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1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your Grace, against John Goodman, my lord Cardinal's man, for keeping my house and lands, and wife, and all from me.
Suf. Thy wife too? that's some wrong, indeed. What's yours? what's here? [Reads.] Against the Duke of Suffolk, for inclosing the Commons of Long Melford. How now, Sir Knave ?
2 Pet. Alas, Sir, I am but a poor petitioner of our whole Township.
Suf. [reads.] Against my master, Thomas Horner, for saying, that the Duke of York was rightful heir to the Crown.
Q. Mar. What! did the Duke of York fay, he was rightful heir to the Crown?
Peter. That my mafter was? no, forsooth; my mafter said, that he was; and that the King was an usurper.
Suf. Who is there?-Take this fellow in, and send for his master with a pursuivant, presently; we'll hear more of your matter before the King.
Exit Peter guarded. Q. Mar. And as for you, that love to be protected . Under the wings of our Protector's Grace, Begin your suits anew, and sue to him.
(Tears the supplications. Away, base cullions: Suffolk, let them go. All. Come, let's be gone.
Exeunt Petitioners. Q. Mar. My lord of Suffolk, say, is this the guise? Is this the fashion in the Court of England ? Is this the Government of Britain's ille? And this the royalty of Albion's King ? What! shall King Henry be a Pupil still, Under the surly Gloster's governance? Am I a Queen'in title and in style, And must be made a Subject to a Duke ? I tell thee, Pole, when in the city Tours Thou ran'st a-tilt in honour of
love, And stoll'st away the ladies' hearts of France ;
I thought, King Henry had resembled thee
Suf. Madam, be patient; as I was the cause
Q. Mar. Beside the proud Protector, have we Beauford
Suf. And he of these, that can do most of all,
Q. Mar. Not all these lords do vex me half so much,
father's lands ; Till Suffolk gave two Dukedoms for his daughter!
Suf. Madam, myself have lim'd a bush for her,
And never mount to trouble
S CE N E VI.
Buckingham, York, Salisbury, Warwick, and the
K. Henry. FOR part, noble Lords, I care not
Or Somerset, or York, all's one to me.
York. If York have ill demcan'd himself in France, Then let him be deny'd 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 thew some reason, Buckingham, Why Somerset should be preferr'd in this.
2. Mar. Because the King, forsooth, will have it so.
G!o. Madam, the King is old enough himself
Glo. Madam, I am Protector of the Realm, And, at his Pleasure, will relign my Place.
Suf. Relign it then, and leave thine infolence. Since thou wert King, (as who is King, but thou ?) The Common-wealth hath daily run to wreck. The Dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas, And all the Peers, and Nobles of the Realm, Have been as bond-men to thy sov'reignty. Car. The Commons haft thou rack’d; the Clergy's
bags Are lank and lean with thy extortions. Som. Thy fumptuous buildings, and thy wife's
attire, Have cost a mass of public treasury.
Buck. Thy crueliy in execution Upon offenders hath exceeded law; And left thee to the mercy of the 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,
Exit Glo. Give me my fan; what, minion ? can ye not?
[She gives the Dutchess a box on the ear. I cry you mercy, Madam; was it you?
Élean. Was't'I? yea, I it was, proud French-woman: Could I come near your beauty with I'd set my ten commandments in your face. K. Henry. Sweet aunt, be quiet; 'twas against her
will. Elean. Against her will, good King ? look to't in
time, She'll hamper thee and dandle thee like a baby : Though in this place most Mafter wears no breeches, She shall not strike Dame Eleanor unrevenged.
(Exit Eleanor. Buck. Lord Cardinal, I'll follow Eleanor, And listen after Humphry, how he proceeds :
She's tickled now, her fume can need no spurs;
[Exit Buckingham. S CE N E VII.
Re-enter Duke Humphry. Glo. N. lords, my choler being over-blown
With walking once about the Quadrangle,
Suf. 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
Suf. Peace, head-strong Warwick.
War. Image of pride, why should I hold my peace! Enter Horner the Armourer, and his Man Peter, guarded.
Suf. Because here is a man accus'd of treason: Pray God, the Duke of York excuse himself!
York. Doth any one accuse York for a traitor ? K. Henry. What mean'st thou, Suffolk ? tell me, what are these?