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GEORGE STEVENS, ESQ.
GLOSSARY AND NOTES,
AND A SKETCH OF
THE LIFE OF THE POET.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
110 WASHINGTON" STBEET
FinsT Part Of KING HENRY VI.
Kinsj rtnnr the Sixth,
Dukt / Cfoster, unde to <A« trin»•, and protector.
Old* of Bedford, tmcis ;» .Ac king and regent
of France. Thomas Be&ufcxt, duke of Exeter, great tmele to
the king. Henry Beaufort, great uncle to the kin', bishop of
Winchester, and yierwards cardinal. John Beaufort, earl of Simerset; aftertcards duke. Richard Planlagcnet, elttest son of Richard, late
eirl of Cambridge; afterwards duke of York. Earl of Warwick. Earl of Salisbury.
Earl of Suffolk.
Ijird Talbot, afterwards Mt» of Shrewsbury.
Sir William Glansdale. Sir Thomas Garyrrave.
Vemon, of the white rose, or York factum.
Gorernor of Paris. Bastard of Orleans.
Master-gtinner of Orleans, and his son.
An old shepherd, father to Joan la Pucellt.
Margaret, dm* *hter to Rcignier; afterwards mat
tied to Kin^ Henry. Countess of Aurergne. Joan la Pucelle, commonly called Joan of Arc.
Fiends appearing to La Pucelle, lords, warden of the Tower, heralds, officers, soldiers, messengers, and several attendants, both on thi English and French.
Scene, partly in England, and partly in Franc*.
9CE-VE I.—Westminster Abbey. Dead march. Corpse of King Henry the Fifth discovered, lying in state; attended on by the Dukes of Bedford, Gloster, and Exeter; the earl of Warwick;, the Bishop of Winchester, Heralds, fyc.
HUNG be the heavens with black,1 yield day to night!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Glo. England ne'er had a king, until his time.
Ece. We mourn in black; Why mourn we not in blood? Henry is dead, and never shall revive: Cpon a wooden colfin we attend; And death's dishonourable victory We with our stately presence glorify, Like captives bound to a triumphant car. What! shall we curse the planets of mishap,
(1) Alii ilirij; to our ancient stage-practice when t tragedy was to be acted.
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow?
I ('in. He was a king blessed of the King of kings.
Glo. The church! where is it7 Had not church men pray'd, His thread of life had not so soon decay'd: None do You like but an effeminate prince, Whom, like a school-boy, you may over-awe.
Win. Gloster, whate'er we like, thou art protector; And lookrst to command the prince and realm. Thy wife is proud; she holdeth thee in awe, More than God, or religious churchmen, may.
Glo. Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh; And ne'er throughout the year to church thou goit, Except it be to pray against thy foes.
Bed. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds in peace! Let's to Hi. altar:—Heralds, wait on us:— Instead of gold, we'll offer up our arms; Since arms avail not, now that Henry's dead.— Posterity, await for wretched years, When at their mothers' moist eyes babes shall suck, Our isle b.' made a nourish1 of salt tears. And none but women left to wail the dead.— Henry the Fifth! thy ghost I invocate; Prosper this realm, keep it from civil broils! Combat with adverse planets in the heavens I
(2) There was a notion long prevalent, that life might be taken away by metrical charms. (S) Nurse was anciently so spelt.