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SCENE II. France. Before Orleans. Enter CHARLES, with his Forces ;
ALENCON, REIGNIER, and others.
Reig. Let's raise the siege ; Why live we idly here?
Char. Sound, sound, alarum ; we will rush on them. Now for the honour of the forlorn French :Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. [Exeunt. llarums ; Excursions ; afterwards a Retreat. Reenter CHARLES, ALENÇON, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have I? Dogs! cowards ! dastards ! I would ne'er have fled, But that they left me 'midst my enemies.
Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide ;
Alen. Froisard, a countryman of ours, records,
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During the time Edward the Third did reign.
Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals' or device,
Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
for him. Char. Bastard of Orleans, 2 thrice welcome to us. Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your cheer ap
pallid ;3 Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence ? Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand: A holy maid hither with me I bring, Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, Ordained is to raise this tedious siege, And drive the English forth the bounds of France. The spirit of deep prophecy she hath, Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome ;* What’s past, and what's to come, she can descry. gant by the old romancers, that from thence arose that saying amongst our plain and sensible ancesto! s, of giving ine a Rowland for his Oliver, to signify the matching one incredible lie with another. WARB. Rather, to oppose one hero to another; i. e. to give a person as good a one as he brings.
STEEV. (1) A gimmal is a piece of jointed wood, where one piece moves within another, whence it is taken at large for an engine. It is now by the vulgar Galled a gimcrack. JOHNS.
 That this in former times was not a term of reproach, see Bishop Hurd's Letters on Chivalry and Romance, who obsti ving on circumstances of agreement between the heroic and Gothic manners, says that “ Bastardy was in credit with both.” One of William the Conqueror's charters bey; as, “ Ego Gulielmus cognomento Bastardus." VAILLANT-Bastardy was reckoned no disgrace among the ancients. See the eighth Iliad, in the illegitimacy of Teucer is mentioned as a panegyric upon him. STEEV.
 Cheer-countenance. STEEV.
141 There were no nine sibyls of Rome ; but he confounds things, and mistakes this for the nine books of Sibylline oracles, brought to one of the Tarquins. WARB,
Speak, shall I call her in ? Believe my words,
try her skill,
[Retires. Enter LA PUCELLE, Bastard of Orleans, and others. Reig. Fair maid, is’t thou wilt do these wond'rous
feats Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beguile me?Where is the Dauphin ?-come, come from behind ; I know thee well, though never seen before. Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me ; In private will I talk with thee apart ;Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while.
Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter, My wit untrain’d in any kind of art. Heaven, and our Lady gracious, hath it pleas'd To shine on my contemptible estate : Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs, And to sun's parching heat display'd my cheeks, God's mother deigned to appear to me ; And, in a vision, full of majesty, Will'd me to leave my base vocation, And free my country from calamity : Her aid she promis'd, and assur'd success : In complete glory she reveal’d herself ; And, whereas I was black and swart before, With those clear rays which she infus'd on me, That beauty am I bless'd with, which you see. Ask me what question thou canst possible, And I will answer unpremeditated : My courage try by combat, if thou dar’st, And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex. Resolve on this :5 Thou shalt be fortunate, If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.
thar. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high terms; Only this proof I'll of thy valour make, In single combat thou shalt buckle with me; And, if thou vanquishest, thy words are true ;
(5) That is, be firmly persuaded of it.
Otherwise, I renounce all confidence.
Puc. I am prepar'd : here is my keen-edg'd sword, Deck'd with five flower-de-luces on each side ; The which at Touraine, in Saint Katherine's church
yard, @ut of a deal of old iron I chose forth.
Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear no woman. Puc. And, while I live, l'il ne'er fly from a man.
[They fight. Dau. Stay, stay thy hands ; thou art an Amazon, And fightest with the sword of Deborah.
Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too weak.
Char. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that must help me: Impatiently I burn with thy desire ; My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu'd. Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be ; 'Tis the French Dauphin sueth to thee thus..
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love, For my profession's sacred from above : When I have chased all thy foes from hence, Then will I think upon a recompence.
Char.Mean time, look gracious on thy prostrate thrall. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk.
Alen. Doubtless, he shrives this woman to her smock ; Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps no mean? Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do know : These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.
Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise you on? Shall we give over Orleans, or no?
Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants ! Fight till the last gasp ; I will be your guard.
Char. What she says, I'll confirm ; we'll fight it out.
Puc. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge.
 That is, expect prosperity after misfortune, like fair weather at Marclemas, after winter has begun. JOHNS.
Now am I like that proud insulting ship,
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove ??
Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save our honours; Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz'd.
Char. Presently we'll try :- Come, let's away about it: No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. [Exeunt.
GLOSIER, with his Serving-Men, in blue coats.
let in. 1 Serv. Answer you so the lord protector, villains ?
1 Ward. The Lord protect him so we answer him : We do no otherwise than we are will’d.
Glo. Who willed you ? or whose will stands,but mine?
WOODVILLE, the lieutenant.
have we here?