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Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat and thee:
Use no intreaty, for it is, in vain.
Pucel. Then lead me hence; with whom I leave my curse.
May never glorious fun reflex his beams
Upon the country where
you make abode!
But darkness and the gloomy shade of death
Inviron you, till mischief and despair
Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves?
[Exit, guarded. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to alles, Thou foul accursed minister of hell!
Enter Cardinal of Winchester.
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 gen'ral peace
Betwixt our nation and ih aspiring French;
And fee at hand the Dauphin, and his trains.
Approaching to confer about some matters.
York. Is all our travel turnd to this effect?
After the Naughter of so many Peers,
So many captains, gentlemen and soldiers,
That in this quarrel have been overthrown,..
And fold their bodies for their country's benefits.
Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace?
Have we not loft most part of all the towns,
By treason, fallhood, and by treachery,
Our great progenitors had conquered ?
Oh, 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 shall the Frenchmen gain thereby
Enter Charles, Alanson, Baflard, and Reignier.
Char. Since, 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, Winc besler;, for boiling choler chokes The hollow passage of my prison’d voice, i sje5:58 By fight of these our baleful enemies.
Win. Cburles and the reft, it is enacted thus :
That in regard King Henry gives consent,
Of mere compassion, and of lenity,
'To ease your country of distressful war,,
And fuffer you to breathe in fruitful peace;
You shall become true liegemen to his crown.
And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear
To pay him tribute and submit thyself,
Thou shalt be plac'd as Viceroy under him;
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
Alan. Must be be then a Thadow of himself
Adorn his temples with a Coronet,
And yet in fubftance and authority
Relain but privilege of a private man?
153 This proffer is absurd and reasonless.
Char. 'Tis known, already that I am poffeft Of more than half the Gallian territories,
And therein rev'renc'd for their lawful King,
Shall I, for lucre of the rest un-vanguilh'd
Dttract so much from that prerogative,
As to be cail'd but Viceroy of the whole :-
No, Lord Amhart.dor, I'll rather keeps ...'
That which I have, than, covering for more,
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York. Iộsulting Charles, halt thou by secret means
Us'd interceflion to obtain a league ;
Ard-now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand 'A thou aloof upon comparison
Either accept the title chou usurp'it,
Of benefit proceeding from our King,
And not of any challenge of defert,
vi Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. '95?
Reig My Lord, you do not well in obtinacy. 9 To cavil in the course of this contract :
K. Henry. Y of beauteous Margaret hath astonith'd me:
If once it be neglected, ten to one,
We shall not find like opportunity,
Alan. To say the trath, it is your policy,
To save your subjects from fach mafsacre,
And ruthless daughters, as are daily feen 3*** 19:30
By our proceeding in hoftility,
And therefore take this compact of a truce,
Although you break it, when your pleasure ferves.
Alide, to the Dauphin. War.How fay’At thou, Charles ? hallour cond. tion stand?
Char. It Thall :
Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
In 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.
So now dismiss your army, when you please :
Hang up your enfigns, let your drums be ftill,
For here we entertain a folemn peace. [Exeunt,
SCE N E changes to England. Enter Suffolk, in conference zvitb King Henry ; Glow
cefter, and Exeter.
Our wond'rous rare description, noble Earl,
Her virtues, graced with external gifts, r
Do breed love's fetched pafions in my heart.
And, like as rigour of tempeAuous guks???,'
Provokes the mightiett hulk again the ride,
So am I driv'n by breath of her renown,
Either to suffer thipwrack, or arrive
Where I may have fruition of her love.
Suf. Tush, my good Lord, this fuperficial tale
Is but a preface to her worthy praise :!min
The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
(Had I sufficient kill to utter them,)
Would make a volume of inticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit,
And, which is more, Me 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. Henry. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume ::
Therefore, my Lord Protector, give consent,
That Margʻret may be England's Royal Queen.
Glou. So should I give consent to flatter fin.
You know, my Lord, your Highness is betroth'd
Unto another Lady of effeem:
How ihall we then dispense with that contract..
And not deface your honour with reproach?
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
Or one, that, at a triumph having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lifts
By reason of his adversary's odds.
A foor Earl's daughter is unequal odds;
And therefore may be broke without offence.
Glou. Why, what, I pray, is Marg'rot more than thati:
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 Jerufalem;
And of such great authority in France,
That his alliance will confirm our peace;
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glou. And fo the Earl of Armagnac may da,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant lib'ral dow's,.; While Reignier sooner will receive, than give,
Suf. A dow's, my 'Lords! disgrace nor lo your King, That he Mould be so abject, base and poor, To chule 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,
But marriage is a matter of more worth
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship:
Not whom we will, but whom his Grace affects,
Must be companion of his nuptial bed.
And therefore, Lords, fince he affects her most,
It most 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 ftrife?
'Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial peace.
Whom should we match with Henry, being a King,
But Marg'ret, 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 fpirit,
(More than in woman commonly is seens)
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,
As is fair Marg'ret, he be link'd in love.
Then yield, my Lords, and here conclude with me,
That Marg’ret shall be Queen, and none hut Mhe.
K. Henry. Whether it be through force of your report,
My noble Lord of Suffolk; or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tel; but this I am affur'd,
I feel such sharp diffention in my breast,
Such fierce alarms both of hope and fear,
Às I am sick with working of my thoughts.
Take therefore shipping ; poft, my Lord, to France;
Agree to any' covenants; and procure,
That Lady Marg’ret do vouch safe to come
To cross the seas to England; and be crown'd
King Henry's faithful and anointed Queen.