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K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your re


My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell; but this I am assur'd,
I feel such sharp dissension in my breast,

Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
As I am sick with working of my thoughts.
Take, therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to France;
Agree to any covenants: and procure

That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come
To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd
King Henry's faithful and anointed queen:
For your expenses and sufficient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
Be gone, I say; for, till you do return,
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.—
you, good uncle, banish all offence:
If you do censure me by what you were,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse
This sudden execution of my will.


And so conduct me, where from company
I may revolve and ruminate my grief.
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.

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King Henry the Sixth:

Humphrey, duke of Gloster, his uncle. Cardinal Beaufort, bishop of Winchester, great uncle to the king.

Richard Plantagenet, duke of York:
Edward and Richard, his sons.

Duke of Somerset,
Duke of Suffolk,
Duke of Buckingham,
Lord Clifford ;

of the king's party.

Young Clifford, his son,J

Earl of Salisbury,

Earl of Warwick, of the York faction.

Lord Scales, governor of the tower. Lord Say.
Sir Humphrey Stafford, and his brother. Sir John


A Sea-captain, Master, and Master's Mate, and Walter Whitmore.

Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk.
A Herald.

Hume and Southwell, two priests.
Bolingbroke, a conjurer. A Spirit raised by him.
Thomas Horner, an armourer. Peter, his man.
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Alban's.
Simpeox, an impostor. Two Murderers.
Jack Cade, a rebel:

George, John, Dick, Smith, the Weaver, Michael, &c. his followers.

Alexander Iden, a Kentish gentleman.

Margaret, queen to king Henry.

Eleanor, duchess of Gloster.

Margery Jourdain, a witch. Wife to Simpcox.

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.

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SCENE L-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.


As 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, Calabar, Bretaigne, and Alencon,
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


your most gracious hands, that are the substance Of that great shadow I did represent;

The happiest gift that ever marquess gave,

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