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Henry VI part one

Act III, Scene 4

 

Paris, at 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]
 
TALBOT
          ,           ,          ,    ,       ,
      My gra|cious prince,| and hon|ora|ble peers,
        ,            ,       ,      ,          ,
      Hearing | of your | arri|val in | this realm,
          ,       ,       x     ,                 ,
      I have | awhile | given truce / unto | my wars,
          ,       ,     ,       ,     ,
      To do | my du|ty to | my sov|ereign:
           ,          ,         ,           ,         ,
      In sign | whereof,| this arm,| that hath | reclaimed
           ,      ,    2    ,      ,       ,
      To your | obe|dience fif|ty for|tresses,
         ,    ,              Tx     T     T            ,
      Twelve cit/ies and | seven walled towns | of strength,
       .  T    T   T         ,    2    ,       ,
      Beside five hun|dred pris|oners of | esteem,
             ,          ,         ,           ,          ,
      Lets^fall | his sword | before | your high|ness' feet,
            ,         ,       ,     ,        ,
10    And with | submiss|ive loy|alty | of heart
          ,           ,      ,        ,         ,
      Ascribes | the glo|ry of | his con|quest got
        ,            ,          ,       ,          ,
      First to | my God | and next | unto | your grace.
 
[Kneels]
 
KING HENRY VI
           ,          ,     ,        ,         ,
      Is this | the Lord | Talbot,| uncle | Gloucester,
             ,         ,          ,     ,          ,
      That hath | so long | been res|ident | in France?
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,              ,           ,     ,        ,
      Yes, if | it please | your maj|esty,| my liege.
 
KING HENRY VI
       ,          ,    ,                 ,    2    ,
      Welcome,| brave cap/tain and | victor|ious lord.
           ,         ,         ,       ,        ,
      When I | was young |(as yet | I am | not old)
         ,      ,       ,        ,        ,
      I do | remem|ber how | my fa|ther said
          ,        ,    2   ,      ,         ,
      A stout|er cham|pion ne|ver han|dled sword.
        ,    ,                  ,       ,          ,
20    Long since / we were | resol|ved of | your truth,
             ,        ,        ,           ,        ,
      Your faith|ful ser|vice and | your toil | in war;
           ,       ,         ,       ,        ,
      Yet ne|ver have | you tas|ted our | reward,
           ,        ,          ,         ,          ,
      Or been | reguer|doned with | so much | as thanks,
          ,           ,        ,      ,           ,
      Because | till now | we ne|ver saw | your face:
             ,           ,         ,            ,        ,
      Therefore | stand^up; | and for | these good | deserts,
           ,        ,          ,          ,    ,
      We here | create | you Earl | of Shrews|bury;
           ,        ,    ,        ,           ,
      And in | our cor|ona|tion take | your place.
 
[Sennet. Flourish. Exeunt all but VERNON and BASSET]
 
VERNON
           ,        ,           ,        ,        ,
      Now sir,| to you | that were | so hot | at sea,
          ,        ,          ,        ,        ,
      Disgra|cing of | these col|ors that | I wear
          ,      ,       ,       ,         ,
30    In hon|or of | my no|ble Lord | of York:
        ,   2             ,         ,        ,             ,
      Darest thou | maintain | the for|mer words | thou spakst?
 
BASSET
           ,         ,        ,      ,   ,
      Yes sir;| as well | as you | dare pat/ronage
           ,   2    ,        ,         ,        ,
      The en|vious bar|king of | your sau|cy tongue
          ,          ,          ,        ,     ,
      Against | my lord | the Duke | of Som|erset.
 
VERNON
          ,          ,       ,      ,       ,
      Sirrah,| thy lord | I hon|or as | he is.
 
BASSET
       ,           ,           ,       ,         ,
      Why, what | is he?| As good | a man | as York.
 
VERNON
        ,            ,       ,         ,         ,
      Hark ye;| not so:| in wit|ness take | ye that.
 
[Strikes him]
 
BASSET
       ,                ,          ,         ,         ,
      Villain,| thou knowst | the law | of arms | is such
            ,       ,         ,            ,        ,
      That who|so draws | a sword,| 'tis pres|ent death,
           ,           ,              ,           ,        ,
40    Or else | this blow | should broach | thy dear|est blood.
            ,       ,        ,     ,         ,
      But I'll | unto | his maj|esty,| and crave,
         ,          ,     ,        ,            ,
      I may | have lib|erty | to venge | this wrong;
             ,           ,           ,      ,             ,
      When thou | shalt see | I'll meet | thee to | thy cost.
 
VERNON
            ,      ,          ,        2     ,        ,
      Well mis|creant,| I'll be | there as soon | as you;
           ,       ,     ,     ,                  ,
      And af|ter meet | you, soon/er than | you would.
 
[Exeunt]

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