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Suf. A dower, my lords ! disgrace not so 'My noble lord of Suffolk, or for that your king,

My tender youth was never yet attaint That he should be so abject, base, and poor, With any passion of inflaming love, To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. I cannot tell ; but this I am assurd, Henry is able to enrich his queen,

I feel such sharp dissension in my breast, And not to seek a queen to make him rich : Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, As I am sick with working of my thoughts. As market-inen for oxen, sheep, or horse. Take, therefore, shipping ; post, my lord, to Marriage is a inatter of niore worth,

France ; Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;

Agree to any covenants, and procure Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come Must be companion of his nuptial bed : To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, King Henry's faithful and anointed queen : It most of all these reasons bindeth us, For your expenses and sufficient charge, In our opinions she should be preferr d. Among the people gather up a tenth. For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, Be gone, I say; for, till you do return, An age of discord and continual strife ? I rest perplexed with a thousand cares.Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss,

And you, good uncle, banish all offence ; And is a pattern of celestial peace. [king, If you do censure me by what you were, Whom should we match with Henry, being a Not what you are, I know it will excuse But Margaret, that is daughter to a king ? This sudden execution of my will. Her peerless feature, joined with her birth, And so, conduct me where, from company, Approves her fit for none but for a king : I may revolve and ruminate my grief. Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit

[Erit. (More than in women commonly is seen) Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and Will answer our hope in issue of a king i

last. (Exeunt Gloster and Exeter. For Henry, son unto a conqueror,

Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd ; and thus Is likely to beget more conquerors, If with a lady of so high resolve,

As did the youthful Paris once to Greece, As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love. [me With hope to find the like event in love, Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with But prosper better than the Trojan did. That Margaret shall be queen, and none but Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king; she.

[report, But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your


he goes,


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. King Henry the Sixth.

Two Gentlemen, prisoners with Suffolk. Humphrey, Duke of Gloster, his Uncle.

Vaux. Herald. Cardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester, Hume and Southwell, Priests. [him. Great Uncle to the King.

Bolingbroke, a Conjurer. A Spirit raised by Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York.

Thomas Horner, an Armourer. Peter, his Edward and Richard, his Sons.

Man. Duke of Somerset,

Clerk of Chatham. Mayor of St. Albans. Duke of Suffolk,

Simpcox, an Impostor. Two Murderers. Duke of Buckingham, of the King's Jack Cade, a Rebel. Lord Clifford,


George, John, Dick, Smith, the Weaver, Young Clifford, his Son,

Michael, &c., Cade's Followers. Earl of Salisbury,

Alexander Iden, a Kentish Gentleman. Earl of Warwick; }of the York Faction.

Margaret, Queen to King Henry. Lord Scales, Governor of the Tower. Lord Eleanor, Duchess of Gloster.

Say, Sir Humphrey Stafford, and Wil- Margery Jourdain, a Witch. Wife to Simpcor. liam Stafford, his Brother. Sir John Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Herald, Pe. Stanley

titioners, Aldermen, a Beadle, Sheriff, and A Sea-captain, Master, and Master's Mate. Officers; Citizens, Prentices, Falconers, Walter Whitmore.

Guards, Soldiers, Messengers, &c.
SCENE, In various parts of England.


De-la-Poole marquess of Suffolk, ambassador ACT I.

for Henry king of England,—that the said SCENE I.-London. A Room of State in the Henry shall espouse the lady Margaret, daughPalace.

ter unto Reignier king of Naples, Sicilia, and

Jerusalem; and crown her queen of England Flourish of Trumpets: then Hautboys. Enter, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing. Item,

on one side, King Henry, Duke of Glos. That the duchy of Anjou and the county of
ter, Salisbury, Warwick, and Cardinal Maine shall be released and delivered to the
Beaufort; on the other, Queen Margaret, king her father"-
led in by Suffolk ; York, Somerset, Buck- K. Hen. Uncle, how now !
ingham, and others following.


Pardon me, gracious lord ; Suf. As by your high imperial majesty Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the I had in charge at my depart for France,


[further. As procurator to your excellence,

And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no To marry princess Margaret for your grace ; K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read So, in the famous ancient city. Tours, In presence of the kings of France and Sicil, Car. [Reads.) “Item, It is further agreed The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, and between them, that the duchies of Anjou and Alençon,

[erend bishops, Maine shall be released and delivered over to Seven Earls, twelve barons, and twenty rev- the king her father; and she sent over of the I have perform'd my task, and was espous'd : king of England's own proper cost and charges, And humbly now, upon my bended knee, without having any dowry." la sight of England and her lordly peers, K. Hen. They please us well.-Lord marDeliver up my title in the queen (substance quess, kneel down : To your most gracious hands, that are the We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, Of that great shadow I did represent; And girt thee with the sword.-Cousin of York, The happiest gift that ever marquess gave, We here discharge your grace from being reThe fairest queen that ever king receiv'd.


[months K. Hen. Suffolk, arise.-Welcome, queen l' the parts of France, till term of eighteen Margaret :

Be full expir'd.—Thanks, uncle Winchester, I can capress no kinder sign of love, [life, Gloster, York, Buckingham, Somerset, Than this kind kiss. -O Lord, that lends me Salisbury, and Warwick ; Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness ! We thank you all for this great favour done, For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face, In entertainment to my princely queen. A world of earthly blessings to my soul, Come, let us in ; and with all speed provide lí sympathy of love unite our thoughts. To see her coronation be perform d. e Mar. Great king of England, and my

(Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk. gracious lord,

Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the The mutual conference that my mind hath had, state,

[grief, By day, by night, waking and in my dreams, To you duke Humphrey must unload his In courtly company or at my beads,

Your grief, the common grief of all the land. With you, mine alder-liefest sovereign, What ! did my brother Henry spend his youth, Makes me the bolder to salute my king His valour, coin, and people, in the wars? With ruder terms, such as my wit affords, Did he so often lodge in open field, And over-joy of heart doth minister.

In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, K. Hen. Her sight did ravish ; but her To conquer France, his true inheritance ? grace in speech,

And did my brother Bedford toil his wits, Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, To keep by policy what Henry got ? Makes me from wondering fall to weeping Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, joys;

Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious WarSuch is the fulness of my heart's content.

wick, Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? love.

Or hath mine uncle Beaufort and myself, All. (Kneeling. ] Long live queen Marga- With all the learned council of the realm, ret, England's happiness!

Studied so long, sat in the council-house Q. Mar. We thank you all. [Flourish. Early and late, debating to and fro Suf. My lord protector, so it please your How France and Frenchmen might be kept grace,

And hath his highness in his infancy (in awe? Here are the articles of contracted peace, Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes? Between our sovereign, and the French king And shall these labours, and these honours, Charles,

die? For eighteen months concluded by consent. Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance,

Glo. [Reads.) " Imprimis, It is agreed be. Your deeds of war, and all our counsel, die ? tween the French king, Charles, and Willium 10 peers of England, shameful is this league !

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Fatal this marriage ! cancelling your fame, And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west, Bloiting your names from books of memory, There's reason he should be displeas'd at it. Razing the characters of your renown, Look to it, lords ; let not his smoothing words Defacing monuments of conquer'd France, Bewitch your hearts; be wise, and circumUndoing all, as all had never been !

spect. Car. Nephew, what means this passionate What though the common people favour him, discourse,

Calling him, 'Humphrey, the good duke of This peroration with such circumstance?


(voice For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still. Clapping their hands, and crying with loud

Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can ; 'Yesu maintain your royal ercellence !" But now it is impossible we should. (roast, With" God preserve the good duke HumSuffolk, the new-made duke that rules the phrey !" Hath given the duchies of Anjou and Maine I fear me, lords, for all this flattering gloss, Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style He will be found a dangerous protector. Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. Buck. Why should he, then, protect our Sal. Now, by the death of Him who died sovereign, for all,

He being of age to govern of himself?-These counties were the keys of Normandy:- Cousin of Somerset, join you with me, But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant And all together with the duke of Suffolk, son ?

We'll quickly hoise duke Humphrey from his War. For grief that they are past recovery : For, were there hope to conquer them again, Car. This weighty business will not brook My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no . delay ;

I'll to the duke of Suffolk presently. [Exit,
Anjou and Maine ! myself did win them both ; Som. Cousin of Buckingham, though Hum-
Those provinces these arms of mine did con- phrey's pride
quer :

And greatness of his place be grief to us,
And are the cities, that I got with wounds, Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal :
Deliver'd up again with peaceful words? His insolence is more intolerable
Mort Dieu !

[cate, Than all the princes in the land beside : York. For Suffolk's duke, may he be suffo- If Gloster be displac'd, he'll be protector. That dims the honour of this warlike isle ! Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset, will be proFrance should have torn and rent my very tector, heart,

Despite duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. Before I would have yielded to this league.

(Exeunt Buckingham and Somerset. I never read but England's kings have had Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their him. wives;

While these do labour for their own preferment, And our king Henry gives away his own, Behoves it us to labour for the realm. To match with her that brings no vantages. I never saw but Humphrey, duke of Gloster,

Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, Did bear him like a noble gentleman. That Suffolk should demand a whole fifteenth, Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal, For costs and charges in transporting her ! More like a soldier, than a man o' the church, She should have stay'd in France, and starv'd As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all, Before

[in France, Swear like a ruffian, and demean himself Car. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too Unlike the ruler of a common-weal. It was the pleasure of my lord the king. [hot : Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age ! Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy housemind ;

keeping, 'Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, Have won the greatest favour of the commons, But 'tis my presence that doth trouble ye. Excepting none but good duke Humphrey :-Rancour will out : proud prelate, in thy face And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland, I see thy fury : if I longer stay,

In bringing them to civil discipline ; We shall begin our ancient bickerings Thy late exploits done in the heart of France, Lordings, farewell ; and say, when I am gone, When thou wert regent for our sovereign, I prophesied France will be lost ere long. Have made thee fear'd and honour'd of the

(Exit. people :Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage. Join we together, for the public good, 'Tis known to you he is mine enemy;

In what we can, to bridle and suppress Nay, more, an enemy unto you all ;

The pride of Suffolk and the cardinal, And no great friend, I fear me, unto the king. With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambition ; Consider, lords, he is the next of blood, And, as we may, cherish duke Humphrey's And heir-apparent to the English crown:

deeds, Had Henry got an enipire by his marriage, While they do tend the profit of the land.


lost ;

Wur. So God help Warwick, as he loves To grapple with the house of Lancaster; And common profit of his country. (the land, And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the York. And so says York, for he hath greatest crown,

(unto the main. Whose bookish rule hath pull'd fair England Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look down.

[Exit. War. Unto the main ! O father, Maine is Scene 11.- London. A Room in the Duke

[did win,

of Gloster's House. That Maine, which by main force Warwick And would have kept, so long as breath did

Enter Gloster and his Duchess. last !

[Maine, Duch. Why droops my lord, like overMain chance, father, you meant ; but I meant ripen'd corn Which I will win from France, or else be slain. Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load ?

(Exeunt Warwick and Salisbury. Why doth the great duke Humphrey knit his York. Anjou and Maine are given to the brows, Paris is lost; the state of Normandy (French; As frowning at the favours of the world? Stands on a tickle point, now they are gone : Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth, Suffolk concluded on the articles ; (pleas'd, Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight? The peers agreed ; and Henry was well What seest thou there? King Henry's diadem, To change two dukedoms for a duke's fair Enchas'd with all the honours of the world ? daughter.

If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face, I cannot blame them all : what is't to them? Until thy head be circled with the same. "Tis thine they give away, and not their own. Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their gold :pillage,

What, is't too short ? I'll lengthen it with mine; And purchase friends, and give to courtesans, And having both together heav'd it up, Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone ; We'll both together lift our heads to heaven; Whileas, the silly owner of the goods (hands, and never more abase our sight so low, Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless As to vouchsafe one giance unto the ground. And shakes his head, and trembling stands Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love aloof,

thy lord, While all is shar'd, and all is borne away,

Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts! Ready to starve, and dare not touch his own : And may that thought, when I imagine ill So York 'must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue, Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry, While his own lands are bargain'd for, and Be my last breathing in this mortal world ! sold.

[Ireland My troublous dream this night doth make me Methinks the realms of England, France, and sad.

[I'll requite it Bear that proportion to my flesh and blood, Duch. What dream'd my lord ? tell me, and As did the fatal brand Althea burn'd, With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. Unto the prince's heart of Calydon.

Glo. Methought this staff, mine office-badge Anjou and Maine, both given unto the French !

in court, Cold news for me ; for I had hope of France, Was broke in twain ; by whom, I have forgot, Even as I have of fertile England's soil. But, as I think, it was by the cardinal ; A day will come, when York shall claim his And on the pieces of the broken wand own :

Were plac'd the heads of Edmund duke of And therefore I will take the Nevils' parts,

Somerset, And make a show of love to proud duke And William De-ia-Poole, first duke of Suffolk. Humphrey,

This was my dream : what it doth bode, God And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown, knows.

ment For that's the golden mark I seek to hit : Duch. Tut! this was nothing but an arguNor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right,

That he that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove, Nor hold the sceptre in his childish fist, Shall lose his head for his presumption. Nor wear the diadem upon his head,

But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke: Whose church-like humours fit not for a crown. Methought I sat in seat of majesty. Then, York, be still a while, till time do serve : In the cathedral church of Westminster, Watch thou and wake, when others be asleep. And in that chair where kings and queens are To pry into the secrets of the state ;


{me, Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love, Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneeld to With his new bride and England's dear- And on my head did set the diadem. [right : bought queen,

Glo. Nay, Eleanor, then must I chide outAnd Humphrey with the peers be fall'n at jars : Presumptuous dame, ill. nurtur'd Eleanor ! Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose, Art thou not second woman in the realm, With whose sweet smell the air shall be per- And the protector's wife, belov'd of him? fum'd ;

Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command, And in my standard bear the arms of York, Above the reach or compass of thy thought?


And wilt thou still be hammering treachery, They, knowing dame Eleanor's aspiring huTo tumble down thy husband, and thyself,

mour, From top of honour to disgrace's feet? Have hired me to undermine the duchess, Away from me, and let me hear no more. And buzz these conjurations in her brain. Duch. What, what, my lord ! are you so They say, -A crafty knave does need no choleric

broker ; With Eleanor, for telling but her dream? Yet am I Suffolk and the Cardinal's broker. Next time I'll keep my dreams unto myself, Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go And not be check d. Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again. To call them both a pair of crafty knaves. Enter a Messenger.

Well, so it stands; and thus, I fear, at last, Mess. My lord protector, 'tis his highness' Hume's knavery will be the duchess' wreck, pleasure

And her attainture will be Humphrey's fall : You do prepare to ride unto St. Albans, Sort how it will, I shall have gold for all. Whereas the king and queen do mean to hawk.

(Exit. Glo. I go.-Come, Nell; thou wilt ride

SCENE III.-London. A Room in the with us?


Palace. Duch. Yes, my good lord, I'll follow pre[Exeunt Gloster and Messenger.

Enter Peter and other Petitioners. Follow I must ; I cannot go before, (mind. 1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close : my While Gloster bears this base and humble lord protector will come this way by and by, Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood, and then we may deliver our supplications in I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks, the quill. And smooth my way upon their headless necks ! 2 Pet. Marry, the lord protect him, for he's And, being a woman, I will not be slack a good man! Jesu bless him ! To play my part in Fortune's pageant. (man, Enter Suffolk and Queen Margaret. Where are you there, Sir John? nay, fear not, i Pet. Here 'a comes, methinks, and the We are alone ; here's none but thee and I.

queen with him.

I'll be the first, sure.
Enter Hume.

2 Pet. Come back, fool! this is the duke of Hume. Jesus preserve your royal majesty! Suffolk, and not my lord protector. Duch. What say'st thou? majesty! I am Suf. How now, fellow! wouldst anything

with me? Hume. But, by the grace of God, and 1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me; I took Hume's advice,

ye for my lord protector. Your grace's title shall be multiplied.

Mir. (Glancing at the superscriptions.) Duch. What say'st thou, man? hast thou To my lord protector !" are your supplicaas yet conferr'd

tions to his lordship? Let me see them : what With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch, is thine ? With Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer? i Pei. Mine is, an't please your grace, And will they undertake to do me good ? against John Goodman, my lord cardinal's Hume. This they have promised, -to show man, for keeping my house, and lands, my your highness

wife and all, from me. A spirit rais'd from depth of under ground, Suf. Thy wife too! that is some wrong inThat shali make answer to such questions, deed. ---What's yours?--What's here? [Reads.] As by your grace shall be propounded him. Against the duke of Suffolk, for enclosing Duch. It is enough ; i'll think upon the the commons of Melford."—How now, sir questions :

knave! When from St. Albans we do make return, 1 Pet. Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner We'll see these things effected to the full. of our whole township. Here, Hume, take this reward ; make merry, Peter. (Presenting his petition. Against my man,

master, Thomas Horner, for saying that the With thy confed rates in this weighty cause. duke of York was rightful heir to the crown.

(Exit. Q. Mar. What say'st thou? Did the duke Hume. Hume must make merry with the of York say he was rightful heir to the crown? duchess' gold ;

(Hume? Pet. That my master was? No, forsooth : Marry, and shall. But how now, Sir John my master said that he was ; and that the king Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum : was a usurper. The business asketh silent secrecy.

Suf. Who is there? (Enter Servants. )-Dame Eleanor gives gold to bring the witch : Take this fellow in, and send for his master Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. with a pursuivant presently :-we'll hear more Yet have I gold flies from another coast :--- of your matter before the king. I dare not say, from the rich cardinal,

[Exeunt Servants with Peter. And from the great and new-made duke of Q. Mar. And as for you, that love to be Yet I do find it so : for, to be plain, (Suffolk ;


but grace.

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