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And not to seek a queen to make him rieh : SCENE V. - London. A Room in the Palace.
Sy worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship; k. Hen. Your wond’rous rare description, noble Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, carl,
Must be companion of his nuptial bed : Of beauteous Margaret lath astonish'd me :
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us, Do breed love's settled passions in my heart : In our opinions she should be preferr'd. And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts
For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide ; An age of discord and continual strife? So am I driven, by breath of her renown,
Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
And is a pattern of celestial peace. Where I may have fruition of her love.
Whom should we match, with Henry, being a king, Suf. Tush! my good lord ! this superficial tale But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Is but a preface of her worthy praise :
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
Approves her fit for none, but for a king : (Had I sufficient skill to utter them,)
Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, Vould make a volume of enticing lines,
(More than in women commonly is seen,) Able to ravish any dull conceit.
Will answer our hope in issue of a king; And, which is more, she is not so divine,
For Henry, son unto a conqueror, So full replete with choice of all delights,
Is likely to beget more conquerors, But, with as humble lowliness of mind,
If with a lady of so high resolve, She is content to be at your command;
As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love. Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents, Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me, To love and honour Henry as her lord.
That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er pre- K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your
report, Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,
My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that That Margaret may be England's royal queen. My tender youth was never yet attaint
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin. With any passion of inflaming love, You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd I cannot tell ; but this I am assur'd, Unto another lady of esteem ;
I feel such sharp dissention in my breast, llow shall we then dispense with that contráct, Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, And not deface your honour with reproach? As I am sick with working of my thoughts.
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths ; Take, therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to France; Or one, that, at a triumph having vow'd
Agree to any covenants; and procure To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come By reason of his adversary's odds :
To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
King Henry's faithful and anointed queen :
Be gone, I say ; for, till you do return,
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares. — Although in glorious titles he excel.
And you, good uncle, banish all offence : Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, If you do censure me by what you were, The king of Naples, and Jerusalem ;
Not what you are, I know it wi And of such great authority in France,
This sudden execution of my will. As his alliance will confirm our peace,
And so conduct me, where from company,
revolve and ruminate my grief. [Erit. Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do,
Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last. Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
[Exeunt Gloster and EXETER. Ere. Beside his wealth doth warrant liberal Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevaild: and thus he dower;
goes, While Regnier sooner will receive, than give. As did the youthful Paris once to Greece ; Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so your With hope to find the like event in love, king,
But prosper better than the Trojan did. That he should be so abject, base, and poor, Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king ; To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. henry is able to enrich his quieen,
KING HENRY THE Sixth.
BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer. HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloster, his uncle.
A Spirit raised by him. Cardinal BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winchester, great Tuomas Horner, an armourer uncle to the King.
Peter, his man. Richard PLANTAGENET, Duke of York :
Clerk of Chatham. EDWARD and RICHARD, his sons.
Mayor of Saint Alban's. DUKE OF SOMERSET,
SIMPCox, an impostor. DUKE OF SUFFOLK,
Two Murderers. Duke of BUCKINGHAM, of the King's party. JACK CADE, a rebel. Lord CliFFORD,
GEORGE, JOHN, DICK; SMITH, the weaver; MICHAEL Young Clifford, his son,
&c. his followers. EARL OF SALISBURY,
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gentleman.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster. Sir HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and his Brother.
MARGERY JOURDAIN, a witch.
Wife to Simpcox.
Lords, Ladies, and Allendants ; Petitioners, AlderTwo Gentlemen, prisoners uith Suffolk.
men, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers ; Citizens, A Herald.
Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, MesVaux.
sengers, &c. HUME and SOUTHWELL, two priests.
SCENE, - dispersedly in various parts of ExGLAND.
} of the York faction.
SCENE I. - London. A Room of State in the The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, and Palace.
Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend biFlourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter, on one
shops, side, King Henry, Duke of Gloster, Salis
I have perform’d my task, and was espous'd . BURY, WARWICK, and Cardinal BEAUFORT; on
And humbly now upon my bended knee, the other, Queen MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK ; York, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others fol Deliver up my title in the queen
In sight of England and her lordly peers, lowing
To your most gracious hands, that are the sub Suff. As by your high imperial
majesty I had in charge at my depart for France,
Of that great shadow I did represent ; As procurator to your excellence,
The happiest gift that ever marquess gave, To marry princess Margaret for your grace ; The fairest queen that ever king receiv’d. So, in the famous ancient city, Tours,
K. Hen. Suffolk, arise. — Welcome, quoen Mar. In presence of the kings of France and Sicil,
garet : 499
I can express no kinder sign of love,
To conquer France, his true inheritance ? Than this kind kiss. - ( Lord, that lends me life, And did my brother Bedford toil his wits, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness !
To keep by policy what Henry got ? For thou hast given me, in this beauteous lace, Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious Warwick, If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? Q. Mar. Great king of England, and my gra- Or hath mine uncle Beaufort, and myself, cious lord;
With all the learned council of the realm,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in ave? With you mine alder-lietest sovereign,
And hath his highness in his intancy Makes me the bolder to salute my king
Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes? With ruder terms ; such as my wit affords,
And shall these labours, and these honours, die ? And over-joy of heart doth minister.
Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance, Xi Hen. ller sight did ravish : but her grace Your deeds of war, and all our counsel, die ? in speech,
peers of England, shameful is this league ! Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty,
Fatal this marriage! cancelling your fame :
Car. Nephew, wliat means this passionate dis Q. Mar. We thank you all.
course? Suf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, This peroration with such circumstance ? Here are the articles of contracted peace,
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still. Between our sovereign, and the French king Charles, Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can; For eighteen months concluded by consent. But now it is impossible we should :
Glow ( Rexuals.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roast, French king, Charles, and William de la Poole, Hath given the dutchies of Anjou and Maine Hurryness of Sunk, ambassador for Henry king of Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style Englund, that the said Henry shall espanuse the Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. kuly virryt, dughter unto Reinier king of Na- Sıl. Now, by the death of him that died for all, eves, Sith, and Jerusalem; and crown her queen These counties were the keys of Normandy:v England, ery the dirtinth of May nert ensuing. But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son ?
Item, Tiat the dutenu of Anime and the War. For grief, that they are past recovery: County of Vazira”, shall be mased and direned to the For were there hope to conquer them again,
My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no tears. A II.me, l'ncle, how now?
Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both; Pardon me, gracious lord; Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer : Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart, And are the cities, that I got with wounds, And etiam id mine eres, that I can read no further. Deliver'd up again with peaceful words?
A H. I'ncle of Winchester. I pray, read on. Mort Dieu !
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I never read but Engiand's kings have had A H. They please us well. - Lord marquess Large sums of gold, and dowries with their wives. kree down:
And our king Henry gives away his own, We here entute that the first duke of Suttolk, To match with her that brings no vantage Angint them with the swand.
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And no great friend, I fear me, to the king.
York. Anjou and Maine are given to the French ; Consider, lords, - he is the next of blood,
Paris is lost; the state of Normandy And heir apparent to the English crown;
Stands on a tickle point, now they are gone : Had Henry got an empire by his marriage,
Suffolk concluded on the articles; And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west,
The peers agreed ; and Henry was well pleas’d, There's reason he should be displeas'd at it.
To change two dukedoms for a duke's fair daughter. Look to it, lords; let not his smoothing words I cannot blame them all : What is't to them? Bewitch your hearts; be wise, and circumspect. 'Tis thine they give away, and not their own. What though the common people favour him, Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their Calling him - Humphrey, the good duke of Gloster ;
pillage, Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice And purchase friends, and give to courtezans, Jesu maintain your royal excellence !
Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone :
Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless hands, He will be found a dangerous protector.
And shakes his head, and trembling stands aloof, Buck. Why should he then protect our sovereign, while all is shar'd, and all is borne away : He being of age to govern of himself?
Ready to starve, and dare not touch his own. Cousin of Somerset, join you with me,
So York must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue, And all together — with the duke of Suffolk, – While his own lands are bargain'd for, and sold. We'll quickly hoise duke Humphrey from his seat. Methinks, the realms of England, France, and Car. This weighty business will not brook delay;
Unto the prince's heart of Calydon.
Anjou and Maine, both given unto the French ! Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal ;
Cold news for me ; for I had hope of France, His insolence is more intolerable ,
Even as I have of fertile England's soil. Than all the princes in the land beside ;
A day will come, when York shall claim his own; If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector.
And therefore I will take the Nevils' parts, Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset, will be protector, And make a show of love to proud duke Humphrey, Despight duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown,
[Ercunt Buckingham and SOMERSET. For that's the golden mark I seek to hit : Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows him. Nor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right, While these do labour for their own preferment, Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist, Beboves it us to labour for the realm.
Nor wear the diadem upon his head, I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster Whose church-like humours fit not for a crown. Did bear him like a noble gentleman.
Then, York, be still awhile, till time do serve : Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal –
Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep, More like a soldier, than a man o'the church, To pry into the secrets of the state ; As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all,
Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love, Swear like a ruffian, and demean himself
With his new bride, and England's dear-bought Unlike the ruler of a common-weal.
queen, Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age!
And Humphrey with the peers be fall'n at jars : Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keeping, Then wil. I raise aloft the milk-white rose, Hath won the greatest favour of the commons, With whose sweet smell the air shall be perfum'd; Excepting none but good duke Humphrey. And in my standard bear the arms of York, And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster; In bringing them to civil discipline ;
And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown, Thy late exploits, done in the heart of France, Whose bookish rule bath pull'd fair England down. When thou wert regent for our sovereign,
[Erit. Have made thee fear'd, and honour'd, of the people :
SCENE II.— The same. A Room in the Duke of Join we together, for the publick good;
Enter Gloster and the DUCHESS.
corn, While they do tend the profit of the land.
Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load ? War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the land, Why doth the great duke Humphrey knit his brows, And common profit of his country!
As frowning at the favours of the world ? York. And so says York, for he hath greatest Why are thine eyes fix’d to the sullen earth,
Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight? Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look unto What see'st thou there ? king Henry's diadem, the main.
Enchas'd with all the honours of the world? War. Unto the main ! O father, Maine is lost; If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face, That Maine, which by main force Warwick did win, Until thy head be circled with the saine. And would have kept, so long as breath did last : Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold: Main chance, father, you meant; but I meant Maine ; What, is't too short ? I'll lengthen it with mine : Which I will win from France, or else be slain. And, having both together heav'd it up, (Ereunt WARWICK and SALISBURY. We'll both together lift our heads to heaven;
And never inore ab ise our sight so low,
Duch. What say'st thoi, man ? hast thou as yet As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground.
conferr'd Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch; lord,
And Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer? Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts :
And will they undertake to do me good ? And may that thought, when I imagine ill
Hume. This they have promised, — to show your Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry,
highness Be my last breathing in this mortal world !
A spirit rais'd from depth of under ground, My troublous dream this night doth make me sad. That shall make answer to such questions, Duch. What dream'd my lord ? tell me, and I'll As by your grace shall be propounded him. requite it
Duch. It is enough ; I'll think upon the questions: With the sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. When from Saint Alban's we do make return, Glo. Methought, this staff, mine office-badge in We'll see these things effected to the full. court,
Here, Hume, take this reward; make merry, man, Was broke in twain ; by whom, I have forgot, With thy confederates in this weighty cause. But, as I think, it was by the cardinal ;
[Erit DUCHESS. And, on the pieces of the broken wand
Hume. Hume must make merry with the duchess' Were plac'd the heads of Edmond duke of Somerset,
gold; And William de la Poole first duke of Suffolk. Marry, and shall. But how now, sir John Hume? This was my dream ; what it doth bode, God knows. Seal up your lips, and give no words but — mum ! Duch. Tut, this was nothing but an argument,
The business asketh silent secrecy. That he that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove, Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch : Shall lose his head for his presumption.
Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke : Yet have I gold, flies from another coast : Methought, I sat in seat of majesty,
I dare not say, from the rich cardinal, In the cathedral church of Westminster,
And from the great and new-made duke of Suffolk; And in that chair where kings and queens are
Yet I do find it so: for, to be plain, crown'd;
They, knowing dame Eleanor's aspiring humour, Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneel'd to me, Have hired me to undermine the duchess, And on my head did set the diadem.
And buz these conjurations in her brain. Glo. Nay, Eleanor, then must I chide outright: They say, A crafty knave does need no broker ; Presumptuous dame, ill-nurtur'd Eleanor !
Yet am I Suffolk and the cardinal's broker. Art thou not second woman in the realm :
Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go near And the protector's wife, belov'd of him?
To call them both - a pair of crafty knaves. Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command, Well, so it stands ; And thus, I fear, at last, Above the reach or compass of thy thought ?
Hume's knavery will be the duchess' wreck ; And wilt thou still be hammering treachery,
And her attainture will be Humphrey's fall : To tumble down thy husband, and thyself,
Sort how it will, I shall have gold for all. [Erit. From top of honour to disgrace's feet? Away from me, and let me bear no more.
SCENE III. The same. A Room in the Palace. Duch. What, what, my lord! are you so cholerick With Eleanor, for telling but her dream ?
Enter Peter, and others, with pelilions. Next time, I'll keep my dreams unto myself,
1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close ; my lord And not be check'd.
protector will come this way by and by, and then Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again. we may deliver our supplications in the quill.
2 Pet. Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's a Enter a Messenger.
good man ! Jesu bless him! Mes. My lord protector, 'tis his highness' pleasure,
Enter SUFFOLK and QUEEN MARGARET.
1 Pet. Here 'a comes, methinks, and the queen Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us? | with him : I'll be the first, sure. Duch. Yes, good my lord, I'll follow presentiy.
2 Pet. Come back, fool; this is the duke of Suf[Ereunt Gloster and Messenger. folk, and not my lord protector. Follow I must, I cannot go before,
Suf. Ilow now, fellow? would'st any thing with While Gloster bears this base and humble mind. me? Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood,
1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me! I took ye I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks, for my lord protector. And smooth my way upon their headless necks : Q. Mar. [Reading the superscription.) To my And, being a woman, I will not be slack
lord protector ! are your supplications to bis lordTo play my part in fortune's pageant.
ship? Let me see them : What is thine ? Where are you there? Sir John ! nay, fear not, man,
i Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against We are alone; here's none but thee, and I.
John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for keeping
my house, and lands, and wife and all, from me. Enter HUME.
Suf. Thy wife too? that is some wrong, indeed. Hume. Jesu preserve your royal inajesty! What's your's? - What’s here! (Reads.] Against Duch. What say'st thou, majesty! i am but the duke of Suffolk, for enclosing the commons of grace.
Melford. How now, sir knave? Hume. But, by the grace of God, and Hume's 2 Pet. Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner of our advice,
whole township. Your grace's title shall be multiplied.
Peter. [Presenting his petition. Against my mas
Glo. I go.