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The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, Alanson,
Seven Earls, twelve Barons, twenty reverend Bishops,
I have perform’d my task, and was espous'd :
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
In sight of England and her lordly peers
Deliver up my title in the Queen
[Presenting the Queen to the King.
To your most gracious hand; that are the substance
Of that great shadow I did represent :
The happiest gift that ever Marquiss gave,
The fairelt Queen that ever King receiv'd.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret; I can express no kinder sign of love, Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend'it me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! For thou haft giv'n me, in this beauteous face, A world of earthly blessings to my soul; If sympathy of love unite our thoughts. 0. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious
The mutual conf'rence that my mind hath had,
By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams,
In courtly company, or at my beads,
With you : mine alder- lieveft Sovereign;
Makes me the bolder to salute my King
With ruder terms; such as my wit affords,
And over-joy of heart doth minister.
K. Henry. Her fight did ravish, but her grace in
Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty,
Make me from wondring fall to weeping joys,
Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
3 mine alder-lievest Sovereign ;] Alder-lieves is an old English word given to him to whom the speaker is supremely attached : Lieveft being the superlative of the comparative, levar, rather, from lief. So Hall in his Chronicle, Henry VI. Folio 12. Ryght hyghe and mighty Prince, and my ryght noble, and, after
Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love.
All kneel. Long live Queen Margʻret, England's hap-
Q. Mar. We thank you all
. My lord protector, so it please your grace, Here are the articles of contracted Peace, Between our Sovereign and the French King Charles, For eighteen months concluded by consent.
Glo. [reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and William de la Pole Mar. quiss of Suffolk, Ambassador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry shall espouse the lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing.
Item. That the Dutchy of Anjou, and the County of Maine, shall be released and delivered to the King ber father.
[Lets fall the paper. K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord ; Some sudden qualm hath struck me to the heart, And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further.
K. Henry. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
Win. Item, That the Dutchies of Anjou and Maine
Mall be released and delivered to the King her father, and
She sent over of the King of England's own proper cost
and charges, without having any dowry.
K. Henry. They please us well. Lord Marquiss,
kneel you down;
We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk,
And gird thee with the sword. Cousin of York,
We here discharge your Grace from being Regent
I'th' parts of France, till term of eighteen months
Be full expir'd. Thanks, uncle Winchester,
Gloster, York, Buckingham, and Somerset,
Salisbury and Warwick
We thank you for all this great favour done,
In 'entertainment to my princely Queen.
Come, let us in, and with all speed provide
To see her coronation be perform’d.
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk.
8 C Ε Ν Ε ΙΙ.
Manent the rest.
Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state,
To you Duke Humphry must unload his grief,
Your grief, the common grief of all the land.
What? did my brother Henry spend his youth,
His valour, coin, and people in the wars?
Did he fo often lodge in open field,
In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat,
To conquer France, his true inheritance?
And did my brother Bedford toil his wits
To keep by policy what Henry got?
Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham,
Brave York, and Salisbury, victorious Warwick,
Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy ?
Or hath mine uncle Beauford, and myself,
With all the learned council of the realm,
Studied so long, fat in the council-house,
Early and late, debating to and fro,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe,
And was his Highness in his infancy
Crowned in Paris, in despight of foes ?
And shall these labours and these honours die !
Shall Henry's Conquest, Bedford's vigilance,
Your deeds of war, and all our counsel die !
O peers of England, shameful is this league,
Fatal this marriage; cancelling your fame,
Blotting your names from books of memory;
Razing the characters of your renown,
Defacing monuments of conquer'd France,
Undoing all, as all had never been,
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse?
This peroration with such circumstances ?
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still.
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it if we can ;
But now it is impossible we should.
Suffolk, the new-made Duke that rules the roast,
Hath giv’n the dutchy of Anjou and Maine
Unto the poor King Reignier, whose large style
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.
Sal. Now, by the death of him who dy'd for all,
These counties were the keys of Normandy:
But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant fon?
War. For grief that they are paft recovery. For were there hope to conquer them again, My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no tears. Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both: Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer. And are the cities, that I got with wounds, Delivered up again with peaceful words?
York. For Suffolk's Duke, may he be fuffocate, That dims the honour of this warlike ille! France should have torn and rent my very heart, Before I would have yielded to this league. I never read, but England's Kings have had Large sums of gold, and dowries with their wives : And our King Henry gives away his own, To match with her that brings no vantages.
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before,
Thar Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth,
For cost and charges in transporting her:
She should have staid in France, and starv'd in France,
Car. My lord of Glo'ster, now ye grow too hot:
It was the pleasure of my lord the King.
Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your
mind, 'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, But ’tis my prefence that doth trouble you. Rancour will out, proud prelate; in thy face,
I fee thy fury: if I longer stay,
We shall begin our ancient bickerings.
Lordings, farewel; and say, when I am gone,
I prophesy'd, France will be lost ere long. [Exit.
Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage:
'Tis known to you, he is mine enemy :
Nay more, an enemy unto you all;
And no great friend, I fear me, to the King.
Consider, lords, he is the next of blood,
And heir apparent to the English crown.
Had Henry got an empire by his marriage,
+ And all the wealthy kingdoms of the east,
There's reason he should be displeas'd at it.
Look to it, lords, let not his smoothing words,
Bewitch your hearts; be wise and circumspect.
What though the common people favour him,
Humphry, the good Duke of Glo'ster,
Clapping their hands and crying with loud voice,
Jesu maintain your royal excellence!
With, God preserve the good Duke Humphry!
I fear me, lords, for all this flattering glofs,
He will be found a dangerous protector.
Buck. Why should he then protect our sovereign,
He being of age to govern of himself?
Cousin of Somerset, join you with me,
And altogether with the Duke of Suffolk,
We'll quickly hoist Duke Humphry from his feat.
Car. This weighty business will not brook delay. I'll to the Duke of Suffolk presently.
[Exit, Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Humphry's pride And greatness of his place be grief to us, Yet let us watch the haughty Cardinal: His infolence is more intolerable Than all the princes in the land beside: If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector.
4 And all the wealthy kingdoms of the WEST,] certainly Shakespear wrote EAST.