« AnteriorContinuar »
Oh, hold me not with silence over-long!. (So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes. Where I was wont to feed you with my blood, Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak; I'll lop a member ols, and give it you,
I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind: In earnest of a future benefit;
Fie, De la Poole! disable not thyselt'; So you do condescend to help me now. 5 Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy prisoner?
[They h ing their heads. . Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? No hope
have redress:-Vy body shall Ay; beauty's princely majesty is such, Pay recompence, if you will grant niy suit. Confoundsthe tongue,and inakes the sensesrough.
[They shake iheir heads. Mar. Say, carl of Suffolk,--ifthy name beso, Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice,
10 What ransom must I pay before I pass ? Intreat you to your wonted furtherance? For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner. Then take my soul; my body, soul, and all, Suf. How can'st thou tell, she will deny thy suit, Before that England give the French the foil. Before thou make a trial of her love? [aside.
[They depart. Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransom See! they forsake me. Now the time is come, 15
must I pay? That France must vail her lofty-pluined crest, Suf. She's beautiful; and therefore to be woo'd: And let her head fall into England's lap.
She is a woman; therefore to be won. (.Aside. My ancient incantations are too weak,
Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea, or no? And hell too strong for me to buckle with :- Suf. Fond 'man! rcinember, that thou hast a Now,France,thyglory droopeth to the dust.[Erit. 20 wife; Excursions. Pucelle and York fight hand to hand. Then how can Margaret bethy paramour? [Aside. Pucelle is taken. The French fly.
Mar. I were best to leave him, for he will not York.Damsel of France, I think, I have you fast:
(card. Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, Suf. There all is marr'd; there lies a cooling And try if they can gain your liberty.
25 Mar. He talks at random; sure, the man is mad. A goodly prize! fit for the devil's grace!
Suf. And yet a dispensation may be had. Sec, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows, Mar. And yet Iwould that youwould answer me. Asif, with Circe, she would change my shape.[be. Şuf. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whoin? Pucel. Chang'd
to a worser shape thou canst not Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden thing“. York. Oh, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man;30
Njar. He talks of wood: it is some carpenter. No shape but his can please your dainty eye.(thee! Suf. Yet so iny fancy may be satisfy'd,
Pucel. A plaguing mischief light on Charles, and And peace established between these realıns. And may ye both be suddenly surpris'd But there remains a scruple in that too: By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds! For though her father be the king of Naples, York. Fell, banning'hag! enchantress, hold thy 35 Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet he is poor, tongue.
And our nobility will scorn the match. [Aside. Pucel. I pr’ythee,give me leave to curse a while. Mur. Hear ye, captain? Are you not at leisure? York.Curse, miscreant, when thou comesttothe Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much: stake.
[Ereunt. Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.Alarum. Enter Suffolk, leading in ludy Margaret. 40 Madam, I have a secret to reveal. [knight, Suf. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner. Mar. What though I be enthrall’d? he seems a
(Gazes on her. And will not any way dishonour me. [Aside. Oh fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly;
Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I sav. For I will touch thee but with reverent hands. Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French; I kiss these fingers for eternal peace,
45 And then I need not crare his courtesy: [Aside. And lay them gently on thy tender side.
Suf:Sweet madam,give me hearing in a causeWho art thou : say, that I may honour thee. Miar. Tush! women have been captivate ere Mar. Margaret my name, and daughter to a
Aside. The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art. [king, Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so? Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd. 50
Niar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. Be not offended, nature's miracle,
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me:
Your bondage happy to be made a queen? So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, Nar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. Than is a slave in base servility; Yet, it this servile usage once offend, 55 For princes should be free. Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.
Suf. And so shall you,
[She is going. If happy England's royal king he free. Oh, stay!—I have no power to let her pass; Nar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? My hand would free her, but my heart says-no. Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen; As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, 60To put a golden scepter in thy hand, Twinkling another counterfeited beam,
And set a precious crown upon thy head, "To ban is to curse. ? Do not represent thyself so weak. To disable the judgement of another was, in our author's age, the same as to destroy its credit or authority, i. e. foolish. awkward business, an undertaking not likely to succeed.
ni. c. an
If thou wilt condescend to be my
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace Mar. What?
The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. Suf. His love.
Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, Diar. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife.
and prayers, Suf. No, gentle madam; I unworthy ain 5 Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [She is going. To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
Suf. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark you, And have no portion in the choice myself
Mar. An if my father please, I am content. Nar. Such commendations as become a maid, Sup. Then call our captains, and our colours, 10 A virgin, and his servant, say to him. [rected forth :
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly diAnd, madam, at your father's castle walls But, madam, I must trouble you again, We'll crave a parley to confer with him. No loving token to his majesty? [heart,
Sound. 'Enter Reignier on the Walls. Mar. Yes, my good lord; a pure unspotted Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner. 15 Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Reig. To whom
Suf. And this withal.
[Kisses her. Suf. To me.
Mar. That for thyself;--I will not so presume, Reig. Suffolk, what remedy?
To send such peevish-tokens to a king. I am a soldier; and unapt to weep,
[Exeunt Reignier and Margaret. Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.
20 Suf. O, wert thou for myself !—But, Suffolk, Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord: Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth; [stay, Consent, (and, for thy honour, give consent) There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk. Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king; Solicit llenry with her wond'rous praise : Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto; Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount, And this her easy-held imprisonment
25 Mad’, natural graces that extinguish art; Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty. Repeat their semblance often on the seas, Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks ?
That, when thou coin'st to kneel at Henry's feet, Suf. Fair Margaret knows,
Thou may'st bereave him of his wits with wonder. That Suffolk doth not flatter, face or feign.
[Erit. Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend, $30
SCENE V. To give thee answer of thy just demand.
Camp of the Duke of York in Anjou. (Exit from the walls. Suf. And here I will expect thy coming.
Enter York, Warwick, a Shepherd, and Pucelle. Trumpets sound. Enter Reignier, below. York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd to Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories, 35 burn.
[right! Command in Anjou'what your honour pleases. Shep. Ah, Joan! this kills thy father's heart outSaf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a Have I sought every country far and near, child,
And now it is my chance to find thee out, Fit to be made companion with a king: Must I behold thy tiineless 'cruel death? What answer makes your grace unto my suit? 40 Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, l'Il die with thee!
Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little Pucel. Decrepit miser*! base ignoble wretch! To be the princely bride of such a lord; (worth, I am descended of a gentler blood ! Upon condition I inay quietly I
Thou art no father, nor no friend of mine.
Suf. That is her ransom, I deliver her; Her mother liveth yet, can testify
War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy parentage? Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name, 50 York.This argues what her kind of life hath been; As deputy unto that gracious king,-
Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith. Shep. Fie, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle'! Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly God knows, thou art a collop, of my flesh; thanks,
And for thy sake have I shed niany a tear : Because this is in traffic of a king:
155 Deny me not, I pr'ythee, gentle Joan. [this man And yet, methinks, I could be well content
Pucel. Peasant, avaunt ! -You have suborn'd To be mine own attorney in this case. [Aside. Of purpose to obscure my noble birth. I'll over then to England with this news,
Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest, And make this marriage to be solemniz'd: The morn that I was wedded to her mother.--So, farewell, Reignier! Set this diamond safe 60 kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl. In golden palaces, as it becomes.
Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time ' i. e. childish. * i. e, wild or uncultivated. 'i. e. untimely. 4 Miser has no relation to avarice in this passage, but simply means a niserable creature. A vulgar corruption of obstingte. 0 04
'tis not so;
Of thy nativity! I would, the milk [breast of May never glorious sun reflex his beams
But darkness, and the gloomy shade of death
(Exit guarded. O, burn her, burn her; hanging is too goodl
. [Erit. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd too Thou foul accursed minister of hell! [ashes, To fill the world with vicious qualities. [long,
Enter Cardinal Beaufort, &c. Pucel. First, let me tell you whom you have 10. Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence condemn'd:
With letters of commission from the king. Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, But issued from the progeny of kings;
Mov'd with remorse at these outrageous broils, Virtuous and holy; chosen from above,
Ilave earnestly implor'd a general peace By inspiration of celestial grace,
15 Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French; To work exceeding miracles on earth.
And see at hand the Dauphin, and his train, I never had to do with wicked spirits :
Approacheth, to confer about soine matters. But you,--that are polluted with your lusts, York. Is all our travel turn'd to this effect? Stain'd with the guiltless blood ot innocents, After the slaughter of so many peers, Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, 2. So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, Because you want the grace that others have, That in this quarrel have been overthrown, You judge it straight a thing impossible
And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, To compass wonders, but by help of devils. Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? No, misconceived! Joan of Arc hath been Have we not lost most part of all the towns, A virgin from her tender infancy,
25 By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, Chaste and iinmaculate in very thought;
Our great progenitors had conquered :Whose majden blood, thus rigorously effus'd, Oh, Warwick, Warwick! I foresce with grief Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. The utter loss of all the realın of France.
York. Av, ay-away with her to exccution. Wur. Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace,
Wur. And hark ye, sirs; because she is a maid, 30 It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, Spare for no faggots, let there be enough: As little shall the Frenchinen gain thereby. Placc barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake, Enter Charles, Alençon, Bastard, and Reignier. That so her torture may be shorten'd.
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, Pucel. Will nothing turn yourunrelenting hearts? -- . That peacefultruce shall be proclaim'd in France, Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity;
35 We come to be informed by yourselves That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. What the conditions of that league must be. I am with child, ye bloody homicides:
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Murder not then the fruit within my womb,
choaks Although ye hale me to a violent death. [child: The hollow passage of my poison’d voice,
York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid with 40 By sight of these our baletul' enemies.
War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought: Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: Is all your strict preciseness come to this? That-in regard king Henry gives consent,
York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: Of meer compassion, and of lenity,
Wur. Well, go to; we will have no bastards 45 And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,Especially since Charles must father it.
You shall become true liegemen to his crown: Pucel You are deceiv’d; my child is none of his; And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear It was Alençon that enjoy'd my love.
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, York. Alençon ! that notorious Machiavel; Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
150 And still enjoy thy regal dignity Pucel
. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself, 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke l nam’d, Adorn his temples with a coronet'; But Reignier king of Naples, that prevail'd. And yet, in substance and authority,
War. A married man! that's most intolerable. Retain but privilege of a private man? York. Why, here's a girl! I think she knows 55 This protter is absurd and reasonless. not well,
Char. "Tis known already, that I am possess'd Toere were so many, whom she may accuse. Of more than half the Gallian territories,
War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king:
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.- Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Struinpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee:60 Detract so much from that prerogative, Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. (my curse:/ As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole? Pucel. Then lead me hence ;--with whom I leave (No, lord embassador; I'll rather keep Baleful had anciently the same meaning as baneful. * Coronet is here used for a crown.
That Act 5. Scene 6.] FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI.
569 That which I have, than, coveting for more,
To love and honour Henry as her ford. [sume.
York. Insulting Charles ! hast thou by secret Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,
That Margaret may be England's royal queen.
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd
Unto another lady of esteem:
How shall we then dispense with that contract,
And not deface your honour with reproach?
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Or one, that, at a triumph' having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet tbe lists
By reason of his adversary's odds :
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
Her father is no better than an earl,
[that? By our proceeding in hostility:
Although in glorious titles he excel.
[ Aside to the Dauphin. And of such great authority in France,
As his alliance will confirm our peace,
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do,
25 Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Ere. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ;
dower; As thou art knight, never to disobey,
While Reignier sooner will receive than give. Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, Suf. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your 'Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.-30. king,
[Charles and the rest give tokens of fealty. That he should be so abject, base, and poor,
To chuse for wealth, and not for perfect love.
35 So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
But marriage is a matter of more worth,
T'han to be dealt in by attorneyship ';
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
And, therefore, lords, since he affects her most,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
50 Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, Where I may have fruition of her love.
Approves her fit for none, but for a king: Suf. Tush, my good lord! this superficial tale Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, Is but a preface of her worthy praise;
(More than in womnan commonly is seen) will
If with a lady of so high resolve,
K. Henry. Whether it be through force of your
Benefit is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. ? That is, at the sports by which a triumph is celebrated. a 'i.e. by the discretional agency of another.
My tender youth was never yet attaint
And you, good uncle, banish all offence: With any passion of inflaming love,
If you do censure' mie by what you were, I cannot tell; but this I am assur'd,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse I feel such sharp dissention in my breast, This sudden execution of my will. Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, 5 And so conduct me, where from company, As I am sick with working of my thoughts. I may revolve and ruminate iny griet?. [Exit. Take, therefore, shipping; post,mylard, to France; Gló. Ay, grief, I fear ine, both at first and last. Agree to any covenants; and procure
[Ereunt Gloster and Eriter. That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevait'd: and thus he To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd 110 As did the youthful Paris once to Greece; (goes, King Henry's faithful and anointed queen: With hope to tind the like event in love, For your expences and sufficient charge, But prosper better than the Trojan did, Ainong the people gather up a tenth.
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king: Be gone, I say; for, 'till you do return,
But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.
[Erit. 'I. e. judge. Grief in this line is taken generally for pain or uncasiness; in the line that follows, specially for sorrow.