« PreviousContinue »
SCENE I.-London. A Room of State in the Palace. Flourish of Trumpets: then hautboys. Enter, on one side, KING HENRY, DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, SALISBURY, WARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT; on the other, QUEEN MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK; YORK, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and Others, following.
Suf. As by your high imperial majesty
To marry Princess Margaret for your Grace; 4
Seven earls, twelve barons, and twenty reverend bishops,
I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd:
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
Of that great shadow I did represent;
K. Hen. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret:
I can express no kinder sign of love
Than this kind kiss. O Lord! that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! 20
Q. Mar. Great King of England and my gracious lord,
The mutual conference that my mind hath had By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams,
In courtly company, or at my beads,
Come, let us in, and with all speed provide 28 To see her coronation be perform'd.
K. Hen. Her sight did ravish, but her grace in speech,
Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, Makes me from wondering fall to weeping joys; Such is the fulness of my heart's content. Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. 36 All. Long live Queen Margaret, England's happiness!
Q. Mar. We thank you all.
[Flourish. Suf. My Lord Protector, so it please your Grace,
Here are the articles of contracted peace Between our sovereign and the French King Charles,
For eighteen months concluded by consent.
Glo. Imprimis, It is agreed between the French king, Charles, and William De la Pole, Marquess of Suffolk, ambassador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry shall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing. Item, That the duchy of Anjou and the county of Maine shall be released and delivered to the king her father.[Lets the paper fall.
K. Hen. Uncle, how now! Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord; Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further.
56 K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on. Car. Item, It is further agreed between them, that the duckies of Anjou and Maine shall be released and delivered over to the king her father; and she sent over of the King of England's own proper cost and charges, without having any dowry.
K. Hen. They please us well. Lord marquess, kneel down:
We here create thee the first Duke of Suffolk, And girt thee with the sword. Cousin of York, We here discharge your Grace from being regent
I' the parts of France, till term of eighteen
Be full expir'd. Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloucester, York, Buckingham, Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;
In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat,
Anjou and Maine! myself did win them both;
We thank you all for this great favour done, 72 Deliver'd up again with peaceful words?
In entertainment to my princely queen.
York. For Suffolk's duke, may he be suffocate, That dims the honour of this war-like isle! France should have torn and rent my very heart Before I would have yielded to this league. 128 I never read but England's kings have had Large sums of gold and dowries with their wives; And our King Henry gives away his own, To match with her that brings no vantages. 132 Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth For costs and charges in transporting her! She should have stay'd in France, and starv'd in France,
'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike,
I never saw but Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester,
While they do tend the profit of the land. War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the land,
And common profit of his country!
York. [Aside.] And so says York, for he hath greatest cause.
Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look unto the main.
War. Unto the main! O father, Maine is lost!
That Maine which by main force Warwick did win,
And would have kept so long as breath did last: Main chance, father, you meant; but I meant Maine,
Which I will win from France, or else be slain.
Paris is lost; the state of Normandy
And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown,
And having both together heav'd it up,
Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts:
I'll requite it
With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. 24 Glo. Methought this staff, mine office-badge
That he that breaks a stick of Gloucester's grove
In the cathedral church of Westminster, And in that chair where kings and queens are crown'd;
Where Henry and Dame Margaret kneel'd to
And on my head did set the diadem.
Glo. Nay, Eleanor, then must I chide outright:
Presumptuous dame! ill-nurtur'd Eleanor!
Glo. Nay, be not angry; I am pleas'd again. Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My Lord Protector, 'tis his highness' pleasure
You do prepare to ride unto Saint Alban's, Whereas the king and queen do mean to hawk.
Glo. I go. Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us?
Duch. Yes, my good lord, I'll follow presently. 60 [Exeunt GLOUCESTER and Messenger. Follow I must; I cannot go before, While Gloucester bears this base and humble mind.
Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood,
I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks
Have hired me to undermine the duchess
SCENE III.-The Same. A Room in the
68 Enter three or four Petitioners, PETER, the Armourer's man, being one.