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THE SECOND PART OF

KING HENRY THE SIXTH.

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THE SECOND PART OF KING HENRY VI.

FIRST printed in the folio of 1623.-An alteration by Shakespeare of a drama entitled The First Part of the Contention betwixt the two famous houses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the death of the good Duke Humphrey : And the banishment and death of the Duke of Suffolke, and the Tragicall end of the proud Cardinall of Winchester, with the notable Rebellion of Iacke Cade: And the Duke of Yorkes first claime vnto the Crowne, -originally printed in 1594, 4to (reprinted for the Shakespeare Society in 1843).

See Introduction to The First Part of King Henry VI. p. 3 of this volume.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

KING HENRY the Sixth.
HUMPHREY, duke of Gloster, his uncle.
CARDINAL BEAUFORT, bishop of Winchester, great-uncle to the King.
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, duke of York.
EDWARD and RICHARD, his sons.
DUKE OF SOMERSET.
DUKE OF SUFFOLK.
DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.
LORD CLIFFORD.
Young CLIFFORD, his son.
EARL OF SALISBURY.
EARL OF WARWICK.
LORD SCALES.
LORD SAY.
Sir HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and WILLIAM STAFFORD, his brother.
SIR JOHN STANLEY.
Vaux.
MATTHEW GOUGH.
A Sea-captain, Master, and Master's-Mate, and WALTER WHITMORE.
Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk.
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gentleman.
John HUME and John SOUTHWELL, two priests.
ROGER BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer.
Thomas HORNER, an armorer. PETER, bis man.
Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of Saint Alban's.
SAUNDER SIMPCox, an impostor.
JACK CADE, a rebel.
GEORGE BEvis, John HOLLAND, Dick the butcher, Smith the weaver,

MICHAEL, &c., his followers.
Two Murderers.

MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, duchess of Gloster,
MARGERY JOURDAIN, a witch.
Wife to Simpcox.

Lords, Ladies, and Attendants, Petitioners, Aldermen, a Herald, a Beadle,

Sheriff, and Officers, Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c.

A Spirit.

SCENE-In various parts of England.

THE SECOND PART OF

KING HENRY VI.

ACT I.

SCENE I. London. A room of state in the palace.

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Flourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter, on one side, King

HENRY, Duke of GLOSTER, SALISBURY, WARWICK, and Cardinal
BEAUFORT; on the other, Queen MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK ;
YORK, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others following.

Suf. As by your high imperial majesty
I had in chargel) at my depart for France,
As procurator to your excellence,
To marry Princess Margaret for your grace;
So, in the famous ancient city Tours,
In presence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
The Dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretagne, and Alençon,
Seven earls, twelve barons, and twenty reverend bishops,
I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd :
And humbly now, upon my bended knee,
In sight of England and her lordly peers,
Deliver up my title in the queen
To

your most gracious hands, that are the substance
Of that great shadow I did represent;
The happiest gift that ever marquess gave,
The fairest queen that ever king receiv'd.

K. Hen. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret :
I can express no kinder sign of love
Than this kind kiss.-O Lord, that lends me life,

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