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The mutual conference that my mind hath | Or hath my uncle Beaufort, and myself, had
With all the learned council of the realon, By day, by night, waking; and in my dreams, Studied so long, sat in the council-house, In courtly company, or at my beads,
Early and late, debating to and fro With you mine alder-liefest + sovereign,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept Makes me the bolder to salute my king
in awe ? With ruder terms; such as my wit affords, And bath his highness in his infancy And over-joy of heart doth minister.
Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes ? K. Hen. Her sight did ravish : but her grace And shall these labours, and these holours, in speech,
die ? Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty,
Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance, Makes me, from wondering fall to weeping Your deeds of war, and all our counsel, die ! joys,
O peers of England, shameful is this league ! Such is the fulness of my heart's content.-. Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame; Lords, with one cheerful voice, welcome my Blotting your names from books of memory; love.
Razing the characters of your renown; All. Long live queen Margaret, England's Defacing monuments of conquer'd France ; happiness!
Undoing all, as all had never been ! Q. Mar. We thank you all. (Flourish. Car. Nephew, what means this passionate din Suf. My lord protector, 60 it please your
course 1 grace,
This peroration with such circumstance?. Here are the articles of contracted peace,
For France, 'is our's : and we will keep it sti'l. Between our sovereign and the French king Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ; Charles,
But now it is impossible we should : For eighteen months concluded by consent. Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the Glo. [Reads.) Imprimis, It is agreed be.
roast, tween the French King, Charles, and Wil Hath given the dutcbies of Anjou and Maine liam de la Poole, marquis of Suffolk, ambas- Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style sador for Henry king of England, that the Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. said Henry shall espouse the lady Margaret, Sal. Now, by the death of him that died for daughter unto Reignier king of Naples, Si.
all, cilia, and Jerusalem ; and crown her queen | These counties were the keys of Normandy :of England, ere the thirtieth of May next But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant ensuing. Item,-That the dutchy of Anjou
son? and the county of Maine, shall be released War. For grief, that they are past recovery: and delivered to the king her father
For, were there hope to conquer them again, K. Hen. Uncle, how now?
My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord ;
tears. Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the Anjou and Maine ! myself did win them both; heart,
Those provinces these arms of mine did con. And dimm'd' mine eyes, that I can read no
quer : further.
And are the cities, that I got with wounds, K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read Deliver'd up again with peaceful words : on.
Mort Dieu Win. Item, It is further agreed between York. For Suffolk's duke--may he be suffothem, that the dutchies of Anjou and Maine
cate, shall be released and delivered over to the That dims the honour of this warlike isle ! king her father; and she sent over of the king France should have torn and rent my very of England's own proper cost and charges,
heart, without having dowry.
Before I would have yielded to this league. K. Hen. They please us well.---Lord mar. I never read but England's kings have bad quis, kneel down ;
Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk,
wives : And girt thee with the sword.
And our king Henry gives away his own, Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace To match with her that brings no vantages. From being regent in the parts of France,
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, Till term of eighteen months be full expir'd. That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, Thauks, uncle Winchester, Gloster, York, and
For costs and charges in transporting her!
She should have staid in France, and stary'd in Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick :
Car. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too Come, let us in ; and with all speed provide
hot ; To see her coronation be perform'd.
It was the pleasure of my lord the king. (Exeunt KINO, QUEEN, and SUFFOLK. Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your Glo. Brave peers of Eugland, pillars of the
'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, To you duke Humphrey must upload bis grief, But 'tis my presence tbat doth trouble you. Your grief, the common grief of all the land. Rancour will out: Proud prelate, in thy face What I did my brother Henry spend bis youth, I see thy fury: if I longer stay, His valour, coin, and people, in the wars? We shall begin our ancient bickerings. Did he so often lodge in open field,
Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone, In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, I prophesied-France will be lost ere long. To conquer France, his true inheritance ?
(Erit. And did my brother Bedford toil his wits,
Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. To keep by policy what Henry got ?
'Tis known to you he is mine enemy : Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, Nay, more, an enemy unto you all; Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious War And no great friend, I fear me, to the king. wick,
Consider, lords, he is the next of blood, Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? And heir apparent to the English crown ;
Had Henry got an empire by his marriage,
• I am the bolder to address you, having already fa biliarized you to my imagination.
Beloved above all things.
. This speech crowded with so many circumstance aggravation.
And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west, | Paris is lost; the state of Normandy
To change two dukedoms for a duke's fair What though the common people favour him,
daughter. Calling him-Humphrey,' the good duke of I cannot blame them all ; what is't to them? Gloster ;
'Tis thine they give away, and not their own. Clapping their hands, and crying with loud Pirates may inake cheap pennyworths of tbeli voice
pillage, Jesu maintain your royal excellence !
And purchase friends, and give to courtezans, With-God preserve the good duke llumph Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone : rey!
While as the silly owner of the goods I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss, Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless He will be found a dangerous protector.
hands, Buck. Why should be then protect our sove. And shakes his head, and trembling stands reign,
aloof, He being of age to govern of himself ?
While all is shar'd, and all is borne away ; Cousin of Somerset, join you with me,
Ready to starve, and dare not touch his own. Avd all together, with the duke of Suffolk, So York inust sit, and fret, and bite his tongue, We'll quickly hoise duke Humphrey from bis While his own lands are bargain'd for and seat.
(Ireland, Car. This weighty business will not brook Methinks, the realms of England, France, and delay;
Bear that proportion to my flesh and blood, l'Il to the duke of Suffolk presently,
As did the fatal brand Altbea burn'd, Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Hum Unto the prince's heart of Calydon. + phrey's pride,
Anjou and Maine, both given unto the French ! And greatness of his place be grief to us,
Cold news for me ; for ( had hope of France, Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal;
Even as I have of fertile England's soil. His insolence is more intolerable
A day will come, when York shall claim his Than all the princes in the land beside ;
own ; If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector.
And therefore I will take the Nevil's parts, Buck. Or thou, or í, Somerset, will be pro- And make a show of love to proud duke tector,
Humphrey, Despight duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown;
(Ereunt BUCKINGHAM and SOMERSET. For that's the golden mark I seek to bit: Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows Nor sball proud Lancaster usurp my right, him.
Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist, While these do labour for their own prefer Nor wear the diadem upon iris head, ment,
Whose church-like humours fit not for a crown. Behoves it us to labour for the realm.
Then, York, be still awhile, till time do serve : I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep, Did bear him like a noble gentleman.
To pry into the secrets of the state : Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal,
Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love, More like a soldier than a man o'the church, With his new bride, and England's dear-bought As stout, and proud as he were lord of all,
queen, Swear like a ruffian, and deinean himself
And Humphrey with the peers befalln at Unlike the ruler of a common-weal.
jars : Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age !
Then will I raise aloft the milk white rose, Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keeping, With wbose sweet smell the air shall be perHath won the greatest favour of the commons,
fum'd ; Excepting none but good duke Humphrey. And in my standard bear the arms of York. And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster, In bringing them to civil discipline ;
And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the Thy late exploits, done in the heart of France,
crown, Wben thou wert regent for our sovereign, Whose bookish rule bath pull'd fair England Have made thee fear'd and hononr'd of the
(Erit. people :Join we together for the public good :
SCENE II.-The same.-A Room in the Duke In what we can to bridle and suppress
of GLOSTER'S House. The pride of Suffolk and the cardinal, With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambition ;
Enter GLOSTER and the DUCHESS. And, as we may, cherish" duke Humphrey's Duch. Why droops my lord, like over-ripeu'd deeds,
corn, While they do tend the profit of the land.
Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load? War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the Wby doth the great duke Humphrey knit bis land,
brows, And common profit of his country!
As frowning at the favours of the world ? York. And so says York, for he hath greatest Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth, cause.
Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight! Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look What see'st thou there? king Henry's diadem, unto the main.
Enchas'd with all the honours of the world? War. Unto the main! 0 father, Maine is If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face, lost;
Until thy head be circled with the same. That Maine, which by main force, Warwick Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious did win,
gold : And would have kept, so long as breath did what, is't too short ? I'll lengthen it with mine :
And, having both together heay'd it up,
• For ticklish.
+ Meleager ; whose life was to continue only sa York. Anjou and Maine are given to the
long as a certain firebrand sbould last. Elis motho
Althea baving thrown i: into the fire, he expired in French ;
And never more abase our sight so low. | Hume. But, by the grace of God, and Hume's As to youchsafe one glance unto the ground.
advice, Glo. 0 Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love | Your grace's title shall be multiplied. thy lord,
Duch. What say'st thou, mau? hast thou as Banish the canker of anıbitious thoughts :
yet conferr'd And may that thought, when I imagine ill With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch; Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry, And Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer? Be my last breathing in this mortal world! And will they undertake to do me good ? My troublous dream this night doth make me Hume. This they have promised,--to show sad.
your highness Duck. What dream'd my lord ? tell me, and A spirit rais'd from depth of under ground, P'll requite it
That shall make answer to such questions, With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. As by your grace sball be propounded bim Glo. Methought this staff, mine office-badge Duch. It is enough ; I'll think upon the ques. in court,
tions : Was broke in twain, by whom, I have forgot, When from Saint Alban's we do make return, But, as I think, it was by the cardinal;
We'll see these things effected to the full. And on the pieces of the broken waud
Here, Hume, take this reward ; make merry, Were plac'd the heads of Edmund duke of So
With thy confederates in this weighty cause. And William de la Poole first duke of Suffolk.
(Exit DUCHESS. This was my dream ; what it doth bode, God Hume. Hume must make merry with the du. knows.
chess' gold; Duch. Tut, this was nothing but an argu-Marry, and shall. But how now, Sir John ment,
Hume ? That he that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove, Seal up your lips and give no words butShall lose his head for his presumption.
mum! But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke : The business asketh silent secrecy. Methought, I sat in seat of majesty,
Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch : In the cathedral church of Westminster,
Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. And in that chair where kings and queens are Yet bave I gold, flies from another coast : crown'd:
I dare not say, from the rich cardinal, Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneel'd to and from the great and new-made duke of me,
They say, a crafty knave does need no broker; Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command,
Yet am I Suffolk and the cardinal's broker. Above the reach or compass of thy thought ? Hume, if you take uot beed, you shall go near And wilt thou still be bammering treachery,
To call them both a pair of crafty knaves, To tumble down thy husband, and thyself, Well, so it stands : And thus, I fear, at last, From top of honour to disgrace's feet?
Home's knavery will be the duchess' wreck Away from me, and let me hear no more.
And her attainture will be Humphrey'e fall : Duch. What, what, my lord! are you So Sort how it will, I shall have gold for all.
choleric With Eleanor, for telliog but her dream? Next time, I'll keep my dreams unto myself, SCENE III.-The same.-A Room in the And not be check'd.
Palace. Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again.
Enter Peter, and others, with Petitions. Enter a MESSENGER.
1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close; my Mess. My lord protector, 'tis bis highness' lord protector will come this way by and by, pleasure,
and then we may deliver our supplications in the You do prepare to ride unto Saint Alban's,
quill. + Whereas + the king and queen do mean 2 Pet. Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's bawk.
a good man ! Jesu bless him ! Glo. I go.-Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us ?
Enter SUFFOLK and Queen MARGARET. Duch. Yes, good my lord, I'll follow pre
pre 1 Pet. Here 'a comes, metbinks, and the sently.
queen with him : l'll be the first, sure. (Exeunt GLOSTER and MESSENGER.
2 Pet. Come back, fool : this is the duke of Follow I must, I cannot go before,
Suffolk, and not my lord protector. While Gloster bears this base and humble mind.
Suf. How now, fellow? would'st any thing
with me? Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood, I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks,
1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me! I took
ye for my lord protector. And smooth my way upon their headless Hecks :
Q. Mar. (Reading the superscription.) To my And, being a woman, I will not be slack
lord protector ! are your supplications to his To play my part in fortune's pageant.
lordship? Let me see them : What is thine ? Where are you there? Sir John! I nay, fear
1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against not, man,
John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for We are alone ; here nove but thee, and I,
keeping my house, and lands, and wife, and all,
from me. Enter HUME.
Suf. Thy wife too ? that is some wrong, inHume. Jesu preserve your royal majesty!
deed.-What's your's I-What's here. [Reads.] Duch. What say'st thoni, majesty! I am but commons of Melford.-How now, sir knave ?
Against the duke of Suffolk for enclosing the grace.
be Humpold for all Exit.
+ For where. A title frequently bestowed on the clergy.
• Let the issue be what it will.
With great exactness and observance of form,
Away, basme, let's be gone: cunt PETITIONERS.
2 Pet. Alas, Sir, I am but a poor petitioner | And plac'd a quire of such enticing birds, of our whole township.
That she will light to listen to the lays, Peter. [Presenting his Petition.] Against And never mount to trouble you again. my master, Thomas Horner, for saying, That So, let her rest : And, madam, list to me: the duke of York was rightful heir to the For I am bold to counsel you in this. crown.
Although we fancy not the cardinal, 0. Mar. What say'st thou? Did the duke of Yet must we join with him, and with the lords, York say he was rightful heir to the crown > Till we bave brought duke Humphrey in disPeter. That my master was ? No, forsooth:1
grace. my master said, That he was; and that the As for the duke of York,--this late complaint king was an usurper.
I will make but little for his benefit : Suf. Who is there? (Enter Servants. Take So, one by one, we'll weed them all at last, this fellow in, and send for his master with a And you yourself sball steer the happy belm. pursuivant presently:-we'll bear more of your matter before the king.
"Enter King HENRY, YORK, and SOMERSET, (Exeunt Servants with PETER.
conversing with him; Duke and Duchess 0. Mar. And as for you. that love to be pro-l of GLOSTER, Cardinal BEAUFORT, BUCKINGtected
HAM, SALISBURY, and WARWICK. Under the wings of our protector's grace, | K. Hen. For my part, noble lords, I care Begin your suits anew, and sue to him.
not wbich : [Tears the Petition. Or Somerset or York, all's one to me. Away, base cullions ! _Suffolk, let them go. York. If York have ill demean'd himself in
France, (Exeunt PETITIONERS. Then let him be denay'd + the regentship. Q. Mar. My lord of Suffolk, say, is this the Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the place, guise,
Let York be regent, I will yield to bim. Is this the fasbion in the court of England ? War. Whether your grace be worthy, yea Is this the government of Britain's isle,
or no, And this the royalty of Albion's king ?
Dispute not that: York is the worthier. What, shall king Henry be a pupil still,
Cur. Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters Under the surly Gloster's governance ?
speak. Am I a queeu in title, and in style,
War. The cardinal's not my better in the And must be made a subject to a duke ?
field. I tell thee, Poole, when in the city Tours
Buck. All in this presence are thy betters, Thou ran'st a tilt in honour of my love,
Warwick. And stol'st away the ladies' hearts of France ; War. Warwick may live to be the best of I thought king Henry bad resembled thee,
all. In courage, courtship, and proportion :
Sal, Peace, son ;- and show some reason, But all his mind is bent to holiness,
Buckingham, To number Ave-Maries on his beads :
Why Somerset sbould be preferr'd in this. His champions are the prophets and apostles ; Q. Mar. Because the king, forsooth, will have His weapons, holy saws + of sacred writ;
it so. His stridy is bis tilt-yard, and his loves
Glo. Madam, the king is old enough himself Are brazen images of canoniz'd saints.
To give his censure :f these are no women's I would the college of cardinals
matters. Would choose him pope, and carry bim to Q. Mar. If he be old enough, what needs Rome,
your grace And set the triple crown upon his head;
To be protector of his excellence ? That were a state fit for his boliness.
Glo. Madam, I am protector of the realm ; Suf. Madam, be patient : as I was cause And, at his pleasure, will resign my place. Your bigbness came to England, so will
Suf. Resign it then, and leave thine insoJu Eugland work your grace's full content.
lence. Q. Mar. Beside the haught protector, liave since thou wert king, (as who is king, but we Beaufort,
thout) The imperious churchman; Somerset, Buck. The commonwealth bath daily run to wreck: inghani,
The Dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas; And grumbling York : and not the least of And all the peers and nobles of the realm these,
Have been as bondmen to thy sovereignty. But can do more in England than the king.
Car. The commons hast thou rack'd; the Suf. And he of these that can do most of
clergy's bags all,
Are lank and lean with thy extortions. Cannot do more in England than the Nevils : Som. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wife's Salisbury and Warwick are no simple peers.
attire, Q. Mar. Not all these lords do vex me half | Have cost a mass of public treasury.
| Buck. Thy cruelty in execution, As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife. Upon offenders, hath exceeded law, She sweeps it through the court with troops of And let thee to the mercy of the law. ladies,
Q. Mar. Thy sale of offices, and towns in More like an empress than duke Humphrey's
If they were known, as the suspect is great,Strangers in court do take her for the queen ; She bears a duke's revenues on her back,
would make thee quickly hop without thy
bead. And in her beart she scorns her poverty :
(Exit GLOSTER. The Queen drops her Fan. Shall I not live to be aveng'd on her!
| Give me iny fan; What, minion ! can you not? Contemptuous base-born callat t as she is,
(Gives the Duchess a bo.c on the Ear. She vaunted 'inongst her minions t'other day, cry you mercy, madam ; Was it you ? The very train of her worst wearing-gown
Duch. Was't I? yea, I it was, proud French Was better worth tban all my father's lands,
woman : Till Suffolk gave two dukedoms for his daugh. I Could I come near your beauty with my nails, ter.
I'd set my ten commandments in your face. Suf. Madam, myself bave lim'd a bush for her;
• I. e. The complaint of Peter the armourer's man against his master.
Deoay is frequently used instead of deny among the old writers Scoundre's.
1 Censure here means simply judgment or opiniors. † Sayings. # Drab, tull.
6 The marks of her fingers and thumbs.
baQ. Maro much, me, the