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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 fach' massacre,
And ruthless slaughters, as are daily feen 35.
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's thou, Charles ? shallour cond.tion stand
Char. It Thall :
Only reserv'd, you claim no interest
In any of garrison,
of our town
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 your army, when you please :
Hang up your enfigns, let your drums be ftill,
For here we entertain a folemn peace. [Exeunt.
SCENE changes to England.
Enter Suffolk, in conference wirb King Henry ; Glou-
cefter, and Exeter.
Our wond'rous rare description, noble Earl,
Her virtues, graced with external gifts, fr » ཊ ༔་
Do breed love's fettled passions in my heart.
And, like as rigour of tempefuous gufts
Provokes the mightiett hulk against the tide,
So am I driv'n by breath of her renown,
Either to suffer fhipwrack, or arrive
Where I may have fruition of her love.
Suf. Tuh, my good Lord, this faperficial tale
Is but a preface to her worthy praise : }:17.
The chief perfections of that lovely dame, in
(Had I sufficient skill to utter them,)
Would make a volume of inticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit,
And, which is more, the 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 chaste intents,
To love and honour Henry as her Lord.
K. Henry. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume ::
Therefore, my Lord Protector, give consens,
That Marg'rét may be England's Royal Queen.
Glou. So should I give consent to flatter fin.
You know, my Lord, your Highness is betroth'd
Unto another Lady of esteem:
How ihall 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 s;
And therefore may be broke without offence.
Glou. Why, what, I pray, is Margret more than thatë.
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 Jerufalem;
And of such great authority in France,
That his alliance will confirm our peace ;
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Giou. And so the Earl of Armagnac may da,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant lib'ral dow's, While Reignier sooner will receive, than give,
Suf. A dow'r, my Lords ! disgrace not fo your King, That he should be so abject, base and poor, To chule 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 most,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions the 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
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 spirit,
(More than in woman commonly is seens)
Answer our hope in issue of a King:
For Henry, son unto a Conqueros,
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 report,
My noble Lord of Suffolk; or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any paffion of inflaming love,
I cannot tel; but this I am assur'd,
I feel such sharp dissention in my breast,
Such fierce alarms 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
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 fufficient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
Be gone, 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 excufe
This sudden execution of
And fo 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 Gloucefters 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 prosper better than the Trojan did : Marg'ret shall now be Queen, and rule the King: But I will role both her, the King, and realm. [Exit.
The End of the FOURTH Volume.