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It shall be with such strict and seuere Couenants, As little shall the Frenchmen gaine thereby. Enter Charles, Alanson, Bastard, Reignier. Char.
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Since Lords of England, it is thus agreed, That peacefull truce shall be proclaim'd in France, We come to be informed by your selues, What the conditions of that league must be.
Yorke. Speake Winchcster, for boyling choller chokes
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The hollow passage of my poyson'd voyce, By sight of these our balefull enemies.
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: That in regard King Henry giues consent, Of meere compassion, and of lenity,
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To ease your Countrie of distressefull Warre, And suffer you to breath in fruitfull peace, You shall become true Liegemen to his Crowne. And Charles, vpon condition thou wilt sweare To pay him tribute, and submit thy selfe,
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Thou shalt be plac'd as Viceroy vnder him, And still enioy thy Regall dignity.
Alan. Must he be then as shadow of himselfe? Adorne his Temples with a Coronet, And yet in substance and authority,
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Retaine but priuiledge of a priuate man ? This proffer is absurd, and reasonlesse.
Char. 'Tis knowne already that I am possest With more then halfe the Gallian Territories, And therein reuerenc'd for their lawfull King.
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Shall I for lucre of the rest vn‑vanquisht, Detract so much from that prerogatiue, As to be call'd but Viceroy of the whole? No Lord Ambassador, Ile rather keepe That which I haue, than coueting for more
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Be cast from possibility of all.
Yorke. Insulting Charles, hast thou by secret meanes Vs'd intercession to obtaine a league, And now the matter growes to compremize, Stand'st thou aloofe vpon Comparison.
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Either accept the Title thou vsurp'st, Of benefit proceeding from our King, And not of any challenge of Desert, Or we will plague thee with incessant Warres.
Reig. My Lord, you do not well in obstinacy,
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To cauill in the course of this Contract: If once it be neglected, ten to one, We shall not finde like opportunity.
Alan. To say the truth, it is your policie, To saue your Subiects from such massacre
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And ruthlesse slaughters as are dayly seene By our proceeding in Hostility, And therefore take this compact of a Truce, Although you breake it, when your pleasure serues.
War. How sayst thou Charles?
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Shall our Condition stand?
Char. It Shall: Onely reseru'd, you claime no interest In any our Townes of Garrison. Yor. Then sweare Allegeance to his Maiesty,
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As thou art Knight, neuer to disobey, Nor be Rebellious to the Crowne of England, Thou nor thy Nobles, to the Crowne of England. So, now dismisse your Army when ye please: Hang vp your Ensignes, let your Drummes be still,
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For heere we entertaine a solemne peace.
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Actus Quintus. [Act 5, Scene 5] Enter Suffolke in conference with the King, Glocester and Exeter. King. Your wondrous rare description (noble Earle) Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me: Her vertues graced with externall gifts, Do breed Loues setled passions in my heart,
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And like as rigour of tempestuous gustes Prouokes the mightiest Hulke against the tide, So am I driuen by breath of her Renowne, Either to suffer Shipwracke, or arriue Where I may haue fruition of her Loue.
Suf.
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Tush my good Lord, this superficiall tale, Is but a preface of her worthy praise: The cheefe perfections of that louely Dame, (Had I sufficient skill to vtter them) Would make a volume of inticing lines,
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Able to rauish any dull conceit. And which is more, she is not so Diuine, So full repleate with choice of all delights, But with as humble lowlinesse of minde, She is content to be at your command:
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Command I meane, of Vertuous chaste intents, To Loue, and Honor Henry as her Lord.
King. And otherwise, will Henry ne're presume: Therefore my Lord Protector, giue consent, That Marg'ret may be Englands Royall Queene. Glo.
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So should I giue consent to flatter sinne, You know (my Lord ) your Highnesse is betroath'd Vnto another Lady of esteeme, How shall we then dispense with that contract, And not deface your Honor with reproach?
Suf.
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As doth a Ruler with vnlawfull Oathes, Or one that at a Triumph, hauing vow'd To try his strength, forsaketh yet the Listes By reason of his Aduersaries oddes. A poore Earles daughter is vnequall oddes,
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And therefore may be broke without offence.
Gloucester. Why what (I pray) is Margaret more then that? Her Father is no better than an Earle, Although in glorious Titles he excell. Suf. Yes my Lord, her Father is a King,
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The King of Naples, and Ierusalem, And of such great Authoritie in France, As his alliance will confirme our peace, And keepe the Frenchmen in Allegeance.
Glo. And so the Earle of Arminacke may doe,
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Because he is neere Kinsman vnto Charles.
Exet. Beside, his wealth doth warrant a liberal dower, Where Reignier sooner will receyue, than giue. Suf. A Dowre my Lords? Disgrace not so your King, That he should be so abiect, base, and poore,
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To choose for wealth, and not for perfect Loue. Henry is able to enrich his Queene, And not to seeke a Queene to make him rich, An ink mark follows the end of this line. So worthlesse Pezants bargaine for their Wiues, As Market men for Oxen, Sheepe, or Horse,
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Marriage is a matter of more worth, Then to be dealt in by Atturney‑ship: Not whom we will, but whom his Grace affects, Must

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Scena secunda. [Act 5, Scene 1] SENNET. Enter King, Glocester, and Exeter. King. Haue you perus'd the Letters from the Pope, The Emperor, and the Earle of Arminack? Glo. I haue my Lord, and their intent is this,
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They humbly sue vnto your Excellence, To haue a godly peace concluded of, Betweene the Realmes of England, and of France.
King. How doth your Grace affect their motion? Glo. Well (my good Lord) and as the only meanes
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To stop effusion of our Christian blood, And stablish quietnesse on euery side.
King. I marry Vnckle, for I alwayes thought It was both impious and vnnaturall, That such immanity and bloody strife
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Should reigne among Professors of one Faith.
Glo. Bcside my Lord, the sooner to effect, And surer binde this knot of amitie, The Earle of Arminacke neere knit to Charles, A man of great Authoritie in France,
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Proffers his onely daughter to your Grace, In marriage, with a large and sumptuous Dowrie.
King. Marriage Vnckle? Alas my yeares are yong: And fitter is my studie, and my Bookes, Than wanton dalliance with a Paramour.
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Yet call th'Embassadors, and as you please, So let them haue their answeres euery one; I shall be well content with any choyce Tends to Gods glory, and my Countries weale.
Enter Winchester, and three Ambassadors. Exet. What, is my Lord of Winchester install'd,
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And call'd vnto a Cardinalls degree? Then I perceiue, that will be verified Henry the Fift did sometime prophesie. If once he come to be a Cardinall, Hee'l make his cap coequall with the Crowne.
King.
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My Lords Ambassadors, your seuerall suites Haue bin consider'd and debated on, Your purpose is both good and reasonable: And therefore are we certainly resolu'd, To draw conditions of a friendly peace,
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Which by my Lord of Winchester we meane Shall be transported presently to France.
Glo. And for the proffer of my Lord your Master, I haue inform'd his Highnesse so at large, As liking of the Ladies vertuous gifts,
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Her Beauty, and the valew of her Dower, He doth intend she shall be Englands Queene.
King. In argument and proofe of which contract, Beare her this Iewell, pledge of my affection. And so my Lord Protector see them guarded,
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And safely brought to Douer, wherein ship'd Commit them to the fortune of the sea.
Exeunt. Win. Stay my Lord Legate, you shall first receiue The summe of money which I promised Should be deliuered to his Holinesse,
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For cloathing me in these graue Ornaments.
Legat. I will attend vpon your Lordships leysure. Win. Now Winchester will not submit, I trow, Or be inferior to the proudest Peere; Humfrey of Gloster, thou shalt well perceiue,
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That neither in birth, or for authoritie, The Bishop will be ouer‑borne by thee: Ile either make thee stoope, and bend thy knee, Or sacke this Country with a mutiny.
Exeunt
 

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