Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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Sc. 25Critical Apparatus4.4

Enter Talbot and his Sonne.

Tal. O yong Iohn Talbot, I did send for thee

A2To tutor thee in stratagems of Warre,

A3That Talbots name might be in thee reuiu'd,

A4When saplesse Age, and weake vnable limbes

A5Should bring thy Father to his drooping Chaire.

A6But O malignant and ill-boading Starres,

A7Now thou art come vnto a Feast of death,

A8A terrible and vnauoyded danger:

A9Therefore deere Boy, mount on my swiftest horse,

A10And Ile direct thee how thou shalt escape

A11By sodaine flight. Come, dally not, be gone.


Iohn. Is my name Talbot? and am I your Sonne?

l5rCritical ApparatusA13And shall I flye? O, if you loue my Mother,

A14Dishonor not her Honorable Name,

A15To make a Bastard, and a Slaue of me:

A16The World will say, he is not Talbots blood,

A17That basely fled, when Noble Talbot stood.


Talb. Flye, to reuenge my death, if I be slaine.


Iohn. He that flyes so, will ne're returne againe.


Talb. If we both stay, we both are sure to dye.


Iohn. Then let me stay, and Father doe you flye:

A22Your losse is great, so your regard should be;

A23My worth vnknowne, no losse is knowne in me.

A24Vpon my death, the French can little boast;

A25In yours they will, in you all hopes are lost.

A26Flight cannot stayne the Honor you haue wonne,

A27But mine it will, that no Exploit haue done.

A28You fled for Vantage, euery one will sweare:

A29But if I bow, they'le say it was for feare.

A30There is no hope that euer I will stay,

A31If the first howre I shrinke and run away:

A32Here on my knee I begge Mortalitie,

pg 2451A33Rather then Life, preseru'd with Infamie.


Talb. Shall all thy Mothers hopes lye in one Tombe?


Iohn. I, rather then Ile shame my Mothers Wombe.


Talb. Vpon my Blessing I command thee goe.


Iohn. To fight I will, but not to flye the Foe.


Talb. Part of thy Father may be sau'd in thee.

Critical ApparatusA39

Iohn. No part of him, but will be [shamd] in mee.


Talb. Thou neuer hadst Renowne, nor canst not lose it.


Iohn. Yes, your renowned Name: shall flight abuse it?


Talb. Thy Fathers charge shal cleare thee from yt staine.


Iohn. You cannot witnesse for me, being slaine.

A44If Death be so apparant, then both flye.


Talb. And leaue my followers here to fight and dye?

A46My Age was neuer tainted with such shame.


Iohn. And shall my Youth be guiltie of such blame?

A48No more can I be seuered from your side,

A49Then can your selfe, your selfe in twaine diuide:

A50Stay, goe, doe what you will, the like doe I;

A51For liue I will not, if my Father dye.


Talb. Then here I take my leaue of thee, faire Sonne,

A53Borne to eclipse thy Life this afternoone:

A54Come, side by side, together liue and dye,

Critical ApparatusA55And Soule with Soule from France to Heauen flye.


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4.4 jaggard puts this scene after 4.5
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4.4.0.A13 And shall jaggard (text); Shall jaggard (catchword)
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4.4.0.A39 shamd hudson (W. S. Walker); shame jaggard. Walker's conjecture offers a better parallel with 'sau'd' in the previous line; miniscule 'e' and 'd' are easily confused in secretary hand.
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4.4.0.A55 Ex. this edition = Exeunt; Exit jaggard. The compositorial substitution of 'Exit' for 'Exeunt' in the expansion of 'Ex.' may have been deliberate; michael taylor points out that the extra letters required for Exeunt would have required an additional line of type.
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4.4.0.A55 flye. Exit.| Enter Somerset this edition (Jowett); flye. Exit| Alarum: Excursions jaggard. See note on 4.4.0–A55 and Textual Introduction.
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