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K. Henry. Prepare we for our marriage; on which
[Exeunt. Enter Chorus.
Thus far with rough, and all unable, pen
Our blending author · hath pursu'd the story; In little room confining mighty men,
Mangling by starts 3 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. *
2 Our BENDING author. -] has perhaps been the model of We should read,
all the bullies that have yet apBLENDING author
peared on the English Itage. So he says of him just after The lines given to the chorus wards, mangling by starts. have many admirers ; but the
WARBURTON. truth is, that in them a little may 3 - by ftarts ] By touching be praised, and much must be only on select parts.
forgiven ; nor can it be easily * This play has many scenes discovered why the intelligence of high dignity, and many of given by the chorus is more neeasy merriment. The character cessary in this play than in mary of the King is well supported, others where it is omitted. The except in his courtship, where he great defect of this play is the has neither the vivacity of Bal, emptiness and narrowners of the nor the grandeur of Henry. The last act, which a very little dilihumour of Pifol is very hap- gence might have easily avoided. pily continued ; his character
KING Henry the Sixth.
Uncle to the King.
Lord Mayor of London, Sir Thomas Gargrave, Sir William Glansdale.
Sir William Lucy. Vernon, of the White Rose, or York Faflion. Baffet, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster Faction, Charles, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France. Reignier, Duke of Anjou, and Titular King of Naples. Duke of Burgundy. Duke of Alanson. Baftard of Orleans. Governor of Paris. Master Gunner of Orleans. Boy, his son: An old Skepherd, Father to Joan la Pucelle. Margaret, Daughter to Reignier, and afterwards Queen
to King Henry. Countess of Auvergne. Joan la Pucelle, a Maid pretenling to be inspir'd from
Heav'n, and setting up for the Championess of France. Fiends, attending her. Lords, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and several At
tendants both on the English and French. The SCENE is partly in England, and partly in
King HENRY VI.
Comets, importing change of times and
'The FIRST PART of
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.
The first part of K. Hen- forwards, out of Time.
For RY VI.] The Historical Trans- Instance; The Lord Talbot is actions contained in this Play, kill'd at the End of the 4th Act take in the Compass of above of this Play, who in reality did 30 Years. I must observe, how not fall till the 13th of July ever, that our Author, in the 1453: and the ad Part of Henry three Parts of Henry VI. has not VI. opens with the Marriage of been very precise to the Date the King, which was folemniz'd and Difpofition of his Facts; but 8 Years before Talóst's Death, Thuffled them, backwards and in the Year 1445. Again, in