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Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if you will teach her to know my meaning; for maids, well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes; and then they will endure handling, which before would not abide looking on.
K. Hen. This moral ties me over to time, and a hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too.
Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
K. Hen. It is so; and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many a fair French city, for one fair French maid that stands in my way.
Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspectively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never entered.
K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you talk of, may wait on her : so the maid, that stood in the way of my wish, shall show me the way to my will.
Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of reason. K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England ? West. The king hath granted every article: His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all, According to their firm, proposed natures.
Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :-where your majesty demands, — that the king of France, having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your highness in this form, and with this addition, in French, -Notre très cher filz Henry roy d'Angleterre, hériter de France ; and thus in Latin, — Præclarissimus filius noster Henricus rex Angliæ, et hæres Francia.
Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, But your request shall make me let it pass.
K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear alliance, Let that one article rank with the rest: And, thereupon, give me your daughter.
Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her blood raise up
K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate :—and bear me witness all, That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. [Flourish.
Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages,
K. Hen. 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 prosperous be!
[Ereunt. Enter CHORUS. Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen,
Our bending author hath pursued 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 lived
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 sake, In your fair minds let this acceptance take.
[Exit. FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY THE Sixta.
chester, and afterwards Cardinal. John BEAUFORT, Earl of Somerset, afterwards Duke. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, eldest Son of Richard, late Earl of
Cambridge; afterwards Duke of York.
CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France.
MARGARET, Daughter to Reignier; afterwards married to King
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, Lords, Warders of the Tower,
Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and several Attendants both on the English and French.
SCENE, partly in England, and partly in France.
FIRST PART OF
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
ACT I. SCENE I. Westminster Abbey. Dead March. Corpse
of King Henry the Fifth discovered, lying in state ;
Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
Than midday sun fierce bent against their faces.
Exe. We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood ?