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FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI. [ACT v.

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 (103) 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.-
And 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.

[Erit. 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. [Erit.

(163) To cross] “. Across,' I suspect.” Walker's Crit. Eram., &c., vol.

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FIRST printed in the folio of 1623.--An alteration by Shakespeare of a drama entitled The Pirst Part of the Contention betwist the two famous houses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the death of the good Duke Humphrey: And the banishment and death of the Duke of Suffolke, and the Tragicall end of the proud Cardinall of Winchester, with the notable Rebellion of lacke Cade: And the Duke of Yorkes first claime vnto the Crowne,-originally printed in 1594, 4to (reprinted for the Shakespeare Society in 1843).

See Introduction to The First Part of King Henry VI. p. 3 of this volume.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

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.
Young CLIFFORD, his son.
EARL OF SALISBURY.
EARL OF WARWICK.
LORD SCALES.
LORD SAY.
SIR HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and WILLIAM STAFFORD, his brother.
SIR JOHN STANLEY.

VAUX

MATTHEW GOUGH.
A Sea-captain, Master, and Master's-Mate, and WALTER WHITMORE
Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk.
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gentleman.
John HUME and John SOUTHWELL, two priests.
ROGER BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer.
THOMAS HORNER, an armorer. PETER, his man.
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Alban's.
SAUNDER SIMPCox, an impostor.
JACK CADE, a rebel.
GEORGE BEVIS, JOHN HOLLAND, Dick the butcher, SMITH the

weaver, MICHAEL, &c., his followers. Two Murderers.

MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, duchess of Gloster.
MARGERY JOURDAIN, a witch
Wife to Simpcox.

Lords. Ladies, and Attendants, Petitioners, Aldermen, a Herald, a Beadle,

Sheriff, and Officers, Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c.

A Spirit.

SCENE-In various parts of England.

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