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Kino HENRY Ibe Sixth.

Basset, of th: Rol Rufe, or Lancafier Foliion, Dake of GLOSTER, Unile to the king, and Prom Marlor.

Charles, Dauphin, and after wards King of Duke of BEDFORD, Uncle to the king, and Rogent

France. of France.

REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and Titular King of Cardinal BEAUFORT, Bishop of 11 inchester, and Naples. Great Unile so the King.

Duke of BURGUNDY. Duke of EXETER.

Duke of ALENCON. Duke of SOMERSET,

Bufard of ORLEANS. Earl of WARWICK.

Govirror of PARIS. Earl of SaLISBURY.

Dianer-Gunner of ORLEANS. Boy, bis Son. Earl of SUFFOLK,

An Old Shipbird, Father to youn la luceile. Lord TALBOT. i vung Talbot, bis fun.

MARGARET, duughter to Reigrier, and afterwards RICHARD PLANTAGENET, afterwards Duke of Queen to King Henry. York.

Countess of AUVERONE. MORTIMER, Earl of March.

JOAN LA PUCH. LL. E, commonly called, Yoan of Sir John FASTOLFE. WOODVILLE, lieuter stre; a Muid pretinding to be inspir'd from

91.1ns of the Tower. Lord Muyor of London. Heavin, und feeling up for the Championess of
Sir THOMAS GARGRAVE. Sir William Fronte.

Fiends, allinding her,
VERNOX, of the Wbise Roje, or Tork Fuction.
Lards, Cap:ains, Soldiers, MelTenger's, and fivural Attendants both on the English and Frenek.

The SCENE is parily in England, and partly in France.

А ст. I.

Brandith your crystal treffes in the sky;

And with them fcourge the bad revolting Nars, Dead Mareb. Enter the Fune of King lienry the That have coníented unto Henry's death?

Ffób, attended on by the Duke of Bedford, Rc- Henry the fifth, too famous to live long ! gent of France ; tbe Duke of Glofter, Pronttor;

England ne'er luít a king of so much worth. the Duke of Exeter, and the Euri of Warcvick ;

Gl. England ne'er had a king, until his time.

Virtue he had, deserving to command : ibe Bijl op of Winchejter, and tbe Duke of so

His brandith'd sword did blind men with his beams; mersei, &c.

His arms spread widler than a dragon's wings; Bed. UNG be the heavens with black, His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathful fire, yield day to night!

More dazzled and drove back bis enemies, Lomets, importing change of times and states, Than mid-day fun, fierce bent against their faces.

1 Mr. Theobald observes, that " the historical transactions contained in this play, take in the compass of above thirty years. I must observe, however, that our author, in the three parts of Henry VI. has not been very precise to the date and dilpolition of his facts; but shuffled thein, backwards and forwards, out of time. For instance; the lord Talbot is kill'd at the end of the fourth act of this play, who in reality did not fall vill the 13th of July 1453 ; and The Second Part of Henny l'I. opens with the marriage of the king, which was folemnized cigit ycars before Talbot's death, in the year 1445. Again, in the second part, dame Eleanor Cobham is introduced to insult queen Margaret ; though her penance and banishment for forcery happined three years before that princess came over to England. I could point out many other transgressions against history, as far as the order of time is concerned. Indeed, though there are several mailer-strokes in these three plays, which incon. testably betray the workmanship of Shakspeare; yet I am almost doubtful, whether they were entirely of his writing. And unless they were wrote by him very early, I should rather imagine them to have been brought to him as a director of the stage ; and fo have recrived some timthing beauties at his hand. An accurate observer will easily see, thc diction of them is more obsolete, and the nuinþers more mean and prosaical, than in the generality of his genuine compollions.”'


What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech : Among the soldiers this is muttered,
He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered. That here you maintain several factions ;
Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not And, whilst a field should be dispatch'd and fought,
in blood ?

You are disputing of your generals.
Henry is dead, and never shall revive :

One would have ling'ring wars, with little coft : Upon a wooden coffin we attend;

Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings; And death's dishonourable victory

A third man thinks, without expence at all, We with our stately presence glorify,

By guilefui fair words peace may be obtain d. Like captives bound to a triumphant car. Awake, awake, English nobility! What? Thall we curse the planets of mishap, Let not floth dim your honours, new-begot : That plotted thus our glory's overthrow? Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Or shall we think the subile-witted French Of England's coat one half is cut away. Conjurers and forcerers, that, afraid of hint,

Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, By magic verses have contriv'd his end ?

Thele tidings would call forth their flowing tides. Win. He was a king bleft of the King of Kings. Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of France: Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day Give me my iteeled coat, I'll fight for France.So dreadful will not be, as was his fight.

Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! The battles of the Lord of Hofts he fought : Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, The church's prayers made him so prosperous. To weep their intermiilive? miteries. Glo. The church! where is it? Had not church

Enter to bem another Meffenger. men pray'd,

2 MJ. Lords, view these letters, full of bad His :hread of life had not fo foon decay'd :

mitchance. None do you like but an effeminate prince, France is revolted from the English quite; Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. Except some petty towns of no import : Win. Gloiter, whate'er we like, thou art pro- The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims ; tector ;

The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd ; And lookest to command the prince, and realm. Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part ; Thy wife is proud ; she holdeth thee in awe, The duke of Alencon fijeth to his fide. [Exit. More than God, or religious church-men, may. Fre. The Dauphin crowned king! all Hy to

Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'lt the flesh; 0, whither shall we fly from this reproach ? (him! And ne'er throughout the year to churchthou gott, Glo. We will not fly,but to our enemies' throats :Except it be to pray against thy foes.

Bedford, if thou be Nack, I'll fight it out. Bod. Cease, cease there jars, and rest your minds Bed. Glofter, why doubt'it thou of my forin peace !

wardness? Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us : An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms;

Wherewith already France is over-run. Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.

Enter a third Milfenger. Posterity, await for wretchel years,

3 Me. My gracious lords,

to add to your laWhen at their mothers' moist eyes habes shall suck;

ments, Our ifle be made a nourish of salt tears, Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, And none but women left to wail the dead.- I must inform you of a dismal fight, Henry the fifth! thy ghost I invocate ;

Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. Proiper this realm, kecp it fron civil broils ! Il'in. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so? Combat with adverse planets in the heavens ! 3 Mell. 0, no ; wherein lord Talbot was o'erA far more glorious itar thy soul will make,

thrown: Than Julius Cæsar, or bright

The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
Enter a Milinger.

The tenth of August lait, this dreadful lord,
Mef. My honourable lords, health to you all ! Retiring from the siege of Orleans,
Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,

Having full scarce 3 fix thousand in his troop, Of lofs, of Naughter, and discomfiture :

By three and twenty thousand of the French
Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,

Was round encompassed and set upon :
Paris, Guyfors, Poictiers, are all quite loft. No leisure had he to enrank his men ;
Bed. What say ít thou, man, before dead Hen- He wanted pikes to set before his archers ;
ry's core?

Instead whereof, sharp stakes,pluck'd out of hedges,
Speak foftly; or the loss of those great towns They pitched in the ground confusedly,
Will make him burit his lead, and ride from death. To keep the horsemen off from breaking in.

Glo. Is Paris loft? is Roan yielded up? More than three hours the fight continued ; If Henry were recall'd to life again, [ghost. Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, These neus would cause him once more yield the Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Exc. How' were they lost? what treachery was Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durft stand him; us'd ?

(money. Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he flew : Meff. No treachery ; but waut of men and The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms;

1 Nourish here fiunifies a nurs?. 2 i. c. their miseries, which have had only a short intermillion from Henry the Filihr's dcath to my coming amonyit then. 3 i. c. scarecly.

All the whole army stood agaz'd on him : So in the earthg to this day is not known :
His foldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,

Late, did he shine upon the English fide ;
A Talbot ! a Talbot ! cried out amain,

Now we are victors, upon us he smiles. And ruth'd into the bowels of the battle.

What towns of any moment, but we have ? Here had the conquett fully been feald up, At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; If Sir John Fattolfe had not play'd the coward : Otherwhiles, the farvilh'd Englith, like pale ghosts, He being in the vaward' (plac'd behind,

Faintly besiege us one hour in a month. With purpose to relieve and follow them)

Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat Cowardly fled, not having itruck one itruke.

buil-beeves ; Hence grew the general wreck and mallacre ; Either they must be dieted, like mules, Enclosed were they with their enemies :

And have their provender ty'd to their mouths, A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. Thrust Taibot with a spear into the back;

Rrig. Let's raise the fiege; Why livewe idly here? Whom all France,with her chieiatrembled strength, Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear : Durit not prefumc to look once in the face. Remaineth none, but mad-brain'd Salisbury;

Bed. Is Talbot Nain? then I will lay myself, And he may well in fretting 1pend liis gall, For living idly here, in pomp and ease,

Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war. Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,

Cbar. Sound, found alarum ; we will rush on Unto his daftard foe-men is betray'd.

them. 3 Mel. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, Now for the honour of the forlorn French :And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford : Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, Mott of the rest Daughter'd, or cook, likewise. When he secs me go back one foot, or fly. [Exexxi.

Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall pay : [Here olurum, sbey are beaten back by sbi Englijl, i'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne, with great lojs. His crown shall be the rantom of my friend ;

Re-enter Cbarles, Alenco, and Reigrier. Four of their jords I'll change for one of ours. Cbar. Who ever saw the like? what men havo Farewel, my matters ; to my talk will I;


{fled, Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, Dogs! cowards ! daftards ! I would ne'er have To keep our great Saint George's feast withal : But that they left me 'midit my enemies. Ten thousand tokiers with me I will take,

Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; Whofe bloody deeds thall make all Europe quake. He fignteth as one weary of his life.

3 Mel. So you had need; for Orleans is befieg'd; The other lords, like lions wanting food, The English army is grown weak and faint : Do rush upon us as their hungry prey. The earl of Salibury craveth fupply ;

Alen. Froisard, a countryman of ours, records, And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,

England all Olivers and Rowlands 2 bred, Since they, so few, watch such a multitude. During the time Edward the third did reign. Fre. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry More truly now may this be verified ; tworn;

For none but Sampsons, 2nd Guliaises, Either to quell the Dauphin utterly,

It sendeth forth to 1kirmish. One to ten! Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er supporo

Bid. I do remember it; and here take leave, They had such courage and audacity? To go about my preparation.


Char. Let's leave this town; for thy se hair G!. I'll to the Tower with all the hate 1 c.n,

brain'd flaves, 'To view the artillery and munition;

And hunger will enforce them to be more eager : And then I will proclaim young Henry king. [ Exit. Of old I know them; rather with their teeth

Exe. To Elthum will I, where the young king is, The walls they'll tear down, than fortake the lege. Being ordain’d his special governor ;

Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals 3 or device, And for his fafety there I'll bett devise. [Exit. Their arms are fet, like clocks, still to Atrike cn;

"Vin. Eachlach luis place and function to attend : Else they could ne'er boid out fong as they do. I am left out; for me nothing remains.

By my consent, we'li e'en let them alone. Eu long I will noi be Jack-Jul-of-office;

willen. Be it fo. The king from Eltham I intend to end,

Enter the Bastard of Orleans. And fit at chiefert stern of public weal. [Exii. Bat. Where's the prince Dauphin: I have SCENE 11.

news for him. Before Orleans in France.

Dau. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us. Erter Charl.s, Ancor, and Reinier, marching with Baft. Methinks, your looks are fad, your chear a Dian and Suidiers.

appalid; Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence ? heavens,

Be not dismay'd, for fuccour is at band : Ii, c. the back part of the ran or front. 2 These were two of the most famous in the life of Chaleinanze's twelve peers; and their exploits are render'd so ridiculously and equally extravagang by the old romances, that from thience arole that saying amonyit our plain and senlible ancestors, of giving one a Rowland for his test, to signify the matching one incredible lye with another; or, as in the modern accrptation of the proverbi, io grie a de fon as good a one as he brings. 3 A gimmal is a piece of jointed werk, were i le piece moves within another, whence it is taken at large for an irgine. Ii is now vuigarly sa icd gimitack. 4 Chear is cour knance, appearance.




A holy maid hither with me I bring,

Dau. Then come o' God's name, I fear no we Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, Ordaned is to raise this tedious fiege,

Pucel. Ain, while I live, I'll never fly no man. And drive the E:glish forth the bounds of France. [Here they fahe, and joanta Psuelle overconits. The spirit of Jeep prophecy the hath,

Dau. Suay, it: thy hands; the art an Amazon, Exceeding the nne fihyls' of oll Rome;

And fightest with the sword of Debora. What's part, and what's to coin?, she can decry. Puiel. Chriii's mother helps nie, elle I were too Speak, ihall call her in ? Believe my 2 nads,


[help me; For they are certain and unfallible.

Diu. Who'er helps thee, 'tis thou that muit Dino G), call her in : But first, to try her ikill, Inpatiently I burn with thy desire; Reignier, fand thou as Daupiain in my place: My heart and hands thou haft at once subdu'd. Question her proudly, let thy looks betturn; Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be to, By this means shall we found what skill the hitli. Let me thy servant, and not tovereign, be; Enter Joan la Pucelle.

'Tis the French Dauphin fueth to thee thus. Brig. For maid, is't thou wilt do these wondrous l'us!. I must not viuld to any rites of love, feats?

(me : For my profetler's iacred from above : Parit Reignier, is't thou that thinkes to beguile When I have chaial all thy foes from hence, Where is the Dwuphin ? come, come from behind; Then will I think upon a recompence. I know thee well, though nerer seen before. Dau. Mean time, look gracious on thy prostrate Be not muz'd, there's nothing hid from me:

thrall. In private will I talk with thee aput ;--

Reig. My lord, methioks, is very long in talk. Stand back, you lords, and give us leave awhile. Alin. Doubtlets, he thrives this woman to her Reig. Sie takes upon her hravely at fiiit dath.

imock; Pucil. Dauphin, I am ty birth a fhepherd's Elle ne'er coud he fo long protrat his speech. daughter,

Reiz. Shall we ditub bim, since he keeps no My wit untrain d in any kind of art.

mean? Ileaven, and our Ladly gracious, hathu it pleas'd Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do To thine on my contemptible ettate :

know :

(tongues. I , whilft I waited on my tender lambs, These women we shrewd tempters with ther And to Sun's parthing heat display'd my checks, * Roig. My lord, where ae you? wiiat devine God's mother deigned to appear to me; And, in a vision full of majesty,

Shall we give over Orleans, or no? Willd me to leave my base vocation,

Pucel. Why, no, llay, diftruitful recreants ! And free my country from calamity :

Fight 'till the last gup; I will be your guard. Her aid the promis'd, and allur'd success:

Dar. What the lays, I'll contum; we'll fight to compleat glory the reveal'd herself ; Anl, whereas I was black and iwart before, Pucel. AllignJ I am to be the English scourge. With those clear rays which the infus'ilon me, This niglit the fiege alluredly l'illaise: That beauty am I biut with, which you fee. Expect Saint Martin's lummer, halcyon days, Ak me what question thou cnit pouble, Since I have enter'd thus into these wars. And I will antiver unpremediated :

Glory is like a circle in the water, Niy courage try by cumbat, if thou dar'st,

14 sich never ceseth to enlarge itself, And thou mali find that I exceed my fex. 'Tiil, by broad ipreading, it diperle to nought. Resolve on this : Thou hult be fortunnte, With Henry's death the Englih circle ends; If thou receive me for tiny warlike mate. Difperted are the glories it included. Dail. Thou haft attonith'd me with thy high vow am I like that proud insulting ship, terms:

Which Cari and his fortune bue at once. Only this proof I'll of thy valour make,

Dau. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove 4 ? In ingle combat thou thadt buckle with me; Thou with an eagle art inspired then. And, if thou vanquisheft, thy words are true; Helen, the mother of great Conftantine, Otherwise, I renounce all confidence.

Nor yet Saint Philip's daugliters -, were like thee. Puol. I am prepar'd: here is my keen-eilg'u Briglie itur of Venus, fallin down on the carth, (word,

How may l reverently worship thee enough? Deck'd with fine flower-de-luces on each side; Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the fiege. The which, at Torraine in Saint Katharine's church Reig. Woman, do what thou canít to save our yard,

honours ; Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.

Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz'd.

you on?

it out.

1 There were n nire liby's of Roms; but our author confounds things, and mistakes this for the nine books of Sibylline oracles, brought to one of the Tarquins. 2 li should be read, believe her words. 3 That is, expc& profperty atter Tisfortune, like tair weather at Martlemas, after winter has legun. 4 dialomit had a dove, which he uted io feed with wheat out of his car; which dove, when it was hungry, liglied on Mahmet's flioulsier, and thruit its bili in to find it's breaktaft; Maior, ei persuading the rude and limpio diabians, that it was the Holy Gholt that gave him advicc. • Meaning, the four daugh.ers of Philio mentioned in the Alls.


rope !

[1tay ?

Dzu. Presently we'll try :-Come, let's away Glo. Stand back, thou manifest co-pirator ; about it :

Thou, that contriv't to murder or du ad lord ; No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. Thou, that giv'it whores indulgt kes to tin 4 :

[Excunt. I'll can of thee in thy broad cardinal's hits, SCENE III.

If thou proceed in this thay info'ę ice. [foot:

li in. Naty, 1tund thou back, I will not budge a Tower-Gates in London.

This be Damascus, be the cursed Cain,
Fnter Glofier, with bis Serving-men. To lay thy brother Abel, it thou wilt.
Gl. I am come to survey the Tower this day ; Gla. I will not lay thee, but I'll drive thee back :
Since Ilenry's death, I fear, there is convey-Thy scarlet robe“, as a child's bearing-cloth
ance ,

I'll use, to carry thee out of this phoice. face.
Where be these warders, that they wait not here? Win. Do vhat thou dar'it; I beard thee to thy
Open the gates : it is Glofter that calls.

Glo. What ? am I dar'd, and bearded to my 1 Ward. Who's there, that knocketh so im- Draw, men, for all this privileged place ; (face? periously?

Biue-coats to tawny-coats. Priest, beware thy 1 Man. It is the noble duke of Glofter.

beard ;
2 Ward. Whoe'er he be, you may not be let in. I mean to tug it, and to cuff you foundly :
1 Man. Villains, answer you su the lord pro- Under my feet l'll stamp thy cardinal's hiat ;

In spite of pope, or dignities of church,
i Pard. The Lord protect him! so we Here by the cheeks I'll drag thee up and down.
answer lim :

Win. Glofter, thou'lt answer this before the pope. We do no otherwise than we are will’d.

Glo. Winchester goose 6 ! I cry-Arope! a
Glo. Who will’d you? or whose will stands,
but mine?

Now beat them hence, Why do you let thera
There's no:je protector of the realm, but I. Thee I'll chale hence, thou wolf in theep's array:
Break up the gates, I'll be your warrantize : Out, tawny-coats !--out, scarlet hypocrite!
Shall I be floured thus by Junghill grooms? Here Glofter's Men beat out the Cardinal's; and enten
Guler's den rujh as the Tow:r-Gails, and Pool in the burly-burly, the Mayor of London and bis
cil, sbi, ipetki cuithin.

Hot Wat noise is this? What traitors have Mayor. Fie, lords ! that you, buing supreme
We here

Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear : Thus contumeliously thould break the peace !
Open the gates; here's Gloiter, that would enter. Gio. Peace, mayor ; for thou know'1t little of
Tood. Have patience, noble duke; I may not

my wrongs :
open ;

Here's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor king,
The cardinal of Winchefter forbids :

Huch here diitrain'd the Tower to his use.
From him I have exprets coma! dement,

1. Here's Gifter too, a foe to citizens; That thui, nor none of thine, thall be let in. (me ? One that ftill motions war, and never peace,

Glo. Faint-hearted Woodvile, prizeit him 'fore O'er-charging your free purfes with large tines;
Arrogant Wincheier? that haughty prelate, That seeks to overthrow religion,
Whom Henry, our late foveiciun, ne'er could Because he is protector of the realm ;

And would have armour here out of the Tower,
Thou art no friend to God, or to the king : To crown himself king, and iufpreis the prince.
Open the gates, or I'll fhut thee out Mortly. Glo. I will not aniwer thue with words, but
Serv. Open the gates there to the lord protector;

blows. [He esben piir mifi zgain. We'll burit them open, if that you come not Mayor. Nought refts for me, in this tumultuquickly.

ous strife,
Enter to the Prose*%), at the Tower-Gates, It in- But to make cpen proclamation :---

cb fier und bis men in twwhy cauta. Come, otticer; as loud as c'er thou canft.
1 in. Ilow now, ambitious Humphry? what101. All manner of men, fjemi dedi bevein ansthis day,
mens this?

against God's peace and the king, we charge and Glo. Pield 3 priett, doft thou command me to command yot, in 105 li bnej' name, to repozis to be shut out!

pour leveral dww.dling pierces; ard not wear, 11 in. I do, thou most usursing proditor, bundle, or uji, any jubil, wenpon, or d.gger, And not protector of the king or relın.

bunciforward, upun pain of death.

I Conveyance means theft. 2 A tauny coat was the dress of the officer whole bufre's it was to summon ofienders to an ecclefiaftical court. There are the proper attendanis therefore in the bilhop of Winchefer. 3 Alluding in his haver crown. lu Weever's Funeral Minuments, p. 254, Robert Baldocke, bishop oi London, is called a feelid priest, gilide clerk, icemm ly in allution to his thaven crown alone. So, bild-head was a téiin ot liom and mobiety. 4 Tie public itews were foie merly under the district of the bihop of Winchester. 5 This means, I belive', riltu tice into tly great hat, und jhake, as ivan and meal are fuken in a fiere. o Muundril, in his Trave's, fays, that about four miles from Damaicus is a higli hill, reporied to be the fame an indich Cain few his brother Abel. 7 A trumpet, or the consequences of her love, was a ll'inciiciter gooli. NA 2



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