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KING HENRY THE SIXTH:
HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloster, his Uncle.
CARDINAL BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winchester, great Uncle
to the King.
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, Duke of York:
EDWARD and RICHARD, his Sons.
Duke of Somerset,
Duke of Suffolk,
Duke of Buckingham,
of the King's Party.
Young CLIFFORD, his Son,
Earl of Salisbury;} of the York Faction.
LORD SCALES, Governor of the Tower. LORD SAY. SIR HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and his Brother.
SIR JOHN STANLEY.
A Sea Captain, Master, and Master's Mate, and WALTER WHITMORE.
Two Gentlemen, Prisoners with Suffolk.
HUME and SOUTHWELL, two Priests.
BOLINGBROKE, a Conjuror. A Spirit raised by him. THOMAS HORNER, an Armorer: PETER, his Man.
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of St. Albans.
SIMPCOX, an Impostor. Two Murderers.
JACK CADE, a Rebel:
GEORGE, JOHN, DICK, SMITH, the Weaver, MICHAEL,
&c., his followers.
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish Gentleman.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster.
MARGERY JOURDAIN, a Witch. Wife to Simpcox.
Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Petitioners, Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers; Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c.
SCENE, dispersedly in various parts of England.
SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
SCENE I. London. A Room of State in the Palace.
Flourish of trumpets; then hautboys. Enter, on one side, KING HENRY, DUKE of GLOSTER, SALISBURY, WARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT; on the other, QUEen MargaRET, led in by SUFFOLK; YORK, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others, following.
Suffolk. As by your high, imperial majesty, I had in charge at my depart for France,
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, Bretaigne, and Alençon,
Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bishops,
I have performed my task, and was espoused;
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
In sight of England and her lordly peers,
To your most gracious hands, that are the substance
The happiest gift that ever marquess gave,
K. Hen. Suffolk, arise.-Welcome, queen Margaret;
I can express no kinder sign of love,
Than this kind kiss.- O Lord, that lends me life,
Q. Mar. Great king of England, and my gracious lord; The mutual conference that my mind hath hadBy 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, And over-joy of heart doth minister.
K. Hen. 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;
Glo. [Reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French king Charles, and William de la Poole, 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.
K. Hen. Uncle, how now? Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord; Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart, And dimmed mine eyes, that I can read no further.
K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on. Win. 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 dowry.
K. Hen. 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
Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloster, York, and Buckingham,
Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;
We thank you all for this great favor done,
[Exeunt King, Queen, and SUFFOLK.
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe?
Been crowned in Paris, in despite of foes?
And shall these labors, and these honors, die?
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse?
This peroration with such circumstance?
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can;
Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roast,
Sal. Now, by the death of Him that died for all,