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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.
    Humphrey. The lavv my Lord is this by case, it rests suspitious,
    That a day of combat be appointed,
    605And there to trie each others right or vvrong,
    605.1Which shall be on the thirtith of this month,
    With Eben staues, and Standbags combatting
    In Smythfield, before your Royall Maiestie.
    Exet Humphrey.
    Armour. And I accept the Combat vvillingly.
    610Peter. Alasse my Lord, I am not able to fight.
    Suffolke. You must either fight sirra or else be hangde:
    615Go take them hence againe to prison. Exet vvith them.

    530The Queene lets fall her gloue, and hits the Duches of
    530.1Gloster, a boxe on the eare.
    Queene. Giue me my gloue. Why Minion can you not see?
    529.1She strikes her.
    I cry you mercy Madame, I did mistake,
    531.1I did not thinke it had bene you.
    Elnor. Did you not proud French-vvoman,
    Could I come neare your daintie vissage vvith my nayles,
    Ide set my ten commandments in your face.
    535King. Be patient gentle Aunt.
    535.1It vvas against her vvill.
    Elnor. Against her vvill. Good King sheele dandle thee,
    If thou vvilt alvvaies thus be rulde by her.
    But let it rest. As sure as I do liue,
    She shall not strike dame Elnor vnreuengde.
    540Exet Elnor.
    540.1King. Beleeue me my loue, thou vvart much to blame,
    I vvould not for a thousand pounds of gold,
    My noble vnckle had bene here in place.
    Enter Duke Humphrey.
    546.1But see vvhere he comes, I am glad he met her not.
    Vnckle Gloster, vvhat ansvvere makes your grace
    600.1Concerning our Regent for the Realme of France,
    Whom thinks your grace is meetest for to send.