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ACT 1. SCENE 1. Westminster Abbey. Dead march. Corple of King Henry the Fifth discovered,

lying in ftate; attended on by the Dukes of BEDFORD, GLOSTER, and Exeter; the Earl of WARWICK; the Bishop of WINCHESTER, Heralds, &c.

Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to

night!
Comets, importing change of time and states,
Brandish

your crystal tresses in the sky;
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
That have consented unto Henry's death!
Henry the fifth, too famous to live long !
England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.

Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
Virtue he had, deserving to command :
His brandish'd sword did blind men with his beams;
His

arms spread wider than a dragon's wings; His sparkling eyes replete with wrathful fire, More dazzled and drove back his enemies,

Than mid-day fun, fierce bent against their faces.
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech :
He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquer'd. [blood :

Exp. We mourn in black ; Why mourn we not in
Henry is dead, and never shall revive :
Upon a wooden coffin we attend ;
And death's dishonourable victory.
We with our stately presence glorify,
Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
What? shall we curse the planets of mishap,
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow?
Or shall we think the subtle-witted French
Conjurers and forcerers, that, afraid of him,
By magick verses have contriv'd his end?

Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of kings.
Unto the French the dreadful judgement day
So dreadful will not be, as was his fight.
The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought :
The church's prayers made him so prosperous.

Glo. The church! where is it? Had not churchmen
His thread of life had not so soon decay'd : (pray'd,
None do you like but an effeminate prince,
Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe.

Win. Glofter, whate'er we like, thou art protector ; And lookest to command the prince, and realm. Thy wife is proud ; she holdeth thee in awe, More than God, or religious churchmen, may.

Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh; And ne'er throughout the year to church thou go'st, Except it be to pray against thy foes.

Bed. Cease,ceasethesejars, and rest your minds in peace! Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us :Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms ;

Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. -
Posterity, await for wretched years,
When at their mother's moist eyes babes shall suck ;
Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears,
And none but women left to wail the dead.
Henry the fifth ! thy ghost I invocate ;
Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils !
Combat with adverse planets in the heavens!
A far more glorious star thy soul will make,
Than Julius Cæsar, or bright-

Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all !
Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture :
Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,
Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite loft.

Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's corse?
Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns
Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.

Glo. Is Paris lost? is Roüen yielded up? If Henry were recall'd to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the ghost.

ExE. How were they lost? what treachery was usd ?

Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. Among the soldiers this is muttered, That here you maintain several factions; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought, You are disputing of your generals. One would have ling’ring wars, with little coft ; Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings ; A third man thinks, without expence at all, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. Awake, awake, English nobility!

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Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot :
Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms;
Of England's coat one half is cut away.

Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral,
These tidings would call forth her flowing tides.

Bed. Me they concern ; regent I am of France :Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France. Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, To weep their intermissive miseries.

Enter another MESSENGER. 2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad mischance, France is revolted from the English quite; Except some petty towns of no import : The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims ; The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd; Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part ; The duke of Alençon flieth to his side.

Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to him!
O, whither shall we fly from this reproach ?

Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats :
Bedford, if thou be flack, I'll fight it out.
Bed. Glofter, why doubt'st thou of my

forwardness? An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Wherewith already France is over-run.

Enter a third MESSENGER. 3 Mess. My gracious lords,—to add to your laments, Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, I must inform you of a dismal fight, Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.

Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't fo?

3 MESS. O, no ; wherein lord Talbot was o'erthrown; The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.

The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord,
Retiring from the fiege of Orteans,
Having full scarce fix thousand in his troop,
By three and twenty thousand of the French
Was round encompassed and set upon :
No leisure had he to enrank his men ;
He wanted pikes to set before his archers ;
Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of hedges,
They pitched in the ground confusedly,
To keep the horsemen off from breaking in.
More than three hours the fight continued ;
Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance.
Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durft stand him ;
Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he flew :
The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms;
All the whole army stood agaz'd on him :
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
A Talbot ! a Talbot ! cried out amain,
And rush'd into the bowels of the battle.
Here had the conquest fully been seald up,
If fir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward ;
He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind,
With purpose to relieve and follow them,)
Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
Hence

grew the general wreck and massacre ;
Enclosed were they with their enemies :
A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace,
Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back;
Whom all France, with their chief assembled strength,
Durst not presume to look once in the face.

Bed. Is Talbot sain ? then I will say myself, For living idly here, in pomp and ease,

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