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Q. Isu. God, the best maker of all marriages,

Enter CHORUS. Coinbine your hearts in one, your realms in Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen, one!

Our bending* author hath pursu'd the story; As man and wife, being two, are one in love, In little room confining mighty men, So be there'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, Mangling by starts the full course of their That never may ill office, or fell jealousy,

glory.

[liv'd Which troubles oft the bed of blessed mar- Small time, but in that small, most greatly riage,

This star of England: fortune made his sword; Thrust in between the paction of these king. By which the world's best gardent he achiev'd, doms,

And of it left his son imperial lord. To make divorce of their incorporate league ;

Henry the sixth, in infant bands crown'd king That English may as French, French English- Of France and England did this king suc

men, Receive each other !-God speak this Amen! Whose state so many had the managing, All. Amen!

That they lost France, and made his EngK. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on

land bleed: which day,

Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath,

their sake, And all the peers’, for surety of our leagues.- In your fair minds'let this acceptance take. Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me;

[Erit. And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous be!

(Exeunt. * 1. e. Unequal to the welght of the subject. † Franca

ceed;

FIRST PART

OF

KING HENRY VI.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

KING HENRY The Sixth.

VERNON, of the Wbite Rose, or York Faction. Duke or Gloster, Uncle to the King, and Basset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction. Protector.

CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of DUKE OF BEDFORD, Uncle to the King, and

France.
Regent of France.

REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King THOMAS BEAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, great

of Naples. Uncle to the King.

Duike of BURGUNDY.—DUKE OF ALENÇON. HENRY Beaufort, great Uncle to the King, Governor of Paris.-BASTARD OF ORLEANS.

Bishop of Winchester; and afterwards MASTER-GUNNER OF ORLEANS, and his Son.
Cardinal.

GENERAL OF THE FRENCH FORCES in Bour. John BEAUFORT, Earl of Somerset; afterwards

deaux. Duke.

A FRENCH SERGEANT.-A PORTER.
RICHARD PlantaGENET, eldest Son of Richard, | AN OLD SHEPHERD, Father to Joan la Pucelle.

late Earl of Cambridge; afterwards
Duke of York.

MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier; afterwards EARL OF WARWICK.-EARL OF SALISBURY.

married to King Henry. EARL OF SUFFOLK.

COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. Lord Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. Joan LA PUCELLE, commonly called, Joan of John Talbot, his Son.

Arc. EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March. MORTIMER'S KEEPER, and a LAWYER. Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, WarSir John FASTOLFE.—SIR WILLIAM LUCY. ders of the Tower, Heralds, Officers, Sol. SIR WILLIAM GLANSDALE.-Sir THOMAS GAR- diers, Messengers, and several Attendants

both on the English and French. MAYOR OF LONDON. WOODVILLE, Lieutenant of the Tower. Scene; partly in England, and partly in France.

GRAVE.

ACT I.

More dazzled and drove back his enemies, SCENE 1.-Westminster Abbey.

Than mid-day sun, fierce bent against their faces.

(speech: Deud march. Corpse of King HENRY the Fifth What should I say? his deeds exceed all

discovered, lying in state ; attended on by the He pe'er lift up his hand, but conquered. Dukes of BEDFORD, Gloster, and Exeter; Exe. We mourn in black; Why mourn we the Earl of WARWICK, the Bishop of WIN

not in blood ? CHESTER, Heralds, &c.

Henry is dead, and never shall revive : Bed. Hung be the heavens with black,* Upon a wooden coffin we attend; yield 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 What? shall we curse the planets of mishap, stars,

That plotted thus our glory's overthrow? That have consented unto Henry's death!

Or shall we think the subile-witted French Henry the fifth, too famous to live long! Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him, England ne'er lost a king of so much worth. By magic verses* have contriv'd his end ?

Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of Virtue he had, deserving to command: [time.

kings. His brandish'd sword did blind men with his Upto the French the dreadful judgement day beams;

So dreadful will not be, as was his fight. 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.

* Alluding to our ancient stage-practice when a tragedy * There was a notion long prevalent, that life might be was to be acted.

taken away by metrical charms.

Glo. The church! where is it? Had not | France is revolted from the English quite; churchmen pray'd,

Except some petty towns of no import: His thread of life had not so soon decay’d: The Dauphin Charles is crowned king in None do you like but an effeminate prince,

Rheims; Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe. The bastard of Orleans with him is join'd; Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art Reignier, duke of Anjou, doth take his part; protector;

The duke of Alençon flieth to his side. And lookest to comniand the prince, and realm, Exe. The Dauphin crowned king! all fly to Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe,

him ! More than God, or religious churchmen, may. O, whither shall we fly from this reproach? Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the Glo. We will not fly, but to our enemies' flesh;

[go'st,

throats : And ne'er throughout the year to church thou Bedford, if thou be slack, I'll fight it out. Except it be to pray against thy foes.

Bed. Gloster, why doubt'st thou of my forBed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your

wardness! minds in peace!

An army have I muster'd in my thoughts, Let's to the altar:-Heralds, wait on us:- Wherewith already France is over-run. Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms; Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.

Enter a third MESSENGER. Posterity, await for wretched years, (suck; 3 Mess. My gracious lords,--to add to your When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall

laments,

[hearse,Our isle be made a nourish of salt tears, Wherewith you now bedew King Henry's And none but women left to wail the dead.

I must inform you of a dismal fight, Henry the fifth! thy ghost s invocate;

Betwixt the stout lord Talbot and the French. Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils! Win. What! wherein Talbot overcame? is't Combat with adverse planets in the heavens!

so? A far more glorious star thy soul will make, 3 Mess. O, no; wherein lord Talbot was o'erThan Julius Cæsar, or bright

thrown: Enter a MESSENGER.

The circumstance I'll tell you more at large. Mess. My honourable lords, health to you all! The tenth of August last, this dreadful lord, Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,

Retiring from the siege of Orleans, Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture:

Having full scarce six thousand in his troop, Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans,

By three and twenty thousand of the French

Was round encompassed and set upon :
Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost.
Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead No leisure had he io enrank his men;
Henry's corse?

He wanted pikes to set before his archers; Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns

Instead whereof, sharp stakes, pluck'd out of Will make him burst his lead, and rise from They pitched in the ground confusedly,

hedges, death. Glo. Is Paris lost? is Roüen yielded up?

To keep the horsemen off from breaking in.

More than three hours the fight continued; If Henry were recall’d to life again, These news would cause him once more yield Enacted worders with his sword and lance.

Where valiant Talbot, above human thought, the ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery Hundreds he sent to hell, and none durst stand

him; was us'd ? Mess. No treachery; but want of men and Here, there, and every where, enrag'd he slew:

The French exclaim'd, The devil was in arms; money: Among the soldiers this is muttered,

All the whole army stood agaz'd on him: That here you maintain several factions ;

His soldiers, spying his undaunted spirit,

A Talbot! a Talbot! cried out amain, And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and

And rush'd into the bowels of the battle. fought, You are disputing of your generals.

Here bad the conquest fully been seald up, One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost; | He being in the vaward, (plac'd behind,

If Sir John Fastolfe had not play'd the coward; Another would fly swift but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expense at all,

With purpose to relieve and follow them,) By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. Cowardly fled, not having struck one stroke, Awake, awake, English nobility!

Hence grew the general wreck and massacre; Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot:

Enclosed were they with their enemies : Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back;

A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, Of England's coat one half is cut away. These tidings would call forth hert flowing Durst not presume to look once in the face. Exe. Were our tears wanting to this funeral, Whom all France, with their chief assembled

tides. Bed. Me they concern; regent I am of for living idly here, in pomp and ease,

Bed. Is Talbot slain? then I will slay myself, France:

Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid, Give me my steeled coat, I'll fight for France.

Unto his dastard foe-man is betray'd. Away with these disgraceful wailing robes ! Wounds I will lend the French, instead of eyes, And lord Scales with him, and lord Hunger

3 Mess. () no, he lives; but is took prisoner, To weep their intermissive miseries.

ford: Enter another MESSENGER.

Most of the rest slaughter'd, or took, likewise. 2 Mess. Lords, view these letters, full of bad Bed. His ransom there is none but I shall mischance,

pay: Nurse was anciently so spelt.

I'll hale the Dauphin headlong from his throne, + Her, i. e. England's.

His crown shall be the ransom of my friend; 11.e. Their miseries which have had only a short inter- Four of their lords I'll change for one of mission.

ours.

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to us.

Farewell, my masters; to my task wil I; The other lords, like lions wanting food,
Bonfires in France forthwith I am to make, Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.*
To keep our great Saint George's feast withal: Alen. Froissard, a countryman of ours, re-
Ten thousand soldiers with me I will take,

cords,
Whose bloody deeds shall make all Europe England all Olivers and Rowlands bred,
quake.

During the time Edward the third did reiga. 3 Mess. So you had need; for Orleans is be- More truly now may this be verified; sieg'd;

For none but Samsons, and Goliasses, The English army is grown weak and saint: It sendeth forth to skirmish. One to ten! The earl of Salisbury craveth supply,

Lean raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er supAnd hardly keeps his men from mutiny, They had such courage and audacity? (pose Since they, so few, watch such a multitude. Char. Let's leave this town; for they are Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry

hair-brain'd slaves,

(ger: Either to quell the Dauphin utterly, (sworn; And hunger will enforce them to be more eaOr bring him in obedience to your yoke. Of old I know them; rather with their teeth

Bed. I do remember it; and here take leave, The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the To go about my preparation.

[Exit.

siege. Glo. I'll to the Tower, with all the haste I can, Reig. I think, by some odd gimmalst or deTo view the artillery and munition;

vice,

{on; And then I will proclaim young Henry king: Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike

(Exit. Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do. E.xe. To Eltham will I, where the young By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone. king is,

Alen. Be it so.
Being ordain'd his special governor;
And for his safety there I'll best advise.

Enter the BastARD of Orleuns.

[Erit. Bust. Where's the prince Dauphin, I have Win. Each hath his place and function to

news for him.
attend:

Chur. Bastardt of Orleans, thrice welcome
I am left out; for me nothing remains.
But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office; Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your
The king from Eltham I intend to send,

cheers appaild;
And sit at chiefest stern of public weal. Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence!

[Erit. Scene closes. Be not dismay'd, for succour is at hand:

A holy maid hither with me I bring, SCENE 11.- France. Before Orleans.

Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, Enter Charles, with his Forces; ALENÇON, Ordained'is to raise this tedious siege, REIGNIER, and others.

And drive the English forth the bounds of

France.
Char. Mars his true oving, even as in the The spirit of deep prophecy she hath,
heavens,

Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome;
So in the earth, to this day is not known:
Late did he shine upon the English side;

What's past, and what's to come, she can

descry. Now we are victors upon us he smiles.

Speak, shall I call her in ? Belieye my words, What towns of any moment, but we have?

For they are certain and unfallible. At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans;

Char. Go, call her in: (Exit BASTARD.) But, Otherwhiles, the famish'd English, like pale

first, to try her skill, ghosts,

Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place: Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.

Question her proudly, let thy looks be stero:Alen. They want their porridge, and their fat By this means shall we sound what skill she bull-beeves :

hath. Either they must be dieted like mules,

[Retires. And have their provender tyed to their mouths, Enter LA PUCELLE, BASTARD of Orleans, and Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice.

others. Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly here?

Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these Talbot is taken, whom we wont to fear:

wond'rous feats? Remaineth none but mad-brain'd Salisbury;

Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beAnd he may well in fretting spend his gall,

guile me?

(hind; Nor men, nor money, hath he to make war.

Where is the Dauphin?-come, come from beChur. Sound, sound alarum ; we will rush I know thee well, though never seen before. on them.

Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me: Now for the honour of the forlorn French :

In private will I talk with thee apart:Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,

Stand back, you lords, and give us leave a
When he sees me go back one foot, or fly.

while.
[Exeunt. Reig. She takes upon her bravely at first

dash.
Alarums; Excursions; afterwards a Retreat. Puc. Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's

daughter, Re-enter Charles, Aberçon, REIGNIER, and My wit untrain d'in any kind of art. others.

Heaven, and our lady gracious, hath it pleas'd Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have To shine on my conteniptible estate:

I?Dogs! cowards! dastards! I would ne'er * 1. e. The prey for which they are hungry. have fled,

+ A gimmal'is a picce or jointed work, where one piece But that they left me 'midst my enemies.

moves within another; here it is taken at large for an en

gine. Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide; This was not in former times a term of reproach. He tighteth as one weary of his life.

Countenance.

woman.

man.

Lo, whilst I waited on my tender lambs, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, And to sun's parching heat display'd my Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought. cheeks,

With Henry's death, the English circle ends; God's mother deigned to appear to me; Dispersed are the glories it included. And, in a vision full of majesty,

Now am I like that proud insulting ship, Will'd me to leave my base vocation,

Which Cæsar and his fortune bare at once. And free my country from calamity :

Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove? Her aid she promis'd, and assur'd success: Thou with an eagle art inspired then. In complete glory shé reveal'd herself; Helen, the mother of great Constantine, [thee. And, whereas I was black and swart before, Nor yet Saint Philip's daughters," were like With those clear rays which she ipfus'd on me, Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the earth, That beauty am I bless'd with, which you see. How may I reverently worship thee enough? Ask me what question thou canst possible, Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the And I will answer unpremeditated:

siege. My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st, Reig. Woman, do what thou canst to save And thou shalt find that I exceed my sex.

our honours ; Resolve on this :* Thou shalt be fortunate, Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz'd. If thou receive me for thy warlike mate.

Char. Presently we'll try :-Come let's away Char. Thou hast astonish'd me with thy high

about it: terms;

No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. Only this proof I'll of thy valour make,

[Exeunt. In single combat thou shalt buckle with me; And, if thou vanquishest, thy words are true; SCENE III.-London.-Hill before the Tower. Otherwise, I renounce all confidence.

Enter, at the Gates, the Duke of GLOSTER, with Pug. I am prepar'd; here is my keen-edg'd

his Serving-men, in blue coats. sword, Deck'd with five flour-de-luces on each side;

Glo. I am come to survey the Tower this The wbich at Touraine, in Saint Katharine's day; Since Henry's death, I fear, there is church-yard,

conveyance.t-Where be these warders, that Out of a deal of old iron I chose forth.

they wait not here? Open the gates; Gloster

it is that calls. Char. Then come o'God's name, I fear no

[SERVANTS knock.

1 Ward. (Within.) Who is there that knocks Pr. And, while I live, I'll near fy from a

so imperiously?

1 Serv. It is the noble Duke of Gloster,

[They fight. Char. Stay, stay thy hands; thou art an

2 Ward. [Within.] Whoe'er he be, you may Amazon,

not be let in. And fightest with the sword of Deborah.

1 Serv. Answer you so the lord protector, Puc. Christ's mother helps me, else I were

villains? too weak.

1 Ward. (Within.] The Lord protect him! Char. Whoe'er helps thee, 'tis thou that we do no otherwise than we are willd.

so we answer him: must help me: Impatiently I burn with thy desire ;

Glo. Who will'd yon? or whose will stands My heart and hands thou hast at once subdu’d. There's none protector of the realm, but I:

but mine? Excellent Pucelle, if thy name be so, Let me thy servant, and not sovereign, be;

Break up the gates, I'll be your warrantize:

Shall I be flouted thus by dungbill grooms? "Tis the French Dauphin sueth to thee thus. Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love,

Servants rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to For my profession's sacred from above:

the Gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant. When I have chased all thy foes from hence, Then will I think upon a recompense.

Wood. [Within.) What noise is this? wha Char. Meantime, look gracious on thy pros

traitors have we here? trate thrall.

Glo. Lieutenant, is it you, whose voice I Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in

hear?

(enter, talk.

Open the gates; here's Gloster that would Alen. Doubtless he shrives this woman to

Wood. Within.) Have patience, noble duke: her smock;

I may not open; Else ne'er could be so long protract his speech. The cardinal of Winchester forbids : Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps From him I have express commandement, no mean?

That thou, nor none of thine, shall be let in. Alen. He may mean more than we poor men

Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him do know :

(tongues.

'fore me? These women are shrewd tempters with their Arrogant Winchester ? that haughty prelate, Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could

brook? Shall we give over Orleans or no?

Thou art no friend to God, or to the king: Puc. Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants! Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly. Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard.

1 Serv. Open the gates unto the lord proChar. What she says, I'll confirm; we'll

tector;

[quickly. fight it out.

Or we'll burst them open, if that you come not Pac. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge. This night the siege assuredly l'il raise: Enter WINCHESTER, attended by a Train of Expect Saint Martin's summer,t halcyon days,

Servants in tawny Coats. Since I have entered into these wars.

Win. How now, ambitious Humphry? what Glory is like a circle in the water,

means this? * Be firmly persuaded of it.

* Moaning the four daughtors of Philip mentioned in + Expect prosperity after misfortune.

Act: xxi. 9. + Theft. 1 Break open.

you on?

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