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KING HENRY the Sixth.
HUMPHRY, Duke of Gloucester, uncle to the King:
Cardinal BEAUFON D', Bishop of Winchester, gréatunci

to the King.
Duke of York, pretending to the crown.
Duke of Buckingham,
Duke of Somerset, Of the King's party.
Duke of Suffolk,
Earl of Salisbury,

Of the York faction.
Earl of Warwick,
Lord CLIFFORD, of the King's party.
Lord SAY.
Lord SCALES, Governor of the Tower.
Young STAFFORD, his brother.
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gentleman,
Young CLIFFORD, son to the Lord Clifford.
EDWARD PLANTAGENET, Sons to the Duke of
VAUX, a sea-captain, and WALTER WHITMORE,

pirates. A Herald. HUME and SOUTHWELL, two priests. BOLINGBROOK, an astrologer. A Spirit, attending on Jordan the witch. THOMAS HORNER, an armourer. PETER, his mara Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of St Albans. SIMPCOX, an impostor. JACK CADE, Bevis, MICHAEL, JOHN HOLLAND,

Dick the butcher, SMITH the weaver, and several

others, rebels. MARGARET, Queen to 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 Duchess

of Glouceker. Wife to Simpcox. Petitioners, Alderman, a Beadle, Sheriff and Officers,

Citizens, with Faulconers, Guards, Messengers, and other Attendants. The Scene is laid very dispersedly in several parts of


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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, or the other.

S by your high imperial Majesty
I had in charge at my depart for France,

procurator for your Excellence,
To marry Princess Margʻret for your Grace;
So in the famous ancient city Tours,
In presence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
The Dukes of Orleans, Calabér, Bretaigne, Alanson,
Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bia.
I have perform’d my task, and was elpous’d: [íhops,


This and the Third part of King Henry VI. contain that troublefome period of this prince's reign, which took in the whole Contention betwixt the two houses of York and Lancaster: and under that title were there two plays first acted and published. The present scene opens with King Henry's marriage, which was in the 230 year of his reign; and closes with the first battle fought at St Albans, and won by the York faction, in . the 33d year of his reign : fo that it comprizes the hi- . story and transactions of ten years. Theobaldo

And humbly now upon my bended knee,
In fight of England and her lordły peers,
Deliver up my“title in the Queen

[Presenting the Queen to the King,
To your most gracious hand, that are the substance
Of that great Thadow I did represent:
The happiest gift that ever Marquis.gave,
The faireít Queen that ever King receiv'd.

K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Mar-
I can express no kinder sign of love, [garet;
Tlian this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend'ft me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
For thou hast giv'n me, in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly blellings to my soul,
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
e Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious:

The mutual conf'rence that iny mind hath had,
By day, by night, waking and in my dreams,
In courtly company, or at my beads,
With you, nine aljer-liefest * Sovereign,
Makes me the bolder to falute my King
With ruder terms, such as my wit affords,
And over-joy of heart doth minister:

X. Henry. Her light did ravish, bụt her grace in
Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, [ipeeche.
Make me from wond'ring fall to weeping joys,
Şuch is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one chearful voice welcame iny love.
All kneel.] Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's

happiness ! Q. Mar. We thank you all.

Suff, My Lord Protector, so it please your Grace,
Here are the articles of contracted peace
Between our Sovereign and the French King,

For eighteen months, concluded by consent.

Glo. reads.] Iinprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and Williani de la Pole Marquis

• A corruption of the German word, now in common ule, aller trebite, beloved above all things. Revifabe'.

of Suffolk, Ambassador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry fall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia and Ferufalem, 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.

[Lets fall the paper. K. Henry. Uncle, how now?

Glo. Pardon me, gracious Lord;
Some sudden qualm hath struck me to the heart,
And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further.

K. Henry. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.

Win. Item, That the duchies of Anjou and Maine
Mall be released and delivered to the King her father,
and she sent over of the King of England's own proper
cost and charges, without having any dowry.
K. Henry. They pleafe us well. Lord Marquis,

kneel you down;
We here create thee the first Duke of Suffolk,
And gird thee with the sword. Coulin of York,
We here discharge your Grace from being Regent.
I': th' parts of France, till term of eighteen months :
Be full expir'd. Thanks, uncle Winchetter,
Glo'ster, York, Buckingham, and Somerset,
Salisbury and Warwick;
We thank you all for this great favour done,
In entertainment to my princely Queen.
Come, let us in, and with all speed provide
To see her coronation be perforin'd.

[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk. . S: CE N E II.

Manent the rest.
Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state,
To you Duke Humphry must unload his grief,
Your grief, the common grief of all the land.
What? did my brother Henry spend his youth,
His valour, coin, and people in the wars?
Did he lo often lodge in open field,
In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, ,

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