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  • Title: Henry VI, Part 1 (Folio 1, 1623)

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    Henry VI, Part 1 (Folio 1, 1623)

    The first Part of Henry the Sixt.
    King. And those occasions, Vnckle, were of force:
    1375Therefore my louing Lords, our pleasure is,
    That Richard be restored to his Blood.
    Warw. Let Richard be restored to his Blood,
    So shall his Fathers wrongs be recompenc't.
    Winch. As will the rest, so willeth Winchester.
    1380 King. If Richard will be true, not that all alone,
    But all the whole Inheritance I giue,
    That doth belong vnto the House of Yorke,
    From whence you spring, by Lineall Descent.
    Rich. Thy humble seruant vowes obedience,
    1385And humble seruice, till the point of death.
    King. Stoope then, and set your Knee against my Foot,
    And in reguerdon of that dutie done,
    I gyrt thee with the valiant Sword of Yorke:
    Rise Richard, like a true Plantagenet,
    1390And rise created Princely Duke of Yorke.
    Rich. And so thriue Richard, as thy foes may fall,
    And as my dutie springs, so perish they,
    That grudge one thought against your Maiesty.
    All. Welcome high Prince, the mighty Duke of Yorke.
    1395 Som. Perish base Prince, ignoble Duke of Yorke.
    Glost. Now will it best auaile your Maiestie,
    To crosse the Seas, and to be Crown'd in France:
    The presence of a King engenders loue
    Amongst his Subiects, and his loyall Friends,
    1400As it dis-animates his Enemies.
    King. When Gloster sayes the word, King Henry goes,
    For friendly counsaile cuts off many Foes.
    Glost. Your Ships alreadie are in readinesse.
    Senet. Flourish. Exeunt.

    1405 Manet Exeter.
    Exet. I, we may march in England, or in France,
    Not seeing what is likely to ensue:
    This late dissention growne betwixt the Peeres,
    Burnes vnder fained ashes of forg'd loue,
    1410And will at last breake out into a flame,
    As festred members rot but by degree,
    Till bones and flesh and sinewes fall away,
    So will this base and enuious discord breed.
    And now I feare that fatall Prophecie,
    1415Which in the time of Henry, nam'd the Fift,
    Was in the mouth of euery sucking Babe,
    That Henry borne at Monmouth should winne all,
    And Henry borne at Windsor, loose all:
    Which is so plaine, that Exeter doth wish,
    1420His dayes may finish, ere that haplesse time. Exit.

    Scoena Secunda.

    Enter Pucell disguis'd, with foure Souldiors with
    Sacks vpon their backs.
    Pucell. These are the Citie Gates, the Gates of Roan,
    1425Through which our Pollicy must make a breach.
    Take heed, be wary how you place your words,
    Talke like the vulgar sort of Market men,
    That come to gather Money for their Corne.
    If we haue entrance, as I hope we shall,
    1430And that we finde the slouthfull Watch but weake,
    Ile by a signe giue notice to our friends,
    That Charles the Dolphin may encounter them.

    Souldier. Our Sacks shall be a meane to sack the City
    And we be Lords and Rulers ouer Roan,
    1435Therefore wee'le knock. Knock.
    Watch. Che la.
    Pucell. Peasauns la pouure gens de Fraunce,
    Poore Market folkes that come to sell their Corne.
    Watch. Enter, goe in, the Market Bell is rung.
    1440 Pucell. Now Roan, Ile shake thy Bulwarkes to the
    ground. Exeunt.
    Enter Charles, Bastard, Alanson.
    Charles. Saint Dennis blesse this happy Stratageme,
    And once againe wee'le sleepe secure in Roan.
    1445 Bastard. Here entred Pucell, and her Practisants:
    Now she is there, how will she specifie?
    Here is the best and safest passage in.
    Reig. By thrusting out a Torch from yonder Tower,
    Which once discern'd, shewes that her meaning is,
    1450No way to that (for weaknesse) which she entred.
    Enter Pucell on the top, thrusting out a
    Torch burning.
    Pucell. Behold, this is the happy Wedding Torch,
    That ioyneth Roan vnto her Countreymen,
    1455But burning fatall to the Talbonites.
    Bastard. See Noble Charles the Beacon of our friend,
    The burning Torch in yonder Turret stands.
    Charles. Now shine it like a Commet of Reuenge,
    A Prophet to the fall of all our Foes.
    1460 Reig. Deferre no time, delayes haue dangerous ends,
    Enter and cry, the Dolphin, presently,
    And then doe execution on the Watch. Alarum.

    An Alarum. Talbot in an Excursion.
    Talb. France, thou shalt rue this Treason with thy teares,
    1465If Talbot but suruiue thy Trecherie.
    Pucell that Witch, that damned Sorceresse,
    Hath wrought this Hellish Mischiefe vnawares,
    That hardly we escap't the Pride of France. Exit.
    An Alarum: Excursions. Bedford brought
    1470in sicke in a Chayre.

    Enter Talbot and Burgonie without: within, Pucell,
    Charles, Bastard, and Reigneir on the Walls.
    Pucell. God morrow Gallants, want ye Corn for Bread?
    I thinke the Duke of Burgonie will fast,
    1475Before hee'le buy againe at such a rate.
    'Twas full of Darnell: doe you like the taste?
    Burg. Scoffe on vile Fiend, and shamelesse Curtizan,
    I trust ere long to choake thee with thine owne,
    And make thee curse the Haruest of that Corne.
    1480 Charles. Your Grace may starue (perhaps) before that
    Bedf. Oh let no words, but deedes, reuenge this Trea-
    Pucell. What will you doe, good gray-beard?
    1485Breake a Launce, and runne a-Tilt at Death,
    Within a Chayre.
    Talb. Foule Fiend of France, and Hag of all despight,
    Incompass'd with thy lustfull Paramours,
    Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant Age,
    1490And twit with Cowardise a man halfe dead?
    Damsell, Ile haue a bowt with you againe,
    Or else let Talbot perish with this shame.
    Pucell. Are ye so hot, Sir: yet Pucell hold thy peace,
    If Talbot doe but Thunder, Raine will follow.
    1495 They whisper together in counsell.
    God speed the Parliament: who shall be the Speaker?
    Talb. Dare
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