Act 4 - Scene 7
Another part of the field.
Alarum: excursions. Enter TALBOT led by a Servant
Where is my other life? mine own is gone;
O, where's young Talbot? where is valiant John?
death, smear'd with captivity,
Young Talbot's valour makes me smile at thee:
When he perceived me shrink
and on my knee,
His bloody sword he brandish'd over me,
And, like a hungry lion, did commence
deeds of rage and stern impatience;
But when my angry guardant stood alone,
Tendering my ruin and
assail'd of none,
Dizzy-eyed fury and great rage of heart
Suddenly made him from my side to start
the clustering battle of the French;
And in that sea of blood my boy did drench
His over-mounting spirit,
and there died,
My Icarus, my blossom, in his pride.
O, my dear lord, lo, where your son is borne!
Enter Soldiers, with the body of JOHN TALBOT
Thou antic death, which laugh'st us here to scorn,
Anon, from thy insulting tyranny,
Coupled in bonds of
Two Talbots, winged through the lither sky,
In thy despite shall 'scape mortality.
O, thou, whose
wounds become hard-favour'd death,
Speak to thy father ere thou yield thy breath!
Brave death by speaking,
whether he will or no;
Imagine him a Frenchman and thy foe.
Poor boy! he smiles, methinks, as who
Had death been French, then death had died to-day.
Come, come and lay him in his father's
My spirit can no longer bear these harms.
Soldiers, adieu! I have what I would have,
Now my old
arms are young John Talbot's grave.
Enter CHARLES, ALENCON, BURGUNDY, BASTARD OF ORLEANS, JOAN LA PUCELLE, and forces
Had York and Somerset brought rescue in,
We should have found a bloody day of this.
BASTARD OF ORLEANS
How the young whelp of Talbot's, raging-wood,
Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood!
JOAN LA PUCELLE
Once I encounter'd him, and thus I said:
'Thou maiden youth, be vanquish'd by a maid:'
But, with a proud
majestical high scorn,
He answer'd thus: 'Young Talbot was not born
To be the pillage of a giglot wench:'
rushing in the bowels of the French,
He left me proudly, as unworthy fight.
Doubtless he would have made a noble knight;
See, where he lies inhearsed in the arms
Of the most
bloody nurser of his harms!
BASTARD OF ORLEANS
Hew them to pieces, hack their bones asunder
Whose life was England's glory, Gallia's wonder.
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