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Henry VI, Pt. 1: Act 3, Scene 4

Henry VI, Pt. 1
Act 3, Scene 4

Paris. A room in the palace.

  1. Enter the King, Gloucester, Winchester, Richard Plantagenet,
  2. now Duke of York, Suffolk, Somerset, Warwick, Exeter,
  3. Vernon, Basset, and others. To them, with his Soldiers,
  4. Talbot.

Lord Talbot

5 - 16
  1. My gracious prince, and honorable peers,
  2. Hearing of your arrival in this realm,
  3. I have a while given truce unto my wars,
  4. To do my duty to my sovereign;
  5. In sign whereof, this arm, that hath reclaim’d
  6. To your obedience fifty fortresses,
  7. Twelve cities, and seven walled towns of strength,
  8. Beside five hundred prisoners of esteem,
  9. Lets fall his sword before your Highness’ feet,
  10. And with submissive loyalty of heart
  11. Ascribes the glory of his conquest got
  12. First to my God and next unto your Grace.
  1. Kneels.

King Henry the Sixth

18 - 19
  1. Is this the Lord Talbot, uncle Gloucester,
  2. That hath so long been resident in France?

Duke of Gloucester

20
  1. Yes, if it please your Majesty, my liege.

King Henry the Sixth

21 - 32
  1. Welcome, brave captain and victorious lord!
  2. When I was young (as yet I am not old),
  3. I do remember how my father said
  4. A stouter champion never handled sword.
  5. Long since we were resolved of your truth,
  6. Your faithful service, and your toil in war;
  7. Yet never have you tasted our reward,
  8. Or been reguerdon’d with so much as thanks,
  9. Because till now we never saw your face.
  10. Therefore stand up, and for these good deserts
  11. We here create you Earl of Shrewsbury,
  12. And in our coronation take your place.
  1. Sennet. Flourish.
  1. Exeunt. Manent Vernon and Basset.

Vernon

35 - 38
  1. Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea,
  2. Disgracing of these colors that I wear
  3. In honor of my noble Lord of York,
  4. Dar’st thou maintain the former words thou spak’st?

Basset

39 - 41
  1. Yes, sir, as well as you dare patronage
  2. The envious barking of your saucy tongue
  3. Against my lord the Duke of Somerset.

Vernon

42
  1. Sirrah, thy lord I honor as he is.

Basset

43
  1. Why, what is he? As good a man as York.

Vernon

44
  1. Hark ye; not so; in witness, take ye that.
  1. Strikes him.

Basset

46 - 51
  1. Villain, thou knowest the law of arms is such
  2. That whoso draws a sword, ’tis present death,
  3. Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood.
  4. But I’ll unto his Majesty, and crave
  5. I may have liberty to venge this wrong,
  6. When thou shalt see I’ll meet thee to thy cost.

Vernon

52 - 53
  1. Well, miscreant, I’ll be there as soon as you,
  2. And after meet you, sooner than you would.
  1. Exeunt.
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