« ZurückWeiter »
To be mine own attorney in this case.
brace The Christian prince, King Henry, were he
here. Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes,
praise, and prayers Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. (Going. Suf. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark
yon, Margaret; No princely commendations to my king ? Mar. Such commendations as becomes a
maid, A virgin, and his servant, say to him. Suf. Words sweetly plac'd and modestly
directed. But, madam, I must trouble you again ; No loving token to his Majesty ? Mar. Yes, my good lord, a pure unspotted
heart, Never yet taint with love, I send the King. Suf. And this withal.
(Kisses her. Mar. That for thyself; I will not so preTo send such peevish tokens to a king:
(Exeunt Reignier and Margaret.] Suf. O, wert thou for myself ! But, Suffolk,
stay, Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth; There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk. Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise ; Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount, And natural graces that extinguish art; Repeat their semblance often on the seas, That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's
feet, Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with wonder.
(Erit. 195 [SCENE IV. Camp of the Duke of York in
't is not so.
War. Graceless ! wilt thou deny thy parent
age ? York. This argues what her kind of life
hath been, Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. Shep. Fie, Joan, that thou wilt be so ob
Puc. Peasant, avaunt! - You have suborn'd Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.
Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest The morn that I was wedded to her mother. 24 Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl. Wilt thou not stoop ? Now cursed be the time Of thy nativity! I would the milk Thy mother gave thee when thou snck’dst her
breast, Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake! Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs
(Erit. York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd
too long, To fill the world with vicious qualities. Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have
York. Ay, ay; away with her to execution !
hearts? Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity, That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. I am with child, ye bloody homicides ! Murder not then the fruit within my womb, Although ye hale me to a violent death. York. Now heaven forfend! the holy maid
with child ! War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye
wrought! Is all your strict preciseness come to this?
York. She and the Dauphin have been jug
gling: I did imagine what would be her refuge. War. Well, go to; we'll have no bastards
live, Especially since Charles must father it. Puc. You are deceiv'd; my child is none of
his. It was Alençon that enjoy'd my love.
York. Alençon ! that notorious Machiavel! It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
Puc. 0, give me leave, I have deluded you. 'T was neither Charles nor yet the duke I
nam'd, But Reignier, King of Naples, that prevail'd. War. A married man! that's most intoler
able. York. Why, here's a girl! I think she
knows not well, There were so many, whom she may accuse. War. It's sign she hath been liberal and
free. York. And yet, forsooth, she is a virgin
pure. Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat and
thee. Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. Puc. Then lead me hence; with whom I
leave my curse : May never glorious sun reflex his beams Upon the country where you make abode, But darkness and the gloomy shade of death Environ you, till mischief and despair Drive you to break your necks or hang yourselves!
[Exit (guarded]. York. Break thou in pieces and consume to
ashes, Thou foul accursed minister of hell ! Enter CARDINAL [BEAUFORT, Bishop of Win
chester, attended]. Car. Lord Regent, I do greet your excellence With letters of commission from the King. For know, my lords, the states of Christen
dom, Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils, Have earnestly implor'd a general peace Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French; And here at hand the Dauphin and his train 100 Approacheth, to confer about some matter.
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect ? After the slaughter of so many peers, So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, That in this quarrel have been overthrown And sold their bodies for their country's bene
fit, Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? Have we not lost most part of all the towns, By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, Our great progenitors had conquered ? 0, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief The utter loss of all the realm of France. War. Be patient, York. If we conclude a
peace, It shall be with such strict and severe cove
nants As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby. 115
Enter CHARLES, ALENÇON, BASTARD, REIGx
IER (and others). Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus
agreed That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in
France, We come to be informed by yourselves What the conditions of that league must be. York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler
chokes The hollow passage of my poison'd voice, By sight of these our baleful enemies. Car. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted
. This proffer is absurd and reasonless. Char. 'T is known already that I am pos
sess'd With more than half the Gallian territories, And therein reverenc'd for their lawful
king: Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Detract so much from that prerogative As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole ? No, lord ambassador, I 'll rather keep That which I have than, coveting for more, 14 Be cast from possibility of all.
York. Insusting Charles ! hast thou by secret
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy
condition stand ?
York. Then swear allegiance to his Majesty, Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so As thou art knight, never to disobey
your king, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, That he should be so abject, base, and poor, Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England. To choose for wealth and not for perfect love, 60
(Charles and his party give signs of Henry is able to enrich his queen
And not to seek a queen to make him rich.
Marriage is a matter of more worth [Exeunt. Than to be dealt in by attorneyship.
Not whom we will, but whom his Grace affects, (SCENE) V. (London. The palace.] Must be companion of his nuptial bed. Enter SUFFOLK in conference with the KING ;
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, GLOUCESTER and EXETER ( following).
[It] most of all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd. King. Your wondrous rare description, noble For what is wedlock forced but a hell, earl,
An age of discord and continual strife? Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me. Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss, Her virtues graced with external gifts
And is a pattern of celestial peace. Do breed love's settled passions in my heart; Whom should we match with Henry, being a king, And like as rigour of tempestuous gusts
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ? Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide, Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, So am I driven by breath of her renown Approves her fit for none but for a king: Either to suffer shipwreck or arrive
Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit, Where I may have fruition of her love.
More than in women commonly is seen, Suf. Tush, my good lord, this superficial Will answer our hope in issue of a king; tale
For Henry, son unto a conqueror, Is but a preface of her worthy praise.
Is likely to beget more conquerors, The chief
perfections of that lovely dame, If with a lady of so high resolve Had I sufficient skill to utter them,
As is fair Margaret he be link'd in love. Would make a volume of enticing lines,
Then yield, my lords ; and here conclude with me Able to ravish any dull conceit;
That Margaret shall be Queen, and none but she. And, which is more, she is not so divine,
King. Whether it be through force of your So full-replete with choice of all delights,
report, But with as humble lowliness of mind
My noble Lord of Suffolk, or for that She is content to be at your command ;
My tender youth was never yet attaint Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents, With any passion of inflaming love, To love and honour Henry as her lord.
I cannot tell; but this I am assur'd, King. And otherwise will Henry ne'er pre- I feel such sharp dissension in my breast,
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, Therefore, my Lord Protector, give consent As I am sick with working of my thoughts. That Margaret may be England's royal queen. Take, therefore, shipping ; post, my lord, to
Glou. So should I give consent to flatter sin. 25 France;
That Lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come How shall we then dispense with that contract, To cross the seas to England and be crown'd 10 And not deface your honour with reproach ? King Henry's faithful and anointed queen.
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths ; 30 For your expenses and sufficient charge, Or one that, at a triumph having vow'd
Among the people gather up a tenth. To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists Be
I say; for, till you do return, By reason of his adversary's odds.
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good unele, banish all offence.
Not what you are, I know it will excuse
This sudden execution of my will. Her father is no better than an earl,
And so, conduct me where, from company, Although in glorious titles he excel.
I may revolve and ruminate my grief. Erit. Suf. Yes, my lord, her father is a king,
Glou. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and The King of Naples and Jerusalem ;
last. (Exeunt Gloucester (and Exeter. And of such great authority in France
Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd ; and thus As his alliance will confirm our peace And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
As did the youthful Paris once to Greece, Glou. And so the Earl of Armagnac may do, With hope to find the like event in love, Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
But prosper better than the Troyan did. Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant a lib- Margaret shall now be Queen, and rule the King; eral dower,
But I will rule both her, the King, and realm, Where Reignier sooner will receive than give.
THE SECOND PART OF HENRY THE SIXTH
[DRAMATIS PERSONÆ KING HENRY VI.
A Sea-Captain, Master, and Master's Mate, and WalHUMPHREY, duke of Gloucester, his uncle.
TER WHITMORE. CARDINAL BEAUFORT, bishop of Winchester, great- Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk. uncle to the King.
JOHN HUME and JOHN SOUTHWELL, priests. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, duke of York.
ROGER BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer. EDWARD and RICHARD, his sons.
THOMAS HORNER, an armourer. DUKE OF SOMERSET.
PETER, his man. DUKE OF SUFFOLK.
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Alban's. DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.
SIMPCox, an impostor. LORD CLIFFORD.
JACK CADE, a rebel. Young CLIFFORD, his son.
GEORGE BEVIS, JOHN HOLLAND, Dick the butcher, EARL OF SALISBURY,
SMITH the weaver, MICHAEL, etc., followers of EARL OF WARWICK.
ELEANOR, duchess of Gloucester.
MAROERY JORDAN, a witch.
Wife to Simpcox.
Apprentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, etc.
SCENE I. (London. The palace.]
KING, HUMPHREY DUKE OF GLOUCESTER,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! 29
England's happiness !
Glou. (Reads.). “ Imprimis, It is agreed between the French king Charles, and William de la Pole, Marquess of Suffolk, ambassador
for Henry King of England, that the said (45 Henry shall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing. Item, that the duchy of Anjou and the county of Maine shall be released and delivered to the King her father"
(Lets the paper fall. 62 King. Uncle, how now! Glou.
Pardon me, gracious lord ; Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the
heart And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no
further. King. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on. 88
Car. [Reads.] “ Item, It is further agreed between them, that the duchies of Anjou and Maine shall be released and delivered over to the King her father, and she sent over of the King of England's own proper cost and charges, withont having any dowry. King. They please us well. Lord marquess,
(Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk. Glou. Brave peers of England, pillars of the
state, To you Duke Humphrey must unload his grief, Your grief, the common grief of all the land. What! did my brother Henry spend his youth, His valour, coin, and people, in the wars ? Did he so often lodge in open field, In winter's cold and summer's parching heat, To conquer France, his true inheritance ? And did my brother Bedford toil his wits, To keep by policy what Henry got? Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious War
wick, Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy ? Or hath mine uncle Beaufort and myself, With all the learned council of the realm, Studied so long, sat in the council-house Early and late, debating to and from How France and Frenchmen might be kept in
awe, And hath his Highness in his infancy Crowned in Paris in despite of foes ? And shall these labours and these honours
die? Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance, Your deeds of war, and all our counsel die ? O peers of England, shameful is this league, Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame, Blotting your names from books of memory, 100 Razing the characters of your renown,
Defacing monuments of conquer'd France,
discourse, This peroration with such circumstance ? For France, 't is ours; and we will keep it still,
Glou. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can; But now it is impossible we should.' Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the
roast, Hath given the duchy of Anjou and Maine 110 Unto the poor King Reignier, whose large style Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. Sal. Now, by the death of Him that died for
all, These counties were the keys of Normandy. But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant
War. For grief that they are past recovery ; For, were there hope to conquer them again, My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no
tears. Anjou and Maine ! myself did win them both. Those provinces these arms of mine did con
quer ; And are the cities, that I got with wounds, Deliver'd up again with peaceful words? Mort Dieu ! York. For Suffolk's duke, may he be suffo
cate, That dims the honour of this warlike isle ! France should have torn and rent my very heart, Before I would have yielded to this league. I never read but England's kings have had Large sums of gold and dowries with their
wives; And our King Henry gives away his own, To match with her that brings no vantages.
Glou. A proper jest, and never heard before, That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth For costs and charges in transporting her! She should have stay'd in France and stary'd
in France, Before Car. My Lord of Gloucester, now ye grow
too hot. It was the pleasure of my lord the King. Glou. My Lord of Winchester, I know your
mind. 'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, But 't is my presence that doth trouble ye. Rancour will out. Proud prelate, in thy face I see thy fury. If I longer stay, We shall begin our ancient bickerings. Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone, I prophesied France will be lost ere long.
(Erit. Car. So, there goes our Protector in a rage. 'Tis known to you he is mine enemy, Nay, more, an enemy unto you all, And no great friend, I fear me, to the King. 10 Consider, lords, he is the next of blood, And heir apparent to the English crown. Had Henry got an empire by his marriage, And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west, There's reason he should be displeas'd at it. 188 Look to it, lords ! Let not his smoothing words