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these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme to promise : do but now promise, Kate, you themselves into ladies' favours, they do always will endeavour for your French part of such a reason themselves out again. What! a boy; and for my English moiety, take the speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. word of a king and a bachelor. How answer

good leg will fall; a straight back will you, la plus belle Katharine du monde, mon stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curled très chère et divine déesse ? pate will grow bald ; a fair face will wither; a Kath. Your majesté have fausse French

eye will wax hollow; but a good heart, enough to deceive de most sage demoiselle dat Kate, is the sun and the moon; or, rather, the is en France. sun, and not the moon,- for it shines bright, K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French ! and never changes, but keeps his course truly. By mine honour, in true English, I love thee, If thou would have such a one, take me : and Kate : by which honour, I dare not swear thou take me, take a soldier ; take a soldier, take a lovest me; yet my blood begins to flatter me king: and what sayest thou, then, to my love? that thou dost, notwithstanding the poor and speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee. untempering effect of my visage. Now, be

Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de shrew my father's ambition ! he was thinking enemy of France ?

of civil wars when he got me : therefore was I K. Hen. No; it is not possible you created with a stubborri outside, with an aspect should love the enemy of France, Kate ; but, of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I in loving me, you should love the friend of fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I France ; for I love France so well, that I will wax, the better I shall appear : my comfort is, not part with a village of it ; I will have it all that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do mine : and, Kate, when France is mine and I no more spoil upon my face : thou hast me, if am yours, then yours is France and you are thou hast me, at the worst ; and thou shalt Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat. [mine. wear me, if thou wear me, better and better:--

K. Hen. No, Kate ? I will tell thee in and therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, French; which I am sure will hang upon my will you have me? Put off your maiden blushes; tongue like a new-married wife about her hus- avouch the thoughts of your heart with the band's neck, hardly to be shook off.--Quand looks of an empress; take me by the hand, jay la possession de France, et quand vous avez and say---Harry of England, I am thine : la possession de moy, (let me see, what then? which word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear Saint Dennis be my speed !)-donc vostre est withal, but I will tell thee aloud-England is France, et vous estes mienne. It is as easy for thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom, as to speak Henry Plantagenet is thine ; who, though I so much more French : I shall never move thee speak it before his face, if he be not fellow with in French, unless it be to laugh at me. the best king, thou shalt find the best king of

Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que good fellows. Come, your answer in broken vous parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel music, for thy voice is music, and thy English ji parle.

broken; therefore, queen of all, Katharine, K. Hen. No, 'faith, is't not, Kate ; but thy break thy mind to me in broken English, wilt speaking of my tongue, and I thine, most truly thou have me?

[père. falsely, must needs be granted to be much at Kath. Dat is as it shall please de roy mon one. But, Kate, dost thou understand thus: K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate; much English, Canst thou love me?

it shall please him, Kate. Kath. I cannot tell.

Kath. Den it shall also content me. K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, K. Hen. Upon that I kiss your hand, and I Kate? I'll ask them. Come, I know thou call you my queen. lovest me ; and at night, when you come into Kath. Laisses, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez: your closet, you'll question this gentlewoman ma foy, je ne veux point que vous abaissez vosabout me; and I know, Kate, you will, to tre grandeur, en baisant la main d'une vostre her, dispraise those parts in me that you love indigne serviteure : excusez moy, je vous supwith your heart : but, good Kate, mock me plie, mon très puissant seigneur. mercifully; the rather, gentle princess, because K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. I love thee cruelly.

If ever thou be'st mine, Kath. Les dames, et demoiselles, pour estre Kate, (as I have a saving faith within ine tells baisées devant leur noces, il n'est pas la coutume me thou shalt,) I get thee with scambling, de France.

(she and thoa must therefore needs prove a good K. Hen. Madam my interpreter, what says soldier-breeder : shall not thou and I, between Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les Saint Dennis and Saint George, compound a ladies of France, I cannot tell what is baiser boy, half French, half English, that shall go to K. Hen. To kiss.

Len English. Constantinople, and take the Turk by the Alice. Your majesty entendre bettre que moy. beard ? shall we not? what sayest thou, my fair K. Hen. It is not a fashion for the maids in

Kath. I do not know dat. [flower-de-luce. France to kiss before they are married, would K. Hen. No;'tis hereafter to know, but now! Alice. Ouy, vrayment.

(she say? K. Hen. O Kate, nice customs court'sy to Fr. King. So please you. great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be K. Hen. I am content ; so the maiden cities confined within the weak list of a country's you talk of may wait on her : so the maid, fashion : we are the makers of manners, Kate ; that stood in the way for my wish, shall show and the liberty that follows our places stops me the way to my will.

[of reason. the mouths of all find-faults, as I will do yours, Fr. King. We have consented to all terms for upholding the nice fashion of your country K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England ? in denying me a kiss : therefore, patiently, and West. The king hath granted every article : yielding. [Kissing her.] You have witch- His daughter first : and then, in sequel, all, craft in your lips, Kate: there is more eloquence According to their firm proposed natures. in a sugar touch of them, than in the tongues Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this : of the French council; and they should sooner Where your majesty demands, that the king persuade Harry of England, ihan a general of France, having any occasion to write for petition of monarchs. Here comes your father. matter of grant, shall name your highness in Re-enter the King and Queen, Burgundy, this form, and with this addition, in French,

Bedford, Gloster, Exeter, Warwick, West- Notre très cher filz Henry roy d Angleterre, moreland, and other French and English heretier de France; and thus in Latin,-PreLords.

clarissimus filius noster Henricus. rex Anglia, Bur. God save your majesty! My royal cou- et hæres Francia.

denied, Teach you our princess English? (sin, Fir. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so

K. Hon. I would have her learn, my fair But your request shall make me let it pass. cousin, how perfectly I love her : and that is K. Hen. I pray you, then, in love and dear good English. Bur. Is she not apt?

alliance, K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz, and my Let that one article rank with the rest ; condition is not smooth; so that, having neither And, thereupon, give me your daughter. the voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in her,

blood raise up that he will appear in his true likeness.

Issue to me; that the contending kingdoms Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if Of France and England, whose very shores I answer you for that. If you would conjure

look pale in her, you must make a circle ; if conjure up With envy of each other's happiness, (junction Love in her in his true likeness, he must appear May cease their hatred ; and this dear connaked, and blind. Can you blame her, then, Plant neighbourhood and Christian-like accord being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? All. Amen! It were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid K. Hen. Now, welcome, Kate and bear to consign to.

me witness all, K. Hen. Yet they do wink and yield, as love That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. is blind and enforces.

(Flouris. Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, they see not what they do.

Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your As man and wife, being two, are one in love, cousin to consent winking.

So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord. That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, if you will teach her to know my meaning: for which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, maids, well summered and warm kept, are like Thrust in between the paction of these king. flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they doms, have their eyes; and then they will endure hand-To make divorce of their incorporate league ; ling, which before would not abide looking on. That English may as French, French EnglishK. Hen. This moral ties me over to time,

men, and a hot summer; and so I shall catch the Receive each other! God speak this Amen! fly, your cousin, in the latter end, and she All. Amen!

(which day. must be blind too.

K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage : on Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath,

K. Hen. It is so : and you may, some of And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. you, thank love for my blindness who cannot Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; see many a fair French city, for one fair French And may our oaths well kept and prosperous maid that stands in my way.

be !

(Exeunt. Fr. king. Yes, my lord, you see them per

Enter Chorus. spectively, the cities turned into a maid ; for Thus far, with rough and all unable pen, they are all girdled with maiden walls, that Our bending author hath pursued the story: war hath never entered.

In little room confining mighty men,

[glory. K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?

Mangling by starts the full course of their

(France. Shall time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd Of France and England, did this king sucThis star of England : Fortune made his Whose state so many had the managing, (ceed; sword ;

That they lost France, and made his EngBy which the world's best garden he achiev'd, land bleed :

[sake, And of it left his son imperial lord.

Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd In your fair minds let this acceptance take. king

(Exit.

FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. King Henry the Sixth.

Woodville, Lieutenant of the Tower; Mayor Duke of Gloster, Uncle to the King, and Pro- of London. A Lawyer. tector.

Vernon, of the White Rose, or York Fiction. Duke of Bedford, Uncle to the King, and Re. Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction. gent of France.

Charles, Dauphin, and afterward's King of Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter, Great France. Uncle to the King.

Reignier, Duke of Anjou, and titular king of Henry Beaufort, Great Uncle to the King ; Naples.

Bishop of Winchester, and afterwards Dukes of Burgundy and Alençon. Bastard of Cardinal.

Orleans. John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset, afterwards Governor of Paris. Master-Gunner of Orleans, Duke.

and his Son. Richard Plantagenet, Eldest Son of Richard, General of the French Forces in Bourdeaux.

late Earl of Cambridge; afterwards Duke A French Sergeant. A Porter. An old of York.

Shepherd, Father to Joan la Pucelie. Earls of Warwick, Salisbury, and Suffolk. Margaret, Daughter to Reignier ; afterwards Lord Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. married to King Henry. John Talbot, his Son.

Countess of Auvergne. Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March.

Joan la Pucelle, commonly called Joan of Arc. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.

Mortimer's Keepers. Sir John Fastolse. Sir William Lucy. Sir Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords,

William Glansdale. Sir Thomas Gar- Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, grave.

and Attendants. SCENE,--Partly in England, and partly in France.

ACT I.

More dazzled and drove back his enemies

Than mid-day sun fierce bent against their SCENE I.-Westminster Abbey.

faces.

speech : Dead March. The Corpse of King Henry the What should I say? his deeds exceed all

Fifth is discovered, lying in state; attended He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered. on by the Dukes of Bedford, Gloster, and

Exe. We mourn in black : why mourn we Exeter, the Earl of Warwick, the Bishop of not in blood ? Winchester, Heralds, &c.

Henry is dead, and never shall revive. Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield Upon a wooden coffin we attend; day to night!

And death's dishonourable victory Comets, importing change of times and states, We with our stately presence glorify, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky, Like captives bound to a triumphant car. And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, What! shall we curse the planets of mishap, That have consented unto Henry's death ! That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ? King Henry the fifth, too famous to live long ! Or shall we think the subtle-witted French England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him,

Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time. By magic verses have contriv'd his end? kings. Virtue he had, deserving to command :

Win. He was a king, bless'd of the King of His brandish'd sword did blind men with his Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day beams;

So dreadful will not be, as was his sight. His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings: The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought : His sparkling eyes, replete with wrathful fire, The church's prayers made him so prosperous

Glo. The church! where is it? Had not

Enter a second Messenger. churchmen pray'd,

2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of His thread of life had not so soon decay'd :

bad mischance. None do you like but an effeminate prince, France is revolted from the English quite, Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. Except some petty towns of no import : Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art The Dauphin, Charles, is crowned king in protector,

Rheims ; And lookest to command the prince, and realm. The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd ; Thy wife is proud ; she holdeth thee in awe, Reignier, Duke of Anjou, doth take his part ; More than God or religious churchmen may. The Duke of Alençon flieth to his side. Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly flesh,

to him! And ne'er throughout the year to church thou O, whither shall we fly from this reproach? Except it be to pray against thy foes. [go'st, Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your

throats :minds in peace !

Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out. Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us : Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forInstead of gold we'll offer up our arms ;

wardness? Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Posterity, await for wretched years, (suck, Wherewith already France is overrun. When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall

Enter a third Messenger. Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears, 3 Mess. My gracious lords, to add to your And none but women left to wail the dead.--- laments, Henry the fifth! thy ghost I invocate; Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils ! I must inform you of a dismal fight hearse, Combat with adverse planets in the heavens! Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. A far more glorious star thy soul will make, Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? Than Julius Cæsar, or bright

is't so? Enter a Messenger.

3 Mess. O, no ; wherein lord Talbot was Mess. My honourable iords, health to you all! o'erthrown : Sad tidings bring I to you out of France, The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture : The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans, Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. Having full scarce six thousand in his troop. Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead By three-and-twenty thousand of the French Henry's corse?

Was round encompassed and set upon. Speak softly ; or the loss of those great towns No leisure had he to enrank his men ; Will make him burst his lead, and rise from He wanted pikes to set before his archers ; death.

Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up?

hedges, If Henry were recall'd to life again,

They pitched in the ground confusedly. These news would cause him once more yield To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. the ghost.

(was us'd ? More than three hours the fight continued : Exe. How were they lost? what treachery Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,

Mess. No treachery ; but want of men and Enacted wonders with his sword and lance : Among the soldiers this is muttered, (money. Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst That here you maintain several factions ;

stand him ; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and Here, there, and everywhere, enrag'd he slew : You are disputing of your generals : [fought, The French exclaim'd, the devil was in arms; One would have lingering wars, with little cost; All the whole army stood agaz'd on him : Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings; His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, A third man thinks, without expense at all, A Talbot! A Talbot ! cried out amain, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. Awake, awake, English nobility!

Here had the conquest fully been seald up. Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot: If sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward: Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; He, being in the vaward, (plac'd behind, Of England's coat one half is cut away. With purpose to relieve and follow them,)

Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. These tidings would call forth her flowing tides. Hence grew the general wreck and massacre ;

Bed Methey concern; regent I am of France. Enclosed were they with their enemies :
Give me my sieeled coat! I'll fight for France. A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace,
Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back ;
Wounds will I lend the French, instead of eyes, Whom all France, with their chief assembled
To weep their intermissive miseries.

strength,

Durst not presume to look once in the face. Reig. Let's raise the siege: why live wo

Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay my- idly here? For living idly here in pomp and ease, (self, Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear : Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid, Remaineth none but mad-brain'd Salisbury ; Unto his dastard foemen is betray'd.

And he may well in fretting spend his gall, 3.Vess. O no, he lives ; but is took prisoner, Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war. And lord Scales with him, and lord Hunger- Char. Sound, sound alarum ! we will rush ford :

on them. Most of the rest slaughtered or took, likewise. Now for the honour of the forlorn French : Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall Him I forgive my death, that killeth me, pay :

[throne ; When he sees me go back one foot, or fly. I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his

(Exeunt. His crown shall be the ransom of my friend : Alarums; Excursions; afterwards a ReFour of their lords I'll change for one of ours. treat. Re-enter Charles, Alencon, ReigFarewell, my masters; to my task will I ;

nier, and others. Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, Char. Who ever saw the like? what men To keep our great Saint George's feast withal : have I!

[have fled, Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take, Dogs! cowards! dastards !--I would ne'er Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe But that they left me 'midst my enemies. quake.

(besieg'd ; Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide ; 3 Mess. So you had need ; for Orleans is He fighteth as one weary of his life. The English army is grown weak and faint : The other lords, like lions wanting food, The Earl of Salisbury craveth supply, Do rush upon us as their hungry prey. [cords, And hardly keeps his men from mutiny, Alen. Froissart, a countryman of ours, reSince they, so few, watch such a multitude. England all Olivers and Rowlands bred, Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to During the time Edward the third did reign. Henry sworn,

More truly now may this be verified ; Either to quell the Dauphin utterly,

For none but Samsons, and Goliasses, Or bring him in obedience to your yoke. It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten ! Bed. I do remember it ; and here take my Lean raw-bon'd rascals ! who would e'er supleave,

They had such courage and audacity ? [pose To go about my preparation.

[Exit. Char. Let's leave this town; for they are Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I hare-brain'd slaves,

(eager : To view th' artillery and munition ; (can, And hunger will enforce them to be more And then I will proclaim young Henry king. Of old I know them ; rather with their teeth

[Exit. The walis they'll tear down, than forsake the Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young siege.

(device, Being ordain'd his special governor; [king is, Reig. I think, by some odd gimmals, or And for his safety there I'll best devise. (Exit. Their arms are set like clocks, still to strike on; Win. Each hath his place and function to Else ne'er could they hold out so as they do, attend ;

By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone. I am left out ; for me nothing remains.

Alen. Be it so. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office :

Enter the Bastard of Orleans. The king from Elthani I intend to steal, Bast. Where's the prince Dauphin ? I have And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. (Exit. news for him.

(us.

Char. Bastard of Orleans, thrice welcome to SCENE II.--France. Before Orleans.

Bast. Methinks your looks are sad, your Enter Charles, with his forces; Alençon,

cheer appall'd : Reignier, and others.

Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence ? Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand : heavens,

A holy maid hither with me I bring, So in the earth, to this day is not known : Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, Late did he shine upon the English side ; Ordained is to raise this tedious siege. Now we are victors, upon us he smiles. And drive the English forth the bounds of What towns of any moment but we have ? The spirit of deep prophecy she hath, (France. At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans; Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome : Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale What's past and what's to come she can ghosts,

descry: Faintly besiege us one hour in a month. Speak, shall I call her in ? Believe my words, Alen. They want their porridge, and their For they are certain and unfallible. fat buli-beeves :

Char. Go, call her in. [Exit Bastard.) But Either they must be dieted like mules,

first, to try her skill, And have their provender tied to their mouths, Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place : Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. Question her proudly ; let thy looks be stern :

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