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

Houses, of Yorke and Lancaster.
This my staffe mine Office badge in Court,
300Was broke in two, and on the ends were plac'd,
The heads of the Cardinall of VVinchester,
And VVilliam de la Poule first Duke of Suffolke.
Elnor. Tush my Lord, this signifies nought but this,
That he that breakes a sticke of Glosters groue,
Shall for th'offence, make forfeit of his head.
But now my Lord, Ile tell you what I dreampt,
310Me thought I was in the Cathedrall Church
At Westminster, and seated in the chaire
Where Kings and Queenes are crownde, and at my feete
Henry and Margaret with a Crowne of gold
Stood readie to set it on my Princely head.
315Humphrey. Fie Nell. Ambitious woman as thou art,
Art thou not second woman in this land,
And the Protectors wife belou'd of him,
And wilt thou still be hammering treason thus,
Away I say, and let me heare no more.
325Elnor How now my Lord. What angry with your Nell,
For telling but her dreame. The next I haue
Ile keepe to my selfe, and not be rated thus.
Humphrey. Nay Nell, Ile giue no credit to a dreame,
329.1But I would haue thee to thinke on no such things.
Enters a Messenger.
Messenger.And it please your grace, the King and Queene to
morrow morning will ride a hawking to Saint Albones,
and craues your company along with them.
Humphrey. With all my heart, I will attend his grace:
334.1Come Nell, thou wilt go with vs vs I am sure.
Exet Humphrey.
335Elnor. Ile come after you, for I cannot go before,
But ere it be long, Ile go before them all,
Despight of all that seeke to crosse me thus,
Who is within there?