Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter a French Sergeant of a Band, with two

Sentinels on the walls


Sirs, take your places and be vigilant.
band (n.) 3 body of men, troop
sergeant (n.) 2 officer [in an army]

If any noise or soldier you perceive

Near to the walls, by some apparent sign
apparent (adj.) 1 plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious

Let us have knowledge at the court of guard.
court of guard (n.) guard-house, guard-room


Sergeant, you shall.

Exit Sergeant
servitor (n.) 2 mercenary, soldier

                         Thus are poor servitors,

When others sleep upon their quiet beds,

Constrained to watch in darkness, rain, and cold.
constrain (v.) 1 force, compel, oblige
watch (v.) 2 keep the watch, keep guard, be on the look-out

Enter Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, and soldiers, with



Lord Regent, and redoubted Burgundy,
redoubted (adj.) feared, dreaded, revered

By whose approach the regions of Artois,
approach (n.) 1 arrival, coming

Walloon, and Picardy are friends to us,

This happy night the Frenchmen are secure,
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable
secure (adj.) 2 over-confident, unsuspecting, too self-confident

Having all day caroused and banqueted;

Embrace we then this opportunity,

As fitting best to quittance their deceit
quittance (v.) repay, requite, reciprocate

Contrived by art and baleful sorcery.
art (n.) 6 magic, enchantment, trickery
contrive (v.) 1 scheme, plot, conspire


Coward of France! How much he wrongs his fame,
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character
wrong (v.) 1 discredit, dishonour, injure, disgrace

Despairing of his own arm's fortitude,
fortitude (n.) strength, might, power

To join with witches and the help of hell!


Traitors have never other company.

But what's that Pucelle whom they term so pure?


A maid, they say.
martial (adj.) 1 warlike, valiant, brave


                         A maid? and be so martial?


Pray God she prove not masculine ere long,
masculine (adj.) manly, virile, macho

If underneath the standard of the French

She carry armour as she hath begun.
carry (v.) 3 wear; also: bear the weight of


Well, let them practise and converse with spirits.
practise (v.) 1 plot, scheme, conspire

God is our fortress, in whose conquering name

Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks.
bulwark (n.) 1 rampart, fortification


Ascend, brave Talbot; we will follow thee.
brave (adj.) 3 audacious, daring, bold


Not all together; better far, I guess,

That we do make our entrance several ways;
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

That, if it chance the one of us do fail,

The other yet may rise against their force.
force (n.) 3 opposition, resistance, strength
rise (v.) 2 ascend, reach the top


Agreed; I'll to yond corner.


                         And I to this.


And here will Talbot mount, or make his grave.

Now, Salisbury, for thee, and for the right

Of English Henry, shall this night appear

How much in duty I am bound to both.
bound (adj.) 1 obliged, indebted, under an obligation


Arm! arm! The enemy doth make assault!

The English scale the walls, cry ‘ Saint George!

À Talbot!’, and exeunt

The French leap over the walls in their shirts. Enter,

several ways, the Bastard, Alençon, Reignier, half

ready and half unready


How now, my lords? What, all unready so?
ready (adj.) 4 dressed, clothed
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count
unready (adj.) undressed, unclothed
unready (adj.) undressed, unclothed


Unready? Ay, and glad we 'scaped so well.
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count


'Twas time, I trow, to wake and leave our beds,
trow (v.) 1 know, guess, imagine

Hearing alarums at our chamber doors.
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 1 call to arms, call to battle, signal to begin fighting See Topics: Stage directions


Of all exploits since first I followed arms

Ne'er heard I of a warlike enterprise

More venturous or desperate than this.
desperate (adj.) 2 risky, dangerous, hazardous
venturous (adj.) adventurous, daring, bold


I think this Talbot be a fiend of hell.


If not of hell, the heavens sure favour him.


Here cometh Charles. I marvel how he sped.
marvel (v.) wonder, be curious
speed (v.) 2 fare, manage, get on

Enter Charles and Joan la Pucelle


Tut, holy Joan was his defensive guard.


Is this thy cunning, thou deceitful dame?
cunning (n.) 4 [magical] knowledge, art, craft
dame (n.) 1 woman, girl See Topics: Address forms

Didst thou at first, to flatter us withal,
first, at at once, immediately, from the start
flatter with / withal (v.) 1 encourage, foster [false] hope

Make us partakers of a little gain

That now our loss might be ten times so much?


Wherefore is Charles impatient with his friend?
impatient (adj.) 1 angry, irate, incensed

At all times will you have my power alike?
alike (adv.) the same, in the same way

Sleeping or waking must I still prevail,
prevail (v.) 1 succeed, win, be victor
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Or will you blame and lay the fault on me?

Improvident soldiers! Had your watch been good,
improvident (adj.) shortsighted, lacking foresight, careless

This sudden mischief never could have fallen.
fall (v.) 3 happen, occur, come to pass
mischief (n.) 1 catastrophe, calamity, misfortune


Duke of Alençon, this was your default
default (n.) 1 failure, negligence, oversight

That, being captain of the watch tonight,
tonight (adv.) last night, this past night

Did look no better to that weighty charge.
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty


Had all your quarters been as safely kept
keep (v.) 3 guard, watch, tend

As that whereof I had the government,
government (n.) 1 control, charge, management

We had not been thus shamefully surprised.


Mine was secure.


                         And so was mine, my lord.


And for myself, most part of all this night

Within her quarter and mine own precinct
precinct (n.) sector, area of control
quarter (n.) 1 quarters, lodging, residence

I was employed in passing to and fro

About relieving of the sentinels.
about (prep.) 1 concerned with

Then how or which way should they first break in?


Question, my lords, no further of the case,
question (v.) 3 enquire about, discuss, deliberate

How or which way; 'tis sure they found some place

But weakly guarded, where the breach was made.

And now there rests no other shift but this:
rest (v.) 2 remain [to be done], be left
shift (n.) 4 stratagem, tactic, way

To gather our soldiers, scattered and dispersed,

And lay new platforms to endamage them.
endamage (v.) damage, injure, harm
platform (n.) 1 plan, scheme, strategy

Alarum. Enter an English Soldier, crying ‘ À Talbot!

À Talbot!’ They fly, leaving their clothes behind


I'll be so bold to take what they have left.

The cry of ‘ Talbot ’ serves me for a sword;

For I have loaden me with many spoils,

Using no other weapon but his name.


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