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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
The First Part of King Henry the Sixth
 
Act I. Scene V.
 
The Same.  Before one of the Gates.
 
Alarum.  Skirmishings.  Enter TALBOT, pursuing the DAUPHIN; drives him in, and exit: then enter JOAN LA PUCELLE, driving Englishmen before her, and exit after them.  Then re-enter TALBOT.
  Tal.  Where is my strength, my valour, and my force?
Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them;
A woman clad in armour chaseth them.        5
 
Re-enter JOAN LA PUCELLE.
Here, here she comes. I’ll have a bout with thee:
Devil, or devil’s dam, I’ll conjure thee:
Blood will I draw on thee, thou art a witch,
And straightway give thy soul to him thou serv’st.        10
  Joan.  Come, come; ’tis only I that must disgrace thee.  [They fight.
  Tal.  Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail?
My breast I’ll burst with straining of my courage,
And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,
But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet.  [They fight again.        15
  Joan.  Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet come:
I must go victual Orleans forthwith.  [A short alarum; then LA PUCELLE enters the town with Soldiers.
O’ertake me if thou canst; I scorn thy strength.
Go, go, cheer up thy hunger-starved men;
Help Salisbury to make his testament:        20
This day is ours, as many more shall be.  [Exit.
  Tal.  My thoughts are whirled like a potter’s wheel;
I know not where I am, nor what I do:
A witch, by fear, not force, like Hannibal,
Drives back our troops and conquers as she lists:        25
So bees with smoke, and doves with noisome stench,
Are from their hives and houses driven away.
They call’d us for our fierceness English dogs;
Now, like to whelps, we crying run away.  [A short alarum.
Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,        30
Or tear the lions out of England’s coat;
Renounce your soil, give sheep in lions’ stead:
Sheep run not half so treacherous from the wolf,
Or horse or oxen from the leopard,
As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves.  [Alarum.  Another skirmish.        35
It will not be: retire into your trenches:
You all consented unto Salisbury’s death,
For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.
Pucelle is entered into Orleans
In spite of us or aught that we could do.        40
O! would I were to die with Salisbury.
The shame hereof will make me hide my head.  [Alarum.  Retreat.  Exeunt TALBOT and his Forces, &c.
 
 
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