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Act 5, scene 3
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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 5, scene 3



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With an underage boy now king of England, Henry VI, Part 1, depicts the collapse of England’s role in France, as…

Act 1, scene 1

The funeral procession for Henry V is interrupted first by a quarrel between Gloucester and Winchester and then by messengers…

Act 1, scene 2

Charles the Dauphin, leader of the French, is defeated by a small English force that is besieging Orleance. He is…

Act 1, scene 3

Gloucester visits the Tower of London, only to be denied entry by Winchester. The servants of the two nobles skirmish…

Act 1, scene 4

The master gunner of Orleance shows his boy how to fire on the English when they come to spy. The…

Act 1, scene 5

Talbot attacks, fights Pucelle, fails to defeat her, and accuses her of witchcraft. The English, defeated, retreat.

Act 1, scene 6

The French celebrate Pucelle’s victory.

Act 2, scene 1

The English forces, led by Bedford, Burgundy, and Talbot, scale the walls of Orleance and drive out the French, who…

Act 2, scene 2

The English plan a grand tomb for the dead Salisbury, in part as a monument to their recent victory. Talbot…

Act 2, scene 3

The Countess plots to capture and kill the visiting Talbot.

Act 2, scene 4

Richard Plantagenet and Somerset, having quarreled over a case at law, withdraw into a garden, where the supporters of Plantagenet…

Act 2, scene 5

Edmund Mortimer, imprisoned by Henry IV because of his strong claim to the throne, and kept in prison by Henry…

Act 3, scene 1

Gloucester and Winchester quarrel openly in Henry VI’s royal court. Their supporters, forbidden to carry weapons, have been fighting in…

Act 3, scene 2

Pucelle and four soldiers, disguised as peasants, enter Roan. From a tower within the city, Pucelle signals to the French…

Act 3, scene 3

As Talbot and Burgundy march separately to Paris for the coronation of Henry VI, Pucelle entices Burgundy to join the…

Act 3, scene 4

In Paris, a grateful Henry VI creates Talbot Earl of Shrewsbury in recompense for his victories in France. Vernon, a…

Act 4, scene 1

Henry VI is crowned. Fastolf arrives with a letter from Burgundy and, because of his earlier cowardice in battle, is…

Act 4, scene 2

As Talbot draws up his troops before Bordeaux, he learns that he is surrounded by much greater French forces.

Act 4, scene 3

Sir William Lucy urges York to help Talbot, but York refuses to march until Somerset unites his cavalry with York’s…

Act 4, scene 4

Sir William Lucy chastises Somerset for not having helped Talbot, but Somerset blames York, who has apparently refused to communicate…

Act 4, scene 5

Talbot has been joined by his son John Talbot, whom he urges to flee certain death. John Talbot refuses to…

Act 4, scene 6

Talbot again urges his son to flee and is again rebuffed.

Act 4, scene 7

Talbot, holding his dead son, dies. Sir William Lucy comes to claim their bodies from the victorious French.

Act 5, scene 1

Henry follows Gloucester’s advice to make peace with France and to agree to marry the daughter of the earl of…

Act 5, scene 2

Charles is informed that the divided English army has united and is advancing toward him.

Act 5, scene 3

As the French face likely defeat, Pucelle conjures up devils, but they refuse to help, and she is captured by…

Act 5, scene 4

Pucelle, on her way to be executed by the English, is visited by her shepherd father, whom she scorns and…

Act 5, scene 5

Suffolk persuades Henry to marry Margaret over the objections of Gloucester. Suffolk plans to control Margaret and, through her, the…

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Scene 3
Alarum. Excursions. Enter Joan la Pucelle.

 The Regent conquers and the Frenchmen fly.
 Now help, you charming spells and periapts,
 And you choice spirits that admonish me,

Henry VI, Part 1
ACT 5. SC. 3

 And give me signs of future accidents.Thunder.
5 You speedy helpers, that are substitutes
 Under the lordly monarch of the north,
 Appear, and aid me in this enterprise.

Enter Fiends.

 This speed and quick appearance argues proof
 Of your accustomed diligence to me.
10 Now, you familiar spirits that are culled
 Out of the powerful regions under earth,
 Help me this once, that France may get the field.
They walk, and speak not.
 O, hold me not with silence overlong!
 Where I was wont to feed you with my blood,
15 I’ll lop a member off and give it you
 In earnest of a further benefit,
 So you do condescend to help me now.
They hang their heads.
 No hope to have redress? My body shall
 Pay recompense if you will grant my suit.
They shake their heads.
20 Cannot my body nor blood-sacrifice
 Entreat you to your wonted furtherance?
 Then take my soul—my body, soul, and all—
 Before that England give the French the foil.
They depart.
 See, they forsake me. Now the time is come
25 That France must vail her lofty-plumèd crest
 And let her head fall into England’s lap.
 My ancient incantations are too weak,
 And hell too strong for me to buckle with.
 Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust.
She exits.

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Excursions. Burgundy and York fight hand to hand.
Burgundy and the French fly
 as York and English
soldiers capture Joan la Pucelle.

30 Damsel of France, I think I have you fast.
 Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms,
 And try if they can gain your liberty.
 A goodly prize, fit for the devil’s grace!
 See how the ugly witch doth bend her brows
35 As if with Circe she would change my shape.
 Changed to a worser shape thou canst not be.
 O, Charles the Dauphin is a proper man;
 No shape but his can please your dainty eye.
 A plaguing mischief light on Charles and thee,
40 And may you both be suddenly surprised
 By bloody hands in sleeping on your beds!
 Fell banning hag! Enchantress, hold thy tongue.
 I prithee give me leave to curse awhile.
 Curse, miscreant, when thou com’st to the stake.
They exit.

Alarum. Enter Suffolk with Margaret in his hand.

45 Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner.
Gazes on her.
 O fairest beauty, do not fear nor fly,
 For I will touch thee but with reverent hands.
 I kiss these fingers for eternal peace

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 And lay them gently on thy tender side.
50 Who art thou? Say, that I may honor thee.
 Margaret my name, and daughter to a king,
 The King of Naples, whosoe’er thou art.
 An earl I am, and Suffolk am I called.
 Be not offended, nature’s miracle;
55 Thou art allotted to be ta’en by me.
 So doth the swan her downy cygnets save,
 Keeping them prisoner underneath her wings.
 Yet if this servile usage once offend,
 Go and be free again as Suffolk’s friend.
She is going.
60 O, stay! (Aside.) I have no power to let her pass.
 My hand would free her, but my heart says no.
 As plays the sun upon the glassy streams,
 Twinkling another counterfeited beam,
 So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.
65 Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak.
 I’ll call for pen and ink and write my mind.
 Fie, de la Pole, disable not thyself!
 Hast not a tongue? Is she not here?
 Wilt thou be daunted at a woman’s sight?
70 Ay. Beauty’s princely majesty is such
 Confounds the tongue and makes the senses rough.
 Say, Earl of Suffolk, if thy name be so,
 What ransom must I pay before I pass?
 For I perceive I am thy prisoner.
SUFFOLK, aside 
75 How canst thou tell she will deny thy suit
 Before thou make a trial of her love?
 Why speak’st thou not? What ransom must I pay?

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ACT 5. SC. 3

SUFFOLK, aside 
 She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed;
 She is a woman, therefore to be won.
80 Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea or no?
SUFFOLK, aside 
 Fond man, remember that thou hast a wife;
 Then how can Margaret be thy paramour?
MARGARET, aside 
 I were best to leave him, for he will not hear.
SUFFOLK, aside 
 There all is marred; there lies a cooling card.
MARGARET, aside 
85 He talks at random; sure the man is mad.
SUFFOLK, aside 
 And yet a dispensation may be had.
 And yet I would that you would answer me.
SUFFOLK, aside 
 I’ll win this Lady Margaret. For whom?
 Why, for my king. Tush, that’s a wooden thing!
MARGARET, aside 
90 He talks of wood. It is some carpenter.
SUFFOLK, aside 
 Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,
 And peace establishèd between these realms.
 But there remains a scruple in that, too;
 For though her father be the King of Naples,
95 Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor,
 And our nobility will scorn the match.
 Hear you, captain? Are you not at leisure?
SUFFOLK, aside 
 It shall be so, disdain they ne’er so much.
 Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.—
100 Madam, I have a secret to reveal.

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MARGARET, aside 
 What though I be enthralled, he seems a knight,
 And will not any way dishonor me.
 Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say.
MARGARET, aside 
 Perhaps I shall be rescued by the French,
105 And then I need not crave his courtesy.
 Sweet madam, give me hearing in a cause.
MARGARET, aside 
 Tush, women have been captivate ere now.
 Lady, wherefore talk you so?
 I cry you mercy, ’tis but quid for quo.
110 Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose
 Your bondage happy, to be made a queen?
 To be a queen in bondage is more vile
 Than is a slave in base servility,
 For princes should be free.
SUFFOLK 115 And so shall you,
 If happy England’s royal king be free.
 Why, what concerns his freedom unto me?
 I’ll undertake to make thee Henry’s queen,
 To put a golden scepter in thy hand
120 And set a precious crown upon thy head,
 If thou wilt condescend to be my—
SUFFOLK His love.

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 I am unworthy to be Henry’s wife.
125 No, gentle madam, I unworthy am
 To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
 And have no portion in the choice myself.
 How say you, madam? Are you so content?
 An if my father please, I am content.
130 Then call our captains and our colors forth!
A Soldier exits.
 And, madam, at your father’s castle walls
 We’ll crave a parley to confer with him.

Enter Captains and Trumpets. Sound a parley.
Enter Reignier on the walls.

 See, Reignier, see thy daughter prisoner!
 To whom?
SUFFOLK 135 To me.
REIGNIER  Suffolk, what remedy?
 I am a soldier and unapt to weep
 Or to exclaim on Fortune’s fickleness.
 Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord:
140 Consent, and, for thy Honor give consent,
 Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king,
 Whom I with pain have wooed and won thereto;
 And this her easy-held imprisonment
 Hath gained thy daughter princely liberty.
145 Speaks Suffolk as he thinks?
SUFFOLK  Fair Margaret knows
 That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign.

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 Upon thy princely warrant, I descend
 To give thee answer of thy just demand.
He exits from the walls.
150 And here I will expect thy coming.

Trumpets sound. Enter Reignier, below.

 Welcome, brave earl, into our territories.
 Command in Anjou what your Honor pleases.
 Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child,
 Fit to be made companion with a king.
155 What answer makes your Grace unto my suit?
 Since thou dost deign to woo her little worth
 To be the princely bride of such a lord,
 Upon condition I may quietly
 Enjoy mine own, the country Maine and Anjou,
160 Free from oppression or the stroke of war,
 My daughter shall be Henry’s, if he please.
 That is her ransom; I deliver her,
 And those two counties I will undertake
 Your Grace shall well and quietly enjoy.
165 And I, again in Henry’s royal name
 As deputy unto that gracious king,
 Give thee her hand for sign of plighted faith.
 Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks
 Because this is in traffic of a king.
170 Aside. And yet methinks I could be well content
 To be mine own attorney in this case.—

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 I’ll over then to England with this news,
 And make this marriage to be solemnized.
 So farewell, Reignier; set this diamond safe
175 In golden palaces, as it becomes.
REIGNIER, embracing Suffolk 
 I do embrace thee, as I would embrace
 The Christian prince King Henry, were he here.
MARGARET, to Suffolk 
 Farewell, my lord; good wishes, praise, and prayers
 Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret.
She is going, as Reignier exits.
180 Farewell, sweet madam. But, hark you, Margaret,
 No princely commendations to my king?
 Such commendations as becomes a maid,
 A virgin, and his servant, say to him.
 Words sweetly placed and modestly directed.
185 But, madam, I must trouble you again:
 No loving token to his Majesty?
 Yes, my good lord: a pure unspotted heart,
 Never yet taint with love, I send the King.
SUFFOLK And this withal.Kiss her.
190 That for thyself. I will not so presume
 To send such peevish tokens to a king.She exits.
 O, wert thou for myself! But, Suffolk, stay.
 Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth.
 There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk.
195 Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise;
 Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount

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ACT 5. SC. 4

 And natural graces that extinguish art;
 Repeat their semblance often on the seas,
 That, when thou com’st to kneel at Henry’s feet,
200 Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with wonder.
He exits.