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ACT IV - SCENE III. Plains in Gascony.
YORK
1    Are not the speedy scouts return'd again,
2    That dogg'd the mighty army of the Dauphin?
Messenger
3    They are return'd, my lord, and give it out
4    That he is march'd to Bourdeaux with his power,
5    To fight with Talbot: as he march'd along,
6    By your espials were discovered
7    Two mightier troops than that the Dauphin led,
8    Which join'd with him and made their march for Bourdeaux.
YORK
9    A plague upon that villain Somerset,
10   That thus delays my promised supply
11   Of horsemen, that were levied for this siege!
12   Renowned Talbot doth expect my aid,
13   And I am lowted by a traitor villain
14   And cannot help the noble chevalier:
15   God comfort him in this necessity!
16   If he miscarry, farewell wars in France.
Enter Sir William LUCY

LUCY
17   Thou princely leader of our English strength,
18   Never so needful on the earth of France,
19   Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot,
20   Who now is girdled with a waist of iron
21   And hemm'd about with grim destruction:
22   To Bourdeaux, warlike duke! to Bourdeaux, York!
23   Else, farewell Talbot, France, and England's honour.
YORK
24   O God, that Somerset, who in proud heart
25   Doth stop my cornets, were in Talbot's place!
26   So should we save a valiant gentleman
27   By forfeiting a traitor and a coward.
28   Mad ire and wrathful fury makes me weep,
29   That thus we die, while remiss traitors sleep.
LUCY
30   O, send some succor to the distress'd lord!
YORK
31   He dies, we lose; I break my warlike word;
32   We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get;
33   All 'long of this vile traitor Somerset.
LUCY
34   Then God take mercy on brave Talbot's soul;
35   And on his son young John, who two hours since
36   I met in travel toward his warlike father!
37   This seven years did not Talbot see his son;
38   And now they meet where both their lives are done.
YORK
39   Alas, what joy shall noble Talbot have
40   To bid his young son welcome to his grave?
41   Away! vexation almost stops my breath,
42   That sunder'd friends greet in the hour of death.
43   Lucy, farewell; no more my fortune can,
44   But curse the cause I cannot aid the man.
45   Maine, Blois, Poictiers, and Tours, are won away,
46   'Long all of Somerset and his delay.
Exit, with his soldiers

LUCY
47   Thus, while the vulture of sedition
48   Feeds in the bosom of such great commanders,
49   Sleeping neglection doth betray to loss
50   The conquest of our scarce cold conqueror,
51   That ever living man of memory,
52   Henry the Fifth: whiles they each other cross,
53   Lives, honours, lands and all hurry to loss.
Exit

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V

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