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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
The fairest Queene that euer King possest.
King. Suffolke arise.
25Welcome Queene Margaret to English Henries Court,
The greatest shew of kindnesse yet we can bestow,
26.1Is this kinde kisse: Oh gracious God of heauen,
Lend me a heart repleat with thankfulnesse,
For in this beautious face thou hast bestowde
A world of pleasures to my perplexed soule.
Queene. Th'excessiue loue I beare vnto your grace,
Forbids me to be lauish of my tongue,
Least I should speake more then beseemes a woman:
Let this suffice, my blisse is in your liking,
35And nothing can make poore Margaret miserable,
Vnlesse the frowne of mightie Englands King.
Kin. Her lookes did wound, but now her speech doth pierce,
40Louely Queene Margaret sit down by my side:
And vnckle Gloster, and you Lordly Peeres,
43.1With one voice welcome my beloued Queene.
All. Long liue Queene Margaret, Englands happinesse.
45Queene. We thanke you all.
45.1
Sound Trumpets.
Suffolke. My Lord Protector, so it please your grace,
Here are the Articles confirmde of peace,
Betweene our Soueraigne and the French King Charles,
Till terme of eighteene months be full expirde.
50Humphrey. Imprimis, It is agreed betweene the French King
Charles, and William de la Poule, Marquesse of Suffolke, Embas-
sador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry shal wed
and espouse the Ladie Margaret, daughter to Raynard King of
Naples, Cyssels, and Ierusalem, and crowne her Queene of Eng-
55land, ere the 30 of the next month.
Item. It is further agreed betwene them, that the Dutches of An-
ioy and of Maine, shall be released and deliuered ouer to the
57.1King her fa.
Duke Humphrey lets it fall.
Kin How now vnkle, whats the matter that you stay so sodenly.
Humphrey.