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KING Henry the Sixth.
Humphry Duke of Gloucester, Uncle to the King. Cardinal Beauford, Bishop of Winchester, great Uncle to the King.
Duke of York pretending to the Crown.
Of the York Faction.
Of the King's Party.
Earl of Warwick,
Lord Scales, Governor of the Tower.
Young Stafford, bis Brother.
} Sons to the Duke of York.
A Spirit, attending on Jordan the Witch.
Jack Cade, Bevis, Michael, John Holland, Dick the Butcher, Smith the Weaver, aad several others, Rebels. Margaret, Queen to King Henry VI. fecretly in Love with the Duke of Suffolk.
Dame Eleanor, Wife to the Duke of Gloucefter.
Wife to Simpcox.
Petitioners, Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff and Officers, Citizens, with Faulconers, Guards, Melfengers, and
The SCENE is laid very difperfedly in feveral Parts of England.
King HENRY VI.
ACT I. SCENE I
Flourish of Trumpets: then, Hautboys. Enter King
S by your high imperial Majefty'
The fecond part, &c.] This and the third part were firft written under the title of the Contention of York and Lancafter, printed in 1600, but fince vaftly improved by the author. POPE. The fecond Part of K.Henry VI.] This and the Third part of King Henry VI.contain that troublefom Period of this Prince's Reign, .which took in the whole Contention betwixt the two Houfes of York and Lancaster: And under that title were thefe two Plays first acted and published. The prefent Scene opens with K.Henry's Marriage, which was in the 23d Year of his Reign; and clofes with the firft Battle fought
at St. Albans, and won by the York Faction, in the 33 Year of his Reign. So that it comprizes the Hiftory and Tranfactions of 10 Years. THEOBALD.
2 As by your high, &c.] Vide Hall's Chronicle, Fol. 66. Year 23. Init.
It is apparent that this play begins where the former ends, and continues the series of tranfactions, of which it prefuppofes the first part already known. This is a fufficient proof that the fecond and third parts were not written without dependance on the firft, tho' they were printed as containing a complete period of history.
To marry Princess Marg❜ret for your Grace;
In prefence of the kings of France and Sicil,
[Prefenting the Queen to the KingTo your moft gracious hand; that are the fubftance Of that great fhadow I did reprefent;
The happiest gift that ever Marquefs gave,
K. Henry. Suffolk, arife. Welcome, Queen Margaret;
I can exprefs no kinder fign of love,
Than this kind kifs. O Lord, that lend'st me life,
Q. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious
The mutual conf'rence that my mind hath had, 3
3 The mutual conf'rence-] I am the bolder to addrefs you, having already familiarifed you to my imagination.
mine alder-lieveft Sovereign; Alder-lieveft is an old English word given to him to whom the speaker is fupreme
ly attached: Lieveft being the fuperlative of the comparative, levar, rather, from lief. So Hall in his Chronicle, Henry VI. Folio 12. Ryght hyghe and mighty Prince, and my right noble, and, after one, levest Lord.