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See, where he lies inhearsed in the arms
Bast. Hew them to pieces, hack their bones asunder,
Whose life was England's glory, Gallia's wonder. Cha. O, no! forbear; for that which we have fled
During the life, let us not wrong it dead.
Lucy. Herald, conduct me to the Dauphin's tent,
To know who hath obtain'd the glory of the day. Cha. On what submissive message art thou sent?
Lucy. Submission, Dauphin! 'tis a mere French word;
We English warriors wot not what it means.
Cha. For prisoners ask'st thou? hell our prison
Your kingdom's terror and black Nemesis?
Joan. 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
And now to Paris, in this conquering vein :
SCENE 1.-London. The Palace.
The emperor, and the Earl of Armagnac ?
Glou. Well, my good lord; and as the only means To stop effusion of our Christian blood, And stablish quietness on every side.
K. Hen. Ay, marry, uncle; for I always thought It was both impious and unnatural That such immanity and bloody strife Should reign among professors of one faith.
Glou. Beside, my lord, the sooner to effect And surer bind this knot of amity, The Earl of Armagnac, near knit to Charles, A man of great authority in France, Proffers his only daughter to your grace In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry. K. Ilen. Marriage, uncle! alas! my years are young,
And fitter is my study and my books
Enter WINCHESTER in Cardinal's habit, a Legate and two Ambassadors.
Ece. What is my lord of Winchester install'd, And call'd unto a cardinal's degree? Then I perceive that will be verified Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy: 'If once he come to be a cardinal, He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.' K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your several suits
Bear her this jewel, pledge of my affection.
Exeunt King HENRY and Train; GLOV-
Have been consider'd and debated on.
Glou. And for the proffer of my lord your master,
The sum of money which I promised
Ley. I will attend upon your lordship's leisure.
Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
SCENE II.-France. Plains in Anjou.
'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 Scout.
Scout. Success unto our valiant general,
Scout. The English army, that divided was
Cha. Then on, my lords; and France be fortunate! Exeunt.
SCENE III.-The Sume. Before Angiers.
Now help, ye charming spells and periapts;
You speedy helpers, that are substitutes
So you do condescend to help me now.
They shake their heads.
Cannot my body nor blood-sacrifice
O fairest beauty! do not fear nor fly,
The King of Naples, whosoe'er thou art.
Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd.
This speedy and quick appearance argues proof Keeping them prisoner underneath her wings.
Yet, if this servile usage once offend,
Go and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.
Confounds the tongue and makes the senses | And, madam, at your father's castle walls rough.
We'll crave a parley, to confer with him. Mar. Say, Earl of Suffolk, if thy name be so,
Troops come forrard. What ransom must I pay before I pass ?
A Parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER, on the walls. For I perceive I am thy prisoner.
Suf. How canst thou tell she will deny thy suit, See, Reignier, see thy daughter prisoner! Before thou make a trial of her love ?
Reig. To whom? Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransom Suf.
To me. must I pay?
Suffolk, what remedy ! Suf. She's beautiful and therefore to be woo'd; I am a soldier, and unapt to weep She is a woman, therefore to be won.
Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness. Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea or no? Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord : Suf. Fond man! remember that thou hast a Consent, and for thy honour give consent, wife;
81 Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king, Then how can Margaret be thy paramour ? Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto; Mar. I were best to leave him, for he will not And this her easy-held imprisonment hear.
Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty. Suf. There all is marr'd; there lies a cooling Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks! card.
Fair Margaret knows Mar. He talks at random ; sure, the man is That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign. mad.
Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend Suf. And yet a dispensation may be had. To give thee answer of thy just demand. Mar. And yet I would that you would answerme.
Exit from the realls. Suf. I'll win this Lady Margaret. For whom? Suf. And here I will expect thy coming. Why, for my king : tush! that's a wooden thing. Mar. He talks of wood: it is some carpenter.
Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER. Suf. Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,
Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories: And peace established between these realms. Command in Anjou what your honour pleases. But there remains a scruple in that too ;
Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a l'or though her father be the King of Naples, child, Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor, Fit to be made companion with a king. And our nobility will scorn the match.
What answer makes your grace unto my suit? Mar. Hear ye, captain ? Are you not at leisure? Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little
Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much : worth
100 Upon condition I may quietly Mar. What though I be enthrall'd ? he seems Enjoy mine own, the country Maine and Anjou, a knight,
Free from oppression or the stroke of war, And will not any way dishonour me.
My daughter shall be Henry's, if he please. Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. Suf. That is her ransom; I deliver hier;
Mar. Perhaps I shall be rescu'd by the French; And those two counties I will undertake And then I need not crave his courtesy.
Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy. Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a Reig. And I again, in Henry's royal name, 160
As deputy unto that gracious king, Mar. Tush! women have been captivate ere Give thee her hand for sign of plighted faith. now.
Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so ?
thanks, Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. Because this is in traffic of a king:
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose Aside. And yet, metlıinks, I could be well content Your bondage happy to be made a queen ? To be mine own atiorney in this case.
Mar. To be a queen in bondage is more vile I'll over then to England with this news Than is a slave in base servility;
And make this marriage to be solemniz'd. For princes should be free.
So farewell, Reignier : set this diamond safe Suf.
And so shall you, In golden palaces, as it becomes. If happy England's royal king be free.
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? | The Christian prince, King Henry, were he here.
Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen, Mar. Farewell, my lord. Good wishes, praise To put a golden sceptre in thy hand,
and prayers And set a precious crown upon thy head, Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. Going. If thou wilt condescend to be my
Suf. Farewell, sweet madam! Mar.
Margaret ; Suf. His love.
No princely commendations to my king? Mar. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife. Mar. Such commendations as becomes a maid,
Suf. No, gentle madam ; I unworthy am A virgin and his servant, say to him. To woo so fair a dame to be his wife
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd and modestly And have no portion in the choice myself.
directed. How say you, madam, are ye so content? But, madam, I must trouble you again ;
Mar. An if my father please, I am content. No loving token to his majesty ? Suf. Then call our captains and our colours Mar. Yes, my good lord ; a pure unspotted forth!
But hark you,
Never yet taint with love, I send the king.
Exeunt REIGNIER and MARGARET. Suf. O! wert thou for myself. But, Suffolk, stay;
Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth;
SCENE IV.-Camp of the Duke of YORK in
Enter YORK, WARWICK, and Others.
York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd to burn.
Enter JOAN LA PUCELLE, guarded; and a
Have I sought every country far and near,
I did beget her all the parish knows:
Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity,
Shep. Ah! Joan, this kills thy father's heart Although ye hale me to a violent death.
York. Now heaven forfend! the holy maid with child!
Joan. Peasant, avaunt! You have suborn'd
Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.
Shep. 'Tis true I gave a noble to the priest
Virtuous and holy; chosen from above,
Joan. Will nothing turn your unrelenting
It was Alençon that enjoy'd my love.
York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel: It dies an if it had a thousand lives.
War. The greatest miracle that e'erye wrought!
Joan. You are deceiv'd; my child is none of his:
Joan. O give me leave; I have deluded you: 'Twas neither Charles nor yet the duke I nam'd, But Reignier, King of Naples, that prevail'd.
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.
Joan. Then lead me hence; with whom I
May never glorious sun reflex his beams
Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake!
Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,
Thou foul accursed minister of hell!
Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended.
Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence With letters of commission from the king.
To fill the world with vicious qualities.
Joan. First, let me tell you whom you have For know, my lords, the states of Christendom,
Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils,
And bere at hand the Dauphin and his train 10 Jur. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our Approacheth to confer about some matter.
condition stand ? York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect ? Cha. It shall; After the slaughter of so many peers,
Only reserv'd, yon claim no interest So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, In any of our towns of garrison. That in this quarrel have been overthrown, York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty, And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, As thou art knight, never to disobey Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, Have we not lost most part of all the towns, Thou, nor thy pobles, to the crown of England. By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, So now dismiss your army when ye please; Our great progenitors had conquered ! 110 Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, 0! Warwick, Warwick, I foresee with grief For here we entertain a solemn peace. Exeunt. 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
SCENE V.---Lonulon. The Palace. As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
Enter King HENRY, in conference with SufEnter CAARLES, attended ; ALENÇON, the Bas
FOLK; GLOUCESTER ani EXETER follox. tard of ORLEANS, REIGNIER, and Others. ing. Cha. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed K. Ven. Your wondrous rare description, voble That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France, earl, We come to be informed by yourselves
Of beauteous Margaret hath astonishid me: What the conditions of that league must be. ller virtues graced with external gifts York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Do breed love's settled passions in my heart : chokes
And like as rigour of tempestuous gusts The hollow passage of my poison'd voice, Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide, By sight of ihese our baleful enemies.
So am I driven by breath of her renown Car. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive That, in regard King Henry gives consent, Where I may have fruition of her love. Of mere compassion and of lenity,
Suf. Tush! my good lord, this superficial tale To ease your country of distressful war, Is but a preface of her worthy praise : And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace, The chief perfections of that lovely dame, You shall become true liegemen to his crowo. Had I sufficient skill to utter them, And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear Would make a volume of enticing lines, To pay bim tribute, and submit thyself,
Able to ravish any dull conceit: Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, And, which is more, she is not so divine, And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
So full replete with choice of all delights, Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself ? But with as humble lowliness of mind Adorn his temples with a coronet,
She is content to be at your command; And yet, in substance and authority,
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents, Retain but privilege of a private man?
To love and honour Henry as her lord. This proffer is absurd and reasonless.
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er preCha. 'Tis known already that I am possess'd With more than half the Gallian territories, Therefore, my lord protector, give consent And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king : That Margaret may be England's royal queen. Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Glou. So should I give consent to llatter sin. Detract so much from that prerogative
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd As to be call’d but viceroy of the whole ? Unto another lady of esteem; No, lord ambassador ; I'll rather keep
How shall we then dispense with that contract, That which I have than, coveting for more, And not deface your honour with reproach? Be cast from possibility of all.
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths ; %) York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret Or one that, at a triumph baving vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists Usd intercession to obtain a league,
By reason of his adversary's odds.
And therefore may be broke without offence. Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
Glou. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more Of benefit proceeding from our king
than that? Avd not of any challenge of desert,
Her father is no better than an earl, Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. Although in glorious titles he excel.
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstivacy Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, To cavil in the course of this contract :
The King of Naples and Jerusalem ; If once it be neglected, ten to one
And of such great authority in France We shall not find like opportunity.
As his alliance will confirm our peace, Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. To save your subjects from such massacre Glou. And so the Earl of Armagnac may do. And ruthless slaughters as are daily seen Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. By our proceediug in hostility ;
Ere. Beside, his wealth doth warrant a liberal And therefore take this compact of a truce,
dower, Although you break it when your pleasure serves. Where Reignier sooner will receive thau give.