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Great mareschal to Henry the sixth,

I shall be well content with any choice,
Of all his wars within the realm of France ? Tends to God's glory, and my country's weal.

Puc. Here is a silly stately style indeed!
The Turk, that two and fifty kingdoms hath, Enter a LEGATE, and two AMBASSADORS, with
Writes not so tedious a style as this.-

WINCHESTER, in a Cardinals Habit.
Him, that thou magnifiek? with all these titles,
Stinking, and fly-blown, lies here at our feet.

Exe. What! is my lord of Winchester in.
Lucy. Is Talbot slain; the Frenchmen's only And call’d unto a cardinal's degree !

Your kingdon's terror and black Nemesis?

Then, I perceive, that will be verified,

Henry the fifth did sometime prophesy.-
O, were mine eye-balls into bullets turn’d,
That I, in rage, might shoot them at your He'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.

If once he come to be a cardinal,
faces !

K. Hen. My lords ambassadors, your seveO, that I could but call these dead to life!

ral suits
It were enough to fright the realm of France:

Have been consider'd and debated on.
Were but his picture left among you here,
It would amaze the proudest of you all.

Your purpose is both good and reasonable: Give me their bodies; that I may bear them And, therefore, are we certainly resolv’d

To draw conditions of a friendly peace; hence, And give them burial as beseems their worth. Which, by my lord of Winchester, we mean Puc. I think, this upstart is old Talbot's Shall be transported presently to France.

Glo. And for the proffer of my lord your ghost, He speaks with such a proud commanding I have inform’d his highness so at large,

master, spirit. For God's sake, let him bave 'em; to keep Her beauty, and the value of her dower,

As—liking of the lady's virtuous gifts, them here,

He doth intend she shall be England's queen. They would but stink, and putrify the air. Char. Go, take their bodies hence.

K. Hen. In argument and proof of which

contract, Lucy. I'll bear them hence: But from their ashes shall be rear'd

Bear her this jewel, [To the AMB.] pledge of A phoenix that shall make all France afeard.

my affection.

Char. So we be rid of them, do with 'em And safely brought to Dover; where, in-

so, my lord protector, see them guarded, what thou wilt. And now to Paris, in this conquering vein;


Commit them to the fortune of the sea. All will be ours, now bloody Talbot's slain.


[Exeunt King HENRY and Train; GLOSTER,


Win. Stay, my lord legate; you shall first ACT V. SCENE 1.-London.-A Room in the Palace. The sum of money, which I promised

Should be deliver'd to his holiness Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, and Exeter.

For clothing me in these grave ornaments. K. Hen. Have you perus'd the letters from

Leg. I will attend upon your lordship’s leiThe emperor, and the earl of Armagnac?

Win. Now, Winchester will not submit, I Glo. I have, my lord; and their intent is Or be inferior to the proudest peer.

[trow, this,

Humphrey, of Gloster, thou shalt well perThey humbly sue unto your excellence,

ceive, To have a godly peace concluded of,

That, neither'in birth, or for authority, Between the realms of England and of France. The bishop will be overborne by thee: K. Hen. How doth your grace affect their I'll either make thee stoop, and bend thy knee, motion?

Or sack this country with a mutiny. (Exeunt. Glo. Well, my good lord; and as the only

SCENE II.-France.- Plains in Anjou.
To stop effusion of our Christian blood,
And 'stablish quietness on every side,

K. Hen. Ay, marry, uncle; for I always

Pucelle, and Forces marching. thought,

Char. These news, my lords, may cheer our It was both impious and unnatural,

drooping spirits : That such immanity+ and bloody strife 'Tis said, the stout Parisians do revolt, Should reign among professors of one faith. And turn again unto the warlike French.

Glo. Beside, my lord,—the sooner to effect, Alen. Then march to Paris, royal Charles of And surer bind, this knot of amity,

The earl of Armagnac-near knit to Charles, And keep not back your powers in dalliance.
A man of great authority in France,
Proffers his only daughter to your grace

Puc. Peace be amongst them, if they turn
In marriage, with a large and sumptuous Else, ruin combat with their palaces !

dowry. K. Hen. Marriage, uncle! alas! my years

Enter a MESSENGER. are young; And fitter is my study and my books,

Mess. Success unto our valiant general, Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.

And happiness to his accomplices! Yet, call the ambassadors; and, as you

Char. What tidings send our scouts? I pry please,

thee, speak. So let them have their answers every one:

Mess. The English army, that divided was

Into two parts, is now conjoin'd in one; Confoup + Barbarity, savagenes

And means to give you battle presently.


the pope,



to us ;



Char. Somewhat too sudden, Sirs, the warn- York. Fell, banning* hag. enchantress, ing is;

hold thy tongue. But we will presently provide for them. Puc. I pr'ythee, give me leave to curse a Bur. I trust, the ghost of Talbot is not there;

while. Now he is gone, my lord, you need not fear. York. Curse, miscreant, when thou comest Puc. Of all base passions, fear is most ac

to the stake.

[Exeunt. curs’d :

[thine; Command the conquest, Charles, it shall be

Alarums. Enter SUFFOLK, leading in Lady

MARGARET. Let Henry fret, and all the world repine. Char. Then on, my lords; And France be Suff. Be what thou wilt, thou art my prifortunate! [Exeunt.

[Gazes on her.

O fairest beauty, do not fear, nor fly; SCENE III.-The same.--Before Angiers. For I will touch thee but with reverent hands, . Alarums: Excursions. Enter La PucelLE.

And lay them gently on thy tender side.

I kiss these tingers [Kissing her hand.) for Puc. The regent conquers, and the French

eternal peace: men fly.

Who art thou? say, that I may honour thee. Now help, ye charming spells, and periapts; *

Mur. Margaret my name; and daughter to And ye choice spirits that admonish me,

a king, And give me signs of future accidents !

The king of Naples, whosoe'er thou art. [Thunder.

Suff. An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call’d. You speedy helpers, that are substitutes

Be not otiended, nature's miracle, Under the lordly monarch of the north,t Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me: Appear, and aid me in this enterprize! So doth the swan her downy cygnets save, Enter Fiends.

Keeping them prisoners underneath her wings.

Yet, if this servile usage once offend, This speedy quick appearance argues proof Go, and be free again as Suffolk's friend. Of your accustom'd diligence to me.

[She turns away as going. Now, ye familiar spirits, that are coll'd 0, stay!- I have no power to let her pass; Out of the powerful regions under earth, Help me this once, that France may get the My hand would free her, but my heart says,

field. (They walk about, and speak not. As plays the sun upon the glassy streams, O, hold me not with silence over-long! Where I was wont to feed you with my blood, So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.

Twinkling another counterfeited beam, I'll lop a member off, and give it you,

Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak : In earnest of a further benefit;

I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind : So you do condescend to help me now.- Fie, De la Poole! disable not thyself;t

[They hang their heads. Hast not a tongue? is she not here thy pris. No hope to have redress ?- My body shall

oner? Pay recompense, if you will grant my suit.

Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight? [They shuke their heads. Ay; beauty's princely majesty is such, Cannot my body, nor blood-sacrifice,

Confounds the tongue, and makes the senses Entreat you to your wonted furtherance?

rough. Then take my soul; my body, soul, and all, Mar. Say earl of Suffolk,-if thy name be Before that England give the French the foil.


[They depart. What ransom must I pay before I pass ?
See! they forsake me. Now the time is come, For, I perceive, I am thy prisoner.
That France must vail: her lofty-plumed crest,
And let her head fall into England's lap.

Suff. How canst thou teil, she will deny thy

suit, My ancient incantations are too weak, Before thou make a trial of her love? (Aside. And hell too strong for me to buckle with:

Mar. Why speak’st thou not? what ransom Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust.

must I pay? [Exit.

Suff. She's beautiful; and therefore to be

woo'd: Alarums. Enter French and English, fighting. She is a woman; therefore to be won. [Aside. LA PUCELLE und York fight hand to hand.

Mar. Wilt thou accept of ransom, yea, or LA PUCELLE is taken. The French fly.

no ? York. Damsel of France, I think, I have Suff. Fond man! remember, that thou hast

a wife; Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, Then how can Margaret be thy paramour? And try if they can gain your liberty

[Aside. A goodly prize, fit for the devil's grace!

Mar. I were best leave him, for he will not See, bow the ugly witch doth bend her brows,

hear. As it, with Circe, she would change my shape. Suff. There all is marr’d; there lies a cool. Puc. Chang'd to a worser shape thou canst

ing card. not be.

Mar. He talks at random; sure, the man is York. 0, Charles the Dauphin is a proper

mad. man;

Suff. And yet a dispensation may be had. No shape but his can please your dainty eye. Mar. And yet I would that you would anPuc. A plaguing mischief light on Charles, and thee!

Suff. I'll win this lady Margaret. For whom? And may you both be suddenly surpris'd Why, for my king: Tush! that's a wooden By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds!


* To ban is to curse. * Charms sowed up.

+“Do not represent thyself so weak." + The north was supposed to be the particular habitation 1 An awkward business, an undertaking not likely to of bad spirits.

* Lower.


you fast:

swer me.



Mur. He talks of wood: It is some car- Reig. Upon thy princely warrant, I descend, penter.

To give thee answer of thy just demand. Suff. Yet so my fancy* may be satisfied,

[Exit, from the Walls. And peace established between these realms. Suff. And here I will expect thy coming. But there remains a scruple in that too: For though her father be the king of Naples, Trumpets sounded. Enter Reignier, belou. Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor, And our nobility will scorn the match. [Aside.

Reig. Welcome, brave earl, into our terri. Mar. Hear ye, captain? Are you not at

tories; leisure?

Command in Anjou what your honour pleases. Suff. It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so Suff. Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a much:

child, Henry is youthful, and will quickly yield.

Fit to be made companion with a king: Madam, I have a secret to reveal.

What answer makes your grace unto my suit? Mar. What though I be enthrall’d? he seems

Reig. Since thou dost deign to woo her little a knight,

worth, And will not any way dishonour me. (Aside. To be the princely bride of such a lord; Suff. Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say.

Upon condition I may quietly Mar. Perhaps, I shall be rescu'd by the Enjoy mine own, the county Maine, and Anjou, French;

Free from oppression, or the stroke of war, And then I need not crave his courtesy:

My daughter shall be Henry's, it he please. [Aside.

Suff: That is her ransom, I deliver her; Suff. Sweet madam, give me hearing in a

And those two counties, I will undertake,

Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy. Mar. Tush! women have been captivate ere

Reig. And I again,-in Henry's royal name, [Aside.

As deputy unto that gracious king,, Suff. Lady, wherefore talk you so ?

Give thee her hand, for sign of plighted faith. Mar. I cry you mercy, 'tis but quid for quo.

Suf. Reignier of France, I give thee kingly Suff. Say, gentle princess, would you not Because this is in traffic of a king: (thanks, suppose

And yet, methinks, I could be well content Your bondage happy, to be made a queen?

To be mine own attorney in this case. [Aside. Mar. To be a queen in bondage, is more vile I'll over then to England with this news, Than is a slave in base servility;

And make this marriage to be solemniz'd; For princes should be free.

So, farewell, Reignier! Set this diamond safe Suff. And so shall you,

In golden palaces, as it becomes. If happy England's royal king be free.

Reig. I do embrace thee, as I would embrace Mar. Why, what concerns his freedom unto The Christian prince, king Henry, were he me ?

here. Suff. I'll undertake to make thee Henry's

Mar. Farewell, my lord! Good wishes, praise, queen;

and prayers, To put a golden sceptre in thy hand,

Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [Going. And set a precious crown upon thy head,

Suff. Farewell, sweet madam! But hark you, If thou wilt condescend to be my

Margaret; Mar. What?

No princely commendations to my king? Suff. His love.

Mar. Such commendations as become a maid, Mar. I am unworthy to be Henry's wife.

A virgin, and his servant say to him. Suff: No, gentle madam; I unworthy am

Sutt Words sweetly plac'd and modestly To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,

directed. And have no portion in the choice myself.

But, madam, I must trouble you again,How say you, madam; are you so content?

No loving token to his majesty ? Mar. An if my father please, I am content.

Mur. Yes, my good lord; a pure unspotted Suff. Then call our captains, and our cu

heart, lours forth:

Never yet taint with love, I send the king., And, madam, at your father's castle wall3

Suff. And this withal.

[Kisses her. We'll crave a parley, to confer with him.

Mar. That for thyself;- I will not so presume, [Troops come forward. To send such peevish tokens to a king.

[Exeunt REIGNIER and MARGARET. A Parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER, on the

Suff. O, wert thou for myself!-But, Suffolk. Walls.

stay; Suff. See, Reignier, see, thy daughter pri. There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons, lurk.

Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth ; Reig. To whom ?

Solicit Henry with her wond'rous praise :

Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount; Suutt: To me. Reig. Suffolk, what remedy?

Mad,t natural graces that extinguish art;

Repeat their semblance often on the seas, I am a sol 'ier; and unapt to weep,

That, when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's Or to exclaim on fortune's fickleness.

feet, Suif'. Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord: Thou may’st'bereave him of his wits with won. Consent, (and for thy honour give consent,)

der. Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king;

[Exit. Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto; SCENE IV.-Cump of the Duke of YORK, in And this her easy-held imprisonment

Hath gain'd thy Vaughter princely liberty.
Reig. Speaks Suffolk as he thinks ?

Enter YORK, WARWICK, and others.
Suff. Fair Margaret knows,

York. Bring forth that sorceress, condema'd That Suffolk civih not flatter, face,t or feign.

to burn. Love. + Play the hypocrite.

* Childish.

+ Wild.


Enter LA PISELLE, guarded, and a SHEPHERD. | Then, Joan, discover thine infirmity; Sleep. Ah, Joan! this kills thy father's heart That warranteth by law to be thy privilege.outright!

I am with child, ye bloody homicides : Have I sought every country far and near,

Murder not then the fruit within my womb, Ind, now it is my chance to find thee out,

Although ye hale me to a violent death. Must I behold thy timeless* cruel death?

York. Now heaven forfend! the holy maid

with child ? Ab, Joan, sweet daughter Joan, I'll die with thee!

War. The greatest miracle that e'er ye Puc. Decrepit miser !+ base ignoble wretch!

wrought: I am descended of a gentler blood;

Is all your strict preciseness come to this? Thou art no father, nor no friend, of mine.

York. She and the Dauphin have been jugShep. Out, out!—My lords, an please you, I did imagine what would be her refuge.

gling: 'tis not so; I did beget her, all the parish knows:

War. Well, go to; we will have no bastards Her mother liveth yet, can testify,

Epecially, since Charles must father it. [live; She was the first fruit of my bachelorship.

Puc. You are deceiv’d; iny child is none of War. Graceless! wilt thou deny thy paren

It was Alençon, that enjoy'd my love.

[his; tage?

York. Alençon! that notorious Machiavel! York. This argues what her kind of life hath It dies, an if it had a thousand lives. been;

Puc. O, give me leave, I have deluded you; Wicked and vile; and so her death concludes. 'Twas neither Charles, nor yet the duke i Shep. Fie, Joan! that thou wilt be so ob

nam'd, stacle!

But Reignier, king of Naples, that prevail'd. God knows, thou art a collop of my flesh;

War. A married man! that's most intolerable. And for thy sake have I shed many a tear :

York. Why, here's a girl! I think, she knows Deny me not, I pr’ythee, gentle Joan.

not well, Pue. Peasant, avaunt? -You have suborn'a There were so many, whom she may accuse. this man,

War. It's sign, she hath been liberal and Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.

free. Shep. 'Tis true, I gave a noble to the priest,

York. And, yet, forsooth, she is a virgin The morn that I was wedded to her inother.


[thee : Kneel down and take my blessing, good my Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.

Strumpet, thy words condemn thy brat, and girl. Wilt thou not stoop? Now cursed be the time

Puc. Then lead me hence ;-with whom I Of thy nativity! I would, the milk (breast,

leave my curse: Thy mother gave thee, when thou suck dst her May never glorious sun reflex his beams Had been a little ratsbane for thy sake!

Upon the country where you make abode! Or else, when thou didst keep my lambs a-field, But darkness and the gloomy shade of death I wish some ravenous wolf had eaten thee! Environ you; till mischief, and despair, Dost thou deny thy father, cursed drab?

Drive you to break your necks, or hang your0, burn her, burn her; hanging is too good.


[Exit, guarded. (E.rit.

York. Break thou in pieces, and consume to York. Take her away; for she hath liv'd too

Thou foul accursed minister of hell! [ashes, To fill the world with vicious qualities. [long,

Enter Cardinal BEAUFORT, attended. Pu. First, let me tell you whom you have condemn'd:

Car. Lord regent, I do greet your excellence Not me begotten of a shepherd swain,

With letters of commission from the king. But issu'd from the progeny of kings;

For know, my lords, the states of Christendom, Virtuous, and holy; chosen from above,

Mov'd with remorse of these ontrageous broils, By inspiration of celestial grace,

Have earnestly implor'd a general peace To work exceeding miracles on earth.

Betwixt our nation and the aspiring French; I never had to do with wicked spirits : And here at hand the Dauphin, and his train, But you,--that are polluted with your lusts, Approacheth, to confer about some matter. Stain'd with the guiltless blood of innocents,

York. Is all our travail turn'd to this effect ? Corrupt and tainted with a thousand vices, After the slaughter of so many peers, Because you want the grace that others have, So many captains, gentlemen, and soldiers, Yon judge it straight a thing irapossible That in this quarrel have been overthrown, To compass wonders, but by help of devils. And sold their bodies for their country's benelit, No, misconceived !ş Joan of Arc hath been Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? A virgin from her tender infancy,

Have we not lost most part of all the towns, Chaste and immaculate in very thought; By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus’d, Our great progenitors had conquered ? Will cry for vengeance at the gates of heaven. 0, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief

York. Ay, ay-away with her to execution. The utter loss of all the realm of France. War. And hark ye, Sirs; because she is a War. Be patient, York: if we conclude a maid,

peace, Spare for no fagots, let there be enough:

It shall be with such strict and severe covenants Place barrels of pitch upon the fatal stake,

As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby. That so her torture may be shortened. Pue. Will nothing turn your unrelenting

Enter Charles, attended; ALENÇON, BASTARD hearts ?

REIGNIER, and others.

Chur. Since, lords of England, it is thus * Untimely.


[France, Miser here siniply means a miserable creature. A corruption of obstinate.

That peaceful' truce shall be proclaim'd in " No, ye misconceivers ve who mistake me and my qualities."

* Compassion.

We come to be informed by yourselves So am I driven, by breath of her renown,
What the conditions of that league must be. Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive
York. Speak, Winchester; for boiling choler Where I may have fruition of her love.

Suff. Tush! my good lord! this superficial The hollow passage of my poison’d voice, Is but a preface of her worthy praise: (tale By sight of these our baleful* enemies. The chief perfections of that lovely dame,

Win. Charles, and the rest, it is enacted thus: (Had I suflicient skill to utter them,) That-in regard king Henry gives consent,

Would make a volume of enticing lines, Of mere compassion, and of lenity,

Able to ravish any dull conceit. To ease your country of distressful war, And, which is more, she is not so divine, And suffer you to breathe in fruitful peace, - So full replete with choice of all delights, You shall become true liegemen to his crown: But, with as humble lowliness of mind, And, Charles, upon condition thou wilt swear She is content to at your command; To pay him tribute, and submit thyself, Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents, Thou shalt be plac'd as viceroy under him, To love and honour Henry as her lord. And still enjoy thy regal dignity.

K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er Alen. Must he be then as shadow of himself?

presume. Adorn his temples with a coronet:t

Therefore, my lord protector, give consent, And yet, in substance and authority,

That Margaret may be England's royal queen. Retain but privilege of a private man?

Glo. So should I give consent to fíatter sin. This profler is absurd and reasonless.

You know, my lord, your highness is betrothic Chur. 'Tis known, already that I am pos- Unto another lady of esteem; sess'd

How shall we then dispense with that contract, With more than half the Gallian territories, And not deface your honour with reproach? And therein reverenc'd for their lawful king: Suff. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths; Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish’d, Or one, that, at a triumph* having vow'd Detract so much from that prerogative, To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists As to be call'd but viceroy of the whole ? By reason of his adversary's odds: No, lord ambassador; I'll rather keep

A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds, That which I have, than, coveting for more, And therefore may be broke without offence. Be cast from possibility of all.

Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret moie York. Insulting Charles! hast thou by secret

than that?
Used intercession to obtain a league; (means Her father is no better than an earl,
And, now the matter grows to compromise, Although in glorious titles he excel.
Stand'st thou aloof upon comparison?

Suff: Yes, my good lord, her father is a king Either accept the title thou usurp'st,

The king of Naples, and Jerusalem; Of benefit proceeding from our king,

And of such great authority in France, And not of any challenge of desert,

As his alliance will confirm our peace, Or we will plague thee with incessant wars. And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.

Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, To cavil in the course of this contráct:

Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. It once it be neglected, ten to one,

Ere. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal We shall not tind like opportunity.

dower; Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy, While Reignier sooner will receive, than give. To save your subjects from such massacre, Suff. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen

your king, By our proceeding in hostility:

That he should be so abject, base, and poor, And therefore take this compact of a truce, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love Although you break it when your pleasure Henry is able to enrich his queen,

[Aside, to Charles. And not to seek a queen to make him rich: War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, condition stand ?

As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse. Char. It shall :

Marriage is a matter of more worth, Only reserv’d, you claim no interest

Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;t In any of our towns of garrison.

Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty ; | Must be companion of his nuptial bed: As thou art knight, never to disobey,

And therefore, lords, since he atiects her most, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England, It most of all these reasons bindeth us, Thou, nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.- In our opinions she should be preferrd.

[CHARLES, und the rest, gire Tokens of fealty. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, So, now dismiss your army when ye please; An age of discord and continual strife? Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss, For here we entertain a solemn peace. (Exeunt. And is a pattern of celestial peace. [king,

Whom should we match, with Henry, being a SCENE V.-London.- A Room in the Paluce.

But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Enter King HENRY, in conference with Suf- Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, FOLK; Gloster and EXETER following:

Approves her fit for none, but for a king:

Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, K. Hen. Your wondrous rare description, (More than in women commonly is seen,) noble earl,

Will answer our hope in issue of a king; Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me: For Henry, son unto a conqueror, Her virtues, graced with external gifts, Is likely to beget more conquerors, Do breed love's settled passions in my heart: If with a lady of so high resolve, And like as rigour in tempestuous gusts As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love. Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide;

* A triumph then signified a public exhibition ; mucb * Baneful. + Coronet is here used for crown. as a mask, or revel. 1.“ Be content to live as the leueficiary of our king." + By the discretional agency of another.


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