Act 3 - Scene 4
Paris. The palace.
Enter KING HENRY VI, GLOUCESTER, BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, YORK, SUFFOLK, SOMERSET,
WARWICK, EXETER, VERNON BASSET, and others. To them with his Soldiers, TALBOT
My gracious prince, and honourable peers,
Hearing of your arrival in this realm,
I have awhile given truce
unto my wars,
To do my duty to my sovereign:
In sign, whereof, this arm, that hath reclaim'd
To your obedience
Twelve cities and seven walled towns of strength,
Beside five hundred prisoners of esteem,
fall his sword before your highness' feet,
And with submissive loyalty of heart
Ascribes the glory of his
First to my God and next unto your grace.
KING HENRY VI
Is this the Lord Talbot, uncle Gloucester,
That hath so long been resident in France?
Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege.
KING HENRY VI
Welcome, brave captain and victorious lord!
When I was young, as yet I am not old,
I do remember how
my father said
A stouter champion never handled sword.
Long since we were resolved of your truth,
faithful service and your toil in war;
Yet never have you tasted our reward,
Or been reguerdon'd with so
much as thanks,
Because till now we never saw your face:
Therefore, stand up; and, for these good deserts,
here create you Earl of Shrewsbury;
And in our coronation take your place.
Sennet. Flourish. Exeunt all but VERNON and BASSET
Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea,
Disgracing of these colours that I wear
In honour of my noble
Lord of York:
Darest thou maintain the former words thou spakest?
Yes, sir; as well as you dare patronage
The envious barking of your saucy tongue
Against my lord the
Duke of Somerset.
Sirrah, thy lord I honour as he is.
Why, what is he? as good a man as York.
Hark ye; not so: in witness, take ye that.
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