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Doth root upon, while that the coulter rusts, Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I
That should deracinate such savagery ; cannot speak your England.
The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love
The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, me soundly with your French heart, I will be
Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, glad to hear you confess it brokenly with your
Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems English tongue. Do

you like me, Kate? But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, Kath. Pardonnez inoy, I cannot tell vat is Losing both beauty and utility. (burs, ---like me. And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and K. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate; and hedges,

you are like an angel. Defective in their natures, grow to wildness, Kath. Que dit-il ? que je suis semblable à les Even so our houses, and ourselves and children, anges i Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, Alice. Ouy, vrayment, sauf vostre grace, The sciences that should become our country; ainsi dit-il. But grow, like savages, -as soldiers will, K. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine ; and I That nothing do but meditate on blood, - must not blush to affirm it. To swearing and stern looks, diffus'd attire, Kath. O bon Dieu ! les langues des hommes And everything that seems unnatural. sont pleines des tromperies. Which to reduce into our former favour,

K. Hen. What says she, fair one? that the You are assembled : and my speech entreats tongues of men are full of deceits ?

That I may know the let, why gentle Peace Alice. Ouy, dat de tongues of de mans is be
Should not expel these inconveniences, full of deceits : dat is de princess.
And bless us with her former qualities.

K. Hen. The princess is the better EnglishK. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would woman. I' faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for

thy understanding : I am glad thou canst Whose want gives growth to the imperfections speak no better English ; for, if thou couldst, Which you have cited, you must buy that peace thou wouldst find me such a plain king, that With full accord to all our just demands; thou wouldst think I had sold my farm to buy Whose tenors and particular effects

my crown, I know no ways to mince it in You have, enscheduld briefly, in your hands. love, but directly to say--I love you : then, if

Bur. The king hath heard them; to the you urge me farther than to say --Do you in There is no answer made. (which as yet, faith? I wear out my suit. Give me your K. Hen.

Well then, the peace, answer; i faith, do, and so clap hands and a Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer. bargain : how say you, lady? Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye

Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand O'er-glanc'd the articles : pleaseth your grace well, To appoint some of your council presently K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to To sit with us once more, with better heed verses, or to dance for your sake, Kate, why To re-survey them, we will suddenly

you undid me : for the one, I have neither Pass our accept, and peremptory answer. words nor measure; and for the other, I have K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Ex- no strength in measure, yet a reasonable meieter,

(ter,--sure in strength. If I could win a lady at And brother Clarence,--and you, brother Glos- leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with Warwick,—and Huntingdon,-go with the my armour on my back, under the correction And take with you free power to ratify, [king; of bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best into a wife. Or if I might buffet for my love, Shall see advantageable for our dignity, or bound my horse for her favours, I could lay Anything in, or out of, our demands ; (ter, on like a butcher, and sit like a jackanapes, And we'll consign thereto. Will you, fair sis- never off. But before God, Kate, I cannot Go with the princes, or stay here with us? look greenly, nor gasp out my eloquence, nor Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will go I have no cunning in protestation ; only down. with them :

right oaths, which I never use till urged, nor Haply a woman's voice may do some good, never break for urging. If thou canst love a When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on. fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine worth sun-burning, that never looks in his here with us :

glass for love of anything he sees there, -let She is our capital demand, compris'd thine eye be thy cook. I speak to thee plain Within the fore-rank of our articles.

soldier : If thou canst love me for this, take me; Q. Isa. She hath good leave. [Alice. if not, to say to thee that I shall die, is true, (Exeunt all except K. Henry, Kath., and but for thy love, by the Lord, no; yet I love

K. Hen. Fair Katharine, and most fair ! thee too. And while thou livesi, dear Kate, Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms take a fellow of plain and uncoined constancy; Such as will enter at a lady's ear,

for he perforce must do thee right, because he And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart ? | bath not the gift to woo in other places : for

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these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme to promise : do but now promise, Kate, you themselves into ladies' favours, they do always will endeavour for your French part of such a reason themselves out again.

What! a boy; and for my English moiety, take the speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. word of a king and a bachelor. How answer A good leg will fall; a straight back will you, la plus belle Katharine du monde, mon stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curled très chère et divine déesse ?

grow bald ; a fair face will wither; a Kath. Your majesté have fausse French full eye will wax hollow; but a good heart, enough to deceive de most sage demoiselle dat Kate, is the sun and the moon; or, rather, the is en France. sun, and not the moon,--for it shines bright, K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French ! and never changes, but keeps his course truly. By mine honour, in true English, I love thee, If thou would have such a one, take me : and Kate : by which honour, I dare not swear thou take me, take a soldier ; take a soldier, take a lovest me; yet my blood begins to flatter me king : and what sayest thou, then, to my love? that thou dost, notwithstanding the poor and speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee. untempering effect of my visage. Now, be

Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de shrew my father's ambition ! he was thinking enemy of France ?

of civil wars when he got me : therefore was I K. Hen. No; it is not possible you created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect should love the enemy of France, Kate ; but, of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, in loving me, you should love the friend of fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I France ; for I love France so well, that I will wax, the better I shall appear : my comfort is, not part with a village of it ; I will have it all that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do mine : and, Kate, when France is mine and I no more spoil upon my face : thou hast me, if am yours, then yours is France and you are thou hast me, at the worst ; and thou shalt

Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat. [mine. wear me, if thou wear me, better and better:

K. Hen. No, Kate ? I will tell thee in and therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, French; which I am sure will hang upon my will you have me? Put off your maiden blushes; tongue like a new-married wife about her hus- avouch the thoughts of your heart with the band's neck, hardly to be shook off.-Quand looks of an empress; take me by the hand, jay la possession de France, et quand vous avez and say--Harry of England, I am thine : la possession de moy, (let me see, what then? which word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear Saint Dennis be my speed !)-donc vostre est withal, but I will tell thee aloud-England is France, el vous estes mienne. It is as easy for thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom, as to speak Henry Plantagenet is thine ; who, though I so much more French : I shall never move thee speak it before his face, he be not fellow with in French, unless it be to laugh at me. the best king, thou shalt find the best king of

Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que good fellows. Come, your answer in bioken vous parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel music, for thy voice is music, and thy English je parle.

broken ; therefore, queen all, Katharine, K. Hen. No, 'faith, is't not, Kate ; but thy break thy mind to me in broken English, wilt speaking of my tongue, and I thine, most truly thou have me?

[père. falsely, must needs be granted to be much att Kath. Dat is as it shall please de roy mon

But, Kate, dost thou understand thus K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate; much English, Canst thou love me?

it shall please him, Kate. Kath. I cannot tell.

Kath. Den it shall also content me. K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, K. Hen. Upon that I kiss your hand, and I Kate? I'll ask them. Come, I know thou call you my queen. lovest me ; and at night, when you come into Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez: your closet, you'll question this gentlewoman ma foy, je ne veux point que vous abaissez vosabout me; and I know, Kate, you will, to tre grandeur, en baisant la main d'une vostre her, dispraise those parts in me that you love indigne serviteure : excusez moy, je vous supwith your heart : but, good Kate, mock me plie, mon très puissant seigneur. mercifully; the rather, gentle princess, because K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. I love thee cruelly. If ever thou be'st mine, Kath. Les dames, et demoiselles, pour estre Kate, (as I have a saving faith within une tells baisées devant leur noces, il n'est pas la coutume me thou shalt,) I get thee with scambling, de France.

(she and thou must therefore needs prove a good K. Hen. Madam my interpreter, what says soldier-breeder : shall not thou and I, between Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les Saint Dennis and Saint George, compound a ladies of France, -I cannot tell what is baiser boy, half French, half English, that shall go to K. Hen. To kiss.

(en English. Constantinople, and take the Turk by the Alice. Your majesty entendre bettre que moy. beard ? shall we not ? what sayest thou, my fair K. Hen. It is not a fashion for the maids in

Kath. I do not know dat. [flower-de-luce. France to kiss before they are married, would K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now Alice. Ouy, vrayment.

(she say?

one.

K. Hen. O Kate, nice customs court'sy to Fr. King. So please you. great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be K. Hen. I am content ; so the maiden cities confined within the weak list of a country's you talk of may wait on her : so the maid, fashion : we are the makers of manners, Kate ; that stood in the way for my wish, shall show and the liberty that follows our places stops me the way to my will.

of reason. the mouths of all find-faults, as I will do yours, Fr. King. We have consented to all ternis for upholding the nice fashion of your country K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England ? in denying me a kiss : therefore, patiently, and West. The king hath granted every article : yielding. [Kissing her.) You have witch- His daughter first: and then, in sequel, all, craft in your lips, Kate: there is more eloquence According to their firm proposed natures. in a sugar touch of them, than in the tongues Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this : of the French council; and they should sooner Where your majesty demands, that the king persuade Harry of England, than a general of France, having any occasion to write for petition of monarchs. Here comes your father. matter of grant, shall name your highness in Re-enter the King and Queen, Burgundy, this form, and with this addition, in French,

Bedford, Gloster, Exeter, Warwick, West- Notre très cher filz Henry roy d'Angleterre, moreland, and other French and English heretier de France; and thus in Latin,-PreLords.

clarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex Anglie, Bur. God save your majesty! My royal cou- et hæres Francia.

(denied, Teach you our princess English ? (sin, Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so

K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair But your request shall make me let it pass. cousin, how perfectly I love her : and that is Ki Hen. I pray you, then, in love and dear good English. Bur. Is she not apt?

alliance, K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz, and my Let that one article rank with the rest ; condition is not smooth; so that, having neither And, thereupon, give me your daughter. the voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I Fr. King. Take her, fair son ; and from her cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in her,

blood raise up that he will appear in his true likeness.

Issue to me; that the contending kingdoms Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if of France and England, whose very shores I answer you for that. If you would conjure

look pale in her, you must make a circle ; if conjure up With envy of each other's happiness, junction Love in her in his true likeness, he must appear May cease their hatred ; and this dear connaked, and blind. Can you blame her, then, Plant neighbourhood and Christian-like accord being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? All. Amen!

(France. It were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid K. Hen. Now, welcome, Kate :--and bear to consign to.

me witness all, K. Hen. Yet they do wink and yield, as love That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. is blind and enforces.

(Flourish. Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, they see not what they do.

Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your As man and wife, being two, are one in love, cousin to consent winking.

So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, if you will teach her to know my meaning: for Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, maids, well summered and warm kept, are like Thrust in between the paction of these king. flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they doms, have their eyes; and then they will endure hand- To make divorce of their incorporate league : ling, which before would not abide looking on. That English may as French, French EnglishK. Hen. This moral ties me over to time,

men, and a hot suminer; and so I shall catch the Receive each other! God speak this Amen! fly, your cousin, in the latter end, and she All. Amen!

(which must be blind too.

K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage : on Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath,

K. Hen. It is so : and you may, some of And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. you, thank love for my blindness who cannot Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; see many a fair French city, for one fair French And may our oaths well kept and prosperous maid that stands in my way.

be!

(Ereant. Fr. K’ing. Yes, my lord, you see them per

Enter Chorus. spectively, the cities turned into a maid ; for Thus far, with rough and all unable pen, they are all girdled with maiden walls, that Our bending author hath pursued the story; war hath never entered.

In little room confining mighty men, (glory. K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?

Mangling by starts the full course of their

Scene 1.

Shall time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd Of France and England, did this king sucThis star of England : Fortune made his Whose state so many had the managing, (ceed; sword ;

That they lost France, and made his EngBy which the world's best garden he achiev'd, land bleed :

(sake, And of it left his son imperial lord.

Which oft our stage hath shown ; and, for their Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd In your fair minds let this acceptance take. king

(Exit.

FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. King Henry the Sixth,

Woodville, Lieutenant of the Tower; Mayor Duke of Gloster, Uncle to the King, and Pro- of London. A Lawyer. tector.

Vernon, of the White Rose, or York Faction, Duke of Bedford, Uncle to the King, and Re-Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction. gent of France.

Charles, Dauphin, and afterwards King of Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter, Great France. Uncle to the King.

Reignier, Duke of Anjou, and titular king of Henry Beaufort, Great Uncle to the King ; Naples.

Bishop of Winchester, and afterwards Dukes of Burgundy and Alençon. Bastard of
Cardinal.

Orleans.
John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset, afterwards Governor of Paris. Master-Gunner of Orleans,
Duke.

and his Son. Richard Plantagenet, Eldest Son of Richard, General of the French Forces in Bourdeaux.

late Earl of Cambridge; afterwards Duke A French Sergeant. 4 Porter. An old of York.

Shepherd, Father to Joan la Puceiie. Earls of Warwick, Salisbury, and Suffolk. Margaret, Daughter to Reignier ; afterwards Lord Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. married to King Henry. John Talbot, his Son.

Countess of Auvergne. Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March.

Joan la Pucelle, commonly called Joan of Arc. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer.

Mortimer's Keepers. Sir John Fastolfe. Sir William Lucy. Sir Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords,

William Glansdale. Sir Thomas Gar- Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, grave.

and Attendants. SCENE,-Partly in England, and partly in France.

ACT I.

More dazzled and drove back his enemies
SCENE I.-Westminster Abbey.

Than mid-day sun fierce bent against their
faces.

[speech : Dead March. The Corpse of King Henry the What should I say? his deeds exceed all

Fifth is discovered, lying in state; attended He ne'er lift up his hand, but conquered.
on by the Dukes of Bedford, Gloster, and Exe. We mourn in black : why mourn we
Exeter, the Earl of Warwick, the Bishop of not in blood ?
Winchester, Heralds, &c.

Henry is dead, and never shall revive.
Bed. Hung be the heavens with black, yield Upon a wooden coffin we attend;
day to night!

And death's dishonourable victory
Comets, importing change of times and states, We with our stately presence glorify,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky, Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, What! shall we curse the planets of mishap,
That have consented unto Henry's death! That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ?
King Henry the fifth, too famous to live long ! Or shall we think the subtle-witted French
England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him,

Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time. By magic verses have contriv'd his end ? [kings. Virtue he had, deserving to command :

Win. He was a king, bless'd of the King of His brandish d sword did blind men with his Unto the French the dreadful judgment-day 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

Glo. The church! where is it? Had not

Enter a second Messenger. churchmen pray'd,

2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of His thread of life had not so soon decay'd :

bad mischance. None do you like but an effeminate prince, France is revolted from the English quite, Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. Except some petty towns of no import : Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art The Dauphin, Charles, is crowned king in protector,

Rheims ; And lookest to command the prince, and realm. The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd ; Thy wife is proud ; she holdeth thee in awe, Reignier, Duke of Anjou, doth take his part ; More than God or religious churchmen may. The Duke of Alençon flieth to his side. Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly flesh,

to him! And ne'er throughout the year to church thou O, whither shall we fly from this reproach? Except it be to pray against thy foes. [go'st, Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your throats :minds in peace !

Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out. Let's to the altar :--Heralds, wait on us :- Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forInstead of gold we'll offer up our arms;

wardness? Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.- An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Posterity, await for wretched years, (suck, Wherewith already France is overrun. When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall

Enter a third Messenger. Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears, 3 Mess. My gracious lords, to add to your And none but women left to wail the dead,

laments, Henry the fifth! thy ghost I invocate; Wherewith you now bedew king Henry's Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils ! I must inform you of a dismal fight hearse, Combat with adverse planets in the heavens ! Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. A far more glorious star thy soul will make, Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? Than Julius Cæsar, or bright

is't so? Enter a Messenger.

3 Mess. O, no ; wherein lord Talbot was Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all! o'erthrown : Sad tidings bring I to you out of France, The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture : The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans, Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are ali quite lost. Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead By three-and-twenty thousand of the French Henry's corse?

Was round encompassed and set upon. Speak softly'; or the loss of those great towns No leisure had he to enrank his men ; Will make him burst his lead, and rise from He wanted pikes to set before his archers ; death.

Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up?

hedges, If Henry were recall'd to life again,

They pitched in the ground confusedly, Thiese news would cause him once more yield To keep the horsemen off from breaking in. the ghost.

(was us'd? More than three hours the fight continued ; Exe. How were they lost? what treachery Where valiant Talbot, above human thought,

Mess. No treachery ; but want of men and Enacted wonders with his sword and lance : Among the soldiers this is muttered, (money. Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst That here you maintain several factions ;

stand him ; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and Here, there, and everywhere, enrag'd he slew : You are disputing of your generals : [fought, The French exclaim'd, the devil was in arms; One would have lingering wars, with little cost; All the whole army stood agaz'd on him : Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings; His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit, A third man thinks, without expense at all, A Talbot! A Talbot ! cried out amain, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. Awake, awake, English nobility!

Here had the conquest fully been seal'd up, Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot: If sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward: Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; He, being in the vaward, (plac'd behind, Of England's coat one half is cut away. With purpose to relieve and follow them,)

Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke. These tidings would call forth her flowing tides. Hence grew the general wreck and massacre ;

Bed. Methey concern; regent I am of France. Enclosed were they with their enemies :
Give me my steeled coat! I'll fight for France. A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace,
Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back ;
Wounds will I lend the French, instead of eyes, Whom all France, with their chief assembled
To weep their intermissive miseries.

strength,

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