from civil broils,
Combat with adverse planets in the heavens!
A far more glorious star thy soul will make
Julius Caesar or bright
Enter a Messenger
My honourable lords, health to you all!
Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
Of loss, of slaughter and
Guienne, Champagne, Rheims, Orleans,
Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost.
What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's corse?
Speak softly, or the loss of those great towns
make him burst his lead and rise from death.
Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up?
If Henry were recall'd to life again,
These news would cause him
once more yield the ghost.
How were they lost? what treachery was used?
No treachery; but want of men and money.
Amongst the soldiers this is muttered,
That here you maintain
And whilst a field should be dispatch'd and fought,
You are disputing of your generals:
would have lingering wars with little cost;
Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings;
A third thinks, without
expense at all,
By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd.
Awake, awake, English nobility!
Let not sloth
dim your horrors new-begot:
Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms;
Of England's coat one half is
Were our tears wanting to this funeral,
These tidings would call forth their flowing tides.
Me they concern; Regent I am of France.
Give me my steeled coat. I'll fight for France.
Away with these
disgraceful wailing robes!
Wounds will I lend the French instead of eyes,
To weep their intermissive miseries.
Enter to them another Messenger
Lords, view these letters full of bad mischance.
France is revolted from the English quite,
petty towns of no import:
The Dauphin Charles is crowned king of Rheims;
The Bastard of Orleans with
him is join'd;
Reignier, Duke of Anjou, doth take his part;
The Duke of Alencon flieth to his side.
The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to him!
O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats.
Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.
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