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Author: William Shakespeare
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Henry VI, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1594)


The first part of the contention of the two famous
Humphrey. My gratious Lord, then this is my resolue,
601.1For that these words the Armourer should speake,
Doth breed suspition on the part of Yorke,
Let Somerset be Regent ouer the French,
Till trials made, and Yorke may cleare himselfe.
604.1King. Then be it so my Lord of Somerset.
We make your grace Regent ouer the French,
And to defend our rights gainst forraine foes,
And so do good vnto the Realme of France.
.5Make hast my Lord, tis time that you were gone,
The time of Truse I thinke is full expirde.
Somerset. I humbly thanke your royall Maiestie,
608.1And take my leaue to poste with speed to France.
Exet Somerset.
King. Come vnckle Gloster, now lets haue our horse,
617.1For we will to Saint Albones presently,
Madame your Hawke they say, is swift of flight,
And we will trie how she will flie to day.
Exet omnes.
Enter Elnor, with sir Iohn Hum, Koger Bullenbrooke a Coniurer,
619.1
and Margery Iourdaine a Witch.
Elnor. Here sir Iohn, take this scrole of paper here,
Wherein is writ the questions you shall aske,
And I will stand vpon this Tower here,
.5And here the spirit what it saies to you,
And to my questions, write the answeres downe.
She goes vp to the Tower.
632.1Sir Iohn. Now sirs begin and cast your spels about,
And charme the fiendes for to obey your wils,
And tell Dame Elnor of the thing she askes.
Witch. Then Roger Bullinbrooke about thy taske,
And frame a Cirkle here vpon the earth,
630Whilst I thereon all prostrate on my face,
643.1Do talke and whisper with the diuels be low,
And coniure them for to obey my will.
She lies downe vpon her face.
Bullen