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They humbly dly peace conclude and of France.

SCENE I. London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King Henry, GLOSTER, and Exeter.
K. Hen. Have you perus’d the letters from the

The emperor, and the earl of Armagnac?

Glo. I have, my lord; and their intent is this, They humbly sue unto your excellence, To have a godly peace concluded of, Between the realms of England and of France. K. Hen. How doth your grace affect their mo

tion? Glo. Well, my good lord; and as the only means To stop effusion of our Christian blood, And 'stablish quietness on every side.

K. Hen. Ay, marry, uncle; for I always thought, It was both impious and unnatural, . That such immanity and bloody strife Should reign among professors of one faith.

Glo. Beside, my lord,—the sooner to effect,
And surer bind, this knot of amity,–
The earl of Armagnac-near knit to Charles,
A man of great authority in France,-
Proffers his only daughter to your grace
In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.
K. Hen. Marriage, uncle! alas! my years are

And fitter is my study and my books,
Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
Yet, call the ambassadors; and, as you please,

immanity -] i. e. barbarity, savageness.


So let them have their answers every one:
I shall be well content with any choice,
Tends to God's glory, and my country's weal.

Enter a Legate, and Two Ambassadors, with Win

CHESTER, in a Cardinals Habit.

Exe. What! is my lord of Winchester installid, And callid unto a cardinal's degree!? Then, I perceive, that will be verified, Henry the fifth did sometime prophecy,— If once he come to be a cardinal, He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.

K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your several suits Have been consider'd and debated on. Your purpose is both good and reasonable: And, therefore, are we certainly resolv'd To draw conditions of a friendly peace; Which, by my lord of Winchester, we mean Shall be transported presently to France.

Glo. And for the proffer of my lord your master, I have inform’d his highness so at large, As—liking of the lady's virtuous gifts, Her beauty, and the value of her dower, He doth intend she shall be England's queen. K. Hen. In argument and proof of which con

tract, Bear her this jewel, [To the Amb.] pledge of my

affection. And so, my lord protector, see them guarded, And safely brought to Dover; where, inshipp'd,

7 What! is my lord of Winchester installd,

And call d unto a cardinal's degree!] This argues a great forgetfulness in the poet. In the first Act Gloster says:

I'll canvass thee in thy broad cordinal's hat:". and it is strange that the Duke of Exeter should not know of his advancement.

Commit them to the fortune of the sea.

[Exeunt King Henry and Train; GLOSTER,

EXETER, and Ambassadors. Win. Stay, my lord legate; you shall first receive The sum of money, which I promised Should be deliver'd to his holiness For clothing me in these grave ornaments.

Leg. I will attend upon your lordship's leisure.

Win. Now, Winchester will not submit, I trow, Or be inferior to the proudest peer. Humphrey of Gloster, thou shalt well perceive, That, neither in birth, or for authority, The bishop will be overborne by thee: I'll either make thee stoop, and bend thy knee, Or sack this country with a mutiny. Exeunt.


France. Plains in Anjou.

Pucelle, and Forces, marching.
Char. These news, my lords, may cheer our

drooping spirits: 'Tis said, the stout Parisians do revolt, And turn again unto the warlike French. Alen. Then march to Paris, royal Charles of

And keep not back your powers in dalliance.

Puc. Peace be amongst them, if they turn to us; Else, ruin combat with their palaces !

* That, neither in birth,] I would read for birth. That is, thou shalt not rule me, though thy birth is legitimate, and thy authority supreme. Johnson.

Enter a Messenger.
Mess. Success unto our valiant general,
And happiness to his accomplices !
Char. What tidings send our scouts? I pr’ythee,

Mess. The English army, that divided was
Into two parts, is now conjoin’d in one;
And means to give you battle presently.

Char. Somewhat too sudden, sirs, the warning is; But we will presently provide for them.

Bur. I trust, the ghost of Talbot is not there; Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear.

Puc. Of all base passions, fear is most accurs'd:Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be thine; Let Henry fret, and all the world repine. Char. Then on, my lords; And France be fortunate!



The same. Before Angiers.

Alarums: Excursions. Enter La Pucelle. Puc. The regent conquers, and the Frenchmen

fly.-. Now help, ye charming spells, and periapts;o And ye choice spirits that admonish me, And give me signs of future accidents! [Thunder. You speedy helpers, that are substitutes Under the lordly monarch of the north, Appear, and aid me in this enterprize!

- ye charming spells, and periapts ;] Charms sowed up. Periapts were worn about the neck as preservatives from disease or danger. Of these, the first chapter of St. John's Gospel was deemed the most efficacious.

monarch of the north,] The north was always supposed

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