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And give me signs of future accidents,- What art thou? say, that I may honour thee.

[Thunder. Mar. Margaret my name, and daughter to You speedy helpers, that are substitutes

a king, Under the lordly monarch of the north, The king of Naples; whosoe'er thou art. Appear, and aid me in this enterprise !

Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd. Enter Fiends.

Be not offended, nature's miracle, This speedy and quick appearance, argues Thou art allotted to be ta’en by me: Of your accustom'd diligence to me, (proof So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, Now, ye familiar spirits, that are cull'd Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. Out of the powerful regions under earth, Yet if this servile usage once offend, Help me this once, that France may get the Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend. field. [They walk about, and speak not.

[She turns away as going. O, hold me not with silence over-long. O stay !-I have no power to let her pass ; Where I was wont to feed you with my blood, My hand would free her, but my heart says-I'll lop a member off, and give it you,

As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, [no. In earnest of a further benefit;

Twinkling another counterfeited beam, So you do condescend to help me now.- So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.

[They hang their heads. Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak : No hope to have redress ?- My body shall I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind :Pay recompense, if you will grant my suit. Fie, De-la-Poole ! disable not thyself ;

(They shake their heads. Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice,

prisoner? Entreat you to your wonted furtherance ? Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? Then take my soul ; my body, soul, and all, Ay, beauty's princely majesty is such, [rough. Before that England give the French the foil. Confounds the tongue, and makes the senses

[They depart. Mar. Say, Earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be See, they forsake me: now the time is come, What ransom must I pay before I pass? (s0,That France must vail her lofty-plumèd crest, For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner. And let her head fall into England's lap. Suf. (Aside.) How canst thou tell she will My ancient incantations are too weak,

deny thy suit, And hell too strong for me to buckle with : Before thou make a trial of her love? Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust. Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransom [Exit. must I pay?

(to be wood: Alarum. Enter French and English fighting : Suf. Aside.] She's beautiful, and therefore

La Pucelle and York fisht hand to hand : She is a woman, therefore to be won. (no? La Pucelle is taken. The French fly. [fast : Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea, or

York. Damsel of France, I think I have you Suf. [Aside.] Fond man! remember, that Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, thou hast a wife ; And try if they can gain your liberty.- Then, how can Margaret be thy paramour? A goodly prize, fit for the devil's grace!

Mur. I were best to leave him, for he will See how the ugly witch doth bend her brows, not hear. As if, with Circe, she would change my shape. Suf. (Aside.] There all is marr'd; there Puc. Chang'd to a worser shape thou canst lies a cooling card.

is mad. not be.


Mar. He talks at random : sure, the man York. 0, Charles the Dauphin is a proper Suf. (Aside.] And yet a dispensation may No shape but his can please your dainty eye.

be had, Puc. A plaguing mischief light on Charles Mar. And yet I would that you would

and thee! And may ye both be suddenly surpris'd Suf. [Aside.] I'll win this Lady Margaret. By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds!

For whom?

[thing! York. Fell banning hag, enchantress, hold Why, for my king : tush, that's a wooden thy tongue !

(while. Mar. [Overhearing him.] He talks of wood: Puc. I prythee, give me leave to curse a it is some carpenter. (satisfied, York. Curse, miscreant, when thou comest Suf. [Aside.] Yet so my fancy may be to the stake.

[Exeunt. And peace established between these realins. Alarum. Enter Suffolk, leading in Lady But there remains a scruple in that, too; Margaret.

For though her father be the King of Naples, Suf. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner. Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor,

[Gases on her. And our nobility will scorn the match. O fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly,

Mar. Hear ye, captain,--are you not at For I will touch thee but with reverent lands. leisure ?

(ne'er so mucb: I kiss these fingers (Kissing her hand] for Suf. [Aside.] It shall be so, disdain they eternal peace :

Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.-And lay them gently on thy tender side. Madam, I have a secret to reveal.

answer me.



Mar. (Aside.) What though I be enthrall’d? Fit to be made companion with a king : he seems a knight,

What answer makes your grace unto my suit? And will not any way dishonour me.

Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. little worth Mar. (A side.] Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd To be the princely bride of such a lord, by the French ;

Upon condition I may quietly And then I need not crave his courtesy. Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou, Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a Free from oppression or the stroke of war,

(captivate ere now. My daughter shall be Henry's if he please. Mar. [Aside.) Tush, women have been Suf. That is her ransum, -I deliver her ; Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so ?

And those two counties, I will undertake, Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy. Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not Reig. And I again, in Henry's royal name, suppose

As deputy unto that gracious king,
Your bondage happy, to be made a queen ? Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith.

Mar. To be a queen in bondage is more Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly
Than is a slave in base servility : (vile thanks,
For princes should be free.

Because this is in traffic of a king :-

And so shall you, (Aside.] And yet, methinks, I could be well If happy England's royal king be free. (me?

Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto To be mine own attorney in this case.Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's (To Reig.] I'll over, then, to England with To put a golden sceptre in thy hand, [queen ;

this news, And set a precious crown upon thy head, And make this marriage to be solemniż d. If thou wilt condescend to be my

So, farewell, Reignier : set this diamond safe, Mar.

What? In golden palaces, as it becomes. Suf.

His love. Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace Var. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife. The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here.

Suf. No, gentle madam ; I unworthy am Mar. Farewell, my lord : good wishes, To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,

praise, and prayers, And have no portion in the choice myself. Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [Going. How say you, madam, -are you so content? Suf. Farewell, sweet madam : but hark you,

Mar. An if my father please, I am content. Margaret, Suf. Then call our captains, and our colours No princely commendations to my king ? forth !-

Troops come forward. Mar. Such commendations as become a And, madam, at your father's castle walls A virgin, and his servant, say to him. (maid, We'll crave a parley, to conser with him. Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly A parley sounded. Enter Reignier,

directed on the walls.

But, madam, I must trouble you again,-Suf. See, Reignier, see thy daughter pri- No loving token to his majesiy ? [heart, Reig. To whom?

(soner! Mar. Yes, my good lord, a pure unspotted Suf. To me.

| Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Reig. Suffolk, what remedy? Suf. And this withal.

(Kisses her. I am a soldier, and unapt to weep,

Mar. That for thyself: I will not so presume, Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.

To send such peevish tokens to a king. Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord :

[Exeunt Reignier and Margaret. Consent (and, for thy honour, give consent) Suf. O, wert thou for myself !-. But, Suffolk, Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king;

stay ; Whom I with pain have wood and won there- Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth ; And this her easy-held imprisonment [to, There Minotaurs, and deadly treasons, lurk. Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty. Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise : Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?

Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount Suf

Fair Margaret knows Mad natural graces that extinguish art ; That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign. Repeat their semblance often on the seas,

Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's To give thee answer of thy just demand.

feet, [Exit from the walls. Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with Suf. And here I will expect thy coming.


[Exit. Trumpets sound. Enter Reignier, below. Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our ter

SCENE IV.--Camp of the Duke of York, in ritories :

Anjou. Enter York, Warwick, and others. Command in Anjou what your honour pleases. Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd a child,

to burn.

Enter La Pucelle, guarded; and a Shepherd. Place barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake, Shep. Ah, Joan, this kills thy father's heart That so her torture may be shortened. outright!

Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting Have I sought every country far and near, Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity, (hearts ! And, now it is my chance to find thee out, That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. Must I behold thy timeless cruel death? (thee ! I am with child, ye bloody homicides, Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, I'll die with Murder not, then, the fruit within ny womb,

Púc. Decrepit miser! base ignoble wretch ! Although ye hale me to a violent death. I am descended of a gentler blood :

York. Now, heaven forefend ! the hoiy maid Thou art no father, nor no friend, of mine.

with child !

[wrought : Shep: Out, out!-My lords, an please you, War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye 'tis not so ;

Is all your strict preciseness come to this? I did beget her, all the parish knows ;

York. She and the dauphin have been Her mother liveth yet, can testify

juggling : She was the first-fruit of my bachelorship. I did imagine what would be her refuge. War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards parentage?

[been, Especially since Charles must father it. [live; York. This argues what her kind of life hath Puc. You are deceiv'd ; my child is none of Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. It was Alençon that enjoy'd my love. his : Shep. Fie, Joan, that thou wilt be so ob- York. Alençon ! that notorious Machiavel! stacle !

It dies, an if it had a thousand lives. God knows, thou art a collop of my flesh ; Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you : And for thy sake have I shed many a tear : 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I Deny me not, I prythee, gentle Joan.

nam'd, Puc. Peasant, avaunt !-You have suborn'd But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd. this man,

War. A married man! that's most intolerOf purpose to obscure my noble birth.


(not well, Shep. 'Tis true,


gave a noble to the priest, York. Why, here's a girl! I think she knows The morn that I was wedded to her mother. There were so many, whom she may accuse. Kneel down and take my blessing, good my War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. girl.

(time York. And yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure. Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat and Of thy nativity! I would the milk (breast, Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. [thee : Thy mother gave thee, when thou suck dst her Puc. Then lead me hence ;—with whom I Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake ;

leave my curse, Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field, May never glorious sun reflex his beams I wish some rav'nous wolf had eaten thee ! Upon the country where you make abode ; Dost thou deny thy father, cursèd drab? But darkness and the gloomy shade of death O, burn her, burn her! hanging is too good. Environ you, till mischief and despair

(Exit. Drive you to break your necks, or hang your York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd too selves !

(Exit, guarded. To fill the world with vicious qualities. (long, York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have Thou foul accursed minister of hell ! [ashes, condemn'd:

Enter Cardinal Beaufort, attended. Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,

Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence But issu'd from the progeny of kings; With letters of commission from the king. Virtuous, and holy; chosen from above, For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, By inspiration of celestial grace,

Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils, To work exceeding miracles on earth. Have earnestly implor'd a general peace I never had to do with wicked spirits : Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French; But you,--that are polluted with your lusts, And here at hand the Dauphin, and his train, Stain'd with the guiltless blood of innocents, Approacheth to confer about some matter. Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect? Because you want the grace that others have, After the slaughter of so many peers. You judge it straight a thing impossible So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, To compass wonders, but by help of devils. That in this quarrel have been overthrown, No; misconceived Joan of Arc hath been And sold their bodies for their country's A virgin from her tender infancy,

benefit, Chaste and immaculate in very thought ; Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus'd, Have we not lost most part of all the towns, Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. By treason, falsehood, and by treachery,

York. Ay, ay -away with her to execution ! Our great progenitors had conquered ?

War. And hark ye,'sirs ; because she is a 0, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief Spare for no fagots, let there be enow : [maid, The utter loss of all the realm of France.

War. Be patient, York : if we conclude a As thou art knight, never to disobey peace,

(nants, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, -It shall be with such strict and severe cove-Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of EngAs little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.

land. Enter Charles, attended'; Alençon, the Bas

(Charles, &c., give tokens of fealty. tard of Orleans, Reignier, and others, So, now dismiss your army when ye please ; Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, agreed,

[France, For here we entertain a solemn peace. That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in

(Exeunt. We come to be informed by yourselves

SCENE V.-London. A Room in the Palace. What the conditions of that league must be. York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Enter King Henry, in conference with Suffolk ; chokes

Gloster and Exeter following. The hollow passage of my prison'd voice, K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, By sight of these our baleful enemies. [thus : noble earl,

Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me : That, in regard king Henry gives consent, Her virtues, graced with external gifts, Of mere compassion, and of lenity,

Do breed love's settled passions in my heart :
To ease your country of distressful war, And like as rigour of tempestuous gusts
And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace, Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide,
You shall become true liegemen to his crown: So am I driven, by breath of her renown,
And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, Where I may have fruition of her love. (tale
Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, Suf. Tush, my good lord, ---this superficial
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.

Is but a preface of her worthy praise ;
Alen. Must he be, then, as shadow of him- The chief perfections of that lovely dame
Adorn his temples with a coronet, (self ? (Had I sufficient skill to utter thein)
And yet, in substance and authority,

Would make a volume of enticing lines,
Retain but privilege of a private man? Able to ravish any dull conceit :
This proffer is absurd and reasonless. And, which is more, she is not so divine,

Char. 'Tis known already that I am possess'd So full replete with choice of all delights,
With more than half the Gallian territories, But, with as humble lowliness of mind,
And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king : She is content to be at your command, -
Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents,
Detract so much from that prerogative, To love and honour Henry as her lord.
As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole ? K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er
No, lord ambassador ; I'll rather keep

presume. That which I have, than, coveting for more, Therefore, my lord protector, give consent, Be cast from possibility of all.

(means That Margaret may be. England's royal queen. York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin. Us'dintercession to obtain a league,

You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd And, now the matter grows to compromise, Unto another lady of esteem :1 Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison? How shall we, then, dispense with that contract, Either accept the title thou usurp'st,

And not deface your honour with reproach ? Of benefit proceeding from our king,

Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths : And not of any challenge of desert,

Or one that, at a triumph having vow'd
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists

Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy By reason of his adversary's odds :
To cavil in the course of this contráct: A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
If once it be neglected, ten to one,

And therefore may be broke without offence. We shall not find like opportunity.

Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more Alen. (Aside to Charles.] To say the than that? truth, it is your policy

Her father is no better than an earl, To save your subjects from such massacre, Although in glorious titles he excel. And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, By our proceeding in hostility :

The king of Naples and Jerusalem ; And therefore take this compact of a truce, And of such great authority in France, Although you break it when your pleasure As his alliance will confirm our peace,

And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. War. How say'st thou, Charles ? shall our Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, condition stand ?

(interest Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. Char. It shall; only reserv'd, you claim no Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal In any of our towns of garrison.

dower ; York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty : Where Reignier sooner will receive, than give.


Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so My noble lord of Suffolk, or for that your king,

My tender youth was never yet attaint That he should be so abject, base, and poor, With any passion of inflaming love, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. I cannot tell ; but this I am assur'd, Henry is able to enrich his queen,

I feel such sharp dissension in my breast, And not to seek a queen to make him rich : Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, As I am sick with working of my thoughts. As market-inen for oxen, sheep, or horse. Take, therefore, shipping ; post, my lord, to Marriage is a inatter of niore worth,

France ; Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;

Agree to any covenants, and procure Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come Must be companion of his nuptial bed : To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, King Henry's faithful and anointed queen : It most of all these reasons bindeth us, For your expenses and sufficient charge, In our opinions she should be preferr'd. Among the people gather up a tenth. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, Be gone, I say; for, till you do return, An age of discord and continual strife ? I rest perplexed with a thousand cares. Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss,

And you, good uncle, banish all offence ; And is a pattern of celestial peace. [king, If you do censure me by what you were, Whom should we match with Henry, being a Not what you are, I know it will excuse But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ? This sudden execution of my will. Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, And so, conduct me where, from company, Approves her fit for none but for a king : I may revolve and runninate my grief. Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit

[Erit. (More than in women commonly is seen) Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and Will answer our hope in issue of a king;

last. [Exeunt Gloster and Exeter. For Henry, son unto a conqueror,

Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd ; and thus Is likely to beget more conquerors, If with a lady of so high resolve,

As did the youthful Paris once to Greece, As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love. (me With hope to find the like event in love, Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with But prosper better than the Trojan did. That Margaret shall be queen, and none but Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king; she.

[report, But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your


he goes,


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. King Henry the Sixth.

Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk. Humphrey, Duke of Gloster, his Uncle.

Vaux. Herald.
Cardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester, Hume and Southwell, Priests.
Great Uncle to the King.

Bolingbroke, a Conjurer. A Spirit raised és Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York.

Thomas Horner, an Armourer. Peter, kis Edward and Richard, his Sons.

Man. Duke of Somerset,

Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of St. Albans. Duke of Suffolk,

Simpcox, an Impostor. Two Murderers. Duke of Buckinghamı, of the King's Jack Cade, a Rebel. Lord Clifford,


George, John, Dick, Smith, the Weaver, Young Clifford, his Son,

Michael, &c., Cade's Followers. Earl of Salisbury,

Alexander Iden, a Kentish Gentleman. Earl of Warwick, şof the York Faction.

Margaret, Queen to King Henry. Lord Scales, Governor of the Tower. Lord Eleanor, Duchess of Gloster.

Say, Sir Humphrey Stafford, and Wil- Margery Jourdain, a Wilch. Wife to Simpcox. liam Stafford, his Brother. Sir John Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Herald, Pe. Stanley.

titioners, Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff, and A Sea-captain, Master, and Master's Mate. Officers; Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Walter Whitmore.

Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c.
SCENE,-In various parts of England.

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