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KING Henry the Sixth.
Humphry Duke of Gloucefter, Uncle to the King. Cardinal Beauford, Bishop of Winchester, great Uncle
to the King.
Duke of York pretending to the Crown.
Earl of Salisbury,
Earl of Warwick,
Lord Clifford, of the King's Party.
Of the York Faction.
Of the King's Party.
Lord Scales, Governor of the Tower.
Young Stafford, his Brother.
Sons to the Duke of York.
Vaux, a Sea Captain, and Walter Whitmore, Pirates.
A Spirit, attending on Jordan the Witch.
Jack Cade, Bevis, Michael, John Holland, Dick the Butcher, Smith the Weaver, and feveral 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, Messengers, and other Attendants.
The SCENE is laid very difperfedly in feveral Parts
King HENRY VI.
ACT I. SCENE I..
Flourish of Trumpets: then, Hautboys. Enter King Henry, Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beauford on the one fide: The Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerfet, and Buckingham on the other.
S by your high imperial Majesty *
• The Second part, &c.] This and the third part were firft written under the title of the Contention of York and Lancaster, 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 troublesom 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 these two Plays firft 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 33d Year of his Reign. So that it comprizes the History and Tranfactions of 10 Years. THEOBALD.
2 As by your high, &c.] Vide Hall's Chronicle, Fol. 66. Year 23. Init. POPE. It is apparent that this play begins where the former ends, and continues the series of tranfactions, of which it presupposes the first part already known. This is a fufficient proof that the second and third parts were not written without dependance on the first, though 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 King. To your moft gracious hand; that are the fubftance Of that great fhadow I did represent;
The happieft gift that ever Marquefs gave,
K. Henry. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret;
I can express no kinder fign of love,
Than this kind kifs. O Lord, that lend'ft me life,
If fympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q. Mar. Great King of England, and my gracious Lord,
The mutual conf'rence that my mind hath had,
I am the bolder to addrefs you, having already familiarifed you to my imagination.
3 The mutual conference]ly attached: Lievest being the fuperlative of the comparative, levar, rather, from lief. So Hall in his Chronicle, Henry VI. Folio 12. Ryght bygbe and mighty Prince, and my ryght noble, and, after one, leveft Lord.
mine alder-lieveft Sovereign; Alder-lieve is an old English word given to him to whom the fpeaker is fupreme