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0, that I could but call these dead to life! I have inform'd his highness so at large, It were enough to fright the realm of France : As-liking of the lady's virtuous gifts, Were but his picture left among you here, ller beauty, and the value of her dower,It would amaze the proudest of you all. He doth intend she shall be England's queen. Give me their bodies; that I may bear them K. Hen. In argument and proof of which hence,
[affection. And give them burial as beseems their worth. Bear her this jewel, [To the Amb.) pledge of my
Puc. I think, this upstart is old Talbot's ghost, And so, my lord protector, see them guarded, Ile speaks with such a proud commanding spirit. And safely brought to Dover; where, inshipp'd, For God's sake, let him have 'em; to keep them Commit them to the fortune of the sea. here,
(Exeunt KING HENRY, and Train; GLOSTER, They would but stink, and putrify the air.
EXETEK, and Ambassadors, Char, Go, take their bodies hence.
Win. Stay, my lord legate; you shall first Lucy.
I'll bear them hence : receive But from their ashes shall be rear'd
The sum of money, which I promised A phenix that shall make all France a feard. Should be deliverd to his holiness Char. So we be rid of them, do with 'em For clothing me in these grave ornaments. what thou wilt.
Leg. I will attend upon your lordship's leisure. And now to Paris, in this conquering vein: Win Now, Winchester will not submit, I trow, All will be ours, now bloody Talbot's slain. Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
(Excunt. Humphery of Gloster, thou shalt well perceive,
That, neither in birth or for authority,
Or sack this country with a mutiny. (Excunt.
PUCELLE, and Forces, marching.
Char. These news, my lords, may cheer our The emperor, and the earl of Armagnac?
Alen. Then march to Paris, royal Charles of
(means Puc. Peace be amongst them, if they turn to Glo. Well, my good lord ; and as the ouly Else, ruin combat with their palaces ! (us; To stop effusion of our Christian blood,
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. Success unto our valiant general,
Char. What tidings send our scouts? I pryThat such immanity and bloody strife
thee speak. Should reign among professors of one faith.
Mess. The English army, that divided was Glo. Beside, my lord, -the sooner to effect,
Into two parts, is now conjoin'd in one ; And surer bind, this knot of amity,-
And means to give you battle presently. The earl of Armagnac-near knit to Charles,
Char. Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warA man of great anthority in France
ning is; Proffers his only daughter to your grace
But we will presently provide for them. la marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry. K. Hen. Marriage, uncle; alas ! my years are Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear.
Bur. I trust, the ghost of Talbot is not there; And fitter is my study and my books, (young; Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
Puc. Of all base passions, fear is most ac
curs'd: Yet, call the ambassadors; and, as you please, Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be
[thine: So let them have their answers every one: Let Henry fret, and all the world repine. I shall be well content with any choice,
Char. Then on, my lords; And France be Tends to God's glory, and my country's weal. fortunate!
(Excunt. Enter a Legate, and troo Ambassadors, with WIN SCENE III. The same. Before Angiers.
CHESTER, in a Cardinals Habit.
Alarums: Excursions. Enter La PUCELLE. And callid unto a cardinal's degree!
Puc. The regent conquers, and the FrenchThen, I perceive, that will be verified,
men flyHenry the Fifth did sometime prophesy,
Now help, ye charming spells and periapts; If once he come to be a cardinal,
And ye choice spirits that admonish me, He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.
And give me signs of future accidents ! K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your several
[Thunder. Have been consider'd and debated on. (suits You speedy helpers, that are substitutes Your purpose is both good and reasonable : Under the lordly monarch of the north, And, therefore, are we certainly resolvid Appear, and aid me in this enterprise! To draw conditions of a friendly peace;
Enter Fiends. Which, by my lord of Winchester, we mean This speedy quick appearance argues proof Shall be transported presently to France. of your accustom'd diligence to me. Glo. And for the proffer of my lord your Now, ye familiar spirits, that are cull'd master,
Out of the powerful regions under earth,
Help me thisonce, that France may get the field. Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy prisoner?
(They walk about, and speak not. Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? 0, hold me not with silence over-long! Ay; beauty's princely majesty is such, Where I was wont to feed you with my bloed, Confounds the tongue, and makes the senses I'll lop a member off, and give it you,
(50,In earnest of a further benefit;
Mar. Say, earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be So you do condescend to help me now. What ransome must I pay before I pass ?
(They hang their heads. For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner. (suit, No hope to have redress ?- My body shall Suff. How canst thou tell she will deny thy Pay recompense, if you will grant my suit. Before thou make a trial of her love? (Aside.
[They shake their heads. dar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransome Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice,
must I pay?
[woord: Entreat you to your wonted furtherance ? Suff. She's beautiful; and therefore to be Then take my soul; my body, soul, and all, She is a woman; therefore to be won. (Aside. Lefore that England give the French the foil. Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransome, yea, or no?
(They depart. Suff. Fond man! remember, that thou hast a See! they forsake me. Now the time is come,
wife : That France must vail her lofty-plumed crest, Then how can Margaret be thy paramour ? And let her head fall into England's lap.
[ Aside. My ancient incantatious are too weak,
Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not And hell too strong for me to buckle with :
[card. Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust. Suff. There all is marrd; there lies a cooling
[Ecit. Mar. He talks at random; sure, the man is Alarums. Enter French and English fighting.
mad. La PUCELLE and York fight hand to hand. LA Suff. And yet a dispensation may be had. PCCELLE is taken. The French fly.
Mar. And yet I would that you would answer York. Damsel of France, I think I have you fast:
Suff. I'll win this Lady Margaret. For whom? Inchain your spirits now with spelling charms, Why, for my king: Tush, that's a wooden thing,
Dlar. He talks of wood : It is some carpenter. And try if they can gain your liberty.-A goodly prize, fit for the devil's grace!
Sut. Yet so my fancy may be satisfied, See, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows, But there remains a scruple in that too;
And peace established between these realms. As if, with Circe, she would change my shape: For though her father be the king of Naples, Puc Chang'd to a worser shape thou canst Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor,
not be. York. 0,Charles the Dauphin is a proper man;
And our nobility will scorn the match. (Asiele. No shape but his can please your dainty eye.
Mar. Hear ye, captain? Are you not at leisure? Puc. A plaguing mischief light on Charles,
Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much: and thee!
Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.And may ye both be suddenly surpris'd
Madam, I have a secret to reveal.' (a knight, By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds!
Mar. What though I be enthrall'd ? he seems
[Aside. York. Fell, banning hag! enchantress, hold And will not any way dishonour me. thy tongue.
Suff. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. Pue. I prythee, give me leave to curse
Mar. Perhaps I shall be rescu'd by the French; Pork. Curse, miscreant, when thou comest to And then I need not crave his courtesy. (Aside the stake.
Suff. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a Alarums. Enter SUFFOLK, leading in LADY Mar. Tush: women have been captivate ere MARGARET.
[Aside. Suyf. Be what thou wilt, thon art my prisoner. Suff. Lady, wherefore talk you so :
[Gazes on her. Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. O fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly;
Suff. Say, gentle princess, would you not sup-
Than is a slave in base servility :
And so shall you, The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art. [king, If happy England's royal king be free.
Suff. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I calld. Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto Re not offended, nature's niracle,
(queen; Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me:
Suff. I'll undertake to make thee fleury's So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, To put a golden sceptre in thy hand, Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. And set a precious crown upon thy head, Yet, if this servile usage once offend,
If thou wilt condescend to be my Go, and be free again ac Suffolk's friend. Mar.
What? She turns away as going.
Suff. His love. O, stay!- I have no power to let her pass; Mär. I am unworthy to be Ilenry's wife. My hand would free her, but my heart says--no. Suff. No, gentle madam ; I unworthy am As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, To woo so fair a dame to be his wife, Twinkling another counterfeited beam, And have no portion in the choice myself. So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes. How say you, madam; are you so content? Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak: Mar. An if my father please, I am content. I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind : Suff. Then call our captains, and our colours, Fye, De la Poole! disable not thyself;
And, madam, at your father's castle walls | Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount; We'll crave a parloy to confer with him. Mad, natural graces that extinguish art;
[Troops come forward. Repeat their semblance often on the seas, A Parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER, on the Walls. That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's feet, Suff. See, Reignier,see, thydaughter prisoner. Thou may'st bereave him of his wits with
der. Reig. To whom?
(Exit. Sutt. To me.
SCENE IV. Camp of the Duke of York, in Anjou. Reig.
Suffolk, what remedy? I am a soldier, and unapt to weep,
Enter YORK, WARWICK, and Others. Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.
York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd Suff. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord :
to burn. Consent (and, for thy honour, give consent), Enter LA PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd. Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king; Whom I with pain bave woo'd and won thereto;
Shep. Ah, Joan! this kills thy father's heart And this her easy-held imprisonment
outright! Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty.
Have I sought every country far and tear, Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks ?
And now it is my chance to find thee out, Suff Fair Margaret knows, Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, I'll die with
Must I behold thy timeless cruel death? That Sufidik doth not flatter, face, or feign.
thee! Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend,
Puc. Decrepit miser! base ignoble wretch! To give thee answer of thy just demand.
(Exit, from the Walls.
I am descended of a gentler blood; Suff. And here I will expect thy coming.
Thou art no father, nor no friend of mine.
Shep, Out, out !--My lords, an please you, 'tis Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER, below.
I did beget her, all the parish knows: (not so:
Suff. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a War. Graceless! wilt thou denythyparentage?
Shep. Fye, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle!
And for thy sake have I shed many a tear: Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou, Deny me not, I prythee, gentle Joan. Free from oppression, or the stroke of war, Púc. Peasant, avaunt! You have suborn'd My daughter sball be Henry's, if he please.
this man, Suf. That is her ransome, I deliver her; Of purpose to obscure my noble birth And those two counties, I will undertake, Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest, Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy. The morn that I was wedded to her mother.
Reig. And I again, in Henry's royal name, Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl. As deputy unto that gracious king,
Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith. Of thy nativity! I would the milk (breast,
Suff. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly Thy mother gave thee, when thou suck'dst her Because this is in traffick of a king: (thanks, Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake! And yet, methinks, I could be well content Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field, To be mine own attorney in this case. (Aside. I wish some ravenous wolf had eaten thee! I'll over then to England with this news, Dost thou deny thy father, cursed drab? And make this marriage to be solemniz'd; O, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good. So, farewell, Reignier! Set this diamond safe
[Exit. In golden palaces, as it becomes.
York. Take her away, for she hath liv'à too Řcig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace to fill the world with vicious qualities. (lony, The Christian prince, King Henry, were he here. Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, condumn'd; and prayers,
Not one begotten of a shepherd swain,
By inspiration of celestial grace,
Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, I never had to do with wicked spirits :
Suff Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly di- Stain'd with the guiltless blood of innocents, But madam, I must trouble you again
Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, No loving token to his majesty? [heart, Because you want the grace that others have,
Mar. Yes, my good lord; a pure unspotted You judge it straight a thing impossible Never yet taint with love, I send the king. To compass wonders, but by help of devils. Suff. And this withal.
[Kisses her. No, misconceived ? Joan of Arc hath been Mar. That for thyself;-I will not so presume, A virgin from her tender infancy, To send such peevish tokens to a king. Chaste and immaculate in very thought;
[Exeunt REIGNIER and MARGARET. Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus d, Sut. O, wert thou for myself -But, Suffolk, Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. stay;
York. Ay, ay ;--away with her to execution. Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth; War. And hark ye, sírs; because she is a maid, There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk. Spare for no fagots, let there be enough: Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise : Place barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake,
That so her torture may be shortened.
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting That-in regard King Henry gives consent, hearts?
Of mere compassion, and of lenity, Then Joan, discorer thine infirmity;
To ease your country of distressful war, That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace --I am with child, ye bloody homicides; You shall become true liegemen to his crown: Murder not then the fruit within my womb, And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear Although ye hale me to a violent death. To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, York Now heaven forefend! the holy maid Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, with child!
[wrought; And still enjoy thy regal dignity. War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself? Is all your strict preciseness come to this? Adorn his temples with a coronet;
York. She and the Dauphin have been jug- And yet, in substance and authority,
War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards This proffer is absurd and reasonless. Especially, since Charles must father it. [live: Char. 'Tis known, already, that I am possess'd
Puc. You are deceived; my child is none of his; With more than half the Gallian territories, It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my love.
And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king: York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel? Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
Detract so much from that prerogative, Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole ? "I'vas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam'd, No, lord ambassador: I'll rather keep Bit Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd. That which I have, than, coveting for more, War. Å married man! that's most intolerable. Be cast from possibility of all. (meaus York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret pot well,
Used intercession to obtain a league; There were so many, whom she may accuse. And, now the matter grows to compromise,
War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison ?
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.-- Either ac the title thou usurp'st, Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and of benefit proceeding from our king, Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. (thee: And not of any challenge of desert, Buc. Then lead rae hence ;-with whom 1 Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. leave my curse :
Reic. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy May never glorious sun reflex his beams To cavil in the course of this contract: Upon the country where you make abode! If once it be neglected, ten to one, But darkness and the gloomy shade of death We shall not find like opportunify. Environ you; till mischief and despair,
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy, Drive you to break your necks, or hang your-| To save your subjects from such massacre, selves!
[Erit, guarded. And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen York. Break thou in pieces, and cousume to By our proceeding in hostility: Thou foul accursed minister of hell! [ashes, And therefore take this compact of a truce,
Enter CARDINAL BEAUFORT, attended. Although you break it when your pleasure Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence
(A side to CHABLES. With letters of commission from the king. War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, Char. It shall:
[condition stand ? Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils, Only reserv'd, you claim no interest Have earnestly implor'd a general peace In any of our towns of garrison. Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French : York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ; And here at hand the Dauphin, and his train, As thou art knight, never to disobey, Approacheth to confer about some matter. Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect? Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.After the slaughter of so many peers,
[Charles and the rest, gire tokens of fealty, So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, So, now dismiss your army whe: ye please ; That in this quarrel have been overthrown, Ilang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, For here we entertain a solemn peace. (Exeunt. Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace?
SCENE V. London. A Room in the Palace. Have we not lost most part of all the towns, By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, Enter King HENRY, in conference with SUFFOLK ; Our great progenitors had conquer'd ?--
GLOSTER and EXETER following. 0, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, The utter loss of all the realm of France.
noble earl, War. Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace, Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me: It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, Her virtues, graced with external gifts, As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby. Do breed love's settled passions in my heart: Eater Charles, attended; Alexcon, Bastard, And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts REGNike, and Others.
Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide : Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, 'So am I driven, by breath of her renown, That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in Either to suffer
shipwreck, or arrive France,
Where I may have fruition of her love. We come to be informed by yourselves
Sull. Tushimy good lord! this superficial talo What the conditions of that league must be.
Is but a preface of her worthy praise : York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler The chief perfections of that lovely dame chokes
(Had I sufficient skill to utter them). The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
Would make a volume of enticing lines, By sight of these our baleful enemies. Able to ravish any dull conceit.
And, which is more, she is not so divine, Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
king, Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents, But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ? To love and honour Henry as her lord. (sume. Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er pre-Approves her fit for none, but for a king ? Therefore, ny lord protector, give consent, Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit That Margaret may be England's royal queen. (More than in women commonly is seen),
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sio. Will answer our hope in issue of a king;
Is likely to beget more conquerors,
Suff. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths; Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with Or one, that, at a triumph having vow'd That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your By reason of his adversary's odds :
report, A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds : My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that And therefore may be broke withont offence. My tender youth was never yet attaint Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more with any passion of inflaming love, than that?
I cannot tell; but this I am assur'd, Her father is no better than an earl,
I feel such sharp dissension in my breast, Although in glorious titles he excel.
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, Suff. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, As I am sick with working of my thoughts. The king of Naples, and Jerusalem;
Take, therefore, shipping : post, my lord to And of such great authority in France,
France; As his alliance will confirm our peace, Agree to any covenants : and procure And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. That Lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. King Henry's faithful and anointed queen: Exe. Beside his wealth doth warrant liberal For your expenses and sufficient charge, dower;
Among the people gather up a tenth. While Reignier sooner will receive than give. Be gone, I say, for, till you do return, Suff. A dower, my lords ? disgrace not so your I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.king,
And you, good uncle, banish all offence : That he should be so abject, base, and poor, If you do censure me by what you were, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. Not what you are, I know it will excuse Henry is able to enrich his qneen,
This sudden execution of my will. And not to seck a queen to make him rich : And so conduct me, where from company, So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, I may revolve and ruminate my grief. (Erit. As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse. Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last. Marriage is a matter of more worth.
[Tixeunt GLOSTER and EXETER. Than to be dealt in by attorneyship:
Suff. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd : and thus Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, Must be companion of his muptial bed : As did the youthful Paris once to Greece; And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, With hope to find the like event in love, It nost of all these reasons bindeth us, But prosper better than the Trojan did. In our opinious she should be preferr'd. Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king; For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. An age of discord and continual strife?