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Dost thou deny thy father, cursed drab?
York. Take her away ; for she hath liv’d tuo long, To fill the world with vicious qualities.
Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have condemn’d: Not me begotten of a shepherd swain, But issu'd from the progeny of kings : Virtuous, and holy ; chosen from above, By inspiration of celestial grace, To work exceeding miracles on earth. I never had to do with wicked spirits : But, you,- that are polluted with your lusts, Stain'd with the guiltless blood of innocents, Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, Because you want the grace that others have, You judge it straight a thing impossible To compass wonders, but by help of devils. No, misconceived !8 Joan of Arc hath been A virgin from her tender infancy, Chaste and immaculate in very thought ; Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus’d, Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven.
York. Ay, ay ;-away with her to execution.
War. And hark ye, sirs ; because she is a maid,
Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts !
York. Now heaven forfend! the holy maid with child?
War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought : Is all your strict preciseness come to this?
York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling : I did imagine what would be her refuge.
War. Well, go to ; we will have no bastards live ; Especially, since Charles must father it.
Puc. You are deceiv'd ; my child is none of his ; It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my lore.
York. Alençon ! that notorious Machiavel ! It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.  No, ye misconceivers, ye who mistake me and my qualities. STEE.
Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you ; 'Tis neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam'd, But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd.
War. A marry'd man ! that's most intolerable. York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows not well, There were so many, whom she may accuse.
War. It is a sign, she hath been liberal and free.
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee : Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.
Pu.Then lead me hence;- with whom I leave my cursę: May never glorious sun reflex his beams Upon the country where you make abode ! But darkness and the gloomy shade of death Environ you ; till mischief, and despair, Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves !!
[Exit, guarded. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes, Thou foul accursed minister of hell !
Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, altended.
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
War. Be patient, York : if we conclude a peace,
 Perhaps Shakspeare intended to remark, in this execration, the frequency of suicide among the English, which has been commonly imputed to the gloominess of their air. JOHNS.
Enter CHARLES, attended ; ALENGON, Bastard,
REIGNIER, and others.
York. Speak, Wind ster ; for boiling choler chokes
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus :
Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself !
Chår. 'Tis known already, that I am possess'a
York. Iosulting Charles ! hast thou by secret means
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy (1) Baleful had anciently the same meaning as ban-ful. It is an epithet very frequently bestowed on poisonous plants and reptiles. (2) Benefit,a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king.
To cavil in the course of this contract:
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
[.Aside to CHARLES. War. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our condition Char. It shall :
(stand? Only reserv’d, you claim no interest In any of our towns of garrison ?
York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ;
[CHARLES and the rest give tokens of fealty.
SCENE V. London. A Room in the Palace. Enter King HENRY, in conference with SUFFOLK ; Gloster and Exeter following.
K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, noble earl,
Srif. Tush ! my good lord ! this superficial tale
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents,
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
Glo. So should I give consent to ftatter sin.
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths ;
Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than that?
Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king,
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do,
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal dower; While Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so your king, That he should be so abject, base, and poor, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. Henry is able to enrich his queen, And not to seek a queen to make him rich : So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse. Marriage is a matter of more worth, Than to be dealt by attorney ship; Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, Must be companion of his nuptial bed : And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, It most of all these reasons bindeth us, In our opinions she should be preferr’d. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, An age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
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