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We come to be informed by yourselves So am I driven, by breath of her renowo,
Suff. Tush! my good lord! this superficial The hollow passage of my poison’d voice, Is but a preface of her worthy praise: tale By sight of these our baleful* enemies. The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: (Had I sufficient skill to utter them,)
Able to ravish any dull conceit.
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry Deer Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?
presume. Adorn his temples with a coronet:t
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent, And yet, in substance and authority,
That Margaret may be England's royal queen. Retain but privilege of a private man?
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sid. This proffer is absurd and reasonless.
You know, my lord,
your highness is betroti'd Chir. "Tis known, already that I am pos- Unto another lady of esteem; sess'd
How shall we then dispense with that contract, With more than half the Gallian territories, And not deface your honour with reproach? And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king: Suff. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths ; Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish’d, Or one, that, at a triumph* having vow'd Detract so much from that prerogative, To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole? By reason of his adversary's odds: No, lord ambassador; I'll rather keep
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds, That which I have, than, coveting for more, And therefore may be broke without offence. Be cast from possibility of all.
Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret
Suft: Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
The king of Naples, and Jerusalem ; Of benefitt proceeding from our king,
And of such great authority in France, And not of any challenge of desert,
As his alliance will confirm our peace, Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, To cavil in the course of this contract:
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. If once it be neglected, ten to one,
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal We shall not find like opportunity.
dower; Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy, While Reignier sooner will receive, than give. To save your subjects from such massacre, Suff: A dower, my lords! disgrace not so And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen
your king, By our proceeding in hostility:
That he should be so abject, base, and poor, And therefore take this compact of a truce, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. Although you break it when your pleasure Henry is able to enrich his queen, serves.
[Aside, to CHARLES. And not to seek a queen to make him rich; War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our' So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, condition stand ?
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse. Char. It shall :
Marriage is a matter of more worth, Only reserv’d, you claim no interest
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;t In any of our towns of garrison.
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty; Must be companion of his nuptial bed : As thou art knight, never to disobey,
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, It most of all these reasons bindeth us, Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England. In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
[CHArles, and the rest, gire Tokens of fealty. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, So, now dismiss your army when ye please; An age of discord and continual strife? Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, For here we entertain a solemn peace. (Exeunt. And is a pattern of celestial peace. [king,
Whom should we match, with Henry, being a SCENE V.-London.-A Room in the Palace.
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Enter King Henry, in conference with Sur- Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, FOLK; Gloster and Exeter following. Approves her fit for none, but for a king :
Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, (More than in women commonly is seen,) noble earl,
Will answer our hope in issue of a king; Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me: For Henry, son unto a conqueror, Her virtues, graced with external gifts, Is likely to beget more conquerors, Do breed love's settled passions in my heart: If with a lady of so high resolve, And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love. Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide;
* A triumph then signified a public exhibition ; * Bancful. + Coronet is here used for crown. as a inask, or revel. "Be content to live as the bencficiary of our king."
+ By the discretional agency of another.
Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with | Be gone, I say; for, till you do return, me,
(she. I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.That Margaret shall be queen, and none but And you, good uncle, banish all offence: K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your If you do censure me by what you were, report,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse My noble lord of Suffolk ; or for what This sudden execution of my will. My tender youth was never yet attaint And so conduct me, where from company, With any passion of inflaming love,
I may revolve and ruminate my grief. (Exit. I cannot tell; but this I am assurd,
Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and I feel such sharp dissention in my breast,
last. (Exeunt Gloster and Exeter. Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, Suff. Thus Suffolk hath prevaild: and thus As I am sick with working of my thoughts. Take, therefore, shipping ; post, my lord to As did the youthful Paris once to Greece; France;
With hope to find the like event in love, Agree to any covenants: and procure
But prosper better than the Trojan did. That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd
king; King Henry's faithful and anointed queen : But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. For your expenses and sufficient charge,
[Exit. Among the people gather up a tenth.
KING HENRY VI.
A Spirit raised by Bolingbroke.
CLERK OF CHATHAM.
SIMPCox, an Impostor. DUKE OF SOMERSET,
Two MURDERERS. DUKE OF SUFFOLK,
JACK CADE, a Rebel. DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM,
Of the King's GEORGE, JOHN, DICK, Smith, the Weaver, LORD CLIFFORD,
Michael, &c. his Followers. YOUNG CLIFFORD, his Son,
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish Gentleman. EARL OF SALISBURY, ? Or the York Faction. EARL OF WARWICK,
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry. LORD SCALES, Governor of the Tower.
ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster. LORD SAY.
MARGERY JOURDAIN, a Witch. Sir HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and his Brother. WIFE TO SIMPCOX. Sir John STANLEY. A SEA-CAPTAIN, MASTER, Master's Mate, and Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Petitioners, WALTER WHITMORE.
Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers; Two Gentlemen, Prisoners with Suffolk. Citizens, 'Prentices, Falconers, Guards, A HeralD,— Vaux.
Soldiers, Messengers, &c.
Scene, dispersedly in various parts of England.
I can express no kinder sign of love, (life, SCENE 1.- London.—A Room of State in the Than this kind kiss.-0 Lord, that lends me Palace.
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness !
For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face, Flourisk of Trumpets : then Hautboys. Enter, on A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
one side, King HENRY, Duke of GLOSTER, If sympathy of love upite our thoughts. SALISBURY, WARWICK, and Cardinul Beau- Q. Mar. Great king of England, and my FORT; on the other, Queen MARGARET, led in
[had by SUFFOLK; YORK, SOMERSET, BUCKING. The mutual Conference that my mind hath HAM, und others, following.
By day, by night; waking, and in my dreams; Suf. As by your high imperial majesty, In courtly company, or at my beads,I had in charge at my depart for France, With you mine alder-liefestt sovereign, As procurator to your excellence,
Makes me the bolder to salute my king To marry princess Margaret for your grace ; With ruder terms; such as my wit affords, So, in the famous ancient city, Tours,
And over-joy of heart doth minister. In presence of the kings of France and Sicil, K. Hen. Her sight did ravish: but her grace The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, and
in speech, Alençon,
[bishops, - Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend Makes me, from wondering fall to weeping I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd :
joys, And humbly now upon my bended knee, Such is the fulness of my heart's content.In sight of England and her lordly peers, Lords, with one cheerful voice, welcome my Deliver up my title in the queen (stance
love. To your most gracious hands, that are the sub- Al. Long live queen Margaret, England's Of that great shadow I did represent; The happiest gift thai erer marquis gave, Q. Mar. We thank you all. (Flourish. The fairest queen that ever king receiv'd. K. Hen. Suffolk, arise.-- Welcome, queen 'liarized you to my imagination.
I am the bolder to address you, having already farni Margaret :
+ Beloved above all things.
Suf. My lord protector, soit please your grace, Car. Nephew, what means this passionate Here are the articles of contracted peace,
discourse? Between our sovereign and the French'king This peroration with such circumstance ?* Charles,
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still. For eighteen months concluded by consent. Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can;
Glo. [Reads.] Inprimis, It is agreed between But now it is impossible we should; the French King, Charles, and William de lu Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the Poole, marquis of Suffolk, ambassador for Henry
roast, king of England, -that the said Henry shall es- Hath given the dutchies of Anjou and Maine pouse the lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style king of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem; and crown Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. her queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May Sal. Now, by the death of him that died for next ensuing.-Item,- That the dutchy of An
all, jou and the county of Maine, shall be released. These counties were the keys of Normandy:and delivered to the king her father
But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant K. Hen. Uncle, how now?
son? Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord;
War. For grief, that they are past recovery: Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the For, were there hope to conquer them again, heart,
My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no fur.
no tears. ther.
Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both; K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read Those provinces these arms of mine did con
quer: Win. Item,- It is further agreed between And are the cities, that I got with wounds, them,--that the dutchies of Anjou and Maine shall Deliver'd up again with peaceful words? be released and delivered over to the king her fa- Mort Dieu ! ther; and she sent over of the king of England's York. For Suffolk's duke-may he be suffo. own proper cost and charges, without having
That dims the honour of this warlike isle ! K. Hen. They please us well.--Lord mar- France should have torn and rent my very quis, kneel down;
heart, We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, Before I would have yielded to this league. And girt thee with the sword.
I never read but England's kings have had Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their From being regent in the parts of France,
wives : Till term of eighteen months be full,expir’d. And our king Henry gives away his own, Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloster,'York, and To match with her that brings no vantages. Buckingham,
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;
That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, We thank you all for this great favour done, For costs and charges in transporting her! In entertainment to my princely queen. She should have staid in France, and starv'd Come, let us in; and with all speed provide
in France, To see her coronation be perform'd.
Before(Exeunt King, Queen, and SUFFOLK. Car. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the
hot ; state,
It was the pleasure of my lord the king. To you duke Humphrey must unload his grief, Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your Your grief, the common grief of all the land.
did my brother Henry spend his youth, "Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, His valour, coin, and people, in the wars? But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you. Did he so often lodge in open field,
Rancour will out: Proud prelate, in thy face In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, I see thy fury: if I longer stay, To conquer France, his true inheritance? We shall begin our ancient bickerings.tAnd did my brother Bedford toil his wits, Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone, To keep by policy what Henry got?
I prophesied-France will be lost ere long. Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham,
[Erit. Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious War- Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. wick,
'Tis known to you he is mine enemy: Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? Nay, more, an enemy unto you all;. Or hath my uncle Beaufort, and myself, And no great friend, I fear me, to the king. With all the learned council of the realm, Consider, lords, he is the next of blood, Studied so long, sat in the council-house, And heir apparent to the English crown; Early and late, debating to and fro
Had Henry got an empire by his marriage, How France and Frenchmen might be kept And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west, in awe?
There's reason he should be displeas'd at it. And hath his highness in his infancy
Look to it, lords; let not his smoothing words Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes? Bewitch your hearts; be wise, and circumAnd shall these labours, and these honours,
What though the common people favour bim, Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance, Calling him-Humphrey, the good duke of GlosYour deeds of war, and all our counsel, die?
ter; O peers of England, shameful is this league! Clapping their hands, and crying with loud Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame: Jesu muintain your royal excellence! (voice Blotting your names from books of memory: With—God preserve the good duke Humphrey ! Razing the characters of your renown;
isto tot groot
trest w Defacing monuments of conquer'd France;
This speech crowded with so many circumstances of Undoing all, as all had never been!
I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss, | I cannot blame them all; what is't to them! He will be found a dangerous protector. 'Tis thine they give away, and not their own. Buck. Why should he then protect our sove- Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their reign,
pillage, He being of age to govern of himself ?- And purchase frienas, ana give to courtezans, Cousin of Somerset, join you with me, Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone: And all together with the duke of Suffolk, While as the silly owner of the goods We'll quickly hoise duke Humphrey from his Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless seat.
(aloof, Cur. This weighty business will not brook And shakes his head, and trembling stands delay;
While all is shar'd, and all is borne away; I'll to the duke of Suffolk presently. (Exit. Ready to starve, and dare not touch his ow). Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Hum- So York must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue, phrey's pride,
While his own lands are bargain'd for, and And greatness of his place be grief to us,
(Ireland, Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal; Methinks, the realms of England, France, and His insolence is more intolerable
Bear that proportion to my Hesh and blood, Than all the princes in the land beside ; As did the fatal brand Althea burn'd, If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector. Unto the prince's heart of Calydon.* Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset, will be pro- Anjou and Maine,
both given unto the French! tector,
Cold news for me, for I had hope of France, Despight duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. Even as I have of fertile England's soil.
(Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and SOMERSET. A day will come, when York shall claim his Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows
(ment, And therefore I will take the Nevil's parts, While these do labour for their own prefer- And make a show of love to proud duke Behoves it us to labour for the realm.
Humphrey, I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown, Did bear him like a noble gentleman.
For that's the golden mark I seek to hit: Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal- Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right, More like a soldier, than a man o'the church, Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist, As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all,- Nor wear the diadem upon his head, Swear like a ruffian, and demean himself Whose church-like humours fit not for a crown. Unlike the ruler of a common-weal.
Then, York, be still awhile, till time do serre: Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age! Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep, Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keep- To pry into the secrets of the state; ing,
Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love, Hath won the greatest favour of the commons, With his new bride, and England's dear. Excepting none but good duke Humphrey.
(jars: And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland, And Humphrey with the peers be fall'n at In bringing them to civil discipline ;
Then will I raise alost the milk-white rose, Thy late exploits, done in the heart of France, with whose sweet smell the air shall be per. When thou wert regent for our sovereign,
fum'd ; Have made thee fear'd, and honour'd, of the And in my standard bear the arms of York, people :
To grapple with the house of Lancaster; Join we together for the public good;
And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the In what we can to bridle and suppress
crown, The pride of Suffolk, and the cardinal, Whose bookish rule hath pull'a fair England With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambition;
(Erit. And, as we may, cherish duke Humphrey's deeds,
SCENE II.-The sume.—A Room in the Duke While they do tend the profit of the land.
of Gloster's House.
Enter GLOSTER and the DUCHESS.
Duch. Why droops my lord, like over-ripen'd
corn, Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look | Why doth the great duke Humphrey knit his
Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load! War. Unto the main! O father, Maine is As frowning at the favonrs of the world?
lost; That Maine, which by main force Warwick. Gazing on that
which seems to dim thy sight?
Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth, did win,
(last: And would have kept, so long as breath did Enchas'd with all the honours of the world?
What see'st thou there? king Henry's diadem, Main chance, father, you meant; but I meant If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face,
Maine; Which I will win from France, or else be slain. Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious
Until thy head be circled with the same. [Exeunt WARWICK and SALISBURY.
[mine: York. Anjou and Maine are given to the What, is't too short? I'll lengthen it with
And, having both together heav'd it up,
We'll both together lift our heads to heaven; Suffolk concluded on the articles;
The peers agreed; and Henry was well pleas'a, As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground. To change two dukedoms for a duke's fair daughter.
* Meleager ; whore life was to continue only so long as
a certain firebrand should last. His mother Althea having * For ticklish.
thrown it into the fire, he expired in torment