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Henry VI, Pt. 1: Act 5, Scene 1

Henry VI, Pt. 1
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

London. A room in the palace.

  1. Sennet. Enter King, Gloucester, and Exeter.

King Henry the Sixth

2 - 3
  1. Have you perus’d the letters from the Pope,
  2. The Emperor, and the Earl of Armagnac?

Duke of Gloucester

4 - 7
  1. I have, my lord, and their intent is this:
  2. They humbly sue unto your Excellence
  3. To have a godly peace concluded of
  4. Between the realms of England and of France.

King Henry the Sixth

8
  1. How doth your Grace affect their motion?

Duke of Gloucester

9 - 11
  1. Well, my good lord, and as the only means
  2. To stop effusion of our Christian blood,
  3. And stablish quietness on every side.

King Henry the Sixth

12 - 15
  1. Ay, marry, uncle, for I always thought
  2. It was both impious and unnatural
  3. That such immanity and bloody strife
  4. Should reign among professors of one faith.

Duke of Gloucester

16 - 21
  1. Beside, my lord, the sooner to effect
  2. And surer bind this knot of amity,
  3. The Earl of Armagnac, near knit to Charles,
  4. A man of great authority in France,
  5. Proffers his only daughter to your Grace
  6. In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.

King Henry the Sixth

22 - 28
  1. Marriage, uncle? Alas, my years are young;
  2. And fitter is my study and my books
  3. Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
  4. Yet call th’ ambassadors, and as you please,
  5. So let them have their answers every one.
  6. I shall be well content with any choice
  7. Tends to God’s glory and my country’s weal.
  1. Enter Winchester in cardinal’s habit and three Ambassadors,
  2. one of them a Papal Legate.

Duke of Exeter

31 - 36
  1. What, is my Lord of Winchester install’d,
  2. And call’d unto a cardinal’s degree?
  3. Then I perceive that will be verified
  4. Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy:
  5. If once he come to be a cardinal,
  6. He’ll make his cap co-equal with the crown.”

King Henry the Sixth

37 - 43
  1. My lords ambassadors, your several suits
  2. Have been consider’d and debated on.
  3. Your purpose is both good and reasonable;
  4. And therefore are we certainly resolv’d
  5. To draw conditions of a friendly peace,
  6. Which by my Lord of Winchester we mean
  7. Shall be transported presently to France.

Duke of Gloucester

44 - 49
  1. To the Ambassador from Armagnac.
  2. And for the proffer of my lord your master,
  3. I have inform’d his Highness so at large,
  4. As liking of the lady’s virtuous gifts,
  5. Her beauty, and the value of her dower,
  6. He doth intend she shall be England’s queen.

King Henry the Sixth

50 - 54
  1. In argument and proof of which contract,
  2. Bear her this jewel, pledge of my affection.
  3. And so, my Lord Protector, see them guarded
  4. And safely brought to Dover, wherein shipp’d,
  5. Commit them to the fortune of the sea.
  1. Exeunt all but Winchester and Legate.

Bishop of Winchester

56 - 59
  1. Stay, my lord legate, you shall first receive
  2. The sum of money which I promised
  3. Should be delivered to his Holiness
  4. For clothing me in these grave ornaments.

Papal Legate

60
  1. I will attend upon your lordship’s leisure.
  1. Exit.

Bishop of Winchester

62 - 68
  1. Now Winchester will not submit, I trow,
  2. Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
  3. Humphrey of Gloucester, thou shalt well perceive
  4. That neither in birth, or for authority,
  5. The Bishop will be overborne by thee.
  6. I’ll either make thee stoop and bend thy knee,
  7. Or sack this country with a mutiny.
  1. Exit.
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