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King Henry the Sixth.
Duke of Gloster, uncle to the king, and protector.
Thomas Beaufort, duke of Exeter, great uncle to the king.
Henry Beaufort, great uncle to the king, bishop of Winchester, and afterwards cardinal.
John Beaufort, earl of Somerset; afterwards duke.
Earl of Warwick. Earl of Salisbury. Earl of Suffolk.
Edmund Mortimer, earl of March.
Sir William Glansdale. Sir Thomas Gargrave.
Woodville, lieutenant of the Tower.
Charles, dauphin and afterwards king of France.
Master-Gunner of Orleans, and his son.
An old Shepherd, father to Joan la Pucelle.
Margaret, daughter to Reignier; afterwards married to king Henry.
Countess of Auvergne.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders of the Tover, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and several Attendants both on the English and French
SCENE-partly in England, and partly in France.
SCENE I-Westminster Abbey. Dead March. Corpse of King Henry the Fifth discovered, lying in State attended on by the Dukes of Bedford, Gloster, and Exeter; the Earl of Warwick, the Bishop of Winchester, Heralds, &c.
UNG be the heavens with black, yield day tonight!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
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 sun, fierce bent against their faces. What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech: He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered.
Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not in
Henry is dead, and never shall revive:
Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of kings.
Glo. The church! where is it? had not church-men
His thread of life had not so soon decay'd:
Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art protector;
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, cease these jars, and rest your minds in peace!
Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us:-
Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.-
When at their mother's moist eyes babes shall suck;
And none but women left to wail the dead.-
Enter a Messenger.
Mes. My honourable lords, health to you all!
Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's
Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns
Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.
If Henry were recall'd to life again,
These news would cause him once more yield the
Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was us'd?
Mes. No treachery; but want of men and money. Among the soldiers this is muttered,
That here you maintain several factions;
One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost;
Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot :
Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral,
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 niseries.
Enter another Messenger.
2 Mes. Lords, view these letters, full of bad mis-
France is revolted from the English quite,
The dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims";
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 slack, I'll fight it out.
Bed. Gloster, 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 Mes. 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 so? 3 Mes. 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 siege of Orleans, Having full scarce six 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,