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And is a pattern of celestial peace.
K.Hen. Whether it be through force of your report,
[Exit. Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last.
[Exeunt GLOSTER and EXETER. Suf. 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 king; But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. [Exit.
THIS and The Third Part of King Henry VI. contain that troublesome period of this prince's reign which took in the whole contention betwixt the houses of York and Lancaster : and under that title were these two plays first acted and pub. lished. The present scene opens with king Henry's marriage, which was in the twenty-third year of his reign [A. D. 1445:] and closes with the first battle fought at St. Albans, and won by the York faction, in the thirty-third year of his reign [A.D. 1455 : ] so that it comprizes the history and transactions of ten years.
THEOBALD. It is apparent that this play begins where the former ends, and continues the series of transactions, of which it presupposes the first part already known. This is a sufficient proof that the second and third parts were not written without dependance on the first, though they were printed as containing a complete period of history.
The Three Parts of Henry VI.-These plays, considered, without regard to characters and incidents, merely as narratives in verse, are more happily conceived and more accurately finished, than those of King John, Richard II. or the tragic scenes of Henry IV. and V.
Of these three plays I think the second the best. The truth is, that they have not sufficient variety of action, for the inci. dents are too often of the same kind ; yet many of the characters are well discriminated. King Henry and his queen, king Edward, the duke of Gloster, and the earl of Warwick, are very strongly and distinctly painted.
}of the York faction.
King HENRY the Sixth :
cle to the king.
CHAEL, &c. his followers.
MARGARET, queen to king Henry.
Lords, Ladies and Attendants ; Petitioners, Aldermen,
a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers ; Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c.
SCENE, dispersedly in various parts of England.