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KING Henry VI.

, Cardinal Beauford, Bp. of Winchefer, } Uncles to the King. Duke of York, pretending to the crown. Duke of Buckingham. Duke of Somerfet, Of the King's Party. Duke of Suffolk, Earl of Salisbury; } Of the York Faction. Lerd Clifford, of the King's Party. Lord Şay. Lord Scales, Governor of the Tower. Sir Humphry Stafford. Young Stafford, bis Brother. Alexander Iden, a Kentish Gentleman. Young Clifford, Son to the Lord Clifford. Edward Plantagenet; } Sons to ihe Duke of York. Richard Plantagenet, s Vaux, A Sea Captain, and Walter Whitmore-Pirates. A Herald. Hume and Southwel, 2 Priests. . Bolingbrook, an Astrologer. A Spirit, attending on Jordan the Witch, Thomas Horner, an Arnourer. Peter, his Man. Clerk of Chatham. Mayer of St. Albans. Simpcox, an Impoftur. Jack Cade, Bevis, Michael, John Holland, Dick the

Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and several others, Rebels. Margaret, Queen 10 King Henry VI. secretly in Love with

the Duke Suffolk. Dane Eleanor, Wife to the Duke of Gloucester. Mother Jordan, a Witch employ'd by the Dutchess of GlouWife to Simpcox.

[cefter. Petitioners, Aldermen, a Beedle, Sheriff and Officers, Citi

zens, with Fanlconers, Guards, Mofjengers, and other

Attendants. The SCENE is laid very dispersedly in several Parts of England.


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Fleurish of trumpets: then, hautbays. Enter King Henry,

Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beaua ford on the one fide : The Queen, Suffolk, Yorky Somerset, and Buckinghain on the other.

S by your high imperial Majefty,
I had in charge at my depart for France,

As procurator for your excellence,
To marry Princess Marg'ret for your grace;



(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 conteniion betwixt the two houses of York and Lancaser: 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 23d year of his reign; and closes with the first battle fought at St. Albans, and won by the York faction, in the 334 year of his reign. So that it comprizes the history and transaclions: of ten years. There are besides, as I have above hinted, some intermediate incidents crouded in; which transgrefs upon the order of


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So in the famous ancient city, Tours,
In presence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
The Dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, Alanson,
Seven Earls, twelve Barons, twenty reverend Bishops,
I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd:
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
lo fight of England and her lordly Peers,
Deliver up my title in the Queen

[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 faireft Queen that ever King receiv’d.

K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret; I can express no kinder fign of love, Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend't me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! For thou hait giv'n me, in this beauteous face, A world of earthly blessings to my soul; If fympathy of love'unite our thoughts.

0. 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 doch minifter.

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 my love. All kneel. Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's hapa

Q. Mar. We thank


[Flourish. time. For Eleanor Dutchess of Gloucester’s conviction and banish- * ment 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 Margarete


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