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That so her torture may be shortened.
Puc. Will nothing turn your unrelenting hearts? Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity; That warranteth by law to be thy privilege.-I am with child, ye bloody homicides : Murder not then the fruit within my womb, Although ye hale me to a violent death. York. Now heaven forefend! the holy maid with
child? War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye wrought : Is all your strict preciseness come to this?
York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: I did imagine what would be her refuge.
War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards live; Especially, since Charles must father it.
Puc. You are deceiv'd; my child is none of his; It was Alençon, that enjoy’d my love.
York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel! It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke I namd, But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail’d.
War. A married man! that's most intolerable. York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows
not well, There were so many, whom she may accuse.
War. It's sign, she hath been liberal and free.
York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure.-
Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves!"
[Exit, guarded. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes, Thou foul accursed minister of hell!
Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended.
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
War. Be patient, York: if we conclude a peace,
still mischief, and despair,
Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves!] Perhaps Shakspeare intended to remark, in this execration, the frequency of suicide among the English, which has been commonly imputed to the gloominess of their air. Johnson.
remorse-] i, e. compassion, pity.
Enter Charles, attended; Alençon, Bastard,
RBIGNIER, and Others. Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France, We come to be informed by yourselves What the conditions of that league must be. York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler
chokes The hollow passage of my poison'd voice, By sight of these our baleful enemies.
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus:
Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?
Char. 'Tis known, already that I am possess'd
- baleful enemies.] Baleful is sorrowful; but it had anciently the same meaning as baneful. - with a coronet;] Coronet is here used for a crown.
That which I have, than, coveting for more,
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,
[ Aside, to CHARLES. War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our con
York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty;
[CHARLES, and the rest, give Tokens of fealty.
upon comparison?] Do you stand to compare your present state, a state which you have neither right or power to maintain, with the terms which we offer?
* Of benefit-] Benefit is here a term of law. Be content to live as the beneficiary of our king. JOHNSON.
So, now dismiss your army
ye please; Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, For here we entertain a solemn peace. [Exeunt.
London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King Henry, in conference mith SUPPOLK;
GLOSTER and Exeter following.
Suf. Tush! my good lord! this superficial tale
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
So am I driven,] This simile is somewhat obscure ; he seems to mean, that as a ship is driven against the tide by the wind, so he is driven by love against the current of his interest. Johnson.