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It was Alençon that enjoyed my love.
York. Alençon; that notorious Machiavel! It dies an if it had a thousand lives.
Puc. O give me leave; I have deluded you : 'T was neither Charles nor yet the duke I named, But Reignier, King of Naples, that prevailed. War. A married man! that's most intoler
able. York. Why, here's a girl! I think she knows
not well, There were so many, whom she may accuse.
War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free.
York. And yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure! Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat and
thee: Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. Puc. Then lead me hence :- with whom I
leave my curse. May never glorious sun reflex his beams Upon the country where you make abode: But darkness and the gloomy shade of death Environ you, till mischief and despair Drive you to break your necks or hang yourselves!
[Exit guarded York. Break thou in pieces and consume to
ashes, Thou foul accurséd minister of hell !
Our great progenitors had conqueréd ?-
peace, It shall be with such strict and severe core
nants, As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby. Enter Charles, attended; ALENCON, BASTARD,
REIGNIER, and others. Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed That peaceful truce shall be proclaimed 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 poisoned voice, By sight of these our baleful enemies.
Win. Charles and the rest, it is enacted thus: That, in regard King Henry gives consent, Of mere 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 placed as viceroy under him, And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
Alen. Must he be, then, as shadow of himself! Adorn his temples with a coronet; And yet, in substance and authority, Retain but privilege of a private man? This proffer is absurd and reasonless.
Char. "Tis known already that I am possessed With more than half the Gallian territories, And therein reverenced for their lawful king: Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquished, Detract so much from that prerogative As to be called but viceroy of the whole ? No, lord ambassador: I'll rather keep That which I have, than, coveting for more, Be cast from possibility of all.
York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret
Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended. Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence With letters of commission from the King. For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, Moved with remorse of these outrageous broils, Have earnestly implored a general peace Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French: And here at hand the Dauphin and his train Approacheth, to confer about some matter.
York. Is all our travail turned to this effect? After the slaughter of so many peers, So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, That in this quarrel have been overthrown, And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? Have we not lost most part of all the towns, By treason, falsehood, and by treachery,
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy To save your subjects from such massacre And ruthless slaughters as are daily seen By our proceeding in hostility : And therefore take this compact of a truce, Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
[Aside to Charles. War. How sayst thou, Charles: shall our
condition stand ?
York. Then swear allegiance to his Majesty :
[Charles and the rest give tokens of fealty. So, now dismiss your army when ye please : Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, For here we entertain a solemn peace. [Exeunt.
SCENE V.-London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King Henry in conference with SUFFOLK;
Gloster and Exeter following. K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description,
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er pre
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 vowed To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists By reason of his adversary's odds. A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds ; And therefore may be broke without offence. Glo. Why what, I pray, is Margaret 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 As his alliance will confirm our peace, And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glo. And so the Earl of Armagnac may do, Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal
dower ; While Reignier sooner will receive than give. Suf. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your
King, That he should be so abject, base, and poor, To choose 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. Marriage is a matter of more worth Than to be dealt in by attorneyship: Not whom we will, but whom bis grace affects, Must be companion of his nuptial bed : And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, It most of all these reasons bindeth us In our opinions she should be preferred. For what is wedlock forcéd but a hell, An age
of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, And is a pattern of celestial peace. Whom should we match with Henry, being a
king, But Margaret, 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 women commonly is seen), Will answer our hope in issue of a king: For Henry, son unto a conqueror, Is likely to beget more conquerors, If with a lady of so high resolve As is fair Margaret he be linked in love. Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin. You know, my lord, your highness is betrothed Unto another lady of esteem:
My noble lord of Suffolk, or for that