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Great mareshal to Henry the sixth.
Of all his wars within the realm of France f

Puc. Here is a silly stately style indeed !
The Turk, that two and fifty kingdoms hath.
Writes not so tedious a style as this
Him, that thou magnifiest with all these titles.
Stinking, and fly-blown, lies here at our feet.

Lucy. Is Talbot slain ; the Frenchmen's oiily
Your kingdom's terrour and black Nemesis ?
O, were mine eye-balls into bullets turn'd.
That I, in rage, might shoot them at your faces !
O, that I could but call these dead to life !
It were enough to fright the realm of France :
Were but his picture left among you here.
It would amaze the proudest of you all.
Give me their bodies; that I may bear them

And give them burial as beseems their worth.

Puc. 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

They would but stink, and putrefy the air.

Char. Go, take their bodies hence.

Lucy. I'll bear them hence :

But from their ashes shall be rear'd
A phoenix that shall make all France afeard.

Char. So we he rid of them, do with 'em what
thou wilt.
And now to Paris, in this conquering vein ;
All will be outs, now bloody 1 albot's slain.





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I iluU ha aU caataat with aay chatoe.
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And, ther rfo re, are e eertalnlj naolT'd
To draw conditiooa of a Mendl) peace ;
Hliirh, bt my lord of U'iacbestcr, c aiaaa
Shall be iran^ported preMntly to Prance

Gio. And for the proOcr of my lord year naMcr,
I have inforni'd hii hlghaeai to at Urge,
A liking of the lady't Tirtaoa* gUU,
lier beauty, and the raloe of her dover,
He doib intend she shall be England's qnecn.

K. Btn. in argmment and proof of which con>
Bear her thU Jewel, [to tkt Arab.] pledge of my

Than. I pereatea. itei iU ha varUad,
Henry the Sfth did aeaaHma praahacy^
Ht'UmtmlnUt cap m i ff mUk Ot t v amm.

X. Ufa. My lafdt aMhaaMdan, voar Mv*
Hava haea oooaidarM aad debated oa.




aiy lard p r ata ct or, aae tham gnatded,
el braaidit to Do<er : where, inshipp'd,
them to the fortune of the tea.
[&rfu ry amd Train: Gloetet,

Sut , TOO shall first recelre


i|i's leisure.

init, I trow.

Hu perectTC,

Th.v :t.

The 1.1.;. op iri,i i^. oirnoriie vt nice :

111 eiihrr mike thee stoop, and bend thy knee,

<>r lack this country with a mntin;. [Extunt.

SCENE II. France. PUunt i Ai^iou-

Mmtrr Charles, Rurgandy, Alencon, La Pucelle,
mnd FTtt, marckiitg.
Omr. These new*, mt lords, may cheer our
dtooping spirit*

*TU Mtd, the rtoat ParUians do reroH,
And tura agaia anio the warlike French.
Attn. Tbaa march to Paris, royal Charles of

And keep aat back year powers in dalliance.

I>ic. Faaoa baaaiangst chem, if iher turn to iit
EUa, rata aawkat with their palaces 1
Xis<er a Messenger.

JrM. Sacaaai ante onr Taliant (cneral,
Aad IlipiiiBMi to hia accomplices !

Ckar. What tidings send our scouts ? I pr'ythee,

JTtee. TbaBaglish army, that divided was
Into twa parts, M aow conjninM i-> nm :
And maaaa ta gi*a yon b '

OUr. SaaMwbat too su.
Bat a iU peaMatiT pr.

Bmr. I tnut, tha gbaat !
Now ka la goaa, lay laed, you nettl nut tcjr.

Pac Of all haaa paMlnai, Caur is mot accnrs'd .-

the caaaaast, Charlea, it shall be thine
t Haa^ ftat, aad all tba world repine.
CUr. Then on, ,my la^ s And France be for-

SCENE III. TA* tme. Btfor* Angiers.
AUrwmu : Brmriun*. Enter 1^ rucetle.
Pac The regent conquers, and the Frenchmen
Now balp. ya dtarmlnie spells, and periapu ;
Andyadioicaapirits that admonish me.

Aad glee bm rigns of fiit
You speedy help* r
Under the loidU :
Appear, and aid i


Now, ye familiar -
Out of the powrti
Help me this odi

idmts ! [ThMndr:

O, hold me not w;:.. ,..... .... ,. .

Where I was wont lofii jou vitti my l>!oi^.

I'll lop a member off*, and gite it you.

In eamett of a further benefit ;

So yoa da oondceecad to help roe now.

[Tkty Jbaaf their ktads.
No hope to hare redrcM 7 My body shall
Pay lecompcnse, if you will grant my suit.

[Thry thekt thrir htOiit .
Cannot my body, nor blood-sairifice,
Entreat you to your wonted furtherance ?
Then take mr soul ; my body, soul, and all.
Before that Lngland fire the French the foil.

See ! they forsake me. Now the time i come.
That France must Tail bei lofty-plumed crest.
And let her head fall into Kngiand's lap.
My ancient incantations are too weak,
.And hell too strong for me to buckle with :
Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the du^t.


Alarvmi. Bntrr French cnrf English, fiehtine-
IJL Pucelle aiu/ \m1i, fight hand to hand. La Pu
ctlle i* taktn. Tht French JJ^.
VorAr. narasel of France, I think, I h*e you fast
I'nchain your spirits now with spelling charms.
And try if they ran gain your liberty
A gooA\y priie, fit for the dcTil's grace !
See. how the ugU witch doth bend her brows,
As if. with I irrr'. Uic would (li.itiL-p niv >liape.
/^c. Ch -r not !<.,

rork.<'. - ii..in ;

No shapr -.

Pvc. A 1 rl,... snd

And mar \e l..>th be nivUiptili Mirjirwd [thee

By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds !

Act o.



York. Fell, banning hag! enchantress, hold thy


Puc. I pr'ythee, give me leave to curse a while.

York. Curse, miscreant, when thou comest to

the stake. [Exeunt.

Alarumt. Enter SufFolk, leading in Lady


SiiJ. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner.

[Gazes on her.

fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly ;

For I will touch thee but with reverent hands.
And lay them gently on thy tender side.

1 kiss these fingers [kissing her hand.] for eternal

peace :
Who art thou ? say, that I may honour thee.

Mar, Margaret my name ; and daughter to a
The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art.

Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd.
Be not offended, nature's miracle.
Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me :
So doth the swan her downy cjgnets save.
Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings.
Vet if this servile usage once offend.
Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.

[She turns urvay as going.
O, stay ! I have no power to let her pass ;
My hand would free her, but my heart says no.
As plays the sun upon the glassy streams.
Twinkling another counterfeited beam,
So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.
Fain would 1 woo her, yet I dare not speak :
I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind :
Fye, De la I'oole ! disable not thyself;
Hast not a tongue ? is she not here thy prisoner ?
Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight ?
Ay ; beauty's princely majesty is such.
Confounds the tongue, and makes the senses

Mar. Say, earl of Suffolk, if thy name be so,
What ransome must I pay before I pass ?
For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner

Suf. How canst thou tell, she will deny thj suit.
Before thou make a trial of her love ? [Aside.

Mar, Why speak'st thou not ? what ransome
must I pay .>

Suf. She's beautiful ; and therefore to be woo'd :
She is a woman ; therefore to be won. [Aside.

Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransome, yea, or no ?

Suf. Fond man ! remember that thou hast a
wife ;
Then how can Margaret be thy paramour ? [Aside.

Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not hear.

Suf. There all is rnarr'd ; there lies a cooling

Mar. He talks at random ; sure, the man is mad.

Suf. And yet a dispensation may be had.

Mar. And yet I would that you woul-d answer

Suf. I'll win this lady :Margaret. For whom ?
Why, for my king : Tush ! that's a wooden thing.

Mar. He talks of wood: It is some carpenter.

Suf. Yet so my fancy may be satisfied.
And peace established between these realms.
But there remains a scruple in that too :
For though her father be the king of Naples,
Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor.
And our nobility will scorn the match. [Aside.

Mar. Hear ye, captain ? Are you not at leisure ?

Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much :

Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield

Madam, I have a secret to reveal.

Mar. What though I be enthrall'd ? he seems a
And will not any way dishonour me. [Aside.

Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say.

Mar. I'erliaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French ;
And then I need not crave his courtesy. [Aside.

Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause

Mar. Tush! women have been captivate ere
now. [Asid;.

Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so ?

Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for (]uo.

Suf, Say, gentle princess, would you not sup-
Vour bondage happy, to be made a queen ?

Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile.
Than is a slave in base servility ;
For princes should be free.

Si{f, . And so shall you.

If happy England's royal king be free.

Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me ?

Svf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen ;
To put a golden scepter in thy hand,
And set a precious crown upon thy head,
If thou wilt condescend to be my

Mar. What ?

Suf. His love.

Mar, I am unworthy to be Henry's wife.

Suf. No, gentle madam ; I unworthy am
To woo so fair a dame to be his wife.
And have no portion in the choice myself.
How say you, madam ; are you so content ?

Mar. An if my father please, I am content.

Suf. Then call our captains, and our colours,
forth :
And, madam, at your father's castle walls
We'll crave a parley, to confer with him.

[Troops come fornmrd.

A Parley sounded. Enter Reignier, on the walls.

Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner.

Reig. To whom ?

Suf, To me.

Reig, Suffolk, what remedy ?

I am a soldier: and unapt to weep.
Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.

Suf, Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord :
Consent, (and, for thy honour, give consent,)
Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king;
Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto;
And this her easy-held imprisonment
Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty.

Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks ?

Sujf. Fair Margaret knows

That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign.

Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend
To give thee answer of thy just demand.

[Exit, from the wails.

Suf, And here I will expect thy coming.

Trumpets sounded. Enter Reignier, belon;

Reig, Welcome, brave earl, into our territories ;
Command in Anjou what your honour pleases.

Suf, Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a
Fit to be made companion with a king :
What answer makes your grace unto my suit ?

Reig, Since thou dost deign to woo her little
To be the princely bride of such a lord;
Upon condition 1 may quietly
Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou,
Free from oppression, or the stroke of war.
My daughter shall be Henry's, if he please.

Suf. That is her ransome, I deliver her;
And those two counties, I will undertake.
Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy.

Reig, And I again, in Henry's royal name.
As deputy unto that gracious king,
Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith.

Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly
Because this is in trafEck of a king:
And yet, methinks, I could be well content
To be mine own attorney in this case. [Aside.

I'll over then to England with this news.
And make this marriage tn be solemniz'd ;
So, farewell, Reignier ! Set this diamond safe
I"n golden palaces, as it becomes.

Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace
The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here.




M*r. FarvwiO. my Iwd! GMd ih. prmitc

AMD IwaWk ever lMi*rMarKMt. (C^ar.

Aff. Fa>wll. (wwc mMUm ! Ital hark 70U,

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aur wii wwUj rUc-d, mad modMtty di-
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rCMMl Itolfiiiw W Marnm.

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TiMa tonSi BM waikhtr te llMt lakyriMk
TkM MiMtavn. aadagly nri MiM, laft.

Tluu, wkM riM eo*M to kMl M IIt> * r*t.
""" itohlMof hu Witt with woitdM'.

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A*r Ttok. Warwick, mU tthfn.
rar*. Biteg Ihrtli tlut MVeataM, eoodaimiM to


1 afa gmtUt hlood :
Thtm art oa fkthar. no* no fricad, of mine.
aktf. Oat. aat ! II7 lords, aa pleoa 70U, lis

llvctb Tel, ran tntifv,

fruit of my bachclonhip.
a ! wilt (hon dniT thjr parentaxe ?
I'a**. ThU argaa* what bet kind af Ufe bath
fVickad and Tile : and to her death conclodn.

atojp. Fya, Joan ! that thow wilt be to obstacle !
God knawa, thoa art a collop of mj flesh ;
Aad far itty sake bar* I shed many a tear :
Den; BM not, I pr'jthee. Rentle Joan.
Pmc PaaMBt, avaant ! Voo hare sabom'd this

VlrtnoQs. and baiy ; chosen from above.
By inspiratia* aTcalestial grace,
Ta work wiisilag miracles on earth.
I never had to do with wicked spiriu :
Bat yaw, that ara pollnted with your lustn,
Staln'd with the fviltlets blood of innocenu,
Corrapt and 'ainied with a thousand virct,
Bccaata you want the frace that other* hsie.
Yon >ida U straight a tbiB( impcssible
T* e n nip aw waodara. bat In help of devils.
Na. miseaacalvad I 4mt of Arc bath bean
A Ttffto frwOT baa landar tafbncy,
Cbaste, and immaculate, in very thought :
Whaaa maiden blood, thus ri(;oroaslT efTu^'d,
H'lll cry for venitesnce at the (c.itr of heaTcii.

York. Ay, ay: away with her to esecutioa.

(Tar. Aad bark ya, alia: beeanaa aba is a maid.
Spare for na Caagocs, lac there be anovgb ;
Place barrria eTpltoli paa the CMal stake.
That to bar lartarw may be sbartencd.

Pac Will nothing turn your nnrelentiny haaitt ?
Then. Joan, ditcover thine infirmily ;
That wuranlelh by law to be thy pririlege.
I am with child, ye bloody homicides:
Murder not then the fruit within my womb.
Although ye hale me to a violent death.

ric. Now hearca fo ra f end '. the holy maid with

mir. Tbe graataat mhraeto that e'er ye wroogbt :
Is all rewr strict prsrlienim come to this >

York. Sba and the Dauphin ha*e been JaggUag :

lid Imtflwa what would be her refuge.

fVmr. Wall, fa to : we will hate no butaids live ;
Espealally, ataea Charles must father it.

Puc. You aradecelT'd ; my child i none of hit ;
It VM Atanaa* that enJcrjrM mr love.

Ymrk. AImb I that notorious .Mschiavel !
It dies, an If It kad

>f j >ii i
gbip. TIs true, I gave noble to the priettL
TW mam that ! w*. wrdd-d to her mother.
Kinael < -"'' i- '" ''-'^ing, pood m girl.
Wilt t' red le the time

i1f thT .ulk

Thy It. n thou suck'dst her

Had baew a htiie ratbane for thy sake '.
Or else, when thou didtt keep my lambs afield,
I wish same ravenout wolf had eaten theei
Dost thou deny thy father, cursed drab >
O, bam bar, bnm her : hanging is too good. [Fril.
Yrk. Take her away ; for she hath li^'d too

To fill the wor
Pt. Firt,
^at me begott'^
BaHanlifram the

have con-

I>rogi?n jf kings ;

Am. O, Kiva mt laava, 1 have deluded you :
rwaanaitBar Cbarin, nor yet the duke I nain'd.

that's mot intolerable.
York. Why, haia^i a girl ! J think the knows not
There were so many, whom she may accuse.
fTar. lt*s sign she hath been llberil and free.
York. And yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure
Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and tbcc
Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.
Pue. Then lead me henca ; with whom I leave
my curse :
May never glonous sun reflex hit beams
Upon the country where you make abode !
Bat darkness and the gloomy shade of death
Environ you ; till mischief, and despair.
Drive you to break your necks, or ha[ng yeartolvcs '
I'erlr. Break thou in pieces, and eaaauma to
Thou foul accursed minister of hell !

faier Cardinal Beaufort, a//ead<d.

Car. tjori recent, I do greet your excellence
With letters ofeommission from the king.
For know, my lords, the t.itr of '"hri'tendom,

.Mov'd with lemorte of thr ''i^ilt,

Have eamettly implor*d a -^

Betwixt our nation and fh'

And here at hand the Uauv ''>,

Approacheth to confer about s..nie m.itTcr.

York: It all our travail tum'd to thu effect ?
Af>er the slaughter of so many p eer s .
So many captain*, gentlemen,' and toldierj.
That in thi t^narrel have l>een orerthrown.
i And sold their bodien for their country'i benefit,
Shall we at Ut conclude eflVminate peace r*
;HaTp we rot lut n.o; p.irl of a,\ the townt,
;Ht . herr,

O-.;- ..!?'

(>. >ith grief

jTh' 'r^nce.

n^ar. Be j'atifiit, York: iS" we ronrlnde a peacf>.




It shall be with such strict and severe covenants
As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.

Enter Charles, aiimded ; Alencon, Bastard,
Reignier, and others.

Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed,
That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France,
We come to be informed by yourselves
What the conditions of that league must be.

York. Speak, Winchester ; for boiling choler
The^hoUow passage of my poison'd voice.
By sight of these our baleful enemies.

fVin. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus :
That in regard king Henry gives consent.
Of mere 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 :
-ind, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself.
Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him.
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.

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

Char. 'Tis known, already that I am possess'd
With more than half the Gallian territories.
And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king :
Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'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, coveting for more.
Be cast from possibility of all.

York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret
Us'd intercession to obtain a league ;
And, now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison ?
Either accept the title thou usutp'st.
Of benefit proceeding from our king.
And not of any challenge of desert.
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.

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

Alert. 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 truce.
Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
[Asitle, to Charles.

War. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our con-
dition stand ?

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 disebey.
Nor be rebellious to the crown of England.
Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.

[Charles, and the rest, give tokens of fealty.
So, now dismiss your army when ye please ;
Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still.
For here we entertain a solemn peace. {Exeunt.

SCENE V London. A Room in the Palace.

Enter King Henry, in conference rvith Suffolk ;
(jloster and Eyieier follonnng.

K. Hen. Your wond'rous 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 in tempestuous gusts
Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide ;

So am I driven, by breath of her renown.
Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
Where I may have fruition of her love.

Svf. Tush ! my good lord ! this superficial tale
Is but a preface of her worthy praise :
The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
(Had I sufficient 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 a 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 pre-
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent.
That Margaret may be England's royal queen.

Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin.
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 ?

Siif. 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 earl's daughter is unequal odds,
-A^nd therefore may be broke without offence.

Glo. Why, what, 1 pray, is Margaret more than
that ?
Her father is no better than an earl.
Although in glorious titles he excel.

Svf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king.
The king of Naples, and .Jerusalem ;
-4nd of such great authority in France,
As his alliance will confirm our peace.
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.

Glo. -And so the earl of .Vrmagnac may do.
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.

Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal
dower ;
While Regnier sooner will receive, than give.

Siif. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so yout
That he should be so abject, base, and poor.
To choose 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.
An 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, lords, since he affects her most.
It most of all these reasons bindeth us.
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
For what is wedlock forced, but a hell,
-An age of discord and continual strife ?
Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss.
And is a pattern of celestial peace.
Whom should we match, with Henry, beinga king.
Hut 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,
(More than in women commonly is seen,)
\\'ill 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 link'd in love.
Then yield, my lords ; and here conclude with me.
That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she,

A'. Hen. Whether it be through force of your
:\ry noble lord of Suffolk ; or for that
.Aly tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell ; but this I am assur'd.





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