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York. Infulting Charles, hast thou by secret means
Us'd interceflion to obtain a League ;
And now the matter grows to compromise,
Stand'ft thou aloof upon comparison ?
Either accept the title thou usurp'st,
Of benefit proceeding from our King,
And not of any challenge of defert,
Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obftinacy
To cavil in the course of this Contract :
If once it be neglected, ten to one,
We shall not find like opportunity.
Alan. To say the truth, it'is your policy.
To save your Subjects from such massacre,
And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen
By our proceeding in hoftility.-
And therefore take this compact of a Truce,
Although you break it, when your pleasure ferves.
(Aside, to the Dauphin. War. How fay'st thou, Charles ? thall our Condition Char, . It shall :/
[stand? Only resery’d, you claim no intereft 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 dismiss
when Hang up your enfigns, let your drúms be still, For here we entertain a folemn Peace. (Exeunt.
S CE N E VIII.
Changes to England. En!er Suffolk, in Conference with King Henry; Glou
cefter, and Exeter, K. Hinty.
OUR 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 tempelkuous gufts
Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide,
So am I driv'n by breath of her renown,
Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
Where I may have fruition of her love.
Suf. Tush, my good lord, this fuperficial tale
Is but a preface to her worthy praise :
The chief perfections of that lovely dame,
(Had I sufficient skill to utter them,)
Would make a volume of inticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit.
And, which is more, she is not so 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 chalte 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. fin.
You know, nay 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 Lists
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 Margʻret more than
that ? Her father is no better than an Earl, 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. Befide, his wealth doth warrant lib'ral Dow'r, While Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suf. A Dow'r, my lords ! disgrace not fo your King,
That he should be so abjed, base and poor,
To chuse for wealth, and not for perfect love.
Henry is able to enrich his Queen;
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, since he affects her moft,
It moft of all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd;
For whai is wedlock forced, but a hell,
of difcord and continual strife?
Whereas the contrary bringeth forth Bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial Peace.
Whom should we match with Henry, being a King,
But Marg'ret, 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 fpirit,
(More than in woman commonly is seen,
Answer our hope in issue of a King:
For Henry, fon 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 through force of your
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 assur'd,
I feel such sharp dissention in my breaft,
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
As I am fick with working of my thoughts.
Take therefore shipping; poft, my lord, to France ;
Agree to any Covenants: and procure,
That lady Marg’ret do vouchsafe to come
To cross the feas 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
I am perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good Uncle, banish all offence:
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.
(Exit Gloucefter. Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd, and thus he goes, As did the youthful Paris once to Greece, We hope to find the like event in love; But profper better than the Trojan did: Marg'ret Thall now be Queen, and rule the King: But I will rule both her, the King, and realm. (Exit.
The End of the Fifth Volume.