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"KING HENRY the Sixth. Duke of Gloucester, uncle to the King, and Protector. Duke of Bedford, uncle to the King, and Regent of

France. Cardinal Beauford, Bilaop of Winchester, and great

uncle to the King. Duke of Exeter. Duke of Somerset. Earl of Warwick. Earl of Salisbury. Earl of Suffolk, Lord TALBOT. Young TALBOT, his son. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, afterwards Duke of York. MORTIMER, Earl of March. Sir John FASTOLFE. WOODVILE, Lieutenant of

the Tower. Lord Mayor of London. Sir THOMAS GARGRAVE. Sir WILLIAM GLANSDALE. Sir

WILLIAM LUCY. VERNON, of the White Rose, or York faction. BASSET, of the Red Rore, or Lancaster faction. CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France. REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King of Naples. Duke of Burgundy. Duke of Alanson. Bastard of Orleans. Governor of Paris. Master-gunner of Orleans. Boy, his son. An old shepherd, father to Joan la Pucelle. MARGARET, daughter to Reignier, and afterwards

Queen to King Henry. Countess of Auvergne. JOAN LA PUCELLF, a maid, pretending to be infpir'd

from Heaven, and setting up for the championess of

France.
Fiends attending on her.

Lords, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and several Ac

tendants both on the English and French. The SCENE is partly in England, and partly in France.

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Dead march. Enter the funeral of King Henry the

Fifth, attended on by the Duke of Bedford, Regent of France; the Duke of Gloucester, Protector ; the Duke of Exeter, and the Earl of Warwick, the Bifbop of Winchester, and the Duke of Somerset.

Bedford.
TUNG be the heavens with black, yield day

to night!
Comets, importing change of times and

states, Brandish

your crystal tresses in the sky, And with them scourge the bad-revolting stars,

* The historical transactions contained in this play take in the compass of above thirty years. I must obo serve, however, that our author, in the three parts of Henry VI. has not been very precise to the date and disa polition of his facts, but thuffled them backwards and forwards out of time. For instance, the Lord Talbot is killed at the end of the fourth Ad of this play, who in reality did not fall till the 13th of July 1453 ; and the second part of Henry VI. opens with the marriage of the King, which was solemnized eight years before Talbot's death; in the year 1445. Again, in the second part, Dame Eleanor Cobham is introduced to insult Queen Margaret, though her penance and banishment :

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That have consented unto Harry's death!
Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long!
England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.

Glou. England 'ne'er had a king until his time;
Virtue he had, deserving to command.
His brandish'd sword did blind men with its beams;
His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings :
His sparkling eyes, replete with awful fire,
More dazzled and drove back his enemies,
Than mid-day sun fierce bent against their faces.
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech :
He never lifted up his hand but compuer'd.

Exet. We mourn in black; why mourn we not in:
Henry is dead, and never fjall revive : [blood?
Upon a wooden coffin we attend:
And death's dishonourable victory
We with our stately presence glorify,
Like captive's bound to a triuinphant car.
What? 'hall we curse the planets of mishap,
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow?
Or shall we think the subtile-wiited French
Conj’rers and forc'rers, that; afraid of him,
By magic verse, have thus contriv'd his end?

Win. He was a king, bless'd of the King of kings.
Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day
So dreadful will not be as was his fight.
The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought;
The church's pray’rs made him so prosperous..
for forcery happened three years before that princess
came over to England. I could point out many other
transgressions against history, as far as the order of time
is concerned. Indeed, though there are feveral master-
Itrokes in thefe three plays, which incontestably betray
the workmanship of Shakespeare; yet I am almost
doubtful whetirer they were entirely of his writing. And
unless they were wrote hy him very early, I should ra.
ther imagine them to have been brought to him as a di
rector of the Stage, and so to have received some finishia
jug beauties at his hand. An accurate observer will ea-
fly see the diction of them is more objolete, and the
numbers more mean and profaisal than in the generality
of his genuine compofitions. Theobald.

Glow. The church? where is it? had not church

men pray'd,
His thread of life had not so soon decay'd.
Nóne do you like but an effeminate prince,
Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe.

Win. Glo'ster, whate'er we like, thou art Pro:ector,
And lookeft to command the prince and realm;
Thiy wife is proud, she holdeth thee in awe
More than God or religious church-men may.

Glou. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh; And ne'er throughout the year to church thou go'tt, Except it be to pray against thy foes,

Bed. Cease, cease thele jars, and rest your minds in : Let's to the altar. Heralds, wait on us. peace. Instead of gold we'll offer up our arms, Since arins avail not, now that Henry's dead. Posterity await for wretched years, When at their mothers' n.oift eyes babes shall suck; Our ille be made a nourish of salt tears, And none but women left to 'wail the dead. Henry the Fifth! thy ghost I invocatę; Pr per this realm, keep it from civil broils, Combat with adverse planets in the heavens; A far more glorious star thy soub will make, Than. Julius. Cæsar, or bright

S: C. E iN E : II. .

Enter a Messenger. .
Mel. My honourable. Lords, health to you all. '.
Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
Of loss, of Naughter, and discomfiture;
Guienne, Chainpaign, and Rheims, and Orleans,
Paris, Guyfors, Poiciers, are all quite loft:
Bed, What say'st thou, man? before dead

Henry's corse?-
Speak softly, or the loss of these great towns
Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.

Glou. Is Paris lost, and Roan yielded up?
If Henry were recall'd to life again,
These news would cause him once more yield the :-

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Exet. How were they lost? what treachery was

us'd ? Mes. No treachery, but want of men and money. Among the foldiers this is muttered, Tliat here you maintain fev'ral factions ; And whilft a field should be dispatch'd and fought, You are disputing of your generals. One would have ling'ring wars with little cost; Another would fly (wifi, but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expence at all, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. Awake, awake, Engliih nobility ? Let not sloth diin your honours, new-begot ;. Cropt are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Of England's coat one half is cut away.

Exet. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, Thele tidings would call forth their flowing iides

Bed. Me they concern. Regent I ain of France. Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France. Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ; Wounds I will lend the French instead of eyes, To weep their interinilliye miseries.

S @ E N E III.

Enter to them another Mefenzer. 2 Mell. Lords, view these letters-full of bad mifu. France is revolted from the English quite, [chance. Fycept some petty towns of no import. The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims, The bastard Orleans with him is joind, Reignier Duke of Anjou doth take his parr, The Duke of Alanson flies to-his-fde. [Exit.

Exet. The Dauphin crowned king? all fly to him? O whither shall we Ay from this reproach?

Clu. We will not fly but to our en’inies? throats, Bedford, if thou be lack, I'll fight it out.

Bed. Glo'iter, why doubt'st ihou of my forward. An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, [ness? Wherewith already France is over-sun.

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