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Of mere compassion, and of lenity, co gitaraq
To ease your country of distressful war,
And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace,
You shall become true liegemen to his crown.
And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear
To pay him tribute and submit thyself,
Thou shalt be placed as Viceroy under him,
And still enjoy the regal dignity.
Alan. Must he be then a shadow of himself?
Adorn his temples with a coronet,
And yet in substance and authority
Retain but privilege of a private man?
This proffer is absurd and reasonless.
Dau. 'Tis known already that I am possess’a
Of more than half the Gallian territories,
And therein rev'rence'd for their lawful King.
Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd,
Detract fo much from that prerogative,
As to be calld bụt Viceroy of the whole ?
No, Lord Ambassador, I'll rather keep
That which I have, than, covering for more,
Be cast from possibility of all.
York. Insulting Charles, hast thou by secret means
Us'd intercession to obtain a league ;
And now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison ?
Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
Of benefit proceeding from our King,
And not of any challenge of desert,
Or we will plague thee with inceffant wars.
Reig. My Lord, you do not well in obstinacy
To cavil in the course of this contract:
If once it be neglected, ten to one
We shall not find like opportunity.
[Afide to the Dauphin.
Alan. To say the truth, it is your policy,
To save your subjects from such maffacre,
And ruthless flaughters, as are daily seen
By our proceeding in hoftility.
And therefore take this compact of a truce,
Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
[Afide, to the Dauphir.
War. How fay'st thou, Charles? shall our condition Dau. It shall :
[ltand? Only referv'J, you claim no interelt In any of our towns of garrison.
York. Then swear allegiance to his Majesty As thou art knight, never to disobey, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England ; Thou, nor thy Nobles, to the crown of England. So now difiniís your army when you please: Hang up your enfign, let your drums be still, For here we entertain a folemn peace. [Exeunt.
SCENE VIII. Changes to England. Enter Suffolk, in conference with King Henry; Glou
cester, and Exeter.
K. Henry. Your wondrous rare description, noble Earl,
Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me.
Her virtues, graced with external gifts,
Do breed love's fettled passions in my heart.
And like as rigour of tempestuous gufts
Provokes the mightielt bulk against the tide,
Şo am I driven by breath of her renown,.
Either to suffer thipwreck, or arrive
Where I may have fruition of her love.
Suf. Tuih, my good Lord, this fuperficial tale
Is but a preface to her worthy praise.
The chief perfections of that lovely dame
(Had I fufficient skill to utter them)
Would make a volume of inticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit,
And, which is more, she is not fo divine,
So full replete with choice of all delights,
But with as humble lowliness of mind
She is content to be at your command:
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents,
To love and honour Henry as her Lord.
K. Henry. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume:
Therefore, my Lord Protector, give consent,
That Marg'ret may be England's Royal Queen.
Glou. So should I give consent to flatter lin. You know, my Lord, your Highness is betroth'd
Unto another lady of esteem:
How shall we then dispense with that contract,
And not deface your honour with reproach?
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
Or one, that at a triumph having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lifts
By reason of his adversary's odds.
A poor Earl's daughter is unequal odds,
And therefore may be broke without offence.
Glou. Why, what, I pray, is Marg’ret more than that?
Her father is no better tiran an Eart,
Although in glorious titles he excel.
Suf: Yes, my good Lord, her father is a King,
The King of Naples and Jerusalem;
And of such great authority in France,
That his alliance will confirm our peace,
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glou. And so the Earl of Armagnac may do,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant kib'ral dow'r, While Reignier sooner will receive than give.
Suf. A dow'r, my Lords! disgrace not so your King, That he should be fo.abject, base, and poor, To chuse for wealth, and not for perfect love. Henry is able to enrich his Queen, And not to seek a Queen to make him rich. So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, 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, Must be companion of his nuptial bed. And therefore, Lords, fince he affects her molt, It most of all these reasons bindeth us, In our opinions she should be preferr'd. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, An age
of discord and continual ftrife ? Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, And is a pattern of celestial peace. Whom should we match with Henry, being a King, But Margʻret, that is daughter to a King? Her peerless feature, joined with her' birth,
Approves her fit for none but for a King:
Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit
(More than in woman commonly is seen)
Answer our hope in issue of a king :
For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Is likely to beget more conquerors,
If with a lady of so high resolve
As is fair Marg’ret, he be link'd in love.
Then yield, my Lords, and here conclude with me,
That Marg’ret shall be Queen, and none but she.
K. Henry. Whether it be thro' force of your report,
My Noble Lord of Suffolk, or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell; but this I am affur’d,
I feel such sharp dissension in my breaft,
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
As I am fick with working of my thoughts.
Take therefore shipping; post, my Lord, to France;
Agree to any covenants; and procure,
That Lady Marg’ret do vouchsafe to come
To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd
King Henry's faithful and anointed Queen.
For your expences and sufficient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
I say; for till you do return,
I am perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good uncle, banish all offence :
If you do censure me, by what you were,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse
This sudden execution of my will,
And so conduct me, where from company
I may revolve and ruminate my grief. [Exit.
Glou. Ay; grief, I fear me, both at first and last.
[Exeunt Gloucester and Exeter. Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd, and thus he goes, As did the youthful Paris once to Greece, With hope to find the like event in love : But profper better than the Trojan did. Marg'ret shall now be Queen, and rule the King; But I will rule both her, the King, and realm. (Exit.
The End of the FOURTH VOLUME,