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Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one : As man and wife, being two, are one in love, So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, That never may ill office, or fell jealousie, Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, (45) To make divorce of their incorporate league : That English may as French, French Englishmen, Receive each other. God speak this Amen!
K. Henry. Prepare we for our marriage; on which day, My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath And all the Peers, for surety of our leagues. Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me, And may our Oaths well kept, and prosp'rous be!
[Exeunt. Enter Chorus. Thus far with rough, and all-unable, pen
Our bending author hath pursu'd the story ; In little room confining mighty men,
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd
This Star of England. Fortune made his sword;
And of it left his son imperial lord.
Of France and England, did this King succeed:
That they lost France, and made his England bleed : Which oft our stage hath shown ; and, for their fake, In your fair minds let this acceptance take.
(45) Thrust in between the passion of these Kingdoms] The Old Folio's have it, the pation ; which makes me believe, the Author's Word was paction ; a Word, more proper on the occasion of a Peace struck up. A Passion of two Kingdoms for one another, is an odd Expression. An Amity and political Harmony may be fix'd betwixt two Countries, and yet either People be far from having a Passion for the other.
KING Henry VI.
Charles, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France.
Margaret, Daughter to Reignier, and afterwards Queen to King Henry.
up for the Championess of France. Fiends, attending her.
Lords, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and several Attendants both on the
English and French.
The SCENE is partly in England, and partly
Dead March. Enter the Funeral of King Henry the
Fifth, attended on by the Duke of Bedford, Regent of France ; the Duke of Gloucester, Protector; the Duke of Exeter, and the Earl of Warwick, the Bishop of Winchester, and the Duke of Somerset.
: BEDFORD. UNG be the heav'ns with black, yield
day to night! H Comets, importing change of times and
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky; And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, That have consented unto Henry's death!
(1) The first part of K. HENRY VI.] The Historical Tranfactions, contain’d in this Play, take in the Compass of above 30 Years. I must observe, however, that our Author, in the three parts of K. Henry VI.