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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
Lords, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and several Ac
tendants both on the English and French. The SCENE is partly in England, and partly in France.
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 Bisbop of Winchester, and the Duke of Somerset.
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 :
That have consented unto Harry's death!
Glou. England 'ne'er had a king until his time;
Exet. We mourn in black; why mourn we not in:
Win. He was a king, bless'd of the King of kings.
Glow. The church? where is it? had not church
Win. Glo'ster, whate'er we like, thou art Pro:ector,
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 Mellenger.
Glou. Is Paris lost, and Roan yielded up?
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.