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Enter Cardinal BBA UPORT, attended.
Thoa, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.
(Charles and the rest, give Tokens of fealty.
Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still,
SCENE V.-London.- A Room in the Palace.
Enter King HENRY, in conference with SUFFOLK;
GLOSTER and EXETKR following.
earl, So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers,
Of beauteous Margaret, hath astonish'd me:
Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide ;
So I am driven, by breath of her renown, Our great progenitors, had conquer'd ?
Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
Suf. Tush, my good lord! This superficial tale
Would make a volume of enticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit.
And, which is more, she is not so divine,
She is content to be at your command;
6. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume, The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,
' That-in regard' king Henry gives consent,
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd Of mere compassion, and of lenity,
Unto another lady of esteem;
How shall we then dispense with that contract,
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
A pour earl's daughter is unequal odds,
Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than
that t Retain but privilege of a private man?
Her father is no better than an earl,
Although in glorious titles he excel.
As his alliance will contirm our peace,
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole?
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, No, lord ambassador; I'll rather keep
Because he is near kinsman uuto Charies. That which I have, than covering for more,
Ere. Beside, his wealth duth warrant liberal Be cast from possibility of all.
dower ; York. Insulting Charles! Hast thou by secret While Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suf. A dower, my lords! Disgrace not so your Used intercession to obtain a league,
king, And, now the matter grows to compromise,
That he should be so abject, base, and poor, Stand'st thou aloof upou comparison ?
To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
Henry is able to enrich his queen, Of benefit § proceeding from our king,
And not to seek a queen to make him rich : And not of any challenge of desert,
So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship t,
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, We shall not find like opportunity.
Must be companion of his nuptial bed : Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, To save your subjects from such massacre,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us, And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen
In our opinions she should be preferr'd. By our proceeding in hostility :
For what is wedlock, forced, but a hell, And therefore lake this compact of a truce, An age of discord and continual strife? Although you break it when your pleasure serves. Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
(Aside, to Charles. And is a pattern of celestial peace. War. How say'st thou, Charles? Shall our condi. Whom should we match with Henry, being a king, tion stand 1
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Char. It shall :
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, Only reserved, you claim no interest
Approves her fit for none, but for a king : In any of our lowns of garrison.
Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ; (More than in women commonly is seen) As thou art knight, never to disobey,
Will answer our hope in issue of a king; Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Is likely to beget more conquerors, Compassion.
+ Baneful. Coronet is here used for crown.
A triumph then signified a public exhibition ; Be coutent to live as the beneficiary of our such as a mask, or revel.
+ By the discretional agency of another.
If with a lady of so high resolve,
Be gone, I say ; for, till you do return,
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with And you, good uncle, banish all offence: me,
If you do censure me by what you were,
And so conduci me, where from company,
I may revolve, and ruminate my grief. (Erit. My tender youth was never yet attaint
Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last. With any passion of inflaming love,
(Ereunt Gloster and Exeter. I cannot tell; but this I am assured,
Suf. Thas Suffolk hath prevaild: and thus he
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd
KıxG HENRY TRK SIXTA.
HUME and SOUTHWELL, two Priests. HUMPHREY, DUKE OF GLOSTER, his Uncle.
BOLING BROKE, a Conjurer.-- A Spirit raised by him. CARDINAL BEAU PORT, Bishop of Winchester. Great THOMAS HORNER, an Armourer.-Peter, his Man. Uncle to the King.
CLERK OP CHATHAM.-MAYOR OF SAINT ALBAN's. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, Duke of York.
Simpcox, an impostor.Two MURDERERS. EDWARD and RICHARD, his Sons.
JACK CADE, a Rebel. Duke or SOMERSET,
GEORGE, JOHN, Dick Swin the Weaver, Mi.
CHAEI., &c. his Followers.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster.
MARGERY JOURDAIN, a Witch.-WIFB TO Simroor.
dermen, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers ; CitiA SEA-CAPTAIN, MASTER, MASTER'S Mate, and zens, 'Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, WALTER WHITMORE.
Scene, dispersedly in various Parts of England.
}of the York Faction.
Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty,
Makes me, from wondering, fall to weeping joys; SCENE 1.-London.-A Room of State in the Palace. Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. FWurish of Trumpets : then Hautboys.-Enter, on All. Long live queen Margaret, England's hap one side, King HENRY, Duke of GLOSTER, SALIS
piness! BURY, WARWICK, and Cardinal BEAU PORT ; on Q. Mar. We thank you all.
[Florrish. the other, Queen MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK; Šuf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, YORK, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others, fol. Here are the articles of contracted peace, louing.
Between our sovereign and the French king Suf. As by your high imperial majesty
Charles, I had in charge at my depart for France,
For eighleen months concluded by consent. A« procurator to your excellence,
Glo. (Reads.) Imprimis, It is agreed betuern the: To marry princess Margaret for your grace;
French king, Charles, and William de la Poole, So, in the famous ancient city; Tours,
marquess of Suffolk, ambassador for Henry king of In presence of the kings of France and Sicil, England,-thoi the said Henry shall espouse the lady The dakes of Orleans, Calabar, Bretaigne, and Margaret, daughter unto Reignier king of Noplis, Alençon,
Sicilia, and Jerusalem; and crown her queen of Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bi-England, cre the thirtieth of May neat ensuing shops,
Item,- That the dutchy of Anjou and county of Maine, I have perforin'd my task, and was espoused :
shall be reltused and delivered to the king het And humbly now upon my bended knee,
fatherIn sight of England and lier lordly peers,
K. Hen. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord;
And dinnm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further.
K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on. The fairest queen that ever king received.
Win. Item,---It is further agreed between them, K. Hen. Sutfolk, arise.-Welcome, queen Mar- that the dutchies of Anjou and Maine shall be re
leased and delivered over to the king her father ; garet: I can express no kinder sign of love,
and she sent orer of the king of England s own proThan this kind kiss.-0 Lord, that lends me life, per cost and charges, without having doury. Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
K. Hen. They please us well.—Lord inarquess, For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face,
kneel down; A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
And girt thee with the sword.
From being regent in the parts of Prance,
Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloster, York, and
Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;
We thank you all for this great favour done, With ruder ternis; such as my wit affords,
In entertainment to my princely queen. And over-joy of heart doth minister.
Come, let us in ; and with all speed provide K. llen. Her sight did ravish: but her grace in to see her coronation be perforni’d. speech,
[Excunt King, Queen, and Suffolk.
Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state • I am the bolder to address you, having already To you duke Homphrey must onload bis grief, familiarized you to iny imagination.
Your grief, the common grief of all the land. Beloved of all things.
Whati did my brother Henry spend his youth,
His valour, coin, and people in the wars 1
Cousin of Somerset, join yon with me,
And altogether, with the duke of Suffolk,-
Car. This weighty business will not brook delay;,
I'll to the duke of Suffolk presently. (Exit. To keep by policy what Henry got?
Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Humphrey's
His insolence is more intolerable
Than all the princes in the land beside ;
Ti Gloster be displaced, he'll be protector.
Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset, will be protector,
(Exeunt Buckingham and Somerset. Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes ;
Sul. Pride weit before, ambition follows him.
As slout, and proud, as he were lord of all,
Unlike the ruler of a common-weal. Cur. Nephew, what means this passionate dis- Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age! course 1
Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keeping, This peroration with such circumstance
llath won the greatest favour of the commons, For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still. Excepting none but good duke Humphrey.
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ; And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland,
In bringing them to civil discipline;
War. For grief that they are past recovery: With Somersel's and Buckingham's ambition;
York. And so says York, for he bath greatest canse.
Sul. They let's make haste away, and look unto Mort Dieu !
the inain. York. For Suffolk's duke-may be be suffocate, War. Unto the main ! O father, Maine is lost; That dims the honour of this warlike isle !
That Maine, which by main force Warwick did win, France should have torn and rent iny very heart, And would have kept, so long as breath did last: Before I would have yielded to this league.
Main chance, father, you meant; but I meant Maine; I never read but England's kings have had
Which I will win from France, or else be slain. Large sins of gold, and dowries, with their wives :
(Exeunt Warwick and Salisbury. And our king Henry gives away his own,
York. Anjou and Maine are given to the Freuch;
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, Stands on a tickle point, now they are gone :
The peers agreed ; and Henry was well pleased,
I cannot blame them all ; what is't to them? Before-
'Tis thine they give away, and not their own. ('ar. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too hot; Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their it was the pleasure of my lord the king.
Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone :
While as the silly owner of the goods
And shakes bis head, and trembling stands aloof,
While all is shared, and all is borne away;
lar. So, there goes our protector in a rage. While his own lands are bargain'd for, and sold.
Methinks, the realms of England, France, and IreNay, inore, an eneiny unto you all;
As did the fatal brand Alinea burn'd,
Unto the prince's heart of Cal, don..
Anjou and Maine, Loth given unto the French!
Cold news for me ; for I had hope of France,
Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right,
Whose church-like humours fit not for a crown.
• Meleager; whose life was to continue only so
long as a certain firebrand should last. His mother • This speech crowded with so many circum- Althea having thrown it into the fire, he expired slunces of aggravation.
+ Skirmishings in great torments.
Thon, York, bo still a while, till time do serye : I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks,
And, being a woman, I will not be slack
To play my part in fortune's pageant.
Hume. Jesu preserve your royal majesty!
Duch. What say'st thou, majesty! i am but Whose bookish rule hath pull'd fair England down.
Hume. But, by the grace of God, aud Hune's
advice, SCENE II.-The same.-A Room in the Duke of Your grace's title shall be multiplied. GLOSTER'S House.
Duch. What say'st thou, man i Hast thou as yet.
conferr'd Enter GLOSTER and the DUCHESS.
With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch;
Duch. It is enough; l'll think upon the questions : If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face,
When from Saint Albans we do make return, Until thy head be circled with the same.
We'll see these things effected to the full. Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold :- Here, Hume, take this reward ; inake nierry, man, What, is't too short ? I'll lengthen it with mine : With thy confederates in this weighly cause. And, having both together heaved it up,
(Erit Duchss. We'll both together litt our heads to heaven; Hume. Hume must make merry with the duchess And never more abase our sight so low,
gold; As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground. Marry, and shall. But how now, Sir John Hume Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy Seal up your lips, and give no words but-mum! lord,
The business asketh silent secrecy. Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts :
Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch. And may that thought, when I imagine ill
Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry. Yet have I gold, fies from another coast : Be my last breathing in this mortal world!
I dare not say, from the rich cardinal, My troublous dream this night doth make me sad. And from the great and new-made duke of Suffolk ; Duch. What dream'd my lord | Tell me, and I'l! Yet I do find it so: for, to be plain, requite it
They, knowing dame Eleanor's aspiring humour, With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. Have hired me to undermine the duchess, Glo. Methought, this staff, inine office-badge in And buz these conjurations in her brain. court,
They say, A crafty knave does need no broker; Was broke iu lwain; by whom, I have forgot, Yet am I Suffolk and the cardinal's broker. But, as I think, it was by the cardinal;
Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go near And on the pieces o' the broken wand
To call them both a pair of crafty knaves. Were placed the heads of Edmond duke of 80. Well, so it stands : and thus, I fear, at last, merset,
Hume's knavery will be the duchess' wreck ;
Duch. Tut, this was nothing but an argument,
Enter Peter, and others, with Petitions. Methought, I sat in seat of majesiy,
1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close; my lord proIn the cathedral church of Westninster,
tector will come this way by and by, and then And in that chair where kings and queens are we may deliver our supplications in the quilli. crown'd;
2 Pei. Marry, the lord protect him, for ho's A Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneelid to me,
good man! Jesu bless him! And on my head did set the diadem. : Glo. Nay, Eleanor, then must I chide outright
Enter SUFFOLK, and Queen MARCARET. Presumptuous dame, ill nurtured • Eleanor!
1 Pet. Here 'a comes, methinks, and the queen Art thon not second woman in the realm ;
with him: I'll be the first, sure. And the protector's wife, beloved of him?
2 Pet. Come back, fool: this is the duke of SufHast thon not worldly pleasure at command, folk, and not my lord protector. Above the reach or compass of thy thought?
Suf. How now, fellow? Wouldst any thing with And wilt thon still be hammering treachery,
me 1 To tumble down thy husband, and thysell,
1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me! I took ye for From top of honour to disgrace's feet?
my Jord protector. Away from me, and let me hear no more.
Q. Mar. (Reading the Superscription.) To my lord Dich. What, what, my lord! are you so choleric protector! Are your supplications to his lordship? With Eleanor, for telling but her dream?
Let me see them : what is thine? Next time, I'll keep my dreams unto myself, 1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against And not be check'd.
John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for keepGlo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleased again. ing my house, and lands, and wife and all, from me. Enter a MESSENGER.
Suf. Thy wife too? That is some wrong, indeed.
What's your's? - What's here! (Reads.) Against Mess. My lord protector, 'tis bis : as' pleasure, the duke of Saffolk, for enclosing the commons of You do prepare to ride unto Saini a
Melford.-How now, sir knave!
Glo. I go.-Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us? our whole township..
(Exeunt Gloster and Messenger. ter, Thomas Horner, for saying, That the duke of Follow I must, I cannot go before,
York was rightful heir to the crown.
• A title frequently bestowed on the clergy.
+ Let the issue be what it will. • Ill-educated.
For where. # With great exactness and observance of form.