Henry VI Part 1

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Charles, the Bastard, Alençon, Joan la Pucelle,

and soldiers


Dismay not, princes, at this accident,
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

Nor grieve that Rouen is so recovered.

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,
care (n.) 6 sorrowing, grieving, lamentation
care (n.) 3 remedy, healing, restoration
corrosive (adj.) aggravating, destructive, wasting away

For things that are not to be remedied.

Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while
frantic (adj.) mad, insane, frenzied, out of one's senses

And like a peacock sweep along his tail;

We'll pull his plumes and take away his train,
train (n.) 1 retinue, following, entourage

If Dauphin and the rest will be but ruled.
rule (v.) control, direct, guide


We have been guided by thee hitherto,

And of thy cunning had no diffidence;
cunning (n.) 4 [magical] knowledge, art, craft
diffidence (n.) distrust, misgiving, lack of confidence

One sudden foil shall never breed distrust.
foil (n.) 2 check, repulse, setback, defeat


Search out thy wit for secret policies,
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft
wit (n.) 5 mind, brain, thoughts

And we will make thee famous through the world.


We'll set thy statue in some holy place,

And have thee reverenced like a blessed saint.

Employ thee then, sweet virgin, for our good.
employ (v.) 1 devote, apply, occupy [oneself]


Then thus it must be; this doth Joan devise:

By fair persuasions, mixed with sugared words,
fair (adj.) 6 plausible, flattering, seductive
persuasion (n.) 4 argument, inducement, reason
sugared (adj.) 1 flattering, honeyed, ingratiating

We will entice the Duke of Burgundy

To leave the Talbot and to follow us.


Ay, marry, sweeting, if we could do that,

France were no place for Henry's warriors,

Nor should that nation boast it so with us,

But be extirped from our provinces.
extirp (v.) root out, eradicate, eliminate


For ever should they be expulsed from France
expulse (v.) expel, drive out, banish

And not have title of an earldom here.
title (n.) 2 possession, lordship, dominion


Your honours shall perceive how I will work

To bring this matter to the wished end.

Drum sounds afar off

Hark, by the sound of drum you may perceive

Their powers are marching unto Paris-ward.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Here sound an English march
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners See Topics: Frequency count

There goes the Talbot with his colours spread,

And all the troops of English after him.

Here sound a French march
rearward (n.) 1 rear, behind the main body of troops

Now in the rearward comes the Duke and his;

Fortune in favour makes him lag behind.
favour (n.) 4 friendship, good will, friendly regard

Summon a parley; we will talk with him.
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count

Trumpets sound a parley


A parley with the Duke of Burgundy!

Enter Burgundy and troops
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count


Who craves a parley with the Burgundy?
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require


The princely Charles of France, thy countryman.


What sayest thou, Charles? for I am marching hence.


Speak, Pucelle, and enchant him with thy words.
enchant (v.) charm, bewitch, win over


Brave Burgundy, undoubted hope of France,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
undoubted (adj.) 2 absolute, assured, true

Stay, let thy humble handmaid speak to thee.


Speak on; but be not over-tedious.


Look on thy country, look on fertile France,

And see the cities and the towns defaced

By wasting ruin of the cruel foe;
ruin (n.) 1 ruination, destruction, devastation
wasting (adj.) destructive, devastating, ravaging

As looks the mother on her lowly babe
lowly (adj.) 2 laid low, prostrate; or: little, tiny

When death doth close his tender-dying eyes,

See, see the pining malady of France;
pining (adj.) consuming, wasting, eating away

Behold the wounds, the most unnatural wounds,
unnatural (adj.) 1 against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship

Which thou thyself hast given her woeful breast.

O, turn thy edged sword another way;
edged (adj.) sharp, sharpened, cutting

Strike those that hurt, and hurt not those that help!

One drop of blood drawn from thy country's bosom

Should grieve thee more than streams of foreign gore.

Return thee therefore with a flood of tears,

And wash away thy country's stained spots.
stained (adj.) 1 full of disgrace, dishonouring



Either she hath bewitched me with her words,

Or nature makes me suddenly relent.
nature (n.) 1 natural feelings, natural affection


Besides, all French and France exclaims on thee,
exclaim on / upon (v.) accuse, blame, denounce [loudly]

Doubting thy birth and lawful progeny.
progeny (n.) 1 ancestry, descent, parentage

Who joinest thou with but with a lordly nation

That will not trust thee but for profit's sake?

When Talbot hath set footing once in France,

And fashioned thee that instrument of ill,
fashion (v.) 1 form, shape, make [into]
ill (n.) 1 wrong, injury, harm, evil

Who then but English Henry will be lord,

And thou be thrust out like a fugitive?
fugitive (n.) 1 exile, refugee, deserter

Call we to mind, and mark but this for proof:
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

Was not the Duke of Orleans thy foe?

And was he not in England prisoner?

But when they heard he was thine enemy,

They set him free without his ransom paid,

In spite of Burgundy and all his friends.

See then, thou fightest against thy countrymen,

And joinest with them will be thy slaughtermen.
slaughterman, slaughter-man (n.) executioner, slayer, murderer

Come, come, return; return, thou wandering lord;
wandering (adj.) 3 straying, erring, disloyal

Charles and the rest will take thee in their arms.


haughty (adj.) high-minded, aspiring, lofty

I am vanquished. These haughty words of hers

Have battered me like roaring cannon-shot

And made me almost yield upon my knees.

(to them) Forgive me, country, and sweet countrymen!

And, lords, accept this hearty kind embrace.

My forces and my power of men are yours.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

So farewell, Talbot; I'll no longer trust thee.


Done like a Frenchman – (aside) turn and turn again.


Welcome, brave Duke. Thy friendship makes us fresh.
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
fresh (adj.) 3 refreshed, invigorated, renewed


And doth beget new courage in our breasts.


Pucelle hath bravely played her part in this,
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently

And doth deserve a coronet of gold.


Now let us on, my lords, and join our powers,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

And seek how we may prejudice the foe.
prejudice (v.) injure, harm, damage


  Previous scene     Next scene