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KING Henry VI.
Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and several others, Rebels. Margaret, Queen to King Henry VI. secretly in love with
the Duke of Suffolk. Dame Eleanor, Wife to the Duke of Gloucester. Mother Jordan, a Witch employ'd by the Dutchess of GlouWife to Simpcox.
[cester. Petitioners, Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff and Officers, Citi
zens, with Faulconers, Guards, Messengers, and other
Attendants. The SCENE is laid very dispersedly in several Parts
The SECOND PART of (1)
H E N R r VI.
A C T I.
SCENE, the Palace.
Flourish of trumpets: then, hautboys. Enter King Henry,
Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one side : The Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerset, and Buckingham on the other.
As procurator for your excellence,
So (1) The second part of K. Henry VI.] This and the third part of K. Henry VI. contain that troublesome period of this Prince's reign, which took in the whole contention betwixt the two houses of York and Lancaster : And under that title were these two plays first acted and publith'd. The present scene opens with K. Henry's marriage, which was in the 23d year of his reign ; and closes with the first battle fought at St. Albans, and won by the York faction, in the 33d year of his reign. So that it comprizes the history and transactions of ten years. There are besides, as I have above hinted, some intermediate incidents crouded in; which transgress upon the order of
So in the famous ancient city, Tours,
[Presenting the Queen to the King.
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margarit; I can exprefs no kinder sign of love, Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend't me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! For thou hast giv'n me, in this beauteous face, A world of earthly blessings to my soul ; If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious Lord, The matual conf'rence that my mind hath had, By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams, lo courtly company, or at my beads, With you mine alder-liefest Sovereign ; Makes me the bolder to salute
King With ruder terms ; such as my wit affords, And over-joy of heart doth minifter.
K. Henry. Her fight did ravish, but her grace in speech, Her words y-clad with wisdom's majefty, Make me from wond'ring fall to weeping joys, Such is the fulness of my heart's content. Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. All kneel. Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's hap
piness! Q. Mar. We thank you all.
[Flourish. time. For Eleanor Dutchess of Gloucester's convi&tion and banish. ment for forcery, (which are here introduc'd) happen'd in the 20th year of K. Henry VI, in the 3d year before his marriage with Queen Margaret