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Edward III: Act IV, Scene 7

Edward III
Act IV, Scene 7

Poitou. Fields near Poitiers. Another part of the field of battle.

  1. Alarum. Enter King John.

John de Valois, King of France

1 - 10
  1. Our multitudes are in themselves confounded,
  2. Dismayed, and distraught; swift starting fear
  3. Hath buzzed a cold dismay through all our army,
  4. And every petty disadvantage prompts
  5. The fear possessed abject soul to fly.
  6. Myself, whose spirit is steel to their dull lead,
  7. What with recalling of the prophecy,
  8. And that our native stones from English arms
  9. Rebel against us, find myself attainted
  10. With strong surprise of weak and yielding fear.
  1. Enter Charles.

Charles

11 - 16
  1. Fly, father, fly! The French do kill the French,
  2. Some that would stand let drive at some that fly;
  3. Our drums strike nothing but discouragement,
  4. Our trumpets sound dishonor and retire;
  5. The spirit of fear, that feareth nought but death,
  6. Cowardly works confusion on itself.
  1. Enter Philip.

Philip

17 - 22
  1. Pluck out your eyes, and see not this day’s shame!
  2. An arm hath beat an army; one poor David
  3. Hath with a stone foiled twenty stout Goliaths;
  4. Some twenty naked starvelings with small flints,
  5. Hath driven back a puissant host of men,
  6. Arrayed and fenced in all accomplements.

John de Valois, King of France

23 - 25
  1. Mordieu! They quoit at us and kill us up;
  2. No less than forty thousand wicked elders
  3. Have forty lean slaves this day stoned to death.

Charles

26 - 28
  1. O, that I were some other countryman!
  2. This day hath set derision on the French,
  3. And all the world will blurt and scorn at us.

John de Valois, King of France

29
  1. What, is there no hope left?

Philip

30
  1. No hope, but death, to bury up our shame.

John de Valois, King of France

31 - 33
  1. Make up once more with me; the twentieth part
  2. Of those that live, are men inow to quail
  3. The feeble handful on the adverse part.

Charles

34 - 35
  1. Then charge again: if heaven be not opposed,
  2. We cannot lose the day.

John de Valois, King of France

36
  1.                         On, away!
  1. Exeunt.
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