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I am left out ; for me nothing remains.
But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office ;
The king from Eltham I intend to send,
And sit at chiefest stern of public weal.

[Exit

SCENE II. France. Before Orleans. Enter CHARLES, with his Forces ;

ALENCON, REIGNIER, and others.
Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens,
So in the earth, to this day is not known :
Late did he shine upon the English side ;
Now we are victors upon us he smiles.
What towns of any moment, but we have ?
At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans ;
Other whiles, the fainish'd English, like pale ghosts,
Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat bull-

beeves :
Either they must be dieted like mules,
And have their provender tyed to their mouths,
Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice.

Reig. Let's raise the siege ; Why live we idly here?
Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear :
Remaineth none but mad-brain’d Salisbury ;
And he may well in fretting spend his gall,
Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war.

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 ;
He fighteth as one weary of his life.
The other lords, like lions wanting food,
Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.

Alen. Froisard, a countryman of ours, records,
England all Olivers and Rowlands bred, 9

19] These were two of the most famous in the list ofCharlemagne's twelve peers; and their exploits are rendered so ridiculously and equally extrava

During the time Edward the Third did reign.
More truly now may this be verified ;
For none but Samsons, and Goliasses,
It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten !
Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er suppose
They had such courage and audacity?
Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hair-

brain'd slaves,
And hunger will enforce them to be more eager :
Of old I know them ; rather with their teeth
The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the siege.

Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals' or device,
Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on ;
Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do.
By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone.
Alen. Be it so.

Enter the Bastard of Orleans.
Rast. Where's the prince Dauphin? I have news

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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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,
For they are certain and unfallible.
Char. Go, call her in : [Exit Bastard.] But, first, to

try her skill,
Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place :
Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern :-
By this means shall we sound what skill she hath.

[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.

STEEV..

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.
This night the siege assuredly I'll raise :
Expect Saint Martin's summer, halcyon days, 6.
Since I have entered into these wars.
Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.
With Henry's eath, the English circle ends ;
Dispersed are the glories it included.

[6] That is, expect prosperity after misfortune, like fair weather at Marclemas, after winter has begun. JOHNS.

Now am I like that proud insulting ship,
Which Cæsar and his fortune bare at once.

Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove ??
Thou with an eagle art inspired then.
Helen, the mother of great Constantine,
Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters, were like thee. 8
Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the earth,
How may I reverently worship thee enough?

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.

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SCENE JII.
Bondon. Hill before the Tower. Enter, at the gates, the Duke of

GLOSIER, with his Serving-Men, in blue coats.
Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day ;
Since Henry's death, I fear, there is conveyance.
Where be these warders, that they wait not here?
Open the gates ; Gloster it is that calls.
1 Ward. W'ho's there, that knocks so imperiously?
1 Sery. It is the noble duke of Gloster.
2 Ward. [Within] Whoe'er he be, you may not be

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?
There's none protector of the realm, but I.-
Break up the gates, 1 I'll be your warrantize :
Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms ?
Servants rush at the Tower-gates. Enter to the gates,

WOODVILLE, the lieutenant.
Wood. [Within.] What noise is this ? what traitors

have we here?
[7] Mahomet had a dove, “which he used to feed with wheat out of his
ear; which dove, when it was hungry, lighted on Mahomet's shoulder, and
thrust its bill in to find its breaktast ; Mahomet persuading the rude and
simple Arabians, that it was the Holy Ghost that gave him advice.” Sir
Walter Raleigh's History of the World. GREY
[8] Meaning the four daughters of Phlip mentioned in the Acts. HANM.
[9) Conveyance means theft. HANMER
[i] to break up in Shakspeare's age was the same as to break open. Thus,
in our translation of the Bible : " They have broken up, and have passed
through the gate.Micah ii 13. So again, in St Matthew, xxiv. 43 He
would have watched and would not bave suffered his house to be broken up."

WHALLEY.

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