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  • Title: Henry VI, Part 2 (Folio 1, 1623)

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    Henry VI, Part 2 (Folio 1, 1623)


    The second Part of Henry the Sixt,
    with the death of the Good Duke

    1Actus Primus. Scoena Prima.

    Flourish of Trumpets: Then Hoboyes.

    Enter King, Duke Humfrey, Salisbury, Warwicke, and Beau-
    ford on the one side.
    5The Queene, Suffolke, Yorke, Somerset, and Buckingham,
    on the other.

    AS by your high Imperiall Maiesty,
    I had in charge at my depart for France,
    10As Procurator to your Excellence,
    To marry Princes Margaret for your Grace;
    So in the Famous Ancient City, Toures,
    In presence of the Kings of France, and Sicill,
    The Dukes of Orleance, Calaber, Britaigne, and Alanson,
    15Seuen Earles, twelue Barons, & twenty reuerend Bishops
    I haue perform'd my Taske, and was espous'd,
    And humbly now vpon my bended knee,
    In sight of England, and her Lordly Peeres,
    Deliuer vp my Title in the Queene
    20To your most gracious hands, that are the Substance
    Of that great Shadow I did represent:
    The happiest Gift, that euer Marquesse gaue,
    The Fairest Queene, that euer King receiu'd.
    King. Suffolke arise. Welcome Queene Margaret,
    25I can expresse no kinder signe of Loue
    Then this kinde kisse: O Lord, that lends me life,
    Lend me a heart repleate with thankfulnesse:
    For thou hast giuen me in this beauteous Face
    A world of earthly blessings to my soule,
    30If Simpathy of Loue vnite our thoughts.
    Queen. Great King of England, & my gracious Lord,
    The mutuall conference that my minde hath had,
    By day, by night; waking, and in my dreames,
    In Courtly company, or at my Beades,
    35With you mine Alder liefest Soueraigne,
    Makes me the bolder to salute my King,
    With ruder termes, such as my wit affoords,
    And ouer ioy of heart doth minister.
    King. Her sight did rauish, but her grace in Speech,
    40Her words yclad with wisedomes Maiesty,
    Makes me from Wondring, fall to Weeping ioyes,
    Such is the Fulnesse of my hearts content.
    Lords, with one cheerefull voice, Welcome my Loue.
    All kneel. Long liue Qu. Margaret, Englands happines.
    45Queene. We thanke you all. Florish

    Suf. My Lord Protector, so it please your Grace,
    Heere are the Articles of contracted peace,
    Betweene our Soueraigne, and the French King Charles,
    For eighteene moneths concluded by consent.
    50Glo. Reads. Inprimis, It is agreed betweene the French K.
    Charles, and William de la Pole Marquesse of Suffolke, Am-
    bassador for Henry King of England, That the said Henry shal
    espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter vnto Reignier King of
    Naples, Sicillia, and Ierusalem, and Crowne her Queene of
    55England, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing.
    Item, That the Dutchy of Aniou, and the County of Main,
    shall be released and deliuered to the King her father.
    King. Vnkle, how now?
    Glo. Pardon me gracious Lord,
    60Some sodaine qualme hath strucke me at the heart,
    And dim'd mine eyes, that I can reade no further.
    King. Vnckle of Winchester, I pray read on.
    Win. Item, It is further agreed betweene them, That the
    Dutchesse of Aniou and Maine, shall be released and deliuered
    65ouer to the King her Father, and shee sent ouer of the King of
    Englands owne proper Cost and Charges, without hauing any
    King. They please vs well. Lord Marques kneel down,
    We heere create thee the first Duke of Suffolke,
    70And girt thee with the Sword. Cosin of Yorke,
    We heere discharge your Grace from being Regent
    I'th parts of France, till terme of eighteene Moneths
    Be full expyr'd. Thankes Vncle Winchester,
    Gloster, Yorke, Buckingham, Somerset,
    75Salisburie, and Warwicke.
    We thanke you all for this great fauour done,
    In entertainment to my Princely Queene.
    Come, let vs in, and with all speede prouide
    To see her Coronation be perform'd.
    80 Exit King, Queene, and Suffolke.

    Manet the rest.
    Glo. Braue Peeres of England, Pillars of the State,
    To you Duke Humfrey must vnload his greefe:
    Your greefe, the common greefe of all the Land.
    85What? did my brother Henry spend his youth,
    His valour, coine, and people in the warres?
    Did he so often lodge in open field:
    In Winters cold, and Summers parching heate,
    To conquer France, his true inheritance?
    90And did my brother Bedford toyle his wits,