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

Henry VI, Pt. 1
Act 2, Scene 2

Orléans. Within the town.

  1. Enter Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, a Captain, and others,
  2. their Drums beating a dead march.

Duke of Bedford

3 - 5
  1. The day begins to break, and night is fled,
  2. Whose pitchy mantle over-veil’d the earth.
  3. Here sound retreat, and cease our hot pursuit.
  1. Retreat.

Lord Talbot

7 - 24
  1. Bring forth the body of old Salisbury,
  2. And here advance it in the market-place,
  3. The middle centure of this cursed town.
  4. Now have I paid my vow unto his soul;
  5. For every drop of blood was drawn from him
  6. There hath at least five Frenchmen died tonight.
  7. And that hereafter ages may behold
  8. What ruin happened in revenge of him,
  9. Within their chiefest temple I’ll erect
  10. A tomb, wherein his corpse shall be interr’d;
  11. Upon the which, that every one may read,
  12. Shall be engrav’d the sack of Orléans,
  13. The treacherous manner of his mournful death,
  14. And what a terror he had been to France.
  15. But, lords, in all our bloody massacre,
  16. I muse we met not with the Dauphin’s grace,
  17. His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of Aire,
  18. Nor any of his false confederates.

Duke of Bedford

25 - 28
  1. ’Tis thought, Lord Talbot, when the fight began,
  2. Rous’d on the sudden from their drowsy beds,
  3. They did amongst the troops of armed men
  4. Leap o’er the walls for refuge in the field.

Duke of Burgundy

29 - 36
  1. Myself, as far as I could well discern
  2. For smoke and dusky vapors of the night,
  3. Am sure I scar’d the Dauphin and his trull,
  4. When arm in arm they both came swiftly running,
  5. Like to a pair of loving turtle-doves
  6. That could not live asunder day or night.
  7. After that things are set in order here,
  8. We’ll follow them with all the power we have.
  1. Enter Messenger of the Countess.

Messenger of the Countess

38 - 40
  1. All hail, my lords! Which of this princely train
  2. Call ye the warlike Talbot, for his acts
  3. So much applauded through the realm of France?

Lord Talbot

41
  1. Here is the Talbot, who would speak with him?

Messenger of the Countess

42 - 47
  1. The virtuous lady, Countess of Auvergne,
  2. With modesty admiring thy renown,
  3. By me entreats, great lord, thou wouldst vouchsafe
  4. To visit her poor castle where she lies,
  5. That she may boast she hath beheld the man
  6. Whose glory fills the world with loud report.

Duke of Burgundy

48 - 51
  1. Is it even so? Nay, then I see our wars
  2. Will turn unto a peaceful comic sport,
  3. When ladies crave to be encount’red with.
  4. You may not, my lord, despise her gentle suit.

Lord Talbot

52 - 57
  1. Ne’er trust me then; for when a world of men
  2. Could not prevail with all their oratory,
  3. Yet hath a woman’s kindness overrul’d;
  4. And therefore tell her I return great thanks,
  5. And in submission will attend on her.
  6. Will not your honors bear me company?

Duke of Bedford

58 - 60
  1. No, truly, ’tis more than manners will;
  2. And I have heard it said, unbidden guests
  3. Are often welcomest when they are gone.

Lord Talbot

61 - 65
  1. Well then, alone (since there’s no remedy)
  2. I mean to prove this lady’s courtesy.
  3. Come hither, captain.
  4. Whispers.
  5.                       You perceive my mind?

Captain

66
  1. I do, my lord, and mean accordingly.
  1. Exeunt.
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