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That so her torture may be shortened.
Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts?— Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity; That warranteth by law to be thy privilege.I am with child, ye bloody homicides: Murder not then the fruit within my womb, Although ye hale me to a violent death.
York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid with child?
War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought: Is all your strict preciseness come to this?
York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: I did imagine what would be her refuge.
War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards live; Especially, since Charles must father it.
Puc. You are deceiv'd; my child is none of his; It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my love.
York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel! It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam'd, But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd.
War. A married man! that's most intolerable. York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows not well,
There were so many, whom she may accuse.
War. It's sign, she hath been liberal and free. York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee: Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.
Puc. Then lead me hence;-with whom I leave my curse:
May never glorious sun reflex his beams
Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves! [Exit, guarded. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes, Thou foul accursed minister of hell!
Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended..
Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
War. Be patient, York: if we conclude a peace, It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
- till mischief, and despair,
Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves!] Perhaps Shakspeare intended to remark, in this execration, the frequency of suicide among the English, which has been commonly imputed to the gloominess of their air. JOHNSON.
remorse—] i, e. compassion, pity.
Enter CHARLES, attended; ALENÇON, Bastard,
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed,
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler
The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus:
Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?
Char. 'Tis known, already that I am possess'd
-baleful enemies.] Baleful is sorrowful; but it had anciently the same meaning as baneful.
with a coronet;] Coronet is here used for a crown.
That which I have, than, coveting for more,
York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret
Used intercession to obtain a league;
If once it be neglected, ten to one,
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
Char. It shall:
Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty;
upon comparison?] Do you stand to compare your present state, a state which you have neither right or power to maintain, with the terms which we offer?
4 Of benefit-] Benefit is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. JOHNSON.
So, now dismiss your army when ye please;
London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King HENRY, in conference mith SUFFOLK; GLOSTER and EXETER following.
K. Hen. Your wond'rous rare description, noble earl,
Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me:
Suf. Tush! my good lord! this superficial tale
And, which is more, she is not so divine,
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
"So am I driven,] This simile is somewhat obscure; he seems to mean, that as a ship is driven against the tide by the wind, so he is driven by love against the current of his interest. JOHNSON.