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  • Title: Henry VI, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1594)

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


    Houses, of Yorke and Lancaster.
    190My Lords let vs seeke for our Countries good,
    Oft haue I seene this haughtie Cardinall
    Sweare, and forsweare himselfe, and braue it out,
    More like a Ruffin then a man of Church.
    Cosin Yorke, the victories thou hast wonne,
    In Ireland, Normandie, and in France,
    Hath wonne thee immortall praise in England.
    And thou braue VVarwicke, my thrice valiant sonne,
    Thy simple plainnesse and thy house-keeping,
    200Hath wonne thee credit amongst the common sort,
    200.1The reuerence of mine age, and Neuels name,
    Is of no litle force if I command,
    Then let vs ioyne all three in one for this,
    That good Duke Humphrey may his state possesse,
    211.1But wherefore weepes Warwicke my noble sonne.
    VVarw. For griefe that all is lost that VVarwick won.
    Sonnes. Anioy and Maine, both giuen away at once,
    Why VVarwick did win them, & must that then which we wonne
    211.5with our swords, be giuen away with wordes.
    Yorke. As I haue read, our Kinges of England were woont to
    haue large dowries with their wiues, but our King Henry
    giues away his owne.
    Sals. Come sonnes away and looke vnto the maine.
    VVar. Vnto the Maine, Oh father Maine is lost,
    Which VVarwicke by maine force did win from France,
    Maine chance father you meant, but I meant Maine,
    Which I will win from France, or else be slaine.
    225
    Exet Salsbury and Warwicke.
    Yorke. Anioy and Maine, both giuen vnto the French,
    Cold newes for me, for I had hope of France,
    250Euen as I haue of fertill England.
    A day will come when Yorke shall claime his owne,
    And therefore I will take the Neuels parts,
    And make a show of loue to proud Duke Humphrey:
    And vvhen I spie aduantage, claime the Crovvne,
    255For thats the golden marke I seeke to hit:
    Nor