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Of thy nativity! I would, the milk [breast, May never glorious sun reflex his beams
Bui darkness, and the gloomy shade of death
Yo k. Take her away; for the hath liv'd too Thou foul accursed minister of hell! (athes, To fill the world with vicious qualities. [long,
Enser Cardinal Beaufort, &c. Pucel. First, let me tell you whom you have Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence condemnd:
With letters of commiflion from the king. Not me begotten of a shepherd (wnin,
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, But ifiued from the progeny of kings;
Mov'd with remorse at these outrageous broils, Virtuous, and holy; chosen from above,
Have earnestly implor'd a general peace By inipiration of celestial grace,
Eztwixt our nation and the aspiring French ; To work exceeding miracles on earth.
And see at hand the Dauphin, and his train, I never had to do with wicked spirits :
Arprocheth, to confer about some' matters.
10k. Is all our travel turn'd to this eritot?
And fold their bodies for their country's benefit,
By trefon, filthood, and by treachery,
York. Ay, ay ;--au ay with her to execution. War. Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace,
War. And hark ye, firs; because the is a maid, It mall be with such strict and severe covenants,
Cbar. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed,
We come to be informed by yourselves That warranteth by law to be thy privilege.- What the conditions of that league must be. I am with child, ye bloody bomicides:
Bork. Spcak, Winchester; for boiling choler Murder not then the fruit within my wonıb,
choaks Although ye hale me to a violent deth. (child? The hollow pallage of my poison'd voice,
York. Now beaven forefend! the holy maid uithai Ky sight of these our balcfull enemies.
War. The greatett miracie that e'er ye wrought: 1 in. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus :
York. She and the Dauphin bave been juggling: Of meer compailion, and of lenity,
War. Well, go to); we will have no bistards And litter you to breathe in fruitful peace,-
Tou Mall become true liegemen to his crown: Puccl. You are deceiv'd; my child is none of his; And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear It 11.75 Alencon that enjoy'd iny lorc.
To say him tribute, and submit thyself,
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
llur. Amriei mar! that's most intolerable. Retain hut privilege of a private man?
Char. 'Tis known, already that I am poffefs'd There were so many, włom me may accuse. Of more than half the Gallian territories,
llar. It's fign, the hath beca liberal and free. And thercin reverenc'd for their lawful king:
Pirk. And, yct, tortooth, the is airgin pure.-- Shall 1, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Strumpet, this words condenia thy brat, and thee: Detract so much from that prerogative, lielortrents, for it is in vain.' my curfe : As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole
L'occd. Then lead nacim..CC;--- with wiom lieate mo, lard emballador ; I'll rather keep
1 Balets had anciently the lame meaning as bareful.
2 Curonet is here used for a crcum.
That which I have, than, covering for more,
Tolme and honour Henry as her lord. [fume. Be cast from pollibility of all.
K. Heny. And otherwise will Henry ite'er preTork. Insulting Charles ! haft thou hy recret There fore, my lord protector, give confent, Usd intercetiion to obtain a league ;
That Margaret may be England's royal queen. And, now the matter grows to compromise,
Gl;. So thoukl I give consent to flatter fin. Standit thou aloof upon comparison ?
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd Either accept the title thou usur;»it,
Unto another lady of eftcem ;
How fall we then ditpense with that contract, Of benefit proceeding from our kins, And not of any challenge of delert,
And not deface your honour with reproach? Or we will plague thee with inco'lint wars.
Suf. As dois ? roler with unlaw ful oaths ; Reig. My lord, vou do not well in obstinacy Orone, that, at a triumph ? having vow'd To cavil in the course of this contract :
To try lois ítrength, furtaketh yet the lists If once it be neglected, ten to one,
By'reaton of his adversary's odus : We thill not find like opportunity.
A poor el's daughter is unequal olds, ollen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
And therefore may be broke withont ofic nce. To fave your subjects from such mallacre,
G!.. Why, what, I pray, is Marguet more than And ruthless flaughters, as are daily ieen
Her father is no better than an earl, [that? By our proceeding in hottility :
Although in glorious titles he excel. And therefore take this compat of a truce,
Suf. Yes, my good lori, her father is a king, Aichwugh you break it when your pleature serves. The king of Niples, and Jerufalem ;
[--ifiti, to the Dauphin. Inl of luch great authority in France, Itar. How fay'st thou, Charles ? fhall our con- As his alliance will confirm our peace, dition stand?
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. Crar. It hall:
Gio. And to the earl of Armagnac may do,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beride, his wealth doth warrant liberal 2k. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ;
do'ver; As thou art knight, never to duobey,
While Reignier sooner will receive than give. Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,
Suf. A dowcr, my lords ! disgrace not lo your
king, Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.--
[Chuulis and thoritt gott tckers of fealiy. That he should be fo abject, base, and poor, So, now dismits your army when ye pleaie ;
To chule for wealth, and not for perfect love. Jing up your enligns, let your drums be still,
Henry is able to enrich his queen,
So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oven, iheep, or horse.
But marriage is a matter of more worth,
Than to be dealt in by attorneythip 3 ;
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
And therefore, lords, since he affects her moft, K. Henry. Your wond'rous rare description, it most of all these reasons bindeth us, noble earl,
In our opinions the ihould be preferr’d. Of beauteous Margaret hath aftonish'd me : For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
An age of discord and continual Itrife? Do breed love's fettled parimis in my heut: Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, And like as rigour of tempestuou gults
And is a pattern of celestial peace. Provokes the mightiest mulk against the tide ; Whom should we match with Henry, being a king, So am I driven, by breath of her renown, But Mirgaret, that is daughter to a king ? Either to lutter thipwreck, or arrive
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, Where I may have fruition of her lore.
Approves her fit for none, but for a king : Suf. Tuh, my good lord ! this fuperticial tale Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, Is but a preface of her worthy praise :
(Viore than in woman commonly is seen) will The chief perfections of that lovely dame Aufver our hope in iilue of a king; (Had Ifufficient skill to utter them)
Tor Henry, fon unto a conqueror, Would make a voluine of enticing lines,
Is likely to beget more conquerors, Able to ravish any dull conceit.
If with a lady of so high resolve, And, which is more, the is not fo divine, Asis fair Margaret, he be unk'd in love. So full : cplete with choice of II delights, Then yield, my lords; and here conclude witi nie, But, v n as humble lowliness of inind,
That Margaret thall he queen, and rone but the. She is cor rent to be at your command ;
K. Henry. Whether it be through force of your Command, I mean, of virtuous chatte intents, My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that [report,
i Penefit is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. 2 That is, az the sports by which a triumph is celebraicd. 3 i. e. by the discretional agency of another.
My tender youth was never yet attaint
And you, good uncle, banish all offence : With any passion of inflaming love,
If you do censure' me by what you were, I cannot tell; but this I am afsur'd,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse I feel such tharp diffention in my breast,
This sudden execution of my will. Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, And so conduct me, where from company, As I am fick with working of my thoughts. I may revolve and ruminate my grief 2. Exit. Take, therefore, shipping ; poft, my lord, to France; Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and latt. Agree to any covenants ; and procure
[Exeunt Gloster and Exeter. That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come
Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevails: and thus he To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd As did the youthful Paris once to Greece ; [gots, King Henry's faithful and anointed queen : With hope to find the like event in love, For your expences and sufficient change, But prosper better than the Trojan did. Among the people gather up a tenth.
Margaret Thall now be queen, and rule the king : Be gone, I say ; for, 'till you do return,
But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. I reft perplexed with a thousand cares.--
ii. e. judge. 2 Grief in this line is taken generally for pain or uncafiness; in the line that follows, specially for forrow.
ΚΙ N G H Ε Ν RY
PERSONS REPRESENTE D.
} of the York Faction.
Xing HENRY ibe Sixth.
Vaux, a Sca Captain, and WALTER WHIT. HUMPHREY Duke of GLOSTER, Uncle to the
HUME and SOUTHWELL, two Cardinal BEAUFORT, Bihop of Winchesier.
Priests. Diake of York, pretending so she Crown.
BOLINGBROKE, an Afrologer. Duke of BUCKINGHAM,
A Spirit, attending on Jordan ibe Witch. Duke of SOMERSET, of the King's Party. THOMAS HORNER, an Armourer. PETER, bis Duke of SUFFOLK,
Man. Eurl of SALISBURY,
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Albans. Earl of WARWICK,
Simpcox, an Impostor. Lord! CLIFFORD, of the King's Party.
Jack Cade, Bevis, MICHÁEL, Johy HolLord Say.
LAND, Dick sbe Brutcher, Smith the Weaver, Lord SCALES, Govirror of the Tower.
and jeveral orbers, Rebels. Sir HUNIPHREY STAFFORD. Young STAFFORD, bis B, osher.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry VI. ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish Gentleman. Dame EL ASOR, Wife to the Duke of Gloster. Young CLIFFORD, Son to Lord Cliford.
Morber JORDAN, a Wisch. EDWARD PLANTAGENET, Suns to the Duke }ife to Simpiox:
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, S of York.
and orber Attendants.
A c T 1.
SC Ε Ν Ε I.
In fight of England and her lordly peers,
Deliver up my title in the queen
To your molt gracious hand, that are the substance Fleurish of Trumpets: eben Haurboys. Enter King of that great thadow I did represent;
Hins, Duke Humpbrey, Salisbury, Warwick, The happiest gift that ever marqueis gave,
Than this kind kiss-O Lord, that lends me life, To marry princess Margaret for your grace; Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! So, in the famous ancient city, Tours, For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face, In presence of the kings of France and Sicil, A world of earthly bleilings to my toul, The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, Alen- If Tympathy of love unite our thoughts. con,
(thops, 2. Mar. Great king of England, and my gra. Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bi
cious lord ; I have perfur m'd my talk, and was espous'd : The mutual conference that my mind hath had And humbly now upon my bended knee, By day, by night; waking, and in my dreams ;
1 This and the Third Part(which were first written under the title of The Contention of York and Lan. cajter, printed in 1600, and afterwards greatly improved by the author) contain that troubleloma period of this prince's reign which took in the whole contention betwixt the houtes of York and LanCatter; and under that title were there two plays first acted and published. The present scene opens with king Heory's marriage, which was in the twenty-third year of his reign ; and clo is withilie first battle tought at St. Albans, and won by the York faction, in the thirty-third year of his reign : so that it comprizes the history and transactions of ten years. It is apparent ihat tinis play begins where the former ends, and continues the series of transactions of which it pre-suppoíes inc First Part already known.
In courtly company, or at my beads,-
Did he so often lodge in open field, With you mine alder-liefest i sovereign, In winter's cold, and summer's parching beat, Makes me the boller to falute my king
To conquer France, his true inheritance? With ruder terms ; such as my wit affords, And did my brother Bedford toil his uits, And over-joy of heart doth minister. [speech, To keep by policy what Henry got?
K. Hemy. Iler fight did ravilh : but her grace in Have you youríelves, Somerset, Buckingham, Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, Brave York, and Salisbury, victorious Warwick, Makes me, from wondering, fall to weeping joys; Receivd deep scars in France and Normandy ? Such is the fulness of my heart's content.-- Or hath mine uncle Beaufort, and myself, Loris, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. With all the learned council of the reum, stil. Long live queen Margaret, England's hap- Study'd so long, sat in the council-house pinefs!
Early and late, debating to and fro Q. Mar. We thank you all. [Figurish. How France and Frenchmen might be kept in
Suf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, Or hath his highness in his infancy Here are the articles of contracted peace,
Peen crown'd in Paris, in deípight of foes ; Between our sovereign and the French king Charles, And Thall these labours, and these honours, die ? For eighteen months concluded by content. Shall Henry's conqueft, Bedford's vigilance,
Glö. reads.] Imprimis, “ It is agreed between your deeds of war, and all oar coimiels die ? “ the French king, Carles, and William de la o peers of England, thameful is this league ! « Poole, marquets of Suffolk, embaffader for Hen- Fatal this marriage! cancelling your fame ;
ry king of England,--that the said Henry thall Blotting your names from books of memory; “ espouse the lady Margarit, daughter to Reignier Razing the characters of your renown; “ king of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem ; and Reversing monuments of conquer'd France ; “ crown her queen of England, ere the thirtieth Undoing all, as all had never been ! [course? «i of May next entuing."
Car. Nephew, what means this partionate dirItem, “ That the dutchies of Anjou and of This peroration with such circumitince 2? “ Maine shall be released and delivered to the For France, 'tis ours ; and we will keep it ftill. “ king her fa”
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ; K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
But now it is impollible we thould : Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord ;
Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roaft, Some sudden quilm hath ftruck me to the heart, Hath given the clutchies of Anjou and Maine And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further. Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large Ityle
K. Henry. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on. Agrees not with the leanness of his purle.
l'in. leem, “ It is further agreed betu een them, Sal. Wow, by the death of Him who dy'd for all, " that the dutchies of Anjou and Maine shall be These counties were the keys of Normandy “ released and delivered to the king ber father ; But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son ? « and the sent over of the king of England's own
War. For grief that they are paft recorery: proper cost and charges, without having any For, were there hope to conquer them again, “ dowry."
My sword thould ihed hot blood, mine eyes no tears. K. Henry. They please us well.---Lord marquess, Anjou and Maine ! myself did win them both ; kneel down ;
Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer ; We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, And are the cities, that I got with wounds, And gird thee with the sword.
Deliver'd up again with peaceful words? Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace
Mort Dieu ! From being regent in the parts of France,
Mark For Suffolk's duke--may he be suffocate, 'Till term of eighteen months be full expir'd. That dims the honour of this warlike inle! Thanks, uncle Winchester, Glotter, York, and France should have torn and rent my very heart, Buckingham,
| Before I would have yielded to this league. Somerset, Salitbury, and Warwick ;
I never read but England's kings have had We thank you all for this great favour done, Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their wires : In entertainment to my princely queen.
And our king Henry gives away his own, Come, let us in ; and with all 1peed provide
To match with her that brings no vantages. To see her coronction be perform’dl.
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, [Exiuni kirg, Queen, and Suffolk. That Sutlolk should demand a whole fifteenth, Glo. Brave peers of England, pulars of the itate, For costs and charges in transporting lier ! To you duke Humphrey must unlond his grief, She should have Itaid in France, and starv'd in Your grief, the common grief of all the land. Before
[France, What! did my brother Henry ipend his youth, Car. My lord of Glofter, now ye grow too hot ; His valour, coin, and people, in the wars? It was the pleasure of my lord the king.
1 According to Werburton, alder-lierest is an old English word given to him to whom the speaker is supremely attached i herci being the fuperlative of the comparative levar, rather, from lief; but Mr. Siecvens aflcris alder-tejoke to be a corruption of the German word alder-liefie, beloved above all things; and aids, that ile word is ulcd by Chaucer. 2 Meaning, this Speech crowded with lo riany imitanciu vá a graviuiion.