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gates of heav'n. York. Ay, ay; away with her to execution.

War. And heark ye, Sirs;, because she is a maid,
Spare for no faggots, let there be enow:
Place pitchy barrels on the fatal ftake,
That fo her torture may be shortened.

Pucel. Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts?
Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity;
That warranteth by law to be thy privilege.
I am with child, ye bloody homicides :
Murther not then the fruit within my womb,
Although ye hale me to a violent death.

York. Now heav'n forefend! the holy maid with child!

War. The greatest miracle that ere you wrought: Is all your strict. preciseness come to this ?

York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: I did imagine, what would be her refuge.

War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards live; Especially, fince Charles must father it.

Pucel. You are deceiv'd, my child is none of his ; It was Alanson that enjoy'd my love.

York. Alanson! that notorious Machiavel! It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.

Pucel. O, give me leave, I have deluded you ; 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the Duke I nam'd, But Reignier, King of Naples, that prevaild.

War. A married man! that's most intolerable.

York. Why, here's a girl; I think, she knows not well, (There were so many) whom she may accuse.

War. It's fign, 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 intreaty, for it is in vain.
Pucel. Then lead me hence; with whom I leave my

May never glorious fun reflex his beams
Upon the country where you make abode!
But darkness and the gloomy shade of death
Inviron you, 'till mischief and despair


Drive you to break your necks, or hang your selves !

[Exit guarded. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to afhes, Thou foul accursed minister of hell !

Enter Cardinal of Winchester.
Car. Lord Regent, I do greet your Excellence
With letters of Commission from the King.
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom,
Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils,
Have earnestly implor'd a gen'ral Peace
Betwixt our nation and th' afpiring French;
And see at hand the Dauphin, and his train,
Approaching to confer about fome matters.

York. Is all our travel turn'd 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 loft most part of all the towns,
By treason, falfhood, and by treachery,
Our great progenitors had conquered ?
Oh, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief
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 fhall the Frenchmen gain thereby.

Enter Charles, Alanson, Bastard, and Reignier.
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed,
That peaceful Truce shall be proclaim'd in France;
We come to be informed by your selves,
What the conditions of that league must be.

York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler chokes,
The hollow passage of my prison'd voice,
By fight 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 thy self,
Thou shalt be plac'd as Viceroy under him ;
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.

Alan. Must he be then a shadow of himself?
Adorn his temples with a Coronet,

in substance and authority Retain but privilege of a private man? This proffer is absurd and reasonless.

Char. 'Tis known, already that I am poffeft
Of more than half the Gallian Territories,
And therein rev'renc'd for their lawful King.
Shall I, for lucre of the rest un-vanquish'd,
Detract so much from that prerogative,
As to be call'd but Viceroy of the whole ?
No, lord Ambassador, I'll rather keep
That which I have, than, covering for more,
Be cast from poffibility of all.

York. Insulting Charles, hast thou by secret means
Us'd intercession to obtain a League;
And now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand'At thou aloof upon comparison ?
Either accept the title thou usurp'ít,
Of benefit proceeding from our King,
And not of any challenge of defert,
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 fhall not find like opportunity.

Alan. 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 hoftility.
And therefore take this compact of a Truce,


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Although you break it, when your pleasure ferves.

Aside, to the Dauphin.
War. How say'st thou, Charles ? fhall our Condition

ftand ?
Char. It shall :
Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
In any of our towns of garrison.

York. Then swear allegiance to his Majesty:
As thou art Knight, never to disobey,
Nor be rebellious to the Crown of England:
Thou, nor thy Nobles, to the Crown of England,
So now dismiss your army, when you please :
Hang up your enfigns, let your drums be ftill,
For here we entertain a solemn Peace. (Exeunt.

SCENE changes to England.

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Enter Suffolk, in Conference with King Henry;

Gloucester, and Exeter.
K. Henry. VOUR wondrous rare description, noble

Of beauteous Margaret 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 gusts
Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide,
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. Tufh, my good lord, this superficial tale
Is but a preface to her worthy praise :
The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
(Had I sufficient skill to utter them,)
Would make a volume of inticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit.
And, which is more, she is not so 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 intents,
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 flatter fin.
You know, my lord, your Highness is betroth'd
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, forlaketh 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 so the Earl of Armagnac may do,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.

Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant' lib'ral Dow's,
While Reignier fooner will receive, than give.

Suf. A Dow'r, my lords ! disgrace not fo your King,
That he should be fo 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,


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