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K IN G H E N R Y VI.
Xing Henry the Sirth.
Vaux, a Sea Captain, and WALTER WHITHUMPHREY Duke of Gloster, Uncle to the King. MORE, Pirates. Cardinal BEAUFORT, Bishop of H’inchester.
A Herald. HUME and SOUTHWELL, two Duke of YORK, pretendi.:g to the Croren.
Priests. Duke of BUCKINGHAM,
BOLINGBROKE, an Astrologer. Duke of SOMERSET,
of the King's Party. A Spirit, attending on Jordan the Witch. Duke of SUFFOLK,
THOMAS HORNER, an Armourer.' PETER, Earl of SALISBURY, } of the York Faction.
his Man. Earl of WARWICK,
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Albans. Lord CLIFFORD, of the King's Party.
Simpcox, an Impostor. Lord SAY.
Jack CADE, BEVIS, MICHAEL, John HolLord SCALES, Governor of the Tower.
LAND, Dick the Butcher, SMITH the Sir HUMPHREY STAFFORD.
Weaver, and several others, Rebels.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry VI.
Dame ELEANOR, Wife to the Duke of Gloster. EDWARD PLANTAGENET, Sons to the Duke Mother JORDAN, a Witch. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, ) of York.
Wife to Simpcox.
gers, and other Attendants.
А С ТІ.
In sight of England, and her lordly peers,
Deliver up iny title in the queen
To your most gracious hand, that are the substance Flourish of Trumpets: then Hautboys. Enter King of that great shadow I did represent;
Henry, Duke Humphrey, Salisbury, Warreich, 5 l'he happiest gift that ever marquess gave, and Beaufort, on the one side ; thi Queen, Suffolk,
The fairest queen that ever king receiv'd. York, Somerset, and Buckingham, on the other.
K. Hen. Suffolk, arise. --Welcome, queenMarSup. France, S by your high imperial majesty
garet : 1
can express no kinder sign of love, As procurator to your excellence,
10 Than this kind kiss, O Lord, that lends me life, To marry princess Margaret for your grace; Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! So, in the famous ancient city, Tours,
For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face, In presence of the kings of France and Sicil, A world of earthly blessings to my soul, The dukes of Orleans, Calabar, Bretaigne, Alen- If sympathy of love unite our thoughts. çon,
(shops,-15 2. Alar. "Great king of England, and my graSeven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bi
cious lord; I have perforn’d my task, and was espous'd: The mutual conference that my mind hath had And humbly now upon my bended knee, By day, by night; waking, and in my dreams;
"This and the Third Part, (which were first written under the title of The Contention of York anda Lancaster, printed in 1600, and afterwards greatly improved by the author) contain that troublesome period of this prince's reign, which took in the whole contention betwixt the houses of York and Lancaster; and under that title were these two plays first acted and published. The present scene opens with king Henry's marriage, which was in the twenty-third year of his reign; and closes with the first battle fought at St. Alban's, and won by the York faction, in the thirty-third year of his reign: so that it comprises the history and transactions of ten years. It is apparent that this play begins where the former ends, and continues the series of transactions of which it pre-supposes the Furst Part already known.
In courtly company, or at my beads --
Did he so often lodge in open field, With you mine alder-liefest' sovereign, In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, Makes ine the bolder to salute my king, To conquer France, his true inheritance? With ruder terms; such as my wit aftords, And did my brother Bedford toil his wits, And over-joy of heart doth minister. [speech, 5 To keep by policy what Henry got? K.Henry. Her sight did ravish : but her grace in Have you yourselves, Somerset,
Buckingham, Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, Brave York, and Salisbury, victorious Warwick, Makes me, from wondering, fall to weeping joys; Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? Such is the fulness of my heart's content. Or hath mine uncle Beaufort, and myself, Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. 10 With all the learned council of the realm, All. Long live queen Margaret, England's hap- Study'd so long, sat in the council-house piness!
Early and late, debating to and fro [awe? 2. Mar. We thank you all. (Flourish. How France and Frenchmen might be kept in
Suf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, Or hath his highness in his infancy Here are the articles of contracted peace,
15 Been crown'd in Paris, in despight of foes; Between oursovereignandthe Frenchking
Charles, And shall these labours, and these honours, die? For eighteen months concluded by consent. Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance,
Glo. reads.] Impriınis, “ It is agreed between Your deeds of war, and all our councils die? “the French king, Charles, and William de la O peers of England, shameful is this league ! “ Poole,marquess of Sutfolk, embassador for Hen-20 Fatal this marriage! cancelling your fame; “ry king of England, -that the said Henry shall Blotting your pames from books of memory;
espouse the lady Margaret,daughter to Reignier Razing the characters of your renown; king of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem; and Reversing monuments of conquer'd France; “crown her queen of England, ere the thirtieth Undoing all, as all bad never been! [course? “of May next ensuing."
25 Car. Nephew, what means this passionate disa Item,“ That the dutchies of Anjou and of This peroration with such circumstance?? 5. Maine shall be released and delivered to the
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still, king her fa"
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can; K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
But now it is impossible we should; Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord;
30 Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roast, Some sudden qualm hath struck me to the beart, Hath given the dutchies of Anjou and Maine And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further. Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style
K.Henry.Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on. Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.
Win. Item, “It is further agreed between them, Sul. Now, by the death of Him who dy'd for all, " that the dutchies of Anjou and Maine shall be 35 These counties were the keys of Normandy“ released and delivered to the king her father; But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son ? “ and she sent over of the king of England's own Iar. For grief that they are past recovery: proper cost and charges, without having any
For, were there hope to conquer them again, "dowry."
Mysword should shed hotblood,mine eyes notears, K.Henry.They please us well.—Lord marquess, 40 Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both; kneel down;
Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer ; We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, And are the cities, that I got with wounds, And gird thee with the sword.—
Deliver'd up again with peaceful words? Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace
Mort Dieu ! From being regent in the parts of France, 45 York. For Suffolk's duke may he be suffocate, "Till terın of eighteen months be full expir'd.-,
That diins the honour of this warlike isle! Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloster, York, and France should have torn and rent my very heart, Buckinghain,
Before I would have yielded to this league. Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;
I never read but England's kings have had We thank you all for this great favour done, 50 Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their wives; In entertainment to my princely queen.
And our king Henry gives away his own, Come, let us in; and with all speed provide To match with her that brings no vantages. To see her coronation be perform’d.
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, [Ereunt King, Qucen, and Suffolk. That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state, 55 For costs and charges in transporting her! To you duke Humphrey must unload his grief, She should have staid in France, and starv'd in Your grief, the common grief of all the land. Before
[France, What did my brother Blenry spend his youth, Cur. My lord of Gloster, now ye grow too hot; His valour, coin, and people, in the wars? It was the pleasure of my lord the king.
* According to Warburton, alder-lievest is an old English word given to him to whom the speaker is supremely attached; lierest being the superlative of the comparative levar, rather, from lief; but Mr. Steevens asserts alder-licfest to be a corruption of the German word alder-liebste, beloved above alį things; and adds, that the word is used by Chaucer. Meaning, this speech crowded with so many instances of aggravation.
Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your mind; Hoin we together, for the public good;
5 And, as we may, cherish duke Humphrey's deeds, We shall begin our ancient bickerings'. While they do tend ? the profit of the land. Farewell, my lords; and say, when I am gone, War. So God help Warwick,as he loves the land, I prophesy'd-France will be lost ere long [Erit. And common profit of his country!
Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. York. And so says York, for he hath greatest 'Tis known to you, he is mine enemy:
(.4side. Nay, more, an enemy unto you all;
Sal. Then let's make haste, and look unto the And no great friend, I fear me, to the king.
main. Consider, lords he is the next of blood,
War. Unto the main! Oh father, Maine is lost; And heir apparent to the English crown; That Maine, which by main force Warwick did win, Had Henry got an empire by his marriage, 15 And would have kept, so long as breath did last: And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west, Main chance, father, you meant; but I mcant There's reason he should be displeas'd at it.
Maine; Look to it, lords ! let not his smoothing words Which I will win from France, or else be slain. Bewitch your hearts; be wise, and circumspect.
[Ereunt Warwick and Salisbury. What though the common people favour him, 20 York. Anjou and Maine are given to the French; Calling him-Humphrey, the good duke of Gloster ; Paris is lost'; the state of Norinandy Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice- Stands on a tickle 'point, now they are gone. Jesu maintain your royal ercellence !
Suffolk concluded on the articles; WithGod preserve the good duke Humphrey ! The peers agreed; and Henry was well pleas’d, I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss, 25 Tochange twodukedoms fora duke'sfairdaughter, He will be found a dangerous protector.
I cannot blame them all: What is't to them? Buck. Whyshould bethen protectour sovereign, "Tis thine they give away, and not their own. He being of age to govern of himself?
Pirates maymakecheappennyworthof theirpillage, Cousin of Somerset, join you with me,
And purchase friends, and give to courtezans, And all together, with the duke of Suffolk,- \30 still revelling, like lords, 'till all be gone: We'llquickly hoise duke Humphrey from his seat. While as the silly owner of the goods
Car. This weighty business will not brook delay: Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless hands, I'll to the duke of Suffolk presently: [Erit. And shakes his head, and trembling stands aloof, Som. Cousin of Buckingham, 'though Hum- While all is shar'd, and all is borne away; phrey's pride,
35 Ready to starve, and dares not touch his own. And greatness of his place, be grief to us, do York must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue, Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal;
While his own lands are bargain'd for, and sold. His insolence is more intolerable
Methinks, the realms of England, France, and IreThan all the princes in the land beside;
Bear that proportion to my flesh and blood, [land, H Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector. 40 As did the fatal brand Althea burnt
Buck. Thou, or l, Somerset, will be protector, Unto the prince's heart of Calydon *. Despight duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. Anjou and Maine, both given unto the French!
[Exeunt Buckingham and Somerset. Cold news for me; for I had hope of France, Sa. Pride went before, ambition follows him. Even as I have of fertile England's soil. While these do labour for their own preferment, 45 A day will come, when York shall claim his own; Behoves it us to labour for the realm.
And therefore I will take the Nevils' parts, I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster And make a shew of love to proud duke HumDid bear him like a noble gentleman.
phrey, Oft have I seen the baughty cardinal
And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown, More like a soldier, than a man o' the church, 150 For that's the golden mark I seek to hit: As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all, Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right; Swear like a ruffian, and demean himself Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist, Unlike the ruler of a common weal.
Nor wear the diadem upon his head, Warwick my son, the comfort of my age ! Whose church-like humour fits not for a crown. Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keeping, 55 Then, York, be still a while, 'till time do serves Hath won the greatest favour of the commons, Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep, Excepting none but good duke Humphrey.- To pry into the secrets of the state ; And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland,
'Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love, (queen, In bringing them to civil discipline;
With his new bride, and England's dear-bought Thy late exploits done in the heart of France, 60 And Humphrey with the peers be falln at jars : When thou wert regent for our sovereign, [ple: Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose, Hare made thee fear'd, and honour'd, of the peo- With whose sweet smell the air shall be perfum'd; ? To bicker is to skirmish. i. e. direct to : Tickle for ticklish. . i.e. Meleager.
And And may
And in my standard bear the arms of York, Elean. What, what, my lord! are you so choleric
[Exit York. 5
Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again.
Enter a Messenger.
Mes.Mylordprotector,'tis his highness'pleasure, Enter Duke Humphrey and his wife Eleanor.
You do prepare to ride unto Saint Albans,
Whereas the king and queen do mean to hawk. Elean. Why droops my lord, like over-ripend 10 Glo. I go.-Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us? corn,
Elean. Yes, my good lord, I'll follow presently. Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load?
[Exit Gloster. Why doth the great dukeHumphreyknit hisbrows, Follow I must, I cannot go before, As frowning at the favours of the world? While Gloster bears this base and humble mind. Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth, 15 Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood, Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight? I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks, What see'st thou there? king Henry's diadem, And smooth my way upon their headless necks: Inchas'd with all the honours of the world?
And, being a woman, I will not be slack If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face,
To play my part in fortune's pageant. (man, Until thy head be circled with the same. Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold :
20 Where are you there? Sir John! nay, fear not,
We are alone; here's none but thee and I.
|25 Elean. My majesty! why, man, I am but grace. As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground. Hume. But, by the grace of God, and Hume's Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy
advice, Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts: [lord, Your grace's title shall be multiply'd. that thought, when I imagine ill
Elean. What say'st thou, man? hast thou as Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry, 30
And will they undertake to do me good?
Hume. This they have promised, -to shew
That shall make answer to such questions, Was broke in twain; by whom, I have forgot, As by your grace shall be propounded him. But, as I think, it was by the cardinal;
Elean. It is enough; "I'll think upon the And on the pieces of the broken wand
questions : Were plac'd the heads of Edmund duke of Somer- When from Saint Albans we do make return, And William de la Poole first duke of Suffolk. We'll see those things effected to the full. This was my dreain; what it doth bode, God knows. Here, Hume, take this reward: make merry, man,
Elean. Tut, this was nothing but an argument, With thy confederates in this weighty cause. That he, that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove, 45
[Exit Eleanor. Shall lose his head for his presumption.
Hume. Hume must make merry with the But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke:
dutchess' gold; Methought, I sat in seat of majesty,
Marry, and shall. But, how now, Sir John Hume? In the cathedral church of Westminster, Seal up your lips, and give no words butinum! And in that chair where kings and queens are 50 The business asketh silent secrecy. crown'd;
Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch: Where Henry, and dame Margaret,kneel'dtome, Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. And on my head did set the diadein.
Yet have I gold flies from another coast : Glo. Nay, Eleanor, then must I chide outright: I dare not say, from the rich cardinal, Presumptuous dame, ill-nurtur'd Eleanor ! 55 And from the great and new-made duke of Suffolk; Art thou not second woman in the realm ; Yet I do find it so: for, to be plain, And the protector's wife, belov'd of him? They, knowing dame Eleanor's aspiring humour, Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command, Ilave hired me to undermine the dutchess, Above the reach or compass of thy thought? And buz these conjurations in ber brain. And wilt thou still be hainmering treachery, 160 They say, A crafty knave does need no broker?; To tumble down thy husband, and thyselt,
Yet am I Suffolk's and the cardinal's broker, From top of honour to disgrace's feet
Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go near Away from me, and let me hear no more. To call them both a pair of crafty Knaves, Ilhereas is the same as there. : This is a proverbial expression.
Well, so it stands: And thus, I fear, at last, Away, base cullions !_Suffolk, let them go. Hume's knavery will be the dutchess' wreck; All. Come, let's be gone. [É.reunt Petitioners. And her attainture will be Humphrey's fall: 2. Mar. My lord of Suffolk, say, is this the guise, Sort: how it will, I shall have gold for all. [Exit. Is this the fashion in the court of England ?
5 Is this the govrenment of Britain's isle,
And this the royalty of Albion's king?
What, shall king Henry be a pupil still, Enter three or four Petitioners, Peter, the Ar- Under the surly Gloster's governance? mourer's Man, being one.
Am I a queen in title and in style, 1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close; my lord 10 and must be made a subject to a duke? protector will come this way by-and-by, and then I tell thee, Poole, when in the city Tours we may deliver our supplications in the quilla. Thou ran'st a tilt in honour of my love,
2 Pet. Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's a And stolst away the ladies' hearts of France; good man! Jesu bless him!
I thought, king Henry had resembled thee,
15 In courage, courtship, and proportion: 1 Pet. Here a' comes, methinks, and the queen
But all his mind is bent to holiness, with him: I'll be the first, sure.
To number Are-Maries on his beads: 2 Pet. Come back, fool; this is the duke of His champions are—the prophets, and apostles; Suffolk, and not my lord protector.
His weapons, holy saws of sacred writ; Suf. How now,' fellow? wouldst any thing 20 His study is his tilt-yard, and his loves with ine?
Are brazen images of canoniz'd saints. 1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me! I took ye I would, the college of the cardinals for my lord protector.
Would chuse him pope, and carry him to Rome, 2. Šlar. For my lord protector! are your sup
And set the triple crown upon his head; plications to his lordship? Let me see them : 25/That were a state fit for his holiness. what is thine?
Suf. Madam, be patient: as I was cause 1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against Your highness came to England, so will I John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for In England work your grace's full content. keeping my house, and lands, and wife and all, 2. Mar. Beside the haught protector, have we from me.
Beaufort, Suf. Thy wife too? that is some wrong, indeed. Theimperiouschurchman; Somerset, Buckingham, What's your's! what's here! [reads.] Against And grumbling York: and not the least of these, the duke of Suffolk for enclosing the commons of But can do more in England than the king. Melford.—How now, sir knave?
Suf. And he of these, that can do most of all, 2 Pet. Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner of 35 Cannot do more in England than the Nevils : our whole township.
Salisbury and Warwick are no simple peers. Peter. Against my master, Thomas Horner, for 2. Mar. Not all these lords do vex me half so saying, That the duke of York was rightful heir
much, to the crown.
As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife. 2. Mar. What say'st thou? Did the duke of 40 She sweeps it through the court with troops of York say, he was rightful heir to the crown?
ladies, Peter. That my mistress was ? No, forsooth: More like an empress,thanduke Humphrey's wife; my master said, That he was; and that the king Strangers in court do take her for the queen: was an usurper.
She bears a duke's revenues on her back, Suf. Who is there?- Take this fellow in, and 45 And in her heart she scorns our poverty: send for his master with a poursuivant presently:- Shall I not live to be aveng'd on her? we'll hear more of your matter before the king. Contemptuous base-born callat as she is,
[E.rit Peter guarded. She vaunted’mongst her minions t'other day, 2. Mar. And as for you, that love to be pro- The very train of her worst wearing-gown tected
50 Was better worth than all my father's lands, l'nder the wings of our protector's grace,
Till Suffolk gave two dukedoms for his daughter. Begin your suits anew, and sue to him.
Suf. Madam, myself have lim'd a bush for her; [Tears the petitions. And plac'd a quire of such enticing birds, 'i e. happen. * Mr. Steevens thinks, that the phrase in the quill, or in quill, implies no more than our written or pern'd supplications. Mr. Tullet supposes it may mean, with great exactness and observance of forin, or with the utmost punctilio of ceremony; that it seems to be taken from part of the dress of our ancestors, whose ruffs were quilled; and that while these were worn, it might be the, vogue to say, such a thing is in the quill,' i. e. in the reigning mode of taste, as it has been since customary to use the similar phrase of a thing being in print, to express the same circumstance of exactness. Another critic and commentator, however, conjectures, that this may be supposed to have been a phrase formerly in use, and the saine with the French en quille, which is said of a man when he stands upright upon his feet without stirring from the place. The proper sense of quille in French is a nine-pin, and in some parts of England nine-pins are still called cuyis. Quelle in the old British language also significs any piece of woud set upright.