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Attracts the same for aidance 'gainst the enemy;
to death? Myself and Beaufort had him in protection ; And we, I hope, sir, are no murderers. WAR. But both of you were vow'd Duke
Humphrey's foes, And you, forsooth, had the good duke to keep: 'Tis like
you would not feast him like a friend ; And 'tis well seen he found an enemy.
Queen. Then you, belike, suspect these noble
As guilty of Duke Humphrey's timeless death. War. Who finds the heifer dead and bleeding
fresh And sees fast by a butcher with an axe,
But will suspect 'twas he that made the slaughter?
knife ? Is Beaufort term'd a kite: Where are his talons ?
Sur. I wear no knife to slaughter sleeping men; But here's a vengeful sword, rusted with ease, That shall be scoured in his rancorous heart That slanders me with murder's crimson badge. Say, if thou darest, proud Lord of Warwickshire, That I am faulty in Duke Humphrey's death.
[Exeunt CARDINAL, SOMERSET, and others. War. What dares not Warwick, if false Suffolk
dare him? QUEEN. He dares not calm his contumelious
spirit Nor cease to be an arrogant controller, Though Suffolk dare him twenty thousand times.
WAR. Madam, be still; with reverence may I say; For every word
you speak in his behalf Is slander to your royal dignity.
Sur. Blunt-witted lord, ignoble in demeanour ! If ever lady wrong'd her lord so much, Thy mother took into her blameful bed Some stern untutor's churl, and noble stock Was graft with crab-tree slip; whose fruit thou art And never of the Nevils noble race.
WAR. But that the guilt of murder bucklers thee And I should rob the deathsman of his fee, Quitting thee thereby of ten thousand shames, And that my sovereign's presence
makes me mild,
say it was thy mother that thou meant'st,
Sur. Thou shalt be waking while I shed thy blood, If from this presence thou darest go
with me. WAR. Away even now, or I will drag thee hence: Unworthy though thou art, I'll cope with thee And do some service to Duke Humphrey's ghost.
[Exeunt SUFFOLK and WARWICK. King. What stronger breastplate than a heart
[4 noise within.
weapons drawn. KING. Why, how now, lords ! your wrathful
weapons drawn Here in our presence ! dare you be so bold? Why, what tumultuous clamour have we here?
Suf. The traitorous Warwick with the men of
Bury Set all upon me, mighty sovereign. Sal. [To the Commons, entering] Sirs, stand apart; the king shall know your
mind. Dread lord, the commons send you word by me, Unless Lord Suffolk straight be done to death, Or banished fair England's territories, They will by violence tear him from your palace And torture him with grievous lingering death. They say, by him the good Duke Humphrey
They say, in him they fear your highness' death;
your dislike or pain of death, Yet, notwithstanding such a strait edict, Were there a serpent seen, with forked tongue, That slily glided towards your majesty, It were but necessary you were waked, Lest, being suffer'd in that harmful slumber, The mortal worm might make the sleep eternal; And therefore do they cry, though you forbid, That they will guard you, whether
will or no,
you From such fell serpents as false Suffolk is,
With whose envenomed and fatal sting,
Lord of Salisbury !
we will all break in! KING. Go, Salisbury, and tell them all from me, I thank them for their tender loving care ; And had I not been cited so by them, Yet did I purpose as they do entreat; For, sure, my thoughts do hourly prophesy Mischance unto my state by Suffolk's means: And therefore, by His majesty I swear, Whose far unworthy deputy I am, He shall not breathe infection in this air But three days longer, on the pain of death.
[Exit SALISBURY. QUEEN. ( Henry, let me plead for gentle Suffolk! KING. Ungentle queen, to call him gentle Suffolk!
I say: if thou dost plead for him, Thou wilt but add increase unto my wrath. Had I but said, I would have kept my word,