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Flourish of trumpets: then, hautbays. Enter King Henry,
Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one side : The Queen, Suffolk, Yorky Somerset, and Buckinghain on the other.
As procurator for your excellence,
(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 101 k 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. Albars, and won by the York faction, in the 333 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 tranfgrefs upon the order of
So in the famous ancient city, Tours,
[Presenting the Queen to the King.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret ; I can express no kinder sign of love, Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend'ft me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! For thou haft giv'n me, in this beauteous face, A world of earthly blessings to my soul; If fympathy of love'unite our thoughts.
6. 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
mine alder-liefest Sovereign; Makes me the bolder to salute my King With ruder terms; fuch as my wit affords, And over-joy of heart doch 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 my 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 sorcery, (which are here introducid) happen'd in the 20th year of K. Henry VI. in the 3d year before his marriage with Queen Margaret.
Suf. My Lord Protector, so it please your Grace, Here are the articles of contracted peace, Between our Sovereign and the French King Charles, For eighteen months concluded by consent,
Glo. reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and William de la Pole Marquiss of. Suffolk, Ambassador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry shall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem, and crozun 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 ber fatber.
(Lets fall the papri 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 fall be releafed and delivered to the King her father, and Joe 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 impresions. 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 pead.
To see her coronation be perform'd.
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk.
Manent the reft.
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse?
(3) Or hath mine uncle Bedford---] Here again the indolence of our modern editors is very signal; for within fix lines Gloucester is made to call Bedford both his brother and uncle. I have the warrant of the older books for restoring the true reading here.
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it if we can;
Sal. Now, by the death of him who dy'd for all,
War. For grief that they are pait recovery. For were there hope to conquer them again, My sword Mould thed hot blood, mine eyes no tears. Anjou and Maine ! myself did win them both: Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer. And are the cities, that I got with wounds, Delivered up again with peaceful words?
York. For Suffolk's Duke, may he be suffocate, That dims the honour of this warlike isle ! France should have torn and rent my very heart, Before I would have yielded to this league. I never read, but England's Kings have had Large sums of gold, and dowries with their wives : And our King Henry gives away his own, To match with her that brings no vantages.
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, For cost and charges in transporting her: She should have itaid in France, and starv'd in France, Before
Car. My Lord of Gloffer, now ye grow too hot: It was the pleasure of my Lord the King.
Glo. My Lord of Winchester, I know your mind, "Tis not my speeches that you do milike, But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you. Rancour will out, proud Prelate; in thy face, I see thy fury: if I longer stay, We shall begin our ancient bickerings. Lordings, farewel; and say, when I am gone, I prophesy'd, France will be lost ere long. [Exit, Car, So, there goes our Protector in a rage :