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And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant a liberal dower ; While Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not fo your king, That he should be fo 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 in by attorneyshipo; 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 molt? of all these reasons bindeth us, In our opinions the should be preferr'd. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, An age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss e, . And is a pattern of celestial peace. Whom should we match with Henry, being a king, But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, Approves her fit for none, but for a king: Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, (More than in women commonly is seen,) Will answer our hope in issue of a king; For Henry, son unto a conqueror, Is likely to beget more conquerors, If with a lady of so high resolve,
6 - by attorneysbip;] By the intervention of another man's choice; or the discretional agency of another. JOMNSON.
7 Jt moft-] The word It, which is wanting in the old copy, was inserted by Mr. Rowe, MALONE.
8 Wbereas the contrary bringerb bliss,] Contrary is here used as a quadrifyllable; as if it were written conterary. So Henry is used by our old posts as a trifyllable. See Vol. I, p. 120, n.4 Maloni.
As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love.
K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your report,
[Exit. Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last,
Exeunt GLOSTER, and EXETER.
9 As I am fick with working of my thoughts.] So, in Shakspeare's
MALONI. ! If you do censure me, &c.] To censure is here simply to judge. If in judging me you consider ebe paft frailties of your own youtb. JOHNSON,
See Vol I. p. 113, n. 8.' MALONE.
: - ruminare my grief.] Grief in the first line is taken generally for pois or vreafisejs in the second fpecially for forrów. JOHNSON.
With hope to find the like event in love,
3 of this play there is no copy earlier than that of the folio in 1623; though the two fucceeding parts are extant in two editions in quarto. That the second and third parts were published without the first, may be admitted as no weak proof that the copies were furreptitiously obtained, and that the printers of that time gave the publick those plays not such as the author defigned, but such as they could get them. That this play was written before the two others is indubitably colleaed from the series of events; that it was written and played before Henry the Fifth is apparent, because in the epilogue there is mention made of this play, and not of the other parts :
Henry the foxıb, in infant bands crown'd king,
Wbicb of our fage barb shewn. France is left in this play. The two following containi, as the old title imports, the contention of the houses of York and Lancaster.
JOHNSON. That the second and third parts (as they are now called) were princ. ed without the first, is a proof, in my apprehention, that they were not written by the author of the first : and the title of Tbe Contesrion of the houses of York and Lancaster, being aitixed to the two pieces which were printed in quarto in 1600, is a proof that they were a distinct work, commencing where the other ended, but not written at the same time; and that this play was never known by the name of Tbe first part of King Henry VI. till Heminge and Condell gave it this title in their volume, to distinguish it from the two subsequent plays; which, being altered by Shakspeare, assumed the new titles of the Second and I bird Parts of King Henry VI, that they might not be confounded with the original pieces on which they were formed. This first part was, I conceive, originally called The biftorical play of King Henry VI. See the Etay at the end of these contested picces. MAJONE.
} of the York faaiion.
King Henry the Sixth:
Whitmore. Iwo Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk, A Herald. Vaux. Hume and Southwell, twa priejis. Boling broke, a Conjurer. A spirit raised by him. Thomas Horner, an Armourer. Peter, his man. Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Alban's. Simpcox, an Impofior. Two Murderers. Jack Cade, a Rebel: George, John, Dick, Smith, the Weaver, Michael, &c.
bis folloswers. Alexander Iden, a Kentish Gentleman. Margaret, Queen to King Henry. Eleanor, Dutchess of Glofter. Margery Jourdain, a Witob. Wife 10 Simpcox. Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Petitioners, Aldermen, 4
Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers; Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c. SCENE, differedly in various parts of England.