Act 1 - Scene 1
London. The palace.
Flourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter KING HENRY VI, GLOUCESTER, SALISBURY, WARWICK,
and CARDINAL, on the one side; QUEEN MARGARET, SUFFOLK, YORK, SOMERSET, and BUCKINGHAM,
on the other
As by your high imperial majesty
I had in charge at my depart for France,
As procurator to your excellence,
marry Princess Margaret 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 and Alencon,
Seven earls, twelve barons and
twenty reverend bishops,
I have perform'd my task and was espoused:
And humbly now upon my bended
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,
fairest queen that ever king received.
KING HENRY VI
Suffolk, arise. Welcome, Queen Margaret:
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
A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
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,
me the bolder to salute my king
With ruder terms, such as my wit affords
And over-joy of heart doth minister.
KING HENRY VI
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.
[Kneeling] Long live Queen Margaret, England's
We thank you all.
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.
[Reads] 'Imprimis, it is agreed between the French
king Charles, and William de la Pole, Marquess of
ambassador for Henry King of England, that
the said Henry shall espouse the Lady Margaret,
unto Reignier King of Naples, Sicilia and
Jerusalem, and crown her Queen of England ere the
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