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* Cap. Thegaudy, blabbing, and remorsefull day *Is crept into the of the sea; *And now loud-howling wolves arouse the jades *That drag the tragic melancholy night; * Whowith their drowsy, slow, and flagging wings, * Clip dead men's graves, and from their misty jaws * Breathefoul contagious darkness in the air. * Therefore, bring forth the soldiers of our prize; * For, whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs, *Here shall they make their ransom on the sand, * Or with their blood stain this discolour'd shore.— “Master, this prisoner freely give I thee;— “And thou that art his mate, make boot of this;– “The other, o to Suff.] Walter Whitmore, is thy share.
*1 Gent. Wi. is my ransom, master? let me know.
‘JMast. A thousand crowns, or else lay down your head.
‘..Mate. And so much shall you give, or off goes yours.
* Cap. What, think you much to pay two thousand crowns, *And bear the name and port of gentlemen?— *Cut both the villains throats;–for die you shall; *The lives of those which we have lost in fight, *Cannot be counterpois'd with such a petty sum. *1 Gent. I'll give it, sir; and therefore spare
* The honourable blood of Lancaster, “Must not be shed by such a jaded o Hast thou not kiss'd 3. hand, and held mystirrup? “Bare-headed . by my foot-cloth mule, “And thought thee happy when I shook my head? ‘How often hast thou waited at my cup, “Fed from my trencher, kneel'd down at the board, “When I have feasted with queen Margaret? * Remember it, and let it .. thee crest-fall'n; * Ay, and allay this thy abortive pride:* * How in our voiding lobby hast thou stood, *And duly waited for my coming forth? ‘This hand of mine hath writin thy behalf, “And therefore shall it charm thy riotous tongue. * Whit. Speak, captain, shall I stab the forlorn swain f * Cap. Firstlet my wordsstabhim, as he hath me. * Suff. Base slave! thy words are blunt, and so art thou. ‘Cap. Convey him hence, and on our long-boat's side
“And o smil'dst at good duke Humphrey's
eath, ‘Against the senseless winds shalt grin in vain, * Who, in contempt, shall hiss at thee again: *And wedded be thou to the hags of hell, * For daring to affy" a mighty lord * Unto the daughter of a worthless king, * Having neither subject, wealth, nor diadem. * By devilish policy art thou grown great, * And, like ambitious Sylla, overgorg'd * With gobbets of thymother's bleeding heart. * By thee, Anjou and Maine were sold to France. * The false revolting Normans, thorough thee, * Disdain to call us lord; and o * Hath slain their governors, surpris'd our forts, *And sent the ragged soldiers wounded home. * The princely Warwick, and the Nevils all,
(3) Pride that has had birth too soon.
(4) To betroth in marriage.
rough, ‘Us'd to command, untaught to plead for favour. ‘Far be it, we should honour such as these “With humble suit; no, rather let my head “Stoop to the block, than these knees bow to any, ‘Save to the God of heaven, and to my king; “And sooner dance upon a bloody pole, *Than stand uncover'd to the .. groom. * True nobility is exempt from fear:— “More can I bear, than you dare execute. ‘Capt. Hale him away, and let him talk no more. “Suff. Come, soldiers, show what cruelty yecan, ‘That this my death may never be forgot! “Great men oft die by vile bezonians? “A Roman sworder and banditto slave, “Murder'd sweet Tully; Brutus' bastard hand “Stabb'd Julius Caesar; savage islanders, “Pompey the great; and Suffolk dies by pirates. [Ereunt Suff, with Whit. and others. Capt. And as for these whose ransom we have set, It is our pleasure, one of them depart:— Therefore come you with us, and let him go. [Ereunt all but the first Gentleman. Re-enter Whitmore, with Suffolk's body. * Whit. There let his head and lifeless body lie, “Until the queen his mistress bury it. [Exit. ‘1 Gent. O barbarous and bloody spectacle! “His body will I bear unto the king: “If he revenge it not, yet will his friends; “So will the queen, that living held him dear. [Erit, with the body. SCENTE II—Blackheath. Enter George Bevis and John Holland.
“Geo. Come, and get thee a sword, though made (1) A pinnace then signified a ship of small burden.
“of a lath; they have been up these two days. • John. They have the more need to sleep now * then. • Geo. I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means ‘to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set “a new nap upon it. John. So he had need, for 'tis threadbare. Well, I say, it was never merry world in England, since gentlemen came up. * Geo. Omiserable age! Wirtue is not regarded * in handycrafts-men. ‘John. The nobility think scorn to go in leathem “aprons. * Geo. Naymore, the king's council are no good * workmen. * John. True; And yet it is said, Labour in * thy vocation: which is as much to say, as, -lei * the magistrates be labouring men; and therefore * should we be magistrates. * Geo. Thou hasthitit: for there's no better sign * of a brave mind, than a hard hand. * John. I see them! I see them! There's Best's *son, the tanner of Wingham; * Geo. He shall have the skins of our enemies, * to make dog's leather of John. And Dick the butcher, — * Geo. Then is sin struck down like an ox, and *iniquity's throat cut like a calf * }. And Smith the weaver. * Geo. Argo, their thread of life is spun. *John. Come, come, let's fall in with them.
• Cade. — for our enemies shall fall before us, in‘spired with the spirit of putting down kings and ‘princes, Command silence. Dick. Silences Cade. My father was a Mortimer- Dick. He was an honest man, and a goodbricklayer. [..Aside. “Cade. My mother a Plantagenet,_ Dick. I knew her well, she was a midwife. [...Aside. • Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies, Dick. She was, indeed, a pedlar's daughter, and sold many laces. [...Aside. ‘Smith. But, now of late, notable to travel with “her furred pack, she washes bucks here at home. [Aside. “Cade. Therefore am I of an honourable house. Dick. Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable; and there was he born, under a hedge; for his father had never a house, but the cage. [..Aside. * Cade. Valiant I am. * Smith. "A must needs; for beggary is valiant. [Aside.
Cade. I am able to endure much. Dick. No question of that; for I have seen him whippod three market days together. [..Aside. Cade. I fear neither sword nor fire. Smith. He need not fear the sword, for his coat is of proof. [..Aside. Dick. But, methinks, he should stand in fear of fire, being burnt i'the hand for stealing of shee oil. Cade. Bebrave then; for your captain is brave, and vows reformation. There shall be, in England,
(2) Low men. (3) A barrel of herrings.
seven half-penny loaves sold for a penny: the j shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony, to drink small beer; all the realm shall be in common, and in Cheapside shall my Fo go to grass. And, when I am king, (asking will be)— All God save your majesty! “Cade. I thank you, good people:—there shall ‘be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score; ‘and I will apparel them all in one livery, that “they may agree like brothers, and worship me * their lord. “Dick. The first thing we do, let's kill all the ‘lawyers. Cade. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Some say, the bee stings: but I say, 'tis the bee's wax, for I did but .. to a thing, and I was never mine own man since. How now? who's there?
Enter some, bringing in the Clerk of Chatham.
Smith. The clerk of Chatham: he can write and read, and cast accompt. Cade. O monstrous! Smith. We took him setting of boys' copies. Cade. Here's a villain! Smith. H'as a book in his pocket, with red letters in't. Cade. Nay, then he is a conjurer. Dick. Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand. “Cade. I am sorry for't; theman is a properman, ‘on mine honour; unless I find him guilty, he shall “not die, Come hither, sirrah, I must examine “thee: What is thy name? Clerk. Emmanuel. Dick. They use to write it on the top of letters; —"Twill go hard with you. “Cade. Let me alone:—Dost thou use to write “thy name? or hast thou a mark to thyself, like an ‘honest plain-dealing man? Clerk. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well brought up, that I can write my name. “...All. He hath confessed: away with him; he's a * villain and a traitor. “Cade. Away with him, I say; hang him with “his pen and inkhorn about his neck. [Ereunt some with the Clerk.
true: “The elder of them, being put to nurse, “Was by a beggar-woman stol'n away; “And, ignorant of his birth and parentage, ‘Became a bricklayer, when he came to age: “His son am I; deny it, if you can. Dick. Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be
king. Smith. o: he made a chimney in my father's house, and the bricks are alive at this day to testify it; therefore, deny it not. *Staff. And will you credit this base drudge's words, * That speaks he knows not what? *All Ay, marry, will we; therefore get ye gone. W. Staff. Jack Cade, the duke .#York hath taught you this. * Cade. He lies, for I invented it myself. [Aside.] –Goto, sirrah, Tell the king from me, that—for his father's sake, Henry the Fifth, in whose time boys went to span-counter for French crowns,—I am contenthe shall reign; but I'll be protectorover him. “Dick. And, furthermore, we'll have the lord “Say's head, for selling the dukedom of Maine. “Cade. And good reason; for thereby is England ‘maimed, and fain to go with a staff, but that my ‘puissance holds it up. Fellow kings, I tell you, ‘that my lord Say hath gelded the commonwealth, ‘and made it an eunuch; and more than that, he “can speak French, and therefore he is a traitor. - §§ Q gross and miserable ignorance! “Cade. Nay, answer, if you can: The French“men are enemies: go to then, I ask but this; Can ‘he, that speaks with the tongue of an enemy, be “a good counsellor, or no? * All. No, no; and therefore we'll have his head. * W. Staff. wa, seeing gentle words will not revail, * Assail them with the army of the king. ‘Staff. Herald, away; and, throughout every town, “Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade; ‘That those, which fly before the battle ends, “May, even in their wives' and children's sight, “Be hang'd up for example at their doors:— “And you, that be the king's friends, follow me. [Ereunt the two Staffords, and forces. * Cade. And you, that love the commons, follow ne.*Now show yourselves men, 'tis for liberty. * We will not leave one lord, one gentleman: * Spare none, but such as go in clouted shoon;2 * For they are thrifty honest men, and such * As would (but that they dare not) take our parts. * Dick. They are all in order, and march to. ward us.
* Cade. But then are we in order, when we are * most out of order. Come, march forward. [Ereunt.
SCENTE III.-Another part of Blackheath. .Alarums. The two parties enter and fight, and both the Staffords are slain.
“Cade. Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford? • Dick. Here, sir. “Cade. They fell before theelike sheep and oxen, ‘and thoubehavedst thyself as if thouhadst been in “thine own slaughter-house: therefore thus will I “reward thee, The Lent shall be as long again as “it is; and thou shalt have a license to kill for a “hundred lacking one. * Dick. I desire no more. * Cade. And, to speak truth, thou deservedstno * less. This monument of the victory will I bear: * and the bodies shall be dragged at my horse'heels, * till I do come to London, where we will have the * mayor's sword borne before us. * Dick. If we mean to thrive and dogood, break * open the gaols, and let out the prisoners. * Cade. Fear not that, I warrant thee. Come, * let's march towards London. [Exeunt.
SCENTE IV.-London. A room in the palace. Enter King Henry, reading a supplication; the duke of Buckingham, and lord Say with him: at a distance, Queen Margaret, mourning over Suffolk's head.
* Q. Mar. Oft have I heard—that grief softens the mind, * And makes it fearful and degenerate; * Think therefore on revenge, and cease to weep. *But who can cease to weep, and look on this? * Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast: *But where's the body that I should embrace? “Buck. What answer makes your grace to the “rebels' supplication? * K. Hen. I'll send some holy bishop to entreat: “For God forbid, so many simple souls “Should perish by the sword; And I myself, • Rather than bloody war shall cut them short, • Will parley with Jack Cade their general.— “But stay, I'll read it over once i. * Q, JMar. Ah, barbarous villains! hath this lovely face * Rul’d, like a wandering planet, over me; * And could it not enforce them to relent, * That were unworthy to behold the same? • K. Hen. Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn to have o head. highness shall haveh “Say, Ay, but I hope, your highness shallhavehis. K. #. How . madam? Still Lamenting, and mourning for Suffolk's death? I fear, my love, if that ihad been dead, Thou wouldest not have mourn’d so much for me. Q. Mar. No, my love, I should not mourn, but die for thee.
Enter a Messenger.
* K. Hen. How now ! what news? why com'st thou in such haste? ‘..Mess. The rebels are in Southwark; Fly, my lord ' ‘Jack Cade proclaims himself lord Mortimer, • Descended from the duke of Clarence' house : “And calls your grace usurper, openly, • And vows to crown himself in Westminster.
“His army is a ragged multitude
(1) Predominated irresistibly over my passions: as the planets ovor those born under their influence.
Scales. How now 2 is Jack Cade slain P
1 Cit. No, my lord, nor likely to be slain; for they have won the bridge, killing all those that withstand them: The lord mayor craves aid of your honour from the Tower, to defend the city from the rebels.
Scales. Such aid as I can spare, you shall com
But I am troubled here with them myself,
“Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten ‘times.—Ah, thou say,” thou serge, nay, thou buck“ram lord! now art thou within point-blank of our - i. regal. What canst thou answer tomy ‘majesty, for giving o: Normandy unto mon“sieur Basimecu, the dauphin of France? Be it ‘known unto thee by these presence, even the pre“sence of lord Mortimer, that I am the besom that “must sweep the court clean of such filth as thou “art. Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the “youth of the realm, in erecting a r-school: ‘and whereas, before, our fore-fathers had no other “books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused “printing to be used; and, contrary to the king, “his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper“mill. It will be proved to thy face, that thou hast “men about thee, that usually talk of a noun, and “a verb; and such abominable words, as no Chris“tian ear can endure to hear. Thou hast appointed “justices of peace, to call poor men before them “about matters that they were not able to answer. “Moreover, thou hast put them in prison; and be: “cause they could not read, thouhasth them;3 ‘when, indeed, only for that cause they have been “most worthy to live. Thou dost ride on a foot* cloth,4 dost thou not? Say. What of that? Cade. Marry, thou oughtest not to let thy horse
(1) A fifteen was the fifteenth part of all the
wear a cloak, when honester men than thou go in
their hose and doublets.
* for example, that am a butcher.
gens. “Cade. Away with him, away with him! he ‘speaks Latin. *Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where you will. ‘Kent, in the commentaries Caesar writ, “Is term'd the civil'st place of all this isle: ‘Sweet is the country, because full of riches; “The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy; “Which makes me hope you are not void of pity. “I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy; *Yet, to recover them, would lose my life.
moveables, or personal property, of each subject. (2) say was a kind o: o (3) i. e. They were hanged because they could | not claim the benefit of clergy. 35
*Justice with favour have I always done; * Prayers and tears have mov'd me, gifts could never. * When have Iaught exacted at your hands, * Kent to maintain, the king, the realm, and you? *Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks, * Because my book preferr'd me to the king: *And, seeing ignorance is the curse of God, * Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven, *Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirit, *You cannot but forbear to murder me. * This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings * For your behoof– * Cade. Tut! when struck'st thou one blow in * the field? *Say. Greatmen have reaching hands: of have I struck *Those that I never saw, and struck them dead. * Geo. Omonstrous coward! what, to come behind folks? *Say. These cheeks are pale for watching for your good. * Cade. Give him a box on the ear, and that will * make 'em red again. * Say. Long sitting to determine poor men's