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Q. Mar. What say'st thou ! Did the duke of York York. If York have ill demean’d himself in say, he was rightful heir to the crowny
France, Peter. Tunt my master was ? No, forsooth: ing Then let nim be denay'd the regentstiip. master said, Thai he was; and that the king was an Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the place, usurper.
Let York be regent, I will yield to him." Suj. Who is there? (Enter Serrants.l-Take this War. Whether your grace be worthy, yea, or no, fellow in, and send for luis master with a pursui. Dispute not that ; York is the wortlrier. vant presently :- We'll hear more of your matter Car. Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters speak. before the king. (Exeunt Servants, with Peter. War. The cardinal's not my better in the field.
Q. Mar. And as for you, that love to be protected Buck. All in this presence are thy betters,
War. Warwick may live to be the best of all.
(Teurs the Petition. Sal. Peace, son ;-and shew some reason, Buck Away, base cullions * !-Suffolk, let them go.
ingham, All. Conie, let's be gone. (Ereunt Petitioners. Why Somerset should be preferr'd in this.
Q. Mar. My Jord of Suffolk, say, is this the guise, Q. Mar. Because the king, forsooth, will have Is this the fashiour in the court of England ?
it so. Is this the government of Britain's iste,
Glo. Madam, the king is old enough himself And this the royalty of Albion's king!
To give his censure+: these are no women's matters. What, shall king Henry be a pupii still,
& Mar. If he be old enough, what needs your Under the surly Gloster's governance ?
To be protector of his excellence?
Glo. Madam, I am protector of the realm ;
And, at his pleasure, will resign my place.
Suf, Resign it then, and leave thine insolence.
The Dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas;
And all ihe peers and nobles of the realm
Have been as bondmen to thy sovereignty.
Are lank and lean with thy extortions.
Som. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wife's
Buck. Thy cruelty in execution,
Upon offenders, haih exceeded law,
And let thee to the merey of the law,
Q. Mar. Thy sale of offices, and towns in France,
[Exit Gloster --The Queen drops her Fan. The imperious churchman ; Somerset, Buckingham, Give me any lan: What, minion ! can you not? And grumbling York : and not the least of these,
(Gives the Duchess a box on the Ear. But can do more in England than the king.
I cry you mercy, madam! Was it you!
Could I come near your beauty with my nails,
I'd set my ten commandments in your face to much,
K. Hen. Sweet aunt, be quiet; 'twas against hier will. As that proud dame the lord protector's wife,
Duch. Against her will l Good king, look to't in She sweeps it through the court with troops of
She'll hamper thee, and dandle thee like a baby : More like an enpress, than duke Humphrey's Though in this place most master wear no breeches, wife;
She shall not strike dame Eleanor unrevenged. Strangers in court do take her for the queen :
(Exit Duchess. She bears a duke's revenues on her back,
Buck. Lord cardinal, I will follow Eleanor, And in her heart she scorns her poverty :
And listen after Humphrey, how he proceeds: Shall I not live to be avenged on her ?
She's tickled now; her fume can need no spurs, Contemptuous base born caltat I as she is,
She'll gallop jast enough to her destruction. She vaunted 'mongst her minions l'other day,
Glo. Now, lords, my choler being over-blown,
I come to talk of commonwealth affairs.
As for your spiteful false objections,
Prove them, and I lie open to the law :
But God in mercy so deal with my soul,
As I in duty love my king and country
But, to the matter that we have in hand :-
I say, my sovereign, York is meetest man Yet must we juin with him, and with the lords, To be your regent in the realm of France. Till we have brought duke Humphrey in disgrace.
Suf. Before we make election, give me leave
To shew some reason, of no liule force,
That York is most unmeet of any man.
York. I'll tell thee, Suffolk, wby I am unmeet.
Next, if I be appointed for the place, Enter King HENRY, York, and SOMERSET, convers. My lord of Somerset will keep me here, ing with him; Duke and Duchess of GLOSTER, Tu France be won into the Dauphin's hands. Cardinal Beaufort, BUCKINGHAM, SalisbORY, Last time, I danced attendance on bis will, and WARWICK.
Till Paris was besieged, lamish'd, and Jost.
Did never traitor in the land commit.
• Denay is frequently used instead of deny
nion. 1 The marks of her fingers and thumbs.
Suf. Peace, head-strong Warwick!
That time best fits the work we have in hand. War. Image of pride, why shouid I hold say Madam, sit you and tear not; whom we raise, peace
We will make fast within a hallow'd verge.
(Here they perform the Ceremonies appertaining, Enter Servants of SUFFOLK, bringing in HORNER
and make the Circle ; Bolingbroke, or South and PETER.
well, reads, Conjuro te, &c.-It thunders Suf. Because here is a man accused of treasons and lightens terrivby; then the Spirit riseth. Pray God, the duke of York excuse himself!
Thou tremblest at, answer that I shall ask ;
Spir. Ask what thou wilt:--That I had said and
Boling. First of the king. What shall of him beWas rightful heir unto the English crown;
(Reading out of a Paper. And that your majesty was an usurper.
Spir. The duke yet lives, that Henry shall de. K. Hen. Say, man, were these thy words't
pose ; Hor. An't shall please your majesty, I never
But him outlire, and die a violent death, said nor thought any such matter : God is my wit.
LAs the Spirit speaks, Southwell writes the ness, I am falsely accused by the villain.
Spir. Let him shen castles ;
Than where castles mounted stand.
Have done, for more I hardly can endure. Let him bave all the rigour of the law.
Boling. Descend to darkness, and the burning Hor. Alas, my lord, hang me, if ever I spake the
Jake : words. My accuser is iny pientice; and when I False fiend, avoid ! did correct him for his fault the other day, he did
(Thunder and Lightning.-Spirit descends. vow upon his knees he would be even with me: 1 have good witness of this; therefore, I beseech | Enter YORK and BUCKING HAM, hastily, with their your majesty, do not cast away an honest man for
Guards, and others. å villain's accusation. K. Hen. Uncle, what shall we say to this in law ?
York. Lay hands upon these traitors, and their Glo. This doom, my lord, if I may judge.
trash. Let Semerset be regent o'er the French,
Beldame, I think, we watch'd you at an inch. Because in York this breeds suspicion :
What, madam, are you there? The king and comAnd let these have a day appointed them
mon-weal For single combat, in convenient place;
Are deeply indebted for this piece of pains; For he hath witness of his servani's malice:
My lord proiector will, I doubt it nol, This is the law, and this duke Humphrey's doom.
See you well guerdon'd. for these good deserts. K. Hen. Then be it so. My lord of Somerset,
Duch. Not half so bad as thine to England's We make your grace lord regent o'er the French.
king, Som. I humbly thank your royal majesty.
Injurious duke; that threat'st where is no cause. Hor. And I accept the combat willingly.
Buck. True, madam, none at all. What call you
this? Pet. Alas, my lord, I cannot fight; for God's
(Sheuing her the Pagers, sake, pity my case! the spite of man prevaileth Away with them; let them be clapp'd op close, against me. Ó, Lord have mercy upon me! I shall And kept asunder:-You, madam, shall with us :never be able to fight a blow : 'o Lord, my heart! Siatford, take her to thee.Glo. Sirrah, or you must fight, or else be hang'd.
(Erit Duchess from above. B. Hen. A way with them to prison : and the day We'll see your triukets here all forthcoming; Of combat shall be the last of the next month.
All-Away! (Exeunt Guards, with Southwell,
her well : SCENE IV.-The same.- The Duke of Gloster's
A pretty plot, well chosen to build upon !
Now, pray, my lord, let's see the devil's writ.
(Reads. Enter MARGBRY JOURDAIN, HUME, SOUTHWELL, But him outlive, and die a violent death.
The duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose ; and BOLING BROKE.
Why this is just, Hume. Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell
Aio te, Æacida, Romanos vincere posse. you, expects performance of your promises.
Well, to the rest :
What shall betide the duke of Somerset ? rage.
Let him shun castles : Boling. I have heard her reported to be a wo- Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains, man of an invincible spirit: but it shall be conve
Thun where castles mounted stand,
Thither go these news, as fast as horse can carry
Buck. Your grace shall give me leave, my lord Boling. Patience, good lady; wizards know their
To be the past, in hope of his reward,
within there, ho! The time when screech-owls cry, and ban-dogs
Enter a SERTANT. howl, And spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves, Invite my lords of Salisbury, and Warwick,
To sap with me to-morrow night.-Away! By exorcise, Shakspeare invariably means to
(Exeunt. raise spirits, and not to lay them. • Matter or business, Village-dogs.
Inhab. Forsooth, a blind man at Saint Alban's ACT II.
Within this half hour, bath received his sight; SCENE I.-Saint Albans.
A man, that ne'er saw in his line before.
K. Hen. Now, God be praised ! that to believing Enter King HENRY, Queen MARGARET, GLOSTER,
souls CARDINAL, and SUFFOLK, with Falconers hollaing. Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair ! Q. Mar. Believe me, lords, for flying at the
Enter the Mayor of ST. ALBANS, and his Brethren, brook I saw not better sport these seven years' day :
and Soupcox, borne between two Persons ina Chair; Yet, by your leave, the wind was very high ;
his Wire, and a great Multitude follouing. And, ten to one, old Joan had not gone out.
Car. Here come the townsmen on procession,
K. Hen. Great is his comfort in this carly vale,
Glo. Stand by, my masters, bring him near the
Glo. My lord, 'lis but a base ignoble mind What, hast thou been long blind, and now restored!
Wife. His wife, an't like your worship.
have better told.
Simp. At Berwick in the north, an't like your
K. Hen. Poor soul! God's goodness hath been
great to thee:
But still remember what the Lord hath done.
Q. Mar. Tell me, good fellow, canest thou here Churchnen so hot? Good uncle, hide such nia
Or of devotion, to this holy shrine !
Simp: God knows, of pure devotion; being call'd
By good Saint Alban ; who said, -Simpcox, come;
Come, offer at my shrine, und I will help thee. Suf. Why, as you, my lord ;
Wije. Most true, forsooth ; and many time and
Car. What, art thou lame?
Simp. Ay, God Almighty help me !
Simp. A fall off of a tree.
[Aside to the Cardinal. Glo. What, and wouldst climb a tree!
(Aside. Simp. But that in all my life, when I was a youth. Glo. Make up no factious numbers for the maller, Wije. Too true; and bought his climbing very In thine own person answer thy abuse. (Aside.
dear. Car. Ay, where thou darest not peep: an if thou Glo. 'Mass, thou lovedst plums well, that woulds! darest,
venture so. This evening, on the east side of the grove. (A side. Simp. Alas, good master, my wife desired scme K. Hen. How now, my lords?
damsons, Car. Believe me, cousin Gloster,
And made me climb, with danger of my life. Had not your man put up the fowl so suddenly. Glo. A subtle knave! But yet it shall not serve.We had had more sport.-Comne with thy lwo-hand Let me see thine eyes :-Wink now ;-Uow open sword. (Aside to Gloster.
them :Glo. True uncle.
In my opinion, yet thou see'st not well. Car. Are you advised !—The east side of the Simp. Yes, master, clear as day ; I thank God. grove?
and Saint Alban. Glo. Cardinal, I am with you.
(Aside. Gló. Say'st thou me so? What colour is this cloak K. Hen. Why, how now, uncle Gloster!
ot? Glo. Talking of hawking ; nothing else, my lord. Simp. Red, master ; red as blood. Now, by God's mother, priest, I'll shave your crown Glo: Why, that's well said ; what colour is my for this,
gown of! Or all my fence g shall fail.
(Aside. Simp. Black, forsooth; coal black, as jet. Car. Medice teipsum;
K. Hen. Why then, thou know'st what colour jet Protector, see to't well, protect yourself.}
is of? K. Hen. The winds grow high; so do your sto- Suf. And yet, I think, jet did he never see. machs, lords.
Glo. But cloaks, and gowns, before this day, a How irksome is this music to my heart!
Simp. Alas, master, 'I know not.
Simp. I know not.
Glo. Nor his ?
Simp. No, indeed, master.
Glo. What's thine own name?
Glo. Then Saunder, sit thou there, the lyingest
knave • The falconer's lerin for hawking at water-fowl. In Christendom. Ii thou hadst been born blind, + Fund. 1 Thy mind is working on a crown. Thou might'st as well have known our pames, as Fence is the art of detence.
To name the several colours we do wear.
And call these foul offenders to their answers; Sight may distinguish of colours; but suddenly And poise • the cause in justice equal scales, To nominate them all's impossible..
Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause preMy lords, Saint Alban here hath done a miracle ;
SCENE 11.- London.-The Duke of York's Garden.
Enter YORK, SALISBURY, and WARWICK. beaules in your town, and things call'd whips ? York. Now, my good lords of Salisbury and Mey. Yes, my lord, if it please your grace.
Our simple supper ended, give me leave,
(Exit an Attendant. In craving your opinion of my title,
good, Simgs. Alas, master, I am not able to stand alone : The Nevils are thy subjects to command. You go about to torture me in vain.
York. Then thus:
Edward the Third, my lords, had seven sons:
Lionei, duke of Clarence; next to whom, Bead. I will, my lord.—Come on sirrah ; off with Was John of Gauni, the duke of Lancaster; your doublet quickly.
The fifth, was Edmond Langley, duke of York ; Simp. Alas, master, what shall I do? I am not the sixth, was Thonjas of Woodstock, duke of able to stand.
the Stool, und runs away; and the People job Edward, the Black Prince, died before his father,
And left behind him, Richard, his only son,
Crown'd by the nanie of Henry the Fourth,
York. Which now they hold by force, and not
The issue or the next son should have reign'd.
York. The third son, duke of Clarence, (trom Under the countenance and confederacy
whose line Of lady Eleanor, the prolector's wife,
I claim the crown.) had issue--Philippe, a daughter; The ringleader and head of all this rout,
Who married Edmund Mortimer, earl of March, Have practised dangerously against your state, Edmund had issie-Roger, eas i of March : Dealing with witches, and with conjarers;
Roger had issue-Edmund, Anne, and Eleanor. Whom we have apprehended in the fact;
Sal. This Edmund, in the reipa of Boling broke,
And, but fur Owen Glendower, had been king, .,
Car. And so, ny lord protector, by this means York. His elder sister, Anne,
My mother being heir unto the crown,
(A side to Gloster. By her I claim the kingdom : she was heir
Of Edmund Mortimer; whu married Philippe,
So, if the issue of the elder son
Succeed before the younger, I am king.
Tui Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign :
Glo. Madam, for myself, to heaven I do appeal, And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock.
That shall salute our righiful sovereign
With honour of his birthright to the crown.
York. We thank you, lords. But I am not your And give her, as a prey, to law and shame,
And that's not suddenly to be perform'd :
But with advice, and silent secrecy.
Do you, as I do, in these dangerous days,
Wink at the duke of Suffolk's insolence, • A company.
Wickedly. 11. e. Your lady is in custody.
At Beaufort's pride, at Somerset's ambition,
York. I never saw a fellow worse bested,
Enter, on one side, HORNAR, and his NEICA BOURS,
drinking to him so much that he is drunk; and he Sal. My lord, break we off ; we know your mind
enters bearing his Staff with a Smd-bag fastened at full.
to it, 4 Drum before him: at the other side, War. My heart assures me, that the earl of War- PETER, with a Drum and a similar Staj ; accomwick
panied by PRENTICES, drinking to him.
I Neigh. Here, neighbour Horner, I drink to you
in a cap of sack; and fear not, neighbour, you
shall do well enough. The greatest man in England, hut the king.
[Exeunt. charneco +.
2 Neigh. And here, neighbour, here's a cup of
3 Neigh. And here's a pot of good double beer, SCENE III.--The same.--A Hall of Frestice. neighbour : drink, and fear not your man.
Hor. Let it come, i' faith, and I'll pledge you all;
MARGARET, GLOSTER, YORK, SUFFOLK, and Sa- I Pren. Here, Peter. I drink to thee ; and be not
ter: fight for credit of the prentices.
Pet. I thank you all : drink, and pray for me, I
draught in this world.- Here, Robin, an if l'die, I Receive the sentence of the law, for sins
give thee my apron; and, Will, thou shalt have my Such as by God's book are adjudged to death.
hammer :- And here, Tom, take all the money that You four, from hence to prison back again;
I have.-0 Lord, bless me, I pray God! for I am (To Jourd. &c. so much fence already.
never able to deal with my master, he hath learut From thence, unto the place of execution : The witch in Smithfield shall be buru'd to ashes,
Sal. Come, leave your drinking, and fall to And you three shall be strangled on the gallows.
blows.-Sirrah, what's thy name? You, madam, for you are more nubly born,
Pet. Peter, forsooth.
Sal. Peter! what more?
(75 the Duchess.
Sal. Thunip! then set thou thump thy master
Hor. Masters, l-am come hither, as it were, upon
my man's instigation, to prove him a knave, and
myself an honest man: and touching the duke of Glo. Eleanor, the law, thou see'st, hath judged
York,-will take my death, I never meant him any thee;
iH, nor the king; ivor the queen ; and therefore, I cannot justify whom the law condemns.
Peter, have at thee with a downright blow, as (Ereunt the Duchess, and the other Prisoners,
Bevis of Southampton fell upon Ascapart.
York. Despatch :-This knave's tongue begins to guarded. Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief.
double. Al, Humphrey, this dishonour in thine age
Sound trumpets, alarum to the combatants. Will bring thy head with sorrow to the ground !
(Alaium.-They fight, and Peter strikes I beseeeh your majesty, give me leave to go ;
down his Master. Sorrow would solace, and mine age would ease •
hor. Hold, Peter, hold! I confess, I confess
treason. K. Hen. Stay, Humphrey duke of Gloster : ere
York. Take away his weapon :-Fellow, thank Give up thy staff; Henry will to himself
God, and the good wine in thy master's way. Protector be: and God shall be my hope,
Pet. O God! have I overcome mine enemies in My stay, my guide, and lantern to my feet;
this presence? O Peter, thou hast prevail'd in And go in peace, Humphrey; no less beloved,
right! Than when thou wert protector to thy king.
K. Hen. Go, take hence that traitor from our Q. Mar. I see no reason, why a king of years
siglit; Should be to be protected like a child.
For, by his death, we do perceive his guilt to God and king Henry govern England's helm :
And God, in justice, hath reveal'd to us
The truth and innocence of this poor fellow,
Which he had thought to have murder'd wrong.
Come, fellow, follow us for thy reward. (Ezéuni.
SCENE IY.-The same.- A Street.
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet 5.-
Serv. Ten, my lord.
To watch the coming of my punish'd duchess : Thus Eleanor's pride dies in her youngest days. Uneath || may she endure the flinty streets,
York. Lords, let him go.- Please it your majesty, To tread them with her tender-feeling feet.
Sweet Nell, ill can thy noble mind abrook
Q. Mar. Ay, good my lord; for purposely therefore When thou didst ride in iriumph through the streets.
But, soft! I think, she comes; and I'll prepare
The death of the vanquished person was al. t. e. Sorrow requires solace, and age requires ways regarded as certain evidence of his guilt.