff (n.)
old form: scoffes
taunt, scorn, mockery
1H6 III.ii.113
late, ofrecently, a little while ago
Are glad and faine by flight to saue themselues.Are glad and fain by flight to save themselves.fain (adj.)
old form: faine
satisfied, well pleased, glad
1H6 III.ii.114
Bedford dyes, and is carryed in by Bedford dies and is carried in by 1H6 III.ii.114.1
two in his Chaire.two attendants in his chair 1H6 III.ii.114.2
An Alarum. Enter Talbot, Burgonie, and the rest.An alarum. Enter Talbot, Burgundy, and the rest of 1H6 III.ii.115.1
the English soldiers 1H6 III.ii.115.2
Talb. TALBOT 
Lost, and recouered in a day againe,Lost and recovered in a day again! 1H6 III.ii.115
This is a double Honor, Burgonie:This is a double honour, Burgundy. 1H6 III.ii.116
Yet Heauens haue glory for this Victorie.Yet heavens have glory for this victory! 1H6 III.ii.117
Burg. BURGUNDY 
Warlike and Martiall Talbot, BurgonieWarlike and martial Talbot, Burgundy 1H6 III.ii.118
Inshrines thee in his heart, and there erectsEnshrines thee in his heart and there erects 1H6 III.ii.119
Thy noble Deeds, as Valors Monuments.Thy noble deeds as valour's monuments. 1H6 III.ii.120
Talb. TALBOT 
Thanks gentle Duke: but where is Pucel now?Thanks, gentle Duke. But where is Pucelle now?gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, noble1H6 III.ii.121
I thinke her old Familiar is asleepe.I think her old familiar is asleep.familiar (n.)attendant spirit, personal demon1H6 III.ii.122
Now where's the Bastards braues, and Charles his glikes?Now where's the Bastard's braves and Charles his gleeks?brave (n.)
old form: braues
boast, bravado, blustering threat
1H6 III.ii.123
gleek (n.)
old form: glikes
taunt, gibe, insult
What all amort? Roan hangs her head for griefe,What, all amort? Rouen hangs her head for griefamort (adj.)dispirited, spiritless, dejected1H6 III.ii.124
That such a valiant Company are fled.That such a valiant company are fled. 1H6 III.ii.125
Now will we take some order in the Towne,Now will we take some order in the town,order, takemake arrangements1H6 III.ii.126
Placing therein some expert Officers,Placing therein some expert officers,expert (adj.)experienced, tried and tested1H6 III.ii.127
And then depart to Paris, to the King,And then depart to Paris to the King, 1H6 III.ii.128
For there young Henry with his Nobles lye.For there young Henry with his nobles lie. 1H6 III.ii.129
Burg. BURGUNDY 
What wills Lord Talbot, pleaseth Burgonie.What wills Lord Talbot pleaseth Burgundy. 1H6 III.ii.130
Talb. TALBOT 
But yet before we goe, let's not forgetBut yet, before we go, let's not forget 1H6 III.ii.131
The Noble Duke of Bedford, late deceas'd,The noble Duke of Bedford, late deceased,late (adv.)recently, a little while ago / before1H6 III.ii.132
But see his Exequies fulfill'd in Roan.But see his exequies fulfilled in Rouen.fulfil (v.)
old form: fulfill'd
perform, execute, carry out
1H6 III.ii.133
exequies (n.)funeral rites, burial ceremonies
A brauer Souldier neuer couched Launce,A braver soldier never couched lance;brave (adj.)
old form: brauer
noble, worthy, excellent
1H6 III.ii.134
couch (v.)lower, bring down [to attack position]
A gentler Heart did neuer sway in Court.A gentler heart did never sway in court.sway (v.)control, rule, direct, govern1H6 III.ii.135
gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, noble
But Kings and mightiest Potentates must die,But kings and mightiest potentates must die, 1H6 III.ii.136
For that's the end of humane miserie. For that's the end of human misery. 1H6 III.ii.137
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H6 III.ii.137
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