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K. Her. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and deu condition is not smooth : 80 that, having nei.
alliance, ther the voice nor the beart of mattery about Let that one article rank with the rest : me, I cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in And, thereupon, give me your daughter. her, that he will appear in his true likeness. Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I
blood raise up answer you for that. If you would conjure in Issue to me : that the contending kingdoms her you must make a circle: if conjure up love of France and England, whose very shores in her in his true likeness, he most appear
look pale naked and blind : Can you blame her then, with envy of each other's happiness, [tion being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin May cease their hatred : and this dear conjunc. crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance Plant neighbourhood and Christian-like accord of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance It were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid His bleeding sword' twixt England and fair to consign to.
France. K. Hen. Yet they do wink and yield; as love All. Amen! is blind, and enforces.
K. Hen. Now welcoine, Kate :--and bear me Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when
witness all, they see not what they do.
That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. K. Hen. Then, good my lord, 'each your
(Flourish. cousin to consent to winking.
Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriaBur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord,
ges, if you will teach her to know my meaning: for Combine your hearts in one, your realms in maids, well summered and warm kept, are like
one ! flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they As man and wife, being two, are one in love, have their eyes; and then they will endure So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, handling, which before would not abide look. That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, ing on.
Which troubles oft the bed of blessed mar. K. Hen. This moral ties me over to time,
riage, and a hot summer ; and so I will catch the fly, Thrust in between the paction of these king your cousin, in the latter end, and she must be
doms, blind too.
To make divorce of their incorporate league ; Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. That English may as French, French EnglishK. Hen. It is so : and you may, some of you,
men, tbauk love for my blindness ; who cannot see Receive each other |--God speak ibis Amen! many a fair French city, for one fair French All. Amen! maid that stands in my way.
K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them per
which day, spectively, the cities turned into a maid ; for My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, they are all girdled with maiden walls, that and all the peers', for surety of our leagues.war hath never entered.
Then sball I swear to Kate, and you to me : K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous Fr. King. So please you.
(Exeunt. K. Hen. I am content ; so the maiden cities you talk of, may wait on her : so the maid, that
Enter CHORUS. stood in the way of my wish, shall show me the Tbus far, with rough, and all unable pen, way to my will.
Our bending author hath pursued the story ; Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of In little room confining mighiy men, reason.
Mangling by starts the full course of their K., Hen. Is't so, my lords of England ?
[livia West. The king hath granted every article : Small time, but in that small, most greatly His daug bter, first; and then, in sequel all, This star of England : fortune made bis sword; According to their firm proposed natures. By wbich the world's best garden + he achiev'd, Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :
And of it left his son imperial lord. Where your majesty demands, --That the king Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd king of France, having any occasion to write for
or France and England did this king sucmatter of grant, shall name your highness in
ceed; this form, and with this addition, in French, whose state so many had the managing, Notre tres cher filz Henry roy d'Angleterre, That they lost France, and made his England heretier de France ; and thus in Latin,-Pre.
bleed : clarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex An. Which oft our stage hath shown ; and, for their Elia, et hæres Francia.
sake, Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so
In your fair minds let this acceptance take. denied,
(Exil. Hut your request shall make me let it pass. • Temper.
• I. e. Unequal to the reight of the subject. † Franet.
KING HENRY VI.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. MALONE supposes this portion of Henry VI. to bave been written in 1589; but doubts, with Theobald, whether
the three plays comprised under the title of Henry VI. were actually composed by Shakspeare. Dr. Johnson however maintains, that they exhibit" no marks of spuriousness," and that they “ are declared to be genuine by the voice of Shakspeare himself. The transactions of the piece are scattered through a period of thirty years, and introduced with little regard to historical accuracy. Lord Talbot who is killed at the end of the fourth aet, did not in reality fall until July 13, 1453 ; and the second part of Henry VI. opens with the king's marriage, which was solemnized in the year 1445, or eight years before Talbot's death. In the same part, Dame Eleanor Cobham is introduced to insult Queen Margaret; though her penance and banishment for sorcery bappened three years before that princess arrived in England. ------ These deviations from the page of history are of little consequence to the mere lover of dramatic literature, as they neither weaken the gratification, nor diminish the effect of the scenic narrative. Poetry appeals to the passions, and imagination, like a true magician, lends her most powerful spells to excite or subdue them. But there are many to whom the great events of history are known only through the fascinating medium of a play or a romance ; and it is frequently difficult, if not disagreeable to efface, in after life, the distorted impressions which they leave upon the memory. When viewed in the sober simplicity of historic truth, a favourite hero often loses inuch of his glitter, and a detested villain some portion of his turpitude. It is therefore of no little consequence to examine the materials of a dramatic fabric, to separate truth from fiction, and to shew" the age and body of the time, his form and pressure :" because, in lauding the productions of Shakspeare (particularly those historical piecos upon which he exercised such masterly talents,) it has been the fashion to represent them not only as morally entertaining, but also as politically instructive; au attribute with which, examination shows, it is dangerous to invest them.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
VERNON, of the White Rose, or York Fae. DUKE OF GLOSTER, Uncle to the King, and
BASSET, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster FacDUKE OF BEDFORD, Uncls to the King, and
tion. Regent of France.
CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of THOMAS BEAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, great
RBIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King HENRY BEAUFORT, great Uncle to the King, of Naples.
Bishop of Winchester ; and after DUKE OF BURGUNDY.-DUKE OF ALENÇON. wards Cardinal.
GOVERNOR OF PARIS.-BASTARD OF ORLEANS. JOHN BEAUFORT, Earl of Somerset ; after- MASTER-GUNNER OF ORLEANS, and his Son. wards Duke.
GENERAL OF THE FRENCH FORCES in Bour RICHARD PLANTAGENET, eldest son of Richard,
AN OLD SHEPHERD, Father to Joan la EARL OF WARWICK.-EARL OF SALISBURY.
Pucelle, EARL OF SUFFOLK. LORD TALBOT, afterwards Earl of Shrews- MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier ; aster. bury.
wards married to King Henry. JOHN TALBOT, his Son,
COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March.
JOAN LA PUCELLE, commonly called Joan of MORTIMER'S KEEPER, and a LAWYER.
Arc. SIR JOHN FASTOLFE.--SIR WILLIAM LUCY, Sir William GLANSDALE.-Sir THOMAS GAR- Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, GRAVE.
Warders of the Tower, Heralds, Officers, MAYOR OF LONDON.
Soldiers, Messengers, and several ÄttendWOODTILLE, Lieutenant of the Tower. ants both on the English and French.
SCENE, partly in England, and partly in Frane.
Comels, importing change of times and states,
Brandisb your crystal tresses in the sky; SCBNE 1.-Westminster Abbey. And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
That have consented unto Henry's death! Dead march. Corpse of King HENRY the Henry the fifth too famous to live long ! Fifth discovered, lying in state; attended England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. on by the Dukes of BEDFORD, GLOSTER, and
Glo. England ne'er bad a king, until his EXETER; the Earl of WARWICK, the Bishop
time. of WINCHESTER, Heralds, &c.
Virtue ke bad, deserving to command : Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield His braudish'd sword did blind men with his day to night!
His arins spread wider than a dragon's wings ; Another would fly swift but wanteth wings :
Let not sloth dim your bouours, new-begot:
These tidings would call forth her flowing Henry is dead, and never shall revive :
tides. Upon a wooden coftin we attend ;
Bed. Me they concern ; regent I am of And death's dishonourable victory
France :We with our stately presence glorify,
Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France,
Enter another MESSENGER.
2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of miscbauce, kings.
France is revolted from the English quite ; Unto the French the dreadful judgment day Except some pelty towns of no import : So dreadful will not be, as was his figat. The dauphin Charles is crowned king The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought;
Rheims : The church's prayers made him so prosperous. The bastard of Orleans with bin is join'l; Glo. The church! where is it? Had not Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his past, churchmen pray'd,
The duke of Alençon flieth to his side. His thread of life had not so soon decay'd : Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all sy to None do you like but an effeminate prince,
him 3 Whom like a school-boy you may over-awe.
O whither shall we fly from this reproach! Win. Gloster, whate'er we fike, thou art pro. Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' tector,
throats : And lookest to command the prince and realm, Bcdford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it oul Thy wife is proud ; she holdeth thee in awe, Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my for. More than God, or religious churchmen, may..
wardness! Glo. Name not religiou, for thou lov'st the An army have I muster'd in my thoughts fesh;
Wherewith already France is over-run. And ne'er throughout the year 1) church thou
Enter a third MESSENGER. go'st, Except it be to pray against thy mes.
3 Hess. My gracious lords,-to add to your Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your
laments, minds in peace!
Wherewith you now
bedew King Henry's Let's to the altar :-Heralds, wait on us :
hearse, lustend of gold, we'll offer up our arms; I must inform you of a dismal fight, Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.- Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. Posterity, await for wretched years, (suck ; Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame is't When at their mothers' meist eyes babes shall
so ? Our isle be made a nourish + of salt tears, 3 Mess. O no ; wherein lord Talbot was o'er And none but women left to wail the dead.
thrown: Henry the fifth I thy ghost I invocate ;
The circumstance I'll tell you more at large Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils ! The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Combat with adverse planets in the heavens ! Retiring from the siege of Orleans, A far more glorious star thy soul will make, Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, Tban Julius Cæsar, or bright--
By three and twenty thousand of the French
Was round encompassed and set upon :
No leisure had he to enrank his nien; Mess. My honourable lords, health to you He wanted pikes to set before bis archers; all !
Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
hedges, of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture : They pitched in the ground confusedly, Guienne, Champaigue, Rheins, Orleans, To keep the borsemen off from breaking in. Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. More than three hours the fight continued ; Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, Henry's corse?
Enacted wonders with his sword and lance. Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns Hundreds be sent to hell, and none durst stand Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death.
Here, there, and every where, enrag'd be slew : Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up? The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms; If Henry were recall'd to life again,
All the whole army stood agaz'd on bim: These news would cause bim ouce more yield His soldiers, spying his undaanted spirit, tbe ghost.
A Talbot I a Talboil cried out amain, Exc. How were they lost ? what treachery was And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. ns'd ?
Here had the conquest fully been seal'd up, Aless. No treachery; but want of men and If Sir John Fastolfe bad not play'd the coward; money.
He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind, Among the soldiers this is muttered,
With purpose to relieve and follow them,) That here you maintain several factions ; Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke : And wbilst a field should be despatch'd and Hence grew the general wreck and massacre ; fought,
Enclosed were they with their enemies : You are disputing of your generals.
A base Walloon, to win the Dauphiu's grace, One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost; Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back ;
• There was a notion long prevalent, that life might be taken away by metrical charms.
may unge was anciently so spelt.
• Her, i . England's. + I. e. Their miseries which have had saly a then interinissiou.