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As if, with Circe, she would change my shape.
York. O, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man ;
Puc. A plaguing mischief light on Charles, and thee!
[Exeunt. Alarums. Enter SUFFOLK, leading in Lady MARGARET. Suf. Be what thou wilt, thou art ny 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. I kiss these fmgers [ Kissing her hand.] for eternal peace: Who art thou ? say, that I may honour thee.
Mar. Margaret my name ; and daughter to a king,
Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd.
[She turns away as going.
(8] To ban is to curse! STEEV.
to) This comparison, made between things which seem sufficiently unlike, is intended to express she softness and delicacy of Lady Margaret's beauty, which delighted, but did not dazzle; which was bright, but gave no pain by its lustre. JOHNS.
. Do not represent thyself so weak. To disable the judgment of another was, in that age, the same as to destroy its credit or authority. JOHNS
Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight?
Mar. Say, earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be so, -
Suf. How canst thou tell, she will deny thy suit,
[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.
Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not bear.
Suf. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whom?
Mar. He talks of wood : It is some carpenter.
Suf. Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,
[Aside. Mar. Hear ye, captain ? Are you not at.leisure ?
Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much :
Mar. What though I be enthral'd? he seems a knight, And will not any way dishonour me.
[Aside. Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I
say. Mar. Perhaps, 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
v. [Asi: Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so ? Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo.
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose Your 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.
Suf. And so shall you,
Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me ?
Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen;
Mar. What ?
Suf. No, gentle madam ; I unworthy am
Mar. An if my father please, I am content.
Suf. Then call our captains, and our colours, forth :
[7'roops come forward. A Parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER, on the Walls.
Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner.
Reig. Suffolk, what remedy?
Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord :
Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks ?
Suf. Fair Margaret knows,
Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend,
[Exit from the Walle. Suf. And here I will expect thy coming.
Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER, below.
Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child, 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 worth, To be the princely bride of such a lord ; Upon condition I 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 ;
Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name,
Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks,
[.Aside I'll over then to England with this news, And make this marriage to be solemniz'd; So, farewell, Reignier ! Set this diamond safe In golden palaces, as it becomes.
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. Mar. Farewell, my lord ! Good wishes, praise, and
prayers, Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret.
[Going. Suf.Farewell, sweet madam ! But hark you Margaret ; No princely commendations to my king?"
Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, A virgin, and his servant, say to him.
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly directed. But, madam, I must trouble you again, No loving token to his majesty ?
Mar. Yes, my good lord ; a pure unspotted heart, Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Suf. And this withal.
[Kisses her. Mar. That for thyself ;-I will not so presume, To send such peevish tokens to a king: [Ex.REI.& Mar.
Suf. O, wert thou for myself !-But, Suffolk, stay ; Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth ; There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk. Solicit Henry with her wond'rous praise : Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount ;
Mad, natural graces that extinguish art ;5
WICK, and Others.
Enter La PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd.
Puc. Decrepit miser !6 base ignoble wretch !
Shep. Out, out !-My lords, an please you, 'tis not so ;
War. Graceless ! wilt thou deny thy parentage ?
York. This argues what her kind of life hath been,
Shep. Fie, Joan ! that thou wilt be so obstacle !7
Puc. Peasant, avaunt !-- You have suborn'd this man,
Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest,
 By the word mad, I believe the poet meant wild or uncultivated. We cali a wild girl, to this day, a mad.cap. Mad, in some of the ancient books of gardening, is used of plants which grow rampant and wild.
[O] Miser has here no relation to avarice, but simply means a miserable creature, in which sense it was frequently used by old writers. STEEV.
(7] A vulgar corruption of obstinate, which I think has oddly lasted since Our author's time till now. JOHNS.