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Henry VI part one

Act V, Scene 4

 

Camp of the YORK in Anjou.
 
[Enter YORK, WARWICK, and others]
 
YORK
              ,           ,      ,          ,          ,
      Bring^forth | that sor|ceress | condemned | to burn.
 
[Enter JOAN LA PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd]
 
SHEPHERD
           ,           ,          ,          ,          ,
      Ah Joan,| this kills | thy fa|ther's heart | outright,
           ,           ,  2    ,       ,          ,
      Have I | sought^ev|ery coun|try far | and near,
           ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      And now | it is | my chance | to find | thee out,
           ,       ,          ,        ,       ,
      Must^I | behold | thy time|less cru|el death:
           ,            ,         ,          ,           ,
      Ah Joan,| sweet daugh|ter Joan,| I'll die | with thee.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
         ,       ,        ,       ,        ,
      Decre|pit mis|er, base | igno|ble wretch,
      ,          ,       ,      ,         ,
      I am | descen|ded of | a gen|tler blood:
        ,            ,       ,          ,          ,
      Thou art | no fat|her nor | no friend | of mine.
 
SHEPHERD
           ,         ,            ,            ,         ,
10    Out^out:| My lords,| and please | you, 'tis | not so,
         ,       ,          ,         ,        ,
      I did | beget | her, all | the par|ish knows:
           ,       ,       ,         ,     ,
      Her mot|her liv|eth yet,| can tes|tify
       ,              ,       ,             ,    2   ,
      She was | the first | fruit of | my bach|elorship.
 
WARWICK
        ,           ,            ,        ,      ,
      Graceless,| wilt thou | deny | thy par|entage?
 
YORK
            ,        ,          ,         ,           ,
      This ar|gues what | her kind | of life | hath been,
        ,            ,         ,         ,           ,
      Wicked | and vile;| and so | her death | concludes.
 
SHEPHERD
       ,    ,                  ,           ,     ,
      Fie Joan,/ that thou | wilt be | so ob|stacle:
            ,           ,       ,       ,        ,
      God knows | thou art | a col|lop of | my flesh;
                 ,    ,        2    ,     ,         ,
      And for / thy sake | have I shed | many | a tear:
         ,       ,        ,        ,        ,
20    Deny | me not,| I pri|thee, gen|tle Joan.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
       ,            ,     ,              ,           ,
      Peasant,| avaunt.| You have | suborned | this man,
          ,        ,       ,         ,       ,
      Of pur|pose to | obscure | my no|ble birth.
 
SHEPHERD
             ,        ,       ,      ,          ,
      'Tis true,| I gave | a no|ble to | the priest
            ,         ,        ,       ,        ,       ->
      The morn | that I | was wed|ded to | her mo||ther.
        ,       ,          ,         ,          ,          , ->
      Kneel | down and | take my | blessing,| good my || girl.
               ,           ,            ,              ,
      Wilt | thou not | stoop? Now | cursed be | the time
          ,       ,    ,       ,           ,
      Of thy | nativ|ity:| I would | the milk
           ,        ,           ,            ,            ,
      Thy mo|ther gave | thee when | thou suckst | her breast,
            ,       ,        ,              ,    ,
      Had been | a lit|tle rats|bane for / thy sake.
           ,           ,            ,         ,         ,
30    Or else,| when thou | didst keep | my lambs | a-field,
          ,          ,    2     ,         ,       ,
      I wish | some rav|enous wolf | had ea|ten thee.
             ,       ,        ,        ,        ,
      Dost thou | deny | thy fa|ther, cur|sed drab?
          ,           ,           ,            ,    ,
      O burn | her, burn | her, hang|ing is / too good.
 
[Exit]
 
YORK
        ,           ,        ,           ,           ,
      Take her | away;| for she | hath lived | too long,
           ,          ,           ,         ,     ,
      To fill | the world | with vic|ious qual|ities.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
        ,              ,          ,          ,          ,
      First let | me tell | you whom | you have | condemned:
           ,      ,       ,       ,         ,
      Not me | begot|ten of | a shep|herd swain,
           ,        ,         ,     ,        ,
      But is|sued from | the pro|geny | of kings;
       ,   2          ,      ,        ,       ,
      Virtuous | and ho|ly; cho|sen from | above,
          ,     ,       ,      ,    2    ,
40    By in|spira|tion of | celes|tial grace,
           ,       ,        ,     ,         ,
      To work | excee|ding mir|acles | on earth.
         ,      ,        ,          ,        x
      I nev|er had | to do | with wick|ed spirits.
           ,          ,        ,       ,           ,
      But you,| that are | pollu|ted with | your lusts,
         ,                 ,          ,         ,      ,
      Stained with | the guilt|less blood | of in|nocents,
           ,          ,   ,      2      ,         ,
      Corrupt | and tain|ted with a | thousand | vices,
          ,           ,          ,          ,         ,
      Because | you want | the grace | that o|thers have,
            ,            ,          ,        ,     ,
      You judge | it straight | a thing | impos|sible
          ,        ,        ,         ,          x
      To com|pass won|ders but | by help | of devils.
           ,      ,         ,        ,           ,
      No* mis|concei|ved, Joan | of Arc | hath been
         ,        ,         ,       ,     ,
50    A vir|gin from | her ten|der in|fancy,
         ,            ,     ,        ,       ,
      Chaste and | immac|ulate | in ve|ry thought;
             ,        ,           ,    2   ,       ,
      Whose^mai|den blood,| thus rig|orously | effused,
            ,         ,          ,         ,           x
      Will cry | for ven|geance at | the gates | of heaven.
 
YORK
       T   T   . T          ,        ,   ,      2->
      Aye aye: away | with her | to ex|ecu||tion.
 
WARWICK
            ,          ,        ,          ,       ,
      And hark | ye, sirs;| because | she is | a maid,
        ,             ,         ,           ,      ,
      Spare for | no fag|gots, let | there be | enow:
        ,    ,              ,      ,         ,         ,  ->
      Place bar/rels of | pitch u|pon the | fatal || stake,
              ,        ,         ,         ,
      That | so her | torture | may be | shortened.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
            ,         ,          ,    ,          ,
      Will no|thing turn | your un|relen|ting hearts?
             ,        ,       ,        ,     ,
60    Then Joan | discov|er thine | infir|mity,
            ,       ,        ,        ,         ,     2   ->
      That war|ranteth | by law | to be | thy priv||ilege.
      ,     2       ,          ,      ,      ,
      I | am with child,| ye blood|y hom|icides:
       ,        ,               ,         ,         ,
      Murder | not then | the fruit | within | my womb,
           ,          ,     ,         ,   2     ,
      Although | ye hale | me to | a vi|olent death.
 
YORK
           ,     2     ,         ,      ,           ,
      Now hea|ven forfend,| the ho|ly maid | with child?
 
WARWICK
            ,        ,    ,          ,          ,
      The great|est mir|acle | that ere | ye wrought:
          ,            ,         ,          ,         ,
      Is all | your strict | precise|ness come | to this?
 
YORK
       ,             ,         ,          ,     ,
      She and | the Dau|phin have | been jug|gling:
         ,      ,        ,           ,        ,       2->
      I did | ima|gine what | would be | her re||fuge.
 
WARWICK
            ,    T    T     T        ,          ,
70    Well go | to; we'll have | no bas|tards live;
         ,     ,             ,            ,       ,
      Espe|cially | since Charles | must fa|ther it.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
       ,             ,          ,          ,        ,
      You are | deceived;| my child | is none | of his:
       ,        ,    ,              ,         ,
      It was | Alen|con that | enjoyed | my love.
 
YORK
       ,    ,            ,    2   ,   2  ,
      Alen|con that | notor|ious Ma|chiavel?
           ,         ,       ,        ,         ,
      It dies,| and if | it had | a thou|sand lives.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
          ,         ,         ,       ,      ,
      O give | me leave,| I have | delu|ded you:
             ,          ,           ,          ,        ,
      'Twas nei|ther Charles | nor yet | the duke | I named,
            ,         ,        ,        ,         ,
      But Reign|ier king | of Na|ples that | prevailed.
 
WARWICK
         ,        ,             ,       ,   2  ,
      A mar|ried man,| that's most | intol|erable.
 
YORK
             ,         ,        ,           ,           ,
80    Why here's | a girl:| I think | she knows | not well
               ,        ,       ,         ,        ,
      (There were | so ma|ny) whom | she may | accuse.
 
WARWICK
             ,          ,          ,     ,         ,
      It's sign | she hath | been lib|eral | and free.
 
YORK
           ,         ,          ,      ,        ,
      And yet | forsooth | she is | a vir|gin pure.
        ,              ,          ,          ,          ,
      Strumpet,| thy words | condemn | thy brat | and thee:
           ,       ,       ,        ,        ,
      Use no | entrea|ty, for | it is | in vain.
 
JOAN LA PUCELLE
             ,         ,            ,        ,          ,
      Then lead | me hence;| with whom | I leave | my curse:
           ,      ,    2    ,        ,          ,
      May nev|er glo|rious sun | reflex | his beams
         ,         ,        ,           ,       ,
      Upon | the coun|try where | you make | abode;
            ,        ,          ,       ,          ,
      But dark|ness and | the gloo|my shade | of death
         ,      ,          ,         ,         ,
90    Envi|ron you,| till mis|chief and | despair
        ,              ,            ,          ,           ,
      Drive you | to break | your necks | or hang | yourselves.
 
[Exit, guarded]
 
YORK
        ,       2      ,        ,        ,        ,
      Break thou in | pieces | and con|sume to | ashes,
             ,       ,       ,     ,         ,
      Thou foul | accur|sed min|ister | of hell.
 
[Enter CARDINAL OF WINCHESTER, attended]
 
CARDINAL OF WINCHESTER
            ,       ,        ,           ,      ,
      Lord re|gent, I | do greet | your ex|cellence
            ,        ,       ,         ,          ,
      With let|ters of | commis|sion from | the king.
            ,         ,            ,          ,       ,
      For know | my lords,| the states | of Chris|tendom,
        ,              ,          ,         ,          ,
      Moved with | remorse | of these | outra|geous broils,
            ,       ,        ,        ,    2    ,
      Have ear|nestly | implored | a gen|eral peace
          ,          ,       ,       2   ,         ,
      Betwixt | our na|tion and | the aspir|ing French;
            ,         ,         ,        ,          ,
100   And here | at hand | the Dau|phin and | his train
           ,         ,       ,       ,            x
      Approach|eth, to | confer | about | some^matter.
 
YORK
          ,              ,     ,          ,        ,
      Is all | our tra/vail turned | to this | effect,
       ,             ,      2    ,    ,       ,
      After | the slaugh|ter of so | many | peers,
      <-       ,      ,          ,      ,          ,
        So || many | captains,| gentle|men, and | soldiers,
            ,          ,        ,         ,       ,
      That in | this quar|rel have | been o|verthrown
            ,      ,    ,         2          ,          ,  2
      And sold | their bod/ies for their | country's | benefit,
             ,        ,         ,        ,    2     ,
      Shall we | at last | conclude | effem|inate peace?
            ,         ,           ,        ,          ,
      Have we | not lost | most^part | of all | the towns,
           ,         ,         ,         ,      ,
      By trea|son, false|hood and | by trea|chery,
            ,         ,     ,         ,          o
110   Our great | progen|itors | had con|quered?
          ,         ,        ,        ,           ,
      Oh War|wick, War|wick, I | foresee | with grief
           ,       ,        ,          ,           ,
      The ut|ter loss | of all | the realm | of France.
 
WARWICK
          ,         ,        ,        ,         ,
      Be pat|ient York:| if we | conclude | a peace,
        2       ,          ,       ,             ,     ,   2
      It shall be | with such | strict and | severe | covenants,
          ,        ,            ,         ,          ,
      As lit|tle shall | the French|men gain | thereby.
 
      [Enter CHARLES, ALENCON, BASTARD OF ORLEANS, REIGNIER, and others]
 
CHARLES
              ,         ,         ,        ,        ,
      Since lords | of Eng|land, it | is thus | agreed
             ,         ,            ,         ,            ,
      That peace|ful truce | shall be | proclaimed | in France,
           ,        ,      ,       ,          ,
      We come | to be | infor|med by | yourselves
        ,            ,        ,           ,           ,
      What the | condi|tions of | that league | must be.
 
YORK
        ,    ,                 ,        ,         ,
120   Speak Win/chester;| for boi|ling cho|ler chokes
           ,       ,        ,       ,          ,
      The hol|low pas|sage of | my poi|soned voice,
           ,          ,           ,       ,    ,
      By sight | of these | our bale|ful en|emies.
 
CARDINAL OF WINCHESTER
         ,                 ,        ,      ,       ,
      Charles, and | the rest,| it is | enact|ed thus:
            ,       ,          ,       ,          ,
      That in | regard | King^Hen|ry gives | consent,
           ,        ,        ,        ,    ,
      Of mere | compas|sion and | of len|ity,
           ,           ,       ,        ,        ,
      To ease | your coun|try of | distress|ful war,
           ,       ,          ,           ,         ,
      And suf|fer you | to breathe | in fruit|ful peace,
            ,         ,      ,    ,                  ,
      You shall | become | true liege/men to | his crown:
             ,         ,       ,        ,           ,
      And Charles,| upon | condi|tion thou | wilt swear
          ,         ,   __        ,          ,
130   To pay | him tri|bute,| submit | thyself,
             ,           ,          ,       ,      ,
      Thou shalt | be placed | as vice|roy un|der him,
            ,        ,         ,      ,     ,
      And still | enjoy | thy re|gal dig|nity.
 
ALENCON
            ,        ,         ,      ,        ,
      Must he | be then | as shad|ow of | himself?
         ,         ,         ,       ,    ,
      Adorn | his tem|ples with | a cor|onet,
           ,        ,          ,        ,    ,
      And yet | in sub|stance and | author|ity,
          ,          ,     ,      2   ,        ,
      Retain | but priv|ilege | of a pri|vate man?
             ,       ,       ,         ,       ,
      This prof|fer is | absurd | and rea|sonless.
 
CHARLES
             ,        ,       ,       ,         ,
      'Tis known | alrea|dy that | I am | possessed
             ,           ,         ,    2   ,       x
      With more | than half | the Gal|lian ter|ritories,
            ,       ,     2     ,           ,        ,
140   And there|in rev|erenced for | their law|ful king:
        ,    2       ,       ,         ,      ,
      Shall I for | lucre | of the | rest un|vanquished,
          ,          ,           ,        ,     ,
      Detract | so much | from that | prerog|ative,
          ,         ,           ,       ,         ,
      As to | be called | but vice|roy of | the whole?
       T   T   . T     ,          ,        ,
      No lord ambas|sador,| I'll ra|ther keep
        ,              ,          ,     ,          ,
      That which | I have,| than cov|eting | for more,
           ,          ,     ,    ,       ,
      Be cast | from pos|sibil|ity | of all.
 
YORK
         ,          ,             ,        ,        ,
      Insul|ting Charles,| hast thou | by sec|ret means
            ,     ,        ,       ,         ,
      Used in|terces|sion to | obtain | a league,
           ,         ,        ,         ,       ,
      And now | the mat|ter grows | to com|promise,
         ,              ,       ,       ,     ,
150   Standst thou | aloof | upon | compar|ison?
       ,           ,         ,       ,        ,
      Either | accept | the ti|tle thou | usurpst,
          ,    ,        ,         ,          ,
      Of ben|efit | procee|ding from | our king
           ,       ,      ,         ,       ,
      And not | of a|ny chal|lenge of | desert,
          ,           ,       ,            ,         ,
      Or we | will plague | thee with | inces|sant wars.
 
REIGNIER
           ,         ,         ,        ,   2   ,
      My lord,| you do | not well | in ob|stinacy
          ,      ,          ,                ,   ,
      To cav|il in | the course | of this / contract:
           ,        ,       ,        ,        ,
      If once | it be | neglect|ed, ten | to one
           ,           ,          ,     ,    ,
      We shall | not find | like^op|portun|ity.
 
ALENCON
          ,          ,         ,         ,    ,
      To say | the truth,| it is | your pol|icy
           ,          ,          ,          ,     ,
160   To save | your sub|jects from | such mas|sacre
            ,          ,         ,        ,       ,
      And ruth|less slaugh|ters as | are dai|ly seen
          ,        ,        ,       ,    ,
      By our | procee|ding in | hostil|ity;
            ,          ,          ,        ,       ,
      And there|fore take | this com|pact of | a truce,
           ,           ,          ,           ,          ,
      Although | you break | it when | your plea|sure serves.
 
WARWICK
            ,              ,            ,        ,        ,
      How sayst | thou Charles?| shall our | condi|tion stand?
 
CHARLES
           ,      ,  2      ,            ,         ,
      It shall:| only re|served, you | claim no | interest
         ,     ,         ,         ,     ,
      In a|ny of | our towns | of gar|rison.
 
YORK
             ,        ,         ,        ,     ,
      Then swear | alleg|iance to | his maj|esty,
           ,           ,      ,          ,     ,
      As thou | art knight,| never | to dis|obey,
           ,      ,    2    ,         ,         ,        ->
170   Nor be | rebel|lious to | the crown | of Eng||land,
        ,     ,         ,         2      ,         ,       ->
      Thou | nor thy | nobles,| to the crown | of Eng||land.
       ,     2      ,          ,       ,          ,
      So, now dis|miss your | army | when ye | please:
            ,         ,         ,           ,          ,
      Hang^up | your en|signs, let | your drums | be still,
            ,        ,      ,       ,        ,
      For here | we en|tertain | a sol|emn peace.
 
[Exeunt]

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