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Place barrels of pitch apon the fatal stake, What the conditions of that lengre must be.
That so her torture may be shortened

York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting chokes hearts

The hollow passage of my poison'd voice, Then Joan, discover thine infirmity ;

By siglt of these our baleful enemies. That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: I am with child, ye bloody homicides:

That-in regard King Henry, gives consent, Murder not then the fruit within my womb, Of mere coinpassion, and of lenity, Although ye hale me to a violent death.

To ease your country of distressful war, York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid And suffer you to brenthe in fruitful peace, with child !

You shall become true liegemen to his crown: · War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear wrought;

To pay him tribute, and submit thyself,
Is all your strict preciseness come to this? Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him,
York. She and the dauphin have been jug. And still enjoy thy regal digrity:

Alen. Muist he be then as shadow of himself?
I did iinagine what would be her refuge. Adorn his temples with a coronet;
War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards And yet, in substance and authority,
live :

Retain but privilege of a private man? Especially, since Charles must father it. This profter is ahsurd and reasonless. Puc. You are deceived; my child is none of Char. 'Tis known, already, that I am possessid

With more than half the Gallian territories, It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my love.

And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king: York. Alençou! that notorious Machiavel! Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, It dies, an if it had a thonsand 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? 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam'd, No, lord ambassador; l'il rather keep But 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. York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows York. Insuliing Charles ! hast thou by secret

not well,
There were so many, whom she may accuse. Used intercession to obtain a leagne;

War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. And, now the matter grows to compromise,
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.-Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison ?
Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
thee :

Of benefit proceeding from our king,
Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.

And not of any challenge of desert, Puc. Then lead me hence ;--with whom 1 Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. leave my curse :

Reig. My lord, you do not well in o'stinacy May never glorions sun reflex his beams

To cavil in the course of this contract :
Upon the country where you make abode! If once it be neglecterl, ten to one,
But darkness and the gloomy shade of death We shall not find like opportunity.
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 consume to By our proceeding in hostility: ashes,

And therefore take this compact of a truce, Thou foul accursed minister of hell !

Although you break it when your pleasure

Aside to Charles Enter Cardinal Beaufort, attended.

War. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our Car. Lord regent, I do greet yonr excellence condition stand ? With letters of commission from the king. Char. It shall : For know, my lords, the states of Christerlom, Only reserv'd, you claim no interest Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils, In any of our towns of garrison. Have earnestly implor'd a general peace York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ; Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French : As thou art knight, never to disobey, And here at hand the Danphin, and his train, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, Approacheth, to confer about some matter. Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of Eng York. Is all onr travail turn'd to this effect?

land. After the slaughter of so many peers,

[Charles, and the rest, give tokens of fealty. So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, So, now dismiss your arıny when ye please;. That in this quarrel have been overthrown, Hang up your ensignis, let your drums be still, And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, For here we entertain a solemn peace. [Eseuni. Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? Have we not lost most part of all the towns,

SCENE V. London. A Room in the Palace By treason, falsehood, and by trcachery, Enter King Henry, in conference toith Suffolk; Our great progenitors had conquer'd ?

Gloster, and Exeter, following. 0, Warwick, Warwick ! I foresee with grief The atter loss of all the realm of France. K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, War. Be patient, York : if we conclude a noble earl, peace,

Or beauteous Margaret, hath astonish'd me: It shall be with such strict and severe cove Her virtues, graced with external gifts, nants,

Do breed love's settled passions in my heart: As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.

And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts

Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide; Enter Charles, attended ; Alençon, Bastard, So am I driven, by breath of her renown, Reignier, and others.

Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus Where I may have fruition of her love. agreed,

Suff. Trish! my good lord! this superficial tale That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in Is but a preface of her worthy praise : France,

The chief perfections of that lovely dame We come to be inform'd by yourselves

(Had I sufficient skil to utter them)



Wonld make a volume of enticing lines, An age of discord and continual strife ?
Able to ravish any dull conceit.

Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
And, which is more, she is not so divine, And is a pattern of celestial peace.
So full replete with choice of all delights, Whom should we match with Henry, being a
But, with as humble lowliness of mind,

king, She is content to be at your command;

But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Command, I inean, of virtuous chaste intenta, Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, To love and honour Henry as her lord. Approves her fit for none, but for a king K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er pre- Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit,

(More than in women commonly is seen,
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent, Will answer our hope in issue of a king ;
That Margaret may be England's royal queen. For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin. ls likely to beget more conquerors,
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd If with a lady of so high resolve,
Unto another lady of esteem;

As is fair Margaret, he he link'd' in love.
How shall we then dispense with that contract, Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with
And not deface your honour with reproach?

me, Suff. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths; That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. Or one, that, at a triumph having vow'd K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists'

report, By reason of his adversary's odds :

My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds: My tender youth was never yet attaint
And therefore may be broke without offence. With any passion of inflaming love,
Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more I cannot tell ; but this I am assur'd,
than that?

I feel such sharp dissension in my breast,
Her father is no better than an earl,

Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, Although in glorious titles he excel.

As I am sick with working of my thoughts. Suff. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, Take, therefore, shipping : post, my lord, to The king of Naples, and Jerusalem ;

France ;
And of such great authority in France, Agree to any covenants : and procure
As his alliance will confirm our peace, That Lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd

Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, King Henry's faithful and anointed queen i
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside his wealth doth warrant liberal Among the people gather up a tenth.

For your expenses and sufficient charge,

Be gone, I say for, till you do return, While Reignier sooner will receive than give.

I rest perplexed with a thousand cares. Suf. A dower my lords ? disgrace not so your And you, good uncle, banish all offence : king,

If you do censure me by what you were,
That he should be so abject, base, and poor, Not what you are, I know it will excuse
To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. This sudden execution of my will.
Henry is able to enrich his queen,

And so conduct me, where from company, And not to seek a queen to make him rich :

I may revolve and ruminate my grief. Eril So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both first and last. As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.

[Exeunt Gloster and Exeter. Marriage is a matter of more worth,

Suff. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd: and thus ho Than to be dealt in by attorneyship:

Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, As did the youthful Paris once to Greece;
Must be companion of his nuptial bed : With hope to find the like event in love,
And therefore lords, since he affects ber most,

But prosper better than the Trojan did.
It most of all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.

Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king

But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. er what is wedlock forced, but a hell,





A Herald. VAUX.
HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloster, his Uncle. AUME and SOUTHWELL, two Priests.
CARDINAL BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winches- BOLINGBROKE, a Conjurer.
ter, great Uncle to the King.

A Spirit raised by him.
EDWARD und RICHARD, his Sons. PETER, his Man.

Clerk of 'Chatham. Mayor of St. Albans.

Lof the King's SIMPCOX, an Impostor. Two Murderers



GEORGE, JOHN, DICK, SMITH the Weaver, Young CLIFFORD, his Son.

MICHAEL, &c. his Followers. EARL OF SALISBURY, of the York Fac. ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish Gentleman EARL OF WARWICK,"Ştion. LORD SCALES, Governor of the Tower.

MARGARET, Queen to King Henry. LORD SAY.

ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster. SIR HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and his Bro. MARGERY JOURDAIN, a Witch. ther.

Wife to Simpcox. SIR JOHN STANLEY.

Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Petitioners, AlA Sea Captain, Master, and Master's Mate, and dermen, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers; Citi WALTER WHITMORE.

zens, Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Two Gentlemen, Prisoners with Suffolk. Messengers, &c.

SCENE-Dispersedly in various parts of England.


With ruder terms; such as my wit affords,

And over-joy of heart doth minister. SCENE I. London. A Room of State in the K. Hen. Her sight did ravish : but her grace Palace.

in speech, Flourish of Trumpets; then Hautboys. Enter Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, on one side, King Henry, Duke of Gloster, Makes me, from wondering fall to weeping joya on the other, Queen Margaret, led in by Sula Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. folk; York, Somerset, Buckingham, and

All. Long live Queen Margaret, England's others, following.


Q. Mar. We thank you all. [Flourish Suff. As by your high imperial majesty Suff. My lord protector, so it please your grace, I had in charge at my depart for France, 11ere are the articles of contracted peace, As procurator to your excellence,

Between our sovereign and the French king To marry Princess Margaret for your grace;

Charles, So, in the famous ancient city, Tours,

For eighteen months concluded by consent. In presence of the kings of France and Sicil, Glo. | Reads.) Imprimis, It is agreed between The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, and the French king, Charles, and William de la Alençon,

Poole, marques8 of Suffolk, ambassador for Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend Henry king of England, -that the said Henry bishops,

shall espouse the lady Margaret, daughter unto I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd; Reignier king of Naplos, Sicilia, and JerusaAnd humbly now upon my bended knee, lem; and crown her queen of England, ere the In sight of England and her lordly peers, thirtieth of May next ensuing. Item, -That Deliver up my title in the queen

the duchy of Anjou and the county of Maine, To your most gracious hands, that are the sub- shall be released and delivered to the king her stance

fatherOf that great shadow I did represent;

K. Hen. Uncle, how now? The happiest gift that ever marquess gave,


Pardon me, gracious lord ; The fairest queen that ever king receiv'd. Some sudden qualm hath struck me to the heart, R. Hen. Suffolk, arise. - Welcome, Queen And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no furMargaret ;

ther. I can express no kinder sign of love,

K Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on Than this kind kiss.-O Lord, that lends me life, Win. Item, -It is further agreed better Lend mer heart replete with thankfulness ! them,--that the duchies of Anjou and Maine For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face, shall be released and delivered over to the ang A world of earthly blessings to my soul, her father; and she sent over of the kin of If sympathy of love unite our thoughts. England's own proper cost and charges with Q. Mar. Great king of England, and my gra- out having dowry: cious lord ;

K. Hen. They please us well. - Lord marqueses The mutual conference that my mind hath had

kneel down; By day, by night; waking, and in my dreams; We here create thee the first duke of suffolk, In courtly company, or at my beads,

And girt thee with the sword.With you mine alder-liefest sovereign,

Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace Makes me thc bolder to salute iny king

From being regent in the parts of France,

ter ;

lay :

Til term of eighteen months be full expir'd. - But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you. Thanks, unele Winchester, Gloster, York, and Rancour will out: Proud prelate, ia thy face Buckingham,

I see thy fury: if I longer stay, Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;

We shall begin our ancient bickerings We thank you all for this great favour done, Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone, In entertainment to my princely queen.

1 prophesied-France will be lost ere long. Come, let us in; and with all speed provide

(Exit. To see her coronation be perform'd.

Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. (Ereunt King, Queen, and Suffolk. 'Tis known to you, he is mine enemy : Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the Nay, more, an enemy unto yon all! state,

And no great friend, I fear me, to the king. To you Dnke Humphrey must unload his grief, Consider, lords, he is the next of blood, Your grief, the common grief of all the land. And heir apparent to the English crown; What did my brother Henry spend his youth, Had Henry got an empire by his marriage, His valour, coin, and people, in the wars? And all the wealthy kingdoins of the west, Did he so often lodge in open field,

There's reason he should be displeas'd at it. In winters cold, and summer's parching heat, Look to it, lords ; let not his smoothing words To conquer France, his true inheritance ? Bewitch your hearts; be wise, and circumspect. And did my brother Bedford toil his wits, What though the common people favour him, To keep by policy what Henry got?

Calling him--Humphrey the good duke of GlosHave you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious Warwick, Clapping their hands, and crying with loud Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy ? voiceOr hath my uncle Beaufort, and myself, Jesu maintain your royal excellence ! With all the learned council of the realm, With-God preserve the good duke Humphrey ! Studied so long, sat in the council-house, I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss, Early and late, debating to and fro

He will be found a dangerous protector. How France and Frenchmen might be kept in Buck. Why should he then protect our soveawe?

reign, And hath his highness in his infancy

He being of age to govern of himself ?Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes ? Cousin of Somerset, join you with me, And shall these labours, and these honours, die? And all together with the dake of Suffolk, Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance, We'll quickly hoise Duke Humphrey from his Your deeds of war, and all our counsel die?

seat. O peers of England, shameful is this league! Car. This weighty business will not brook de Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame : Blotting your names from books of memory : I'll to the duke of Suffolk presently. (Eril. Razing the characters of your renown:

Som. Cousin of Buckinghain, though Hun : Defacing monuments of conquer'd France;

phrey's pride, Undoing all, as all had never been !

And greatness of his place, be grief to us, Car. Nephew, what means this passionate Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal; discourse

His insolence is more intolerable
This peroration with such circumstance ? Than all the princes in the land beside ;
For France, 'tis ours; and we wili keep it still. If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector.

Gio. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ; Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset, will be pro-
But now it is impossible we should :

tector, Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roast, Despight Duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. Hath given the duchies of Anjou and Maine

[Exeunt Buckingham and Somerset.
Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows himn.
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. While these do labour for their own preforment,
Sal. Now, by the death of him that died for all, Behoves it us to labour for the realm
These counties were the keys of Normandy : I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster
But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son ? Did bear him like a noble gentleman.

War. For grief, that they are past recovery : Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal-
For, were there hope to conquer them again, More like a soldier, than a man o' the church,
My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all,

Swear like a ruffian, and demean himself
Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both; Unlike the ruler of a common-weal.-
Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer: Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age!-
And are the cities, that I got with wounds, Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keeping,
Deliver'd up again with peaceful words ? Hath won the greatest favours of the commons,
Mort Dieu !

Excepting none but good duke Humphrey.York. For Suffolk's duke-may he be suffocate, And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland, That dims the honour of this warlike isle ! In bringing them to civil discipline; France should have torn and rent my very heart, Thy late exploits, done in the heart of France, Before I would have yielded to this league. When thou wert regent for our sovereign, I never read but England's kings have had Have made thee fear'd, and honour'd, of the Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their people :wives :

Join we together for the public good; And our King Henry gives away his own, In what we can to bridle and suppress To match with her that brings no vantages. "The pride of Suffolk and the cardinal,

Clo. A proper jest, and never heard before, With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambition ; That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, And, as we may, cherish Duke Humphrey For costs and charges in transporting her!

decos, She saonld have staid in France, and starv'd in While they do tend the profit of the land. France,

War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the Before

land, Car. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too hot; And common profit of his country! It was the pleasure of my lord the king.

York. And so says York, for be hath greatest Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your mind;

Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look unto Tis not my speeches that you do mislike,

the main.


War. Unto the main ! O father, Maine is lost i What, is't too short ? I'll lengthen it with mine; That Maine, which by main force Warwick did And having both together heav'd it up, win,

We'll both together lift onr heads to heaven; And would have kept, so long as breath did last : And never more abase our sight so low, Main chance, father, you meant ; but I meant As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground. Maine :

Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy Which I will win from France, or else be slain. lord,

[Ereunt Warwick and Salisbury. Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts: York. Anjou and Maine are given to the And may that thought, when I imagine ill French;

Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry, Paris is lost; the state of Normandy

Be my last breathing in this mortal world! Stands on a tickle point, now they are gone : My troublesome dream this night doth make me Suffolk concluded on the articles;

sad. The peers agreed ; and Henry was well pleas'd, Duch What dream'd my lord ? tell me, and To change two dukedons for a duke's fair I'll requite it dalighter.

With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. I cannot blame them all; What is't to them? Glo. Methought, this staff, mine office-badge Tis thine they give away, and not their own. in court, Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their Was broke in twain, by whom, I have forgot, pillage,

But, as I think, it was by the cardinal; And purchase friends, and give to courtesans, And on the pieces of the broken wand Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone: Were plac'd the heads of Edmond duke of So. While as the silly owner of the goods

merset, Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless hands, And William de la Poole, first duke of Suffolk. And shakes his head, and trembliog stands aloof, This was my dream, what it doth bode, God While all is shar'd, and all is borne away ;

knows. Really to starve, and dare not touch his own. Tech. Tut, this was nothing but an argument, So York must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue, That he that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove, While his own lands are bargain'd for, and sold. Shall lose his head for his presumption. Methinks the realms of England, France, and But list to ine, my Humphrey, my sweet duke Ireland,

Methought, I sat in seat of majesty, Bear that proportion to my flesh and blood, In the cathedral church of Westminster, As did the fatal brand Althea burn'd,

And in that chair where kings and queens are Unto the prince's heart of Calydon.

crown'd; Anjou and Maine, both given unto the French! Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneeld to Cold news for me, for I had hope of France,

me, Even as I have of fertile England's soil. And on my head did set the diadem. A day will come, when York shall claim his Glo. Nay, Eleanor, theu must I chide oate owi:

right: And therefore I will take the Nevils' parts, Presumptuous dame, ill-nurtur'd Eleanor ! And make a show of love to proud duke Hum- Art thou not second woman in the realm ; phrey,

And the protector's wife, belov'd of him ? And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown, Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command, For that's the golden mark I seek to hit: Above the reach or compass of thy thought ?" Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right, And wilt thou still be hammering treachery, Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist,

To tumble down thy husband, and thy selt, Nor wear the diadem upon his head,

From top of honour to disgrace's feet? Whose church-like humours fit not for a crown. Away from me, and let me hear no more. Then, York, be still a while, till time do serve: Duch. What,'what, my lord I are you so cho Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep, with Freshor, for telling but her dream? To pry into the secrets of the state; Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love,

Next time, I'll keep my dreams unto myself, With his new bride, and England's dear bought And not be check'd. queen,

Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again. And Humphrey with the peers be fall'n at jars; Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose,

Enter a Messenger. With whose sweet smell the air shall be per- Mess. My lord protector, 'lis his highness' fum'd;

pleasure, And in my standard bear the arms of York, You do prepare to ride unto Saint Albans, To grapple with the house of Lancaster; Whereas the king and queen do mean to hawk. And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the Glo. I go-Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with crown,

us ? Whose bookish rule hath pull'd fair England Duch. Yes, good my lord, I'll follow presently. down.


[Ereunt Gloster and Messenger

Follow I must, I cannot go before,
SCENE II. The same.

While Gloster bears this base and humble mind. A Room in the Duke of Gloster's House. Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood, Enter Gloster and the Duchess.

I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks,

And smooth my way apon their headless necks: Duch. Why droops my lord, like over-ripen'a And, being a woman, I will not be slack

To play my part in fortone's pageant. Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load ? Where are you there? Sir John l nay, fear at Why doth the great Duke Humphrey knit his man, brows,

We are alone; here's none but thee, and I. As frowning at the favours of the world 7 Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth,

Enter Hume. Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight? Hume. Jesu preserve your royal majesy! What seest thou there? King Henry's diadem, Duch. What say'st thou, majesty 1 am bent Enchas'd with all the honours of the world ?

grace. If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face,

Hume. But, by the grace of God, and Hume's Until thy hend be circled with the same.

advice, Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold :

-Your grace's uite shall be multiplied


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