Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, a Captain, and



The day begins to break and night is fled,

Whose pitchy mantle overveiled the earth.
pitchy (adj.) pitch-dark, black, inky, dark

Here sound retreat and cease our hot pursuit.

Retreat sounded


Bring forth the body of old Salisbury

And here advance it in the market-place,
advance (v.) 1 raise, lift up, upraise

The middle centre of this cursed town.

Enter a funeral procession with Salisbury's body,

their drums beating a dead march

Now have I paid my vow unto his soul;

For every drop of blood was drawn from him

There hath at least five Frenchmen died tonight.

And that hereafter ages may behold
hereafter (adj.) future, forthcoming, later

What ruin happened in revenge of him,
ruin (n.) 1 ruination, destruction, devastation

Within their chiefest temple I'll erect

A tomb, wherein his corpse shall be interred;

Upon the which, that everyone may read,

Shall be engraved the sack of Orleans,

The treacherous manner of his mournful death,
mournful (adj.) heartbreaking, distressing, causing sorrow

And what a terror he had been to France.

Exit funeral procession

But, lords, in all our bloody massacre,

I muse we met not with the Dauphin's grace,
muse (v.) 1 wonder, be surprised

His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of Arc,

Nor any of his false confederates.
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


'Tis thought, Lord Talbot, when the fight began,

Roused on the sudden from their drowsy beds,

They did amongst the troops of armed men

Leap o'er the walls for refuge in the field.


Myself, as far as I could well discern

For smoke and dusky vapours of the night,
smoke (n.) mist, fog, vapours
vapour (n.) 1 exhalation, steamy emission, mistiness

Am sure I scared the Dauphin and his trull,
trull (n.) drab, trollop, whore

When arm in arm they both came swiftly running,

Like to a pair of loving turtle-doves
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

That could not live asunder day or night.

After that things are set in order here,

We'll follow them with all the power we have.

Enter a Messenger


All hail, my lords! Which of this princely train

Call ye the warlike Talbot, for his acts

So much applauded through the realm of France?


Here is the Talbot; who would speak with him?


The virtuous lady, Countess of Auvergne,

With modesty admiring thy renown,

By me entreats, great lord, thou wouldst vouchsafe
entreat, intreat (v.) 2 beseech, beg, ask earnestly

To visit her poor castle where she lies,
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge

That she may boast she hath beheld the man

Whose glory fills the world with loud report.
report (n.) 2 acclamation, acclaim, commendation


Is it even so? Nay, then I see our wars

Will turn unto a peaceful comic sport,
comic (adj.) amusing, mirthful, causing merriment
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

When ladies crave to be encountered with.
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
encounter with (v.) 1 meet, approach [as an adversary]

You may not, my lord, despise her gentle suit.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


Ne'er trust me then; for when a world of men
world (n.) 3 large number, multitude

Could not prevail with all their oratory,
oratory (n.) eloquence, persuasiveness

Yet hath a woman's kindness overruled;
kindness (n.) 1 kind nature, natural courtesy, natural affection
overrule (v.) prevail, overcome, win over

And therefore tell her I return great thanks

And in submission will attend on her.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
submission (n.) compliance, deference, obedience

Will not your honours bear me company?


No, truly, 'tis more than manners will;
manner (n.) 1 (plural) proper behaviour, good conduct, forms of politeness
will (v.), past form would 3 require, demand, need

And I have heard it said unbidden guests

Are often welcomest when they are gone.


Well, then, alone, since there's no remedy,

I mean to prove this lady's courtesy.
prove (v.) 1 test, try out, make trial [of]

Come hither, captain. (He whispers) You perceive my mind?


I do, my lord, and mean accordingly.
mean (v.) 1 intend, purpose, mean to act


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