William Shakespeare: King Henry VI, First Part

3. SCENE III. Before Angiers. (continued)

I do embrace thee as I would embrace
The Christian prince, King Henry, were he here.

Farewell, my lord: good wishes, praise and prayers.
Shall Suffolk ever have of Margaret. [Going.]

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.
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.

And this withal. [Kisses her.]

That for thyself: I will not so presume
To send such peevish tokens to a king.

[Exeunt Reignier and Margaret.]

SUFFOLK. O, wert thou for myself! But, Suffolk, stay;
Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth;
There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk.
Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise:
Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount,
And natural graces that extinguish art;
Repeat their semblance often on the seas,
That, when thou comest to kneel at Henry's feet,
Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with wonder.


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