« AnteriorContinuar »
With heart-blood of the house of Lancaster;
at full. WAR. My heart assures me that the Earl of
YORK. And, Nevil, this I do assure myself:
A hall of justice.
CESTER, YORK, SUFFOLK, and SALISBURY ; the
In sight of God and us, your guilt is great:
you three shall be strangled on the gallows.
Duch. Welcome is banishment; welcome were
Glou. Eleanor, the law, thou see'st, hath judged
thee : I cannot justify whom the law condemns.
[Exeunt Duchess and other prisoners, guarded. Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief. Ah, Humphrey, this dishonour in thine age Will bring thy head with sorrow to the ground ! I beseech your majesty, give me leave to go; Sorrow would solace and mine age would ease. KING. Stay, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester:
ere thou go, Give up thy staff: Henry will to himself Protector be; and God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet: And go in
peace, Humphrey, no less beloved Than when thou wert protector to thy king.
QUEEN. I see no reason why a king of years
Glou. My staff? here, noble Henry, is my staff:
queen; And Humphrey Duke of Gloucester scarce himself, That bears so shrewd a maim ; two pulls at once; His lady banish’d, and a limb lopp'd off. This staff of honour raught, there let it stand Where it best fits to be, in Henry's hand. Suf. Thus droops this lofty pine and hangs his
sprays; Thus Eleanor's pride dies in her youngest days.
York. Lords, let him go. Please it your majesty, This is the day appointed for the combat; And ready are the appellant and defendant, The armourer and his man, to enter the lists, So please your highness to behold the fight.
QUEEN. Ay, good my lord; for purposely therefore Left I the court, to see this quarrel tried.
KING. O'God's name, see the lists and all things fit: Here let them end it; and God defend the right !
York. I never saw a fellow worse bested, Or more afraid to fight, than is the appellant, The servant of this armourer, my lords. Enter at one door, HORNER, the Armourer, and his
Neighbours, drinking to him so much that he is drunk ; and he enters with a drum before him and his staff with a sand-bag fastened to it ; and at the other door PETER, his man, with a drum and sandbag, and 'Prentices drinking to him.
FIRST Neigh, Here, neighbour Horner, I drink to you in a cup
of sack : and fear not, neighbour, you shall do well enough.
Sec. Neigh. And here, neighbour, here's a cup of charneco.
THIRD NEIGH. And here's a pot of good double beer, neighbour: drink, and fear not your man.
Hor. Let it come, i faith, and I'll pledge you all; and a fig for Peter !
FIRST 'Pren. Here, Peter, I drink to thee: and be not afraid.
Sec. 'Pren. Be merry, Peter, and fear not thy master: fight for credit of the 'prentices.
PETER. I thank you all : drink, and pray for me, I pray you; for I think I have taken my last draught in this world. Here, Robin, an if I die, I give thee my apron : and, Will, thou shalt have my hammer: and here, Tom, take all the money that I have. O Lord bless me! I pray God! for I am never able to deal with my master, he hath learnt so much fence already.
Sal. Come, leave your drinking, and fall to blows. Sirrah, what's thy name?
PETER. Peter, forsooth.
SAL. Thump! then see thou thump thy master well.
Hor. Masters, I 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 York, I will take my death, I never meant him any ill, nor the king, nor the queen: and therefore, Peter, have at thee with a downright blow! YORK. Dispatch : this knave's tongue begins to
double. Sound, trumpets, alarum to the combatants !
[Alarum. They fight, and Peter strikes
him down. Hor. Hold, Peter, hold! I confess, I confess treason.
[Dies. York. Take away his weapon. Fellow, thank God, and the good wine in thy master's way.
PETER. O God, have I overcome mine enemy in this presence ? O Peter, thou hast prevailed in right! King. Go, take hence that traitor from our