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KING HENRY VI.
HUMPHRY Duke of Gloucester, Uncle to the King.
Of the York Faction.
Of the King's Party
Lord SCALES, Governor of the Tower.
Sir HUMPHRY STAFFORD.
Sons to the Duke of York.
Vaux, A Sea-Captain, and Walter Whitmore-Pirates.
Mayor of St. Albans.
SIMPCOX, an Impoftor.
Jack Cade, Bevis, Michael, John Holland, Dick the Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and feveral others Rebels.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry VI. fecretly in Love with the Duke of Suffolk.
Dame ELEANOR, Wife to the Duke of Gloucefter.
Petitioners, Aldermen, a Bedel, Sheriff and Officers, Citizens, with Faulconers, Guards, Messengers, and ather Attendants. The SCENE is laid very difperfedly in feveral Parts of England.
King HENRY VI.
Flourish of trumpets: then bautboys. Enter King Henry,
S by your high imperial Majefty
I had in charge at my depart for France,
So in the famous ancient city Tours,
In prefence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
This and the third part were firft written under the Title of The Contention of York and Lancaster: printed in 1600; but since vastly improved by the Author.
+ Vide Hall's Chron. fol. 66, year 23. Init.
Seven Earls, twelve Barons, twenty reverend Bishops,
[Prefenting the Queen to the King. To your moft gracious hand, that are the fubftance Of that great fhadow I did reprefent : The happieft gift that ever Marquifs gave,
The fairest Queen that ever King receiv'd.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arife. Welcome, Queen Margaret; I can exprefs no kinder fign of love
Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend'ft me life,
For thou haft giv'n me, in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly bleffings to' my foul,
If fympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious Lord, The mutual conf'rence that my mind hath had, By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams, In courtly company, or at my beads, With you mine alder-liefeft Sovereign; Makes me the bolder to falute my King With ruder terms; fuch as my wit affords, And over-joy of heart doth minifter.
K. Henry. Her fight did ravish, but her grace in speech, Her words yclad with wifdom's majesty, Make me from wondring fall to weeping joys,
Such is the fulness of my heart's content,
Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. All kneel. Long live Queen Margret, England's happinefs!
Q. Mar. We thank you all.
Suf. My Lord Protector, fo it please your Grace,
Glou. reads.] Imprimis, it is agreed between the French King Charles, and William de la Pole, Marquifs of Suffolk, Ambaffador for Henry King of England, that the said
Henry fhall efpoufe the Lady Margaret, daughter unte Reignier, King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerufalem, and crown ber Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next enfuing.
Item, That the Dutchy of Anjou, and the County of Maine, fhall be releafed and delivered to the King her father. [Lets fall the paper.
K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
K. Henry. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
K. Henry. They pleafe us well. Lord Marquifs, kneel
We here create thee the firft Duke of Suffolk,
We thank you all for this great favour done,
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk. SCENE II. Manent the reft.
Glou. Brave Peers of England, pillars of the ftate,
In winter's cold, and fummer's parching heat,
And did my brother Bedford toil his wits
Car. Nephew, what means this paffionate difcourfe? This peroration with such circumstances?
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it ftill.
Glou. Ay, uncle, we will keep it if we can;
Sal. Now by the death of him who died for all,