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The palace.
Flourish of trumpets : then hautboys. Enter King Henry,

Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beaufort,
on the one side : the Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerset,
and Buckingham, on the other.
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S by your high imperial Majesty
I had in charge at my depart for France,

as procurator for your Excellence,
To marry Princess Marg'ret 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, Alanson,
Seven Earls, twelve Baroes, twenty reverend Bishops,
I have perform'd my task, and was espousd:
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
In fight of England and her lordly peers,
Deliver up my title in the Queen

[presenting the Queen to the King,
To your most gracious hand; that are the substance
of that great lhadow I did represent;
The happiest gift that ever Marquis gave,
The faireft 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 hast giv'n me in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
if fympathy of love unite our thoughts.

Q. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious
The mutual cont’rence that my mind hath had, [Lord,
By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams,
In courtly company, or at my beads,
With you mine alder lieviest Sovereign;
Makes me the bolder to falute iny King
With ruder terms; such as my wit affords,
And over-joy of heart doth minifter,
Vide Hall's Chronicle, fol. 66. year 2 3. init,

Mr Pope.

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K. Henry. Her fight did ravish, but her grace in
Her words y.clad with wisdom's inajelty, [1peech,
Make me from wond'ring fall to weeping joys,
Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one cbearful voice welcome my love.
All kneel. Long live Queen Marg'ret, England's

happiness !
Q. Marg. We thank you all.

[Flouris».
Suf. My Lord Protector, so it please your Grace,
Here are the articles of contracted peace,
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 Marquis of Suffolk,
Ambasador for Henry King of England, that the said Hen-
ryfhall efpoufe 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, Thai the duchy of Anjou, and the county of Maine, shall 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 struck me to the heart,
And dimm's mine eyes that I can read no further.

K. Henry, Uncle of Winchester, I pray read on.

Win, Item, That the duchies of Anjou and Maine
shall be released and delivered to the King her father,
and she fent over of the King of England's own proper
cost and charges, without having any dowry.
K. Henry. They please us well. Lord Marquis,

koeel you down;
We here create thee the first Duke of Suffolk,
And gird thee with the sword. Cousin of York,
We here discharge your Grace froin being Regent
l'th' parts of France, till term of eighteen months.
Ke full expir'd. Thanks, uncle Winchester,
Glo'ster, York, Buckingham, and Somerset,
Salisbury, and Warwick;
We thank you for all this great favour done,
la entertainment to my princely Queen,

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Come, let us in, and with all speed provide
To see her coronation be perform’d.

[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk,
SCENE II. Manent the rest.
Glo, Brave Peers of England, pillars of the state,
To you Duke Humphry must unload his grief,
Your grief. the common grief of all the land.
What! did my brother Henry spend liis youth,
His valour, coin, and people, in the wars?
Did he fo 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 Beaufort, and myself,
With all the learned counsel of the realm,
Studied so long, fat in the council-house,
Early and late, debating to and fro,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe?
Ard was his Highness in his infancy
Crowned iii Paris, in delpight of ioes?
And shi:ll these labours and these honours die!
Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance,
Your deeds of war, and all our countel, die ?
O Peers of England, fhan:eful is this league,
Fatal this marriage; cancelling your fame,
Blauring your names from books of memory; ,
Razing the characters of your renown,
De’acing monuments of conquer'd France,
Undoing all, as all had never been.

Car. Nephew, what means this paflionate discourse?
1 his peroration with fuch circumstances ?
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it Nill.

Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it if we can:
But now it is impoflible we thould.
Suffolk, the new-nade Duke, that rules the roast,
Jaih giv’n la duchy of Anjou and Maine
L'nto the poor King Reig vicr, whose large Ayle,

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Agrees not with the leanness of his parse.

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 pait 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.
Thole provinces these arms of mine did conquer.
And are the cities that I got with wounds,
Delivered up again with peaceful words ? *

York. France should have torn and rent my very heart, Before I would have yielded to this league. I never read, but England's Kings have had Large sums of gold, and dowries with their wives : And our King Henry gives away

lsis 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 Itaid in France, and larv'd in France, Before

Car. My Lord of Glo'ster, now ye grow too hot: It was the pleasure of my Lord the King.

Glo. My Lord of Winchelter, I know your mincho
'Tis not my speeches that you do miflike,
But 'tis my presence that doch 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 lay, when I am gone,
I prophesy'd, France will be lolt ere long. [:.

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, co the King.
Consider, Lords, he is the next of blood,
And heir-apparent to the English crown.

- peaceful words?
York. For Suffolk's Duke, may he be suffocate,
That dims the honour of this warlike ille!
Erance should have torn, br.

Ilad Henry got an empire by his marriage,
And all the wealthy kingdoms of the east,
There's season he thould be displeas'd at it.
Look to-it, Lords; let not his Imoothing words
Bewitch your hearts ; be wile and circumfpeét.
What though the common people favour him,
Calling him Humphry, the good Duke of Glofter;
Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice,
Jefu maintain your Royal Excellence!
With, God preserve the good Duke Humphry!:
1 fear me, Loris, for all this Hattering glots,
He will be found a dangerous Protector.

Buck. Why should he then protect our Sovereign,,
He being of age to govern of himself?
Coulin of Somerset, join you with me,
And altogether with the Duke of Suffolk,
We'il quickly hoist Duke Humphry from his seat.

Car. This weighty busineis will not brook delay ;
I'll to the Duke of Suffolk presently:

[Exit.
Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Humphry's
And greatness of his place, be-grief to us, [pride,
Yet let us watch the haughty Cardinal..
His infolence is more intolerable
Than all the princes in the land beside.
Bf Glo'ster be displac'd, he'll be Protector,

Buck. Cr Someriet, or 1, will be Protector,
Delright Duke Humphry, or the Cardinal,

[Exe. Buckingham and Scmeriet,
Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows him.
While these do labour for their own preferment,
Beloves it us to labour for the realm.
I never fiw, but Humphry Duke of Glo'ster
Diu bear him like a noble gentleman:
Ofi have I seen the haughty Cardinal
More like a soldier, than a man o'th'church,,
As llout and proud as he were lord of all,
Swear like a ruffian, and demean bimself
Uulike the ruler of a common weal.
Warvick my son, the con.fort of my age !
Thy deeds, thy plainnets, and thy houle-keeping,
Have won the Greateit favour of the commons,
Excepting none but good Luke llur phry.

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