Henry VI Part 1

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Enter on the Walls, Puzel, Dolphin, Flourish. Enter, on the walls, Joan la Pucelle, Charles, 1H6 I.vi.1.1
Reigneir, Alanson, and Souldiers.Reignier, Alençon, and soldiers 1H6 I.vi.1.2
Aduance our wauing Colours on the Walls,Advance our waving colours on the walls;colours (n.)
battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners
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advance (v.)

old form: Aduance
raise, lift up, upraise
Rescu'd is Orleance from the English.Rescued is Orleans from the English. 1H6 I.vi.2
Thus Ioane de Puzel hath perform'd her word.Thus Joan la Pucelle hath performed her word. 1H6 I.vi.3
Diuinest Creature, Astrea's Daughter,Divinest creature, Astraea's daughter,Astraea (n.)
[pron: 'astria] daughter of Zeus and Themis; Greek goddess of justice
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How shall I honour thee for this successe?How shall I honour thee for this success? 1H6 I.vi.5
Thy promises are like Adonis Garden,Thy promises are like Adonis' garden,Adonis (n.)
[pron: a'dohnis] handsome young man loved by Aphrodite (Greek goddess of sexual love) or (in Roman mythology) Venus
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That one day bloom'd, and fruitfull were the next.That one day bloomed and fruitful were the next. 1H6 I.vi.7
France, triumph in thy glorious Prophetesse,France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess! 1H6 I.vi.8
Recouer'd is the Towne of Orleance,Recovered is the town of Orleans. 1H6 I.vi.9
More blessed hap did ne're befall our State.More blessed hap did ne'er befall our state.hap (n.)
fortune, lot, fate
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befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell
happen to, come to
Reigneir. REIGNIER 
Why ring not out the Bells alowd, / Throughout the Towne?Why ring not out the bells aloud throughout the town? 1H6 I.vi.11
Dolphin command the Citizens make Bonfires,Dauphin, command the citizens make bonfires 1H6 I.vi.12
And feast and banquet in the open streets,And feast and banquet in the open streets 1H6 I.vi.13
To celebrate the ioy that God hath giuen vs.To celebrate the joy that God hath given us. 1H6 I.vi.14
All France will be repleat with mirth and ioy,All France will be replete with mirth and joy 1H6 I.vi.15
When they shall heare how we haue play'd the men.When they shall hear how we have played the men. 1H6 I.vi.16
'Tis Ioane, not we, by whom the day is wonne:'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won; 1H6 I.vi.17
For which, I will diuide my Crowne with her,For which I will divide my crown with her, 1H6 I.vi.18
And all the Priests and Fryers in my Realme,And all the priests and friars in my realm 1H6 I.vi.19
Shall in procession sing her endlesse prayse.Shall in procession sing her endless praise. 1H6 I.vi.20
A statelyer Pyramis to her Ile reare,A statelier pyramis to her I'll rearpyramis (n.)
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Then Rhodophe's or Memphis euer was.Than Rhodope's of Memphis ever was.Rhodope (n.)
[pron: 'rodopee] Greek courtesan who became queen of Memphis, and the supposed builder of the third pyramid
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In memorie of her, when she is dead,In memory of her, when she is dead, 1H6 I.vi.23
Her Ashes, in an Vrne more preciousHer ashes, in an urn more precious 1H6 I.vi.24
Then the rich-iewel'd Coffer of Darius,Than the rich-jewelled coffer of Darius,Darius (n.)
[pron: da'riyus], 'darius] Darius the Great, 6th-c BC king of Persia
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Transported, shall be at high FestiualsTransported shall be at high festivalshigh (adj.)
important, major, special
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Before the Kings and Queenes of France.Before the kings and queens of France. 1H6 I.vi.27
No longer on Saint Dennis will we cry,No longer on Saint Denis will we cry,on (prep.)
in the name of
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Denis, Saint
in Christian tradition, the first apostle of France, 3rd-c
But Ioane de Puzel shall be France's Saint.But Joan la Pucelle shall be France's saint. 1H6 I.vi.29
Come in, and let vs Banquet Royally,Come in, and let us banquet royally 1H6 I.vi.30
After this Golden Day of Victorie.After this golden day of victory. 1H6 I.vi.31
Flourish. Exeunt.Flourish. Exeunt 1H6 I.vi.31
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