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SCENE, The Palace. Flourish of Trumpets : then, Hautboys. Enter King
Henry, Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one fide: The Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerset, and Buckingham on the other.
S by your high imperial Majesty
I had in charge at my depart from France,
As procurator for your Excellence,
To marry Princess Marg'ret for your
So in the famous ancient city, Tours, In presence of the Kings of France and Sicil, The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, Alanson, Seven Earls, twelve Barons, twenty reverend Bishops, I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd:
(1) The second part of K, Henry VI.) This and the third part of K. Henry VI. contain that troublesom Period of this Prince's Reign, which took in the whole contention betwixt the two Houses of Tork and Lancaster: And under that Title were
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
In sight of England and her lordly peers
Deliver up my title in the Queen
[Presenting the Queen to the King. Το
your moft gracious hand; that are the substance
Of that great ihadow I did represent:
The happiest gift that ever Marquiss gave,
The fairest Queen that ever King receiv’d. ,
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret ;
I can express no kinder sign of love,
Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lend'st me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness !
For thou haft giv'n me, in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly blessings to my soul;
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
0. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious
The mutual conf'rence that my mind hath had,
By day, by night,' waking, and in my dreams,
In courtly company, or at my beads,
With you mine alder-liefest Sovereign;
Makes me the bolder to falute my 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 majesty,
Make me from wondring fall to weeping joys,
Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome
love. All kneel. Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's hap
piness! Q. Mar. We thank you all.
(Flourib. Suff. My lord protector, so it please your grace, Here are the articles of contracted Peace,
these two Plays first acted and published. The present Scene opens with K. Henry's Marriage, which was in the 23d Year of his Reign; and cioses with the first Battle fought at St. Albans, and won by the Tork Faction, in the 33d Year of his Reign.
So that it comprizes the History and Tranfa&tions of 10 Years.
Between our Sovereign and the French King Charles,
For eighteen months concluded by consent.
Glo. reads.] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and William de la Pole Marquiss of Suffolk, Ambasador for Henry King of England, that the said Henry
shall espouse the lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May. next ensuing.
Item. That the Dutchy of Anjou, and the County of Maine, foall be released and delivered to the King her father.
[Lets fall the paper. K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord;
Some sudden qualm hath ftruck me to the heart,
And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further,
K. Henry. Uncle of Wiacbefter, I pray, read on.
Win. Item, That the Dutchies of Anjou and Maine
shall be released and delivered to the King her father, and
The sent over of the King of England's own proper cost and
charges, without having any dowry.
K. Henry. They please us well. Lord Marquiss, kneel
We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk,
And gird thee with the sword. Cousin of York,
We here discharge your Grace from being Regent
I'th' parts of France, till term of eighteen months
Be full expir'd. - Thanks, uncle Winchester,
Glofter, York, Buckingham, and Somerset,
Salisbury and Warwick;
We thank you for all this great favour done,
In entertainment to my princely Queen.
Come, let us in, and with all speed provide
To see her coronation be perform’d.
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk.
Manent the rest.
Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state,
To you Duke
Humphry muft unload his grief,
Your grief, the common grief of all the land.
What! did my brother Henry spend his youth,
His valour, coin, and people in theiwars :
Did he so often lodge in open field,
In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat,
To conquer France, his true inheritance ?
And did my brother Bedford toil his wits
To keep by policy what Henry got ?
Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham,
Brave York; and Salisbury, victorious Warwick,
Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy?
Or hath mine uncle Beauford, and my self,
With all the learned council of the realm,
Studied so long, sat in the council-house,
Early and late, debating to and fro,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe,
And was his Highness in his infancy
Crowned in Paris, in deípight of fres?
And shall these labours and thefe honours die !
Shall Henry's Conquest, Bedford's vigilance,
Your deeds of war, and all our counsel die!
O peers of England, shameful is this league,
Fatal this marriage; cancelling your fame,
Blotting your names from books of memory;
Razing the characters of your renown,
Defacing monuments of conquer'd France,
Undoing all, as all had never been.
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse?
This peroration with such circumstances ?
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it Rill.
Gl. Ay, uncle, we will keep it if we can ;
But now it is impossible we should.
Suffolk, the new-made Duke that rules the roaft,
Hath giv’n the dutchy of Anjou and Maine
Unto the poor King Reignier, whose large style
Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.
Sal. Now, by the death of him who dy'd for all,
These counties were the keys of Normandy:
But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son ?
War. For grief that they are paft recovery.
For were there hope to conquer them again,
My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no tears.
Anjou and Maine ! myself did win them both :
Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer.
And are the cities, that I got with wounds,
Delivered up again with peaceful words?
York. For Suffolk's Duke, may he be suffocate,
That dims the honour of this warlike ifle !
France should have torn and rent my very heart,
Before I would have yielded to this league.
never read, but England's Kings have had
Large sums of gold, and dowries with their wives :
And our King Henry gives away
own, To match with her that brings no vantages.
Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before,
That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth,
For cost and charges in transporting her:
She should have staid in France, and starv'd in France,
Car. My lord of Gloster, now ye grow too hot:
It was the pleasure of my lord the King.
Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your mind,
?Tis not my speeches that you do mislike,
But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you.
Rancour will out, proud prelate; in thy face,
I see thy fury: if I longer stay,
We shall begin our ancient bickerings. | Lordings, farewel ; and say, when I am gone, I. prophesy'd, France will be loft ere long. [Exit.
Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage :
'Tis known to you, he is mine enemy :
Nay more, an enemy unto you all ;
And no great friend, I fear me, to the King.
Consider, lords, he is the next of blood,
And heir apparent to the English crown.
Had Henry got an empire by his marriage,
And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west,
There's reason he thould be displeas'd at it.
Look to it, lords, let not his smoothing words
Bewitch your hearts ; be wise and circumspect.
What though the common people fayour him,