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THE SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
Thr8 bistorical play was first published with its present title in the folio of 1623. But much the greater part of it, either “simple, of itself,” or with more or less variation, had been published in a quarto in 1594, which bore the following full and descriptive title : The First Part of the Contention betwixt 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 prowd Cardinall of Winchester, with the notable Rebellion of lacke Cade: And the Duke of Yorkes first clayme to the Crowne. This play was published again in 1600, and yet again in 1619; in the latter case as the first part of a book with the following title : The Whole Contention betweene the two Famous Houses, Lancaster and Yorke. With the tragical ends of the good Duke Humfrey, Richard Duke of Yorke, and King Henrie the sixt. Divided into two parts: And newly corrected and enlarged. Written by William Shakespeare, Gent. It will be observed that Shakespeare was not living at the time of this last publication. The facts in regard to the play seem to be briefly these. Some time about the year 1589-90, Christopher Marlowe and Robert Greene undertook, with the help of a promising young playwright named William Shakespeare, to dramatize the events of the Wars of the Roses, and The First Part of the Contention was the fruit of their joint labor, in which the superiority of Sbakespeare's genius notably asserted itself. Afterwards Shakespeare took this play, and, retaining what he had written of it with no alteration, or with little, he worked over and touched up the rest with the result which we now know as the Second Part of King Henry the Sixth. This he probably did at some indeterminable time between 1600 and 1603. The substance of the play is taken from Holinshed's Chronicles. The period of the action is between 1445 and 1455.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING AENRY THE SIXTH.
JOHN HUME and JOAN SOUTHWELL, HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloucester, his priests. uncle.
ROGER BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer.
Winchester, great-uncle to the King. PETER, his man.
JACK CADE, a rebel.
GEORGE BEVIS, JOHN HOLLAND, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.
Dick the butcher, SMITH the weaver, LORD CLIFFORD.
MICHAEL, etc., followers of Cade.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloucester. LORD SAY.
MARGARET JOURDAIN, a witch. SIR HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and Wife to Simpcox.
WILLIAM STAFFORD, his brother. SIR JOHN STANLEY.
Lords, Ladies, and Attendants, PetiVAUX.
tioners, Aldermen, a Herald, a BeaMATTHEW GOFFE.
dle, Sheriff, and Officers, Citizens, ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gentle 'Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Sol man.
diers, Messengers, etc. A Sea-Captain, Master, and Master's
Mate, and WALTER WHITMORE. A Spirit. Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk.
THE SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
SCENE I. London. The palace. Flowish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter the KING, HUMPHRET, DUKE OF GLOUCESTER,
SALISBURY, WARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT, on ihe one side'; lhe QUEEN, SUFFOLK,
Suf. As by your high imperial majesty
queen that ever king receiv'd.
Queen. Great King of England and my gracious lord,
Makes me the bolder tó salute my king
King. Her sight did ravish; but her grace in speech,
40 Between our sovereign and the French king Charles, For eighteen months concluded by consent.
Glou. (Reads.) “ Imprimis, It is agreed between the French king Charles, and William de la Pole, Marquess .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 crown her Queen of England ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing. Item, that the duchy of Anjou and the county of Maine shall be released and delivered to the King her father'
(Lats the paper fall. King. Uncle, how now!
King. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
Car. (Reads.) “ Item, It is further agreed between them, that the duchies of Anjou and Maine shall be released and delivered over to the King her father, and she sent over of the King of England's own proper cost and charges, without having any dowry.”
King. They please us well. Lord marquess, kneel down:
69 To see her coronation be perform'd. (Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk.
Glou. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state,
His valour, coin and people, in the wars ?
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse,
Glou. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ;
Sal. Now, by the death of Him that died for all,
War. For grief that they are past recovery:
119 Mort Dieu = God's death. (Fr.)