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} of the King's Party.
KING Henry the Sixtb.
to the King
A Spirit, attending on Jordan the Witch.
Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and several otbers, Rebels.
with ibe Duke of Suffolk.
Citizens, with Faulconers, Guards, Messengers, and
other Attendants. The SCENE is laid very dispersedly in several Parts
The SECOND PART of
King HENRr VI.
A CT I.
SCEN E 1.
The P A L A CE.
Flourish of Trumpets : tben, Hautboys. Enter King
Henry, Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one fide : 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, A As procurator for your Excellence,
· The second part, &c.] This at St. Albans, and won by the and the third part were first write York Faction, in the 33d Year ten ander the title of the Con- of his Reign. So that it comtention of York and Lancaster, prizes the History and Transacprinted in 1600, but fince vaftly tions of 10 Years. THEOBALD. improved by the Author. Pope. * As by your bigh, &c.] Vide
ibe second part of K.Henry VI.) Halls 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 transaction betwixt the two Houses of tions, of which it presupposes the York and Lancaster : And under first part already known. This is that Title were these two Plays a fufficient proof that the second forft acted and published. The and third parts were not written present Scene opens with K.Hen- without dependance on the first, ry's Marriage, which was in the though they were printed as con23d Year of his Reign ; and taining a complete period of clofes with the firft Battle fought history,
To marry Princess Marg'ret for your Grace ;
[Presenting the Queen to the King.
3 The mutual conf'renci] ly attached : Lievest being the I am the bolder to address you, superlative of the comparative, having already familiarised you levar, rather, from lief. So Hall to my imagination.
in his Chronicle, Henry VI. Fomine alder-lievest So- lio 12. Ryght hygbe and mighty vereign; ) Alder-liste? is Prince, and my ryght noble, and, an old English word given to him after one, levest Lord. to whom the speaker is supreme
And over-joy of heart doth minister.
Gle. reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and William de la Pole Marquess of Suffolk, Ambassador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry Jhall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalein, and crown ber Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing.
Item, That the Dutchy of Anjou, and the County of Maine, hall be released and delivered to the King ber father.
[ Lets fall the Paper. K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious Lord;
K. Henry. Uncle of Wincbester, I pray, read on.
Win. Item, That the Dutchies 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 please us well. Lord Marquefs,
kneel you down
I'th' parts of France, till term of eighteen months
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk, SCENE 11.
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 so often lodge in open field, In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, To conquer France, his true inheritance ? And did my brother Bedford toil his wits To keep by policy what Henry got ? Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, Brave York, and Salisbury, victorious Warwick, Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy ? Or hath mine uncle Beauford, and myself, With all the learned council of the realm, Studied so long, sat in the council-house, Early and late, debating to and fro, How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe ? And was his Highness in his infancy Crowned in Paris, in despight of foes ? And fhall these labours and these honours die ! Shall Henry's Conquest, Bedford's vigilance, Your deeds of war, and all our counsel die ? O
peers of England, shameful is this league, Fatal this marriage ; cancelling your fame, Blotting your names from books of memory :