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Flourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter King Henry, Duke Humphry, Salisbury, Warwick, and Beaufort, on the one fide: the Queen, Suffolk, York, Somerset, and Buckingham, on the other.
S by your high imperial Majefty
I had in charge at my depart for France,
To marry Princess Marg'ret for your Grace;
In prefence of the Kings of France and Sicil,
The Dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretagne, Alanfon,
In fight of England and her lordly peers,
[prefenting the Queen to the King. To your most gracious hand; that are the fubftance Of that great fhadow I did reprefent;
The happiest gift that ever Marquis gave,
K. Henry. Suffolk, arife. Welcome, Queen Margaret;
I can express no kinder fign of love,
Than this kind kifs. O Lord, that lend'ft me life,
For thou haft giv'n me in this beauteous face,
If fympathy of love unite our thoughts.
2. 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;
* Vide Hall's Chronicle, fol. 66. year 23. init,
K. Henry. Her fight did ravifh, but her grace in Her words y clad with wifdom's majesty, Make me from wond'ring fall to weeping joys, Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one chearful voice welcome my love. All kneel. Long live Queen Margret, England's happiness !
2. Marg. We thank you all.
[Flourish. Suf. My Lord Protector, fo it please your Grace, Here are the articles of contracted peace,
Between our Sovereign and the French King Charles, For eighteen months concluded by confent.
Glo. [reads] Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King Charles, and William de la Pole Marquis of Suffolk, Ambalador for Henry King of England, that the faid Henryfhall efpoufe the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerufalem, and crown her Queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next enfuing. item, That the duchy of Anjou, and the county of Maine, fhall be releafed and delivered to the King her father. [Lets fall the paper.
K. Henry. Uncle, how now?
Some fudden qualm hath ftruck me to the heart,
K. Henry, Uncle of Winchester, I pray read on. Win. Item, That the duchies of Anjou and Maine Shall be releafed and delivered to the King her father, and fhe fent over of the King of England's own proper coft and charges, without having any dowry.
K. Henry. They pleafe us well. Lord Marquis, kneel you down;
We here create thee the first Duke of Suffolk,
We thank you for all this great favour done,
Come, let us in, and with all fpeed provide
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Suffolk.
SCENE II. Manent the reft.
Glo Brave Peers of England, pillars of the ftate,
In winter's cold, and fummer's parching heat,
Have you yourselves, Somerfet, Buckingham,
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe ?
Crowned in Paris, in delpight of foes?
And fhall thefe labours and thefe honours die !
Car. Nephew, what means this paffionate difcourfe?
This peroration with fuch circumitances?
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it ftill.
Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it if we can:
But now it is impoflible we thould.
Suffolk, the new-made Duke, that rules the roast,
Unto the poor King Reignier, whofe large ftyle.
Agrees not with the leannefs of his purse.
Sal. Now, by the death of him who dy'd for all,
I never read. but England's Kings have had
She should have staid in France, and ftarv'd in France,
Car. My Lord of Glo'fter, now ye grow too hot: It was the pleasure of my Lord the King.
Glo. My Lord of Winchester, I know your mind.
We shall begin our ancient bickerings.
And no great friend, I fear me, to the King..
York. For Suffolk's Duke, may he be fuffocate, That dims the honour of this warlike ifle!
France fhould have torn, &c.
Had Henry got an empire by his marriage,
With, God preferve the good Duke Humphry ! ⠀
Buck. Why,fhould he then protect our Sovereign,. He being of age to govern of himself-?Cousin of Somerfet, join you with me, And altogether with the Duke of Suffolk, We'll quickly hoift Duke Humphry from his feat.
Car. This weighty bufinefs will not brook delay; I'll to the Duke of Suffolk prefently.
[Exit. Sem. Coufin of Buckingham, though Humphry'sAnd 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 befide. If Glo'fter be difplac'd, he'll be Protector, . Buck. Cr Someriet, or I, will be Protector, Delright Duke Humphry, or the Cardinal,
[Exe. Buckingham and Somerfet.. Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows him. While thefe do labour for their own preferment, Behoves it us to labour for the realm.
I never faw, but Humphry Duke of Glo'fter