Must be companion of his nuptial bed:
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most,
It most of
all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
For what is wedlock forced but a
An age of discord and continual strife?
Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial
Whom should we match with Henry, being a king,
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king?
peerless feature, joined with her birth,
Approves her fit for none but for a king:
Her valiant courage and
More than in women commonly is seen,
Will answer our hope in issue of a king;
Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Is likely to beget more conquerors,
If with a lady of so high resolve
fair Margaret he be link'd in love.
Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me
That Margaret shall be
queen, and none but she.
KING HENRY VI
Whether it be through force of your report,
My noble Lord of Suffolk, or for that
My tender youth was never
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell; but this I am assured,
I feel such sharp dissension
in my breast,
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
As I am sick with working of my thoughts.
therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to France;
Agree to any covenants, and procure
That Lady Margaret
do vouchsafe to come
To cross the seas to England and be crown'd
King Henry's faithful and anointed
For your expenses and sufficient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
Be gone, I say; for,
till you do return,
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good uncle, banish all offence:
do censure me by what you were,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse
This sudden execution of my
And so, conduct me where, from company,
I may revolve and ruminate my grief.
Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last.
Exeunt GLOUCESTER and EXETER
Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd; and thus he goes,
As did the youthful Paris once to Greece,
With hope to find
the like event in love,
But prosper better than the Trojan did.
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the
But I will rule both her, the king and realm.
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