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Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if you will teach her to know my meaning; for maids, well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes; and then they will endure handling, which before would not abide looking on.
K. Hen. This moral ties me over to time, and a hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too.
Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
K. Hen. It is so; and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many a fair French city, for one fair French maid that stands in my way.
Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspectively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never entered.
K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
Fr. King. So please you.
K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you
Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of reason.
West. The king hath granted every article:
Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :-where your majesty demands,- that the king of France, having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your highness in this form, and with this addition, in French,-Notre très cher filz Henry roy d'Angleterre, hériter de France; and thus in Latin,- Præclarissimus filius noster Henricus rex Angliæ, et hæres Francix.
Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied,
K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear alliance,
Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her blood raise up
Of France and England, whose very shores look pale
May cease their hatred; and this dear conjunction
In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance
K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate:—and bear me witness all,
K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage:-on which day,
Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen,
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.
This star of England: fortune made his sword; By which the world's best garden he achieved,
And of it left his son imperial lord.
Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned king
Of France and England, did this king succeed; Whose state so many had the managing,
That they lost France, and made his England bleed; Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, In your fair minds let this acceptance take. [Exit.
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
Duke of Gloster, Uncle to the King, and Protector.
JOHN BEAUFORT, Earl of Somerset, afterwards Duke.
Earl of Warwick. Earl of Salisbury. Earl of Suffolk.
EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March.
SIR JOHN FASTOLFE. SIR WILLIAM LUCY.
CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France.
An old Shepherd, Father to Joan la Pucelle.
MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier; afterwards married to King Henry.
Countess of Auvergne.
JOAN LA PUCELLE, commonly called Joan of Arc.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders of the Tower, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and several Attendants both on the English and French.
SCENE, partly in England, and partly in France.
SCENE I. Westminster Abbey. Dead March. Corpsc of King Henry the Fifth discovered, lying in state; attended on by the DUKES of BEDFORD, GLOSTER, and EXETER; the EARL of WARWICK, the BISHOP of WINCHESTER, Heralds, fc.
Bedford. HUNG be the heavens with black, yield day to night!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
Exe. We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood? Henry is dead, and never shall revive. Upon a wooden coffin we attend; And death's dishonorable victory We with our stately presence glorify, Like captives bound to a triumphant car. What! shall we curse the planets of mishap, That plotted thus our glory's overthrow? Or shall we think the subtle-witted French 3 c*