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Suf. Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,
[ Aside. Mar. Hear ye, captain ? Are you not at leisure?
Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much: Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.Madam, I have a secret to reveal.
Mar. What though I be enthralld? he seems a knight, And will not any way dishonour me.
[Aside. Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I
say. Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French; And then I need not crave his courtesy.
[Aside. Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause Mar. Tush! women have been captivate ere now.
[ Aside. Suf. Lady, wherefore talk
so? Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo.
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose
Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile,
Suf. And so shall you,
Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me?
Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen ;
Suf. No, gentle madam; I unworthy am
Mar. An if my father please, I am content.
Suf. Then call our captains, and our colours, forth : And, madam, at your father's castle walls We'll crave a parley, to confer with him.
[Troops come forward.
A Parley sounded. Enter ReignIER, on the Walls.
Reig. Suffolk, what remedy?
Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord:
Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?
Suf. Fair Margaret knows,
Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend,
[Exit, from the Walls. Suf. And here I will expect thy coming.
Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER, below. Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories; Command in Anjou what your honour pleases.
Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child, Fit to be made companion with a king : What answer makes your grace unto my
suit ? Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little worth, To be the princely bride of such a lord; Upon condition I may quietly Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou, Free from oppression, or the stroke of war, My daughter shall be Henry's, if he please.
Suf. That is her ransom, I deliver her;
Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name,
Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks,
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, and
[ Aside. Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret.
[Going Suf. Farewell, sweet madam ! But hark you, Marga
ret; No princely commendations to my king?
Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, A virgin, and his servant, say to him.
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly directed. But, madam, I must trouble you again,No loving token to his majesty ?
Mar. Yes, my good lord ; a pure unspotted heart, Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Suf. And this withal.
[Kisses her. Mar. That for thyself ;– I will not so presume, To send such peevish tokens to a king.
[Ereunt ReiGNIER and MARGARET. Suf. O, wert thou for myself !-But, Suffolk, stay ; Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth ; There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk. Solicit Henry with her wond'rous praise : Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount; Mad, natural graces, that extinguish art; Repeat their semblance often on the seas, That, when thou com’st to kneel at Henry's feet, Thou may'st bereave him of his wits with wonder. [Exit.
SCENE IV.-Camp of the Duke of York, in Anjou.
Enter York, WARWICK, and Others. York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn’d to burni.
Enter LA PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd.
Puc. Decrepit miser! base ignoble wretch!
Shep. Out, out!—My lords, an please you, 'tis not so;
York. This argues what her kind of life hath been ; Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes.
Shep. Fye, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle!
Puc. Peasant, avaunt !-You have suborn'd this man, Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.
Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest, The morn that I was wedded to her mother.Kneel down, and take my blessing, good my girl, Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time Of thy nativity! I would, the milk Thy mother gave thee, when thou suck’dst her breast, Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake! Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field,