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Surely, by all the glory you have won,
Tal. Then follow thou thy desperate sire of Crete, Thou Icarus; thy life to me is sweet : If thou wilt fight, fight by thy father's side; And, commendable prov'd, let's die in pride.
SCENE VII. - Another Part of the same. Alarum: Excursions. Enter TALBOT wounded, supported by a Servant.
Tal. Where is my other life?-mine own is
gone; O, where's young Talbot? where is valiant John?Triumphant death, smear'd with captivity! Young Talbot's valour makes me smile at thee: When he perceiv'd me shrink, and on my knee, His bloody sword he brandish'd over me, And, like a hungry lion, did commence Rough deeds of rage, and stern impatience; But when my angry guardant stood alone, Tend'ring my ruin, and assail'd of none, Dizzy-ey'd fury, and great rage of heart, Suddenly made him from my side to start Into the clust'ring battle of the French: And in that sea of blood my boy did drench His overmounting spirit; and there died My Icarus, my blossom, in his pride.
Enter Soldiers, bearing the body of JOHN TALBOT. Serv. O my dear lord! lo, where your son is borne! Tal. Thou antick death, which laugh'st us here
Anon, from thy insulting tyranny,
Char. Had York and Somerset brought rescue in, We should have found a bloody day of this.
Bast. How the young whelp of Talbot's, raging wood,
Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood!
Great earl of Washford, Waterford, and Valence; Lord Talbot of Goodrig and Urchinfield,
Lord Strange of Blackmere, lord Verdun of Alton,
The thrice victorious lord of Falconbridge;
Puc. Here is a silly stately style indeed!
Lucy. Is Talbot slain; the Frenchmen's only scourge,
Your kingdom's terrour and black Nemesis?
Puc. I think, this upstart is old Talbot's ghost, He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit. For God's sake, let him have 'em; to keep them here,
They would but stink, and putrefy the air.
And now to Paris, in this conquering vein; All will be ours, now bloody Talbot's slain.
And fitter is my study and my books,
Enter a Legate, and two Ambassadors, with
Exe. What is my lord of Winchester install',
He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.
K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your several suits
Glo. And for the proffer of my lord your master,-
Bear her this jewel, [to the Amb.] pledge of my
And so, my lord protector, see them guarded,
The sum of money, which I promised
For clothing me in these grave ornaments.
Leg. I will attend upon your lordship's leisure.
Humphrey of Gloster, thou shalt well perceive,
I'll either make thee stoop, and bend thy knee,
SCENE II. 1 - France.
Plains in Anjou.
Enter CHARLES, BURGUNDY, ALENÇON, LA
Char. These news, my lords, may cheer our
'Tis said, the stout Parisians do revolt,
Alen. Then march to Paris, royal Charles of
And keep not back your powers in dalliance.
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. Success unto our valiant general,
Char. What tidings send our scouts? I pry'thee,
Mess. The English army, that divided was
Char. Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warning is;
Bur. I trust, the ghost of Talbot is not there; Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear.
Puc. Of all base passions, fear is most accurs'd:Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine; Let Henry fret, and all the world repine. Char. Then on, my lords; And France be fortunate! [Exeunt.
This speedy quick appearance argues proof Of your accustom'd diligence to me. Now, ye familiar spirits, that are cull'd Out of the powerful regions under earth, [Exeunt KING HENRY and Train; GLOSTER, Help me this once, that France may get the field. EXETER, and Ambassadors. [They walk about and speak not Win. Stay, my lord legate; you shall first receive O, hold me not with silence over-long!
Where I was wont to feed you with my blood,
So you do condescend to help me now. —
York. Damsel of France, I think, I have you fast: Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, And try if they can gain your liberty. A goodly prize, fit for the devil's grace! See, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows, As if, with Circe, she would change my shape.
Puc. Chang'd to a worser shape thou can'st not be. York. O, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man; No shape but his can please your dainty eye. Puc. A plaguing mischief light on Charles, and thee!
Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy prisoner?
Suf. How canst thou tell, she will deny thy suit, Before thou make a trial of her love? [Aside. Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransome must I pay?
Suf. She's beautiful; and therefore to be woo'd: She is a woman; therefore to be won. [Aside. Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransome, yea, or no? Suf. Fond man! remember, that thou hast a wife; Then how can Margaret be thy paramour? [Aside. Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not hear. Suf. There all is marr'd; there lies a cooling
peace : Who art thou? say, that I may honour thee.
Mar. Margaret my name; and daughter to a king, The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art.
Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd. Be not offended, nature's miracle, Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me : So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. Yet if this servile usage once offend, Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend. [She turns away as going. O, stay! I have no power to let her pass; My hand would free her, but my heart says As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, Twinkling another counterfeited beam, So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes. Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak : I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind: Fye, De la Poole! disable not thyself;
Mar. He talks at random; sure, the man is mad. Suf. And yet a dispensation may be had. Mar. And yet I would that you would answer me. Suf. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whom? Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden thing. Mar. He talks of wood: It is some carpenter. Suf. Yet so my fancy may be satisfied, And peace established between these realms. But there remains a scruple in that too: For though her father be the king of Naples, Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor, And our nobility will scorn the match.
Mar. Hear ye, captain? Are you not at leisure? Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much : Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield. Madam, I have a secret to reveal.
Mar. What though I be enthrall'd? he seems a knight,
And will not any way dishonour me.
Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French; And then I need not crave his courtesy. [Aside.
Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause — Mar. Tush! women have been captivate ere now. [Aside.
To put a golden scepter in thy hand,
And set a precious crown upon thy head,
If happy England's royal king be free.
Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen;
Suf. His love.
Mar. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife. Suf. No, gentle madam; I unworthy am To woo so fair a dame to be his wife, And have no portion in the choice myself. How say you, madam; are you so content?
Mar. An if my father please, I am content. Suf. Then call our captains, and our colours, forth: And, madam, at your father's castle walls We'll crave a parley, to confer with him.
[Troops come forward.
A Parley sounded.
Enter REIGNIER, on the walls. Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner. Reig. To whom?
There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk.
Suffolk, what remedy? That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's feet,
Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord: Consent, (and, for thy honour, give consent,) Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king; Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto; And this her easy-held imprisonment Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty. Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks? Suf. Fair Margaret knows That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign. Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend, To give thee answer of thy just demand.
[Exit, from the walls. Suf. And here I will expect thy coming. Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER, below. Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories; Command in Anjou what your honour pleases.
Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child, Fit to be made companion with a king: What answer makes your grace unto my suit? Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little worth,
To be the princely bride of such a lord;
Suf. That is her ransome, I deliver her;
Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks, Because this is in traffick of a king: And yet, methinks, I could be well content To be mine own attorney in this case. I'll over then to England with this news, And make this marriage to be solemniz'd ; So, farewell, Reignier! Set this diamond safe In golden palaces, as it becomes.
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, and prayers, Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret.
Suf. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark you, Margaret;
No princely commendations to my king?
Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, A virgin, and his servant, say to him.
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly directed. But, madam, I must trouble you again, No loving token to his majesty?
Enter LA PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd. Shep. Ah, Joan! this kills thy father's heart outright!
Have I sought every country far and near,
Shep. Out, out! - My lords, an please you, 'tis
I did beget her, all tne parish knows :
Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field,
O, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good. [Exit.
Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have con demn'd:
Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,
To work exceeding miracles on earth.
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
Enter CARDINAL BEAUFORT, attended.
Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus:
Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?
Char. 'Tis known, already that I am possess'd
That which I have, than, coveting for more,
York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret
Used intercession to obtain a league;
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ;