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K. Henry. Prepare we for our marriage; on which

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 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,
By which the world's best garden he atchiev’d,

And of it left his son imperial Lord.
Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crown'd King

Of France and England, did this King succeed,
Whose state so many had i'th' managing,

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

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KING Henry the Sixth.
Duke of Gloucester, Uncle to the King, and Protetor.
Duke of Bedford, Uncle to the King, and Regent of France.
Cardinal Beauford, Bishop of Winchester, and great

Uncle to the King.
Duke of Exeter.
Duke of Somerset.
Earl of Warwick.
Earl of Salisbury,
Earl of Suffolk.
Lord Talbot.
Young Talbot, his Son.
Richard Plantagenet, afterwards Duke of York.
Mortimer, Earl of March.
Sir John Fastolfe. Woodvile, Lieutenant of the Tower.

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



Comets, importing change of times and


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.

UNG be the heavens with black, yield day

to night!



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


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