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Henry VI, Pt. 1: Act 2, Scene 1

Henry VI, Pt. 1
Act 2, Scene 1

Scene 1

France. Before Orléans.

  1. Enter a French Sergeant of a band, with two Sentinels.

French Sergeant

2 - 5
  1. Sirs, take your places and be vigilant.
  2. If any noise or soldier you perceive
  3. Near to the walls, by some apparent sign
  4. Let us have knowledge at the court of guard.

First Sentinel

6 - 10
  1. Sergeant, you shall.
  2. Exit Sergeant.
  3.                      Thus are poor servitors,
  4. When others sleep upon their quiet beds,
  5. Constrain’d to watch in darkness, rain, and cold.
  1. Enter Talbot, Bedford, and Burgundy, and forces with
  2. scaling-ladders.

Lord Talbot

13 - 20
  1. Lord Regent, and redoubted Burgundy,
  2. By whose approach the regions of Artois,
  3. Wallon, and Picardy are friends to us,
  4. This happy night the Frenchmen are secure,
  5. Having all day carous’d and banqueted:
  6. Embrace we then this opportunity
  7. As fitting best to quittance their deceit
  8. Contriv’d by art and baleful sorcery.

Duke of Bedford

21 - 23
  1. Coward of France, how much he wrongs his fame,
  2. Despairing of his own arm’s fortitude,
  3. To join with witches and the help of hell!

Duke of Burgundy

24 - 25
  1. Traitors have never other company.
  2. But what’s that Pucelle whom they term so pure?

Lord Talbot

26
  1. A maid, they say.

Duke of Bedford

27
  1.                   A maid? And be so martial?

Duke of Burgundy

28 - 30
  1. Pray God she prove not masculine ere long,
  2. If underneath the standard of the French
  3. She carry armor as she hath begun.

Lord Talbot

31 - 33
  1. Well, let them practice and converse with spirits.
  2. God is our fortress, in whose conquering name
  3. Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks.

Duke of Bedford

34
  1. Ascend, brave Talbot, we will follow thee.

Lord Talbot

35 - 38
  1. Not all together. Better far, I guess,
  2. That we do make our entrance several ways;
  3. That, if it chance the one of us do fail,
  4. The other yet may rise against their force.

Duke of Bedford

39
  1. Agreed. I’ll to yond corner.

Duke of Burgundy

40
  1.                              And I to this.

Lord Talbot

41 - 44
  1. And here will Talbot mount, or make his grave.
  2. Now, Salisbury, for thee, and for the right
  3. Of English Henry, shall this night appear
  4. How much in duty I am bound to both.
  1. Cry: Saint George!” A Talbot!”
  1. The English scale the walls.

First Sentinel

47
  1. Arm, arm! The enemy doth make assault!
  1. The French leap o’er the walls in their shirts. Enter,
  2. several ways, Bastard, Alanson, Reignier, half ready and
  3. half unready.

Duke of Alanson

51
  1. How now, my lords? What, all unready so?

Bastard of Orléans

52
  1. Unready? Ay, and glad we scap’d so well.

Duke of Anjou

53 - 54
  1. ’Twas time, I trow, to wake and leave our beds,
  2. Hearing alarums at our chamber-doors.

Duke of Alanson

55 - 57
  1. Of all exploits since first I follow’d arms,
  2. Ne’er heard I of a warlike enterprise
  3. More venturous or desperate than this.

Bastard of Orléans

58
  1. I think this Talbot be a fiend of hell.

Duke of Anjou

59
  1. If not of hell, the heavens sure favor him.

Duke of Alanson

60
  1. Here cometh Charles, I marvel how he sped.
  1. Enter Charles and Joan de Pucelle.

Bastard of Orléans

62
  1. Tut, holy Joan was his defensive guard.

Dauphin of France

63 - 66
  1. Is this thy cunning, thou deceitful dame?
  2. Didst thou at first, to flatter us withal,
  3. Make us partakers of a little gain,
  4. That now our loss might be ten times so much?

Joan de Pucelle

67 - 72
  1. Wherefore is Charles impatient with his friend?
  2. At all times will you have my power alike?
  3. Sleeping or waking, must I still prevail,
  4. Or will you blame and lay the fault on me?
  5. Improvident soldiers, had your watch been good,
  6. This sudden mischief never could have fall’n.

Dauphin of France

73 - 75
  1. Duke of Alanson, this was your default,
  2. That, being captain of the watch tonight,
  3. Did look no better to that weighty charge.

Duke of Alanson

76 - 78
  1. Had all your quarters been as safely kept
  2. As that whereof I had the government,
  3. We had not been thus shamefully surpris’d.

Bastard of Orléans

79
  1. Mine was secure.

Duke of Anjou

80
  1.                  And so was mine, my lord.

Dauphin of France

81 - 85
  1. And for myself, most part of all this night,
  2. Within her quarter and mine own precinct
  3. I was employ’d in passing to and fro,
  4. About relieving of the sentinels.
  5. Then how, or which way, should they first break in?

Joan de Pucelle

86 - 91
  1. Question, my lords, no further of the case,
  2. How or which way. ’Tis sure they found some place
  3. But weakly guarded, where the breach was made.
  4. And now there rests no other shift but this,
  5. To gather our soldiers, scatter’d and dispers’d,
  6. And lay new platforms to endamage them.
  1. Alarum. Enter an English Soldier crying, A Talbot! A
  2. Talbot!”
  1. They fly, leaving their clothes behind.

English Soldier

95 - 98
  1. I’ll be so bold to take what they have left.
  2. The cry of Talbot serves me for a sword,
  3. For I have loaden me with many spoils,
  4. Using no other weapon but his name.
  1. Exit.
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