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The utter loss of all the realm of France.
War. Be patient, York; if we conclude a Peace, It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
Enter Charles, Alanson, Bastard, and Reignier.
Char. Since, Lords of England, it is thus agreed,
That peaceful Truce lhall be proclaim'd in France ;
We come to be informed by yourselves,
What the conditions of that league must be.
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler chokes,
The hollow passage of my prison'd voice,
By light of these our baleful enemies ".
Win, Charles and the rest, it is enacted thus :
That in regard King Henry gives consent,
Of meer compassion and of lenity,
To ease your Country of distressful war,
And suffer you to breathe in fruitful Peace;
You shall become true liegemen to his Crown.
And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear
To pay him tribute and submit thyself,
Thou shalt be plac'd as Viceroy under him ;
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
dian. Must he be then a shadow of himself?
Adorn his temples with a Coronet”,
And yet in substance and authority
Retain but privilege of a private man?
This profier is absurd and reasonlefs.
Char. 'Tis known, already that I am poffest
Of more than half the Gallian Territories,
And therein rev’renc'd for their lawful King.
Shall I, for lucre of the rest un-vanquilh'd,
Detract fo much from that prerogative,
As to be cald but Viceroy of the whole ?
No, Lord Ambassador, I'll rather keep
baliful (nemies.] Bale. baneful, hurtful, or mischievous. fuel is forrorful; I therefore ra
with a Coronet.] Com ther imagine that we should read ronet is here used for a crown.
That which I have, than, covering for more,
Be cast from poffibility of all.
York. Insulting Charles, halt thou by secreț means
Us'd interceffion to obtain a League';
And now the matter grows to compromise,
Standft thou aloof upon comparison ?
Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
Of benefit * proceeding from our King,
And not of any challenge of desert,
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.
Reig. My Lord, you do not well in obftinacy
To cavil in the course of this Contract :
If once it be neglected, ten to one,
We shall not find like opportunity.
Alan. To say the truth, it is your policy,
To save your Subjects from such massacre,
Ard ruthless Naughters, as are daily seen
By our proceeding in hoftility.
And therefore take this compact of a Truce,
Although you break it, when your pleasure ferves.
[ Afide, to the Dauphin. War. How fay'st thou, Charles ? shall our Condition
Cher. It shall :
Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
In any of our towns of garrison.
York. Then swear allegiance to his Majesty.
As chou art Knight, never to disobey,
Nor be rebellious to the Crown of England,
Thou, nor thy Nobles, to the Crown of England.
[Charles and the rest give tokens of fealty.
So now dismiss your army, when you please ; ,
Hang up your enligns; let your drums be still,
For here we entertain a solemn Peace, [Exeunt.
Changes to England. Enter Suffolk, in Conference with King Henry;
Gloucester, and Exeter. K. Henry.
OUR wondrous rare description,
Of beauteous Marg'ret hath astonish'd me ;
Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
Do breed love's settled passions in my heart.
And, like as rigour of tempestuous gufts
Provokes the mightieft hulk against the tide,
s So am I driv'n by breath of her renown,
Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
Where I may have fruition of her love.
Suf. Tush, my good Lord, this superficial tale
Is but a preface to her worthy praise,
The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
Had I suffiient skill to utter them,
Would make a volume of inticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit.
And, which is more, she is not fo divine,
So full replete with choice of all delights,
But with as humble lowliness of mind
She is content to be at your command,
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intent,
To love and honour Henry as her Lord.
K. Henry. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
Therefore, my lord Protector, give consent,
That Marg'ret may be England's Royal Queen.
Glou. So should I give consent to Hatter sin.
You know, my Lord, your Highness is betroth'd
5 So am I driv'n) This driven against the tide by the simile is somewhat obscure ; he wind, so he is driven by love seems to mean, that as a ship is against the current of his interest.
Unto another Lady of esteem.
How shall we then dispense with that Contract,
And not deface your honour with reproach?
Suf. As doth a Ruler with unlawful' oaths ;
Or one, that at a triumph having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the Lifts
By reason of his adversary's odds ;
A poor Earl's daughter is unequal odds ;
And therefore may be broke without offence.
Glou. Why, what, I pray, is Marg’ret more than that?
Her father is no better than an Earl,
Although in glorious titles he excel.
Suf. Yes, my good Lord, her father is a King,
The King of Naples and Jerusalem ;
And of such great Authority in France,
That his Alliance will confirm our Peace ;
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glou. And fo the Earl of Armagnac may do,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant lib'ral Dow'r,
While Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suf. A Dow'r, my Lords ! Disgrace not so your King,
That he should be so abject, base and poor,
To chuse for wealth, and not for perfect love.
Henry is able to enrich his Queen;
And not to seek a Queen to make him rich.
So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for Oxen, Sheep, or Horse.
But marriage is a matter of more worth,
Than to be dealt in * by Attorneyship,
Not whom we will, but whom his Grace affects,
Must be companion of his nuptial bed.
And therefore, Lords, since he affects her moft,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us,
at a triumph] That is, tervention of another man's at the sports by which a triumph choice ; or the discretional agenje celebrated.
In our opinions she should be preferrd,
For what is wedluck forced, but a hell,
An age of difcord and continual ftrife?
Whereas the contrary bringeth forth Bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial Peace.
Whom should we match with Henry, being a Kings
But Marg'ret, that is daughter to a King?
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,
Approves her fit for none, but for a King;
Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit,
More than in woman commonly is seen,
Answer our hope in issue of a King;
For Henry, fon unto a Conqueror,
Is likely to beget more Conquerors ;
If with a Lady of so high resolve,
As is fair Margret, he be link'd in love.
Then yield, my Lords, and here conclude with me,
That Marg’ret shall be Queen, and none but the.
K. Henry. Whether it be through force of your re-
My noble Lord of Suffolk; or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell; but this I am affur'd,
I feel such sharp dissention in my breast,
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
As I am fick with working of my thoughts.
Take therefore shipping; post, my Lord, to France ;
Agree to any Covenants; and procure,
That lady Marg’ret do vouchsafe to come
To cross the seas to England; and be crown'd
King Henry's faithful and anointed Queen.
For your expences and sufficient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
Be gone, I lay; for 'till you do return,
I am perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good Uncle, banilh all offence :