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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
Duke of Suffolke, and then the Duke of Yorke, and the Cardi-
1294.1 nall of VVinchester, and then the King and the Queene, and then
the Earle of Salisbury, and the Earle of VVarwicke.

1295King. I wonder our vnkle Gloster staies so long.
Queene. Can you not see, or will you not perceiue,
How that ambitious Duke doth vse himselfe?
The time hath bene, but now that time is past,
That none so humble as Duke Humphrey was:
But now let one meete him euen in the morne,
When euery one will giue the time of day,
And he will neither moue nor speake to vs.
1309.1See you not how the Commons follow him
In troupes, crying, God saue the good Duke Humphrey,
And with long life, Iesus preserue his grace,
Honouring him as if he were their King.
Gloster is no litle man in England,
And if he list to stir commotions,
Tys likely that the people will follow him.
1330My Lord, if you imagine there is no such thing,
1330.1Then let it passe, and call it a womans feare.
My Lord of Suffolke, Buckingham, and Yorke,
Disproue my Alligations if you can,
1335And by your speeches, if you can reproue me,
1335.1I will subscribe and say, I wrong'd the Duke.
Suffol. Well hath your grace foreseen into that Duke,
And if I had bene licenst first to speake,
I thinke I should haue told your graces tale.
Smooth runs the brooke whereas the streame is deepest.
1350No, no, my soueraigne, Gloster is a man
Vnsounded yet, and full of deepe deceit.

Enter the Duke of Somerset.

King. Welcome Lord Somerset, what newes from France?
1380Somer. Cold newes my Lord, and this it is,
That all your holds and Townes within those Territores
1381.1Is ouercome my Lord, all is lost.
King.