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And, now it is my chance to find tliee out.
Must 1 behold thy timeless cruel death?
Ah. Joan, sweet daughter J •>an, 111 die with fhee!

Pue. Decrepit miser 1 base ignoble wretch 1
I am d(«oended of a gentler blood ;
Thou art no father, nor no friend, of mine.

Shi^ Out. out 1- My lorda, an please yoo, tis
not so;
I did bcRet her all tl>e parish knows:
Her mother livin/ yet, can testify
She was the first fruit of my bachelorship.

War. Graceless I wilt thou deny thy parentage?

York. This argues what her kind of life haih been,
Wieked and vile; and so her death o nclud««i,

Sitep. Fie, Joan I that thou wilt be »> obstaolel
God knowK thou art a collop of my fle-h;
Atid for thy sake have I shed many a teari
Deny me not, I prithee, gentle Joan.

piic. Feasant, avaunti— Yon havesabocu^d this
man.
Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.

8h^ *Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest,
The mom that I was wedded to her mother.
Kneel down and Uke my ble8i*inir, good icy girl.
Will thou not stoop ? Now curbed be tbe time
Of thy nativity 1 I would the mi>k
Tby mother gave thee, when thou suck^ her

breast.
Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake I
Or else, when thou did.st keep my lambs a-fleld,
I wish some ravenou-t wolf had eaten theel •
D<>st thou deny thy father, cursed drab?
O, bum her, burn ner ; hanging is too good.

yEx%t.

York. Take her away; for she ha»h liy*d too long,
To fill the world with vicious qualities.

Pm. First, let me tell you whom you have
condemned:
Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,
B It issued from the progeny of kings ;
Virtuous and holy ; chosen from aboTc,
Hy inspiration of celestial grace.
To work exceeding miracles on earth.
I never had to do with wicked spirits :
But yon,— that art polluted with your lasts,
Stain'd with the guiltless b|ood or innocents.
Corrupt and tamted with a thousand vices,—
Because you want the grace that others have,
You judge it straight a thing impossible
To compass wonders, but b^ help of devils.
No, misconceived I Joan of^ Arc bath been
A virgm from her tender infancy.
Chaste and immaculate in very thought ,
Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effns^.
Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heavei

York. Ay, ay ;— away with her to execution.

War. And hark ye, ors ; because she is a maid«
Spare for no facots, let there be enow ;
Place barrels of pitch upon the fistal steka,
That so her torture may be shortened.

Puo. Will nothhag torn your unrelenting liearte
Then, Jo«n, discover thine infintnitY*



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KING HENBT
Hid wimnteth by Uw to be thy privilege.
I am with child, je bloody homicides:
Hurtuer not then the frait within my womb,
Although ye hale me to a violent death.

York. Now Heaven forefend? the holj maid
with child?

War, The greatest miracle that e*er ye wrought :
Is sJI year strict preciseness oome 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, since Charles must father it.

fie You are deceived; my child is none of his ;
It was AlenQon that eiyoy'd my love.

York Alen9onI that notorious Machiavel 1
It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.



York. Why, here's a girl 1 I thmk she knows
not well,
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.

Fue. Then lead me hence ;— with whom 1 leave
my curse: « ^. v

Kay never glorious sun reflex his beams
Upon the country where yon make abode!
But darkness and the gloomy shade of death
Environ you ; till mischief and despair,
Drive you to break your necks, <*'*^f 7?"™^*

York, Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes,
Thon foul accursed minister of hell I

Snier Cardinal Beaufobt, attended.
Oar. Lord regent, I do greet your exceUenoe
With letters of commission from the king.
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom,
Mov*d with remorse of these outrageous broila,
Have earnestly implor'd a general peace
Betwixt our nation and the aspiring h rench j
And here at hand the dauphin and his tram,
Approacheth to confer about some matter.

York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
After the slaughter of so many peera,
So many capuins, 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 loat most part of all the towns,
By treason, falsehood, and by treachery,
Our great progenitors had conquered ? ^
O, Warwick, Warwick ! I foresee with gnef
The utter loss of all the realm of France.

War. Be patient, York: if we conclude a peace.
It shaM be with such strict and severe oovenante
As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
AUr Chablbb, attended; Alehcos, Babtabd,
Bbiovieb, and others.
Okar. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed
That peaoefbl truce shall be procbdm'd in France,
We oome to be Informed by yourselves
What the conditions of that league must be.
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler
^okes
The hollow passage of my poisonld Tolee,
By iight of tbmb oar baief ol onoauea



Vl— PART I. 477

Win. Charlesjmd the rest, it IS enacted thos:
That, in regard King Henry gives consent.
Of mere compassion and of lenity,
To ease your country of distressful war,
And sufler 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 thyself.
Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him.
And stUl enjoy thy regal dignity.

Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself;
Adorn his temples with a coronet;
And yet, in substance and authori^,
Retain but privilege of a private man?
This proffer is absurd and reasonless.

O'or. "Tis known already that I am possess'd
With more than half the Gallian territories.
And therem reverenc'd for their lawful king:
Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanc^uish'd,
Detract so mudi 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, coveting for more.
Be cast from possibility of all.

York. Insuftmg Charles I hast thon by seer*'*
means
Used intercession to obtain a league ;
And, now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand^ftt thou aloof upon comparison?
Either accept the title thou usurp*st.
Of benefit proceeding from our king.
And not of any challenge of desert.
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.

JReig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy
To cavil m the course of this contract •
If once it be neglected, ten to one.
We shall not find like opportunity.

AJen. 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 hostility :
And therefore take this compact of a tmee.
Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
^ '' Filawk, to Charles.

War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our

oondidon stand?
Char. It shall:
Only reserved, you claim no interest
In any of our towns or garrisons.

York. Then swear allegiance to his m^esty;
As thou art knight, never to disobey.
Nor be rebelUout to the crown of England,
Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.—
[Charles, and the rest, give tokens



So, now dismiss your army when ye please;
Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still,
For here we entertam a solem peace. \ExemU

SCENE v.— London. A Boom in ihe P<dMe.

Unkr King Hehrt, in conference with Suffolk,
Glostbr and ExvTKRfiUowing.
K. Sen. Your wondrous rare description, noblif •
earl,
Of beauteous Margaret hath astonished 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 driven, by breath of her renown,
Either to sufkr shlpwrack, or arrive



8vf, Tushl mj good lord! tiiissaperficialtale
Is bat a preface of her worthj praise :
The chief perfections of that lovely dame
[Had I sumcieut skill to utter them|
Would make a volume of enticing 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, Hen, And otherwise will Henry ne*er presume.
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent
That Margaret may oe England's roval queen.

Qlo, So should I give consent to natter sin.
You know, my lord, your highness is betrothed
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, forsaketh yet the lists
By reason of his adversary's odds :
A poor earrs daughter is unequal odds.
And therefore may be broke without offence.

Qlo, Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than
that?
Her fiither is no better than an earl.
Although in glorious titles he excel.

SuJ. Yes, my lord, her father is a king.
The King of Naples and Jerusalem ;
And of such great authority in France
As his alliance will confirm our peace.
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.

Qto, And so the Earl of Armagnac may do,
Because he is near kinsnum unto Charles.

Eooe, Beside, his wealth doth warrant a liberal
dower,
Where Reignier sooner wOl receive than give.

8v^, A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so your
king,
That he should be so abject, base, and poor.
To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love.
Henry b 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.
Marriage is a matter of more worth
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects.
Must be companion of his nuptial bed :
And therefore, hurds, since he affeot8 hnr most, I



It most of dl these reasons bindeth as.

In our opinions she should be preterrld.

For what is wedlock forced but a hell,

An age of discord and continual strife?

Whereas the contrary bringeth forth blias.

And is a pattern of celestial peace.

Whom should we match with Henry, being a king,

But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ?

Her peerless feature, joined with her birth.

Approves her fit for none but for a king :

Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit

f^fore than in women commonly is seen),

Will answer our hope in issue of a king;

For Henry, son unto a conqueror.

Is likely to beget more conquerors,

If with a lady of so high resolve

As is fair Margaret he be linked in loye.

Then yield, my lords ; and here conclude with me,

That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she.

K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your
report.
My noble lord of Suffolk ; or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell ; but this I am assured,
I feel such sharp dissension in my breast.
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear.
As I am sick with working of my thoughts.
Take, therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to Frmnoe;
Agree to any covenants ; and procure
That Lady Margaret do youcluafe to come
To cross the seas to England and be crown*d
King Henry's faithful and anointed queen:
For your expenses and sufiicient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
Begone, I say ; for, till you do return,
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good uncle, banish all offence :
If you do censure me by what you were.
Not what you are, 1 know it will excuse
This sudden execution of my will.
And so conduct me, where, from company,
I may revolve and ruminate my grief. \BxiL

Qlo, Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first ana last
[Exeunt GLoe. and Exeteb.

3u/, Thus Suffolk hath prevail d; and thus he
goes,
As did the youthful Paris once to Ghreeoe;
With hope to find the like event in love,
But prosper better than the Trojan did.
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
But! will rule both her, the king, and realm.




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DRAMATIS PERSONS,

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Two 0«atlea«n, prisoMn with Soflolk.



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ACT I.



8GENB L— London. A Boom of StaU in the
PaJace.

Fiourish of trumpets : then hauthoye. Enter on
one eide^ Eint; Henby, Duke of Glqster,
Saijsbuby, Warwick, and Cardinal Beau-
lOBT; on the other ^ Qaeen Maboaret, Jed in
If Suffolk; Torx, Soxjbbsbt, Buckinoiiax,
and others following.

Buf. Ai bj jonr high imperial majesty
I had in charge at mj depart for France
As procurator to yonr excellenoe,
To many Princess Margaret for yonr grace ;
So, in the famoos ancient city, Tonrs, —
In presence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
The Dokes of Orleans, Oalaber, Bretaigne, and

Alen^on,
8eT«n earls, twelye barons, and twenty reverend

bishops, —
I have performed my task, and was espoos'd :
And bnmbly now noon my bended knee,
In sight of England and her lordly peers,
Deliver np my title in the qaeen
To yoor most gracions Lands, that are the

snbaianee
Of that great shadow I did represent ;
The happiest gift that ever marqaess gave,
The fairest qneen that ever king reoeiv'd.



JT. Hen, Suffolk, arise.— Welcome, Qneen
Margamt :
I can express no kinder sign of love,
Tlian this kind kiss. — OLord, that lends me life.
Lend me a heart replete with thaukf nlness t
For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly blessings to my soul.
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.

Q. Mar, Gh*eat King of England, and my
gracions lord,
The mutual conference that my mind hath had,
By day, by night, — waking, and in my dreams, —
In courtly company, or at my beads, —
With you mine alder-llefest sovereign.
Makes me the bolder to salute my king
With ruder terms, such as my wit affords
And over-joy of heart doth minister.
K, Hen. Her sight did ravish ; but her graee
in8x>eech.
Her words y-dad with wisdom's majesty,
Makes me from wondering fall to weeping joys;
Sach is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love.
AH, {kneeling.'] Long live Qaeen Margaret,

England's happiness 1
<^. Mar. We thank you all. [Flownsk,

8vf. My lord protector, so it please yonr graca
Here are the articles of eontraoted peace.



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.495 KINa HENBY

Between our aoTereign and the French Eing

Charles,
For eighteen monthi oonclnded bj consent.

Olo. [Read$^ ** Lnprimis, It is agreed between
die French Emg, 'Charles, and William de la
Poole, Marquees of SaiTolk« ambassador for Henry
King of England, that the said Henry shall
esponse the Lady Margaret, danghter nnto Beig-
oier. Sing of Naples, Sicilia, and Jemsalem ;
and crown her Queen of England, ere the thirti-
eth of May next ensning.— Item,— That the
duchy of An jon and the county of Maine shall be
released and delivered to the king, her father**—

K. Hen, ^nde, how now?

Olo. Pardon me, gradous lord :

Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart.
And dimm*d mmeeyes, that I can read no further.

K. Hen. Undo of Winchester, I pray, read on.

Oar. *'item, — ^It is further agreed between
them, that the duchies of Anjou and Maine shall
be released and delivered over to the long her
ftither; and she sent over of the King of England's
own proper oost and charges, without having
any dowry."

K. Ben. They please us welL— I(Ord marquess,
kneel down;
We here oreate thee the first Duke of SuiTolk,
And c^rt thee with the sword. Cousin of Tork,
We here discharge your grace from being regent
ilk the parts of France, till term of eighteen

months
Be full ezphr'd. Thanks, undo Winchester,
Gloster, York, Buckingham, Somerset,
Salisbury, and Warwick ;
We thank you all for this great favour done,
In entertaiument to my princely queen.
Come, let us in ; and with all speed provide
To see her coronation be perform'd.

[Exeunt Kino, Qukbn, and Suffolk.

Olo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the
steto.
To you Duke Humphrey must unload his grief ;
Your grief, the common grief of all the land.
What! did my brother Henry spend his yoaii.
His valour, coin, and people, in the wars ?
Did he so often lodge in open field.
In winter's cold and summer's parching heat,
To conquer France, his true inheritance t
And did my brother Bedford toil his witi,
To keep by policy what Henry got?
Have you, yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham,
Brave York, SalisbuTy, and victorious Warwick,
Beceiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy f
Or hath mine undo Beaufort, and myself,
With all the learned counsd of the realm,
Studied so long, sat in the council-house,
Early and late, debating to and fro
HowFranoe and Frenchmen might be kept in awe?
And hath his highness in his infancy
Been orown'd in Paris, In despite of foes ?
And shall these labours and these honours die?
Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance.
Your deeds of war, and all our oounsd, die?
O peers of England, shameful is this league 1
Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame ;
Blotting your names from books of memoi^:
Basing the characters of your renown;
Defacing monuments of conquered France;
Undoing all, as all had never been t

Oar. Nephew, what means thJT passlonaw
discourse.
This peroration, with such drcumstance?
Foi Franee, 'tis ouis; and we will keep it stilL



VI.— PABT IL

Olo. Ay, unde, we will keep it If we caii
But now it is impossible we should :
Suffolk, the new-made duke, that rules the rotft,
Hath given the dnchi^ of Anjou and Maine
Unto uie poor King Beignier, whose large style
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.

Sal. Now, by the death of Him that died for m,
These counties were the keys of Normandy: —
But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son ?

War. For grief that they are past recovery :
For were there hope to conquer them again.
My sword should shed hot olood, mine eyes no

tears,
Anjou and Maine I myself did win them both ;
Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer.
And are the dties that I got with wounds
Ddiver'd up again with peaceful words ?
Mort Dieu I

Tork. For Suffolk's duke, may he be suffocate,
That dims the honour of this warlike isle !
France should have torn and rent my very heart
Before I would have yielded to this league.
I never read but Eogland's kings have had
Large sums of gold, and dowries, with tibefa*

wives:
And our King Henry gives away his own.
To match with her that brings no vantages.

Olo. A proper jest, and never heard before.
That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth,
For costs and charges in transporting herl
She should have stay'd in France, uid starv'd

in France,
Before

Car. My Lord of Gloster, now you grow too
hot:
It was the pleasure of my lord the king.

€Ho. My Lord of Winchester, I know your
mind;
'Tis not my speeches that yon do mislike.
But 'tis my presence that doth tronble yon.
Kancour iml out : Proud prelate, in thy faoe
I see thy fury : If I longer stay
We shall begin our ancient bickerings.
Lordiogs. fu«well ; and sav, when I am gone.
I prophesied— France will be lost ere long.

iExit.

Oar. So, there goes our protector in a rage.
'TIS known to you he is mine enemy :
Nay, more, an enemy nnto you all ;
And no great friend, I fear me, to the Ung.
Consider, lords, — ^he is the next of blood.
And heir apparent to the English crown ;
Had Henry got an empire by his marriage,
And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west,
There's reason he should be displeas'd at it.
Look to it, lords ; let not his smoothing words
Bewitch your hearts ; be wise and droumspeei.
Whst, though the common people favour hioi.
Calling him — ** Humphrey, the good Duke ol

Gloster;"
Clapping their hands,and crying with loudToIc o
** Jesu maintain your royal excellence t *
With-** Qod preeerve the good Duke Humphr^l**
I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss.
He will be found a dangerous protector.
Buck. Why should he then protect our soveielsn.
He being of age to govern of himself?
Cousin of Somerset, join you with me.
And all together with the Duke of Suffolk,
We'll quickly hoise Duke Hnmphrety from hit
seat. [delay ;

Oar. This weighty busfaiess will not brook
I'll (o the Duke of Suffolk wtMiSQjL^AJSmt.
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KmOHBNBT

flbM. CDiitin of Bnekfaiglism, though H«mph
rey'i pride,
And greatness of his plaoe, be gnef to us.
Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal ;
Hia insolenoe is more intolerable
Than all the princes in the land beside ;
If 01oster be displac'd, he'll be protector.

Buck. Or thon, or I, Somerset, will be protector^
Despite Dnke Humphrey or the Oardinal.

[Exeunt Buckinoham and Bovsrsst.

Sal, Pride went before, ambition follows him.
While these do Itbonr for their own prefermenti
Behoves it ns to labonr for the realm.
I noTer saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster
Did bear him like a noble gentleman.
Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal —
More like a soldier than a man o' the ohnreb.
As stout and prond as he were lord of all-
Swear like a rujffian, and demean himself
TTnlike the ruler of a commonweal.
Warwick, my sou, the comfort of my age I
Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy housekeeping
Hath won the greatest favour of the commons,
SxoeptiDff none bni good Dnke Humphrey.
And, orother York, thy acts in Ireland,
In briuging them to civil discipline ;
Thy late exploits, done in the heart of France,
When thou wert regent for our sovereign,
Have made thee f ear 'd and hononr'd of tl^ people:
Join we together, for the public good;
In what we can, to bridle and suppress
The pride of Suffolk, and the cardinal.
With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambltkm ;
And, as we may, cherish Dnke Humphrey's deeds
While they do tend the profit of the land.

War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the
' And common profit of his country t [land,

Torh, And so says York, for he hath greatest
cause.

Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look
nnto the msin.

War, TJnto the main t O father, Maine is lost;
That Maine, which by main force Warwick did

win.
And would have kept, so long as breath did last:
Main chance, father, yon meant; but I meant

Maine ;
Which I will win from France, or else be slain.
[Exeunt War. and Sal.

York, Anjon and Maine are given to the French;
Fsris is lost ; the state of Normandy
Stands on a tickle point, now they are gone :
Suffolk concluded on the articles ; .
The peers agreed ; and Henry was well pleas'd
To obanffe two dukedoms n>r k duke's ftiir

daughter.
I cannot blame them all: what is't to them?
lis thine they give away, and not their own.
Pirates mar mske cheap pennyworths of their

pillage,
And pnrehflse friends, and rive to eoorlessiis,
StOl revelling, like lords, till all be ffone :
While as the sDly owner of the goods
Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless bands,
And shakes his head, and trembling stands aloof.
While all is shar'd, and all is borne away;
Beady to starve, and dare not touch his own.
So York must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue,
While his own lands are bargain'd for and sold.
Msiliinks, the realms of En^and, France, and

Irehnd,
Bear that proportion to my flesh and hk>od
As did the fatal brand Althea bnm'd



VI.— PABT n; 4Sl

Unto the prince's heart of Oalydoa.

An jou and Maine, both given unto the French I

Oold news for me ; for I had hope of Franee,

Even as I have of fertile England's soiL

▲day will oome when York shall claim his own ;'

And therefore I will take the Nevils' parts.

And make a show of love toprondDukeHnmphrey ,

And, when I spy sdvantage, claim the crown,

For that's the golden mark I seek to hit :

Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right.

Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist,

Nor wear the diadem upon his head.

Whose church-like homonrs fit not for a crown.

Then, York, be still awhUe, till time do serve :

Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep,

To pry into the secrets of the state ;

Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love.

With bis new bride, and England's dear-bonght

queen,
And Humphry with the peers be fall'n at jars.
Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose,
With whose sweet smell the air shall beperfum'd
And in my standard bear the arms of York,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster;
And, force perforce, I'll make bim yield the crown,
Whose bookish role hath poll'd fair England

down. [Exit,

SCENE TL—The aame. A Room in ihe Duke



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