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Unto our brother France-and to our sister,
F. King. Right joyous are we to behold your face, dlost worthy brother England ; fairly met: So are you, princes English, every one.
Q. Ist. So happy be the issue, brother England, Of this goxxt day, and of this gracious meeting, As we are now glad to behold your eyes ; Your eyes, which hitherto have borne in them Against the French, that met them in their bent, The fatal balls of murdering basilisks; The vedom of such looks, we fairly hope, Have lost their quality; and that this day Shall change all griefs, and quarrels, into love.
K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear. Q. Isa. You English princes all, I do salute you.
Bur. My duty to you buth, on equal love, Great kings of France and England! That I have la
bour'a With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavours, To bring your most imperial majesties Unto this bar, and royal interview, Your mightiness on both parts best can witness, Since then my office hath so far prevail'd, "That, face to face, and royal eye to eye, You have congreeted ; let it but disgrace me, If I demand, before this royal view, What rub, or what impediment, there is, Why that the naked, poor, and mangled prace, Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births, Should not, in this best garlen of the world, Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage? Alas! she liath from France two long been chasd ; And all her husbandry doll lie on heaps, Corrupting in its own fertility. Jler vine, the merry cheerer of the heart, Unprunei dies: her hedges even-pleached, -Like prison as williy overgrown with hair, Put forth disorder'l twigs; her failow luas *The darnel, hemlock, and rank funitory, Doth root mpon: while that the coulter rusts, That shouid deracinate such savagery: The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth The freckled cowsiip, burnet, and green clover, Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, ranking Conceives by idleness; and nothing teems, But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, Losing both beauty and utility. And as our vineyarls, fallows, meads, and hedges, Defective in their vatures, grow to wildness ; Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, The sciences that should become our country; But grow, like savages,-as soldiers will, That nothing do but meditate on blood,To swearing, and stern looks, diffus'd attire, And every thing that seems unnatural. Wluch to reduce into our former favour, You are assembled : and my speech entreats, "That I may know the let, why gentle peace Should not expel these inconveniences, And bless us with her former qualities.
Ki Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the peace, Whose want gives growth to the imperfections Which you have cited, you must buy that peace
With full accord to all our just demands ;
Well then, the peace,
F. King. I bave but with a cursorary eye,
K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter,-
Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will with them;
[E rennt all but Henry, Katharine, and her Geneleroman, K. Hen.
Fair Katharine, and most fair! Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier ternus, Such as will enter at a latiy's car, And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot speak your England.
K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me soundly with your French beart, I will be glad to hear you confess it brokenly with your English tongue. Do you like me, Kate?
Kath. Pardonnez moy, I cannot tell vat is-like me.
K. Ilen. An angel is like you, Kate; and you are like an angel.
Kath. Que i'ir-il? que je suis semblable a les anges! Alice. Ouy, zroyment (saufusstregrare ) ainsi dit il.
k. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine; and I must not blush to affirın it.
Kath. O von Dieu! les langues des hommes sont pleines des tromperies.
K. Hen. What says she, fair one that the tongues of men are full of deceits?
Alicc. Ouy ; dat de tongues of de mans is be full of deceits; dat is de princess.
K. Hen. The princess is the better Englishwomari. l'faith, Kate, my woning is fit for thy understanding: I am glad thou canst speak no better Euglish ; for, if thou coulist, thou wouldst find me such a plain king, that thou wouldst think, I had sold my farm to buy my crown. I know no ways to mince it in love, but dir=ctly to say-I love you : then, if you urge me fur ther than to sa ;-Do you in faith? I wear out my suit.-Give me your answer; i'faith, do ; and so clap hands and a bargain. How say you, lady?,
Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand well.
Ki Hen. Marry, if you would put me to Verses, or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: for the one I have neither words nor measure, and for the other I have no surength in measure, jet a reasonable
measure in strength. If I conld win a lady at leap 1 soldier-breeder: Shall not thou and I, between Saint frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with my armour Dennis, and Saint George, compound a boy, half on my back, under the correction of bragging be it French, half English, that shall go to Constantinople, spoken, I should quickly leap into a wife. Or, if I and take the Turk by the beard? shall we not? what might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for her sayest thou, my fair flower-de-luce ? favours, I could lay on like a butcher, and sit like a Kath. I do not know dat. jaek-an-apes, never off: but, before God, I cannot look K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to greenly, nor gasp out my eloquence, nor I have no promise : do but now promise, Kate, you will endleaeunning in protestation ; only downright oaths, which vour for your French part of such a boy; and, for my I never use till urged, nor never break for urging. If English moiety, take the word of a king and a bachethou canst love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face lor. How answer you, la plus belle Katharine tu is not worth sun-burning, that never looks in his glass | monde, mon tres chere e divine deesse ? for love of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy Kath. Your majeste ’ave fausse French enough to cook. I speak to thee plain soldier: If thou canst love deceive de most sage damoiselle dat is en France. me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee-that I shall K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French ! By mine die, is true ; but--for thy love, by the Lon, no; yet honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate : by which I love thee too. And while thou livest, dear Kate. honour I dare not swear, thou lovest mne; yet my blood take a fellow of plain and uncoined constancy; for he begins to flatter me that thou dost, not withstanding perforce must do thee right, because he hath not the the poor and untempering effect of my visage. Now gift to woo in other places. For these fellows of in- | besbrew my father's ambition ! he was thinking of finite tongue, that can rhyme themselves into ladies' civil wars when he got me; therefore was I created favours, they do always reason themselves out again. || with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that, What! a speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. But, in ballad. A good leg will fall; a straight back will faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I sball appear: stoop ; a black beard will turn white; a curled pate my comfort is, that old age, that ill layer-up of beauwill grow bald ; a fair face will wither; a full eye wil ty, can do no more spoil upon my face: thou hast me, wax kollow : but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and ! if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt wear me, moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it if thou wear me, better and better ; And therefore tell shines bright, and never changes, brut keeps his course me, most fair Ratharine, will you have me? Pat ofte truly. If thou would have such a one, take me: And your maiden blushes ; avouch the thoughts of your take me, take a soldier; take a soldier, take a king
heart with the loaks of an empress ; take me by the And what sayest thou then to my love? speak, my hand, and say-Harry of England, I am thine: which fair, and fairly, I pray thee.
word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear withal, but I Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de enemy of' will tell thee aloud-England is thine, Ireland is thine, France ?
France is thine, and Henry Plantagenet is thine ; K. Hen. No; it is not possible, you should love the who, though I speak it before his face, if he be not enemy of France, Kate: hut, in loving me, you should fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the best king love the friend of France ; for I love France so well, of good fellows. Come, your answer in broken mothat I will not part with a village of it; I will have it sic; for thy voice is music, and thy English broken : all mine : and, Kate, when France is mine, and I am therefore, queen of all, Katharine, break my mind to yours, then yours is France, and you are mine. me in broken English, Wilt thou have me? Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat.
Kath. Dat is, as it shall please de roy mon pere. K. Hen. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French; which, K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate ; it shall I am sure, will hang upon my tongue like a new-mar. please him, Kate. ried wife about her husband's neck, hardly to be shook Kath. Den it shall also content me. off. Quand j'ay la possession de France, de quand
K. Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, and I call dous avez le possession de moi, (let me see, what then? you-my queen.. Saint Dennis be my speed !)-donc vostre est France,
Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez: ma 6 vous estes mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to foy, je ne veux point que vous abbaissez vostre granconquer the kingilom, as to speak so much more deur, en baisant la main d'une vostre indigne servis French : I shall never move thee in French, unless it teure ; excusez moy, je vous supplie, mon tres puissant be to laugh at me.
seigneur. Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, lc François que vous
K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle.
Kath. Les dames, 6 damoiselles, pour estre buisces K. Hen. No, 'faith, is't not, Kate: but thy speaking devant leur nopces, il n'est pas le coutume de France. of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, must
K. Hen. Madam, my interpreter, what says she? nerds be granted to be much at one. But, Kate, dost
Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of usou understand thus much English? Canst thou love
France, -I cannot tell what is, baiser, en English. be?
K. Hen. To kiss. Koth. I cannot tell.
Alice. Your majesty entendre better que moy. K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate ? I'll
K. Hen. It is not the fashion for the maids in France ask then. Come, I know, thou lovest me: and at
to kiss hefore they are married, would she say? night when you coine into your closet, you'll qyestion
Alice. Ouy, vrayment. this gentlewoman about me; and I know, Kate, you
K. Hen. O. Kate, nice customs curt'sy to great kings. will, to her, dispraise those parts in me, that you love
Dear Kate, you and I cannot be contined within the with your heart: bor, good Kate, mock me mercifully;
weak list of a country's fashion: We are the makers of the rather, gentle princess, because I love thee cruel!.
manners, Kate; and the liberty that follows our plaIf ever thou be'st nine, Kate, (as I have a saving faith
ces, stops the inouths of all find-faults; as I will do within me, tells me.--thou shalt,) I get thee with
yours, for upholding the nice fashion of yonr country, scainbing, and thou must therefore needs prove a good
in denying me a kiss: taer, fore, paticntis, and yiell
ing. [Kissing her.) Yon have witcheraft in your hips, Exe. Only, he harh not yet subscribed this :Kate: there is more eloquence in a sugar touch of Where your majesty demands, That the king of France them, than in the tongues of the French council; and having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shau they should sooner persuade Harry of England, than name your highness in this form, and with this addia general petition of monarchs. Here comes your fa tion in French - Notre tres cher filz Henry rey d'Art ther.
gleterre, heretier de France : and thus in Latin,- Pra, Enter the French Ring and Queen, Burgundy, Bed
clarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex Anglia, ó haford, Gloster, Exeter, Westmoreland, and other
res Francia. French and English Lords.
F. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied,
But your request shall make me let it pass. Bur. God save your majesty! my royal cousin, K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear alliance, teach you onr princess English ?
Let that one article rank with the rest: K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair cousin, how And, thereupon, give me your daughter. perfectly I love her; and that is good English. F. King. Take her, fair son ; and from her blood
Bur. Is she not apt?
K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my condi Issue to me: that the contending kingdoms tion is not smooth : so that, having neither the voice Of France and England, whose very shores look pale for the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so con With envy of each other's happiness, jure up the spirit of love in her, that he will appear Máy cease their hatred, and this dear conjunction in his true likeness.
Plant neighbourhood and christian-like accord Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I answer
In their sweet basoms, that never war advance you for that. If you would conjure in her, you must
His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France, make a circle: if conjure up love in her in his true
All. Amen! likeness, he must appear naked, and blind : Can you
K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate:-and bear me witzkes blame her then, being a maid yet rosed over with the
all, virgin crirason of modesty, if she deny the appear. That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. ance of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self?
(Fleurisé. It were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid to con
l. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, sign to.
Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! K. Hen. Yet they do wiuk, and yield; as love is As man and wife, being two, are one in love, blind, and enforces.
So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they | That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, see not what they do.
Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin to Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoma, consent to winking.
To make divorce of their incorporate league; Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if you That English may as Freuch, French Englishmen, will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, well
Receive each other!-God speak this Amen! summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholo All. Amen! mew-tide, blind, thongh they have their eyes; and K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on slide then they will endure handling, which before would day, not abide looking on.
My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, K. Hen. This moral ties me over to time, and a hot And all the peers', for surety of our leagues.summer; and so I will catch the fly, your cousin, in Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; the latter end, and she must be blind too.
And may our oaths well kept and prosperous be! Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
(Eseur K. Hen. It is so : and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many a fair
Enter Chorus. French city, for one fair French maid that stands in my way.
Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen, F. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspectively, Our bending author hath pursu'd the story; the cities turned into a maid ; for they are all girdled || In little room confining mighty men, with maiden walls, that war hath never entered. Mangling by starts the full force of their glory. K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
Small time, but, in that small, most greatly livu F. King. So please you.
This star of England: fortune made luis sword; K. Hen. I am content ; so the maiden cities you | By which the world's best garden he achieri, talk of, may wait on her: so the maid, that stood in And of it left his son imperial lord. the way of my wish, shall show me the way to my will. | Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crown' king
F. King. We have consented to all terms of reason. of France and England, did this king suceerd; K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England ?
Whose state so many had the managing, West. The king bath granted every article: That they lost France, and made his England bleed: His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all,
Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, According to their firm proposed natures.
In your fair minds let this acceptance take.
FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
King Henry the Sixth.
Cbarles, dauphin and afterwards king of France. Duke of Gloster, uncle to the king, and protector. Reignier, duke of Anjou, and titular king of Naples. Duke of Bedford, uncle to the king, and regent av Duke of Burgundy. France.
Duke of Alencon. Thomas Beaufort, duke of Exeter, great uncle to the Governor of Paris. king.
Bastard of Orleans.
General of the French forces in Bourdeaux.
A French Sergeant.
An old Shepherd, father to Joan la Pucelle.
Margaret, daughter to Reignier ; afterwards married John Talbot, his soni.
to king Henry. Edmund Mortimer, earl of March.
Countess of Auvergne. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.
Joan la Puoelle, commonly called Joan of Arc. Sir John Fastolfe. Sir William Lucy. Sir William Glansdale. Sir Thomas Gargrave. Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders of the Mayor of London.
Tower, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and Woodville, lieutenant of the Tower.
several Attendants both on the English and French. Vernon, of the White
Rose, or Tork faction. Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster faction.
SCENE-partly in England, and partly in France,
SCENE 1.-Westminster Abbey. Dead March. Corpse
of King Henry the Fifth discovered, lying in State ; attended on by the Dukes of Bedford), Gloster, and Exeter; the Earl of Warwick, the Bishop of Winchester, Herald, ớc.
be the heavens with black, yield day to-
Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time.
Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him,
Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of kings.
Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art protector ;
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh;
Enter a Messenger.
Saul tidings bring I to you out of France,
Glo. Is Paris lost? Is Rouen yielded up? If Henry were recall'd to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the
ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was
usd ? Mes. No treachery ; but want of men and money. Among the soldiers this is muttered, That here you maintain sever) factions ; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought, You are disputing of your generals. One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost; Another would fly swift but wanteth wings ; A third man thinks, without expense at all, By guileful fair worls peace may be obtain'. Awake, awake, Euglish nobility! Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begat : Cropp'd are the flower-le-luces in your armis ; of England's coat one half is cut away.
E.re. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, These tidings would call forth her flowing rides,
Bed. Me they concern ; regent I am of France :Give me my stecked coat. I'll fight for France.Away with these disgrace ul wailing robes ! Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, To weep their interuissive miseries.
Enter another blessenger. 2 Mes. Lords, view these letters, full of bad mis
chance; France is revolted from the English quite, Except some petty tuwils of no import : The dauphin Charles is crowned king in Rheims; 'The bastard of Orleans with himn is joind; Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part; The duke of Alencon fieth to his side.
Exe. The dauphin crowned king! all fly to him! O whither shall we fly from this reproach?
Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' throats :Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out.
Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou ofiny forwardess ? An army have I muster'd in my thouglıts, When with already France is over-run.
Enter c third Messenger. 3 Mes. My gracious lords,-to add to your laments, Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's hearse, I must inform you of a dismal light, Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French.
Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't so?
3 Mes. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'erthrowa; The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, By three and twenty thousand of the French Was found encompassed and set upon : No leisure had he to enrank his men ; He wanted pikes to set before bis archers; Instead whereof, sharp suikes, pluckd out of hedges, They pitched in the ground conitis: diy, To keep the horseme of fiom braking in. Muse than three hours the fight coutineel;
Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,
Bed. Is Talbot slain ? then I will slay myself,
3 Mes. O no, he lives; but is took prisoner, And lord Scales with bim, and lord Hungerford: Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise.
Beid. His ransome there is none but I sliall pay:
3 Mes. So you had need; for Orleans is beseig'd;
Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry swors; Either to quell the dauphin utterly, Or bring him in obedience to your yoke.
Bed, I do remember it; and here take leave, To go about my preparation.
[E Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can To view the artillery and munition ; And then I will proclaim young Henry king. [Ert
Exe. To Eltham will I, where the young king is, Being ordaind his special governor ; And for his safety there I'll best devise.
[Ert Win. Each hath his pla se and function to attend: I am left out; for me nothing remains. But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office; The king from Eltham I intend to send, And sit at chiefest stern of public weal.
[Exit. Scene cieves
SCENE II.- Franc. Before Orleans. Enter Charles
with his Forres ; Alencon, Reignier, and others.
Char. Mars his true moving, even as in the heavens, So in the earth, to this day is not known: Late did he shine upon the English side; Now we are victor's upon us be smiles. What towns of any moment, but we have? At pleasure here we hie, near Orleans ; Other whiles, the fainish d English, like pale glosti, Fuintly besiege us one hour in a month.