Act I, Scene 5 The same.
Here an alarum again: and TALBOT pursueth the
|TALBOT||Where is my strength, my valour, and my force?
Our English troops retire, I cannot stay them:
A woman clad in armour chaseth them.
|[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 servest.
|JOAN LA PUCELLE||Come, come, 'tis only I that must disgrace thee.|
|[Here they fight]|
|TALBOT||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]|
|JOAN LA PUCELLE||Talbot, farewell; thy hour is not yet come:
I must go victual Orleans forthwith.
|[A short alarum; then enter the town with soldiers]|
|O'ertake me, if thou canst; I scorn thy strength.
Go, go, cheer up thy hungry-starved men;
Help Salisbury to make his testament:
This day is ours, as many more shall be.
|TALBOT||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:
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,
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. Here another skirmish]|
|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 enter'd into Orleans,
In spite of us or aught that we could do.
O, would I were to die with Salisbury!
The shame hereof will make me hide my head.
|[Exit TALBOT. Alarum; retreat; flourish]|
Enter, on the walls, JOAN LA PUCELLE, CHARLES, REIGNIER, ALENCON, and Soldiers
|JOAN LA PUCELLE||Advance our waving colours on the walls;
Rescued is Orleans from the English
Thus Joan la Pucelle hath perform'd her word.
|CHARLES||Divinest creature, Astraea's daughter,
How shall I honour thee for this success?
Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens
That one day bloom'd and fruitful were the next.
France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess!
Recover'd is the town of Orleans:
More blessed hap did ne'er befall our state.
|REIGNIER||Why ring not out the bells aloud throughout the town?
Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires
And feast and banquet in the open streets,
To celebrate the joy that God hath given us.
|ALENCON||All France will be replete with mirth and joy,
When they shall hear how we have play'd the men.
|CHARLES||'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won;
For which I will divide my crown with her,
And all the priests and friars in my realm
Shall in procession sing her endless praise.
A statelier pyramis to her I'll rear
Than Rhodope's or Memphis' ever was:
In memory of her when she is dead,
Her ashes, in an urn more precious
Than the rich-jewel'd of Darius,
Transported shall be at high festivals
Before the kings and queens of France.
No longer on Saint Denis will we cry,
But Joan la Pucelle shall be France's saint.
Come in, and let us banquet royally,
After this golden day of victory.
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 The plains near Rouen.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Westminster Abbey.||Act III, Scene 4 Paris. The palace.|
|Act I, Scene 2 France. Before Orleans.||Act IV, Scene 1 Paris. A hall of state.|
|Act I, Scene 3 London. Before the Tower.||Act IV, Scene 2 Before Bourdeaux.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Orleans.||Act IV, Scene 3 Plains in Gascony.|
|Act I, Scene 5 The same./Act I, Scene 6 The same.||Act IV, Scene 4 Other plains in Gascony.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Before Orleans.||Act IV, Scene 5 The English camp near Bourdeaux./Act IV, Scene 6 A field of battle.|
|Act II, Scene 2 Orleans. Within the town.||Act IV, Scene 7 Another part of the field.|
|Act II, Scene 3 Auvergne. The COUNTESS's castle.||Act V, Scene 1 London. The palace.|
|Act II, Scene 4 London. The Temple-garden.||Act V, Scene 2 France. Plains in Anjou./Act V, Scene 3 Before Angiers.|
|Act II, Scene 5 The Tower of London.||Act V, Scene 4 Camp of the YORK in Anjou.|
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|Act III, Scene 2 France. Before Rouen.|
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