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• Bring the strong poison that I bought of him. Suff. Thy name affrights me, in whose sound * K. Hen. O thou eternal Mover of the beavens,

is death. * Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch! · A cunning man did calculate my birth, * O, beat away the busy meddling fiend,

• And told me that by Water I should die: " That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul, Yet let not this make thee be bloody minded: * And from his bosom purge this black despair! Thy name is—Gualtier, being rightly sounded. War. See, how the pangs of death do make him • Whit. Gualtier, or Walter, which it is, I care grin.

not; * Sal. Disturb him not, let him pass peaceably. • Ne'er yet did base dishonour blur our name, * K. Hen. Peace to his soul, if God's good. But with our sword we wip'd away the blot; pleasure be!

• Therefore, when merchant-like I sell revenge, • Lord cardinal, if thou think'st on heaven's bliss, • Broke be my sword, my arms torn and defac'd, • Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope.- And I proclaim'd a coward through the world! • He dies, and makes no sign; O God, forgive him!

(Lays hold on Suffolk. War. So bad a death argues a monstrous life. Suff. Stay, Whitmore; for thy prisoner is a *K. Hen. Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.

prince, Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close; The duke of Suffolk, William de la Poole. . And let us all to meditation.

(Exeunt. Whit. The duke of Suffolk, muffled up in rags!

Suff. Ay, but these rags are no part of the duke; Jove sometime went disguis'd, and why not I?

Cap. But Jove was never slain, as thou shalt be. ACT IV.

Suff. Obscure and lowly swain, king Henry's SCENE 1.-Kent. The sea-shore near Dover. The honourable blood of Lancaster,

blood, Firing heard at sea. Then enter from a boat, || Must not be shed by such a jaded groom.2. a Captain, a Master, a Master's Mate, Walter|| Hast thou not kiss'd thy hand, and held my stirrup? Whitmore, and others; with them Suffolk, and . Bare-headed plodded by my foot-cloth mule, other Gentlemen, prisoners.

* And thought thee happy when I shook my head? * Cap. The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful' day || How often hast thou waited at my cup, * Is crept into the bosom of the sea;

• Fed from my trencher, kneeld down at the board, And now loud-bowling wolves arouse the jades • When I have feasted with queen Margaret? * That drag the tragic melancholy night; * Remember it, and let it make thee crest-fallin; • Who with their drowsy, slow, and flagging wings, * Ay, and allay this thy abortive pride :3 * Clip dead men's graves, and from their misty jaws * How in our voiding lobby hast thou stood, * Breathe foul contagious darkness in the air. * And duly waited for my coming forth? * Therefore, bring forth the soldiers of our prize; This hand of mine hath writ in thy behalf, * For, whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs, * And therefore shall it chart thy riotous tongue.

Here shall they make their ransom on the sand, * Whit. Speak, captain, shall I stab the torlorn * Or with their blood stain this discolour'd shore.

swain ? Master, this prisoner freely give I thee ;

* Cap. First let my words stab him, as he hath me. . And thou that art his mate, make boot of this ;- * Suff. Base slave! thy words are blunt, and so • The other, [Pointing to Suff.] Walter Whitmore,

art thou. is thy share.

Cap. Convey him hence, and on our long-boat's 1 Gent. What my ransom, master? let me

side know.

* Strike off his head. Mast. A thousand crowns, or else lay down Suff:

Thou dar'st not for thy own

Cap. Yes, Poole. • Mate.' And so much shall you give, or off goes Suff.

Poole? yours.


Poole? sir Poole? lord ? * Cap. What, think you much to pay two thou- Ay, kennel, puddle, sink; whose filth and dirt sand crowns,

• Troubles the silver spring where England drinks. * And bear the name and port of gentlemen ?- • Now will I dam up this thy yawning mouth,

Cut both the villains' throats ;-for die you shall; ll. For swallowing the treasure of the realm : * The lives of those which we have lost in fight, * Thy lips, that kiss'd the queen, shall sweep the * Cannot be counterpois'd with such a petty sum.

ground; * 1 Gent. I'll give it, sir ; and therefore spare * And thou, that smil'dst at good duke Humphrey's

death, * 2 Gent. And so will I, and write home for it. Against the senseless winds shalt grin in vain, straight.

* Who, in contempt, shall hiss at thee again : Whit. I lost mine eye in laying the prize * And wedded be thou to the hags of hell, aboard,

* For daring to affyt a mighty lord . And therefore, to revenge it, shalt thou die; * Unto the daughter of a worthless king,

[To Suffolk. || * Having neither subject, wealth, nor diadem. • And so should these, if I might have my will. * By devilish policy art thou grown great,

* Cap. Be not so rash; take ransom, let him live. I * And, like ambitious Sylla, overgory'd Suff. Look on my George, I am a gentleman ;|| * With gobbets of thy mother's bleeding heart. • Rate

me at what thou wilt, thou shalt be paid. * By thee, Anjou and Maine were sold to France Whit. And so am I; my name is—Walter * The false revolting Normans, thorough thee, Whitmore.

* Disdain to call us lord; and Picardy • How now? why start'st thou? what, doth death i * Hath slain their governors, surpris’d our forts, affright?

* And sent the ragged soldiers wounded home.

* The princely Warwick, and the Nevils all, (1) Pitiful. (2) A low fellow. (3) Pricle that has had birth too soon.

(4) To hetroth in marriage.

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* Whose dreadful swords were never drawn in vain, l ' of a lath;

they have been up these two days. * As hating thee, are rising up in arms :

John. They have the more need to sleep now * And now the house of York-thrust from the then. crown,

Geo. I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means * By shameful murder of a guiltless king, to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set * And lofty proud encroaching tyranny, -, 'a new nap upon it. * Burns with revenging fire; whose hopeful colours John. So he had need, for 'tis threadbare. Well, * Advance our hall-fac'd sun, striving to shine,

I it was never merry world in England, since * Under the which is writ-Invitis nubibus. gentlemen came up. * The commons here in Kent are up in arms : * Geo. O miserable age! Virtue is not regarded * And, to conclude, reproach, and beggary, * in handycrafts-men. * Is crept into the palace of our king,

John. The nobility think scorn to go in leather * And all by thee :-Away! convey him hence.

* Suff. Othat I were a god, to shoot forth thunder * Geo. Nay more, the king's council are no good

Upon these paltry, servile, abject drudges ! * workmen. * Small things make base men proud: this villain * John. True; And yet it is said, -Labour in here,

* thy vocation : which is as much to say, as,-let Being captain of a pinnace,' threatens more * the magistrates be labouring men; and therefore • Than Bargulus the strong Myrian pirate. * should we be magistrates.

Drones suck not eagles' blood, but rob bee-hives. * Geo. Thou hast hit it: for there's no better sign • It is impossible, that I should die

* of a brave mind, than a hard hand. • By such a lowly vassal as thyself.

* John. I see them! I see them! There's Best's • Thy words move rage, and not remorse, in me: the tanner of Wingham; I go of message from the queen to France;

* Geo. He shall have the skins of our enemies, I charge thee, waft me safely cross the channel. * to make dog's leather of. Cap. Walter,

John. And Dick the butcher, Whit. Come, Suffolk, I must waft thee to thy * Geo. Then is sin struck down like an ox, and death.

* iniquity's throat cut like a calf. Suff. Gelidus timor occupat artus :-'tis thee

* John. And Smith the weaver. I fear.

* Geo. Argo, their thread of life is spun. Whit. Thou shalt have cause to fear, before I * John. Come, come, let's fall in with them.

leave thee. What, are ye daunted now? now will ye stoop? Drum. Enter Cade, Dick the butcher, Smith the 1 Gent. My gracious lord, entreat him, speak

weaver, and others in great number. him fair.

Cade. We John Cade, so termed of our supSuff. Suffolk's imperial tongue is stern and posed father,rough,

Dick. Or rather, of stealing a cade of herrings.3 • Us'd to command, untaught to plead for favour.

(Aside. • Far be it, we should honour such as these Cade. — for our enemies shall fall before us, in• With humble suit : no, rather let my head spired with the spirit of putting down kings and

Stoop to the block, than these knees bow to any,l. princes,—Command silence. • Save to the God of heaven, and to my king;

Dick. Silence! . And sooner dance upon a bloody pole,

Cade. My father was a Mortimer,• Than stand uncover'd to the vulgar groom.

Dick. He was an honest man, and a good brick* True nobility is exempt from fear :


(Aside. • More can I bear, than you dare execute.

Cade. My mother a Plantagenet,-. Capt. Hale him away, and let him talk no more. Dick. I knew her well, she was a midwife. *Suff. Come, soldiers, show what cruelty ye can,

(Aside. That this my death may never be forgot!

· Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies, • Great men oft die by vile bezonians:2

Dick. She was, indeed, a pedlar's daughter, and • A Roman sworder and banditto slave,

sold many laces.

(Aside. • Murder'd sweet Tully ; Brutus' bastard hand Smith. But, now of late, not able to travel with • Stabb'd Julius Cæsar; savage islanders, her furred pack, she washes bucks here at home. • Pompey the great; and Suffolk dies by pirates.

(Aside. (Exeunt Suff with Whit. and others. Cade. Therefore am I of an honourable house. Capt. And as for these whose ransom we have set, Dick. Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable; It is our pleasure, one of them depart :

and there was he born, under a hedge; for his father, Therefore come you with us, and let him go. had never a house, but the cage.

(Aside. (Exeunt all but the first Gertleman. * Cade. Valiant I am. Re-enter Whitmore, with Suffolk's body.

* Smith. 'A must needs; for beggary is valiant.

[Aside. Whit. There let his head and lifeless body lie, Cade. I am able to endure much. . Until the queen his mistress bury it.

Éxit. Dick. No question of that; for I have seen him 1 Gent. O barbarous and bloody spectacle! whipped three market days together. (Aside. • His body will I bear unto the king :

Cade. I fear neither sword nor fire. • If he revenge it not, yet will his friends ;

Smith. He need not fear the sword, for his coat • So will the queen, that living held him dear.

is of proof.

(Aside. (Exit, with the body. Dick. But, methinks, he should stand in fear SCENE IIBlackheath. Enter George Bevis

of fire, being burnt i'the hand for stealing of sheep.

(.Aside. and John Holland.

Cade. Be brave then; for your captain is brave, "Geo. Come, and get thee a sword, though made and vows reformation. There shall be, in England, (1) A pinnace then signified a ship of small burden. (2) Low men. (3) A barrel of herrings.

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seren half-penny loaves sold for a penny: the *W. Staf. But angry, wrathful, and inclin'd to three-hooped pot shall have ten hoops ; and I will

blood, make it felony, to drink small beer: all the realm * If you go forward : therefore yield, or die. shall be in common, and in Cheapside shall my Cade. As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not;' palfry go to grass. And, when I am king, (as king|It is to you, good people, that I speak, will be)

* O'er whom, in time to come, I hope to reign ; AU. God save your majesty!

* For I am rightful heir unto the crown. • Cade. I thank you, good people :—there shall StaffVillain, thy father was a plasterer; • be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score; * And thou thyself, a shearman, Art thou not? . and I will apparel them all in one livery, that Cade. And Adam was a gardener. they may agree like brothers, and worship me W. Staff. And what of that? their lord.

Cade. Marry, this :–Edmund Mortimer, earl of Dick. The first thing we do, let's kill all the March, • lawyers.

Married the duke of Clarence' daughter; Did he not? Cade. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a Staff. Ay, sir. lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent Cade. By her, he had two children at one birth. lamb should be made parchment that parchment, W. Staff. That's false. being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Some • Cade. Ay, there's the question ; but, I say, 'tis say, the bee stings: but I say, 'tis the bee's wax, for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never

• The elder them, being put to nurse, mine own man since. How now? who's there? * Was by a beggar-woman stol'n away;

* And, ignorant of his birth and parentage, Enter some, bringing in the Clerk of Chatham. • Became a bricklayer, when he came to age :

* His son am I; deny it, if you can. Smith. The clerk of Chatham : he can write

Dick. Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be and read, and cast accompt.

king. Cade. O monstrous !

Smith. Sir, he made a chimney in my father's Smith. We took him setting of boys' copies.

house, and the bricks are alive at this day to testify Cade. Here's a villain!

it; therefore, deny it not. Smith. H'as a book in his pocket, with red let

* Staff. And will you credit this base drudge's ters in't.

words, Cade. Nay, then he is a conjurer.

* That speaks he knows not what? Dick. Nay, he can make obligations, and write * Au. Ay, marry, will we; therefore get ye gone. court-hand.

W. Staff. Jack Cade, the duke of York hath • Cade. I am sorry for't: the man is a proper man,

taught you this. on mine bonour; unless I find him guilty, he shall not die, --Come hither, sirrah, I must examine-Go to, sirrah, Tell the king from me, that for his

* Cade. He lies, for I invented it myself. (Aside.) thee: What is thy name?

father's sake, Henry the Fifth, in whose time boys Clerk. Emmanuel. Dick. They use to write it on the top of letters : || content he shall reign; but I'll be protector over him.

went to span-counter for French crowns - I am -Twill go hard with you.

· Dick. And, furthermore, we'll have the lord Cade. Let me alone :-Dost thou use to write

Say's head, for selling the dukedom of Maine. • thy name? or hast thou a mark to thyself, like an Cade. And good reason; for thereby is England honest plain-dealing man? Clerk. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well. puissance holds it up. Fellow kings, I tell you,

maimed, and fain to go with a staff, but that my brought up, that I can write my name. ÀU. He hath confessed: away with him; he's a||and made it an eunuch: and more than that, he

that my lord Say hath gelded the commonwealth, • villain and a traitor.

can speak French, and therefore he is a traitor. Cade. Away with him, I say; hang him with

Staff. Ogross and miserable ignorance! his pen and inkhorn about his neck.

Cade. Nay, answer, if you can: The French(Exeunt some with the Clerk.

men are enemies : go to then, I ask but this; Can Enter Michael.

he, that speaks with the tongue of an enemy, be

a good counsellor, or no? Mich. Where's our general ?

* Al. No, no; and therefore we'll have his head. Cade. Here I am, thou particular fellow. * W. Staff. Well, seeing gentle words will not Mich. Fly, fly, fly! sir Humphrey Stafford and

prevail, his brother are hard by with the king's forces. * Assail them with the army of the king. Cade. Stand, villain, stand, or I'll fell thee down:

Staff. Herald, away; and, throughout every “He shall be encountered with a man as good as

town, • himself: He is but a knight, is 'a ?

* Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade; • Mich. No.

• That those, which fly before the battle ends, Cade. To equal him, I will make myself a knight||May, even in their wives and children's sight, presently; Rise up sir John Mortimer. Now have || Be hang'd up for example at their doors :--at him.

|* And you, that be the king's friends, follow me. Enter Sir Humphrey Stafford, and William his

(Exeunt the two Staffords, and forces. brother, with drum and forces.

* Cade. And you, that love the commons, follow Staff Rebellious hinds, the filth and scum of (* Now show yourselves men, 'tis for liberty. Kent,

* We will not leave one lord, one gentleman : Mark'd for the gallows,-lay your weapons down, ||* Spare none, but such as go in clouted shoon ;? Home to your cottages, forsake this groom ;- * For they are thrifty honest men, and such The king is merciful, if you revolt.

* As would (but that they dare not) take our parts.

* Dick. They are all in order, and march to (1) I pay them no regard. (2) Shoes

ward us.


* Cade. But then are we in order, when we are |* Of hinds and peasants, rude and merciless; * most out of order. Come, march forward. Sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother's death

(Exeunt. * Hath given them heart and courage to proceed :

* All scholars, lawyers, courtiers, gentlemen, SCENE III.- Another part of Blackheath.

Alarums. The troo parties enter and fight, and "They call-false caterpillars, and intend their both the Staffords are slain.

* K. Hen. O graceless men! they know not Cade. Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford ?

what they do. Dick. Here, sir.

Buck. My gracious lord, retire to Kenelworth, • Cade. They fell before thee like sheep and oxen, ll. Until a power be rais'd to put them down. and thou behavedst thyself as if thou hadst been in * Q. Mar. Ah! were the duke of Sutiolk now thine own slaughter-house: therefore thus will i

alive, reward thee,- The Lent shall be as long again as * These Kentish rebels would be soon appeas'd. it is; and thou shalt have a license to kill for a K. Hen. Lord Say, the traitors hate thee, • hundred lacking one.

• Therefore away with us to Kenelworth. Dick. I desire no more.

Say. So might your grace's person be in danger; * Cade. And, to speak truth, thou deservedst no • The sight of me is odious in their eyes : * less. This monument of the victory will I bear: 1. And therefore in this city will I stay, * and the bodies shall be draggedat my horse' heels, ll. And live alone as secret as I may. * till I do come to London, where we will have the

Enter another Messenger. * mayor's sword borne before us.

* Dick. If we mean to thrive and do good, break #2 Mes. Jack Cade hath gotten London-bridge; open the gaols, and let out the prisoners.

the citizens * Cade. Fear not that, I warrant thee. Come, || * Fly and forsake their houses : * let's march towards London. (Exeunt. ||* The rascal people, thirsting after prey, SCENE IV.–London. A room in the palace. Il * To spoil the city, and your royal court


* Join with the traitor; and they jointly swear, Enter King Henry, reading a supplication; the

* Buck. Then linger not, my lord; away,

take duke of Buckingham, and lord Say with him :

horse. at a distance, Queen Margaret, mourning over

* K. Hen. Come, Margaret; God, our hope, Suffolk's head.

will succour us. *Q. Mar. Oft have I heard—that grief softens * Q. Mar. My hope is gone, now Suffolk is dethe mind,

ceas'd. * And makes it fearful and degenerate;

* K. Hen. Farewell, my lord; (To Lord Say.) * Think therefore on revenge, and cease to weep.

trust not the Kentish rebels. * But who can cease to weep, and look on this? * Buck. Trust nobody, for fear you be betray'd. * Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast : Say. The trust I have is in mine innocence, * But where's the body that I should embrace ? • And therefore am I bold and resolut:. (Ereunt.

Buck. What answer makes your grace to the • rebels' supplication ?

SCENE V.-The same. The Tower. Enter * K. Hen. I'll send some holy bishop to entreat: Lord Scales, and others, on the Walls. Then • For God forbid, so many simple souls

enter certain Citizens, below. * Should perish by the sword; And I myself, * Rather than bloody war shall cut them short,

Scales. How now? is Jack Cade slain? • Will parley with Jack Cade their general.

1 Cit. No, my lord, nor likely to be slain; for • But stay, I'll read it over once again.

they have won the bridge, killing all those that with* Q. Mar. Ah, barbarous villains ! bath this I stand them: The lord mayor craves aid of your lovely face

honour from the Tower, to defend the city from * Rul'd, like a wandering planet, over me;

the rebels.

Scules. Such aid as I can spare, you shall com* And could it not enforce them to relent,

mand; * That were unworthy to behold the same? K. Hen. Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn to But I am troubled here with them myself,

The rebels have assay'd to win the Tower. have thy head. "Say. Ay, but I hope, your highness shall have his. But get you to Smithfield, and gather head,

And thither I will send you Matthew Gough: K. Hen. How now, madam? Still

Fight for your king, your country, and your lives; Lamenting, and mourning for Suffolk's death ?

And so farewell, for I must hence again. (Excunt. I fear, my love, if that I had been dead, Thou wouldest not have mourn'd so much for me.

SCENE VI.-The same. Cannon Street. En. Q. Mar. No, my love, I should not mourn, but

ter Jack Cade, and his followers. He strikes die for thee.

his staff on London-stone. Enter a Messenger.

Cade. Now is Mortimer lord of this city. And * K. Hen. How now! what news? why com'st here, sitting upon London-stone, I charge and comthou in such haste?

mand, that, of the city's cost, the pissing-conduit Mess. The rebels are in Southwark; Fly, myrun nothing but claret wine this first year of our lord !

reign. And now, henceforward, it shall be treason " Jack Cade proclaims himself lord Mortimer, for any that calls me other than-lord Mortimer. • Descended from the duke of Clarence' house :

Enter a Soldier, running. • And calls your grace usurper, openly, • And vows to crown himself in Westminster. Sold. Jack Cade! Jack Cade! • His army is a ragged multitude

Cade. Knock him down there. [They kill him.

* Smith. If this fellow be wise, he'll never call (1) Predominated irresistibly over my passions ; l* you Jack Cade more; I think, he hath a very fair as the planets ovor those born under their influence. II* warning.

you will.



Dick. My lord, there's an army gathered to- || wear a cloak, when honester men than thou go in gether in Smithfield.

their hose and doublets. Cade. Come then, let's go fight with them: But, * Dick. And work in their shirt too; as myself, first, go and set London-bridge on fire; and, if you * for example, that am a butcher. can, burn down the Tower too. Come, let's away. Say. You men of Kent,

(Exeunt. Dick. What say you of Kent? SCENE VII.— The same. Smithfield. Alarum.

"Say. Nothing but this : 'Tis bona terra, mala Enter, on one side, Cade and his company; on

gens. the other, citizens, and the king's forces, headed

Cade. Away with him, away with him! he by Matthew Gough. They hight; the citizens' speaks Latin. are routed, and Matthew Gough is slain.

Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where Cade. So, sirs :-Now go some and pull down · Kent, in the commentaries Cæsar writ, the Savoy ; others to the inns of court; down with || Is term'd the civil'st place of all this isle : them all.

* Sweet is the country, because full of riches; Dick. I have a suit unto your lordship. Cade. Be it a lordship, thou shalt have it for that. Which makes me hope you are not void of pity.

• The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy;

• I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy ; Dick. Only, that the laws of England may come l * Yet, to recover them, would lose my life. out of your mouth.

* Justice with favour have I always done ; John. Mass, 'twill be sore law then; for he * Prayers and tears have mov'd me, gifts could was thrust in the mouth with a spear, and 'tis not "whole yet.

(Aside. || * When have I aught exacted at your hands, * Smith. Nay, John, it will be stinking law; for * Kent to maintain, the king, the realm, and you? his breath stinks with eating toasted cheese. * Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks,

[.Aside. I * Because my book preferr'd me to the king : • Cade. I have thought upon it, it shall be so.

* And, seeing ignorance is the curse of God, • Away, burn all the records of the realm ; my * Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to . mouth shall be the parliament of England.

heaven, • John. Then we are like to have biting statutes, || * Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirit, * unless his teeth be pulled out. (Aside. I * You cannot but forbear to murder me.

* Cade. And henceforward all things shall be * This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings . in common.

* For your behoof, Enter a Messenger.

* Cade. Tut! when struck'st thou one blow in Mess. My lord, a prize, a prize! here's the lord * the field? Say, which sold the towns in France; * he that * Say. Great men have reaching hands : oft have made us pay one and twenty fifteens, and one

I struck shilling to the pound, the last subsidy. * Those that I never saw, and struck them dead.

* Geo. O monstrous coward! what, to come beEnter George Bevis, with the Lord Say.

hind folks? Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten

* Say. These cheeks are pale for watching for times.-Ah, thou say,2 thou serge, nay, thou buck

your good. * ram lord! now art thou within point-blank of our * Cade. Give him a box on the ear, and that will jurisdiction regal. What canst thou answer to my * make 'em red again. majesty, for giving up of Normandy unto mon- * Say. Long sitting to determine poor men's "sieur Basimecu, the dauphin of France ? Be it known unto thee by these presence, even the pre- Hath

made me full of sickness and diseases. sence of lord Mortimer, that I am the besom that * Cade. Ye shall have a hempen caudle then, 'must sweep the court clean of such filth as thou and the pap of a batchet. 'art. Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the Dick. Why dost thou quiver, man? youth of the realm, in erecting a grammar-school : “Say. The palsy, and not fear, provoketh me. and whereas, before, our fore-fathers had no other • Cade. Nay, he nods at us; as who should say, books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused || I'll be even with you. I'll see if his head will printing to be used; and, contrary to the king, stand steadier on a pole, or no: Take him away, his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper and behead him. * mill. It will be proved to thy face, that thou hast * Say. Tell me, wherein I have offended most?

men about thee, that usually talk of a noun, and * Have I affected wealth or honour; speak? "a verb; and such abominable words, as no Chris- | * Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold? .tian ear can endure to hear. Thou hast appointed * Is my apparel sumptuous to behold? justices of peace, to call poor men before them * Whom have I injur'd, that you seek my death ?

about matters that they were not able to answer. | * These hands are free from guiltless blood-shed* Moreover, thou hast put them in prison ; and because they could not read, thou hast hanged them; * This breast from harbouring foul deceitful * when, indeed, only for that cause they have been thoughts. * most worthy to live. Thou dost ride on a foot- * 0, let me live! cloth, dost thou not?

* Cade. I feel remorse in myself with his words: Say. What of that?

but I'll bridle it; he shall die, an it be but for Cade. Marry, thou oughtest not to let thy horse * pleading so well for his life. Away with him! he

(1) A fifteen was the fifteenth part of all the (4) A foot-cloth was a kind of housing, which moveables, or personal property, of each subject. covered the body of the horse. (2) Say was a kind of serge.

(5) In consequence of. (3) i. e. They were hanged because they could 6) i.e. These hands are free from shedding not claim the benefit of clergy.

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