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seen you gleeking and galling at this gentleman Unpruned dies: her hedges even-pleachd,twice or thrice. You thought, because he could Like prisoners wildly over-grown with hair,not speak English in the native garb, he could not | Put forth disorder'd twigs: her fallow leas, therefore handle an English cudgel: you find it The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory, otherwise; and henceforth, let a Welsh correction Doth root upon; while that the coulter rusts, teach you a good English condition. Fare ye well. That should deracinate such savagery:
[Exit. The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth Pist. Doth fortune play the huswife' with me The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover,
Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, News have I, that my Nell is dead i' the spital," Conceives by idleness; and nothing teems, Of malady of France;
But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, And there my rendezvous is quite cut off.
Losing both beauty and utility. Old I do wax; and from my weary limbs
And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, Honor is cudgell'd. Well, bawd will I turn, Defective in their natures, grow to wildness; And something lean to cutpurse of quick hand. Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, To England will I steal, and there I'll steal: Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, And patches will I get unto these scars,
The sciences that should become our country; And swear, I got them in the Gallia wars. [Exit. But grow, like savages,-as soldiers will,
That nothing do but meditate on blood, SCENE II.-Troyes in Champagne. An Apart- To swearing, and stern looks, diffus’de attire,
ment in the French King's Palace. And every thing that seems unnatural: Enter at one door, King Henry, Bedfond, Glos- Which to reduce into our former favor,"
You are assembled; and my speech entreats, TER, EXETER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other Lords; at another, the French King That I may know the let," why gentle peace Queen Isabel, the Princess KATHARINE, And bless us with her former qualities.
Should not expel these inconveniences, Lords, Ladies, &c.; the DUKE OF BURGUNDY,
K. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the and his Train.
peace, K. Hen. Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are Whose want gives growth to the imperfections met!
Which you have cited, you must buy that peace Unto our brother France,--and to our sister, With full accord to all our just demands; Health and fair time of day :-joy and good wishes Whose tenors and particular effects To our most fair and princely cousin Katharine; You have, enscheduld briefly, in
hands. And (as a branch and member of this royalty, Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which, By whom this great assembly is contrived)
as yet, We do salute you, duke of Burgundy ;
There is no answer made. And, princes French, and peers, health to you all! K. Hen.
Well then, the peace, Fr. King. Right joyous are we to behold your face, which you before so urged, lies in his answer. Most worthy brother England; fairly met : Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye So are you, princes English, every one.
O'er-glanced the articles: pleaseth your grace Q. Isa. So happy be the issue, brother England, To appoint some of your council presently, Of this good day, and of this gracious meeting, To sit with us once more, with better heed As we are now glad to behold your eyes; To re-survey them, we will, suddenly, Your eyes, which hitherto have borne in them Pass our accept, and peremptory answer. Against the French, that met them in their bent, K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter, The fatal balls of murdering basilisks;
And brother Clarence,--and you, brother Gloster,The venom of such looks, we fairly hope,
Warwick,—and Huntingdon,-go with the king:
K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear. Shall see advantageable for our dignity,
Bur. My duty to you both, on equal love, And we'll consign thereto.— Will you, fair sister, Great kings of France and England! That I have Go with the princes, or stay here with us? labor'd
Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will go with them; With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavors, Haply, a woman's voice may do some good, To bring your most imperial majesties
When articles, too nicely urged, be stood on. Unto this bars and royal intervie
K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here
Within the fore-rank of our articles.
[Exeunt all but Henry, KATHARINE, What rub, or what impediment, there is,
and her Gentlewoman. Why, that the naked, poor, and mangled peace, K. Hen. Fair Katharine, and most fair! Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births, Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms, Should not, in this best garden of the world, Such as will enter at a lady's ear, Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage ? And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart? Alas! she hath from France too long been chas'd; Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps, speak your England. Corrupting in its own fertility.
K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart,
soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to • Scoffing, sneering.
& Extravagant. 3 Hospital.
? For jilt.
hear you confess it brokenly with your English K. Hen. No; it is not possible, you should love tongue. Do you like me, Kate ?
the enemy of France, Kate; but in loving me, you Kath. Pardonnez moy, I cannot tell vat ism-likeme. should love the friend of France ; for I love France
K. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate; and you so well, that I will not part with a village of it; I are like an angel.
will have it all mine: and, Kate, when France is Kath. Que dit-il? que je suis semblable à les mine, and I am yours, then yours is France, and anges?
you are mine. Alice. Ouy, vrayment, (sauf vostre grace,) ainsi Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat. dit-il.
K. Hen. No, Kate! I will tell thee in French; K. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine; and I must which, I am sure, will hang upon my tongue like a not blush to affirmn it.
new-married wife about her husband's neck, hardly Kath. O bon Dieu ! les langues des hommes to be shook ofl. Quand j'ay la possession de France, sont pleines des tromperies.
et quand vous avez la possession de moi, (let me see, K. Hen. What says she, fair one ? that the what then? Saint Denis be my speed!)-don tongues of men are full of deceits!
vostre est France, et vous estes mienne. It is as easy Alice. Ouy; dat de tongues of de mans is be full for me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom, as to speak of deceits : dat is de princess.
so much more French : I shall never move thee in K. Hen. The princess is the better English- French, unless it be to laugh at me. woman. I'faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que vous understanding: I am glad, thou canst speak no parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle
. better English; for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst K. Hen. No, faith, is't not, Kate: but thy speakfind me such a plain king, that thou wouldst think, ing of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, I had sold my farm to buy my crown. I know no must needs be granted to be much at one. But ways to mince it in love, but directly to say-I love Kate, dost thou understand thus much English you: then, if you urge me further than to say-Do Canst thou love me? you, in faith! I wear out my suit. Give me your Kath. I cannot tell. answer; i'faith, do; and so clap hands and a bar K. Hen. Can any of your neighbors tell, Kate! gain: How say you, lady?
I'll ask them. Come, I know thou lovest me: and Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand well. at night when you come into your closet, you'll
K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to verses, question this gentlewoman about me; and I know, or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: Kate, you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me, for the one, I have neither words nor measure; and that you love with your heart: but, good Kate, for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a mock me mercifully; the rather, gentle princess reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a because I love thee cruelly. If ever thou be'st mine, lady at leap-frog, or hy vaulting into my saddle with Kate, (as I have a saving faith within me, tells nie, my armor on my back, under the correction of-thou shalt.) I get thee with scambling, and thou bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap for a must therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: wife. Or, if I might buffet for my love, or bound Shall not thou and I, between Saint Denis and my horse for her favors, I could lay on like a Saint George, compound a boy, half French, half butcher, and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off: but, English, that shall go to Constantinople, and take before God, I cannot look greenly, nor gasp out the Turk by the beard? shall we not? what sayest my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protesta- thou, flower-de-luce ? tion; only downright oaths, which I never use till Kath. I do not know dat. urged, nor never break for urging. If thou canst K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will enworth sun-burning, that never looks in his glass for deavor for your French part of such a boy; and, for love of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy my English moiety, take the word of a king, and cook. I speak to thee plain soldier: If thou canst a bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Cathlove me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee- arine du monde, mon trés chere et divine déesse? that I shall die, is true; but-for thy love, by the Kath. Your majesté’ave fausse French enough to Lord, no; yet I love thee too. And while thou deceive de most sage demoiselle dat is en France. livest, dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoin K. Hen. Now, fye upon my false French! By ed constancy; for he perforce must do thee right, mine honor, in true English, I love thee, Kate: by because he hath not the gift to woo in other places: which honor I dare not swear, thou lovest me; for these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme yet my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost
, themselves into ladies' favors, they do always rea- notwithstanding the poor and untempering eflect son themselves out again. What! a speaker is but of my visage. Now beshrew my father's ambition! a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will he was thinking of civil wars when he got me; therefall;" a straight back will stoop; a black beard will fore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an turn white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face aspect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies. I will wither; a full eye will wax hollow : but a good fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder / war, the heart, Kate, is the sun and moon; or rather the better I shall appear: my comfort is, that old age, sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright, and that ill-layer up of beauty, can do no more spoil never changes, but keeps his course truly. If thou upon my face: thou hast me, if thou hast me, at would have such a one, take me : And take me, the worst; and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear take a soldier; take a soldier, take a king: And me, better and better; and therefore tell me, most what sayest thou then to my love ? speak, my fair, fair Katharine, will you have me? Put off your and fairly, I pray thee.
maiden blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de enemy with the looks of an empress ; take me by the hand, of France?
and say–Harry of England, I am thine: which
word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear withal, » In dancing. 1 i. e. Like a young lover, awkwardly. but I will tell thee aloud-England is thine, Ire
He means, resembling a plain piece of metal, which has not yet received any impression.
: Fall away.
land is thine, France is thine, and Henry Planta.
genet is thine ; who, though I speak it before his K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin face, if he be not fellow with the best king, thou to consent to winking: shalt find the best king of good fellows. Come, Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if your answer in broken music; for thy voice is you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, music, and thy English broken: therefore, queen well summered and warm kept, are like flies at of all, Katharine, break thy mind to me in broken | Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their English, Wilt thou have me?
eyes; and then they will endure handling, which Kath. Dat as it shall please de roy mon pere. before would not abide looking on.
K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate; it K. Hen. This moral® ties me over to time, and shall please him, Kate.
a hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your Kath. Den it shall also content me.
cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too. K. Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, and I Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. call you—my queen.
K. Hen. It is so: and you may, some of you, Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez; thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many ma foy, je ne veux point que vous abbaissez vostre a fair French city, for one fair French maid that grandeur, en baisant la main d'une vostre in- stands in my way. digne serviteur; excusez moy, je vous supplie, Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspecmon très puissant seigneur.
tively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never
Kath. Les dames, et demoiselles, pour estre entered. baisées devant leur nopces, il n'est pas la coûtume K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife? de France.
Fr. King. So please you. K. Hen. Madam my interpreter, what says K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you she?
talk of, may wait on her: so the maid, that stood Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of in the way of my wish, shall show me the way to France,- I cannot tell what is baiser, en English. my will. K. Hen. To kiss.
Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of Alice. Your majesty entendre better que moy.
K. Hon. It is not the fashion for the maids in K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England? France to kiss before they are married, would she West. The king hath granted every article:
His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all, Alice. Ouy, vrayment.
According to their firm proposed natures. K. Hen. O, Kate, nice customs curt'sy to great Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined Where your majesty demands,—That the king of within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are France having any occasion to write for matter of the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that grant, shall name your highness in this form, and follows our places, stops the mouths of all find with this addition, in French, - Notre très cher filz faults; as I will do yours, for upholding the nice Henry, roy d'Angleterre, héritier de France; and fashion of your country, in denying me a kiss: thus in Latin - Præclarissimus filius noster Hentherefore, patiently, and yielding. [Kissing her.] ricus, rex Angliæ, & hæres Franciæ. "You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate : there is I'r. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, more eloquence in a sugar touch of them, than in But your request shall make me let it pass. the tongues of a French council; and they should K. Hen. I pray you, then, in love and dear alsooner persuade Harry of England, than a general
liance, petition of monarchs. Here comes your father. Let that one article rank with the rest : Enter the French King and QUEEN, BURGUNDY,
And, thereupon, give me your daughter. Bedford, GLOSTER, EXETER, WESTMORELAND,
Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her blood
raise up and other French und English Lords.
Issue to me: that the contending kingdoms Bur. God save your majesty! my royal cousin, Of France and England, whose very shores look teach you our princess English ?
pale K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair cousin, With envy of each other's happiness, how perfectly I love her; and that is good English. May cease their hatred; and this dear conjunction Bur. Is she not apt?
Plant neighborhood and Christian-like accord K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my con- In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance dition is not smooth : so that, having neither the His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France. voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so AN. Amen! conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate:-and bear me appear in his true likeness.
witness all, Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I an- That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. swer you for that. If you would conjure in her,
[Flourish. you must make a circle: if conjure up love in her, Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, in his true likeness, he must appear naked, and Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! blind: Can you blame her then, being a maid yet As man and wife, being two, are one in love, rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, she deny the appearance of a naked blind boy in That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, her naked seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, condition for a maid to consign to.
Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, K. Hen. Yet they do wink, and yield; as love To make divorce of their incorporate league; is blind, and enforces.
That English may as French, French Englishmen, Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when Receive each other!-God speak this Amen! they see not what they do.
K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage:-on Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd which day,
This star of England: fortune made his sword; My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, By which the world's best garden' he achier'd, And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. And of it left his son imperial lord. Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me! Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd king And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous be! of France and England, did this king succeed;
[Exeunt. Whose state so many had the managing, Enter Cuorus.
That they lost France, and made his England
bleed: Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen,
Which oft our stage hath shown; and for their Our bending' author hath pursu'd the story;
sake, In little room confining mighty men,
In your fair minds let this acceptance take. (Ezit
. Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.
• France. "1. e. Unequal to the weight of the subject.
KING HENRY VI.
KING HENRY THE Sixth.
Sir Thomas GARGRAVE. Duke of Gloster, Uncle to the King, and Pro- Mayor of London. tector.
Woodville, Lieutenant of the Tower. Duke or Bedford, Uncle to the King, and Re- Verron, of the White Rose, or York Faction.' gent of France.
Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction. Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter, great Un- CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of cle to the King.
shop of Winchester, and afterwards Cur Naples.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
ny plaç Duke.
Governor of Paris.
late Earl of Cambridge; afterwards Duke Master-Gunner of Orleans, and his Son.
General of the French Forces in Bourdeaux. EARL OF WARWICK.
A French Sergeant. EARL OF SALISBURY.
A Porter. EARL OF SUFFOLK.
Margaret, Daughter to Reignier, afterwards mar. Lord Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury.
ried to King Henry. Join Talbot, his Son.
COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. Edward MORTIMER, Earl of March.
Joan La Pucelle, commonly called Joan of Arc. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.
Lords, Warders of the Tower, Heralds, officers, Sur Jonx FASTOLFE.
Soldiers, Messengers, and several AttenSin WILLIAM LUCY.
dants both on the English and French. Sin WILLIAM GLANSDALE.
SCENE, partly in England, and partly in France.
SCENE I.-Westminster Abbey. What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech, Dead March. Corpse of King Henry THE FIFTH He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered. discovered, lying in state; attended on by the
Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not
in blood? DUKES OF BEDFORD, Gloster, and EXETER; the Earl of Warwick, the BisuoP OF WINHenry is dead, and never shall revive:
Upon a wooden coffin we attend; CHESTER, Heralds, fc.
And death's dishonorable victory Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield day We with our stately presence glorify, to night!
Like captives bound to a triumphant car. Comets, importing change of times and states, What? shall we curse the planets of mishap, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow?
By magic verses' have contrived his end?
kings. Virtue he had, deserving to command :
Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day His brandish'd sword did blind men with his 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. More dazzled and drove back his enemies,
There was a potion long prevalent, that life might be Than mid-day sun, fierce bent against their faces. taken away by metrical charms.