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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.
    but the King. Come lets goe.
    1050Exet omnes.

    Enter King Henry, and the Queene, Duke Humphrey, the Duke of
    Suffolke, and the Duke of Buckingham, the Cardinall, and Dame
    1052.1 Elnor Cobham, led with the Officers, and then enter to them the
    Duke of Yorke, and the Earles of Salsbury and VVarwicke.

    King. Stand foorth Dame Elnor Cobham Duches of Gloster,
    and here the sentence pronounced against thee for these Treasons,
    that thou hast committed gainst vs, our States and Peeres.
    First for thy hainous crimes, thou shalt two daies in London do
    penance barefoote in the streetes, with a white sheete about thy
    1065bodie, and a waxe Taper burning in thy hand. That done, thou
    shalt be banished for euer into the Ile of Man, there to ende thy
    1066.1wretched daies, and this is our sentence erreuocable. Away with
    Elnor. Euen to my death, for I haue liued too long.
    Exet some with Elnor.
    1066.5King. Greeue not noble vnckle, but be thou glad,
    In that these Treasons thus are come to light,
    Least God had pourde his vengeance on thy head,
    For her offences that thou heldst so deare.
    Humph. Oh gratious Henry, giue me leaue awhile,
    To leaue your grace, and to depart away,
    For sorrowes teares hath gripte my aged heart,
    1075And makes the fountaines of mine eyes to swell,
    1075.1And therefore good my Lord, let me depart.
    King. With all my hart good vnkle, when you please,
    Yet ere thou goest, Humphrey resigne thy staffe,
    For Henry will be no more protected,
    The Lord shall be my guide both for my land and me.
    Humph. My staffe, I noble Henry, my life and all,
    My staffe, I yeeld as willing to be thine,
    As erst thy noble father made it mine,
    1090And euen as willing at thy feete I leaue it,
    As others would ambitiously receiue it,
    And long hereafter when I am dead and gone,
    D May