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She is content tu be at your command;
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents,

20 To love and honour Henry as her lord.

King. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
Therefore, my lord protector, give consent
Th:it Margaret may be England's royal queen.

Glou. So should I give consent to flatter sin.
You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd
Unto another lady of esteem:
How shall we then dispense with that contract,
And not deface your honour with reproach?

Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
Or one that, at a triumph having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
By reason of his al versary's odds:
The poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
And therefore may be broke without offence.

Glou. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than that?
Her father is no better than an earl,
Although in glorious titles he excel.

Suf. Yes, my lord, her father is a king,
The King of Naples and Jerusalem;
And of such great authority in France
As his alliance will confirm our peace
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.

Glou. And so the carl of Armagnac may do,
Because he is near kinsman unto Charles.

Ere. Beside, his wealth doth warrant a liberal dower,
Where Reignier sooner will receive than give.

Suf. A dower, my lord! disgrace not so your king,
That he should be so abject, base and poor,
To choose for wealth and not for perfect love.

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Henry is able to enrich his queen
And not to seek a queen to make him rich:
So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
Marriage is a matter of more wortli
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
Must be companion of his nuptial bed:
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions she should be preferr’d.
For whai is wedlock forced but a hell,
An age of discord and continual strife?
Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial peace.

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Whom should we match with Henry, being a king,
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king?
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,
Approves her fit for none but for a king:
Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit,
More than in women commonly is seen,
Will answer our hope in issue of a king;
For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Is likely to beget more conquerors,
If with a lady of so high resolve
As is fair Margaret be be link'd in love.
Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me
That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she.

King. Whether it be through force of your report,
My noble Lord of Suffolk, or for that
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love,
I cannot tell; but this I am assured,
I feel such sharp dissension in my breast,
Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear,
As I am sick with working of my thoughts.
Take, therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to France;
Agree to any covenants, and procure
That Lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come
To cross the seas to England and be crown'd

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King Henry's faithful and anointed queen:
For your expenses and sufficient charge,
Among the people gather up a tenth.
Be gone, I say; for, till you do return,
I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.
And you, good uncle, banish all offence:
If you do censure me by what you were,
Not what you are, I know it will excuse
This sudden execution of my will.
And so, conduct me where, from company,
I may revolve and ruminate my gricf.

[Erit. Glou. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last.

[Excunt Gloucester and Ereter.
Suf. Then Suffolk hath prevaild; and thus he goes,
As did the youthful Paris once to Greece,
With hope to find the like event in love,
But prosper better than the Trojan did.
Margaret shall now bc queen, and rule the king:
But I will rule both her, the king and realm. [Exit.

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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

KING HENRY the Sixth.

Joux HUME and JOHN SOUTHWELL HIUMPHREY, Duke of Gloucester, priests. his uncle.

BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer.
CARDINAL BEAUFORT, Bishop of THOMAS HORNER, an armourcr.

Winchester, great-uncle to the PETER, his man.
King.

Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Şt.
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, Duke of Alban's.
York.

SIMPcox, an impostor.
EDWARD and RICHARD, his sons. ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gen-
DUKE OF SOMERSET.

tleman.
DUKE OF SUFFOLK.

Jack Cade, a rebel,
DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.

GEORGE Bevis, JOAN HOLLAND,
LORD CLIFFORD.

Dick the butcher, SMTU, the Young CLIFFORD, his son.

weaver, MICHAEL, &c., followers EARL OF SALISBURY.

of Cade. EARL OF WARWICK.

Two Murderers. LORD SCALES.

MARGARET, Queen to King Henry. LORD SAY. Sir HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and MARGARET JOURDAIN, a witch.

ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloucester.
WILLIAM STAFFORD, his brother.

Wife to Simpcox.
SIR JOHN STANLEY.
VAUX.

Lords, Ladies, and Attendants, MATTHEW GorFE.

Petitioners, Aldermen, a HerA Sea-captain, Master, and Mas

ald, a Beadle, Sheriff, and onter's-Mate, and WALTER WHIT

cers, Citizens. 'Prentices, Fal. MORE.

coners, Guards, Soldiers, MesTwo Gentlemen, prisoners with sengers, &c. Suffolk,

A Spirit.
SCENE: England.

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ACT I.
SCENE I. London.

The palace.
Flourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter the KING, HUM-
PHREY, Duke of GLOUCESTER, SALISBURY, WA

ARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT, on the one side; the QUEEN, SUFFOLK, YORK, SOMERSET, and BUCKINGHAM, on the other,

Suf. As by your high imperial majesty I had in charge at my depart for France,

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As procurator to your excellence,
To marry Princess Margaret for your grace,
So, in the famous ancient city Tours,
In presence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
The Dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretagne and Alençon,
Seven earls, twelve barons and twenty reverend bishops,
I have perform'd my task and was espoused:
And humbly now upon my bended knee,

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In sight of England and lier lordly peers,
Deliver up my title in the qucen
To your most gracious hands, that are the substance
Of that great shadow I did represent:
The happiest gift that ever marquess gave,
The fairest queen that ever king received.

King. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret:
I can express no kinder sign of love
Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!

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For thou hast given me in this beauteous face
A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.

Queen. Great King of England and my gracious lord, The mutual conference that my mind hail bad, 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 salute my king With ruder terms, such as my wit affords

30 And over-joy of heart doth minister.

King. Her sight did ravish; but her grace in speech, Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, Makes me from wondering fall to weeping joys; Such is the fulness of my heart's content. Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. All [kneeling]. Long live Queen Margaret, England's

happiness! Queen. We thank you all.

[Flourish. Suf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, Here are the articles of contracted peace

40 Between our sovereign and the French king Charles, For eighteen months concluded by consent.

Glou. [Readx] 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 uuto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia and Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England ere the thirticth of May next cusuing. Item, that the duchy of Anjou and the county of Maine shall be released and delivered to the king hier father"

[Letx the paper fall. king. Unclc, how now! Glou.

Pardon mc, gracious lord;
Some sudden qualm liath struck me at the heart
And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read po further.

King. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.

Car. [Rerulx] “ 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: We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, And gird thee with the sword. Cousin of York, We here discharge your grace from being regent l' the parts of France, till term of eighteen months Be full expired. Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloucester, York, Buckingham, Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;

70 We thank you all for this great favour done, In entertainment to my princely queen. Come, let us in, and with all speel provide To see her coronation be perform'd.

(Ereunt King, Queen, and Suffolk. Glou. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state, To you Duke Humphrey must unload his grief, Your grief, the common grief of all the land. What! did my brother Henry spend his youth, His valour, coin and people, in the wars? Did he so often lodge in open field,

80 In winter's cold and summer's parching heat, To conquer France, his true inheritance? And did my brother Bedford toil his wits, To keep by policy what Henry got? Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious Warwick, Received deep scars in France and Normandy? Or hath mine uncle Beaufort and myself, With all the learned council of the realm, Studied so long, sat in the council-house

90 Early and late, debating to and fro How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe, And bad his highness in his infancy Crowned in Paris in despite of foos? And shall these labours and these honours die?

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