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Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they Issue to me: that the contending kingdoms see not what they do.
01 France and England, whose very shores look K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin pale to consent to winking.
With envy of each other's happiness, Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if May cease their hatred; and this dear conjunction you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, Plant neighborhood and Christian-like accord well suminered and warm kept, are like flies at in their sweet bosoms, that never war advance Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France. eyes; and then they will endure handling, which All. Amen! before would not abide looking on.
K. Men. Now welcome, Kate:-and bear me witK. Hen. This moralo ties me over to time, and
ness all, a hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too.
(Flourish. Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, K. Hen. It is so: and you may, some of you, Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many As man and wife, being two, are one in love, a fair French city, for one fair French maid that so be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, stands in my way.
That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspec- Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, tively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never To ipake divorce of their incorporate league; entered.
That English may as French, French Englishmen, K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
Receive cach other!-God speak this Amen! Fr. King. So please you.
All. Amen! K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage:-on which talk of, may wait on her: so the maid, that stood
day, in the way of my wish, shall show me the way to My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, my will.
And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me!
And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous be! K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England?
(E.reunt. West. The king hath granted every article: His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all,
Our bendingi author hath pursu'd the story; France having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your highness in this form, and small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv’d
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. with this addition, in French, -Notre très cher filz
This star of England: fortune made his sword; Henry, roy d'Angleterre héritier de France; and By which the world's best garden he achiev'd, thus in Latin,-Præclarissimus filius noster Hen
And of it left his son imperial lord. ricus, rex Angliæ, & hæres Franciæ. Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd king
of France and England, did this crown succeed; But your request shall make me let it pass.
Whose state so many had the managing, K. Hen. I pray you, ihen, in love and dear alli
That they lost France, and made his England ance,
bleed: Let that one'article rank with the rest:
Which oft our stage hath shown; and for their
Ti. e. Unequal to the weight of the subject. 8 France.
FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
SIR WILLIAM GLANDSDALE. DUKE OF GLOSTER, Uncle to the King, and Pro- Sir Thomas GARGRAVE. tector.
Mayor of London. DUKE OF Bedford, Uncle to the King, and Regent Woodville, Lieutenant of the Tower. of France.
VERNON, of the White Ruse, or York Faction. THOMAS BEAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, greal Uncle to BASSET, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction. the King.
CHARLES, Dauphin,and afterwards King of France. HENRY BEAUFORT, great Uncle to the King, Bi- REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King of shop of Winchester, and afterwards Car
DUKE OF BURGUNDY. JOHN BEAUFORT, Earl of Somerset; afterwards DUKE OF ALENÇON. Duke.
Governor of Paris.
Earl of Cambridge; afterwards Duke of Muster-Gunner of Orleans, and his Son.
General of the French Forces in Bourdeaux.
A French Sergeant. EARL OF SALISBURY.
A Porter. EARL OF SUFFOLK.
MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier; afterwards marLORD Talbot, aflerwards Earl of Shrewsbury.
ried to King Henry. JOHN Talbot, his Son.
COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. EDWARD MORTIMER, Earl of March.
JOAN LA PUCELLE, commonly called Joan of ARC. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.
Loris, Warders of the Tower, Heralds, Officers, SIR John FASTOLFE.
Soldiers, Messengers, and several Attendants SIR WILLIAM LUCY.
both on the English and French.
SCENE, partly in England, and partly in France.
SCENE 1.-Westminster Abbey.
Upon a wooden coffin we attend;
And death's dishonorable victory Dead March. Corpse of King HENRY THE FIFTH We will our stately presence glorify;
discovered, lying in state; altended on by the Like captives bound to a triumphant car. DUKES OF BEDFORD, GLOSTER, and Exeter; the What? shall we curse the planets of mishap, Earl OF WARWICK, the BishoP OF WINCHESTER, That plotted thus our glory's overthrow? Heralds, fc.
Or shall we think the subtle-witted French Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield day By magic verses I have contrived his end?
Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him, to night! Comets, importing change of times and states,
Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
kings. And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day That have consented unto Henry's death!
So dreadful will not be, as was his sight. Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long!
The battles of the Lord of hosts he tought: England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.
The church's prayers made him so prosperous. Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time.
Glo. The church! where is it? Had not churchVirtue he had, deserving to command:
His thread of life had not so soon decay'd:
Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. Mare dazzled and drove back his enemies,
Win. Gloster, what'er we like, thou art proThan mid-day sun. fierce bent against their faces.
tector; What should'I say? his deeds exceed all speech,
And lookest to command the prince, and realm. He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered.
The wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe, Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not More than God, or religious churchmen may. in blood ?
1 There was a notion long prevalent, that life might enry is dead, and never shall revive:
be taken away by metrical charms.
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the tlesh, I By three-and-twenty thousand of the French
No leisure had he to enrank his men;
Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of hedges, Let's to the altar:-Heralds, wait on us:
They pitched in the ground confusedly, Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms;
To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.-
More than three hours the fight continued;
Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance.
Here, there, and every where, enraged he slew :
The French exclaim'd the devil was in arms;
All the whole army stood agaz'd on him:
His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,
A Talbot! a Talbot! cried out amain, A far more glorious star thy soul will make,
And rush'd into the bowels of the battle.
Here had the conquest fully been sealed up,
If sir John Fastolie had not play'd the coward;
He being in the vaward (placed behind Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
With purpose to relieve and follow them,) Of loss, of slaughter, and discomtiture:
Cowardly Hled, not having struck one stroke.
Hence grew the general wreck and massacre;
Enclosed were they with their enemies:
A base Walloon, to win the dauphin's grace,
Whom all France, with their chief assembled Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death. Durst not presume to look once in the face.
strength, Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up?
Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, If Henry were recall'd to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid, ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was
Unto his dastard foe-man is betray'd. usid?
3 Mess. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, Mess. No treachery; but want of men and money. Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took likewise.
And lord Scales with him, and lord Hungerford; Among the soldiers this is muttered,
Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall pay: That here you maintain several factions ;
I'll hale the dauphin headlong from his throne, And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought
His crown shall be the ransom of my friend; You are disputing of your generals.
Four of their lords I'll change for one of ours.One would have lingering wars with little cost; Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings;
Farewell, my masters; to my task will I;
Bonfires in France forth with I am to make,
To keep our great saint George's feast withal:
Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take,
Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe quake. Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms;
3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is besieg'd; Of England's coat one half is cut away.
The English army is grown weak and faint:
The earl of Salisbury craveth supply,
And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
Since they, so few, watch such a multitude.
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths 10 Harry Give me my steeled coat, I'll tight for France.
sworn; Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes,
Either to quell the dauphin utterly,
Or ing him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave,
[Exit. 2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad
Glo. l'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, mischance,
To view the artillery and munition; France is revolted from the English quite;
And then I will proclaim young Henry king.
(Exit. Except some petty towns of no import: The dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims;
Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd;
Being ordain'd his special governor; Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part;.
And for his safety there I'll best devise. [Exit. The duke of Alençon flieth to his side.
Win. Each hath his place and function to attend: Exe. The dauphin crowned king! all fly to him! But long I will not be Jack-out-of-otlice;
I am left out; for me nothing remains. 0, whither shall we fly from this reproach?
Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats: The king from Eltham I intend to send,
And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. [Exit. Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forwardness?
SCENE II.-France. Before Orleans.
NIER, and others.
Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the hea. 3 Mess. My gracious lords,-to add to your la- so in the earth, to this day is not known:
Late did he shine upon the English side;
What towns of any moment, but we have? Win. What! wherein Talbot overcome? is't so? At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; 3 Mess. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'er- other whiles, the famish'd English, like pale ghosts, thrown;
Faintly beseige us one hour in a month. The circumstance I'll tell you more at large.
Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord,
bull-beeves: Retiring from the siege of Orleans,
Either they must be dieted like mules, Having full scarce six thousand in his troop,
And have their provender tied to their mouths,
Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. Nurse was anciently so spelt.
Reig. Let's raise the seige: Why live we idly here? 31. e. Their miseries which have had only a short Talbot is taken whom we wont to fear: intermission.
Remaineth none but mad-brain'd Salisbury;
And he may well in fretting spend his gall, And, whereas I was black and swart before, Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war. With those clear rays which she infus'd on me, Char. Sound, sound alarum; we will rush on That beauty am I bless'd with, which you see. them.
Ask me what question thou canst possible, Now for the honor of the forlorn French:
And I will answer unpremeditated: Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,
My courage try by coinbat, if thou dar'st, When he sees me go back one foot, or tly.
And thou shali find that I exceed my sex.
(Exeunt. Resolve on this:' Thou shalt be fortunate, Alarums; Excursions; afterwards a Retreat.
li thou receive me for thy warlike mate.
Chur. Thou hast astonishid me with thy high Re-enter CHARLES, ALENÇON, REIGNier, and others.
And, it thou vanquishest, thy words are true;
Puc. I am prepared: here is my keen-edg'd sword, The other lords, like lions wanting food,
Deck'd with live flower-de-luces on each side; Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.
The which at Touraine, in saint Katharine's churchAlen. Froissard, a countryman of ours, records,
yard, England all Olivers and Rowlands bred,
Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth. During the time Edward the Third did reign.
Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear no woman. More truly now may be veritied;
Puc. And, while I live, I'll ne'er fly from For none but Samsons, and Goliasses,
(They fight. It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten!
Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an Amazon, Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er suppose and tightest with the sword of Deborah. They had such courage and audacity?
Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were too Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hair
weak. brain'd slaves,
Char. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that must And hunger will entorce them to be more eager;
help me: Of old I know them; rather with their teeth Impatiently I burn with thy desire; The walls they'll tear down, then forsake the scige. My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu'd. Reig. I think by some odd gimmals) or device,
Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on; Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be; Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do.
'Tis the French dauphin sueth to thee thus. By my consent, we'ú e'en let them alone.
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love,
For my profession's sacred froin above:
When I have chased all thy toes from hence,
Then will I think upon a recompense. Bast. Where's the prince dauphin? I have news Char. Meantime, look gracious on thy prostrato for him.
thrall. Char. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to us. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk. Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your cheer? Alen. Doubtless he shrives this woman to her appallid;
smock; Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence? Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech. Be not dismay'd, for succor is at hand:
Reig. Shall we disturb hiin, since he keeps no A holy maid hither with me I bring,
mean? Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven,
Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do Ordained is to raise this tedious siege,
know. And drive the English forth the bounds of France. These wonien are shrewd tempters with their The spirit of deep prophecy she hath,
tongues. Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome;
Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise you on? What's past, and what's to come, she can descry. Shall we give over Orleans, or no? Speak, shall I call her in? Believe my words, Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants! For they are certain and unfallible.
Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard. Char. Go, call her in: (Evil Bastard.) But, first, Char. What she says, I'llconfirm; we'll fight it out. to try her skill,
Puc. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge. Reignier, stand thou as dauphin in my place: This night the siege assuredly I'll raise: Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern:- Expect saint Martin's summer halcyon days, By this means shall we sound what skill she hath. Since I have entered into these wars.
[Retires. Glory is like a circle in the water, Enter La Pucelle, Bastard of Orleans, and others. Which never ceaseth to enlarge itseli,
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought. Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these won. With llenry's death, the English circle ends;
d'rous feats? Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beguile Now am I like that proud insulting ship,
Dispersed are the glories it included.
Which Cæsar and his fortune bare at once. Where is the dauphin?--come, come from behind;
Chur. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove? I know thee well, though never seen before.
Thou with an eagle art inspired then. Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me:
Helen, the mother of great Constantine, In private will I talk with thee apart :
Nor yet saint Philip's daughters,' were like thee. Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a while.
Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the earth, Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
How may I reverently worship thee enough? Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege. daughter,
Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save our My wit untraind in any kind of art.
honors; Heaven, and our lady gracious, hath it pleas'd Drive them froin Orleans, and be immortaliz'd. To shine on my contemptible estate:
Char. Presently we'll try :-Come, let's away Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs,
about it: And to sun's parching heat display'd my cheeks, No prophet will I trust if she prove false. (Exeunt. God's mother deigned to appear to me; And, in a vision full of majesty,
SCENE III.-London. Hill before the Tower. Will'd me to leave my base vocation,
Enter, at the Gates, the DUKE OF GLOSTER, with his And free my country from calamity:
Serving-men, in blue Coats.
Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this day;
Since Henry's death, I fear, there is conveyance.s 4i. e. The prey for which they are hungry.
* A gimmal is a piece of joined work, where one piece 8 Be firmly persuaded of it. moves within another; here it is taken at large for an en- 9 Expect prosperity after misfortune. gine. This was not in former times a term of reproach. 1 Meaning the four daughters of Philip mentioned in 7 Countenance.
Acts, xxi. 3.
Where be these warders, that they wait not here? That seeks to overthrow religion, ypen the gates; Gloster it is that calls.
Because he is protector of the realm:
(Servants knock. And would have armor here out of the Tower, 1 Ward. (Within.) Who is there that knocks so To crown himself king, and suppress the prince. imperiously?
Glo. I will not answer thee with words, but blows. 1 Serv. li is the noble duke of Gloster.
(Here they skirmish again. 2 Ward. [Within.] Whoe'er he be, you may not May. Nought rests for me, in this tumultuous be let in.
strife, Serv. Answer you so the lord protector, villains? | But to make open proclamation: 1 Ward. [Within.) The Lord protect him! so Come, officer; as loud as e'er thou canst.
we answer him: We do no otherwise than we are willid.
Oil. All manner of men, assembled here in arms Glo. Who willed you? or whose will stands, but
this day, againsi God's peace and the king's, we
churge and communit you, in his highness' name, mine?
to repair to your several dwelling-places; and There's none protector of the realm but I.
not to wear, handle, or use, any sword, weapos Break up the gates, I'll be your warrantize: Shall I be tlouted thus by dunghill grooms?
or dagger, henceforward, upon pain of death. Servants rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to the But we shall meet and break our minds at large.
Glo. Cardinal, I'll be no breaker of the law: Gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant.
Win. Gloster, we'll meet; to thy dear cost, be sure: Wood. [Within.) What noise is this? what trai-Thy heart-blood I will have, for this day's work. tors have we here?
May. I'll call for clubs,o it you will not away: Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I hear?
This cardinal is more haughty than the devil. Open the gates; here's Gloster, that would enter.
Glo. Mayor, farewell; thou dost but what thou Wood. (Within.] Have patience, noble duke; I
mayst. may not open;
Win. Abominable Gloster! guard thy head; The cardinal of Winchester forbids:
For I intend to have it ere long.
(Exeunt. From him I have express commandment,
May. See the coast clear'd, and then we will That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in.
depart. Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him 'fore Good God! that nobles should such stomachs bear! me?
I myself fight not once in forty year. [Exeunt. Arrogant Winchester? that haughty prelate, Whom Henry our late sovereign, ne'er could brook? SCENE IV.--France. Before Orleans. Thou art no friend to God, or to the king :
Enter on the Walls, the Master-Gunner, and his Son. Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly. 1 Serv. Open the gates unto the lord protector;
M. Gun. Sirrah, thou know'st how Orleans is Or we'll burst them open, is that you come not
And how the English have the suburbs won.
Son. Father, I know; and oft have shot at them, Enter WINCHESTER, attended by a Train of Ser. Howe'er, unfortunate, I miss'd my aim. vants, in tawny Coats.
M. Gun. But now thou shalt not. Be thou rul'd Win. How now, ambitious Humphrey ? what
by me: means this?
Chief master-guinner am I of this town; Glo. Piel'd priest, dost thou command me to be something I must do, to procure me grace: shut out?
The prince's espíals' have informed me, Win. I do, thou most usurping proditor, How the English, in the suburbs close intrench’d, And not protector of the king or reali.
Wont, through a secret gratc of iron bars Glo. Stand back: thou manifest conspirator; In yonder tower, to overpeer the city; Thou that contriv’dst to murder our dead lord: And thence discover, how, with most advantage, Thou, that giv'st whores indulgences to sin: They may vex us, with shot, or with assault. l'll canvass thee in thy broad cardinal's hat, To intercept this inconvenience, If thou proceed in this thy insolence.
A piece of ordnance 'gainst it I have placed ; Win. Nay, stand thou back, I will not budge a foot. And fully even these three days have I watchid, This be Dainascus, be thou cursed Cain,
Ti I could see them. Now boy, do thou watch, To slay thy brother Abel, it thou wilt.
For I can stay no longer. Glo.'I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee back: If thou spy'st any, run and bring me word; Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth, And thou shalt tind me at the governor's. (Erit. I'll use, to carry thee out of this place.
Son. Father, I warrant you; take you no care; Win. Do what thou dar’st; I beard thee to thy I'll never trouble you, if I may spy them.
face. Glo. What? am I dar'd, and bearded to my face?- Enter, in an upper Chamber of a Tower, the Lords
SALISBURY, and Talbot, Sir WILLIAM GLANSDALE, Draw, men, for all this privileged place;
SIR THAS GARGRAVE, and others. Blue-coats to tawny.coats. Priest, beware your beard;
Sal. Talbot, my life, my joy, again return'd! (Gloster and his men attack the Bishop. How wert thou handled, being prisoner ? I mean to tug it, and to cuts you soundly:
Or by what means got'st thou to be releas'd ? Under my feet I stamp thy cardinal's hai;
Discourse, I prythee, on this turret's top. In spite of pope or dignities of church,
Tal. The duke of Bedford had a prisoner, Here by the cheeks l'll drag thee up and down.
Called the brave lord Ponton de Santrailles; Win. Gloster, thou'lt answer this before the pope. But with a baser man of arms by far,
For him I was exchanged and ransomed. Glo. Winchesier goose, I cry-a rope! a rope!Now beat them hence: Why do you let them once, in contempt, they would have barter'd me: stay?
Which I, disdaining, scorn'd; and craved death Thee I'll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep's array.
Rather than I would be so piled esteem’d." Out, tawny coats !-out, scarleti hypocrite!
In fine, redeem'd I was as I desir'd.
But, o! the treacherous Fastolfe wounds my heart! Here a great Tumult. In the midst of it, enter the
Whom with my bare lists I would execute,
If I now had him brought into my power. May. Fye, lords! that you, being supreme ma- Sal. Yet teli'st thou not, how thou wert entergistrates,
tain'd. Thus contumeliously should break the peace! Tal. With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious Glo. Peace, mayor; thou know'st little of my
In open market-place produced they me,
Here, said they, is the terror of the French, Win. Here's Gloster too, a foe to citizens; The scare-crow that affrights our children so. One that still motions war, and never peace,
Then broke I from the oticers that led me; O’ercharging your free purses with large fines; And with my nails digg'd stones out of the ground,
• Alluding to his shaven crown. 4 Traitor. 6 Sift. * That is, for peace officers armed with clubs or staves. • A strumpet ? An allusion to the Bishop's habir. Pride.
: So stripped of honors.