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And wbile thou livest, dear Kate, take a fellow | By mine honour in true English, I love thee, of plain and uncoined •
for he Kate : by which honour I dare not swear thou perforce must do thee right, because he bath lovest me ; yet iny blood begins to fatter me not the gift to woo in other places : for these that thou dost, notwithstanding the poor and fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme them- untempering effect of my visage. . Now beselves into ladies' favours,-they do always shrew my father's ambition ! he was thinking reason themselves out again. What! a speaker of civil wars when be got me; therefore was i is but a prater; a rhyne is but a ballad. A created with a stubborn outside, with an as. good leg will fall : + a straight back will stoop : pect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies a black beard will turn white; a curled patei fright them. But in faith, Kate, the elder will grow bald ; a fair face will witber; a full ! wax, the better I shall appear : my comfort eye will wax hollow : but a good heart, Kate, is, that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, cau is the sun and moon; or rather the sun, and do no more spoil upon my face : thou hast me, Dot the moon; for it shines bright, and never if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt changes, but keeps his course truly. If thou wear me, if thou wear me, better and better ; would have such a one, take me : And take and therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, mue, take a soldier ; take a soldier, take a king : will you have Put off your maiden Anú what sayest thou then to my love ? speak, blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart my fair, and fairly, I pray thee.
with the looks of an empress ; take me by the Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de band, and say-Harry of England, I am thine : enemy of France ?
which word thou shalt no sooner bless mine K. Hen. No; it is not possible you should car withal, but I will tell thee aloud--England love the enemy of France, Kate : but in loving is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, me, you should love the friend of France ; for and Henry Plantagenet is thine ; who, though i I love France so well, that I will not part with speak it before bis face, if he be not fellow a village of it; I will have it all mine : aud, with the best king, thou shalt And the best king Kate, when France is mine, and I am your's, of good fellows. Come, your answer in bro. then yoor's is France, and you are mine. ken music ; for thy voice is music, and thy Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat.
English broken : iberefore, queen of all, KaK. Hen. No, Kate ? I will tell thee in French; tharine, break thy mind to me in broken Eng. which, I am sure, will hang upon my tongue lish. Wilt thou have me? like a new-married wife about her busband's Kath. Dat is, as it shall please de roy mon Deck, bardly to be shook off. Quand j'ay la pere. possession de France, et quand vous avez le K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate ; possession de moi, (let me see, what theu ? it shall please him, Kate. Saint Dennis be my speed !)-donc vostre est Kath. Den it shall also content me. Fraace, et vous estes mienne.
It is as easy
K. Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, før me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom, as to and I call you--my queen. speak so much more French : I shall never move Kath. Laissez, mon siegneur, laissez, laistbee in French : unless it be to laugh at ine. ser: ma foy, je ne veux point que vous ubais.
Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que- sez vostre grandeur, en buisant la main d'une tous parlez, est meilleur que l'Anglois le vostre indigne serviteure ; excusez moy, je quel je parle.
vous supplie, mon tres puissant seigneur. K. Hen. No, 'faith, 'tis not, Kate : but thy K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. speaking of my tongue, and I thine, most truly Kath. Les dames, et damoiselles, pour estre falsely, must needs be granted to be much at baisecs devant leur nopces il n'est pas le
But, Kate, dost thou understand thus coutume de France. much Eaglish 1 Canst thou love me
K. Hen. Madam, my interpreter, what says shef Kath. I connot tell.
Atice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, ladies of France,-) cannot tell what is baiser Kate? I'll ask them. Come, I know, thou en English. lorest me : and at night, when you come into
K. Hen. To kiss. yer closet, you'll question this gentlewoman
Alice. Your Majesty entendre bettre que moy. abeat me, and I know, Kate, you will, to her, K. Hen. It is not the fashion for the maids dispraise those parts in ine, that you love with in France to kiss before they are married, your heart: but, good Kate, mock ine merci. would she say? faily; the rather, gentle princess, because I Alice. Ou, vrayment. bove thee cruelly. If ever thou be'st mine,
K. Hen. o Kate, nice customs curt'sy to Kate, (as I bave a saving faith within mne, tells great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be ne bou shalt,) I get thee with scambling, confined withiu the weak list of a country's and thuu must therefore needs prove a good fasbion : we are the makers of manners, Kate ; soldier-breeder : Suall not thou and I, be- and the liberty that follows our places, stops tweta Saint Dennis and Saint George, com the months of all find-faults; as I will do your's, portuad a boy, half Freuch, half English, that for upholding the nice fashion of your country, shall go to Coustantinople, and take the Turkt in denying me a kiss: therefore, patiently, and by the beard I shall we not? what sayest thou, yielding. (Kissing her.) You have witchcraft may fair flower-de-luce ?
in your lips, Kate : there is more eloquence in Kath. I do not know dat.
a sugar touch of them, than in the tongues of k. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now the French Council ; and they should sooner to promise : do but now promise, Kate, you persuade Harry of England, than a general will endravour for your French part of such a petition of monarchs. Here comes your faiber. boy; and, for my English moiety, take the
Enter the FRENCH King and QUEEN, BURWord of a king and a bachelor. How answer yol, la plus belle Katharine du monde mon
GUNDY, BEDFORD, GLOSTER, EXETER, WEST. tres chere at dicine deesse!
MORELAND, and other French und En. Aath. Your majesté "ave fausse French
glish Lords. esagh deceive de most suge demoiselle dat Bur. God save your majesty! my royal couis en France.
sin, teach you our princess English ? K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French ! K. Hen. I would bave ber learn, my fair
cousin, how periectly I love her ; and that is • He means, resembling a plain piece of metal which good English, as wet yet received any impression. + Fall away. Bur. Is she not apt>
• Fleory V. had been dead 31 years before the Turks became possessed of Constautipople : that event took • 1. e. Though my face has no power to roftca yon.
t Sligbt barrier.
K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my K. Hen. I condition is not smooth : so that, haviag nei
allianc ther the voice por the heart of Mattery about Let that one al me, I cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in And, thereupor her, that he will appear in his true likeness. Fr. King. 1 Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I
blood answer you for that. If you would conjare in Issue to me: t ber you must make a circle: if conjure up love of France ar in her in his true likeness, he must appear yaked and blind : Can you blame ber then, With envy of being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin May cease thei crimison of modesty, if she deny the appearance Plant neighbor of a wraked blind boy in her naked seeing self? In their sweet If were, my lord, a bard condition for a maid His bleeding to consign to.
Franc · K. Hen. Yet they do wink and yield; as love All, Amen is blind, and enforces.
K. Hen. N Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when
witne they see nut what they do.
That here Ik K. Hen. Tben, good my lord, teach your consin to consent to winking.
Q. Isa. Go4 Bur. I will wink on ber to consent, my lord,
ges, if you will teach her to know my ineaning: for Combine you maids, well sumpered and warm kept, are like
one ! fties at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they As man and have their eyes; and then they will endure So be there handling, whicla before would not abide look. That never m ing on.
Which troub K. Hen. This moral ties me over to time,
riage and a hot summer ; and so I will catch the Ay, Thrust in de your cousin, in the latter end, and she must be
dom blind too.
To make disa Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
That English K. Hen. It is so : and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness ; who cannot see Receive each many a fair French city, for one fair French AU. Amen maid that stands in my way.
K. Hen. Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them per.
whic spectively, the cities turned into a maid ; for My lord of E they are all girdled with maiden walls, that and all the war hath never entered.
Then shall I • K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
Aud may ou Fr. King. So please you.
be ! K. Hen. I am coutent ; so the maiden cities you talk of, may wait on her : so the maid, that stood in the way of my wish, shall show me thc Thus far, wi way to my will.
Our bendi Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of In little rooi reason.
Mangling K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England 1
glor West. The king hath granted every article :
Small time, His daughter, first; and then, in sequel all,
This star According to their firm proposed natures.
By wbich th Exc. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :
And of it Where your majesty demands-That the king Henry the s of France, baviug any occasion to write for
of France matter of grant, shall uame your higbness in this form, and with this addition, in French,- Whose state Notre trés cher fils Henry roy d'Angleterre,
That they heretier de France, and thus in Latin,-- Pre.
bled clarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex An. Which oft o glia, et kæres Francie. Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so
In your fair denied, But yoаr request shall make me let it pass. • Temper.
1. e. Uneqs
KING HENRY VI.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. MALONE supposes this portion of Henry VI. to have been written in 1589; but doubts, with Theobald, whether
tbe three plays comprised under the title of Henry VI. were actually composed by Shakspeare. Dr. Johnson bowever maintains, that they exhibit“ no marks of spuriousness," and that they " are declared to be genuine by the voice of Shakspeare himself. The transactions of the piece are scattered through a period of thirty years, and introduced with little regard to historical accuracy. Lord Talbot who is killed at the end of the fourth art, did not in reality fall until July 13, 1453 ; and the second part of Henry VI. opens with the king's marriage, which was solemnized in the year 1445, or eight years before Talbot's death. In the same part, Dame Eleanor Cobham is introduced to insult Queen Margaret; though her penance and banishment for soreery happened three years before that priacess arrived in England.-.-.-- These deviations from the page of history are of little consequence to the mere lover of dramatic literature, as they neither weaken the gratification, nor diminish the effect of the scenie narrative. Poetry appeals to the passions, and imagination, like • tree magician, lends her most powerful spells to excite or subdue them. But there are many to whom the great events of history are known only through the fascinating medium of a play or a romance ; and it is frequently difficult, if not disagreeable to efface, in after life, the distorted impressions which they leave upon the memory. When viewed in the sober simplicity of historic truth, a favourite hero often loses much of his glitter, and a detested villain some portion of his turpitude. It is therefore of no little consequence to examine the materials of a dramatic fabric, to se parate truth from fiction, and to sbew" the age and body of the time, his form and pressure :” be cause, in lauding the productions of Shakspeare (particularly those bistorical pieces upea which he exercised such masterly talents,) it has been the fashion to represent them not only as morally entertaining, but also as politically instructive; an attribute with which, examination shows, it is dangerous to izvest them.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING HENRY THE SIXTA.
VERNON, of the White Rose, or York PacDrie OF GLOSTER, Uncle to the King, and
BASSET, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster FacDUKE OF BEDFORD, Uncle to the King, and
tion. Regent of France.
CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of Thomas BEAU FORT, Duke of Exeter, great
REIGNIER, Duke of Anjou, and titular King HENRY BEAU PORT, great Uncle to the King, of Naples.
Bishop of Winchester; and after. DUKE OF BURGUNDY.-DUKE OF ALENÇON. mards Cardinal.
GOVERNOR OF PARIS.-BASTARD OF ORLEANS. Jobs BEAC PORT, Earl of Somerset ; after- MASTER-GUNNER OP ORLEANS, and his Sor. i trurds Duke.
GENERAL OF THE FRENCH FORCES in Bour RICHARD PLANTAGENET, eldest son of Richard,
AN OLD SHEPHERD, Father to Joan la EARL OF WARWICK.-EARL OF SALISBURY...
Pucelle. EARL OP SUPFOLK. LORD TALBOT, afterwards Earl of Shrews. MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier ; after. bury.
wards married to King Henry. Jonx TALBOT, his Son.
COUNTESS OP AUVERGNE. EDWUND MORTIMER, Earl of March. Joan LA PUCELLE, contmonly called Joan of NORTIER's KEEPER, and a LAWYER.
Arc. Sir JOAN FASTOLFE.--SIR WILLIAM LUCY. Six WILLIAM GLANSDALE.-S1R THOMAS GAR- Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, GRAVE.
Wurders of the Tower, Heralds, officers, MAYOR OF LONDON.
Soldiers, Messengers, and several Attend. WOOUTILLE, Lieutenant of the Tower. ants both on the English and French.
SCENE, partly in England, and partly in France.
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandisb your crystal tresses in the sky; SCB.VE 1.-Westminster Abbey. And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
That have consented unto Henry's death! Dead march. Corpse of King HENRY the Henry the fifth too famous to live long !
Filth discovered, lying in state ; attended England ne'er lost a king of so much wortb. on by the Dukes of BEDFORV), GLOSTER, and
Gio. England ne'er Lad a king, until his EXETER ; the Earl of WARWICK, the Bishop
time. of WINCHESTER, Heralds, c.
Virtue he had, deserving to command : Bed. Hoog be the heavens with black, yield His braudish'd sword did blind inen with his day to uight!
His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings; Another would His sparkling eyes replete with wrathful tire, A third man th More dazzled and drove back bis enemies, By guileful fair Than mid-day sun, fierce beut against their Awake, awake, faces.
Let mot sloth d What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech : Cropp'd are th He ue'er lift up bis band, but conquered. of England's c Exe. We mourn in black; Why mouru we Ere. Were not in blood ?
These tidings Henry is dead, and never shall revive :
tides. Upon a wooden coffin we attend ;
Bed. Me 1 And death's dishonourable victory
France We with our stately presence glorify,
Give me my si Like captives bound to a triumphant car, Away with the What I shall we curse the planets of mishap, Wounds I will That plotted thus our glory's overthrow ? To weep their Or shall we think the subtle-witted French
Ente Conjurers and sorcerers, that, afraid of him, By magic verses bave contriv'd bis end?
2 Mess, Loi Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of
France is revo. Unto the French the dreadful judgment day Except some So dreadful will not be, as was his rigot. The dauphin The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought;
Rhein The church's prayers inade him so prosperous. The bastard of Glo. The church! where is it? Had not Reignier, duke churchmen pray'd,
The duke of A His thread of life had not so soon decay'd : Exe. The Nome do you like but an effeminate prince, Whom like a school-boy you may over-awe.
o whither sha Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art pro. Glo. We tector,
throat And lookest to command the prince and realm, Bedford, if the Thy wife is proud ; she holdeth thee in awe, Bed. Gloste More than God, or religious churchmen, may.
wardr Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the An army have fesh;
Wherewith alr And ne'er throughout the year 1) church thou go'st,
Ent Except it be to pray against thy foes.
3 Jess. My Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your
lamei minds in peace!
Wherewith Let's to the altar :--Heralds, wait on us :
hears Instend of gold, we'll offer up our arms;
I must inforın Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead. Betwixt the su Posterity, await for wretched years, (suck ; W’in. Wha When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shali
so? Our isle be made a nourish + of salt tears,
3 Mess. O And none but women left to wail the dead.
throu Henry the fifth ! thy ghost I invocate ;
The circumsta Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils ! The tenth of Combat with adverse planets in the heavens! Retiring from A far more glorious star thy soul will make, Having full sc Tban Julius Cæsar, or bright
By three and
Was round en Enter a MESSENGER.
No leisure ha Mess. My honourable lords, health to you He wanted pi all !
Instead wher Sad tidings bring I to you out of France,
hedge of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture :
They pitched Guienne, Champaigue, Rheins, Orleans, To keep the ! Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. More than thi Bed. What say'st thou, man,' before dead Where valiant Henry's corse?
Enacted wond Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns Hundreds he Will make him burst his lead, and rise from
Here, there, Glo. Is Paris lost? is Rouen yielded up ? The French e If Henry were recall'd to life again,
All the whole These news would cause him once more yield His soldiers, the ghost.
A Talbot ! a Exe. How were they lost ? what treachery was And rush'd ir us'd ?
Here had the Mess. No treachery; but want of inen and If Sir John F money.
He being int Ainong the soldiers this is muttered,
With purpose That here you maintain several factions ;
Cowardly fled And whilst a field should be despatch'd and Hence grew t fought,
Enclosed werd You are disputing of your generals.
A base Wallo. One would have ling'ring wars, with little cost; Thrust Talbot
• There was a notion long prevalent, that life might be taken away by metrical charms.
Nurse was auciently so spelt.
+ I. e. Their intermission.
Whom all France, with their chief assembled | Alarums ; Excursions ; afterwards a Retreat.
Re-enter CHARLES, ALENGON, REIGNIER, and
others. For living idly here, in pomp and ease,
Char. Who ever saw the like? what men have Whilst such a worthy leader, wanting aid,
11 Unto his Jastard foe-man is betray'd.
Dogs ! cowards ! dastards ;--I would ne'er have 3 Mess. O no, he lives ; but is took prisoner,
Reig. Salisbury is a desperate homicide ;
Do rush upon us as their hungry prey.
During the time Edward the tbird did reign.
They had such courage and audacity ? 3 Mess. So yon had need ; for Orleans is be- Char. Let's leave this town; for they are hairsieg'd;
brain'd slaves, The English army is grown weak and faint : And bunger will enforce them to be more ea. The earl of Salisbury craveth supply,
ger: And hardly keeps his men from mutiny,
of old I kuow them ; rather with their teeth Since they, so few, watch such a multitude. The walls they'll tear down, than forsake the Exe. Remember, lords, your oaths to Henry
siege. sworn :
Reig. I tbink, by some odd gimmals or de. Either to quell the Dauphin utterly,
vice, Or bring bim in obedience to your yoke. Their arms are set, like clocks, still to strike on;
Bed. I do remember it ; and here take leave, Else ne'er could they hold out so, as they do. To go about my preparation.
[Erit. By my consent, we'll e'en let them alone.
Enter the BASTARD of Orleans.
Bast. Where's the prince Dauphin, I have [Erit.
news for him. Eze. To Eltham will I, where the young Char. Bastard ģ of Orleans, thrice welcome to king is,
us. Being ordain'd his special governor ;
Bast. Methinks, your looks are sad, your Aad for bis safety there I'll best advise.
cbeer || appallid;
[Erit. Hath the late overthrow wrought this offence? Win. Each hath bis place and function to Be not dismay'd, for succour is at band : attend :
A holy maid hither with me I bring, I am left out; for me nothing remains.
Which, by a vision sent to her from heaven, But long I will not be Jack-out-of-office ; Ordained is to raise this tedious siege, The king from Eltham I intend to send,
And drive the English forth the bounds of And sit at chiefest stern of public weal.
Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome ;
descry. Enter CHARLES, with his Forces ; ALENÇON, Speak, shall I call her in ? Believe my words, REIGNIER, and others.
For they are certain and infallible,
Char: Go, call her in: (Erit BASTARD.) But, Char. Mars bis true moving, even as in the
first, to try her skill, heavens,
Reignier, stand thou as Dauphin in my place : So in the earth to this day is not known : Question her proudly, let thy looks be stern :Late did he shine upon the English side ;
By this means sball we sound what skill sbe Nor we are victors upon us he smiles.
[Retires. What towns of any moment, but we have ? At pleasure here we lie, near Orleans ;
Enter LA PUCELLE, BASTARD of Orleans, and Otherwbiles, the famish'd English, like pale
others. ghosts, Faintly besiege us one hour in a month.
Reig. Fair maid, is't thou wilt do these wonAlen. They want their porridge, and their fat
d'rous feats ? bull-beeves :
Puc. Reignier, is't thou that thinkest to beEither tbey must be dieted like mules,
guile meAnd bave their provender tyed to their mouths,
Where is the Dauphin ?-come, come from be. Or piteous they will look, like drowned mice. Reig. Let's raise the siege; Why live we idly know thee well, though never seen before. here?
Be not amaz'd, there's nothing hid from me : Talbot is taken, whom we font to fear :
lu private will I talk with thee apart ;Reinaineta none but mad-brain'd Salisbury ; And be may well in fretting spend his gall,
• I. e. The prey for whi they are hungry. der men, nor money, hath he to make war. + These were iwo of the most famous in Charle. Char. Sound, sound alaram ; we will rush on
magne's list of peers. them.
1 A giminal is a piece of jointed work, where one
piece moves within another; here it is taken at large Now for the honour of the forlorn French :- for an engine. Him I forgive my death, that killeth me,
This was not in former times a term of reproach.
Countenance. When be sees me go back one fooi, or fly.
T Shakspeare mistakes the nine Sıvylline books, for (Exeunt. I nige Sybils.