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  • Title: Henry VI, Part 1 (Modern)
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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Henry VI, Part 1 (Modern)

    [Flourish.] Enter on the walls [Joan la] Pucelle, [Charles the] Dauphin, Reignier, [Duke of Anjou, the Duke of] 640Alencon, and [French] Soldiers [with colors].
    Advance our waving colors on the walls;
    Rescued is Orléans from the English.
    Thus Joan la Pucelle hath performed her word.
    Divinest creature, Astraea's daughter,
    645How shall I honor thee for this success?
    Thy promises are like Adonis' garden,
    That one day bloomed and fruitful were the next.
    France, triumph in thy glorious prophetess.
    Recovered is the town of Orléans.
    650More blessèd hap did ne'er befall our state.
    Why ring not out the bells aloud throughout the town?
    Dauphin command the citizens make bonfires
    And feast and banquet in the open streets
    655To celebrate the joy that God hath given us.
    All France will be replete with mirth and joy
    When they shall hear how we have played the men.
    'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won;
    For which I will divide my crown with her,
    660And all the priests and friars in my realm
    Shall in procession sing her endless praise.
    A statelier pyramid to her I'll rear
    Than Rhodope's of Memphis ever was.
    In memory of her, when she is dead
    665Her ashes, in an urn more precious
    Than the rich-jeweled coffer of Darius,
    Transported, shall be at high festivals
    Before the kings and queens of France.
    No longer on Saint Denis will we cry,
    670But Joan la Pucelle shall be France's saint.
    Come in, and let us banquet royally,
    After this golden day of victory.
    Flourish. Exeunt.