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York. She and the Dauphin have been juggling: I did imagine what would be her refuge.
War. Well, go to: we will have no bastards live; Especially, since Charles must father it.
Puc. You are deceiv'd; my child is none of his : It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my love.
York. Alençon, that notorious Machiavel!
It dies, an if it had a thousand lives.
Puc. O! give me leave; I have deluded you : 'T was neither Charles, nor yet the duke I nam'd, But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd.
War. A married man: that 's most intolerable. York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows not well, There were so many, whom she may accuse.
War. It's sign she hath been liberal and free. York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin pure. Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and thee: Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.
Puc. Then lead me hence; - with whom I leave my curse. May never glorious sun reflex his beams
Upon the country where you make abode;
But darkness and the gloomy shade of death
Drive you to break your necks, or hang yourselves!
[Exit, guarded. York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to ashes, Thou foul accursed minister of hell!
Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended.
Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence
York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect?
O, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief
The utter loss of all the realm of France.
War. Be patient, York! if we conclude a peace, It shall be with such strict and severe covenants,
As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
Enter CHARLES, attended; ALENÇON, Bastard, Reignier, and Others.
Char. Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed, That peaceful truce shall be proclaimed in France,
We come to be informed by yourselves
What the conditions of that league must be.
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler chokes
The hollow passage of my poison'd voice,
By sight of these our baleful enemies.
Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus:
That, in regard king Henry gives consent,
Of mere compassion, and of lenity,
And still enjoy thy regal dignity.
Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?
Adorn his temples with a coronet,
And yet, in substance and authority,
Retain but privilege of a private man?
Char. 'T is known, already that I am possess'd
York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret means
And now the matter grows to compromise,
Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy
To cavil in the course of this contract:
If once it be neglected, ten to one,
We shall not find like opportunity.
Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy [Aside to CHARLES. To save your subjects from such massacre,
And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen
By our proceeding in hostility;
And, therefore, take this compact of a truce,
Although you break it when your pleasure serves.
War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our condition stand?
Char. It shall; only reserv'd, you claim no interest
In any of our towns of garrison.
York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty;
As thou art knight, never to disobey,
Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,
Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.
[CHARLES, and his Nobles, give tokens of feally,
So; now dismiss your army when ye please:
London. A Room in the Palace,
Enter King HENRY, in conference with SUFFOLK; GLOSTER and EXETER following.
K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, noble earl,
Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me:
Suf. Tush! my good lord, this superficial tale
And, which is more, she is not so divine,
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
Glo. So should I give consent to flatter sin.
How shall we, then, dispense with that contract,
Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths:
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than that? Her father is no better than an earl,
Although in glorious titles he excel.
Suf. Yes, my lord, her father is a king,
The king of Naples and Jerusalem;
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.
Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant a liberal dower, Where Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suf. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your king,
And not to seek a queen to make him rich.
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most,