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To marry Princess Marg'ret for your Grate ;
So in the famous ancient city, Tours,
In presence of the kings of France and Sicil,
The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Brataigne, Alanfon,
Seven Earls, twelve Barons, twenty reverend Bishops,
I have perform’d my talk, and was espous'd:
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
In sight of England and her lordly peers
Deliver up my title in the Queen
[Presenting the Queen to the King.
To your most gracious hand, that are the substance
Of that grear thadow I did represent;
The happiest gift that ever Marquess gave,
The faireft Queen that ever King receiv'd.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Mar-
I can express no kinder sign of love,
Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend'st me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness !
For thou hast giv'n me, in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly blessings to my soul;
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q. Mer. Great King of England, and my gracious
The mutual conf'rence that my mind hath had,
By day, by night, waking and in my dreams,
In courtly company, or at my beads,
With you, mine alder-liefest Sovereign,
Makes me the bolder to falute my King,
With ruder terms, such as my wit affords,
3 The mutual conf'rence] ly attached : Lieveft being the I am the bolder to address you, saperlative of the comparative, having already familiarised you levar, rather, from lief. So Hall to my imagination.
in his Chronicle, Henry VI. Fo. mine alder-lievest So- lio 12. Ryght hyghe and mighty vereign;} Alder lieveft is Prince, and my right noble, and, an old English word given to him after one, levek Lord. to wł:oin the speaker is íupreme
Andover-joy of heart doth minister.
K. Henry. Her sight did ravish, but her grace in
Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty,
Make me from wondring fall to weeping joys,
Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome
Love. All kneel. Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's hap
pines! Q. Mar. We thank you all
[Flourish Suf. My Lord protector, fo it please your grace, Here are the articles of contracted Peace, Between our Sovereign and the French King, Charles, For eighteen months concluded by consent.
Glo. 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 Henry Mall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerufalem, end crown her Queen of England, ere the thirtietb of May next ensuing
Item, That the Dutchy of Anjou, and the County of Maine, shall be relealed and delivered to the King her fatber.
(Lets fall the Paper. K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious Lord; Some sudden qualm hath struck me to the heart, And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further,
K. Henry. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
Win. Item, That the Dutchies of Anjou and Maine fhall be released and delivered to the King her father, and itae sent over of the King of England's oron proper "coft and charges, without having any dowry. K. Henry. They please us well. Lord Marquess,
kneel you down;
We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk,
And gird thee with the sword. Coufin of York,
We here discharge your Grace from being Regent
I'th' parts of France, till term of eighteen months
Be fúll expir’d, Thanks, uncle Winchester,
Glofier, ìork, Buckingham, and Somerset,
Salisbury and Warwick : ;
We thank you for all this great favour done,
In entertainment to my princely Queen.
Come, let us in, and with all speed provide
To see her coronation be perform’d.
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk,
Manent tbe rejt.
Glo: Brave peers of England, pillars of the state,
To you Duke Humphry 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 fo 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, and Salisbury, victorious Warwick,
Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy?
Or hath mine uncle Beauford, and myself,
With all the learned council of the realm,
Studied so long, sat in the council house,
Early and late, debating to and fro,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe?
And was his Highness in his infancy
Crowned in Paris, in despight 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;
Razing the characters of your renown,
Defacing monuments of conquer'd France,
Undoing all, as all had never been.
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourfe?
This peroration with such circumstances ? $
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still.
Glo. Ay's uncle, we will keep it if we can ;
But now it is impoflible we should.
Suffolk, the new-made Duke that rules the roaft,
Hath giv'n the dutchy of Anjou and Maine
Unto the poor King Reignier, whose large stile
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.
Sal. Now, by the death of him who dyd for all, These counties were the keys of Normandy. - But wherefore weeps Warwick my valiant fon?
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 conquer. And are the cities, that I got with wounds, Deliver'd up again with peaceful words ? *
York. For Suffolk’s Duke, may he be suffocate, That dims the honour of this warlike ille! 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 fums of gold, and dowries with their wives : And our King Henry gives away
own, To match with her that brings no vantages.
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, For cost and charges in transporting her.
This peroration with such cir- wick is natural, and I will it
cumstances?] This speech had been better expressed ; crowded with so many instances there is a kind of jingle inof aggravation.
tended in wounds and words. • The indignation of War
She should have staid in France, and stary'd in France, Before
Car. My Lord of Gloster, now ye grow too hot. It was the pleasure of my Lord the King.
Glo. My Lord of Winchester, I know your mind.
'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike,
But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you.
Rancour will out. Proud prelate, in thy face
I see thy fury; if I longer stay,
We shall begin our ancient bickerings,
Lordings, farewel; and say, when I am gone,
I prophesy’d, France will be loft ere long. [Exit.
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,
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 season he should be displeas'd at it.
Look to it, Lords, let not his smoothing words
Bewitch your hearts; be wise and circumspect.
What though the common people favour him,
Calling him Humpbry, the good Duke of Glo'ster,
Clapping their hands and crying with loud voice,
Jesu maintain your royal excellence !
With, God preserve the good Duke Humphry!
I fear me, Lords, for all this flattering gloss,
He will be found a dangerous protector.
Buck. Why should he then protect our sovereign,
He being of age to govern of himself?
Cousin of Somerset, join you with me,
6 And all the wealthy king in the West as well as in the
doms of the west,] Cer- East, and the Western kingtainly Shakespeare wrote east. doms were more likely to be in
WARBURTON. the thought of the speaker. There are wealthy kingdoms