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It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.

Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you ;
'Twas 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's fign, the 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.
Puc. Then lead me hence ;-with whom I leave my

curse :
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 alhes,
Thou foul accursed minister of hell !

Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended.
Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence
With letters of commission from the king.
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom,
Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils,
Have earnestly implor'd a general peace
Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French;
Again : “ — my brain

“ Italianates my barren faculties

« To Machiavelian blackness.” STIIVENS. - darkness and tbe gloomy fade of death-] The expression is scrips Lural: “ Whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that fit in darkness and obe shadow of dearb." MALONL, ? - till missbief and despair

Drive you to break your necks, or bang yourselves !] Perhaps Shak. speare intended to remark in this execration, the frequency of suicide among the English, which has been commonly imputed to the gloomi. pels of their air. JOHNSON.

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And fee at hand the Dauphin, and his train,
Approacheth, to confer about some matter.

York. Is all our travel turn'd to this effect ?
After the flaughter of so many peers,
So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers,
That in this quarrel have been overthrown,
And sold their bodies for their country's benefit,
Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace?
Have we not lost most part of all the towns,
By treason, falfhood, and by treachery,
Our great progenitors had conquered
O, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief
The utter loss of all the realm of France.

War. Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace,
It shall be with such strict and severe covenants,
As little ihall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
Enter CHARLES, attended; ALENÇON, BASTARD,

REIGNIER, and Others.
Char. Şince, lords of England, it is thus agreed,
That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France,
We come to be informed by yourselves
What the conditions of that league must be.

York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler chokes
The hollow paffage of my poison'd voice,
By sight of these our baleful enemies.

Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus ;
That-in regard king Henry gives consent,
Of meer compassion, and of lenity,

- poison'd voice,] Poison'd voice agrees well enough with banefil enemies, or with baleful, if it can be used in the same sense. The mo. dern editors read-prison'd voice. JOHNSON. Prifon'd was introduced by Mr. Pope. MALONE.

- baicful enemies.] Baleful is forrorful; I therefore rather ima. gine that we hould read-baneful, hurtful, oz mischievous. JouNSON.

Baleful had anciently the same meaning as baneful. It is an epithet very frequently bestow'd on poisonous plants and reptiles. So, in Romeo and Jaliet : “With baleful weeds, and precious-juiced flowers."

*STELVENS.

То

To ease your country of distressful war,
And fuffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,
You lhall become true liegemen to his crown:
And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt twear
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself,
Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him,
And fill enjoy thy regal dignity.

Alen. Must he be then as thadow of himfelf?
Adorn his temples with a coronet';
And yet, in substance and authority,
Retain but privilege of a private man?
This proffer is absurd and reasonless.

Cbar. 'Tis known, already that I am pofless'd
With more than half the Gallian territories,
And therein reverenç'd for their lawful king:
Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd
Detract so much from that prerogative,
As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole ?
No, lord ambassador; I'll rather keep
That which I have, than, covering for more,
Be cast from poflibility of all.

York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret means
Vs’d interceflion to obtain a league ;
And, now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand't thou aloof upon comparison?
Either accept the title thou usurp'ft,
Of benefit proceeding from our king,
And not of any challenge of defert,
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.

Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy
To cavil in the course of this contráct:
If once it be neglected, ten to one,
We shall not find like opportunity.

- with a coronet ; ] Coronet is here used for a crown. Jon* 50.

- upon comparison 3] Do you stand to compare your present state, a fate which you have neither right or power to maintain, with the terms which we offer ? JOHNSON.

3. Of benefit-] Benefit is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. Jownson.

Alen.

Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
To save your subjects from such massacre,
And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen
By our proceeding in hoftility :
And therefore take this compact of a truce,
Although you break it when your pleasure serves.

[ Afde, to Charles, War. How fay'ft thou, Charles? Thall our condition

stand?
Char. It shall :
Only reserv’d, you claim no intereft
In any of our towns of garrison.

York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty;
As thou art knight, never to disobey,
Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,
Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.

[Charles, and the rest, give tokens of fealtg.
So, now dismiss your army when ye please ;
Hang up your enligns, let your drums be ftill,
For here we entertain a solemn peace, [Exeunt.

SCENE V.

London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King Henry, in conference with SUFFOLR; Glos-

Ter and EXETER following:
K. Hen. Your wond'rous rare description, noble earl,
Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me:
Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
Do breed love's settled passions in my heart;
And like as rigour of tempestuous guits
Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide;
So am I driven 4, by breath of her renown,
Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive

4 So am I driven, &c.] This fimile is somewhat obscure; he seems to mean, that as a ship is driven againt the tide by the wind, ro he is driven by love against the current of his interest. JOHNSON.

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Where I may have fruition of her love.

Suf. Tush, my good lord ! this superficial tale
Is but a preface of her worthy praise :
The chief perfe&tions of that lovely dame,
(Had I sufficient skill to utter them,)
Would make a volume of enticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit.
And, which is more, she is not so divine.
So full replete with choice of all delights,
But, with as humble lowliness of mind,
She is content to be at your command ;
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents,
To love and honour Henry as her lord.

K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,
That Margaret may be England's royal queen.

Glo. So should I give consent to flatter fin.
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd
Unto another lady of esteem ;
How shall we then difpenfe with that contract,
And not deface your honour with reproach?

Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
Or one, that, at a triumphs having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lifts
By reason of his adversary's odds :
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
And therefore may be broke without offence.

Gle. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than that?
Her father is no better than an earl,
Although in glorious titles he excel.

Suf. Yes, my good lord *, her father is a king,
The king of Naples, and Jerusalem;
And of such great authority in France,
As his alliance will confirm our peace,

- at a triumph--) A triumph in this author's time fignified an ahibition of sports, &c. See A Midsummer Night's Dream, Vol. II. P. 442, 1.4. MALONE.

- my good lord, ] Good, which is not in the old copy, was added for the sake of the metre, in the second folio. MALONE.

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