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Unto our brother France, and to our sister, Whose want gives growth to the imperfections
You have, enschedul'd briefly, in your hands. We do salute you, duke of Burgundy ;
Bur. The king hath heard thein; to the which And, princes French, and peers, health to you all!
as yet, Fr. King. Right joyous are we to behold your There is no answer made. face,
Well then, the peace, Most worthy brother England ; fairly met :- Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer. So are you, princes English, every one.
Fr. King. I have but
with a cursorary eye 4. Isa. So happy be the issue, brother England, O'er-glanc'd the articles : pleaseth your grace Of this good day, and of this gracious meeting, To appoint some of your council presently As we are now glad to behold your eyes;
To sit with us once more, with better heed Your eyes, which hitherto have borne in them To re-survey them, we will, suddenly, Against the French, that met them in their bent, Pass our accept, and peremptory answer. The fatal balls of murdering basilisks :
K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter, The renom of such looks, we fairly hope,
And brother Clarence, and you, brother Gloster, Have lost their quality; and that this day
Warwick, -and Huntington, - go with the king: Shall change all griefs, and quarrels, into love. And take with you free power, to ratify, K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear. Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best
Isa. You English princes all, I do salute you. Shall see advantageable for our dignity, Bur. My duty to you both, on equal love, Any thing in, or out of, our demands; Great kings of France and England! That I have And we'll consign thereto. - Will you, fair sister, labour'd
Go with the princes, or stay here with us ? With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavours, Q. Isab. Our gracious brother, I will go with them; To bring your most imperial majesties
Haply, a woman's voice may do some good, Unto this bar and royal interview,
When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on. Your mightiness on both parts best cam witness. K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here with Since then my office hath so far prevailid,
us; That face to face, and royal eye to eye,
She is our capital demand, compris'd You have congreeted ; let it not disgrace me, Within the fore rank of our articles. If I demand, before this royal view,
Q. Isab. She hath good leave. What rub, or what impediment, there is,
[Exeunt all but HENRY, KATHARINE, Whey that the naked, poor, and mangled peace,
and her Gentlewoman. Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births,
Fair Katharine, and most fair! Should not, in this best garden of the world, Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms, Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage? Such as will enter at a lady's ear, Alas! she hath from France too long been chas'd; And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart? And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps,
Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot Corrupting in its own fertility.
speak your England. Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart,
K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me Unpruned dies : her hedges even-pleached, soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to Like prisoners wildly over-grown with hair, hear you confess it brokenly with your English Put forth disorder'd twigs : her fallow leas tongue. Do you like me, Kate ? The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory,
Kath. Pırdonnez moy, I cannot tell vat is like me. Doth root upon ; while that the coulter rusts, K. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate ; and you That should deracinate such savagery :
are like an angel. The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth Kath. Que dit-il ? que je suis semblable à les anges ? The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, Alice. Ouy, vrayment, (sauf vostre grace) ainsi Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank,
dit-il. Conceives by idleness; and nothing teems,
X. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine ; and I must But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, not blush to aflirm it. Losing both beauty and utility.
Kath. O bon Dieu ! les langues des hommes sont And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, pleines des tromperies. Dedective in their natures, grow to wildness ; K. Hen. What says she, fair one ? that the tongues Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, of men are full of deceits ? Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, Alice. Ouy; dat de tongues of de mans is be full The seiences that should become our country ; of deceits : dat is de princess. grow, like savages, – as soldiers will,
K. Hen. The princess is the better English-wo. That nothing do but meditate on blood, - man. I'faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy underTo swearing, and stern looks, diffus’d attire, standing : I am glad, thou can'st speak no better And every thing that seems unnatural.
English ; for, if thou couldst, thou would'st find me Which to reduce into our former favour,
such a plain king, that thou would'st think, I had You are assembled : and my speech entreats, sold my farm to buy my crown. I know no ways That I may know the let, why gentle peace to mince it in love, but directly to say I love you: Should not expel these inconveniencies,
then, if you urge me further than to say - Do you And bless us with her fonner qualities.
in faith? I wear out my suit. Give me your answer ; KMn. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the i'faith, do ; and so clap hands and a bargain : How peace,
say you, lady?
Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand well. and at night when you come into your closet, you'll
K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to verses, question this gentlewoman about me; and I know, or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: Kate, you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me, for the one, I have neither words nor measure; and that you love with your heart: but, good Kate, mock for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a
me mercifully; the rather, gentle princess, because reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a I love thee cruelly. If ever thou be'st mine, Kate, lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with (as I have a saving faith within me, tells me, -- thou my armour on my back, under the correction of shalt,) I get thee with scambling, and thou must bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap into a therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: Shall wife. Or, if I might buffet for my love, or bound not thou and I, between Saint Dennis and Saint my horse for her favours, I could lay on like a George, compound a boy, half French, half English, butcher, and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off: but, that shall go to Constantinople, and take the Turk before God, I cannot look greenly, nor gasp out my by the beard ? shall we not? what sayest thou, my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protestation ; fair flower-de-luce ? only downright oaths, which I never use till urged, Kath. I do not know dat. nor never break for urging. If thou canst love a K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not worth promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will ensun-burning, shat never looks in his glass for love deavour_for your French part of such a boy; and, of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy cook. for my English moiety, take the word of a king and I speak to thee plain soldier : If thou canst love me a bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Katharine for this, take me : if not, to say to thee -- that I du monde, mon tres chere et divine deesse ? shall die, is true: but — for thy love, by the lord, Kath. Your majesté ’ave fausse French enough to no; yet I love thee too. And while thou livest, deceive de most sage damoiselle dat is en France. dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoined K. Hen. Now, fye upon my false French! By constancy; for he perforce must do thee right, mine honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate: by because he hath not the gift to woo in other places : which honour I dare not swear, thou lovest me; yet for these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost, notthemselves into ladies' favours, they do always withstanding the poor and untempering effect of my reason themselves out again, What ! a speaker is visage. Now beshrew my father's ambition ! he was but a prater ; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg thinking of civil wars when he got me ; therefore was will fall ; a straight back will stoop; a black beard I created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald ; a iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow; But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and moon; or, shall appear: my comfort is, that old age, that ill rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it shines layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my bright, and never changes, but keeps his course truly. face : thou hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst; If thou would have such a one, take me: And take and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and me, take a soldier ; take a soldier, take a king: And better; And therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, what sayest thou then to my love ? speak, my fair, will you have me? Put off your maiden blushes; and fairly, I pray thee.
avouch the thoughts of your heart with the looks of Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de enemy an empress; take me by the hand, and say - Harry of France ?
of England, I am thine : which word thou shalt no K. Hen. No; it is not possible, you should love sooner bless mine ear withal, but I will tell thee the enemy of France, Kate : but, in loving me, you aloud — England is thine, Ireland is thine, France should love the friend of France; for I love France is thine, and Henry Plantagenet is thine ; bo, so well, that I will not part with a village of it; I though I speak it before his face, if he be not fellow will have it all mine : and, Kate, when France is with the best king, thou shalt find the best king of mine, and I am yours, then yours is France, and good fellows. Come, your answer in broken you are mine.
musick ; for thy voice is musick, and thy English Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat.
broken : therefore, queen of all, Katharine, break thy K. Hen. No, Kate ? I will tell thee in French ; mind to me in broken English, Wilt thou have me? which, I am sure, will hang upon my tongue like a Kath. Dat is, as it shall please de roy mon pete. new-married wife about her husband's neck, hardly K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate; it to be shook off. Quand j'ay la possession de France, shall please him, Kate. et quand vous avez le possession de moi, (let me see, Kain. Den it shall also content me. what then ? Saint Dennis be my speed !) - donc K. Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, and I vostre est France, et vous estes mienne. It is as easy caii you - my queen. for me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom, as to speak Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez : so much more French : I shall never move thee in foy, je ne veur point que vous abbaissez vostre grenFrench, unless it be to laugh at me.
deur, en baisant la main d'une vostre indignc 721Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que vous teure ; ercusez moy, je vous supplie, mon tres puissant parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle. seigneur.
K. Hen. No, 'faith, is't not, Kate : but thy speak- K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. ing of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, Kath. Les dames, et damoiselles, pour eure baita must needs be granted to be much at one. But, devant leur nopces, il n'est pas le coutume de France. Kate, dost thou understand thus much English ? K. Hen. Madam my interpreter, what snys she? Canst thou love me?
Alce. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les laates or Kath. I cannot tell.
France, I cannot tell what is, baiser, en English K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate? K, Hen. To kiss. I'll ask them. Come, I kuow, thou lovest me: Ali e. Your ipajesty entendre bettre que moy.
K. Hen. It is not the fashion for the maids in Fr. K. We have consented to all terms of reason.
West. The king hath granted every article : K. Hen. O Kate, nice customs curt’sy to great His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all, kings
. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined According to their firm proposed natures. within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are Ere. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :the makers of manners, Kate ; and the liberty that where your majesty demands, That the king of follows our places, stops the mouths of all find France, having any occasion to write for matter of faults ; as I will do yours, for upholding the nice grant, shall name your highness in this form, and fashion of your country, in denying me a kiss : with this addition, in French, — Notre tres cher filz therefore, patiently, and yielding. [Kissing her.] Henry roy d'Angleterre, heretier de France :
and You hare witchcraft in your lips, Kate : there is thus in Latin, - Præclarissimus filius noster Henrimore eloquence in a sugar touch of them, than in cus, rex Angliæ, et hæres Franciæ. the tongues of the French council; and they should Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, saxter persuade Harry of England, than a general | But your request shall make me let it pass. petition of monarchs. Here comes your father. K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear
alliance, Enter the French KING and QUEEN, BURGUNDY, Let that one article rank with the rest : BEDFORD, GLOSTER, EXETER, WESTMORELAND,
And, thereupon, give me your daughter. and other French and English Lords.
Fr. King. Take her, fair son ; and from her Bur. God save your majesty! my royal cousin,
blood raise up teach you our princess English ?
Issue to me : that the contending kingdoms
May cease their hatred ; and this dear conjunction I. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my con- Plant neighbourhood and christian-like accord dition is not smooth : so that, having neither the In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance rice nor the heart of Aattery about me, I cannot His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France. so conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will All. Amen! appear in his true likeness.
K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate : - and bear me Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I an
witness all, 59er you for that. If you would conjure in her you That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. zast make a circle : if conjure up love in her in his
(Flourish. true likeness, he must appear naked, and blind : Q. Isab. God, the best maker of all marriages, Can you blame her then, being a maid yet rosed Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! Ever with the virgin crimson of modesty, if she deny As man and wife, being two, are one in love, the
appearance of a naked blind boy in her naked So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard condition for That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, a maid to consign to.
Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, K. Hen. Yet they do wink, and yield; as love is Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, blind, and enforces.
To make divorce of their incorporate league ; Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they That English may as French, French Englishmen, lee Dot what they do.
Receive each other ! — God speak this Amen! 1. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin AU. Amen! to consent to winking.
K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage; bar. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if
which day, you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, well summered and
warm kept, are like flies at Bar- And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. tholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes ; Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; and then they will endure handling, which before and may our oaths well kept and prosperous be! would not abide looking on.
[Ereunt. X. Hen. This moral ties me over to time, and a
Enter Chorus. kot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too. Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen, Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
Our bending author hath pursu'd the story; K. Hen. It is so ; and you may, some of you, In little room confining mighty men, thank love for my blindness ; who cannot see many Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. a fair French city, for one fair French maid that Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv’d stands in my way.
This star of England : fortune made bis sword; Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspec- By which the world's best garden he achiev'd, trely, the cities turned into a maid; for they are all And of it left his son imperial lord. girdied with maiden walls, that war hath never Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd king entered.
Ot Tranee ana Eng.and, did this king sucrred; K. Hen, Shall Kate be my wife?
Whose state so many had the managing, Fr. King. So please you.
That they lost France, aud made his England K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you
bleed : talk of, may wait on her : so the maid that stood in Which oftour stage hath shown; and, for their sake the way of my wish,sball show me the way to my will In your fair ininds let this acceptance take.[Exit
FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
KING HINRY THE SIXTH.
VERNON, of the White Rose, ar York faction. DUKE OF GLOSTER, uncle to the King, and Protector. Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster faction. Duke of Bedford, uncle to the King, and regent of CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France. France.
REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King of Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter, great uncle to
Naples. the King.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
Winchester, and afterwards cardinal, Governor of Paris.
Earl of Cambridge ; afterwards Duke of General of the French forces in Bourdeaux.
A French Sergeant.
A Porter. EARL OF SALISBURY.
An old Shepherd, father to Joan la Pucelle, EARL OF SUFFOLK. Lord Talbot, afterwards Earı of Shrewsbury. MARGARET, daughter to Reignier ; aperwards marJoux Talbot, his son.
ried to King Henry, Edmund MORTIMER, Earl of March.
COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.
Joan La PUCELLE, commonly called Joan of Arc. Sir John FASTOLFE. Sir WILLIAM Lucy.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders of Sir WILLIAM GLANSDALE.
the Tower, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, Sir Thomas GARGRAVE.
and several Attendants both on the English and Mayor of London.
French, WOODVILLE, Lieutenant of the Tower.
SCENE, - partly in ENGLAND, and partly in FRANCE.
Henry the fifth, too famous to live long !
Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time. Dead march. Corpse of King HENRY THE FIFTH Virtue he had, deserving to command:
discovered, lying in state; attended on by the Dukes His brandish'd sword did blind men with his beams : of Bedford, GLOSTER, and EXETER ; the Earl His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings : or WARWICK, the Bishop of Winchester, Heralds, His sparkling eyes replete with wrathful fire,
More dazzled and drove back his enemies, Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield day Than mid-day sun, fierce bent against their faces to night!
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech : Comets, importing change of times and states, He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
Ere. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
in blood ? That have consented unto Henry's death!
Henry is dead, and never shall revive :
Upon a wooden coffin we attend;
Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, And death's dishonourable victory
These tidings would call forth her flowing tides. We with our stately presence glorify,
Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France: Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France. What? 'shall we curse the planets of mishap, Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ?
Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, Or shall we think the subtle-witted French
To weep their intermissive miseries.
Enter another Messenger.
chance, So dreadful will not be, as was his sight.
France is revolted from the English quite ; The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought : Except some petty towns of no import : The church's prayers made him so prosperous. The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims : Gs. The church! where is it? Had not church- The bastard of Orleans with him his join'd; men pray'd,
Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part ; Flis thread of life had not so soon decay'd ;
The duke of Alençon flieth to his side. None do you like but an effeminate prince,
Eve. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to him! Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. O, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
Wir. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art protector; Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats :-
Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forwardMore than God, or religious churchmen, may.
Enter a third Messenger.
3 Mess. My gracious lords, – to add to your la Let's to the altar :- Heralds, wait on us :
ments, Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms;
Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. I must inform you of a dismal fight, Posterity, await for wretched years,
Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck ;
Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so? Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears,
3 Mess. O, no ; wherein lord Talbot was o'erAnd none but women left to wail the dead.
thrown: Henry the fifth! thy ghost I invocate;
The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
By three and twenty thousand of the French
Was round encompassed and set upon ;
No leisure had he to enrank his men;
Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of hedges, Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture :
They pitched in the ground confusedly, Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,
To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. More than three hours the fight continued ; Betl. What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's | Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, corse ?
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.
him; Glo. Is Paris lost ? is Rouen yielded up? Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew : If Henry were recall’d to life again,
The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms; These news would cause him once more yield the All the whole army stood agaz'd on him ; ghost.
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was A Talbot ! a Talbot ! cried out amain, us'd?
And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. Here had the conquest fully been seal'd up, Among the soldiers this is muttered,
If sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward ; That here you maintain several factions ;
He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind,
Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke.
A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace,
Whom all France, with their chief assembled strength, Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot ; Durst not presume to look once in the face. Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, or England's coat one half is cut away.,
For living idly here, in pomp and ease,