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With a Portrait of Henry VI. from the picture
in the National Portrait Gallery.
KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloucester, his uncle.
CARDINAL BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winchester, great-uncle to the
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 GOFFE.
A SEA-CAPTAIN, MASTER, and MASTER'S-MATE, and WALTER
Two GENTLEMEN, prisoners with Suffolk.
JOAN HUME and John SOUTHWELL, priests.
BOLINGBROKE, a conjurer.
THOMAS HORNER, an armourer. PETER, his man.
CLERK OF CHATHAM. MAYOR OF SAINT ALBAN's.
SIMPCox, an impostor.
ALEXANDER IDEN, a Kentish gentleman.
JACK CADE, a rebel.
GEORGE BEVIS, JOHN HOLLAND, Dick the butcher, Smith the
weaver, MICHAEL, etc., followers of Cade. Two MURDERERS.
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloucester.
MARGARET 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, etc.
ACT THE FIRST.
Flourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter the King,
HUMPHREY, DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, SALISBURY,
WARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT, on the one
side ; the QUEEN, SUFFOLK, YORK, SOMERSET, and
BUCKINGHAM, on the other.
Sur. As by your high imperial majesty
I had in charge at my depart for France,
As procurator to your excellence,
To marry Princess Margaret for your grace,
So, in the famous ancient city Tours,
presence of the Kings of France and Sicil, The Dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretagne and
Seven earls, twelve barons and twenty reverend
I have perform’d my task and was espoused :
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 received.
KING. Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Mar-
I can express no kinder sign of love
Than this kind kiss. O Lord, that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness !
For thou hast given me in this beauteous face
A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
QUEEN. Great King of England and my gracious
lord, The mutual conference 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 salute my king With ruder terms, such as my wit affords And over-joy of heart doth minister. King. Her sight did ravish ; but her grace in
speech, Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, Makes me from wondering fall to weeping joys; Such is the fulness of my heart's content. Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my
love. ALL. [Kneeling] Long live Queen Margaret,