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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)

    H ouses, of Yorke and Lancaster.
    1665Vnder the title of Iohn Mortemer,
    1680To raise commotion, and by that meanes
    1680.1I shall perceiue how the common people
    Do affect the claime and house of Yorke,
    1685Then if he haue successe in his affaires,
    From Ireland then comes Yorke againe,
    To reape the haruest which that coystrill sowed,
    Now if he should be taken and condemd,
    Heele nere confesse that I did set him on,
    1683.1And therefore ere I go ile send him word,
    To put in practise and to gather head,
    That so soone as I am gone he may begin
    To rise in Armes with troupes of country swaines,
    1683.5To helpe him to performe this enterprise.
    And then Duke Humphrey, he well made away,
    1688.1None then can stop the light to Englands Crowne,
    But Yorke can tame and headlong pull them downe
    Exet Yorke.
    1690 Then the Curtaines being drawne, Duke Humphrey is discouered
    in his bed, and two men lying on his brest and smothering him
    1691.1in his bed. And then enter the Duke of Suffolke to them.
    Suffolk. How now sirs, what haue you dispatcht him?
    One. I my Lord, hees dead I warrant you.
    Suffolke. Then see the cloathes laid smooth about him still,
    1702.1That when the King comes, he may perceiue
    No other, but that he dide of his owne accord
    2. All things is hansome now my Lord.
    1705Suffolke. Then draw the Curtaines againe and get you gone,
    1700And you shall haue your firme reward anon.
    1705.1Exet murtherers.

    Then enter the King and Queene, the Duke of Buckingham, and
    the Duke of Somerset, and the Cardinall.
    King. My Lord of Suffolke go call our vnkle Gloster,
    1710Tell him this day we will that he do cleare himselfe.
    Suffolke. I will my Lord. Exet Suffolke.
    King. And good my Lords proceed no further against our vnkle (Gloster,