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horse wear a cloak, when honester men than take him away, I say, and strike off his head thou go in their hose and doublets.
presently ; and then break into his son-in-law's Dick. And work in their shirt too; as my- house, Sir James Cromer, and strike off his self, for example, that am a butcher.
head, and bring them both upon two poles Say. You men of Kent,
All. It shall be done.
[hither. Dick. What say you of Kent? (mala gens. Say. Ah, countrymen! if when you make Say. Nothing but this, — 'tis bona terra, your prayers,
Cade. Away with him, away with him! he God should be so obdurate as yourselves, speaks Latin
[you will. How would it sare with your departed souls? Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where And therefore yet relent, and save my life. Kent, in the commentaries Cæsar writ,
Çade. Away with him! and do as I command Is term'd the civil'st place of all this isle :
ye. (Exeunt some, with Lord Say. Sweet is the country, because full of riches ; The proudest peer in the realm shall not wear The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy ; a head on his shoulders, unless he pay me Which makes me hope you are not void of pity. tribute ; there shall not a maid be married, I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy; but she shall pay to me ber maidenhead, ere Yet, to recover them, would lose my life. they have it : men shall hold of me in capite ; Justice with favour have I always done ; and we charge and command, that their wives Prayers and tears have mov'd me, gifts could be as free as heart can wish, or tongue can tell.
Dick. My lord, when shall we go to CheapWhen have I aught exacted at your hands, side, and take up commodities upon our bills? But to maintain the king, the realm, and you? Cade. Marry, presently. Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks, All, O, brave ! Because my book preferr'd me to the king, Re-enter Rebels, with the heads of Lord Say And seeing ignorance is the curse of God,
and his Son-in-law. Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to Cade. But is not this braver? Let them heaven.
kiss one another, for they loved well when Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirits, they were alive. Now part them again, lest You cannot but forbear to murder me : they consult about the giving up of some more This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings towns in France. Soldiers, defer the spoil of For your behoof, --
(the field ? the city until night: for with these borne beCade. Tut! when struck'st thou one blow in fore us, instead of maces, will we ride through Say. Great men have reaching hands ; oft the streets; and at every corner have them have I struck
[Excunt. Those that I never saw, and struck them dead.
SCENE VIII.-Southwark. Geo. O monstrous coward ! what, to come behind folks?
[your good. Alarum. Enter Cade, and all his Rabblement. Say. These cheeks are pale for watching for Cade. Up Fish Street ! down St. Magnus
Cade. Give him a box o' the ear, and that corner! kill and knock down! throw them will make 'em red again.
(causes, into Thames !--[A parley sounded, then a reSay. Long sitting, to determine poor men's treat.] What noise is this I hear? Dare any Hath made me full of sickness and diseases. be so bold to sound retreat or parley, when I
Cade. Ye shall have a hempen caudle, then, command them kill? and the help of hatchet.
Enter Buckingham, and Old Clifford, witả Dick. Why dost thou quiver, man?
forces. Say. The palsy, and not fear, provoketh me. Buck. Ay, here they be that dare, and will
Cade. Nay, he nods at us, as who should disturb thee. say, I'll be even with you: I'll sec if his head Know, Cade, we come ambassadors from the will stand steadier on a pole, or no. Take Unto the commons whom thou hast misled ; him away, and behead him.
(most ? And here pronounce free pardon to them all, Say. Tell me, wherein have I ottended That will forsake thee, and go home in peace. Have I affected wealth, or honour? speak. Clif. What say ye, countrymen? will ye Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold?
relent, Is my apparel sumptuous to behold ? And yield to mercy, whilst 'tis offer'd you ; Whom have I injur'd, that ye seek my death? Or let a rable lead you to your deaths? [don, These hands are free from guiltless blood- Who loves the king, and will embrace his parshedding,
[thoughts. Fling up his cap, and say God save his majesty! This breast from harbouring foul deceitful Who hateth him, and honours not his father, 0, let me live.
Henry the fifth, that made all France to quake, Cade. [-Aside.) I feel remorse in myself with Shake he his weapon at us, and pass by. his words; but I'll bridle it : he shall die, an All, God save the king! God save the king! it be but for pleading so well for his life. Cade. What, Buckingham, and Clifford, are Away with him! he has a familiar under his ye so brave? And you, base peasants, do xe tongue ; he speaks not of God's name. Go, I believe him? will you needs be hanged with
(king your pardons about your necks? Hath my But I was made a king, at nine months old : sword therefore broke through London Gates, Was never subject long'd to be a king, that you should leave me at the White Hart As I do long and wish to be a subject. in Southwark ? I thought ye would never Enter Buckingham and Old Clifford. have given out these arms, till you had re- Buck. Health, and glad tidings, to your covered your ancient freedom : but you are all majesty!
(Cade surpris'd ? recreants and dastards, and delight to live in K. Hen. Why, Buckingham, is the traitor slavery to the nobility. Let them break your Or is he but retir'd to make him strong? backs with burdens, take your houses over Enter, below, a number of Cade's followers, your heads, ravish your wives and daughters with halters about their necks. before your faces : for me, I will make shift Clif. He's fled, my lord, and all his powers for one ; and so, God's curse light upon you all.
do yield ; All. We'll follow Cade, we'll follow Cade! And humbly thus, with halters on their necks, Clif. Is Cade the son of Henry the fifth, Expect your highness' doom, of life, or death. That thus you do exclaim, you'll go with him ? K. Hen. Then, heaven, set ope thy everWill he conduct you through the heart of lasting gates, France,
To entertain my vows of thanks and praise ! And make the meanest of you earls and dukes? Soldiers, this day have you redeem'd your Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to ;
(and country : Nor knows he how to live, but by the spoil, And show'd how well you love your prince Unless by robbing of your friends, and us. Continue still in this so good a mind, Were't not a shame, that whilst you live at And Henry, though he be infortunate, jar,
[quished, Assure yourselves, will never be unkind : The fearful French, whom you late van- And so, with thanks, and pardon to you all, Slould make a start o'er seas, and vanquish I do dismiss you to your several countries. Methinks already in this civil broil, [you? All. God save the king! God save the king! I see them lording it in London streets,
Enter a Messenger. Crying—"Villiago!" unto all they meet. Mess. Please it your grace to be advertised, Better ten thousand base-born Cades miscarry, The duke of York is newly come from Ireland ; Than you should stoop unto a Frenchman's And with a puissant and a mighty power mercy.
[lost; Of Gallowglasses, and stout Kernes, To France, to France, and get what you have Is marching hitherward in proud array ; Spare England, for it is your native coast : And still proclaimeth, as he comes along, Henry hath money, you are strong and manly : His arms are only to remove from thee (traitor. God on our side, doubt not of victory. The duke of Somerset, whom he terms a
All. A Clifford ! a Clifford ! we'll follow K. Hen. Thus stands my state, 'twixt Cade the king, and Clifford.
and York distress'd ; Cade. (Aside.] Was ever feather so lightly Like to a ship, that, having 'scap'd a tempest, blown to and fro, as this multitude? the name is straightway calm’d, and boarded with a of Henry the fifth hales them to a hundred pirate :
[pers'd; mischiefs, and makes them leave me desolate. But now is Cade driven back, his men disI see them lay their heads together, to surprise And now is York in arms to second him. me: my sword make way for me, for here is I pray thee, Buckingham, go and meet him ; no staying. In despite of the devils and hell, |And ask him what's the reason of these arms? have through the very midst of you! and Tell him, I'll send duke Edmund to the Tower; heavens and honour be witness, that no want And, Somerset, we will commit thee thither, of resolution in me, but only my followers' Until his army be dismiss'd from him. base and ignominious treasons, makes me be- Som. My lord, take me to my heels. .
[Exit. I'll yield myself to prison willingly; Buck. What, is he fled? go some, and fol- Or unto death, to do my country good. low him ;
K. Hen. In any case be not too rough in And he that brings his head unto the king
(guage. Shall have a thousand crowns for his reward. For he is fierce, and cannot brook hard lan
(Exeunt some of them. Buck. I will, my lord ; and doubt not so to Follow me, soldiers : we'll devise a mean
deal, To reconcile you all unto the king. [Exeunt. As all things shall redound unto you good.
K. Hen. Come, wife, let's in, and learn to SCENE IX.---Castle.
govern better ; Trumpets sounded. Enter King Henry, Queen For yet may England curse my wretched reign. Margaret, and Somerset, on the terrace of
[Excunt. the Castle.
SCENE X.-Kent. Iden's Garden. K. Hen. Was ever king that joy'd an earthly And could command no more content than I ?
Enter Cade. No sooner was I crept out of my cradle, Cade. Fie on ambition ! fie on myself, that have a sword, and yet am ready to famish ! turn the edge or cut not out the burly-boned These five days have I hid me in these woods ; clown in chiens of beef ere thou sleep in thy and durst not peep out, for all the country is sheath, I beseech Jove on my knees, thou laid for me ; but now I am so hungry, that if mayst be turned to hobnails. (They fight; I might have a lease of my life for a thousand Cade falls.] 0, I am slain ! Famine, and years, I could stay na longer. Wherefore, on no other, hath slain me: let ten thousand a brick wall have I climbed into this garden, devils come against me, and give me but the to see if I can eat grass, or pick a sallet another ten meals I have lost, and I'îl defy them all. while, which is not amiss to cool a man's Wither, garden ; and be henceforth a buryingstomach this hot weather. And I think this place to all that do dwell in this house, because word “sallet" was born to do me good : for the unconquered soul of Cade is fled. many a time, but for a sallet, my brain-pan Iden. Is't Cade that I have slain, that monhad been cleft with a brown bill; and many a strous traitor ? time, when I have been dry, and bravely Sword, I will hallow thee for this thy deed, marching, it hath served me instead of a And hang thee o'er my tomb when I'am dead : quart-pot to drink in; and now the word Ne'er shall this blood be wiped from thy point ; "sallet" must serve me to feed on.
But thou shalt wear it as a herald's coat, Enter Iden with Servants behind. To emblaze the honour that thy master got. Iden. Lord, who would live turmoiled in Cade. Iden, farewell; and be proud of thy the court,
victory. Tell Kent from me, she hath lost her And may enjoy such quiet walks as these? best man; and exhort all the world to be cowThis small inheritance, my father left me, ards : for I, that never feared any, am vanContenteth me, and worth a monarchy. quished by famine, not by valour. (Dies. I seek not to wax great by others' waning i Iden. How much thou wrong'st me, heaven Or gather wealth, I care not with what envy : be my judge.
[bare thee! Sufficeth that I have maintains my state, Die, damned wretch, the curse of her that And sends the poor well pleased from my gate. And as I thrust thy body in with my sword,
Cade. (Aside.] Here's the lord of the soil So wish I, I might thrust thy soul to hell. come to seize me for a stray, for entering his Hence will I drag thee headlong by the heels fee-simple without leave. Ah, villain ! thou Unto a dunghill, which shall be thy grave, wilt betray me, and get a thousand crowns of And there cut off thy most ungracious head; the king by carrying my head to him! but I'll Which I will bear in triumph to the king, make thee eat iron like an ostrich, and swallow Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon. my sword like a great pin, ere thou and I part. [Exit, with Servants, dragging out the body. Iden. Why, rude companion, whatsoe'er thou be,
[thee? I know thee not; why, then, should I betray
ACT V. Is't not enough, to break into my garden, And, like a thief, to come to rob my grounds, Scene 1.-Kent. Fields between Dartford Climbing my walls in spite of me, the owner,
and Blackheath. But thou wilt brave me with these saucy terms?
Cade. Brave thee! ay, by the best blood | The King's Camp on one side : on the other, that ever was broached, and beard thee too. enter York attended, with drum and colours; Look on me well: I have eat no meat these his forces at some distance. five days : yet, come thou and thy five men, York. From Ireland thus comes York, to and if I do not leave you all as dead as a claim his right, door-nail, I pray God I may never eat grass And pluck the crown from feeble Henry's head :
[land stands, Ring, bells, aloud ; burn, bonfires, clear and Iden. Nay, it shall ne'er be said, while Eng- bright; That Alexander Iden, an esquire of Kent, To entertain great England's lawful king. Took odds to combat a poor famish'd man. Ah, sancta majestas ! who would not buy thee Oppose thy steadfast-gazing eyes to mine,
dear? See if thou canst out-face me with thy looks : Let them obey, that know not how to rile; Set limb to limb, and thou art far the lesser ; This hand was made to handle nought but Thy hand is but a finger to my fist;
I cannot give due action to my words, (gold : Thy leg a stick, compared with this truncheon; Except a sword, or sceptre, balance it : My foot shall fight with all the strength thou A sceptre shall it have, - have I a soul,And if mine arm be heaved in the air, [hast ; On which I'll toss the flower-de-luce of France. Thy grave is digg'd already in the earth.
Enter Buckingham. As for more words, whose greatness answers (Aside.) Whom have we here? Buckingham, words,
to disturb me?
(semble. Let this my sword report what speech forbears. The king hath sent him, sure: I must dis
Cade. By my valour, the most complete Buck. York, if thou meanest well, I greet champion that ever I heard. Steel, if thou thee well.
York. Humphrey of Buckingham, I accept O, let me view his visage, being dead, thy greeting
That living wrought me such exceeding Art thou a messenger, or come of pleasure ?
[him? Buck. A messenger from Henry, our dread Tell me, my friend, art thou the man thai slew liege,
Iden. I was, an't like your majesty. To know the reason of these arms in peace ; K. Hen. How art thou call'd? and what is Or why thou,-being a subject as I am,
thy degree? Against thy oath and true allegiance sworn, Iden. Alexander Iden, that's my name ; Shouldst raise so great a power without his A poor esquire of Kent, that loves his king. leave,
Buck. So please it you, my lord, 'twere not Or dare to bring thy force so near the court.
amiss York. (Aside.] Scarce can I speak, my He was created knight for his good service. choler is so great :
K. Hen. Iden, kneel down. (He kneels.) 0. I could hew up rocks, and fight with flint, Rise up a knight. I am so angry at these abject terms; We give thee for reward a thousand marks; And now, like Ajax Telamonius,
And will, that thou henceforth attend on us. On sheep or oxen could I spend my fury ! Iden. May Iden live to merit such a bounty, I am far better born than is the king ; And never live but true unto his liege ! More like a king, more kingly in my thoughts ; K. Hen. See, Buckingham ! Somerset comes But I must make fair weather yet a while,
with the queen:
Buck. That is too much presumption on thoughts,
York. Upon thine honour, is he prisoner ? Knowing how hardly I can brook abuse? [me,
Which dar'st not, no, nor canst not rule a Soldiers, I thank you all ; disperse yourselves; That head of thine doth not become a crown ; Meet me to-morrow in St. George's field, Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff, You shall have pay, and everything you wish. And not to grace an awful princely sceptre. And let my sov'reign, virtuous Henry, That gold must round engirt these brows of Command my eldest son, nay, all my sons,
mine ; As pledges of my fealty and love ;
Whose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear, I'll send them all, as willing as I live: [have. Is able with the change to kill and cure. Lands, goods, horse, armour, anything I Here is a hand to hold a sceptre up, Is his to use, so Somerset may die. (sion : And with the same to act controlling laws.
Buck. York, I commend this kind submis- Give place : by heaven, thou shalt rule no more We twain will go into his highness' tent. O'er him whom heaven created for thy ruler. Enter King Henry attended.
Som. O monstrous traitor :-I arrest thee, K. Hen. Buckingham, doth York intend no York, harm to us,
Of capital treason 'gainst the king and crown · That thus he marcheth with thee arm in arm ? Obey, audacious traitor ; kneel for grace. York. In all submission and humility,
York. Would'st have me kneel? first let me York doth present himself unto your highness. ask of these, K. Hen. Then what intend these forces If they can brook I bow a knee to man.thou dost bring ?
(hence; Sirrah, call in my sons to be my bail : York. To heave the traitor Somerset from
(Exit an Attendant. And fight against that monstrous rebel, Cade, I know, ere they will have me go to ward, Who since I heard to be discomfited. They'll pawn their swords for my enfranchise
Enter Iden, with Cade's head. Iden. If one so rude, and of so mean condi- Q. Mar. Call hither Clifford ; bid him come May
pass into the presence of a king, (tion, amain, Lo. I present your grace a traitor's head, To say, if that the bastard boys of York The head of Cade, whom I in combat slew. Shall be the surety for their traitor father. K. Hen. The head of Cade !-Great God,
[Exit Buck. bow just art thou !
York. O, blood-bespotted Neapolitan,
Outcast of Naples, England's bloody scourge! What, wilt thou on thy death-bed play the The sons of York, thy betters in their birth,
ruffian, Shall be their father's bail; and bane to those And seek for sorrow with thy spectacles ? That for my surety will refuse the boys ! O, where is faith? O, where is loyalty? Enter Edward and Richard Plantagenet, with If it be banish'd from the frosty head, forces at one side ; at the other, with forces Where shall it find a harbour in the earth? also, Old Clifford and his son.
Wilt thou go dig a grave to find out war, See where they come : I'll warrant they'll And shame thine honourable age with blood ? make it good.
[their bail. Why art thou old, and want'st experience ? Q. Mar. And here comes Clifford, to deny Or wherefore dost abuse it, if thou hast it? Člif. [Kneeling.) Health and all happiness For shame ! in duty bend thy knee to me, to my lord the king!
That bows unto the grave with mikcle age. York. I thank thee, Clifford : say, what Sal. My lord, I have consider'd with myself news with thee?
The title of this most renowned duke ;
(for such an oath? But thou mistak'st me much, to think I K. Hen. Canst thou dispense with heaven To Bedlam with him ! is the man grown mad? Sal. It is a great sin to swear unto a sin; K. Hen. Ay, Clifford ; a Bedlam and am- But greater sin to keep a sinful oath. bitious humour
Who can be bound by any solemn vow Makes him oppose himself against his king. To do a murd'rous deed, to rob a man,
Clif. He is a traitor ; let him to the Tower, To force a spotless virgin's chastity, And chop away that factious pate of his. To reave the orphan of his patrimony,
Q. Mar. He is arrested, but will not obey : To wring the widow from her custom d right; His sons, he says, shall give their words for And have no other reason for this wrong, him.
But that he was bound by a solemn oath? York. Will you not, sons ?
[serve. Q. Mar. A subtle traitor needs no sophister. Edw. Ay, noble father, if our words will X. Hen. Call Buckingham, and bid him arm Rich. And if words will not, then our wea- himself.
(here! York. Call Buckingham, and all the friends Clif. Why, what a brood of traitors have we I am resoiv'd for death, or dignity. (thou hast;
York. Look in a glass, and call thy image so: Clif. The first I warrant thee, if dreams I am thy king, and thou a false-heart traitor.
prove true. Call hither to the stake my two brave bears, War. You were best to go to bed and dream That with the very shaking of their chains
again, They may astonish these fell lurking curs : To keep thee from the tempest of the field. Bid Salisbury, and Warwick, come to me. Clif. I am resolv'd to bear a greater storm, Drums. Enter Warwick and Salisbury, with Than any thou canst conjure up to day ; forces.
And that I'll write upon thy burgonet, Clif. Are these thy bears? we'll bait thy Might I but know thee by thy household badge. bears to death,
War. Now, by my father's badge, old Aad manacle the bear-ward in their chains,
Nevil's crest, If thou dar'st bring them to the baiting-place. The rampant bear chain'd to the ragged staff,
Roch. Oft liave I seen a hot o'erweening cur This day I'll wear aloft my burgonet, Run back and bite, because he was withheld ; (As on a mountain-top the cedar shows, Who, being suffer'd with the bear's fell paw, That keeps his leaves in spite of any storm,) Hath clapp'd his tail between his legs, and Even to affright thee with the view thereof. cried :
Clif. And from thy burgonet I'll rend thy And such a piece of service will you do,
bear, If you oppose yourselves to match lord War- And tread it under-foot with all contempt, wick.
[lump: Despite the bear-ward that protects the bear. Clif. Hence, heap of wrath, foul indigested Y. Clif. And so to arms, victorious father, As crooked in thy manners as thy shape ! To quell the rebels, and their 'complices. York. Nay, we shall heat you thoroughly Rich. Fie ! charity, for shame I speak not
in spite, Clif. Take heed, lest by your heat you burn For you shall sup with Jesu Christ to-night. yourselves.
Y. Clif. Foul stigmatick, that's more than K. Hen. Why, Warwick, hath thy knee thou canst tell. forgot to bow?
Rich. If not in heaven, you'll surely sup in Old Salisbury,--shame to thy silver hair,
[Exeunt severaliy. Thou mad misleader of thy brain-sick son !