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And must be made a subject to a duke?
His champions are the prophets and apostles,
Would choose him pope, and carry him to Rome,
Suff. Madam, be patient; as I was cause Your highness came to England, so will I In England work your grace's full content.
Q. Mar. Beside the haught protector, have we Beaufort, The imperious churchman; Somerset, Buckingham, And grumbling York; and not the least of these, But can do more in England than the king.
Suff. And he of these, that can do most of all, Cannot do more in England than the Nevils. Salisbury and Warwick are no simple peers.
Q. Mar. Not all these lords do vex me half so much,
Suff. Madam, myself have limed a bush for her;
Yet must we join with him, and with the lords,
Enter KING HENRY, YORK, and SOMERSET, conversing with him; DUKE and DUCHESS of GLOSTER, CARDINAL BEAUFORT, BUCKINGHAM, SALISBURY, and WARWICK.
K. Hen. For my part, noble lords, I care not which; Or Somerset, or York, all's one to me.
York. If York have ill demeaned himself in France, Then let him be denayed the regentship.
Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the place, Let York be regent; I will yield to him.
War. Whether your grace be worthy, yea, or no, Dispute not that; York is the worthier.
Car. Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters speak. War. The cardinal's not my better in the field. Buck. All in this presence are thy betters, Warwick. War. Warwick may live to be the best of all. Sal. Peace, son;-and show some reason, Buckingham, Why Somerset should be preferred in this.
Q. Mar. Because the king, forsooth, will have it so. Glo. Madam, the king is old enough himself
To give his censure; these are no woman's matters.
Q. Mar. If he be old enough, what needs your grace To be protector of his excellence?
Glo. Madam, I am protector of the realm;
Suff. Resign it then, and leave thine insolence.
Car. The commons hast thou racked; the clergy's bags Are lank and lean with thy extortions.
Som. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wife's attire, Have cost a mass of public treasury.
Buck. Thy cruelty in execution,
Upon offenders, hath exceeded law,
Q. Mar. Thy sale of offices, and towns in France,If they were known, as the suspect is great,
Would make thee quickly hop without thy head.
K. Hen. Sweet aunt, be quiet; 'twas against her will.
Buck. Lord cardinal, I will follow Eleanor, And listen after Humphrey, how he proceeds. She's tickled now; her fume needs no spurs; She'll gallop fast enough to her destruction.
Glo. Now, lords, my choler being overblown,
Suff. Before we make election, give me leave
York. I'll tell thee, Suffolk, why I am unmeet.
War. That I can witness; and a fouler fact Did never traitor in the land commit.
Suff. Peace, headstrong Warwick!
War. Image of pride, why should I hold my peace?
Enter Servants of SUFFOLK, bringing in HORNER and PETER.
Suff. Because here is a man accused of treason: Pray God, the duke of York excuse himself!
York. Doth any one accuse York for a traitor?
Suff. Please it your majesty, this is the man
K. Hen. Say, man, were these thy words?
Hor. An't shall please your majesty, I never said nor thought any such matter. God is my witness, I am falsely accused by the villain.
Pet. By these ten bones, my lords, [Holding up his hands.] he did speak them to me in the garret one night, as we were scouring my lord of York's armor.
York. Base dunghill villain, and mechanical, I'll have thy head for this thy traitor's speech. I do beseech your royal majesty,
Let him have all the rigor of the law.
Hor. Alas, my lord, hang me, if ever I spake the words. My accuser is my prentice; and when I did correct him for his fault the other day, he did vow upon his knees he would be even with me. I have good witness of this; therefore, I beseech your majesty, do not cast away an honest man for a villain's accusation.
K. Hen. Uncle, what shall we say to this in law?
K. Hen. Then be it so. My lord of Somerset,
Pet. Alas, my lord, I cannot fight; for God's sake, pity my case the spite of man prevaileth against me. 0 Lord, have mercy upon me! I shall never be able to fight a blow. O Lord, my heart!
Glo. Sirrah, or you must fight, or else be hanged. K. Hen. Away with them to prison; and the day Of combat shall be the last of the next month.— Come, Somerset, we'll see thee sent away. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. The same. The Duke of Gloster's Garden.
Enter MARGERY JOURDAIN, HUME, SOUTHWELL, and Bo
Hume. Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell you, expects performance of your promises.
Boling. Master Hume, we are therefore provided. Will her ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms?
Hume. Ay; what else? fear you not her courage. Boling. I have heard her reported to be a woman of an invincible spirit. But it shall be convenient, master Hume, that you be by her aloft, while we be busy below; and so, I pray you, go in God's name, and leave us. [Exit HUME.] Mother Jourdain, be you prostrate, and grovel on the earth; John Southwell, read you; and let us to our work.
Enter Duchess, above.
Duch. Well said, my masters; and welcome all To this geer; the sooner the better.
Boling. Patience, good lady; wizards know their times; Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night, The time of night when Troy was set on fire; The time when screech-owls cry, and ban-dogs howl, And spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves, That time best fits the work we have in hand. Madam, sit you, and fear not; whom we raise, We will make fast within a hallowed verge.
[Here they perform the ceremonies appertaining, and make the circle; BOLINGBROKE, or SOUTHWELL reads, Conjuro te, &c. It thunders and lightens terribly; then the Spirit riseth. Spir. Adsum.
M. Jourd. Asmath,
By the eternal God, whose name and power