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Glw. I have, my lord, and their intents is this,- Alen. Then march to Paris, royal Charles of France, They hurubly sue unto your excellence,

And keep not back your powers in dalliance. To have a godly peace concluded of,

Puc. Peace be amongst them, if they turn to us:
Between the realms of England and of France. Else, ruin combat with their palaces !
K. Hen. How Joth your grace affect their motion ?

Enter a Messenger.
Glo. Well, my good lord, and as the only means
To stop effusion of our Christian blood,

Mess. Success unto our valiant general,
And 'stablish quietness on every side.

And happiness to his accomplices ! (speak K. Hen. Ay, marry, uncle; for I always thought,

Char. What tidings send our scouts? I pry' thee. It was both impious and unnatural,

Mess. The English army, that divided was That such immanity and bloody strife

Into two parts, is now conjoin'd in one : Should reign among professors of one faith.

And means to give you battle presently. Glou. Beside, my lord,- the sooner to effect,

Char. Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warning ts; And surer bind, this knot of amity,

But we will presently provide for them. The earl of Armagnac-near knit to Charles,

Bur. I trust, the ghost of Talbot is not there', A man of great authority in France,

Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear. Proffers his only daughter to your grace

Puc. Of all base passions, fear is most accurs d :In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry. Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine ;

K.Hen. Marriage, uncle! alas! ıny years are young; Let Henry fret, and all the world repine. And fitter is my study and my books,

Char. Then on, my

And France be fortunate! Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.

[Ereunt. Yet, call the ambassadors ; and, as you please,

SCENE IIl.--The same. So let them have their answers every one :

Before Angiers. I shall be well content with any choice,

Alarums : Excursions. Enter LA PUCELLE. Tends to God's glory, and my country's weal.

Puc. The regent conquers,and the Frenchmen fly.Enter a Legate, and two Ambassadors, with Win.

Now help, ye charming spells, and periapts;

And ye choice spirits that adınonish me,
CHESTER, in a Cardinal's habit.

And give me signs of future accidents ! [Thunder. Exe. What! is my lord of Winchester installid,

You speedy helpers, that are substitutes And callid unto a cardinal's degree!

Under the lordly monarch of the north,
Then, I perceive, that will be verified,

Appear, and aid me in this enterprize!
Henry the fifth did sometime prophecy,-
Įt once he come to be a cardinal,

Enter Fiends.
He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.

This speedy quick appearance argues proof
K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your several suits of your accustom'd diligence to ine.
Have been consider'd and debated on.

ye familiar spirits, that are cullid Your purpose is both good and reasonable : Out of the powerful regions under earth, And, therefore, are we certainly resolv'd

Help me this once, that France may get the field. To draw conditions of a friendly peace ;

[They walk about, and speak not. Which, by my lord of Winchester, we mean 0, hold me not with silence over long ! Shall be transported presently to France.

Where I was wont to feed you with my blood,
Glo. And for the proffer of my lord your master, l'll lop a member off, and give it you,
I have inform'd his highness so at large,

In earnest of a further benefit ;
As-liking of the lady's virtuous gifts,

So do condescend to help me now. Her beauty, and the value of her dower,

[They liung their heads. He doth intend she shall be England's queen. No hope to have redress ?-My body shall

K. Hen. In argument and proof of which contract, Pay recompense, if you will grant my suit. Bear her this jewel, (to the Amb.) pledge of my affec

(They shake their heads. And so, my lord protector, see them guarded, [tion. Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice, And safely brought to Dover ; where, insbippa, Entreat you to your 'ronted furtherance ? Commit them to the fortune of the sea

Then take my soul ; my body, soul, and all, [Er. K. Hen. & Train; Glo. Exe. & Ambassadors. Before that Ěngland give the French the foil. Win. Stay, my lord legate ; you shall first receive

[They depart. The sum of money, which I promised

See! they forsake me. Now the time is come, Should be deliver'd to his holiness

That France must vail her lofty-plumed crest, For clothing me in these grave ornaments. And let her head fall into England's lap

Leg. I will attend upon your lordship's leisure. My ancient incantations are too weak,

Win. Now, Winchester will not submit, I trow, And hell too strong for me to buckle with: Or be inferior to the proudest peer.

Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust. (Esii, Huiaphrey of Gloster, thou shalt well perceive, That, neither in birth, or for authority,

Alarums. Enter French and English, fighting. L. The vishop will be overborne by thee :

Pucelle and York tight hand to hand. La Puceli E I'll either make thee stoop, and bend thy knee, is taken. The French fly. Or sack this country with a mutiny (Eseunt. York. Damsel of France, I think, I have you fast.

Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms,
SCENE II.-France. Plains in Anjou.

And try if they can gain your liberty.--
Enter Charles, BURGUNDY, ALENÇON, LA PUCELLE, See, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows,

A goodly prize, fit for the devil's grace!
and Forces, marching.

As if, with Circe, she would change my shape. Char. These news, my lords, may cheer our drooping Puc. Chang'd to a worser shape ihou can'si not be : 'Tis said, the stout Parisians do revolt, (spirits : York. 0, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man ; And turn again unto the warlike French.

No shape but his can please your dainty eve.

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Puc. A plaguing inischief lighton Charles, and thee! | And then I need not crave his courtesy. [ Aside. And may ye both be suddenly surpriz'd

Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a causeBy bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds! (tongue. Mur. Tush! women have been captivate ere now. York. Fell, bauning hag! enchantress, hold thy

[ Aside. Puc. I prythee, give me leave to curse a while. Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so ? York. Curse, miscreant, when thou comest to the Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. stake.

[Ereunt. Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose

Your bondage happy, to be made a queen ? Alarums. Enter SUFFUJ.K, leading in Lady MARGARET.

Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, Suf. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner. Than is a slave in base servility;

[Guses on her. For princes should be free. O fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly;

Suf.

And so shall you,
For I will touch thee but with reverent hands, If happy England's royal king be free.
And lay them gently on thy tender side.

Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? I kiss these fingers (kissing her hand.) foreternal peace: Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen ; Who art thou ? say, that I may honour thee. To put a golden scepter in thy hand,

Mar. Margaret is my name; and daughter to a king. And set a precious crown upon thy head, The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art.

If thou wilt condescend to be mySuf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I callid.

Mar.

What? Be not offended, nature's miracle,

Suf. His love. Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me:

Mar. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife.
So doth the swan her downy cygnets save,

Suf. No, gentle madam; 1 unworthy am
Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
Yet if this servile usage once offend,

And have no portion in the choice myself.
Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.

How say you, madam ; are you so content ! (She turns away as going.

Mar. An if my father please, I am content. 0, stay !--I have no power to let her pass;

Suf. Then call our captains, and our colours forth: My hand would free her, but my heart says-no. And, madam, at your father's castle walls As plays the sun upon the glassy streams,

We'll crave a parley, to confer with him. Twinkling another counterfeited beam,

[Troops come forwurd. So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes. Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak:

A Parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER, on the walls. I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind : Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner Fye, De la Poole! disable not thyself;

Reig. To whom? Hast not a tongue ? is she not here thy prisoner ? Suj.

To me. Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight?

Reig.

Suffolk, what remedy Ay; beauty's princely majesty is such,

I am a soldier : and unapt to weep, Confounds the tongue, and makes the senses rough. Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.

Mar. Say, earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be so, -- Sut. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord: What ransome must I pay before I pass ?

Consent, (and, fo, thy honour give consent,) For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner.

Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king ; Suf. How canst thou tell, she will deny thy suit, Whom I with pain have woo'd and won there to ; Before thou make a trial of her love? [ Aside. And this her easy-held imprisonment Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransome must Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty. I

Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks ? Suf. She's beautiful ; and therefore to be wood: Sut

Fair Margaret knows She is a woman ; therefore to be won. (Aside. That Suffolk doth not Aatter, face, or feign.

Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransome, yea, or no! Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, 1 descend, Suf: Fond man! remember, that thou hast a wife; To give thee answer to thy just demand. Then how can Margaret be thy paramour ? [Aside.

(Exit, from the walls. Mar. I were best leave himn, for he will not hear. Suf. And here I will expect thy coming. Suf. There all is marr'd ; there lies a cooling card. Mar. He talks at randon ; sure the man is mad. Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER, below. Suf. And yet a di-pensation may be had.

Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories; Mar. And yet I would that you would answer me. Cominand in Anjou what your honour pleases.

Suf. l'll win this lady Margaret. For whom ? Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child Why, for my king : Tush! that's a wooden thing Fit to be made companion with a king :

Mar. He talks of wood : It is some carpenter. What answer makes your grace unto my suit? Suf: Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,

Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little worth And peace

established between these realms. To be the princely bride of such a lord ; But there remains a scruple in that too:

Upon condition I may quietly For though her father be the king of Naples, Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou, Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor,

Free from oppression, or the stroke of war, And our nobility will scorn the match. [ Aside. My daughter shall be Henry's, if he please.

Mar. Hear ye, captain ? Are you not at leisure ? Suf: That is her ransome, I deliver her ;

Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er : o much : And those two counties, I will undertake,
Hedry is youthful, and will quickly yield.- Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy
Madam, I have a secret to reveal. [knight, Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name,

Mar. What though I be enthrall’d ? he seems a As depu'y unto that gracious king,
And will not any way dishonour me. [ Aside. Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith.
Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I

Suf. Reigoier of France, I give thee kingly thanks, Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French ; Because this is in traffic of a king :

say:

pay ?

And yet, inethinks, I could be well content

York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd too long To be mine own attorney in this case [ Aside. To fill the world with vicious qualities. I'll over then to England with this news,

Puc. First, let me tell you whom you have conInd make this marriage to be solemniz'd;

Not me begotten of a shepherd swain, [demu d;
So, farewell, Reignier! Set this diamond safe But issu'd from the progeny of kings;
In golden palaces, as it becomes.

Virtuous, and holy; chosen from above,
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace By inspiration of celestial grace,
The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. To work exceeding miracles on earth.
Mar. Farewell, my lord ? Good wishes, praise, and I never had to do with wicked spirits :
prayers,

But you,- that are polluted with your lusts,
Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [Going. Stain' with the guiltless blood of innocents,

Suf: Farewell, sweet madam? But hark you, Mar Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, – No princely commendations to my king ? [garet; | Because you want the grace that others have,

Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, You judge it straight a thing impossible A virgin, and his servant, say to him.

To compass wonders, but by help of devils. Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly directed. No, misconceiv'd! Joan of Arc hath been But, madam, I must trouble you again,

A virgin from her tender infancy, No loving token to his majesty ?

Chaste and immaculate in very thought ; Mar. Yes, my good lord ; a pure unspotted heart. Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus'd, Never yet taint with love, I send the king.

Will

cry
for

vengeance at the gates of heaven. Suf. And this withal.

(Kisses her.
York. Ay, ay ;;

-away with her to execution. Mar. That for thyself; I will not so presume, War. And hark ye, sirs; because she is a maid, To send such peevish tokens to a king.

Spare for no fagots, let there be enough ;
[Lieunt REIGNER and MARGARET. Place barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake,
Suf. 1, wert thou for myself !--But, Suffolk, stay: That so her torture may be shortened.
Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth ;

Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts !There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk.

T'hen, Joan, discover thine infirmity; Solicit Henry with her wond'rous praise :

That warranteth by law to be thy privilege.-Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount;

I am with child, ye bloody homicides : Mad, natural graces that extinguish art;

Murder not then the fruit within my wonb, Repeat their semblance often on the seas,

Although ye hale me to a violent death. That, when thou com'st to kneel at llenry's feet, York. Now heaven forfend! the holy maid with child? Thou may'st bereave him of his wits with wonder. War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought:

[Erit. Is all your strict preciseness come to this?

York. She and ihe Dauphin have been juggling SCENE IV.-Camp of the Duke of York, in Anjou. I did imagine what would be her refuge. Enter York, WARWICK, and others.

War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards live; York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd to burn. Especially, since Charles must father it.

Pue. You are deceiv'd ; iny child is none of his ; Enter La PUCELLE, guarded, and a Shepherd.

It was Alençon that enjoyed my love.
Shep. Ah, Joan! this kills thy father's heart out- York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel!
Have I sought every country far and near, (right! It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
And, now it is my chance to find thee out,

Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you ; Must I bebold thy timeless cruel death?

'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke l nam'd, Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, I'll die with thee! But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd.

Puc. Decrepit miser! base ignoble wretch! War. A married man! that's inost intolerable. I am descended of a gentler blood ;

York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows not well, 1 hou art no father, nor no friend, of mine.

There were so many, whom she may accuse. Shep. Out, out !-- My lords, an please you, 'tis not War. It's sign, she hath been liberal and free. I did beget her, all the parish knows : (so; York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.Her mother liveth yet, can testify

Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee : She was the first fruit of my bachelorship.

Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy parentage ? Puc. Then lead me hence ;-with whom I leave my

York. This argues what her kind of life hath been; May never glorious sun reflex his beams [curse: Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. Upon the country where you make abode !

Shep. Fye, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle ! But darkness and the gloomy shade of death God knows, thou art a collop of my flesh;

Environ you ; till mischief, and despair, And for thy sake have I shed many a tear : Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves ! Deny me not, I pr’ythee, gentle Joan.

[Exit, guarded Puc. Peasant, avaunt !-- You have suborn'd this York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes, Of purpose to obscure my noble birth. (man, Thou foul accursed minister of hell ! Shep: "Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest, The morn that I was wedded to her mother.

Enter CARDINAL BEAUFORT, attended. Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl. Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence Wilt thou not stoop ? Now cursed be the times With letters of commission from the king. Of thy nativity! I would, the milk

For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, Thy mother gave thee, when thou suck'dst her breast. Mov'd with remorse of these outrageous broils, Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake!

Have earnestly implor'd a general peace
Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field, Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French;
I wish some ravenous wolf had eaten thee!

And here at hand the Dauphin, and his train,
Dost thou deny thy father, cursed drab?

Approacheth to confer about some matter. 0, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good. [Exit. York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect !

After the slaughter of so many peers,

Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, So many capt ins, gentlemen, and soldiers, Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England. That in this quarrel have been oveathrown,

[Charles, and the rest, give tokens of feully And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, So, now dismiss your army when ye please ; Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace ? Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, Have we not lost inost part of all the towns, For here we entertain a solemn peace. [Eseunt. By lieason, falsehood, and by treachery, Our great progenitors had conquered !-

SCENE V.-London. A Room in the Palace. 0, Warwick, Warwick! I foresce with grief The utter loss of all the realın of France.

Enter King Henry, in conference with SUFFOLK ; War. Be patient, York: if we conclude a peace,

Gloster and Exxer following. It shall be with such strict and severe covenants K. Hen. Your wond'rous rare description, noble earl, As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.

Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me :

Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
Enter CHARLES, attended ; Alençon, Bastard,

Do breed love's settled passions in my heart :
REIGNIER, and others.

And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide ;
That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France, So am I driven, by breath of her renown,
We come to be informed by yourselves

Either to sutier shipwreck, or arrive
What the conditions of that league must be. Where I may have fruition of her love.

York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler chokes Sufi Tush! my good lord! this superficial tale The hollow passage of my poison d voice,

Is but a preface of her worthy praise : By sight of these our baletul enemies.

The chief perfections of that lovely daine, Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus : (Had I sufficient skill to utter them,) That-in regard king Henry gives consent,

Would inake a volume of enticing lines, of mere compassion, and of lenity,

Able to ravish any dull conceit.
To ease your country of distressful war,

And, which is more, she is not so divine,
And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,- So full replete with choice of all delights,
You shall become true liegemen to his crown : But, with as humble lowliness of mind,
And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear She is content to be at your command ;
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself,

Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents
Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, To love and honour Henry as her lord.
And still enjoy thy regal dignity:

K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presuine. dlen. Must he be then as shadow of hinself? Therefore, my lord protector, give consent, Adorn his temples with a coronet ;

That Margaret may be England's royal queen. And yet, in substance and authority,

Glo. So should I give consent to Hatter sin. Retain but privilege of a private man?

You know, my lord, your highiness is betroth'd This proffer is absurd and reasonless.

Unto another lady of esteem ; Char. "Tis known, already that I am possess'd How shall we then dispense with that contract, With more than half the Gallian territories, And not deface your honour with reproach ? And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king :

Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths; Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Or one, that, at a triumph having vow'd Detract so much from that prerogative,

To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole ?

By reason of his adversary's odds : No, lord ambassador ; I'll rather keep

A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds, That which I have, than, coveting for more, And therefore may be broke without offence. Be cast from possibility of all.

Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than that! York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret means Her father is no better than an earl, Used intercession to obtain a league ;

Although in glorious titles he excel. And, now the matter grows to compromise,

Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, Stands't thou aloof upon comparison !

The king of Naples, and Jerusalem; Either accept the title thou usurp'st,

And of such great authority in France, Of benefit proceeding from our king,

As his alliance will confirm our peace, And not of any challenge of desert,

And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.

Glo. And so the earl of Arinagnac may do,
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
To cavil in the course of this contráct:

Eve. Beside bis wealth doth warrant liberal dower; If once it be neglected, ten to one,

While Reignier sooner will receive, than give. We shall not find like opportunity.

Suf. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your king, Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,

That he should be so abject, base, and poor, To save your subjects from such massacre,

To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen

Henry is able to enrich his queen, By our proceeding in hostility :

And not to seek a queen to make him rich : And therefore take this compact of a truce, So worthless peasants bargaiu for their wives, Although you break it when your pleasure serves. As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.

[Aside, to CHARLES. Marriage is a matter of more worth, War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our condition Than to be dealt in by attorneyship; Char. It shall :

(stand? Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, Only reserv'd, you claim no interest

Must be companion of his nuptial bed : In any of our towns of garrison.

And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ; It most of all these reasons bindeth us, is thou art knight, never to disobey,

In our opinions she should be preferr’d.

For what is wedlock forced, but a hell,

As I am sick with working of my thoughts. An age of discord and continual strife ?

Take, therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to France; Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, Agree to any covenants; and procure And is a pattern of celestial peace.

That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come Whom should we match, with Henry, being a king, To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ?

King Henry's faithful and anointed queen :
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, For your expenses and sufficient charge,
Approves her fit for none, but for a king : Among the people gather up a tenth.
Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit,

Be gone, I say; for, till you do return,
More than in women commonly is seen,) I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.-
Will answer our hope in issue of a king ;

And you, good uncle, banish all offence : For Henry, son unto a conqueror,

If you do censure me by what you were, Is likely to beget more conquerors,

Not what you are, I know it will excuse If with a lady of so high resolve,

This sudden execution of my will. Is is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love.

And so conduct me, where from company, Then yield, my lords, and here conclude with me, I may revolve and ruminate my grief. [Eru. That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. Gio. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last. K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your report,

(Eseunt Gloster and EXETER. My noble lord of Suffolk ; or for that

Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd: and thus he goes, My tender youth was never yet attaint

As did the youthful Paris once to Greece ; With any passion of inflaming love,

With hope to find the like event in love, I cannot tell; but this, I am assur'd,

But prosper better than the Trojan did. I feel such sharp dissention in my breast,

Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king : Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. (Erit.

of this play, whoever may have been the author, it is certain two hundred years in his tomb, he should triumph again on the that it was once extremely popular. It is evidently alluded to stage, and have his bones new embalmed with reares of teb by Nashe, in a tract entitled Pierce Pennilesse his Supplication, thousand spectators at least, at several times, who in the trage &c. 1592, where he says, "How would it have joyed brave dian that represents his person, imagine they bebold himn fren 1 albot, the terror of the French, to think that after he had lain bleeding."

SECOND PART OF

KING HENRY VI.

This play, which was first printed in its present form in the folio

of 1023, was founded on an old play of Marlowe's, called The first Part of the Contention beiween the two famous houses of York and Lancaster. In what year this meagre original was produced, is, perbaps, now impossible to be discovered. It was published in 1594 ; but Shakspeare is supposed to have amplified and improved the rude sketch of his predecessor two or three years earlier. Mr. Melone has been at the trouble of carefully comparing the

play of Marlowe with the drama which Shakspeare formed out of it, and distinguishing by different marks the alterations made by our great poet. The play opens with Henry's marriage, which was in the twenty.

bat:le fouxht at St. Alban's, and won by the York faction in the thirty-third year of his reign, A, D. 1455: so that it com prises the history anii transacions of ten years.

Vaux.
PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Hume and SOUTHWELI, two priests. king HENRY THE Sixty.

BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer. HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloster, his uncle.

A Spirit raised by him. CARDINAL BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winchester, great Thomas 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 rehel. LORD CLIFFORD,

GEORGE, JOHN, DICK; SMITH, the veover ; Young Cufforn, his son,

MICHAEL, &c. his followers. EARL OF SALISBURY, of the York faction.

ALEXANDER IDen, a Kentish Gentleman. EARL OF WARWICK,

MARGARET, Queen to King Henry. LORD SCALEs, governor of the Tower.

ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster LORD SAY.

MARGERY JOURDAIN, a witch. Sir HumphREY STAFFORD, and his Brother.

Wife to Simpcox. Sir John STANLEY.

Lords, Ladies, and Attenılants : Petitioners, Aupra A Sca-captuin, Master, and Muster's Mate, und

1 Walter WHITMORE.

men, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers ; Ctisens, Proa

1 Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffoik.

tices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers. Ar 1

SCENE,—dispersedly in various parts of ENGLAVIA

1 Herald

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