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THE FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
SCENE I.--Westminster Abbey. Dead march. Corpse of Kings
Henry the Fifth discovered, lying in state ; attended on by the Dukes of BedroRD, GLOSTER, and Exerer; the Earl of WARWICK, the Bishop of Winchester, Heralds, &c.
Ĝlo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
Exe. Wemourn in black ; Wly mourn we not in blood?
[!] Crystal is an epithet repeatedly bestowed on comers by our ancient writers. " There is also a white comet with silver haires,” says Pliny, as translated by P. Holland, 1601. STEEV.
 Consented, or as it should be spelt, concented, means, have thrown theinselves into a malignant configurat on, to promote the dea:h of Henry. Milton uses the word, and with the same meaning, in his Penseroso :
“ Whose power hath a true consent
“With planet, or with element. STEEV. Consent, in all the books of the age of Elizabeth, and long afterwards, is the spelling of the word concent.
We with our stately presence glorify,
Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of kings.
Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art protector ;
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh ; And ne'er throughout the year to church thou goʻst, Except it be to pray against thy foes. Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds
in peace ! Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us :Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms; Since arins avail not, now that Henry's dead.Posterity, await for wretched years, When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck ; Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears, And none but women left to wail the dead. Henry the fifth ! thy ghost I invocate ; Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils ! Combat with adverse planets in the heavens ! A far more glorious star thy soul will make, Than Julius Cæsar, or bright5.
(3) There was a notion prevalent a long time, that life might be taken away by metrical charms. As superstition grew weaker, these charms were imaginéd only to have power on irrational animals. In our author's time it was supposed that the Irish could kill rats by a song. JOHNS.
 Mr. Pope reads Marish; an old word for marsh or fen. I have been informed, that what we call at present a stew, in whch fish are preserved alive, was anciently called a niurish. Nourice, however, Fr. a nurse, was anciently spelt many different ways, among which nourish was onc. STEE.
 I can't guess the occasion of the hemistich and imperfect sense in this
Enter a Messenger.
Bed. What say'st thou, man,before dead Henry's corse?
Glo. Is Paris lost? Is Rouen yielded up? If Henry were recall'd to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the ghost.
Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was us'd?
Mes. No treachery ; but want of men and money.
Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral,
Bed. Me they concern ; regent I am of France :
Enter another Messenger.
place ; 'tis not impossible it might have been filled up with, Francis Drake, though that were a terrible anachronism. But this is a mere slight conjec. ture.
POPE  This verse might be complete by the
insertion of Rouen among the places lost, as Gloster in his next speech infers that it had been mentioned with the rest. STEEV.
 That is, their miseries, which have had only a short intermission from Henry the Fifth's death to my coming among them. WARB.
The dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims ;
Exe. The dauphin crowned king! all fly to him ! (), whither shall we fly from this reproach ?
Gło. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats :Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.
Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forwardness ? An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Wherewith already France is over-i'un.
Enter a third Messenger. 3 Mes. My gracious lords,-to add to your laments, Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, I must inform you of a dismal fight, Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.
Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so?
3 Mes. O, no ; wherein lord Talbot was o'erthrown : The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, By three and twenty thousand of the French Was round encompassed and set upon : No leisure had he to enrank his men ; He wanted pikes to set before his archers ; Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of hedges, They pitched in the ground confusedly, To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. More than three hours the fight continued ; Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand him : Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew ; The French exclaim’d, The devil was in arms ; All the whole army stood agaz'd on him : His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, A Talbot ! a Talbot ! cried out amain, And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. Here had the conquest fully been seal'd up, If sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward ; 8
 Mr. Pope has taken notice,“ That Falstaff is here introduced again, who was dead in Henry V.” But it is the historical sir John Fastolfe (for so he is called in both our Chroniclers) that is here mentioned ; who was a
He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind,
Bed. Is Talbot slain ? then I will slay myself,
3 Mes. () no, he lives ; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford : Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise.
Bed. His ransome there is none but I shall pay :
3 Mes. So you had need ; for Orleans is beseig'd ;
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry sworn ; Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it ; and here take leave, To go about my preparation.
[Exit. Gl. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, To view the artillery and munition ; And then I will proclaim young Henry king: [Exit.
Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain’d his special governor ;. And for his safety there I'll best devise. [Exit.
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend :
lieutenant general, deputy regent to the duke of Bedford in Normandy, and a knight of the garter; and not the comic character afterwards introduced by our author STEEV:
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