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Suf. Resign it then, and leave thine insolence. Hor. An't shall please your majesty, I never said nor
night, as we were scouring my lord of York's armour. Car.The commons hast thou rack'd: the clergy's bags York. Base dunghill villaill
, and mechanical, Are lank and lean with thy extortions.
I'll liave thy head for this tlıy traitor's speech :Soin. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wi fe's attire, I do beseech your royal majesty, Have cost a mass of public treasury.
Let him have all the rigour of the law. Buck. Thy cruelty in execution,
Ilor. Alas, my lord, hang nie, ifever i spake the words. Upon offenders, hath exceeded law,
My accuser is my prentice; and when I did correct him And left thee to the mercy of the law.
for his fault the other day, he did vow upon his knees Q. Mar. Thy sale of offices, and towns in France, he would be even with me: I have good witness of this; If they were known, as the suspect is great, - therefore, I beseech your majesty, do not cast away an Would make thee quickly hop without thy head. honest man for a villain's accusation.
(Erit Gloster. The Queen drops her fun. H. Hen. Uncle, what shall we say to this in law? Give me my fan: what, minion! can you not? Glo. This doom, my lord, if I may judge.
(Gives the Duchess a box on the ear. Let Somerset be regent o'er the French, I cry you mercy, madam; was it you?
Because in York this breeds suspicion:
K. Hen. Sweet aunt, be quiet;'twas against her will. This is the law, and this duke Humphrey's doom.
[Exit Duchess. Pet. Alas,my lord, I cannot fight; for God's sake, pity
(Exit Buckingham. K. Hen. Away with them to prison: and the day Re-enter Gloster.
Of combat shall be the last of the next month. – Glo. Now, lords, my choler being overblown, Come, Somerset, we'll see thee sent away. (Exeunt. With walking once about the quadrangle, I come to talk of commonwealth affairs.
me. The Duke of Gloster's As for your spiteful false objections,
garden. Prove them, and I lie open to the law :
Enter Margery Jourdain, Ilume, Southwell, and But God in mercy so deal with my soul,
BOLINGBROKE. As I in duty love my king and country!
Ilume. Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell you, But to the matter that we have in hand:
expects performance of your promises. I say, my sovereign, York is meetest man
Boling. Master Aume, we are therefore provided. To be your regent in the realm of France.
Will her ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms ? Suf. Before we make election, give me leave Hume. Ay! what else? fear you not her courage; To show some reason of no little force,
Boling. I have heard her reported to be a woman of That York is most unmeet of any man.
an invincible spirit: but it shall be convenient, master York. I'll tell thee, Sullolk, why I am unmeet. Hume, that yon be by her aloft, while we be busy beFirst, for I cannot flatter thee in pride:
low; and so, I pray you, go in God's name, and leave Next, if I be appointed for the place,
us. (Exit lume.) Mother Jourdain, be you prostrate, My lord of Somerset will keep me here,
and grovel on the earth :- John Southwell, read you; Without discharge, money, or furniture,
and let us to our work, Till France be won into the Dauphin's hands,
Enter Duchess, above. Last time, I danc'd attendance on his will,
Duch. Well said, my masters; and welcome all. Till Paris was besieg'd, famish'd, and lost. To this gecr; the sooner the better.
War. That I can witness; and a fouler fact Boling. Patience, good lady; wizards know their Did never traitor in the land commit.
times : Suf. Peace, head-strong Warwick!
Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night, War. Image of pride, why should I hold my peace? The time of night when Troy was set on fre; Enter Servants of Suffolk, bringing in HorseR The time when screech-owls cry, and ban-dogs howl
, and Peter,
And spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves, Suf. Because here is a man accus'd of treason: That time best fits the work we have in hand. Pray God, the duke of York excuse himself!
Madamı, sit you, and fear not; whom we raise, York, Doth any one accuse York for a traitor ? We will make fast within a hallow'd verge, K. Hen. What mean'st thou, Suffolk? tell me:
(Here they perform the ceremonies apperwhat are these?
taining, and make the circle; Bolingo Suf. Please it your majesty, this is the man
broke, or Southwell, reads, Conjuro te, That doth accuse his master of high treason:
etc. It thunders and lightens terribly : His words were these; — that Richard, duke of York,
then the Spirit riseth, Was rightful heir onto the English crown;
M. Jourd. Asmath,
Thon tremblest at, answer that I shall ask;
P. Mar. Believe me, lords, for flying at the brook, For, till thou speak, thou shalt not pass from hence. I saw not better sport these seven years' day;
Spir.Ask what thou whilt:-that I had said and done! Yet, by your leave, the wind was very high ; Boling. First, of the king:-What shall of him be- And, ten to one, old Joan had not gone out. come?
[Reading out of a paper. K. Hen. But what a point, my lord, your falcon made, Spir. The duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose; And what a pitch she flew above the rest! But him outlive, and die a violent death.
To see how God in all his creatures works!
Suf. No marvel, an it like your majesty,
Glo. My lord, 'tis but a base ignoble mind,
That mounts no higher than a bird can soar. • Than where castles mounted stand.
Car. I thought as much; he'd be above the clouds. Have done, for more I hardly can endure.
Glo. Ay, my lord cardinal; how think you by that?
K. Hen. The treasury of everlasting joy!
Tantaene animis coelestibus irae?
With such holiness can you do it?
[Shewing her the papers. An't like your lordly lord-protectorship.
K. Hen. I pr’ythee, peace,
Against this proud protector, with my sword!
Glo. ’Faith, holy uncle, 'would'twere come to that!
( Aside to the Cardinal. What have we here? [Reads. Car. Marry, when thou dar'st,
[Aside. The duke yet lives that Henry shall depose; Glo. Make up no factious numbers for the matter, But him outlive, and die a violent death.
In thine own person answer thy abuse. [ Aside. Why, this is just,
Car.Ay, where thou dar'st not peep: an if thou dar'st, Aio te, Aeacida Romanos vincere posse.
This evening on the east side of the grove. [4side.
K. Hen. How now, my lords?
Had not your man put up the fowl so suddenly,
We had had more sport. - Come with thy two-hand
[Aside to Glo. Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains,
Glo. True, uncle.
Car. Are you advis'd ? - the east side of the grove?
Glo. Cardinal, I am with you.
K. Hen. Why, how now, uncle Gloster?
Glo. Talking of hawhing; nothing else, my lord. —
[-Aside. A sorry breakfast for my lord protector.
Car. Medice teipsum;
K. Hen. The winds grow high; so do your stomachs,
How irksome is this music to my heart !
When such strings jar, what hope of harmony?
my lords of Salisbury, and Warwick, I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife.
Glo. What means this noise ?
Fellow, what miracle dost thon proclaim?
Inhab. A miracle! a miracle!
Within this half hour, hath receiv'd his sight; Simp. Saunder Simpcox, an if it please you, master.
Glo. Then, Saunder, sit thou there, the lyingest knarc
And would ye not think that cuuning to be great,
Glo. Stand by, my masters, bring him near the king. Glo. My masters of Saint Albans, have you not bead-
K. Hen. Good fellow, tell us here the circumstance, May. Yes, my lord, if it please your grace.
Glo. Then send for one presently.
[Exit an Attendant. Wife. Ay, indeed, was he.
Glo. Now fetch me a stool hither by and by. (A stool Suf. What woman is this?
brought out.] Now, sirrah, if you mean to save yourWife. His wife, an’t like your worship, self from whipping, leap me over this stool, and run It Gló. Had'st thou been his mother, thou could'st have away.
le better told. Simp. Alas, master, I am not able to stand alone:
V K. Hen. Where wert thou born?
You go about to torture me in vain. Simp. At Berwick, in the north, an't like your grace. Re-enter Attendant, with the Beadle. K. Hen. Poor soul! God's goodness hat been great Glo. Well, sir, we must have yon find your legs.--Sir 7 to thee:
rah beadle, whip him till he leap over ihat same stool. Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass,
Beud. I will, my lord.—Come on, sirrah; off with
able to stand. Or of devotion, to this holy shrine?
(After the Beadle hath hit him once, he Simp. God knows, of pure devotion; being callid
leaps over the stool,undruns away; and A hundred times, and oftener, in my sleep
the People follow, and cry, A Miracle! By good Saint Alban; who said, - Simpcox, come;
K. Hen. O God, see'st thou this, and bear'st so long?
Wife. Most true, forsooth; and many time and oft Glo. Follow the knave; and take this drab away.
Wife. Alas, sir, we did it for pure need.
Gló. Let them be whipped through every market Simp. Ay, God Almighty help me!
town, till they come to Berwick, whence they came. Suf. How cam’st thou so?
[Exeunt Mayor, Beadle, It ise, etc. Simp. A fall off of a tree.
Gar. Duke Humphrey has done a miracle to-day. Wife. A plum-tree, master.
Suf. True; made the lame to leap, and fly away. Glo. How long hast thou been blind?
Glo. But you have done more miracles than 1; Simp. 0, born so, master.
You made, in a day, my lord, whole towns to fly. Glo. What, and would'st climb a tree?
Enter BUCKINGHAM. Simp. But that in all my life, when I was a youth. K. Hen. What tidings with our cousin Buckingham? Wife. Too true; and bought his climbing very dear. Buck. Such as my heart doth tremble to unfold. Gló. Mass, thou lov'dst plums well, that would’st A sort of naughty persons, lewdly bent,
Under the countenance and confederacy Simp. Alas, good master, my wife desir'd some of lady Eleanor, the protector's wise, damsons,
The ringleader and head of all this rout,
Glo. A subtle knave! but yet it shall not serve. — Dealing with witches, and with conjurers :
Raising up wicked spirits from under ground,
And other of your highness' privy council,
Car. And so, my lord protector, by this means Glo. Why, that's well said. What colour is my Your lady is forthcoming yet at London.
This news, I think, hath turn'd your weapon's edge; Simp. Black, forsooth; coal-black, as jet. 'Tis like, my lord, you will not keep your hour. K.Ilen. Why then, thou know'st what colourjet is of? Suf. And yet, I think, jet did he never see. Glo. Ambitious churchman, leave to afflict my heart! Gio. But cloaks, and gowns, before this day, a many. Sorrow and grief have vanquish'd all my powers: Wife. Never, before this day, in all his life. And, vanquish'd as I am, I yield to thee, Gio. Tell me, sirrah, what's my name?
Or to the meanest groom. Simp. Alas, master, I know not.
K. Ilen.O God, what mischiefs work the wicked ones Gło. What's his name?
Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby! Simp. I know not.
Q. Mar. Gloster, see here the tainture of thy nest Glo. Nor his?
And, look, thyself be faultless, thou wert best. Simp. No, indeed, master.
Glo. Madam, for myself, to heaven I do appeal, Glo. What's thine own name?
How I have lov'd my king, and commonweal:
(Aside to Gloster.
And, for my wife, I know not how it stands; Henry doth claim the crown from John of Gaunt,
The fourth son; York claims it from the third :
Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign:
And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock. -
Then, father Salisbury, kneel we both together;
Both. Long live vir sovereign Richard, England's
king! And call these foul oflenders to their answers: York. We thank you, lords ! But I am not your king And poise the cause in justice' equal scales, Till I be crown'd; and that my sword be stain'd Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause pre- With heart-blood of the house of Lancaster : vails.
(Flourish. Exeunt. And that's not suddenly to be perform’d;
Enter York, SALISBURY, and WARWICK, Do you, as I do, in these dangerous days,
At Beaufort's pride, at Somerset's ambition,
At Buckingham, and all the crew of them,
Till they have snar'd the shepherd of the flock,
That virtuous prince, the good duke Humphrey: Sal. My lord, I long to hear it at full.
'Tis that they seek; and they, in seeking that, War. Sweet York, begin: and if thy claim be good, Shall find their deaths, if York can prophesy. The Nevils are thy subjects to command.
Sal. My lord, break we off; we know your mind
Richard shall live to make the earl of Warwick
The same. A hall of justice.
dain, SOUTHWELL, Hume, and BOLINGBROKE, under
ster's wife :
(To Jourd. etc.
York. Which now they hold by force, and not by right; And you three shall be strangled on the gallows. –
Sal, But William of Hatfield died without an heir. Shall, after three days' open penance done,
With sir John Stanley, in the isle of Man.
Glo. Eleanor, the law, thou seest, hath judged thee;
[Exeunt the Duchess, and the other priAs I have read, laid claim unto the crown;
Ah, Humphrey, this dishonour in thine age
Will bring thy head with sorrow to the ground!
I beseech your majesty, give me leave to go;
Sorrow would solace, and mine age would ease.
Give up thy staff; Henry will to himself
Than when thou wert protector to thy king.
Q. Mar. I see no reason, why a king of years
God and king Henry goveru Logland's helm :
Give up your staff, sir, and the king his realm.
York. Take away his weapon.
Peier. O God! havel overcome mine enemies in this
presence? O Peter, thou hast prevailed in right! And even as willingly at thy feet I leave it,
K. Hen. Go, take hence that traitor from our sight; 1 As others would ambitiously receive it.
For, by his death, we tlo perceive his guilt: Farewell, good king! When I am dead and gone, And God, in justice, hath reveal'd to us
A: May honourable peace attend thy throne! (Exit. The truth and innocence of this poor fellow,
Q. Mar.Why,now is Henry king, and Margaret queen; Which he had thought to have murder'd wrongfully-
SCENE IV. - The same. A street.
BE This staff of honour raught. — There let it stand, Enter Gloster and Servants , in mourning cloaks. Т. Where it best fits to be, in Henry's hand.
Glo. Thus,sometimes, hath the brightest day a cloud; I Sulf. Thus droops this lofty pine, and hangs his And, after summer, ever more succeeds
Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet. –
6 And ready are the appellant and defendant, Glo. Ten is the hour that was appointed me,
Th The armourer and his man, to enter the lists, To watch the coming of my punish'd duchess : So please your highness to behold the light. Uneath may she endure the flinty streets, Q: Mar. Ay, good my lord ; for purposely therefore To tread them with her tender-feeling feet.
Le Left I the court, to see this quarrel tried.
Sweet Nell, ill can thy noble mind abrook
1 Or more afraid to fight, than is the appellant,
When thou didst ride in triumph through the streets. The servant of this armourer, my lords.
But, soft! I think, she comes; and I'll prepare Enter, on one side, Honner, and his Neighbours, My tear-stain'd eyes to see her miseries.
drinking to him so much that he is drunk; and Enter the Duchess of Gloster in a white sheet,
Duch. Come you, my lord, to see my open shame? 2 Neigh. And here, neighbour, here's a cup of char- Now thon dost penance too. Look, how they gaze!
See, how the giddy multitude do point, 3 Neigh. And here's a pot of good double beer, And nod their heads, and throw their eyes on thee! neighbour : drink, and fear not your man.
Ah, Gloster, hide thee from their hateful looks; Hor. Let it come, i' faith, and I'll pledge you all; And, in thy closet pent up, rue iny shame, and a fig for Peter!
And ban thine enemies, both mine and thine. 1 Pren. Here, Peter, I drink to thee; and be not afraid. Glo. Be patient, gentle Nell; forget this grief. 2 Pren. Be merry, Peter, and fear not thy master;
Duch. Ah, Gloster, teach me to forget myself: fight for credit of the prentices. .
For, whilst I think I am thy married wife, Peter. I thank you all: drink, and pray for me, I And thou a prince, protector of this land, pray you; for, I think, I have taken my last draught Methinks, I should not thus be led along in this world. Here, Robin, an if I die, I give thee Mail'd up in shame, with papers on my back; my apron; and, Will, thou shalt have my hammer: And followid with a rabble, that rejoice
and here, Tom, take all the money that I have.-0 To see my tears, and hear my deep-fet groans, Lord, bless me, I pray God! for I am never able to deal The ruthless flint doth cut my tender feet; with my master, he hath learnt so much fence already. And, when I start, the envious people laugh, Sal. Come, leave your drinking, and fall to blows. And bid me be advised how I tread. — Sirrah, what's thy name?
Ah, Humphrey, can I bear this shameful yoke? Peter. Peter, forsooth.
Trow'st thou, that e'er I'll look upon the world, Sal. Peter! what more?
Or count them happy, that enjoy the sun? Peter. Thump:
No; dark shall be my light, and night my day; Sal. Thump! then see thou thump thy master well. To think upon my pomp, shall be my
heil. Hor. Masters, I am come hither, as it were, upon Sometime I'll say, I am duke Humphrey's wife; my man's instigation, to prove him a knave, and And he a prince, and ruler of the land: myself an honest man: and touching the duke of Yet so he ruld, and such a prince he was, York, — will take my death, I never meant him any As he stood by, whilst I, his forlorn duchess, ill, nor the king, nor the queen: and therefore, Pe- Was made a wonder and a pointing-stock, ter, have at thee with a downright blow, as Bevis To every idle rascal follower. of Southampton fell upon Ascapart.
But be thou mild, and blush not at my shame; York.Despatch; this knave's tongue begins to double, Nor stir at nothing, till the axe of death Sound trumpets, alarum to the combatants.
Hang over thee, as, sure, it shortly will. [ Alarum. They fight, and Peter strikes For Suffolk, - he, that can do all in all, down his Muster,
With her that hateth thee, and hates us all, -Hor. Hold, Peter, hold! I confess, I confess treason. Aud York, aud impious Beaufort, that false priest,
(Dies. Have all lim'd bushes to betray thy wings,