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


Houses, of Yorke and Lancaster.
Enter King Henry.
King. How now Buckingham, is Yorke friends with vs,
3050That thus thou bringst him hand in hand with thee?
Buc. He is my Lord, and hath dischargde his troopes
Which came with him, but as your grace did say,
To heaue the Duke of Somerset from hence,
3055And to subdue the Rebels that vvere vp.
3055.1King. Then vvelcome cousin Yorke, giue me thy hand,
And thankes for thy great seruice done to vs,
Against those traitorous Irish that rebeld.
Enter maister Eyden vvith Iacke Cades head.
Eyden. Long liue Henry in triumphant peace,
Lo here my Lord vpon my bended knees,
3060I here present the traitorous head of Cade,
That hand to hand in single fight I slue.
King. First thanks to heauen, & next to thee my friend,
3062.1That hast subdude that vvicked traitor thus.
Oh let me see that head that in his life,
3063.1Did vvorke me and my land such cruell spight,
A visage sterne, cole blacke his curled locks,
Deepe trenched furrovves in his frovvning brovv,
Presageth vvarlike humors in his life.
3070Here take it hence and thou for thy revvard,
Shalt be immediatly created Knight.
Kneele dovvne my friend, and tell me vvhats thy name?
Eyden. Alexander Eyden, if it please your grace,
A poore Esquire of Kent.
King. Then rise vp sir Alexander Eyden knight,
And for thy maintenance, I freely giue
A thousand markes a yeare to maintaine thee,
3074.1Beside the firme revvard that vvas proclaimde,
For those that could performe this vvorthie act,
And thou shalt vvaight vpon the person of the king.
3075Eyden. I humbly thank your grace, and I no longer liue,
Then I proue iust and loyall to my king.
(Exet.
Enter the Queene vvith the Duke of Somerset.
King. O Buckingham see vvhere Somerset comes,
Bid him go hide himselfe till Yorke be gone.
H
Queene.