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Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance,
Your deeds of war and all our counsel die?
O peers of England, shameful is this league!
Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame,
Blotting your names from books of memory,

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Razing the characters of your renown,
Defacing monuments of conquer'd France,
Undoing all, as all had never been!

Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse,
This peroration with such circumstance?
For Frarce, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still.

Glou. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can;
But now it is impossible we should:
Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roast,
Hath given the duchy of Anjou and Maine

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Unto the poor King Reignier, whose large style
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.

Sal. Now, by the death of Ilim that died for all,
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 blood, mine eyes no tears.
Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both;
Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer:

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And are the cities, that I got with wounds,
Deliver'd up again with peaceful words?
Mort Dieu !

Yor). 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 bave yielded to this league.
I never read but England's kings have had
Large sums of gold and dowries with their wives;
And our King Henry gives away his own,

130 To match with her that brings no vantages.

Glou. A proper jest, and never heard before,
That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth
For costs and charges in transporting her!
She should have stayed in France and starved in France,
Before

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

Glou. My Lord of Winchester, I know your mind;
'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike,

140 But 'tis my presence that doth trouble ye. Rancour will out: proud prelate, in thy face

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I see thy fury: if I longer stay,
We shall begin our ancient bickerings.
Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone,
I prophesied France will be lost ere long.

[Exit. Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. 'Tis known to you he is mine enemy, Nay, more, an enemy unto you all, And no great friend, I fear me, to the king.

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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 displeased at it.
Look to it, lords; let not his smoothing words
Bewitch your hearts; be wise and circumspect.
What though the common people favour him,
Calling him "Humphrey, the good Duke of Gloucester,”
Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice, 160
* Jesu maintain your royal excellence!"
With “God preserve the good Duke Humphrey!"
I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss,
He will be found a dangerous protector.

Buck. Why should he, then, protect our sovereign,
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 Ilumphrey from his seat.

Car. This weighty business will not brook delay; 170 I'll to the Duke of Suffolk presently.

[Erit. Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Humphrey's pride And greatness of his place be grief to us, Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal: His insolence is more intolerable Than all the princes in the land beside: If Gloucester be displaced, he'll be protector.

Buck. Or thou or I, Somerset, will be protector, Despite Duke Humphrey or the cardinal.

(Ereunt Buckingham and Somerset, Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows him. 180 While these do labour for their own preferment, Behoves it us to labour for the realm. I never saw but Humphrey Duke of Gloucester Did bear him like a noble gentleman. Oft have I seen the laughty cardinal, More like a soldier than a man o' the church, As stout and proud as he were lord of all, Swear like a ruffian and demean himsclf

cause.

Unlike the ruler of a commonweal.
Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age,

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Thy deeds, thy plainness and thy housekeeping,
Hath won the greatest favour of the commons,
Excepting none but good Duke Humphrey:
And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland,
In bringing them to civil discipline,
Thy late exploits done in the heart of France,
When thou wert regent for our sovereign,
Have made thee fear'd and honour'd of the people:
Join we together, for the public good,
In what we can, to bridle and suppress

200 The pride of Suffolk and the cardinal, With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambition; And, as we may, cherish Duke Humphrey's decds, While they do tend the profit of the land.

War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the land, And common profit of his country!

York. [Aside] And so says York, for he hath greatest
Sul. Then let's make haste away, and look unto the

main.
War, Unto the main! 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, you meant; but I meant Maine,
Which I will win from France, or else be slain.

[Exeunt Warwick and Salisbury.
York. Anjou and Maine are given to the French;
Paris 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 pleased
To change two dukedons for a dukc's fair daughter.
I cannot blame them all: what is't to them?

220 'Tis thine they give away, and not their own. Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their pillage, And purchase friends and give to courtezans, Still revelling like lords till all be gone; While as the silly owner of the goods Weeps over them and wrings his hapless hands And shakes his head and trembling stands aloof, While all is shared and all is borne away, Ready to starve anıl dare not touch his own: So York must sit and fret and bite his tongue,

230 While his own lands are bargain'd for and solel. Dethinks the realms of England, France and Ireland

Bear that proportion to my flesh and blood
As did the fatal brand Althæa burn'd
L'nto the prince's heart of Calydon.
Anjou and Maine both given unto the French!
Cold news for me, for I had hope of France,
Even as I have of fertile England's soil.
A day will come when York shall claim his own;
And therefore I will take the Nevils' parts

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And make a show of love to proud Duke Humphrey,
And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown,
For that's the golden mark I seek to bit:
Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right,
Nor hold ihe sceptre in his childishi tist,
Nor wear the diadem upon liis head,
Whose church-like humours fits pot for a crown.
Then, York, be still awhile, till time do serve:
Watch thou and wake when others be asleep,
To pry into the secrets of the state;

250 Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love, With his new bride and England's dear-bought queen, And Humpbrey with the peers be fall'u at jars: Then will I raise aloft the milk white rose, With whose sweet smell the air shall be perfumed; And in my standard bear the arms of York, To grapple with the house of Lancaster; And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown, Whose bookish rule hath pulld fair England down. (Exit.

SCENE II. The DUKE OF GLOUCESTER's house.

Enter DUKE HUMPHREY and his wife ELEANOR.
Duch. Why droops my lord, like over-ripen'd corn,
Hanging the liead at Ceres' plenteous load?
Why doth the great Duke Humphrey knit his brows,
As frowning at the favours of the world?
Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth,
Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight?
What seest thou there? King Henry's diadem,
Enchased with all the honours of the world?
If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face,
Until thy head be circled with the same.
Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold.
What, is't too short? I'll lengthen it with mine;
And, having both together heaved it up,
We'll both gether lift our heads to heaven,
And never more abase our sight so low

10 As to vouclısafe one glance unto the ground.

Glou. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy lord,
Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts.
And may that thought, when I imagine ill
Against my king and nephew, virtuous Ilenry,

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Be my last breathing in this mortal world!
My troublous dream this night doth make me sad.

Duch. What dream'd my lord ? tell me, and I'll requite it
With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream.

Glou. Methought this stall, mive ofiice-badge in court,
Was broke in twain: by whom I have forgot,
But, as I think, it was by the cardinal;
And on the pieces of the broken wand
Were placed the heads of Edmund Duke of Somerset,
And William de lid. Pole, first duke of Suffolk.

30 This was my dream: what it doth bode, God knows.

Duch. Tut, this was nothing but an argument
That lie that breaks a stick of Gloucester's grove
Shall lose his head for his presumption.
But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke:
Methought I sat in seat of majesty
In the cathedral church of Westminster,
And in that chair where kings and queens are crown'd;
Where llenry and dame Margaret kreeld to me
And on my head did set the diadem.

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Glou: Nay, Eleanor, thien must I chide outright:
Presumptuous dame, ill-murtured Elcanor,
Art thou not second woman in the realm,
And the protector's wife, beloved of him?
Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command,
Above the reach or compass of thy thought?
And wilt thou still be hammering treachery,
To tumble down thy husband and thyself
From top of honour to disgiace's feet?
Away from me, and let me bear no more!

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Duch. What, what, my lord! are you so choleric
With Eleanor, for telling but her dream?
Next time I'll keep my dreams unto myself,
And not be check d.

Glou. Nay, be not angry; I am pleased again.

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Enter MESSENGER.

Mess. My lord protector, 'tis luis higliness' pleasure
You do prepare to ride unto Saint Alban's,
Where as the king and queen do mean to hawk.

Glou. I go. Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us?

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