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Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace?
War. Be patient, York: if we conclude a peace, It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
Enter CHARLES, attended ; ALENÇON, Bastard,
REIGNIER, and Others. Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France, We come to be informed by yourselves What the conditions of that league must be.
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler chokes The hollow passage of my poison'd voice, By sight of these our baleful? enemies.
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus :
Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?
? Baleful had anciently the same meaning as baneful. It is an epithet frequently bestowed on poisonous plants and reptiles, Thus in Romeo and Juliet:
• With baleful weeds, and precious-juiced flowers.'
Adorn his temples with a coronet 8 ;
Char. "Tis known, already, that I am possess'd
York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret
Used intercession to obtain a league;
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
8 Coronet is here used for crown. So Lear, when he gives up his crown to Cornwall and Albany :
* This coronet part between you.' 9 • Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. Benefit is here a term of law.
And therefore take this compact of a truce, Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
[Aside to CHARLES. War. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our con
dition stand ?
of our towns of garrison.
[CHARLES, and the rest, give tokens of fealty.
London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King Henry, in conference with SUFFOLK;
GLOSTER and ExeTER following.
have fruition of her love. Suf. Tush! my good lord! this superficial tale Is but a preface of her worthy praise: The chief perfections of that lovely dame
(Had I sufficient skill to utter them),
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er pre
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin.
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
be broke without offence. Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than
Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king,
| A triumph then signified a publick exhibition; such as a tournament, mask, or revel. Thus Milton in L'Allegro:
knights and barons bold, In weeds of peace, high triumphs hold.' See first note in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As his alliance will confirm our peace,
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do,
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal dower; While Reignier sooner will receive than give. Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so your
king, That he should be so abject, base, and poor, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. Henry is able to enrich his queen, And not to seek a queen to make him rich: So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse. Marriage is a matter of more worth, Than to be dealt in by attorneyship : Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, Must be companion of his nuptial bed: And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, It most of all these reasons bindeth us, In our opinions she should be preferr’d. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, An age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, And is a pattern of celestial peace. Whom should we match with Henry, being a king, But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ? Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, Approves her fit for none, but for a king? Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit
2 By the intervention of another man's choice; or the discretional agency of another. The phrase occurs twice in King Richard III.:
• Be the attorney of my love to her.' Again :
' I, by attorney, bless thee from thy mother.' VOL VI.