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A holy maid hither with me I bring,
Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven,
t}rdained is to raise this tedious siege,
And drive the English forth the bounds of France.
The spirit of deep o she hath,
Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome;
What's past, and what’s to come, she can descry.
Speak, shall I call her in? Believe my” words,
For they are certain and unfallible.
Dau. Go, call her in: 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.

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Pucel. Reignier,is’t thou that thinkest to beguile 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 thce apart;Stand back, you lords, and give us leave awhile. : Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Pucel. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's - daughter, My wit untrain’d in any kind of art. Heaven, and our Lady gracious, bath 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 checks, 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 blest 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: Thou shalt be fortunate, If thou receive me for thy warlike mate. Dau. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high terms: Only this proof I'll of thy valour make, ln single combat thou shalt buckle with me: And, if thon vanquishest, thy words are true; Otherwise, I renounce all confidence. Puccl. I am prepar'd: here is my keen-edg'd sword, Deck’d with fine flower-de-luces on each side; Thewhich, at TouraineinSaint Katharine's church

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3. Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.

Dau. Then come o' God's name, I fear nowoin all. Pucci. And, while I live, I'll never fly no man. [Here they fight, and Joan la Pucelle overcomes. Dau. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an Amazon, And fightest with the sword of Deborah. Pucel. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too weak. [help me; Dau. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that must Impatiently I burn with thy desire; \ly heart and hands thou hast at once subdu'd. Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Let me thy servant, alo not sovereign, be; 'Tis the French l)auphin sucth to thee thus. Purel. 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. Dau. 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? Allen. He may mean more than we poor men do know: . [tongues. These women are shrewd tempters with their Reig. My lord, where are you ? what devise - you on 2 Shall we give over Orleans, or no? Pucel. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants! Fight 'till the last gasp; I will be your guard. Dau. What she says, I'll confirm; we'll fight it out. Pucel. Assign'd I am to be the English scourge. This night the siege assuredly I’ll raise: Expect St. Martin's stin:mer 3, halcyon days, Since I have cnter'd thus 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 death the English circle ends;

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Now am I like that proud insulting ship,
Which Caesar and his fortune bare at once.
Dau. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove **
Thou with an eagle art inspired then,
Helen, the mother of great Constantine,
Noryct Saint Philip's daughters *, were like thee.
Bright star of Venus, fall n down on the earth,
How may I reverently worship thee enough?
Alen. Leave off delays,andletus raise thesiege.
Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save our
honours;

Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz'd.

* There were no nine sibyls of Rome! but our author confounds things, and mistakes this for the

nine books of Sibylline oracles, brought to one of the Tarquins.

words. begun.

* It should be read, believe her

* That is, expect prosperity aftermisfortune, like fairweather at Martlemas, after winter has 4 Mahomet had a dove, which he used to feed with wheat out of his car; which dove, when

it was hungry, lighted on Mahomet's shoulder, and thrust its bill in to find its breakfast; Mahomet

persuading the rude and simpleArabians, that it was the Holy Ghost that gave him advice. ing, the four daughters of Philip mentioned in the Acts.

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Dau. Presently we'll try:—Come, let's away Glo. Stand back, thou manifest conspirator; about it:— Thou, that contriv'dst to murder our deadlord; No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. Thou, that giv'st whores indulgences to sin “:

[Ereunt. I'll canvass thee in thy broad cardinal's hat",
If thou proceed in this thy insolence. . [foot:

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S C E N E III. Isin. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge a Tower-Gates in London, This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain", Enter Gloster, with his Serving-men. To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt.

Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day; Glo. I will not slay thee,but I'll drivetheeback: Since Henry's death, I fear, there is convey-|10|Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth

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1 Man. It is the noble duke of Gloster. beard; 2 #ard. Whoe'er he be, you may not beletin. I mean to tug it, and to cuff you soundly: 1 Man. Villains, answer you so the lord pro-| |Under my feet I'll stamp thy cardinal's hat;

tector? In spite of pope, or dignities of church, 1 Isard. The Lord protect him! so wes?0|Here by the cheeks. I'll drag thee up and down. answer him : Win. Gloster,thou'ltanswer this before thepope. We do no otherwise than we are will’d. Glo. Winchester goose?! I cry—A rope 1 a Glo. Who will'd you? or whose will stands, rope'— [stay? but mine? Now beat them hence, Why do you let them There's none protector of the realm, but I.- |23|Thee.I'll chase hence,thou wolfinsheep's arrayBreak up the gates, I’ll be your warrantize: Out, tawny-coats!—out, scarlet hypocrite! Shall I be flouted thus b à grooms? Here Gloster's Men beat out the Cardinal's; and Gloster's Men rushatthe Tower-Gates, and Wood. enter in the hurly-burly, the Mayor of London tile, the Lieutenant, speaks within. and his Qūicers. hood. What noise is this? what traitors have|30 Mayor. Fie, lords! that you, being supreme we here? magistrates, Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear? Thus contumeliously should break the peace! Open the gates; here's Gloster, that would enter. Glo. Peace, mayor; for thou know'st little of Wood. Have patience, noble duke; I may not - my wrongs:

open; 35 Here's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor king, The cardinal of Winchester forbids: Hath here distrain'd the Tower to his use. From him I have express commandment, IWin. Here's Gloster too, a foe to citizens; That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in.[me?| |One that still motions war, and never peace, Glo. Faint-hearted Woodvile, prizest him 'fore| |O'er-charging your free purses with large fines; Arrogant Winchester? that haughty prelate, 40 That seeks to overthrow religion, Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could Because he is protector of the realm;

brook? And would have armour here out of the Tower, Thou art no friend to God, or to the king: To crown himself king, and suppresstheprince. Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly. Glo. I will not answer thee with words, but $or. Open the gates theretothelord protector;45 blows. [Here they skirmish again. We'll burst them open, if that you'come not Mayor. Nought rests for me, in this tumulquickly. tuous strife, Enter to the Protector, at the Tower-Gates, Win-I But to make open proclamation:— ..chester and his men in tawny coats *. Come, officer; as loud as e”er thou canst. Win. How now, ambitious Humphry? what|50|Qj. Allmanner of men, assembled hereinarmsthis means this? day, against God’s peace and the king's, we Glo. Piel'd priest, dost thoucommand me to chargeandcommandyou, in his highness' name be shut out? to repair to your several dwelling places; and *in. I do, thou most usurping proditor, not wear, handle, or use, any sword, weapon, And not protector of the king or realm. 55 or dagger, henceforward, upon pain of death.

* Contevance means theft. . . A tawny coat was the dress of the officer whose business it was to Slomon offenders to anecclesiastical court. These are the proper attendantstherefore on the bishop of W inchester. * Alludingtohisshavencrown. In Weever's Funeral Monuments, p. 154, Robert Baldocke, bishop of London, is called a peeled priest, pilide clerk, seemingly in allusion to his shaven ‘Town alone. So, bald-head was a term of scorn *:::::::: . *The public stews were formerly under the district of the bishop of Winchester, 3 This o I'll tumble thee into thy reit hat, andshakethee, as branand mealareshakeninasiere. * Maundrel, in hisTravels, says, that about four miles from Damascus is a high hill, reported to be the same on which Cain slew his brother Abel, * A strumpet, or the consequences of her love, was a Winchester goose,

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Glo. Cardinal, I'll be no breaker of the law: But we shall meet, and break our minds at large. Win. Gloster, we'll meet; to thy cost, be thou Sure: Thy heart-blood I will have for this ". work. 5 Mayor. I’ll call for clubs, if you will not away: This cardinal is more haughty than the devil. Glo. Mayor, farewell: thou dost but what thou may'st. IWin. Abominable Gloster! guard thy head; For I intend to have it, ere long. [Ereunt. Mayor. See the coast cleard, and then we will depart.— Good God! that nobles should such stomachsbear! I myself fight not once in forty year. [Eacunt.

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- rul’d by me: , ,
Chief master-gunner am I of this town;
Something I must do to procure me grace.
The prince's 'spials' have informed me,
How the English, in the suburbs close intrench'd,
* Went, through a secret grate of iron bars
In yonder tower, to over-peer the city;
And thence discover, how, with most advantage,
They may vex us, with shot, or with assault.
To intercept this inconvenience,
A piece of ordnance o it I have plac'd;
And fully even these three days have I watch'd,
If I could see them: Now, boy, do thou watch;
For I can stay no longer.
If thou spy'st any, run and bring me word;
And thou shalt find me at the governor's. [Erit.
Boy. Father, I warrant you; take you no care;
I'll never trouble you, if I may spy them.
Enter the Lords Salisbury and Talbot, with Sir II.
Glamsdale and Sir Tho..Gargrave, on the turrets.
Sal. Talbot, my life, my joy, again return'd
How wert thou handled, iš. prisoner?
Or by what means gott'st thou to be releas'd?
Discourse, I pry'thee, on this turret's top.
Tal. The duke of Bedford had a prisoner,
Called—the brave lord Ponton de Santrailles;
For him was I exchang'd and ransomed.
But with a baser man of arms by far,
Once,in contempt,they would have barter'd me:
Which I, disdaining, scorn’d ; and craved death
Rather than I would be so pill'd 'esteemed.
In fine, redeem'd I was as I desir'd.
But, oh! the treacherous Fastolfe wounds my
heart!
Whom with my bare fists I would execute,
If I now had him brought into my power.
Sal. Yet tell'st thou not, how thou wert en-
tertain'd.

* Espials are spies. honours.

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Tal. With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts. In open market-place produc’d they me, To be a public spectacle to all; Here, said they, is the terror of the French, The scare-crow that att, ights our children so. Then broke I from the officers that led me; And with my nails digg'dstones out of the ground, To hurl at the beholders of my shame. My grisly countenance made others fly; None durst come near, for fear of sudden death. In iron walls they deem'd me not secure; So greatfearof myname 'mongst themwas spread, That they suppos'd, I could rend bars of steel, And spurn in pieces posts of adamant: Wherefore a guard of chosen shot I had, That walk’d about me every minute while; And if I did but stir out of my bed, Ready they were to shoot me to the heart. Enter the Boy, with a linstock. Sal. I grieve to hear what torments you endur'd; But we will be reveng'd sufficiently. Now it is supper-time in Orleans: Here, through this grate, I can count every one, And view the Frenchmen how they fortify; Let us lookin, the sight will much delight thee.— Sir Thomas Gargrave, and Sir William Glansdale, Let me have your express opinions, Where is best place to makö our battery next. Gar. I think, at the northgate: for there stand lords. Glan. And I here, at the bulwark of the bridge. Tal. Foraught I see, this city must be famish'd,

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[Shot from the town. Salisbury and Sir Tho. Gargrave fall down. Sal. O Lord, have mercy on us, wretched sinners! . Gar. O Lord, have mercy on me, woeful man! Tul. What chance is this, that suddenly hath cross'd us?— Speak, Salisbury; at least, if thou canst speak; I low far'st thou, mirror of all martial men? Oneofthy eyes,and thy cheek's side struck off!— Accursed tower! acciursed fatal hand, That hath contriv'd this woeful tragedy! In thirteen battles Salisbury o’ercame; Henry the fifth he first train'd to the wars: Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up, His sword did ne'er leave striking in the field.— Yet liv'st thou,Salisbury; though thy speech doth fail, One eye thou hast to look to heaven for grace: The sun with one eye vieweth all the world.— Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive, If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands!— Bear hence his body, I will help to bury it.— Sir Thomas Gargrave, hast thou any life? Speak unto Talbot; nay, look f to him. Salisbury, chearthy spirit with this comfort; Thou shalt not die, whiles— He beckons with his hand, and smiles on me;

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As who should say, When I am dead and gone,

Remember to avenge me on the French-
Plantagenet, I will; and, Nero-like,
Play on the lute, beholding the towns burn:
Wretched shall France be only in my name.
[Here analarum, and it thunders and lightens.
Whatstir is this? What tumult's in the heavens:
Whence cometh this alarum and this noise :
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord, my lord, the French have
gather'd head:
The Dauphin, with one Joan la Pucelle join'd,
A holy prophetess, new risen up, -
Is come with a great power to raise the siege.
[Here Salisbury lifieth himself up, and groans.
Tal. Hear, hear, how dying Salisbury doth
groan
stirks his heart, he cannot be reveng'd.—
Frenchmen, I'll be a Salisbury to you :—
Pucelle or puzzel', dolphin or dogfish,
Your hearts I'll stamp out with my horse's heels,
And make a quagmire of your mingled brains.—
Convey me Salisbury into his tent,
And then we'll try what dastard Frenchmen dare.

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enter Talbot. Tal. Where is my strength, my valour, and my force : Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them; A woman, clad in armour, chaseth them. Enter La Pucelle. Here,here she comes:—I’ll have aboutwith thee; Devil, or devil's dam, I'll conjure thee: Blood will I draw on thee", thou art a witch, Andstraightway give thy soul to him thouserv'st. ... only Ithat must disgrace thee. [They fight. Tal. Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail? Mybreast I’ll burst with straining of my courage, And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder, But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet. Pucel. Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet I must go victual Orleans forthwith. [come: [A short alarum. Then enters the town with soldiers. O'ertake me if thou canst; I scorn thy strength. Go, go, cheer up thy hunger-starved men; Help Salisbury to make his testament: This day is ours, as many more shall be.

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As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves.—
[Alarum. Here another skirmish.
It will not be:-Retire into your trenches:
You all consented unto Salisbury's death,
For none would strike a strokein his revenge.—
Pucelle is enter'd into Orleans,
In spight of us, or aught that we could do.
Q, would I were to die with Salisbury
The shame hereof will make me hide my head.
[Erit Talbot.
[Alarum, retreat, flourish.
S C E N E VI.
Enter on the walls, Pucelle, Dauphin, Reignier,
Alençon, and Soldiers.
Pucelle. Advanceourwavingcoloursonthewalls;
Rescu'd is Orleans from the English wolves:–
Thus Joan la Pucelle hath perform'd her word.
Dau. Divinestcreature,bright.Astrata's daughter,

|How shall I honour thee for this success?

Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens,
That one day bloom'd,andfruitful were the next.
France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess!—

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More blessed hap did ne'er befall our state.
Reig. Why ring not out the bells throughout
the town?
Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires,
And feast and banquet in the open streets,
To celebrate the joy that God hath given us.
Alen. All France will be replete with mirth and

Joy,

When tool hear howwehave play'd themen.

Dau.'Tis Joan, not we,by whom the day is won; For which, I will divide my crown with her: And all the priests and friars in my realm Shall, in procession, sing her endless praise. A statelier pyramis to her I’ll rear, Than Rhodope's , or Memphis', ever was:

[Exit Pucelle.

In memory of her, when she is dead,

* Mr. Tollet says, Pussel means a dirty wench or a drab, from puzza, i. e. malus foctor, says Min

shew. In a translation from Stephens's Apology for Herodotus, in 1607,

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filthy queans, especially our puzzles of Paris, use this other theft.” .*. superstition of those

times taught, that he that could draw the witch's blood, was free from her power.

3 Rhodope

Was

a famous strumpet, who acquired great riches by her trade. . The least but most finished of the Egyptian pyramids was built by her. She is said afterwards to have married Psammetichus, king of

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Her ashes, in an urn more precious No longer on Saint Denis will we cry,
Than the rich-jewel’d coffer of Darius",

Transported shall be at high festivals

Before the kings and queens of France.

|But Joan la Pucelle shall be France's saint.
ome in ; and let us banquet %.
ourish. Ereunt.

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S C E N E I. Of English Henry, shall this night appear Before Orleans. r How ; in duty I am o to both. - ors; who scal; nor -- y Enter a French Serjeant, with two Continels. 15 *|†, scaling the walls, cry, St. George SoftSos. take your places, and be vigilant: Cent. [Within..] Arm, arm! the enemy doth If any noise, or soldier, you perceive, make assault! Near to the walls, by some apparent sign, The French leap over the walls in their shirts. Enter Let us have knowledge at the court of guard. 20 seceral ways, Bastard, Alençon, Reignier, half Cont. Serjeant, you shall. [Erit Serjeant.] Thus ready, and half unready. are poor servitors Alen. How now, mylords? whatallunready’so? {. others sleep upon their quict beds) Bast. Unready? ay,and glad we'scap'd so well. nstrain'd to watch in darkness, rain, and cold. Reig. "Twas time, I trow, to wake, and leave EnterTalbot, Bedford,and Burgundy, with scaling|25|Hearingalarumsatour chamber doors. [ourbeds, ladders; their drums beating a dead march. Alen. Of all exploits, since first I follow'd arms, Tal. Lordregent—andredoubtedlyurgundy, Ne'er heard I of a warlike enterprize By whose approach, the regions of Artois, More venturous, or desperate, than this. Walloon, and Picardy, are friends to us, Bast. I think, this Talbot is a fiend of hell. This happy night the Frenchmen are secure, 30 Reig. Ifnotof bell,theheavens,sure,favour him. Having all day carous'd and banqueted: Alen. Here cometh Charles; I marvel how he Embrace we then this opportunity; sped. As fitting best to quittance their deceit, - Enter Charles, and Pucelle. Contriv'd by art, and baleful sorcery. Bast. Tut! holy Joan was his defensive guard. Bed. Coward of France!—how much he wrongs|35. Char. Is this thy cunning,thou deceitful dame? his fame, Didst thou at first, to flatter us withal, Despairing of his own arm's fortitude, Make us partakers of a little gain, To join with witches, and the help of hell. That now our loss might be ten times so much? Bur. Traitors have never other company.— Pucel. Wherefore is Charles impatient with But what’s that Pucelle, whom they term so pure?|40 his friend ? Tal. A maid, they say. At all times will you have my power alike? Bed. A maid! and be so martial' Sleeping, or waking, must I still prevail, Bur.PrayGod,she provenot masculineerelong; 'Or will you blame and lay the fault on me?— If underneath the standard of the l’rench, Improvidentsoldiers! had your watch been good, She carry armour as she hath begun. 45s This sudden mischief never could have fall'n. Tal. Well, let them practise and converse with Char. Duke of Alençon, this was your default; spirits: That, being captain of the watch to-night, God is our fortress; in whose conquering name, |Did look no better to that weighty charge. Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. Alen. Had all your quarters been as safely kept, J3rd. Ascend, braveTalbot; we will follow thee.|50|As that whereof I had the government, Tal. Not all together; better far, I guess, We had not been thus shamefully surpriz'd. That we do make our entrance several ways; Bast. Mine was secure. That, if it chance the one of us do fail, Reign. And so was mine, my lord. The other yet may rise against their force. . Char.And,for myself, most part of all this night, Bed. Agreed; I'll to yon corner. 55|Within her quarter, and mine own precinct, Bur. And I to this. [grave.- I was employ'd in passing to and fro, Tal. And here will Talbot mount, or make his About re . of the centinels: Now, Salisbury for thee, and for the right Then how,0r which way,should they firstbreakin?

• When Alexander the Great took the city of Gaza, the metropolis of Syria, amidst the spoils and wealth of Darius treasured up there, he found an exceeding rich and beautiful little chest or casket, and asked those about him what they thought fittest to belaid upin it. When they had severally delivered their opinions, he told them, he esteemed nothing so worthy to be preserved in it as Homer's Iliad. 2. load, was the current word in those times for undress'd. Pucel * taceo.

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