« ÎnapoiContinuați »
Oh, hold me not with silence over-long!: (So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.
I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind:
fie, De la Poole! disable not thyself'; So you do condescend to help me now. 5 Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy prisoner?
[They h ing their heads. Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? No hope to have redress: My body shall Ay; beauty's princely majesty is such, Pay recompence, if you will grant my suit. Confoundsthe tongue, andinakesthe senses rough.
[They shuke their heads. Mar. Say, carl of Suffolk,-ifthy name bes0,Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice, 10 What ransom must I pay before I pass ? Intreat you to your wonted furtherance ? For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner. Then take my soul; my body, soul, and all, Sufllow can'st thou tell, she will deny thy suit, Before that England give the French the foil . Before thou make a trial of her love? [Aside
Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea, or no?
Alar. I were best to leave him, for he will not
(card. l'ncnain your spirits now with spelling charms, Suf. There all is marr'd; there lies a cooling And try if they can gain your liberty.
25 Nar. He talks at random; sure, the man is mad. A goodly prize! fit for the devil's grace!
Suf. And yet a dispensation may be had. Sec, how the ugly witch doth bend her brows, Nar. And yet Iwould that youwould answer me. As if, with Circe, she would change my shape.[be. Suf. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whoin?
Purel. Chang'd to a worser shape thou canst not Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden thing*.
Yirk. Oh, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man; 30 Nlar. He talks of wood: it is some carpenter. No shape but his can please your dainty eye.(thee! Suf. Yet so my fancy may be satisfy'd,
Pucel. A plaguing mischieflight on Charles, and And peace established between these realms.
And our nobility will scorn the match. [Aside. Pucel. I pr’ythee,give me leave to curse a while. Alur. Ilear ye, captain? Are you not at leisure? York.Curse, miscrcant, when thou comest to the Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much: stake.
[Ereunt. Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield. Alarum. Enter Suffolk, leading in ludy Margaret. 40 Madam, I have a secret to reveal. Suf. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner. Mar. What though I be enthrallid? he seems a (Gazes on her. And will not any way dishonour me.
[Aside. Oh fairest beauty, do not fcar, nor fly;
Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. For I will touch thee but with reverent hands. Njur. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French; I kiss these fingers for eternal peace,
145 And then I need not crave his courtesy: [-tside. And lay thein gently on thy tender side.
Suf Swect madam,give me hearing in a cause Who art thou? say, that I may honour thee. Nur. Tush! women have been captivate ere
var. Margaret my name; and daughter to a The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art. [king, Suf. Lady, wherefore talk you so?
Suf. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd. 50 Tiar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo. Be not offended, nature's miracle,
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose Thou art allotted to be ta'en hy me:
Your bondage happy to be made a queen? So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile, Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings. Than is a slave in base servility; Yet, if this servile usage once offend,
55 For princes should be free. Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.
Suf. And so shall you,
[She is going If happy England's royal king be free. Oh, stay!.--I have no power to let her pass;
Mar. Why, what concerns his freedoin unto me? My hand would free her, but
Suf. I'll undertake to makethee Henry'squeen; As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, 60 To put a golden scepter in thy hand, Twinkling another counterfeited beam, And set a precious crown upon thy head,
"To ban is to curse. * Do not represent thyself so weak. To disable the judgement of another was, in our author's age, the same as to destroy its credit or authority, fi. e. foolish. *i, f. an awkward business, an undertaking not likely to succeed.
If thou wilt condescend to be my
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace Mar. What?
The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here. Suf. His love.
Mar, Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, Ajar. I ain unworthy to be Henry's wife.
Suf. No, gentle madam; I unworthy ain 5 Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [She is going. To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
Suf. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark you, And have no portion in the choice myself
díar. An if my father please, I am content. Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, Sup. Then call our captains, and our colours, 10 A virgin, and his servant, say to him. [rected. forth :
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly diAnd, madam, at your father's castle walls But, madam, I must trouble you again,We'll crave a parley to confer with him. No loving token to his majesty? [heart,
Sound. Enter Reignier on the Walls. Mar. Yes, my good lord ; a.pure unspotted Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner. 15 Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Reig. To whom
Suf. And this withal.
[Kisses her. Suf. To me.
Mar. That for thyself;-I will not so presume, Reig. Suffolk, what remedy?
To send such peevish'tokens to a king. I am a soldier; and unapt to weep,
[Exeunt Reignier and Margaret. Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.
20. Suf. O, wert thou for myself !—But, Suffolk, Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord: Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth; [stay, Consent, (and, for thy honour, give consent) There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk. Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king; Solicit Henry with her wond'rous praise : Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto; Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount, And this her easy-held imprisonment
25 Mad’, natural graces that extinguish art; Hath gain'd thy daughter princely liberty. Repeat their semblance often on the seas, Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?
That, when thou coin'st to kneel at Henry's feet, Suf. Fair Margaret knows,
Thou may'st bereave hiin of his wits with wonder. That Suffolk doth not flatter, face or feign.
[Exit. Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend, 130
Camp of the Duke of York in Anjou.
Enter York, Warwick, a Shepherd, and Pucelle. Trumpets sound. Enter Reignier, below. York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn’d to Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories, 35 burn.
[right! Command in Anjou what your honour pleases. Shep. Ah, Joan! this kills thy father's heart outSuf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a Have I sought every country far and near, child,
And now it is my chance to find thee out, Fit to be made companion with a king: Must I bchold thy tiineless'cruel death? What answer inakes your grace unto my suit? 40 Ah, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, l'II die with thee!
Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little Pucel. Decrepit miser*! base ignoble wretch! To be the princely bride of such a lord; (worth, I am descended of a gentler blood ! Lpon condition I may quietly
Thou art no father, nor no friend of mine. Enjoy inine own, the countries Maine and Anjou, Shep. Out, out! My lords, an please you, Free from oppression, or the stroke of war, 45
'tis not so;
Suf. That is her ransom, I deliver her; Her mother liveth yet, can testify
War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy parentage? Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name, 50 York. This argues what her kind of life hath been; As deputy unto that gracious king,-
Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith. Shep. Fie, Joan! that thou wilt be so obstacle! Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly God knows, thou art a collop of my flesh; thanks,
And for thy sake have I shed many a tear : Because this is in traffic of a king:
55 Deny ine not, I pr’ythee, gentle Joan. [this man And yet, methinks, I could be well content Pucel. Peasant, avaunt! -You have suborn'd To be mine own attorney in this case. [Aside. Of purpose to obscure my noble birth. I'll over then to England with this news,
Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest, And make this marriage to be solemniz'd: The morn that I was wedded to her mother. So, farewell, Reignier? Set this diamond safe 60 Kneel down and take my blessing, good my girl. In golden palaces, as it becomes.
Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time ' i. e. childish. ?i. e. wild or uncultivated. ' i. e. untimely. 4 Aliser has no relation to avarice in this passage, but simply means a miserable creature. A vulgar corruption of obstinate. 0 04
Of thy nativity! I would, the milk [breast, May never glorious sun reflex his beams
[Exit guarded. O, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good. [Erit. York. Break thou in picces, and consume to
York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd too Thou foul accursed minister of hell! [ashes, To fill the world with vicious qualities. (long,
Enter Cardinal Beaufort, &c. Pucel. First, let me tell you whom you have 10. Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence condemn'd:
With letters of commission from the king. Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,
For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, But issued from the progeny of kings;
Mov'd with remorse at these outrageous broils, Virtuous and holy; chosen from above,
Have earnestly implor'd a general peace By inspiration of celestial grace,
15 Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French; To work exceeding miracles on earth.
And see at hand the Dauphin, and his train, I never had to do with wicked spirits :
Approacheth, to confer about some matters. But you,--that are polluted with your lusts, York. Is all our travel turn'd to this effect? Stain'd with the guiltless blood ot innocents, After the slaughter of so many peers, Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, 2. So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, Because you want the grace that others liave, That in this quarrel have been overthrown, You judge it straight a thing impossible
And sold their bodies for their country's benefit, To compass wonders, but by help of devils. Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? No, misconceived! Joan of Arc hath been Have we not lost most part of all the towns, A virgin from her tender infancy,
25 By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, Chaste and immaculate in very thought; Our great progenitors had conquered?-Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus'd, Oh, Warwick, Warwick! I foresec with grief Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. The utter loss of all the realın of France.
York. Ay, ay ;-away with her to exccution. Wur. Be patient, York; if we conclude a peace,
War. And hark ye, sirs; because she is a maid, 30 It shall be with such strict and severe covenants, Spare for no faggots, let there be enough: As little shall the Frenchien gain thereby. Placc barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake,
Enter Charles, Alençon, Bastard, and Reignier. That so her torture may be shorten'd.
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, Pucel. Will nothing turn yourunrelenting hearts-- That peacefultruce shall be proclaim'd in France, Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity;
35 We come to be informed by yourselves That warranteth by law to be thy privilege. What the conditions of that league must be. I am with child, ye bloody homicides:
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Murder not then the fruit within my womb,
choaks Although ye hale me to a violent death. [child: The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid with 46 By sight of these our baleful' enemies.
Wur. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought: Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: Is all your strict preciseness come to this? That-in regard king Henry gives consent,
York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: Of meer compassion, and of lenity,
Wur. Well, go to; we will have no bastards 45 And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,Especially since Charles must father it.
You shall become true liegemen to his crown: Puccl. You are deceiv’d; my child is none of his; And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear It was Alençon that enjoy'd my love.
To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel; Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
50 and still enjoy thy regal dignity. Pucel. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself, 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam’d, Adorn his temples with a coronet; But Reignier king of Naples, that prevail'd. And yet, in substance and authority,
War. A married man! that's most intolerable. Retain but privilege of a private man? York. Why, here's a girl! I think she knows55 This proffer is absurd and reasonless. not well,
Char. "Tis known already, that I am possess'd Toere were so many, whom she may accuse. Of inore than half the Gallian territories,
War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king :
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.- Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd, Struinpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee: 60 Detract so much from that prerogative, Use no entreaty, for it is in vain. [my curse: As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole? Pucel.Then lead me hence ;--with whom I leavel (No, lord embassador; I'll rather kcep Baleful had anc.ently the same meaning as baneful. * Coronet is here used for a crown.
That That which I have, than, coveting for more, To love and honour Henry as her tord. [sume. Be cast from possibility of all.
means K. Henry. And otherwise will Henry ne'er preYork. Insusting Charles! hast thou by secret Therefore, my lord protector, give consent, C's'd intercession to obtain a league;
That Margaret may be England's royal queen. And, now the matter grows to compromise, 5 Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin. Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison ?
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
Unto another lady of esteem: Of benefit proceeding froin our king,
How shall we then dispense with that contract, And not of any challenge of desert,
And not deface your honour with reproach? Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. 110 Sut. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Or one, that, at a triumph having vow'd To cavil in the course of this contract :
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists If once it be neglected, ten to one,
By reason of his adversary's odds : We shall not find like opportunity.
A poor carl's daughter is unequal odds, Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy, 15 And therefore may be broke without offence. To save your subjects from such massacre, Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen
Her father is no better than an earl, [that? By our proceeding in hostility:
Although in glorious titles he excel. And therefore take this compact of a truce, Suf: Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, Although you break it when your pleasure serves. 20 The king of Naples, and Jerusalem ;
(_Aside to the Dauphin. And of such great authority in France, War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our con
As his alliance will confirm our peace, dition stand?
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance. Char. It shall;
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
|25 Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. In any of our towns of garrison.
Ere, Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ;
dower; As thou art knight, never to disobey,
While Reignier sooner will receive than give. Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, Suf. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.-30 king,
[Charles and the rest give tokens of fealty. That he should be so abject, base, and poor, So, now dismiss your army when ye please; To chuse for wealth, and not for perfect love. Hang up your ensigns, let your drunis be still, Henry is able to enrich his queen, For here we entertain a solemn peace. [Exeunt. And not to seek a queen to make him rich: '
35 So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, SCENE VI.
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
But marriage is a matter of more worth,
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship ';
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
And, therefore, lords, since he affects her most, K. Henry. Your wond'rous rare description, It most of all these reasons bindeth us, noble earl,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
And is a pattern of celestial peace.
50 Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, Where I may have fruition of her love.
Approves her fit for none, but for a king: Suf. Tush, my good lord! this superficial tale Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, Is but a preface of her worthy praise :
(More than in wounan commonly is seen) will The chief perfections of that lovely dame Answer our hope in issue of a king; (Had I sufficient skill to utter them) · 155 For Henry, son unto a conqueror, Would make a volume of enticing lines, Is likely to beget more conquerors, Able to ravish any dull conceit.
If with a lady of so high resolve, And, which is more, she is not so divine, As is fair Margaret, be be link'd in love. So full replete with choice of all delights, Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me, But, with as humble lowliness of mind, 160That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. She is content to be at your command;
K. Henry. Whether it be through force of your Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents, My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that [report,
* Beneft is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. That is, at the sports by which a triunph is celebrated. 'i.e. by the discretional agency of another.
My My tender youth was never yet attaint
And you, good uncle, banish all offence: With any passion of inflaming love,
If you do censure' me by what you were, I cannot tell; but this I am assur'd,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse I feel such sharp dissention in my breast,
This sudden execution of my will. Such fierce alarums both of bope and fear, 5.And so conduct me, where from company, As I am sick with working of my thoughts. I may revolve and ruminate my griet? [Exit. Take, therefore,shipping; post,my lord, to France; Gló. Ay, grief, I fear ine, both at first and last. Agree to any covenants; and procure
[Ereunt Gloster and Eriter. That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come Suf. Thus. Suffolk hath prevail'd: and thus he To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd 10 As did the youthful Paris once to Greece; (goes, King Henry's faithful and anointed queen: With hope to find the like event in love, For your expences and sufficient charge, But prosper better than the Trojan did. Ainong the people gather up a tenth.
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king: Be gone, I say; for, 'till you do return,
But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.
[Erit. i. e. judge. · Grief in this line is taken generally for pain or uneasiness; in the line that follows, specially for sorrow,