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KING Henry VI.
Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and several others, Rebels. Margaret, Queen to King Henry VI. secretly 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 Officers, Citi
zens, with Faulconers, Guards, Messengers, and other
Attendants. The SCENE is laid very dispersedly in several Parts
The SECOND PART of (1)
H E N R r VI.
A C T I.
SCENE, the Palace.
Flourish of trumpets: then, hautboys. Enter King Henry,
Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one side : The Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerset, and Buckingham on the other.
As procurator for your excellence,
So* (1) The second 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 houses of York and Lancaster : And under that title were these two plays first acted and publith'd. The present scene opens with K. Henry's marriage, which was in the 230 year of his reign ; and closes with the first battle fought at Sc. Albans, and won by the York faction, in the 33d year of his reign. So that it comprizes the history and transactions of ten years. There are besides, as I have above hinted, some intermediate incidents crouded in ; which transgress upon the order of
So in the famous ancient city, Tours,
[Presenting the Queen to the King. To your most gracious hand; that are the substance of that great shadow I did represent: The happiest gift that ever Marquiss gave, The faireít Queen that ever King receiv'd.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret ; I can exprefs no kinder sign of love, Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend't me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! For thou haft giv’n me, in this beauteous face, A world of earthly bleffings to my soul; If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious Lord, The matual conf'rence that my mind hath had, By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams, Io courtly company, or at my beads, With you mine alder-liefest Sovereign ; Makes me the bolder to salute my King With ruder terms; such as my wit affords, And over-joy of heart doth minister.
K. Henry. Her fight did ravish, but her grace in speech, Her words y-clad with wisdom'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
love. All kneel. Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's hap
piness! Q. Mar. We thank you all.
(Flourish. time. For Eleanor Dutchess 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, so it please your Grace,
concluded by consent. Gla. reads.) Imprimis, It is agreed betrween the French King, Charles, and William de-la Pole Marquiss of Suffolk, Ambassador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry shall espouse tbe Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing. (2)
Item. That the dutchy of Anjou, and the county of Maine, shall be released and delivered to the King her father.
(Lets fall the paper. K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious Lord ;
K. Henry. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
Win. Item, That the dutchies of Anjou and Maine Mall be released and delivered to the King ber father, and fae fent over of the King of England's own proper coff and charges, without having any dowry. K. Henry. They please us well. Lord Marquiss, kneel
favour done, In entertainment to my princely Queen. Come, let us in, and with all speed provide
(2) Ere the thirteenth of May next ensuing.] This is an error only of our modern impressions. I have set the text right from the joint: authorities of the first old quarto, the first and second folio's, and the chronicles both of Hall and Holing head,