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EDWARD, PRINCE of WALES, commonly
called the BLACK PRINCE
Earl of WARWICK
Earl of SALISBURY
ARNOLD, an Attendant on the Prince of
Cardinal PERIGORT, the Pope's Nuncio
JOHN, the French King
Duke of TOURAIN
Duke of ATHENS, Constable of France
Archbishop of SENS
Mr. R. Palmer.
Women. MARIANA, Charney's Daughter, prisoner in the English Camp
Miss E. Kemble. Louisa, ber Attendant
Nobles, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE, the English and French Camps, on and near the Plains
of Poictiers in France.
The Prince of Wales's Tent. Prince EDWARD
discovered seated, WARWICK, SALISBURY, AUDLEY, CHANDOs, and others standing.
My lords, I summon’d ye in haste to council ;
Intelligence is brought me that our foes
Have levied to oppose us, such a strength
As almost staggers credibility!
What's to be done? To tarry longer here,
And brave their fury in the heart of France,
Would be a rashness that may hazard all.
Consider therefore well, my fellow-warriors,
And aid my judgment with your good advice.
Speak, Warwick, your opinion.
War. Royal sir,
It is for marching back, with speed, to Bourdeaux.
Our little army, harrass'd with fatigue,
And heavy-laden with the spoils of war,
Should, like the careful bees, ere storms o'ertake us,
Secure our treasures and prepare for rest.
Havoc has wanton'd in our hard campaign,
And maniy daring won increase of glory :
Then let not now presumption madly risque
Reprisals from such.force. Be timely prudent:
The voice of wisdom urges our retreat,
Obey it, and be happy.
Aud. Shameful thought!
What, spirit dastards by inglorious flight?
No; never let it, mighty prince, be said
That we; who, two succeeding summers, chac'd
From shore to shore of their extensive realm
Collected armies, doubling each our own!
Should here at length discover abject fear,
And skulk for coward safety. What are numbers a
Let all their kingdom's. millions arm at once,
And crowding, clust'ring, cram the field of fight 1
Such timid thľongs, with multiplied dismay,
Would make confusion do the task of valour,
And work out their destruction.
Sal. Audley's thoughts Accord with mine. While Salisbury has breath, His tongue shall hurl defiance at their force. Remenuber, princely Edward, Cressy's field ; Remember every battlę we have fought, How much out-counted, yet how greatly victors ! Loud were the calls that broke our sleep of peace,
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To ach awas te ir: o pedi ao
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Assaults so inius, such rack e-savour,
At last axoke cur mcmarca'siga resentment:
O give it glorous soze cage, destroy
very pozer of coʻrs fore wreas:
So shall the rescued scria peur forth its biesiags,
And kings and kingdoms that our arm for safety.
Chand. If Chandos give his voice for our recreat,
'Tis not from coward mo ires:-Al can witness
I have met danger with as irm a spirit
As any in our host. But as success
Hath crown'd our arms with ample spoils and glory,
Why, when the season is so far advancd,
(Hopeless of profit) should we longer stay,
By soothing pride, to brave adversity ?
Consider, gracious prince, and you, my lords,
What difficulties clog a winter's march
In hostile countries; parties harrassing,
And want of all convenience and supplies.
I do confess, the wrongs that urg'd us hither
Were such as merited severe revenge :
And vengeance we have had. Their burning towns
Have lighted us on many a midnight march,
While shrieks and groans, and yellings echo'd round.
Fear and confusion were our harbingers,
And death and desolation our attendants.