Henry VI Part 1


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Act I
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Enter Talbot and his son


TALBOT

O young John Talbot, I did send for thee

To tutor thee in stratagems of war,

That Talbot's name might be in thee revived

When sapless age and weak unable limbs
sapless (adj.) feeble, sluggish, lacking vigour
unable (adj.) 1 weak, feeble, impotent

Should bring thy father to his drooping chair.
drooping (adj.) 1 failing, decaying, faltering

But, O, malignant and ill-boding stars!
ill-boding (adj.) inauspicious, predicting evil, prophesying doom

Now thou art come unto a feast of death,

A terrible and unavoided danger.
unavoided (adj.) unavoidable, inevitable, inescapable

Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swiftest horse,

And I'll direct thee how thou shalt escape

By sudden flight. Come, dally not, be gone.
sudden (adj.) 1 swift, rapid, prompt


JOHN

Is my name Talbot, and am I your son?

And shall I fly? O, if you love my mother,

Dishonour not her honourable name

To make a bastard and a slave of me.

The world will say he is not Talbot's blood

That basely fled when noble Talbot stood.
basely (adv.) dishonourably, shamefully, ignominiously
stand (v.) 13 make a stand [against], fight, resist


TALBOT

Fly, to revenge my death if I be slain.


JOHN

He that flies so will ne'er return again.


TALBOT

If we both stay, we both are sure to die.


JOHN

Then let me stay, and, father, do you fly.

Your loss is great, so your regard should be;
regard (n.) 1 consideration, concern, thought, heed

My worth unknown, no loss is known in me.

Upon my death the French can little boast;

In yours they will; in you all hopes are lost.

Flight cannot stain the honour you have won;

But mine it will, that no exploit have done.

You fled for vantage, everyone will swear;
vantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority

But if I bow, they'll say it was for fear.
bow (v.) 2 retreat, yield, turn away

There is no hope that ever I will stay

If the first hour I shrink and run away.
shrink (v.) 4 yield, withdraw, give way

Here on my knee I beg mortality

Rather than life preserved with infamy.


TALBOT

Shall all thy mother's hopes lie in one tomb?


JOHN

Ay, rather than I'll shame my mother's womb.


TALBOT

Upon my blessing I command thee go.


JOHN

To fight I will, but not to fly the foe.


TALBOT

Part of thy father may be saved in thee.


JOHN

No part of him but will be shame in me.


TALBOT

Thou never hadst renown, nor canst not lose it.


JOHN

Yes, your renowned name; shall flight abuse it?
abuse (v.) 4 demean, do wrong to, dishonour


TALBOT

Thy father's charge shall clear thee from that stain.
charge (n.) 1 command, order, injunction, instruction


JOHN

You cannot witness for me being slain.

If death be so apparent, then both fly.
apparent (adj.) 2 certain, inevitable, evident


TALBOT

And leave my followers here to fight and die?

My age was never tainted with such shame.
age (n.) 1 whole life, lifetime, days
taint (v.) 1 sully, infect, stain


JOHN

And shall my youth be guilty of such blame?

No more can I be severed from your side

Than can yourself yourself in twain divide.

Stay, go, do what you will – the like do I;
like, the the same

For live I will not if my father die.


TALBOT

Then here I take my leave of thee, fair son,

Born to eclipse thy life this afternoon.

Come, side by side together live and die,

And soul with soul from France to heaven fly.

Exeunt

 
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