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Henry VI, Pt. 1: Act 4, Scene 5

Henry VI, Pt. 1
Act 4, Scene 5

English camp near Bourdeaux.

  1. Enter Talbot and his son, John.

Lord Talbot

2 - 12
  1. O young John Talbot, I did send for thee
  2. To tutor thee in stratagems of war,
  3. That Talbot’s name might be in thee reviv’d,
  4. When sapless age and weak unable limbs
  5. Should bring thy father to his drooping chair.
  6. But O malignant and ill-boding stars!
  7. Now thou art come unto a feast of death,
  8. A terrible and unavoided danger;
  9. Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swiftest horse,
  10. And I’ll direct thee how thou shalt escape
  11. By sudden flight. Come, dally not, be gone.

John Talbot

13 - 18
  1. Is my name Talbot? And am I your son?
  2. And shall I fly? O, if you love my mother,
  3. Dishonor not her honorable name
  4. To make a bastard and a slave of me!
  5. The world will say, he is not Talbot’s blood,
  6. That basely fled when noble Talbot stood.

Lord Talbot

19
  1. Fly, to revenge my death, if I be slain.

John Talbot

20
  1. He that flies so will ne’er return again.

Lord Talbot

21
  1. If we both stay, we both are sure to die.

John Talbot

22 - 34
  1. Then let me stay, and, father, do you fly.
  2. Your loss is great, so your regard should be;
  3. My worth unknown, no loss is known in me.
  4. Upon my death the French can little boast;
  5. In yours they will, in you all hopes are lost.
  6. Flight cannot stain the honor you have won,
  7. But mine it will, that no exploit have done.
  8. You fled for vantage, every one will swear;
  9. But if I bow, they’ll say it was for fear.
  10. There is no hope that ever I will stay,
  11. If the first hour I shrink and run away.
  12. Here on my knee I beg mortality,
  13. Rather than life preserv’d with infamy.

Lord Talbot

35
  1. Shall all thy mother’s hopes lie in one tomb?

John Talbot

36
  1. Ay, rather than I’ll shame my mother’s womb.

Lord Talbot

37
  1. Upon my blessing I command thee go.

John Talbot

38
  1. To fight I will, but not to fly the foe.

Lord Talbot

39
  1. Part of thy father may be sav’d in thee.

John Talbot

40
  1. No part of him but will be shame in me.

Lord Talbot

41
  1. Thou never hadst renown, nor canst not lose it.

John Talbot

42
  1. Yes, your renowned name. Shall flight abuse it?

Lord Talbot

43
  1. Thy father’s charge shall clear thee from that stain.

John Talbot

44 - 45
  1. You cannot witness for me, being slain.
  2. If death be so apparent, then both fly.

Lord Talbot

46 - 47
  1. And leave my followers here to fight and die?
  2. My age was never tainted with such shame.

John Talbot

48 - 52
  1. And shall my youth be guilty of such blame?
  2. No more can I be severed from your side
  3. Than can yourself yourself in twain divide.
  4. Stay, go, do what you will, the like do I;
  5. For live I will not if my father die.

Lord Talbot

53 - 56
  1. Then here I take my leave of thee, fair son,
  2. Born to eclipse thy life this afternoon.
  3. Come, side by side, together live and die,
  4. And soul with soul from France to heaven fly.
  1. Exeunt.
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