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Oh, hold me not with silence over-long!: (So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes. Where I was wont to feed you with my blood, Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak; I'll lop a member off, and give it you,
l'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind: In earnest of a future benefit;
Fie, De la Poole! disable not thyself"; So you do condescend to help me now.. 5 Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy prisoner?
[They h ing their heads. Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? No hope to have redress:-My body shall Ay; beauty's princely majesty is Pay recompence, if you will grant my suit. Confoundsthe tongue,and inakesthe sensesrough.
[They shake iheir heads. Mar. Say, carl of Suffolk,if thy name beso, Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice,
10 What ransom must I pay before I pass ? Intreat you to your wonted furtherance? For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner. Then take
my soul; my body, soul, and all, Suf.How can'st thou tell, she will deny thy suit, Before that England give the French the foil. Before thou make a trial of her love? [Aside.
[They depart. Mar. Why speak’st thou not? what ransom Sce! they forsake me. Now the time is come,
must I pay? Tnat France must vail her lofty-plumed crest, Suf. She's beautiful; and therefore to be woo'd: And let her head fall into England's lap.
She is a woman; therefore to be won. [.4sile. My ancient incantations are too weak,
Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea, or no? And hell too strong for me to buckle th:
Suf. Fond man! reinember, that thou hast a Now, France, thyglory droopeth to the dust.[Erit. 20 Excursions. Pucelle and York fight hand to hand. Then how can Margaret be thy paramour? [ Aside. Pucelle is taken. The French fly.
Alar. I were best to leave him, for he will not York. Damsel of France, I think, I have you fast:
(card. Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, Suf. There all is marr'd; there lies a cooling And try if they can gain your liberty.
25 Niar. He talks at random; sure, the man is mad. A goodly prize! fit for the devil's grace!
Suf. And yet a dispensation may be had. Set, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows, Niar. And yet Iwould that youwould answer me. Asií, with Circe, she would change my shape.[be. Suf. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whoin?
Pucel. Chang'd to a worser shape thou canst not Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden thing*
York. Oh, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man;30 díar. He talks of wood: it is some carpenter. No shape but his can please your dainty eye.(thee! Suf. Yet so iny fancy may be satisfy'd,
Pucel. A plaguing mischief light on Charles, and And peace established between these realms. And may ye
both be suddenly surpris'd But there remains a scruple in that too: By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds! For though her father be the king of Naples, York. Fell, banning'hag! enchantress, hold thy|35 Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet he is poor, tongue.
And our nobility will scorn the match. [ Aside. Pucel. I pr‘ythee,give me leave to curse a while. Mur. Hear ye, captain? Are you not at leisure? York.Curse, miscreant, when thou comesttothe Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much: stake.
[Exeunt. Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.Alarum. Enter Suffolk, leading in lady Margaret. 40 Madam, I have a secret to reveal. [knight, Sut. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner. Mar. What though I be enthrall'd? he seemis a
(Gazes on her. And will not any way dishonour me. [Aside. Oh fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly;
Suf: Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I For I will touch thee but with reverent hands. Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French; I kiss these fingers for eternal peace,
145 And then I need not crare his courtesy: [ Aside. And lay them gently on thy tender side.
Suf. Sweet madam,give me hearing in a cause Who art thou : say, that I inay honour thee. Mlur. Tush! women have been captivate cre Mar. Margaret my name; and daughter to a
[Aside. The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art. [king, Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so ? Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call’d. 50
Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. Be not offended, nature's miracle,
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me:
Your bondage happy to be made a queen? So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. Than is a slave in base servility; Yet, it this servile usage once offend,
55 For princes should be free. Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.
Suf. And so shall
you, [She is going It happy England's royal king be free. Oh, stay!—I have no power to let her pass; Niar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? My hand would free her, but my heart says-no. Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen; As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, 60 To put a golden scepter in thy hand, Twinkling another counterfeited beam, |And set a precious crown upon thy head,
1 To ban is to curse. ? Do not represent thyself so weak. To disable the judgement of another was, in our author's age, the same as to destroy its credit or authority, ’i. e. foolish.
*i. c. an awkward business, an undertaking not likely to succeed.
If thou wilt condescend to be my
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace Mar. What?
The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. Suf. His love.
Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, Diar. I ain unworthy to be Henry's wife.
and prayers, Suf. No, gentle madam; I unworthy ain 5 Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [She is going. To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
Suf. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark you, And have no portion in the choice myself.
Mar. An if my father please, I am content. dlar. Such commendations as become a naid, Sup. Then call our captains, and our colours, 10 A virgin, and his servant, say to him. [rected. forth :
Suf: Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly diAnd, madam, at your father's castle walls
But, madam, I must trouble you again, We'll crave a parley to confer with him. No loving token to his majesty? [heart, Sound. "Enter Reignier on the Walls.
Mar. Yes, my good lord; a pure unspotted Sus. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner. 15 Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Reig. To whom
Suf. And this withal.
[Kisses her. Suf. To me.
Mar. That for thyself;-) will not so presume, Reig. Suffolk, what remedy?
To send such peevish 'tokens to a king: I am a soldier; and unapt to weep,
[Ercunt Reignier and Margaret. Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.
20 Suf. 0, wert thou for myself !-But, Suffolk, Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my
lord: Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth; [stay, Consent, (and, for thy honour, give consent) There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk. Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king; Solicit llenry with her wond'rous praise: Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto; Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount, And this her easy-held imprisonment
25 Mad”, natural graces that extinguish art; Hath gaind thy daughter princely liberty. Repeat their semblance often on the seas, Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?
That, when thou coin'st to kneel at Henry's feet, Suf. Fair Margaret knows,
Thou may'st bereave himn of his wits witlrwonder. That Suffolk doth not flatter, face or feign.
[Erit. Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend, 130
Camp of the Duke of York in Anjou.
Enter York, Warwick, a Shepherd, and Pucelle.
Shep. Ah, Joan ! this kills thy father's heart out-
And now it is my chance to iind thee out,
Must I behold thy tireless cruel death?
Reig. Since thou dost dvign to woo ber little Pucri. Decrepit miser *! base ignoble wretch!
Thou art no father, nor no friend of mine,
'tis not so;
Her mother liveth yet, can testify
She was the first fruit of my batchelorship.
War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy parentage?
. And I again,-in Henry's royal name, 50 York. This argues what her kindoflife hath been;
\Vicked and vile; and so her death concludes.
Shop. Fie, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle'!
And for thy sake have I shed niany a tear :
55 Deny mne not, I pr’ythee, gentle Joan. [this man
Picel. Peasant, avaunt You have suborn'd
Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest,
, farewell, Reignier? Set this diamond safe 160 Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl.
Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time
ii. e. untimely.
4 Miser has no relation to warice in this passage, but simply means a niserable crcature. A vulgar corruption of obstinate, 004
Of thy nativity! I would, the milk [breast, May never glorious sun reflex his beams
[Exit guarded. O, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good. [Erit. York. Break thou in picces, and consume to
York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd too Thou foul accursed minister of hell! [ashes, To all the world with vicious qualities. (long,
Enter Cardinal Beaufort, &c. Pucel. First, let me tell you whom you have 10. Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence condemn'd:
With letters of commission from the king. Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, But issued from the progeny of kings;
Mov'd with remorse at these outrageous broils, Virtuous and holy; chosen from above,
Have earnestly implor'd a general peace By inspiration of celestial grace,
15 Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French; To work exceeding miracles on earth.
And see at hand the Dauphin, and his train, I never had to do with wicked spirits :
Approacheth, to confer about some matters. But you,--that are polluted with your lusts, York. Is all our travel turn'd to this effect? Stain'd with the guiltless blood ot innocents, After the slaughter of so many peers, Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, 2. So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, Because you want the grace that others liave, That in this quarrel have been overthrown, You judge it straight a thing impossible
And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, To compass wonders, but by help of devils. Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? No, misconceived! Joan of Arc hath been Have we not lost most part of all the towns, A virgin from her tender infancy,
25 By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, Chaste and immaculate in very thought; Our great progenitors had conquered?-Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus'd, Oh, Warwick, Warwick! I foresec with grief Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. The utter loss of all the realın of France.
York. Ay, ay ;-away with her to exccution. Wur. Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace,
War. And hark ye, sirs; because she is a maid, 30 It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, Spare for no faggots, let there be enough: As little shall the Frenchien gain thereby. Placc barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake,
Enter Charles, Alençon, Bastard, and Reignier. That so her torture may be shorten'd.
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, Pucel. Will nothing turn yourunrelenting hearts-- That peacefultruce shall be proclaim'd in France, Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity;
35 We come to be informed by yourselves That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. What the conditions of that league must be. I am with child, ye bloody homicides:
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Murder not then the fruit within my womb,
choaks Although ye hale me to a violent death. [child: The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid with 46 By sight of these our baleful' enemies.
Wur. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought: Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: Is all your strict preciseness come to this? That-in regard king Henry gives consent,
York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: Of meer compassion, and of lenity,
Wur. Well, go to; we will have no bastards 45 And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,Especially since Charles must father it.
You shall become true liegemen to his crown: Puccl. You are deceiv’d; my child is none of his; And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear It was Alençon that enjoy'd my love.
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel; Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
50 and still enjoy thy regal dignity. Pucel. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself, 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam’d, Adorn his temples with a coronet; But Reignier king of Naples, that prevail'd. And yet, in substance and authority,
War. A married man! that's most intolerable. Retain but privilege of a private man? York. Why, here's a girl! I think she knows55 This proffer is absurd and reasonless. not well,
Char. "Tis known already, that I am possess'd Toere were so many, whom she may accuse. Of inore than half the Gallian territories,
War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king :
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure. Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Struinpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee: 60 Detract so much from that prerogative, Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. [my curse: As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole? Pucel.Then lead me hence ;--with whom I leavel (No, lord embassador; I'll rather kcep Baleful had anc.ently the same meaning as baneful. * Coronet is here used for a crown.
That which I have, than, coveting for more, To love and honour Henry as her ford. [sume.
York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,
That Margaret may be England's royal qucen.
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd
Unto another lady of esteem:
How shall we then dispense with that contract,
And not deface your honour with reproach?
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Or one, that, at a triumph. having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
By reason of his adversary's odds :
A poor carl's daughter is unequal odds,
Her father is no better than an earl, [that?
Although in glorious titles he excel.
Suf: Yes, my good lord, her father is a king,
(Aside to the Dauphin. And of such great authority in France, War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our con
As his alliance will confirm our peace,
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do,
125 Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. In any of our towns of garrison.
Exe, Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ;
While Reignier sooner will receive than give.
That he should be so abject, base, and poor,
Tochiuse for wealth, and not for perfect love.
your drunis be still, Henry is able to enrich his queen,
35 So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
But marriage is a matter of more worth,
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship •;
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
And, therefore, lords, since he attects her most,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
For what is wedlock forced, but a hell,
Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial peace.
Whom should we match with Henry, beiug a king,
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king?
50 Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,
Approves her fit for none, but for a king:
(More than in woman commonly is seen) will
Answer our hope in issue of a king; (Had I sufficient skill to utter them)
155 For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Is likely to beget more conquerors,
If with a lady of so high resolve,
K. Henry. Whether it be through force of your
Benefit is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. *That is, at the
My tender youth was never yet attaint
And you, good uncle, banish all offence: With any passion of inflaming love,
If you do censure. Nie by what you were,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse
[Ereunt Gloster and Eriter.
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king:
But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. I rest perplexed with a thousand cares. 115
[Erit. 11. e. judge. Grief in this line is taken generally for pain or uneasiness; in the line that fok lows, specially for sorrow.