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He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered.
Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not in Henry is dead, and never Thall revive : [blood ? 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 magic verses have contriv'd his end ?
Win. He was a king blest of the King of kings.
Win. Glofter, 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:Instead cî gold, we'll offer up our arms; Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.
Posterity, await for wretched years,
Enter a Meflenger.
corse ? Speak softly; of the loss of those great towns Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death,
Gl. Is Paris lost? is Roan yielded up? If Henry were recall'd to life again, Thefe news would cause him once more yield the
ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery wasus'd?
Mel: No treachery; but want of men, and money. Among the foldiers' this is muttered That here you maintain several factions ; And, whilft a field should be dispatch'd, and fought, You are disputing of your generals. One would have ling’ring wars, with little cost; Another would fly twift, but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expence at all, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd.
Awake, awake, English nobility!
Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, These tidings would call forth their flowing tideş.
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 intermiflive miseries.
Enter to them another Mesenger. 2 Me. Lord, 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, duķe of Anjou, doth take his part; The duke of Alençon fieth to his side. [Exit.
Exė. The dauphin crowned king! all fly to him! O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
G!. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats:Bedford, if thou be llack, I'll fight it' out.
Bed. Glofter, why doubt'st thou of my forwardAn army have I muster'd in my thoughts, (nefs Wherewith already France is over-run.
Enter a third Nielenger. 3 Mejf. My gracious lords--to add to your las
mcnts, 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!
By three and twenty thousand of the French ! Was round encompafied and set upon :
No leisure had he to enrank his men ;
Whom all France, with her chicfassembled strength,
Bed. Is "Talbot slain? then I will say myself,
3 Mej. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford: Most of the rest flaughter'd, or took, likewife.
Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall pay : I'll hale the dauphin headlong from his throne ; His crown shall be the ransom of my friend ; Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.Farewell, my masters; to my talk will I; Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, To keep our great faint George's feast withal : Ten thousand foldiers with me I will take, Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake,
3 Mej. So you had need; for Orleans is belieg'd; The English army is grown weak and faint: The earl of Salisbury craveth supply ; And hardly keeps his men from mutiny, Since they, fo few, watch such a multitude.
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry Either to quell the dauphin utterly,
[fworn; Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, To go about my preparation.
FExit. Glo. I'll to the Tower with all the haste I can, To view the artillery and munition ; And then I will proclaim young Henry king.
(Exit. Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordain'd his fpecial governor;