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My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's fame: Alarums. Exeunt Soldiers and Servant, leaving All these, and more, we hazard by thy stay;

the two Bodies. Enter CHARLES, ALENÇON, All these are sav'd, if thou wilt fly away.

BURGUNDY, Bastard, LA PUCELLE, and Forces, John. The sword of Orleans hath not made me Char. Had York and Somerset brought rescue m. sinart,

Sheart.1

[heart: We should have found a bloody day of this. These words of yours draw life-blood from my Bast. How the young whelp of Talbot's, raging On that advantage, bought with such a shame

wood, (To save a paltry life, and slay bright fame,)

Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood ! Before young Talbot from old Talbot fly,

Puc. Once I encounter'd him, and thus I said, The coward horse, that bears me, fall and die:

Thou maiden youth, be vanquish'd by a mail : And, like me to the peasant boys of France;

But--with a proud, majestical high scorn,To be shame's scorn, and subject of mischance !

He answer'd thus; Young Talbot was not borri Surely, by all the glory you have won,

To be the pillage of a giglotto wench: An if I fly, I am not Talbot's son:

So, rushing in the bowels of the French," Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot;3

He left me proudly, as unworthy fight. If son to Talbot, die at Talbot's foot.

Bur. Doubtless, he would have made a nobie Tal. Then follow thou thy desperate sire of

knight : ' Crete, 4

See, where he lies inhersed in the arms Thou Icarus; thy life to me is sweet :

Of the most bloody nurser of his harms. If thou wilt fight, fight by thy father's side ;

Bas. Hew them to pieces, hack their bonea And, commendable prov'd, let's die in pride.

asunder ;

[Exeunt. | Whose life was England's glory, Gallia's wonder SCENE VII. Another Part of the same. Alarum : During the life, let us not wrong it dead.

Char. O, no; forbear: for that which we have fled Excursions. Enter TALBOT wounded, supported by a Servant.

Enter SiR WILLIAM Lucy, attended, a French Tal. Where is my other life ?-mine own is

Herald preceding. gone ;

Lucy. Herald, 0, where's young Talbot ?-where is valiant John?- Conduct me to the Dauphin's tent; to know!? Triumphant death, smear'd with captivity !5 Who hath obtain'd the glory of the day. Young Talbot's valour makes me smile at thee: Char. On what submissive message art thou sent? When he perceiv'd me shrink, and on my knee, Lucy. Submission, Dauphin ? 'tis a mere French His bloody sword he brandish'd over me,

word; And, like a hungry lion, did commence

We English warriors wot not what it means. Rough deeds of rage, and stern impatience; I come to know what prisoners thou hast ta’en, But when my angry guardant stood alone,

And to survey the bodies of the dead. Tend'ring my ruin, and assaild of none,

Char. For, prisoners ask'st thou ? hell our pr Dizzy-ey'd fury, and great rage of heart,

son is. Suddenly made him from my side to start

But tell me whom thou seek'st? Into the clust'ring battle of the French :

Lucy. Where is the great Alcides of the field, And in that sea of blood my boy did drench Valiant Lord Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury ? His overmounting spirit; and there died

Created, for his rare success in arms, My Icarus, my blossom, in his pride.

Great earl of Washford, 13 Waterford, and Valence ; Enter Soldiers, bearing the Body of John Talbot. I Lord Talbot of Goodrig and Urchinfield,

Lord Strange of Blackmere, Lord Verdun of Alton, Serv. O my dear lord ! lo, where your son is Lord Cromwell of Wingfield, Lord Furnival of borne!

Sheffield, Tal. Thou antic death, which laugh’st us here to | The thrice victorious lord of Falconbridge ; scorn,"

Knight of the noble order of Saint George, Anon, from thy insulting tyranny,

Worthy Saint Michael, and the Golden Fleece ; Coupled in bonds of perpetuity,

Great mareschal to Henry the Sixth, o Talbots, winged through the lither8 sky,

Of all his wars within the realm of France ?
In thy despite shall 'scape mortality.-
O thou, whose wounds become hard-favour's death, The Turk, that two and fifty kingdoms hath.

Puc. Here is a silly stately style indeed!
Speak to thy father, ere thou yield thy breath: 'Writes

Writes not so tedious a style as this.Brave death by speaking, whether he will, or no ; | Him, that thou magnifiest with all these titles. Imagine him a Frenchman, and thy foe.

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Stinking and flyblown, lies here at our feet. Poor boy! he smiles, methinks ; as who should say

Lucy. JS Talbot slain; the frenchman's only ad death been French then death had died today!

scourge, Come, corne, and lay him in his father's arms;

Your kingdom's terror and black Nemesis ? My spirit can no longer bear these harms.

0, were mine eyeballs into bullets turn'd, Soldiers, adieu ! I have what I would have,

That I, in rage, might shoot them at your faces ! Now my old arms are young John Talbot's grave.

0, that I could but call these dead to life! Dies.

It were enough to fright the realm of France : 1 Prior has borrowed this thought in his Henry and

Were but his picture left among you here, Emma :

9 Wood signified furious as well as mad: raging • Are there not poisons, racks, and flames, and swords,

ames, and swords, wood is certainly here furiously raging. That Emma thus must die by Henry's words ?

10 A giglot is a wanton wench. Aminx, gigle (or 2 i. e. compare me, reduce me to a level by com.giglet,) Hirt, callet, or gixie,' says Cotgrave. parison.

11 We have a similar expression in the First Part of 3 See note on King Richard II. Act i. Sc. 1.

Jeronimo, 1605 :4 Thus in the Third Part of King Henry VI.:

Meet, Don Andrea! yes, in the battle's bowels.' "What a peevish fool was that of Crete.

12 Lucy's message implied that he knew who had 5 Triumphant death, though thy presence is made obtained ihe victory: therefore Hanmer reads :more terrible, on account of the stain of dying in cap

Herald, conduct me to the Dauphin's tent.' tivity, yet young Talbot's valour makes me smile at 13 Werford. in Ireland, was anciently called Weys thee.'

ford. In Crompton's Mansion of Magnanimitie, 1599, 6'Watching me with tenderness in my fall."

it is wrjrian as here, Washford. This long list of titles 7 In King Richard II. we have the same image:

is from the epitaph formerly existant on Lord Talbot's within the hollow crown

tomb at Rouen. "It is to be found in the work above That rounds the mortal temples of a king

cited, with one other, Lord Lovetoft of Worson, Keeps death his court; and there the antic sits

which would not easily fall into the verse. It conc.udes Bcoffing his state, and grinning at his pomp.'

as here, and adds, who died in the battle of Burdeaux, 8 Lither is flexible, pliant, yielding.

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It would a3122€) the proudesi of you all. | As-liking of the lady's virtuous gifts,
Give me their bodies; that I may bear them hence, Her heauty, and the value of her dower,-
And give them burial as beseems their worth. He doth intend she shall be England's queen.

Puc. I think, this start is old Talbot's ghost, 1 K. Hen. In argument and proof of which contract, He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit. Bear her this jewe!, [To the Amb. pledge of my For God's sake, let him have 'em: to keep them

affection. here,

And so, my lord protector, see them guarded, They would but stink, and putrefy the air. And safely brought to Dover; where, inshipp'd, Char. Go, take their bodies hence.

Commit them to the fortune of the sea. Lucy.

I'll bear them hence: [Exeunt King HENRY and Train ; GLOSTER, But from their ashes shall be rear'd2

EXETER, and Ambassadors. A phenix that shall make all France afeard. | Win. Stay, my lord legate ; you shall first receiv Char. So we bu aid of them, do with 'em what | The sum of money, which I promised thou wilt.

Should be deliverd to his holiness And now to Paris, in this conquering vein;

For clothing me in these grave ornaments All will be ours, now biudy Talbot's slain.

Leg. I will attend upon your lordship’s leisure.
[Exeunt. / Win. Now, Winchester will not submit, I trow,

Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
ACT V.

Humphrey of Gloster, thou shalt well perceive.
SCENE I. London. A Koorn in the Palace. Enter That, neither in birth, or for authority,
King HENRY, Glusrek, and EXETER.

The bishop will be overborne by thee: Ķ. Hen. Have you peius'u dhe letters from the

I'll either make thee stoop, and bend thy knee,

Or sack this country with a mutiny. (Exeunt. pope, The emperor, and the earl of Arinagnac ?

SCENE II. France. Plains in Anjou. Enter Glo. I have, my lord ; and their intent is this, CHARLES, BURGUNDY, ALENGON, LA PUThey humbly sue unto your excellence,

CELLE, and Forces, marching. To have a godly peace concluded of,

Char. These news, my lords, may cheer our Between the realms of England and of France.

drooping spirits : K. Hen. How doth your grace affect their motion? | 'Tis said, the stout Parisians do revolt,

Glo. Well, my good lord; and as the only means And turn again unto the warlike French. To stop effusion of our Christian blood,

Alen. Then march to Paris, royal Charles of And 'stablish quietness on every side.

France,
K. Hen. Ay, marry, uncle ; for I always thought, And keep not back your powers in dalliance.
It was both impious and unnatural,

Puc. Peace be amongst them, if they turn to us, That such inimanity3 and bloody strife

Else, ruin combat with their palaces!
Should reign among professors of one faith.

Enter a Messenger.
Glo. Beside, my lord—the sooner to effect,
And surer bind, this knot of amity,

Mess. Success unto our valiant general,
The earl of Armagnac-near knit to Charles,

| And happiness to his accomplices ! A man of great authority in France,

Char. What tidings send our scouts ? I prytneo Proffers his only daughter to your grace

speak. In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.

Mess. The English army, that divided was K. Hen. Marriage, uncle! alas! my years are Into two parts, is now conjoin'd in one; young ;4

And ineans to give you battle presently. And fitter is my study and my books,

Char. Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warning is;

But we will presently provide for them... Yet, call the ambassadors; and, as you please,

Bur. I trust the ghost of Talbot is not there; So let them have their answers every one:

Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear. I shall be well content with any choice,

· Puc. Of all' base passions, fear is most as Tends to God's glory, and my country's weal.

curs'd-

Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine ; Enter a Legate, and Two Ambassadors, with Win-1

Let Henry fret, and all the world repine.
CHESTER, in a Cardinals Habit.

Char. Then on, my lords ; And France be fortuExe. What! is my lord of Winchester install’d,

nate!

[Exeunt. And call'd unto a cardinal's degree !5

SCENE III. The same. Before Angiers. AlaThen, I perceive, that will be verified,

rums: Excursions. Enter LA POCELLE. Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy,-If once he come to be a cardinal,

Puc. The regent conquers, and the Frenchmen He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.

fly.-K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your several suits Now help, ye charming spells, and periapts : 6 Have been consider'd and debated on.

And ye choice spirits that admonish me, Your purpose is both good and reasonable :

And give me signs of future accidents !' [Thunder. And, therefore, are we certainly resoly'd

You speedy helpers, that are substitutes To draw conditions of a friendly peace; .

Under the lordly inonarch of the north," Which, by my lord of Winchester, we mean

Appear, and aid me in this enterprise! Shall be transported presently to France.

Enter Fiends. Glo. And for the proffer of my lord your This speedy quick appearance argues proof inaster,

of your accustom'd diligence to me. I have inform'd his highness so at large,

Now, ye familiar spirits, that are culld 1 To amaze is to dismay, to throw into consternation. • A citie amazed or astonied with feare. Urbs lymphata advancement. It appears that he would imply that horroribus.' Barel.

Winchester obtained his hat only just before his present 2 A word is wanting to complete the metre, which entry. He in fact obtained it in the fifth year of Henry's Hanmer thus supplied :

reign. But from their ashes, Dauphin, shall be rear'd.' 6 Periapts were certain written charms worn about 3 Immanity (inmanitas, Lat.) outrageousness, cru. tho person as preservatives from disease and danger. elty, excess. Birint. A belluine kind of iinmunity of these the first chapter of St. John's Gospel was never raged so amongst men.' Howell's LP!10s, iii. 15. leemed the most efficacious. See Scot's Discovery of . 4 The king was, however, twenty-four years old. Witchcralt, 1584, p. 213, &c.

5 The poet has here forgot himself. In the first act 7 Tie monarch of the north was Zimimar, one of the Gloster says:

four principal devils invoked by witches. The north . lll canvas thee in thy broad cardinal'ş hat.' was supposed to be the particular habitation of bad And it is strange that Exeter should not know of his spirits. Milton assembles the rebel angels in the past the

Out of the powerful regions? under earth, |Fain would I woo her, you I dare not speak:
Help me this once, that France may get the field. I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind :

[They walk about, and speak not. Fye, De la Poole! disable not thyself ;6 O, hold me not with silence over-long!

Hast not a tongue ? is she not here thy prisoner? Where? I was wont to feed you with my blood, Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? l'll lop a member off, and give it you,

Ay; beauty's princely majesty is such, In earnest of a further benefit;

Confounds the tongue, and makes the senses rough.' So you do condescend to help me now.

Mar. Say, earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be so, [They hang their heads. What ransom must I pay before I pass ? No hope to have redress ?-My body shall For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner... Pay recompense, if you will grant my suit.. Suff. How canst thou tell she will deny thy suit,

They shake their heads. Before thou make a trial of her love ? Aside. Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice,

Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransom must Entreat you to your wonted furtherance ?

I pay? Then take my soul; my body, soul, and all,

Suff. She's beautiful; and therefore to be woo'd: Before that England give the French the foil. She is a woman; therefore to be won. Aside.

[They depart. Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea, or no? See! they forsake me. Now the time is come, | Suf. Fond man! remember, that thou hast a wife: That France must vails her loftv-plumed crest, Then how can Margaret be thy paramour ? [Aside. And let her head fall into England's lap.

Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not hear. My ancient incantations are too weak,

Suff. There all is marrd; there lies a cooling And hell too strong for me to buckle with:

care.8 Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust. [Exit. Mar. He talks at random ; sure, the man is mad. Alarums. Enter French and English, fighting. I

Suff. And yet a dispensation may be had. LA PUCELLE and YORK fight hand to hand. LA

Mar. And yet I would that you would answer me. PUCELLE is taken. The French fly.

Suff. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whom ? York. Damsel of France, I think I have you fast; |

Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden thing.'

Mar. He talks of wood: It is some carpenter. Unchain your spirits now with spelling charr

Suff. Yet so my fancy1° may be satisfied, And try if they can gain your liberty.

And peace established between these realms. A goodly prize, fit for the devil's grace!

But there remains a scruple in that too; See, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows,

For though her father be the king of Naples,
As if, with Circe, she would change my shape.

Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet he is poor,
Puc. Chang'd to a worser shape thou canst not be.
York. O, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man;

And our nobility will scorn the match. [ Aside.

Mar. Hear ye, captain ? Are you not at leisure ? No shape but his can please your dainty eye.

Suff. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much : Puc. A plaguing mischief light on Charles, and

Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.thee!

Madam, I have a secret to reveal. And may ye both be suddenly surpris'd

Mar. What though I be enthrall'd ? he seems a By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds! York. Fell, banning* hag! enchantress, hold thy | Ana will not any way dishonour me.

knight,

Aside. tongue.

Suff. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. Pur. I pr'ythee, give me leave to curse a while. I

Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French: York. Curse, miscreant, when thou comest to the land then I ne

| And then I need not crave his courtesy. [Aside. stake.

[Exeunt. Suff. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause Alarums. Enter SUFFOLK, leading in LADY Mar. Tush: women have been captivate ere now. MARGARET.

[ Aside. Suff. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner.

Suff. Lady, wherefore talk you so ? (Gazes on her.

1 Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. O fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly;

Suff. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose For I will touch thee but with reverent hands, Your bondage happy, to be made a queen? And lay them gently on thy tender side.

Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, I kiss these fingers [Kisses her hand.] for eternal i Than is a slave in base servility; peace :

For princes should be free Who art thou ? say, that I may honour thee.

Suff.

And so shall you, Mar. Margaret my name ; and daughter to a king,

If happy England's royal king be free. The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art.

Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? Suff. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd.

Suff. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen; Be not offended, nature's miracle,

To put a golden sceptre in thy hand, Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me:

And set a precious crown upon thy head. So doth the swan her downy cygnets save,

| If thou wilt condescend to be myKeeping them prisoners underneath her wings.

Mar.

What? Yet, if this servile usage once offend,

Suff. His love. Go, and be free again as Suffolk's friend.

Mar. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife. [She turns away as going. |

Suff. No, gentle madam; I unworthy am O, stay! I have no power to let her pass;

To woo so fair a dame to be his wife, My hand would free her, but my heart says-no.

And have no portion in the choice myself. As plays the sun upon the glassy streams,

How say you, madam; are you so content? Twinkling another counterfeited beam,

Mar. An if my father please, I am content. So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.”

1 Warburton thought that we should read legions 6 Do not represent thyself so weak.' To disable here, the same mistake having occurred before in this was to dispraise, or impeach, play.

The meaning of rough here is not very evident. 2 Where for whereas, a common substitution in old Sir Thomas Hanmer reads crouch. writers; whereas is also sometimes used for where. 18 A cooling card was most probably a card so deci

3 To pail is to lower. See note on Merchant of Ve. sive as to cool the courage of the adversary. Meta Aice, Act i. Sc. 1.

phorically, something to damp or overwhelm the hopes 4 To ban is to curse.

of an expectant. . 5 This comparison, made between things sufficiently 9 i. e. an awkward business, an undertaking nor unlike (Johnson observes,) is intended to express the likely to succeed. It is sport to see a bold fellow out oi softness and delicacy of Lady Margaret's beauty, which countenance, for that puts his face into a most shrunken delighted, but did not dazzle : which was bright, but i and wooden posture.' wave no pain by its lustre.

10 i e. love.

Suff. Then call our captains, and our colours, Thou may'st not wander in thai labyrinth; forth:

There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk. And, madam, at your father's castle walls

Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise : We'll crave a parley to confer with him.

Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount;

[Troops come forward. Mad,3 natural graces that extinguish art; d Parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER, on the Walls. Repeat their semblance often on the seas, Suff. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner. Thou may'st bereave him of his wits with wonder.

That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's feet, Reig. To whom? Suff. To me.

(Exit. Reig.

Suffolk, what remedy? | SCENE IV. Camp of the Duke of York, in Anjou I am a soldier, and unapt to weep,'

Enter YORK, WARWICK, and others. Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.

York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd ic Suff. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord :

burn. Consent (and for thy honour, give consent,).

Enter LA PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd. Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king; Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto:

Shep. Ah, Joan! this kill thy father's heart outAnd this her easy-held imprisonment

right: Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty.

Have I sought every country far and near, Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?

And, now it is my chance to find thee out, Suff.

Fair Margaret knows,

Must I behold thy timeless4 cruel death?" That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign.

Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, I'll die with thee! Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend,

Puc. Decrepit miser!5 base ignoble wretch! To give thee answer of thy just demand.

I am descended of a gentler blood : [Exit from the Walls.

Thou art no father, nor no friend of mine. Suff. And here I will expect thy coming.

Shep. Out, out!—My lords, an please you, 'tis Trumpets sounded. Enter ReignIER, below. I did beget her, all the parish knows : Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories : Her mother liveth yet, can testify, Command in Anjou what your honour pleases. She was the first fruit of my bachelorship. Suff. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet al War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy parentage ? child.

York. This argues what her kind of life hath Fit to be made companion with a king:

· been: What answer makes your grace unto my suit ? Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little Shep. Fye, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle !8 worth,

God knows, thou art a collon of my flesh : To be the princely bride of such a lord;

And for thy sake have I shed many a tear: Upon condition I may quietly

Deny me not, I pr’ythee, gentle Joan. Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou, Puc. Peasant, avaunt! You have suborn'd this Free from oppression, or the stroke of war,

man, My daughter shall be Henry's, if he please. 1 Of purpose to cbscure my noble birth. Suff. That is her ransom, I deliver her;

Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest, And those two counties, I will undertake,

The niorn that I was wedded to her mother.Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy.

Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl. Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal nanie,

Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time As deputy unto that gracious king,

of thy nativity! I would the milk Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith. Thy mother gave thee, when thou suck’dst her Suff. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks,

breast, Because this is in traffic of a king:

Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake! And yet, methinks, I could be well content Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field, To be mine own attorney in this case. Aside. I wish some ravenous wolf had eaten thee! I'll over then to England with this news,

Dost thou deny thy father, cursed drab? And make this marriage to be solemniz'd;

O, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good. [Exit. So, farewell Reignier! Se: this diamond safe York. Take her away, for she hath liv'd too long, In golden palaces, as it becomes.

To fill the world with vicious qualities. Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace | Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have conThe Christian prince, King Henry, were he here.

demn'd; Mar. Farewell, my lord ? Good wishes, praise, Not one begotten of a shepherd swain and prayers,

| But issu'd from the progeny of kings; Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [Going. Virtuous and holy; chosen from above, Suff. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark you, By inspiration of celestial grace, Margaret;

To work exceeding miracles on earth.
No princely commendation to my king ?

I never had to do with wicked spirits :
Mr Such commendations as become a maid, But you,--that are polluted with your lusts,
A virgit. 'nd his servant, say to him.

Staind with the guiltless blood of innocents,
Suff. Ww. sweetly plac'd and modestly directed. Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices,
But madam, i svust trouble you again-

Because you want the grace that others have, No loving token to his majesty ?

You judge it straight a thing impossible Mar. Yes, my good lord; a pure unspotted heart, To compass wonders, but by help of devils. Never yet taint with love, I send the king.

No, misconceived !Joan of Arc sath been
Suff. And this withal.

Kisses her. A virgin from her tender infancy,
Mar. That for thyself:- I will not so presume, Chaste and immaculate in very thought;
To send such peevish? tokens to a king.

Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus'd, (Exeunt REIGNIER and MARGARET. Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. Suff. 0, wert thou for myself --But, Suffolk, York. Ay, ay ;-away with her to execution. stay ;

War. And hark ye, sirs; because she is a maid,

Spare for no fagots, let there be enough: 1 To face is to carry a false appearance, to play the hypocrite. Hence the name of one of Ben Jonson's 4 Timeless is untimely. characters in The Alchymist.

5 Miser has no relation to avarice in this passage, but 2 i. e. silly, foolish.

simply means a miserable creature. 3 Mad has been shown by Steevens to have been oc- 6 This vulgar corruption of obstinate has oddly lasted casionally used for wild, in which sense we must take till now, says Johnson. it here; if we do not, with others, suspect it an error of 7 No, ye misconceivers, ye who mistake me and my the press for And or Her.

i qualitica

child!

Place barrels of pitch upon the fatal slake,

Win. Charl is, and the rest, it is enacted thus That so her torture may be shortened.

That--in regar: King Henry gives consent,
Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts?-- Of mere compassion, and of leniti,
Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity;

To ease your country of distressful war,
'That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. And suffer you to treathe in fruitful peace -
I am with child, ye bloody homicides;

You shall become aue liegemen to iis rown: Murder not then the fruit within my womb,

And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear Although ye hale me to a violent death.

To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid with Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him,

And still enjoy thy regal dignity. War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought : 1 Alen. Must he be then as shadow of hinwolf? Is all your strict preciseness come to this?

Adorn his temples with a coronet ;4 York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling ; And yet, in substance and authority, I did imagine what would be her refuge.

Retnin but privilege of a private man? War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards live : This proffer is absurd and reasonless. Especially, since Charles must father it.

Char. 'Tis known, already, that I am possess'd Puc. You are deceived; my child is none of his ; With more than half the Gallian territories, It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my love.

And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king: York, Alençon! that notorious Machiavel !! Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish’d, li dies, an if it had a thousand lives.

Detract so much from that prerogative, Puc: 0, 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 ; I'll rather keep But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd. That which I have, than, coveting for more, War. A married man! that's most intolerable. Be cast from possibility of ail. York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows not York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secro well,

means There were so many, whom she may accuse. | Used intercession to obtain a league ; War. It's a 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 thee: Either accept the title thou usurp?st, Use no entreaty, for it is in vain."

Of benefits proceeding from our king, · Puc. Then lead me hence; with whom I leave And not of any challenge of desert, my curse:

Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. May never glorious sun reflex his beams

Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Upon the country where you make abode!

To cavil in the course of this contract;
But darkness and the gloomy shade of death If once it be neglected, ten to one,
Environ you; till mischief, and despair,

We shall not find like opportunity.
Drive you to break your nécks, or hang yourselves! Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,

[Exit, guarded. To save your subjects from such massacre, York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen ashes,

By our proceeding in hostility: 'Thou foul accursed minister of hell !

And therefore take this compact of a truce,
Enter CARDINAL BEAUFORT, attended.

Although you break it when your pleasure serves.

[ Aside to CHARLES Car. Lord Regent, I do greet your excellence

War. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our conWith letters of commission from the king.

dition stand ? For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils,

Char. It shall: Have earnestly implor'd a general peace

Only reserv'd, you claim no interest

In any of our towns of garrison.
Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French;
And here at hand the Dauphin, and his train,

York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty;

As thou art knight, never to disobey,
Approacheth, to confer about some matter.

Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
After the slaughter of so many peers,

Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.-

[CHARLES, and the rest, give tokens of fealty. So many captains, gentlemen and soldiers,

So, now dismiss your army when ye please ;
That in this quarrel have been overthrown,
Ind sold their bodies for their country's benefit,

Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still. Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace ?

For here we entertain a solemn peace. [Exeunt. Have we not lost most part of all the towns,

SCENE V. London. A Room in the Palace. By treason, falsehood, and by treachery,

Enter KING HENRY, in conference with Sur Our great progenitors had conquer'd ?

FOLK; GLOSTER and EXETER following. (), Warwick. Warwick! I foresee with grief

K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, noble The utter loss of all the realm of France.

earl,
War. Be patient, York : if we conclude a peace, | Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me :
It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
As little shall the Frenchman gain thereby.

Do breed love's settled passions in my heart:

And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts Enter Charles, attended ; ALENGON, Bastard, Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide REIGNIER, and others.

So am I driven, by breath of her renown, Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France, Where I may have fruition of her love. We come to be informed by yourselves

Suff. Tush! my good lord' this superficial taso What the conditions of that league must be. Is but a preface of her worthy praise : York. Speak, Winchester ; for boiling choler The chief perfections of that lovely damo chokes

(Had I sufficient skill to utter them,) The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,

Would make a volume of enticing lines, By sight of these our baleful enemies.

Able to ravish any dull conceit.

And, which is more, she is not so divine, I The character of Machiavel seems to have made 60 very deen an impression on the dramatic writers of ful. It is an epithet frequently bestowed on poisonoua this age, that he is many times introduced without re- plants and reptiles. gird to anachronism.

4 Coronet is here used for croun. 2 Conipiission. Pity,

15 Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king 3 Beirfui hau ariciently liic sane nicaning is licone Benefit is here a term of law

land

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