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King HENRY THE SIXTH.
of France. Thomas BEAUFORT, Duke of Exeter, great uncle
to the king Henry BEAUFORT, great uncle to the King, Bishop
of Winchester, and afterwards Cardinal. John BEAUFORT, E. of Somerset ; afterwards Duke. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, eldest son of Richard,
late Earl of Cambridge; afterwards Duke of York. EARL WARWICK
EARL OF SALISBURY. EARL OF SUFFOLK. LORD Talbot, afterwards Earl of Shrewsbury. John Talbot, his son.. EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March. Mortimer's Keeper, and a Lawyer. Sir John FASTOLFE. SIR WILLIAM Lucy. SIR WILLIAM GLANSDALE. SIRTHOMAS GARGRAVE. Mayor of London. Woodville, Lieut.of the Tower. VERNON, of the White Rose, or York faction. BAsset, of the Red Rose, or Lancaster faction. CHARLES, Dauphin, and afterwards King of France. Reignier, Duke of Anjou, and titular K. of Naples. DUKE OF BURGUNDY. DUKE OF ALENÇON. Governor of Paris. Bastard of Orleans. Master-Gunner of Orleans and his Son. General of the French Forces in Bourdeaux. A French Sergeant. A Porter. MARGARET, daughter to Reignier; afterwards
married to King Henry. COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE. JOAN LA PUCELLE, commonly called Joan of Arc. 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.
KING HENRY VI.
. ACT THE FIRST.
Dead March. Corpse of King Henry the Fifth
discovered, lying in state; attended on by the Dukes
day to night!
Glo. England ne'er had a king until his time.
Than mid-day sun, fierce bent against their faces,
Win. He was a king bless'd of the King of kings.
like but an effeminate prince,
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh,
2 There was a notion long prevalent, that life might be taken away by metrical charms.
Our isle be made a nourish' of salt tears,
Enter a Messenger. Mess. My honourable lords,
health to you
all! Sad tidings bring I to you out of France, Of loss, of slaughter, and discomfiture : Guienne, Champaigne, Rheims, Orleans, Paris, Guysors, Poictiers, are all quite lost. Bed. What say'st thou, man, before dead Henry's
corse ? Speak softly; or the loss of those great towns Will make him burst his lead, and rise from death,
Glo. Is Paris lost ? is Roüen yielded up? If Henry were recall’d to life again, These news would cause him once more yield the
ghost. Exe. How were they lost? what treachery was
us'd ? Mess. No treachery ; but want of men and money. Among the soldiers this is muttered, That here you maintain several factions ; And, whilst a field should be despatch'd and fought, You are disputing of your generals. One would have ling'ring wars with little cost ; Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings; A third man thinks, without expence at all, By guileful fair words peace may be obtain'd. Awake, awake, English nobility! Let not sloth dim your honours, new-begot: Cropp'd are the flower-de-luces in your arms; Of England's coat one-half is cut away.
3 Nurse was anciently so spelt.