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He dies, and makes no sign : 0 God, forgive Yet let not this make thee be bloody-minded ; him !

[iife. Thy name is—Gaultier, being rightly sounded. War. So bad a death argues a monstrous Whit. Gaultier, or Walter, which it is, I K. Hen. Forbear to judge, for we

care not : sinners all,

Never yet did base dishonour blur our name, Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close : But with our sword we wip'd away the blot ; And let us all to meditation. [Exeunt. Therefore, when merchant-like I sell revenge,

Broke be my sword, my arms torn and defac d,
And I proclaim'd a coward through the world!

(Lays hold on Suffolk. ACT IV.

Suf. Stay, Whitmore ; for thy prisoner is Scene I.-Kent. The Sea-shore near Dover. a prince,

The duke of Suffolk, William De-la-Poole. Firing heard at Sea. Then enter from a boat,

Whit. The duke of Suffolk muffled up in a Captain, a Master, a Master's-Mate,


(duke : Walter Whitmore, and others; with them

Suf. Ay, but these rags are no part of the Suffolk, and other Gentlemen, prisoners.

Jove sometime went disguis'd, and why not I? Cap. The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful Cap. But Jove was never slain, as thou shalt Is crept into the bosom of the sea ; [day

be. And now loud-howling wolves arouse the jades Suf. Obscure and lowly swain, king Henry's That drag the tragic melancholy night; The honourable blood of Lancaster, [blood, Who, with their drowsy, slow, and flagging Must not be shed by such a jaded groom. wings,

(jaws Hast thou not kiss'd thy hand, and held my Clip dead men's graves, and from their misty stirrup? Breathe foul contagious darkness in the air : Bare-headed plodded by my foot-cloth mule, Therefore bring forth the soldiers of our prize : And thought thee happy when I shook my For

, whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs, How often hast thou waited at my cup, (head? Here shall they make their ransom on the sand, Fed from my trencher, kneeld 'down at the Or with their blood stain this discolour'd board, shore.

When I have feasted with queen Margaret? Master, this prisoner freely give I thee :- Remember it, and let it make thee crest-fail'n ; And thou that art his mate, make boot of Ay, and allay this thy abortive pride :

How in our voiding lobby hast thou stood, The other, (Pointing to Suffolk,] Walter Whit- And duly waited for my coming forth ? more, is thy share.

(know. This hand of mine hath writ in thy behalf, i Gent. What is my ransom, master? let me And therefore shall it charm thy riotous tongue. Mast. A thousand crowns, or else lay down Whit. Speak, captain, shall I stab the for

lorn swain?

(me. Maté. And so much shall you give, or off Cap. First let my words stab him, as he hath goes yours.

(thousand crowns. Suf. Base slave, thy words are blunt, and Cap. What, think you much to pay two so art thou. And bear the name and port of gentlemen ?- Cap. Convey him hence, and on our longCut both the villains' throats ;-for die you Strike off his head.

[boat's side shall :


Thou dar'st not for thy own. The lives of those which we have lost in fight, Cap. Yes, Poole.

Suf. Poole! Cannot be counterpois'd with such a petty sum. Сар.

Poole ! Sir Poole ! lord ! I Gent. I'll give it, sir ; and therefore spare Ay, kennel, puddle, sink ; whose filth and dirt

(straight. Troubles the silver spring where England 2 Gent. And so will I, and write home for it drinks. Whit. [10 Sur.] I lost mine eye in laying the Now will I dam up this thy yawning mouth, prize aboard,

For swallowing the treasure of the realın : And therefore to revenge it shalt thou die ; Thy lips, that kiss'd the queen, shall sweep And so should these, if I might have my will. the ground;

[phrey's death, Cap. Be not so rash; take ransom ; let him And thou, that smil'dst at good duke Humlive.

Against the senseless winds shall grin in vain, Suf. Look on my George, I am a gentleman: Who, in contempt, shall hiss at thee again : Rate me at what thou wilt, thou shalt be paid. And wedded be ihou to the hags of hell, Whit. And so am l; my name is Walter For daring to affy a mighty lord Whitmore.

(death affright? Unto the daughter of a worthless king, How now! why start'st thou? what, doth Having neither subject, wealth, nor diadem. Suf. Thy name affrights me, in whose By devilish policy art thou grown great, sound is death.

And, like ambitious Sylla, overgorg d A cunning man did calculate my birth, With gobbets of thy mother's bleeding heart. And told me that by water I should die : | By thee Anjou and Maine were sold to France ;

this ;-

your head.

my life.

have set,

The false revolting Normans thorough thee Cap. And as for these whose ransom we
Disdain to call us lord ; and Picardy
Hath slain their governors, surpris'd our forts, It is our pleasure one of them depart:
And sent the ragged soldiers wounded home. Therefore, come you with us, and let him go.
The princely Warwick, and the Nevils all, -

(Exeunt all but first Gentleman. Whose dreadful swords were never drawn in Re-enter Whitmore, with Suffolk's body. As hating thee, are rising up in arms : (vain, Whit. There let his head and lifeless body lie, And now the house of York, -thrust from the Until the queen, his mistress, bury it. (Exit. crown,

I Gent. 0, barbarous and bloody spectacle ! By shameful murder of a guiltless king. His body will I bear unto the king : And lofty proud encroaching tyranny, If he revenge it not, yet will his friends ; Burns with revenging fire ; whose hopeful So will the queen, that living held him dear. colours

(Exit with the body. Advance our half-faced sun, striving to shine, Under the which is writ Invitis nubibus.

SCENE II.-Blackheath.
The commons here in Kent are up in arms :
And to conclude, reproach, and beggary,

Enter George Bevis and John Holland. Is crept into the palace of our king,

Geo. Come, and get thee a sword, though And all by thee.-Away! convey him hence. made of a lath : they have been up these two Suf. O that I were a god, to shoot forth days. thunder

John. They have the more need to sleep Upon these paltry, servile, abject drudges !

now, then. Small things make base men proud : this Geo. I tell thee, Jack Cade, the clothier. villain here,

means to dress the commonwealth, and turn Being captain of a pinnace, threatens more it, and set a new nap upon it. Than Bargulus the strong Illyrian pirate. John. So he had need, for 'tis threadbare. Drones suck not eagles' blood, but rob bee- Well, I say it was never merry world in Eng. It is impossible that I should die (hives : land since gentlemen came up. By such a lowly vassal as thyself.

Gco. O miserable age! Virtue is not reThy words move rage, and not remorse, in me : garded in handicraftsmen. I go of message from the queen to France ; John. The nobility think scorn to go in I charge thee, waft me safely cross the channel. leather aprons. Cap. Walter,

Geo. Nay, more, the king's council are no Whit. Come, Suffolk, I must waft thee to good workmen. thy death.

John. True; and yet it is said, -labour in Suf. Penè gelidus timor occupat artus :'tis thy vocation : which is as much to say, as,thee I fear.

let the magistrates be labouring men ; and Whit. Thou shalt have cause to fear before therefore should we be magistrates. I leave thee.

Geo. Thou hast hit it ; for there's no better What, are ye daunted now? now will ye stoop? sign of a brave mind, than a hard hand. i Gent. My gracious lord, entreat him, John. I see them! I see them! There's speak him fair.

[rough, Best's son, the tanner of Wingham, Suf. Suffolk's imperial tongue is stern and Geo. He shall have the skins of our enemies Us'd to command, untaught to plead for to make dog's leather of. favour.

John. And Dick the butcher, Far be it we should honour such as these Geo. Then is sin struck down like an ox, With humble suit :--no, rather let my head and iniquity's throat cut like a calf. Stoop to the block, than these knees bow to John. And Smith the weaver. any,

Geo. Argo, their thread of life is spun. Save to the God of heaven, and to my king ; John. Come, come, let's fall in with them. And sooner dance upon a bloody pole, Drum. Enter Cade, Dick the Butcher, Snith Than stand uncover'd to the vulgar groom. the Weaver, and others in great number. True nobility is exempt from sear :

Cade. We John Cade, so termed of our More can I bear than you dare execute. supposed father,Cap. Hale him away, and let him talk no Dick. [Aside.] Or rather, of stealing a cade more.

can, of herrings. Suf. Come, soldiers, show what cruelty ye Cade. For our enemies shall fall before us, That this my death may never be forgot !-- -inspired with the spirit of putting down Great men oft die by vile bezonians :

kings and princes, -Command silence. A Roman sworder and banditto slave

Dick. Silence ! Murder'd sweet Tully ; Brutus' bastard hand Cade. My father was a Mortimer, Stabb'd Julius Cæsar ; savage islanders Dick. [ Aside. He was an honest man, and Pompey the great ; and Suffolk dies by pirates. a good bricklayer.

(Exit Suf., with Whit, and others. Cade. My mother a Plantagenet,

the cage.

Dick. [Aside.] I knew her well; she was a Dick. They use to write it on the top of letmidwife.

ters.—'Twill go hard with you. Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies,- Cade. Let ine alone:-Dost thou use to write

Dick. [Aside.) She was, indeed, a pedlar's thy name? or hast thou a mark to thyself, like daughter, and sold many laces.

an honest plain-dealing man? Smith. [Aside.) But now of late, not able Clerk. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well to travel with her furred pack, she washes brought up, that I can write my name. bucks here at home.

[house. All. He hath confessed : away with him ! Cade. Therefore am I of an honourable he's a villain, and a traitor.

Dick. (Aside.] Ay, by my faith, the field is Cade. Away with him, I say ! hang him honourable ; and there was he born, under a with his pen and ink-horn about his neck. hedge ; for his father had never a house, but

(Exeunt some with the Clerke Cade. Valiant I am.

Enter Michael. Smith. (Aside.] 'A must needs; for beggary Mich. Where's our general ? is valiant.

Cade. Here I am, thou particular fellow. Cade. I am able to endure much.

Mich. Fly, fly, fly! Sir Humphrey Stafford Dick. (Aside.] No question of that ; for 1 and his brother are hard by, with the king's have seen him whipped three market days forces. together.

Cade. Stand, villain, stand, or I'll fell thee Cade. I fear neither sword nor fire.

down. He shall be encountered with a man Smith. (Aside.] He need not fear the sword; as good as himself: he is but a knight, is 'a ? for his coat is of proof.

Mich. No. Dick. (Aside.] But methinks he should Cade. To equal him, I will make myself a stand in fear of fire, being burnt i' the hand knight presently. [Kneels.] Rise up Sir John for stealing of sheep.

Mortimer. [Rises.] Now have at him. Cade. Be brave, then ; for your captain is Enter Sir Humplirey Stafford and William brave, and vows reformation. There shall be his Brother, with drum and forces. in England seven half-penny loaves sold for a Staf. Rebellious hinds, the filth and scum penny : the three-hooped pot shall have ten

of Kent,

(down; hoops; and I will make it felony to drink Mark'd for the gallows, lay your weapons small beer : all the realm shall be in common : Home to your cottages, forsake this groom : and in Cheapside shall my palfrey go to grass : The king is merciful, if you revolt. to blood, and when I am king, (as king I will be) -- W. Staf. But angry, wrathful, and inclin'd All. God save your majesty !

If you go forward, therefore yield, or die. Cade. I thank you, good people :-there Cade. As for these silken-coated slaves, I shall be no money: all shall eat and drink on pass not : my score ; and I will apparel them all in one It is to you, good people, that I speak, livery, that they may agree like brothers, and O'er whom, in time to come, I hope to reign; worship me their lord.

For I am rightful heir unto the crown. Dick. The first thing we do, let's kill all the Staf. Vilain, thy father was a plasterer ; lawyers.

And thou thyself a shearman, art thou not? Cade. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this Cade. And Adam was a gardener. a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an in- W. Staf. And what of that? nocent lamb should be made parchment? that Cade. Marry, this :--Edmund Mortimer, parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo earl of March,

[he not? a man? Some say, the bee stings : but I say Married the Duke of Clarence' daughter,--did 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal once to Staf. Ay, sir. a thing, and I was never mine own man since. Cade. By her he had two children at one birth. --How now! who's there?

W. Staf. That's false.

['tis true : Enter some, bringing in the Clerk of Chatham. Cade. Ay, there's the question ; but I say,

Smith. The clerk of Chatham : he can write The elder of them, being put to nurse, and read, and cast account.

Was by a beggar-woman stol'n away ; Cade. O monstrous !

And, ignorant of his birth and parentage, Smith. We took him setting of boys' copies. Became a bricklayer when he came to age : Cade. Here's a villain ! [letters in't. His son am 1; deny it, if you can. be king: Smith. 'Has a book in his pocket, with red Dick. Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall Cade. Nay then, he is a conjurer.

Smith. Sir, he made a chimney in my father's Dick. Nay, he can make obligations, and house, and the bricks are alive at this day to write court-hand.

testify it ; therefore deny it not. Cade. I am sorry for't : the man is a proper Staf. And will you credit this base drudge's man, of mine honour; unless I find him guilty, That speaks he knows not what ? (words, he shall not die.-Come hither, sirrah, I must All. Ay, marry, will we; therefore get ye examine thee: what is thy name?


[taught you this. Clerk. Emmanuel.

W. Staf. Jack Cade, the duke of York hath Cade. [Aside.] He lies, for I invented it my- Cade. Fear not that, I warrant thee. Come, self.-Go to, sirrah : tell the king from me, let's march towards London. (Exeunt. that, for his father's sake, Henry the fifth, in whose time boys went to span-counter for SCENE IV.--London. A Room in the Palace. French crowns, I am content he shall reign ; Enter King Henry, reading a supplication ; but I'll be protector over him.

the Duke of Buckingham and Lord Say Dick. And furthermore, we'll have the lord

with him : at a distance, Queen Margaret, Say's head, for selling the dukedom of Maine. mourning over Suffolk's head.

Cade. And good reason ; for thereby is Eng- Q. Mar. Oft have I heard that grief softens land maimed, and fain to go with a staff, but the mind, that my puissance holds it up. Fellow kings, And makes it fearful and degenerate ; I tell you that that lord Say hath gelded the Think therefore on revenge, and cease to weep. commonwealth, and made it a eunuch; and But who can cease to weep, and look on this? more than that, he can speak French; and Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast: therefore he is a traitor.

But where's the body that I should embrace? Staf. O, gross and miserable ignorance ! Buck. What answer makes your grace to

Cude. Nay, answer, if you can the French- the rebels' supplication ? men are our enemies ; go to, then, I ask but K. Hen. I'll send some holy bishop to enthis.--can he that speaks with the tongue of For God forbid so many simple souls' (treat; an enemy be a good counsellor, or no ? (head. Should perish by the sword ! And I myself,

All. No, no, and therefore we'll have his Rather than bloody war shall cut them short, W. Staf. Well, seeing gentle words will not Will parley with Jack Cade their general :prevail,

But stay, i'll read it over once again. Assail them with the army of the king. [town, Q. Mar. Ah, barbarous villains ! hath this

Staf. Herald, away ; and throughout every lovely face Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade; Ruld, like a wandering planet, over me, That those which fly before the battle ends, And could it not enforce them to relent, May, even in their wives and children's sight, That were unworthy to behold the same? Be hang'd up for example at their doors : K. Hen. Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn And you, that be the king's friends, follow me. to have thy head.

[Exeunt the two Staffords and forces. Suy. Ay, but I hope your highness shall have Cade. And you, that love the commons, K. Hen. How now, madam ! follow me.

Still lamenting and mourning for Suffolk's Now show yourselves men : 'tis for liberty.

death? We will not leave one lord, one gentleman : I fear me, love, if that I had been dead, (me. Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon; Thou wouldest not have mourn'd so much for For they are thrifty honest men, and such Q. Mar. No, my love; I should not mourn, As would (but that they dare not) take our parts. but die for thee. Dick. They are all in order, and march

Enter a Messenger. toward us.

K. Hen. How now! what news? why Cade. But then are we in order, when we com'st thou in such haste? [lord ! are most out of order. Come, march forward ! Mess. The rebels are in Southwark; fly, my

[Exeunt. Jack Cade proclaims himself lord Mortimer,

Descended from the duke of Clarence' house; SCENE III.-Another Part of Blackheath.

And calls your grace usurper openly, Alarums. The two Parties enter and fight, And vows to crown himself in Westminster. and both the Staffords are slain.

His army is a ragged multitude Cade. Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford ? Of hinds and peasants, rude and merciless : Dick. Here, sir.

Sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother's death Cade. They fell before thee like sheep and Hath given them heart and courage to proceedi oxen, and thou behavedst thyself as if thou All scholars, lawyers, courtiers, gentlemen, hadst been in thine own slaughter-house : They call false caterpillars, and intend their therefore, thus will I reward thee, --The Lent death.

(what they do. shall be as long again as it is ; and thou shalt K. Hen. O graceless men ! ihey know not have a licence to kill for a hundred lacking one. Buck. My gracious lord, retire to KillingDick. I desire no more.

worth, Cade. And, to speak truth, thou deservest Until a power be rais'd to put them down. no less. This monument of the victory will I Q. Mar. Ah, were the duke of Suffolk now Dear ; (Puts on Sir H. Stafford's armour,Jand alive, the bodies shall be dragged at my horse' heels. These Kentish rebels would be soon appeas d! till I do come to London, where we will have K. Hen. Lord Say, the traitors hate thee; the mayor's sword borne before us.

Therefore away with us to Killingworth. Dick. If we mean to thrive and do good, Say. So might your grace's person be in break open the jails, and let out the prisoners. I danger;

[his. The sight of me is odious in their eyes :

SCENE VII.-London. Smithfield.
And therefore in this city will I stay,
And live alone as secret as I may.

Alarum. Enter, on one side, Cade and his
Enter a second Messenger.

company; on the other, Citizens, and the 2 Mess. Jack Cade hath gotten London

King's forces, headed by Matthew Gough.. bridge; the citizens

They fight; the Citizens are routed, and Fly and forsake their houses :

Matthew Gough is slain. The rascal people, thirsting after prey,

Cade. So, sirs :-Now go some and pull Join with the traitor ; and they jointly swear down the Savoy ; others to the inns of court; To spoil the city, and your royal court. [horse. down with them all. Buck. Then linger not, my lord ; away, take Dick. I have a suit unto your lordship. K. Hen. Come, Margaret ; God, o hope, Cade. Be it a lords thou shalt have it for will succour us.

(deceas'd. that word. Q. Mar. My hope is gone, now Suffolk is Dick. Only, that the laws of England may K. Hen. [1o Lord Say.) Farewell, my lord: come out of your mouth.

trust not the Kentish rebels. (tray'd. John. (Aside.) Mass, 'twill be sore law, Buck. Trust nobody, for fear you be be- then ; for he was thrust in the mouth with a Say. The trust I have is in mine innocence, spear, and 'tis not whole yet. And therefore am I bold and resolute.

Smith. [Aside.) Nay, John, it will be stink[Exeunt. ing law; for his breath stinks with eating

toasted cheese. Scene V.-London. The Tower.

Cade. I have thought upon it, it shall be so. Enter Lord Scales and others, on the walls. Away, burn all the records of the realm : my Then enter certain Citizens, below.

mouth shall be the parliament of England.

John. Aside.] Then we are like to have Scales. How now! is Jack Cade slain ? for they have won the bridge, killing all those in common. 1.Cit. No, my lord, nor likely to be slain : biting statutes, unless his teeth be pulled out.

Cade. And henceforward all nings shall be that withstand them : the lord mayor craves

Enter a Messenger. aid of your honour from the Tower, to defend

Mess. My lord, a prize, a prize! here's the the city from the rebels. (command: lord Say, which sold the towns in France; he

Scales. Such aid as I can spare, you shall that made us pay one and twenty fifteens, and But I am troubled here with them myself :

one shilling to the pound, the last subsidy. The rebels have assay'd to win the tower.

Enter George Bevis, with the Lord Say. But get you to Smithfield, and gather head,

Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten And thither I will send you Matthew Gough: times.-Ah, thou say, thou serge, nay, thou Fight for your king, your country, and your buckram lord ! now art thou within pointlives;

blank of our jurisdiction regal. What canst And so, farewell, for I must hence again.

thou answer to my majesty, for giving up of

[Exeunt. Normandy unto monsieur Basimecu, the SCENE VI.--London. Cannon Street.

dauphin of France ? Be it known unto thee hy

these presence, even the presence of Lord Enter Jack Cade, and his followers. He

Mortimer, that I am the besom that must strikes his staff on London-stone.

sweep the court clean of such filth as thou art. Cade. Now is Mortimer lord of this city. Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the And here, sitting upon London-stone, I charge youth of the realm in erecting a grammarand command, that, of the city's cost, the piss-school: and whereas, before, our fore-fathers ing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this had no other books but the score and the taily, first year of our reign. And now, hencefor- thou hast caused printing to be used ; and, ward, it shall be treason for any that calls me contrary to the king, his crown, and dignity, other than lord Mortimer.

thou hast built a paper-mill. It will be proved Enter a Soldier, running.

to thy face, that thou hast men about thee that Sold. Jack Cade! Jack Cade!

usually talk of a noun and a verb, and such Cade. Knock him down there.

abominable words as no Christian ear can en

{They kill him. dure to hear. Thou hast appointed justices of Smith. If this fellow be wise, he'll never call peace, to call poor men before them about you Jack Cade more : I think he hath a very matters they were not able to answer. Morefair warning:

over, thou hast put them in prison ; and beDick. My lord, there's an army gathered cause they could not read, thou hast hanged together in Smithfield.

them ; when, indeed, only for that cause they Cade. Come then, let's go fight with them ; have been most worthy to live. Thou dust but first, go and set London-bridge on tire ; ride on a footcloth, dost thou not? and, if you can, burn down the Tower too. Say. What of that? Come, let's away.

[Exeunt. Cade. Marry, thou oughtest not to let thy

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