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SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
SCENE I. - London. A Room of State in the Palace. Flourish
of Trumpets : then Hautboys. Enter, on one side, King HenRY, Duke of GLOSTER, SALISBURY, Warwick, and Cardinal Beaufort ; on the other, Queen MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK ;' York, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others, following
Suffolk. A s by your high' imperial majesty, I had in charge at my depart for France, As procurator to your excellence, To marry princess Margaret for your grace ; So, in the famous ancient city, Tours, In presence of the kings of France, and Sicil, The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, and Alençon, Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bishops,I have perform'd my task, and was espous’d : And humbly now upon my bended knee, In sight of England and her lordly peers, Deliver up my title in the queen To your most gracious hands, that are the substance Of that great shadow I did represent ; The happiest gift that ever marquess gave, The fairest queen that ever king receiv’d.
K. Hen. Suffolk, arise.- Welcome, queen Margaret : I can express no kinder sign of love, Than this kind kiss.- O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me an heart replete with thankfulness ! For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face, A world of earthly blessings to my soul, If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q.Mar. Great king of England, and my gracious lord; The mutual conference that my mind hath had
 Vide Hall's Chronicle, fol. 66, year 23, init. POPE. 121 I am the bolder to address you, having already familiarized you to my imagination. JOHNS.
By day, by night ; waking, and in my dreams;.
K. Hen. Her sight did ravish: but her grace in speech,
All. Long live queen Margaret, England's happiness! Q.Mar. We thank you all.
[Flourish. Šuf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, Here are the articles of contracted peace, Between our sovereign and the French king Charles, For eighteen months concluded by consent.
Glo. [Reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French king, Charles, and William de la Poole, marquess of Suffolk, ambassador for Henry king of England,--that the said Henry shall espouse the lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier king of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem ; and crown her queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing. -Item,- That the duchy of Anjou, and the county of Maine, shall be released and delivered to the king her father
K.Hen. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord ;
K.Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
Win. Item,- It is further agreed between them, that the duchies of Anjou and Maine shall be released and delivered over to the king her father ; and she sent over of the king of England's own proper cost and charges, without having dowry. K. Hen. They please us well.-Lord marquess, kneel
 Alder-lievest is an old Engļish word given to him to whom the speaker is supremely attached: liefest being the superlative of the comparative levar, rather, from lief. WARB.-Alder-liefest is a corruption of the German word alder-liebste, beloved of all things, dearest of all. 'STEEV.
From being regent in the parts of France,
[Exeuni King, Queen, and SUFFOLK.
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse : This peroration with such circumstance ? 4 For France, 'tis ours ; and we will keep it still.
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ;  This speech crowded with so many instances of aggravation. JOHNS.
But now it is impossible we should :
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.
These counties were the keys of Normandy :-
War. For grief, that they are past recovery :
York. For Suffolk's duke-may he be suffocate,
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before,
Car. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too hot ; It was the pleasure of my lord the king.
Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your mind ; Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you. Rancour will out : Proud prelate, in thy face I see thy fury : if I longer stay, We shall begin our ancient bickerings. 6– Lordlings, farewell ; and say, when I am gone, I prophesied --France will be lost ere long. [Exite
Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. 'Tis known to you, he is mine enemy :
 The indignation of Warwick is natural, and I wish it had been better expressed ; there is a kind of jingle intended in wounds and words JOH.
(6] To bicker is to skirmish. In the ancient metrical romance of Guy earl of Warwick, bl 1. ?o date, the heroes consult whether they should bicker Ons the walls, or descend to battle on the plaine STEEV.
Nay, more, an enemy unto you all ;
Car. This weighty business will not brook delay;
[Exit. Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Humphrey's pride, And greatness of his place be grief to us, Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal ; His insolence is the more intolerable Than all the princes in the land beside ; If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector.
Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset will be protector, Despight duke Humphrey, or the cardinal.
[Exeunt Buck. and Som Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows him. While these do labour for their own preferment, Beloves it us to labour for the realm. I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster Did bear him like a noble gentleman. Oft have I seen the haughty cardinalMore like a soldier, than a man o'the church, As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all,Swear like a ruffian, and demean himself Unlike the ruler of a common-weal.. Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age ! Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy house-keeping, Hath won the greatest favour of the commons,