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Yet, if this servile usage once offend,
[She turns away as going.
Mar. Say, earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be so,What ransome must I pay before I pass? For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner.
Suf. How canst thou tell, she will deny th Before thou make a trial of her love? Mar. Why speak'st thou not? what ransome must
I pay? Suf. She's beautiful; and therefore to be woo'd: She is a woman; therefore to be won. [Aside.
Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransome, yea, or no? Suf. Fond man! remember, that thou hast a
wife; Then how can Margaret be thy paramour? [ Aside.
o be worme, Haur has
5 As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, &c.] This comparison, made between things which seem sufficiently unlike, is intended to express the softness and delicacy of Lady Margaret's beauty, which delighted, but did not dazzle; which was bright, but gave no pain by its lustre. Johnson.
9 - disable not thyself ;] Do not represent thyself so weak. To disable the judgment of another was, in that age, the same as to destroy its credit or authority. Johnson.
?- and makes the senses rough.] The meaning of this word is not very obvious. Sir Thomas Hanmer reads-crouch.
Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not hear.
Suf. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whom? Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden thing."
Mar. He talks of wood: It is some carpenter.
Suf. Yet so my fancy' may be satisfied, And peace established between these realms. But there remains a scruple in that too: For though her father be the king of Naples, Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor, And our nobility will scorn the match. [Aside.
Mar. Hear ye, captain? Are you not at leisure?
Suf. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much: Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.Madam, I have a secret to reveal. Mar. What though I be enthrall’d? he seems a
knight, And will not any way dishonour me. [Aside,
Suf. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say.
Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the French; And then I need not crave his courtesy. [Aside.
Suf. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause-
Suf. Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose Your bondage happy, to be made a queen?
Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile,
- a wooden thing.) Is an aukward business, an undertaking not likely to succeed.
- my fancy-] i. e. my love.
And so shall you, If happy England's royal king be free.
Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto me?
Suf. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen;
Suf. No, gentle madam; I unworthy am
Mar. An if my father please, I am content.
Suf. The forth:
And, madam, at your father's castle walls
[Troops come forward.
A Parley sounded. Enter ReignIER, on the Walls.
Suf. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner.
Suffolk, what remedy?
Suf. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord:
Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?
Fair Margaret knows, That Suffolk doth not flatter, face,' or feign. . Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend, To give thee answer of thy just demand.
Exit, from the Walls. Suf. And here I will expect thy coming.
Trumpets sounded. Enter REIGNIER, below. Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our territories; Command in Anjou what your honour pleases.
Suf. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child,
Suf. That is her ransome, I deliver her;
Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name,
Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks,
Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace
'- face,] To face is to carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite.
The Christian prince, king Henry, were he here.
Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise,
Mar. F and prayers, of Margaret. But hark you,
Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [Going.
Mar. Such commendations as become a maid,
Suf. Words sweetly plac'd, and modestly directed. But, madam, I must trouble you again,No loving token to his majesty ?
Mar. Yes, my good lord; a pure unspotted heart, Never yet taint with love, I send the king. Suf. And this withal.
[Kisses her. Mar. That for thyself;—I will not so presume, To send such peevish tokens? to a king.
[Exeunt REIGNIER and MARGARET, Suf. O, wert thou for myself!-But, Suffolk, stay; Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth; There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk. Solicit Henry with her wond'rous praise: Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount; Mad, natural graces that extinguish art; Repeat their semblance often on the seas, That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's feet, Thou may'st bereave him of his wits with wonder.
Enter York, WARWICK, and Others. York. Bring forth that sorceress, condemn'd to burn. ? To send such peevish tokens —] Peevish, for childish.
3 Mad,-) i. e. wild, if mad be the word that ought to stand here, which some of the commentators doubt.