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K ING Henry the Sixth.
to the King
A Spirit, attending on Jordan the Witch.
Butcher, Smith the Weaver, cad several others, Rebels. Margaret, Queen to King Henry VI. secretly in Love
with the Duke of Suffolk. Dame Eleanor, Wife to the Duke of Gloucester. Mother Jordan, a Witch employed by the Dutchess of
Gloucester: Wife to Simpcox. Petitioners, Aldermen, a Beadie, Sherif and Officers,
Citizens, with Faulconers, Guards, Mellengers, and
other Attendants. The SCENE is laid very dispersedly in several Parts
King HENRr VI. .
ACT 1. SCENE I.
Flourish of Trumpets : then, Hautboys. Enter King
Henry, Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one side : The Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerset; and Buckingham on the other.
S by your high imperial Majesty *
I had in charge at my depart for France,
Excellence, · The second part, &c.) This at St. Albans, and won by the and the third part were first writ. York Faction, in the 33d Year ten' under the title of the Con- of his Reign. So that it com. tention of York and Lancafter, prizes the History and Transacprinted in 1600, but fince vastly tions of 10 Years. THEOBALD. improved by the author. Pope, As by your high, &c.] Vide
The second Part of K.Henry VI.) Hall's Chronicle, Fol. 66. Year This and the Third part of King 23. Init.
POPE. Henry VI.contain that troublesom It is apparent that this play Period of this Prince's Reign, begins where the former ends, which took in the whole Conten. and continues the series of transtion betwixt the two Houses of actions, of which it presupposes York and Lancaster : And under the first part already known. that title were these two Plays This is a sufficient proof that the firit acted and published. The second and third parts were not present Scene opens with K.Hen- written without dependance on ry's Marriage, which was in the the first, tho' they were printed! 23d Year of his Reign; and as containing a complete period closes with the firft Battle fought of history.
To marry Princess Marg’ret 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, Alanfort, 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
[Presenting the Queen to the KingTo your most gracious hand, that are the substance Of that great Thadow I did represent; The happiest gift that ever Marquess gave, The faireft Queen that ever King receiv'd. K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Mar.
3 The mutual conf'rence] ly attached : Lievest being the I am the bolder to address you, fuperlative of the comparative, having already familiarised you tevar, rather, from lief. So Hall to my imagination.
in his Chronicle, Henry VI. Fomine alder-lievest So- lio 12. Ryght hyghe and mighty vereign ;] Alder lieveft is Prince, and my right nobk, and, an old English word given to him after one, levett Lerd. to whom the Speaker is supremic