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KING Henry VI.
Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and several others, Rebels. Margaret, Queen to King Henry VI. fecretly in love with
the Duke of Suffolk. Dame Eleanor, Wife to the Duke of Gloucester. Mother Jordan, a Witch employ’d by the Dutchess of GlouWife to Simpcox.
[cester. Petitioners, Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff and Oficers, Citi
zens, with Faulconers, Guards, Messengers, and other
Attendants. The SCENE is laid very dispersedly in several Parts
The SECOND PART of (1)
King HENRY VI.
SCENE, the Palace.
Flourish of trumpets: then, hautboys. Enter King Henry, Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one fide: The Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerfet, and Buckingham on the other.
S by your high imperial Majefty,
(1) The fecond part of K. Henry VI.] This and the third part of K. Henry VI. contain that troublesome period of this Prince's reign, which took in the whole contention betwixt the two houfes of York: and Lancaster: And under that title were these two plays first acted and publish'd. The prefent fcene opens with K. Henry's marriage, which was in the 23d year of his reign; and clofes with the first battle fought at St. Albans, and won by the York faction, in the 33d year of his reign. So that it comprizes the hiftory and tranfactions of ten years. There are befides, as I have above hinted, fome intermediate incidents crouded in; which transgress upon the order of A 3
So in the famous ancient city, Tours,
In prefence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
[Prefenting the Queen to the King.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arife. Welcome, Queen Margaret; I can exprefs no kinder fign of love,
Than this kind kifs. O Lord, that lend'st me life,
For thou haft giv'n me, in this beauteous face,
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-liefest 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 y-clad with wifdom's majesty, Make me from wond'ring 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 happiness !
Q. Mar. We thank
time. For Eleanor Dutchefs of Gloucester's conviction and banishment for forcery, (which are here introduc'd) happen'd in the 20th year of K. Henry VI, in the 3d year before his marriage with Queen Margaret.
Suff. My Lord Protector, fo it please your Grace,
Gla. reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and William de-la Pole Marquis of Suffolk, Ambassador for Henry King of England, that the faid Henry fhall efpoufe the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerufalem, and crown her Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next enfuing. (2)
Item. That the dutchy of Anjou, and the county of Maine, fhall be released 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.
Win. Item, That the dutchies of Anjou and Maine fhall be releafed and delivered to the King her father, and fhe fent over of the King of England's own proper coft and charges, without having any dowry.
K. Henry. They please us well. Lord Marquifs, kneel you down;
We here create thee the first Duke of Suffolk,
We thank you for all this great favour done,
(2) Ere the thirteenth of May next enfuing.] This is an error only of our modern impreffions. I have fet the text right from the joint: authorities of the first old quarto, the first and fecond folio's, and the chronicles both of Hall and Holing fhead.