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I'll send for Grime and force him give his grant: Ho will not deny King Edward such a suit.
Jen. Ho, who Baw a master of mine? 0, he is gotten into company, an a body should rako hell for company.
Geo. Peace, ye slave ! see where King Edward is.
A'. Edw. George, what ia he!
Geo. I beseech your graco pardon him; he is my man.
First Slioc Sirrah, the king hath been drinking with us, and did pledge us too.
Jen. Hath ho so? kneel; I dub you gentlemen.
First Shoe, Beg it of the king, Jenkin.
Jen. I will.—I beseech your worship grant me one thing.
K. Edw. What is that?
Jen. Hark in your ear.
[ Whispers K. Edw. in the ear.
K. Edw. Go your ways, and do it.
Jen. Como, down on your knees, I have got it.
First Shoe. Let us hear what it is first.
Jen. Marry, because you have drunk with the king, and the king hath so graciously pledged you, you shall be no more called Shoemakers; but you and yours, to the world's end, shall be called tho trade of the Gentle Craft.
First Shoe. I beseech your majesty reform this which he hath spoken.
Jen. I beseech your worship consume this which he hath spoken.
A'. Edw. Confirm it, you would Bay.— Well, he hath done it for you, it is sufficient.— Como, George, we will go to Grime, and have thy love.
Jen. I am sure your worship will abide; for yonder is coming old Musgrove and mad Cuddy his son.—Master, my fellow Wily comes drest liko a woman, and Master Grime will marry Wily. Here they come.
Enter Musqrovk ami Cuddy; Grime, Wilt ditemaed as a woman, Maid Mahian, ami Bettkis.
A'. Edw. Which is thy old father, Cuddy?
A'. Edw. Ah old Musgrove, stand up;
Mas. [rising.] Long live
King James at Middleham-castle gave me this; This won the honour, and this give I thee.
[Oivts sicord to K. Edw. A'. Edw. Godamercy, Musgrove,for this friendly
And for thou fell'dst a king with this same
weapon, This blade shall here dub valiant Musgrove knight.
Mw. Alas, what hath your highness done 1 I am poor.
A". Edw. To mend thy living take thou Middleham-castle,* Tho hold of botht; and if thou want living,
complain, Thou shalt have more to maintain thine estate.— George, which is thy love?
Geo. This, if please your majesty.
A". Edw. Art thou her aged father?
Grime. I am, an it like your majesty.
A'. Edw. And wilt not give thy daughter unto George?
Grime. Yes, my lord, if he will let me marry With this lovely lass.
K. Edw. What say'st thou, George?
Geo. With all my heart, my lord, I give consent.
Grime. Then do I give my daughter unto George.
i 1/7 v. Then shall the marriage soon be at an end. Witness, my lord, if that I be a woman;
[Throw off his dufffise. For I am Wily, boy to George-a-Greene, Who for my master wrought this subtle shift.
A'. Edw. What, is it a boy ?—What say'st thou to this, Grime?
Grime. Marry, my lord, I think this boy hath More knavery than all the world besides. Yet am I content that George shall both have My daughter and my lands.
A". Edw. Now, George, it rests I gratify thy worth: And therefore here I do bequeath to thee, In full possession, half that Kendal hath; And what as Bradford holds of me in chief, I give it frankly unto thee for ever. Kneel down, George.
Geo. What will your majesty do?
A'. Edw. Dub thee a knight, George.
Geo. I beseech your grace, grant me one thing.
A'. Edw. What is that?
* MiddWiam-casllt] Groso in his Antiq. of England ajytt Walts, vol. iv. gives two views of this castle, and is ar the trouble to inquire what foundation tho prcseut play has on history: well might Ritson (Robin Hood, voL i. p. xxix.) sneer at "his very gravely sitting dowu and debating his opinion in form."
t The hold o/both, &c.] Corrupted.
Geo. Then let me live and die a yeoman still: So was my father, so must live his son. For 'tis more credit to men of base degree, To do great deeds, than men of dignity.
K. Eda. Well, be it so, George.
K. Jama. I beseech your graco despatch with me, And set down my ransom.
K. Eda. George-a-Greeno, set down the King of Scots His ransom.
Geo. I beseech your grace pardon me; It passeth my skill.
K. Eda. Do it, the honour's thine.
Geo. Then let King James make good Those towns which he hath burnt upon the borders; Give a small pension to the fatherless, Whose fathers he caus'd murder'd in those wars; Put in pledge for these thing3 to your grace, And so return.
K. Edit. King James, are you content 1 *
A'. James. I am content, an like your majesty, And will leave good castles in security.
K. Edw. I crave no more.—Now, Georgea-
And see if Jane-a-Barley be so fair
Specimen of The History of George-a-Greene, on
which the preceding play is founded: see p.
254; and the Account of our author and his
writingB, p. 33.
"Richard having settled his affaira, he prepar'd for a voyage to the Holy Land, in conjunction with Philip the Second, then king of France. During his absenco he constituted the bishop of Ely, then chancellor of England, vicegerent of the kingdom. This bishop being on the one side covetous, and by many unjust impositions oppressing the nation, and the king's brother ambitious on the other, as presuming much upon his royal birth and his great possessions, some per
• King Jama, are you content?] The 4to. gives theso words to George-.vOreeue.
sons fomented great factions and combinations against the tyranizing prelate; so that all things grew out of frame and order; and great distractions ensued; nay, a third ulcer, worse than the former, broke into open rebellion, namely, an insurrection was raised by the Earl of Kendal, with divers of his adherents, as, the Lord Bouteil, Sir Gilbert Armestrong, and others. These having gather'd an army of some twenty thousand malecontents, made publick proclamation, that they came into the field for no other cause, but to purchase their country-men's liberty, and to free them from the great and insufferable oppression which they then liv'd under by the prince and prelate. This drew to the earl many followers for the present, so that he seemed to have got together a very potent army. But the main reason of this rebellion was, that when the earl was but a child, a wizard had prophesy'd of him, That Richard and he should meet in London, and the king should there vail his bonnet unto him: and this prediction of the sooth-sayer prov'd afterwards to be true, but not as he vainly had expounded it. The earl having led his army into the north, struck a great terror into all those honest subjects, that tender'd their allegiance to their absent king and sovereign, and wish'd well to the good of the commonwealth and the safety of the kingdom; yet many were forced through fear to supply his men with necessary provisions, lest otherwise they should have made spoil and havock of all they had. Now, tho earl being for some time destitute of many things that are useful and commodious for an army, and encamping some five miles from the town of Wakefield, the three confederates drew a commission, and, having sign'd it with their own seals, sent it by ono Mannering, a servant of the earl's, to the bailiff and towns-men of Wakefield, requiring seemingly, by way of intreaty, to send unto his host such a quantity of [provision, of corn and, cattle, with other necessaries (of which he was then in great want), and withal, such a sum of money as he demanded for tho payment of so many soldiers; to which this Mannering was to perswade them by all fair means possible; but, if they should deny his request, he was to threaten them with fire and sword, with all the violenco that could be suggested to them. The news of this commission coming to their knowledge, tho bailiff sent abroad to the neighbouring justices, as, to Mr. Grymos and others; so that he and his brethren appointed to give them a meeting in tho town-house, where many of the commons were to be presont, and, amongst others, Qeorga A Green purposed to be there, to hear what would become of the business. The summons being made, the assembly met, and the messenger appear'd, show'd his warrant, and, according to his orders, told them what great conveuioncies would grow in supplying the army, and withal entreated from the lords their lovo and favour. The bailiff and the justices were loth, it being contrary to their allegianco to grant their request: yet they were fearful withal peremptorily to deny it, and stood wavering loug and debating amongst themselves what they had best do for their own safeties; which Manneriug seeing, without doing any reverence at all unto the bench, he began to alter his phrases, and changed the copy of his countenance, first tauutiug and deriding their fainthearted cowardize, and afterward threatening them, that if they gave not present satisfaction to his demand, the army would instantly remove, mako havock and Bpoil of their goods and chattels, ravish their daughters, and deflower their wives before their faces, and make a bonfire of tho town, to tho terrifying of others, whoso insolence durst opposo the earl his master's commission. At this [these] haughty and insufferable menaces, whilst the bench sate quaking, George presseth forward in the faco of the court, and desireth, by the favour of the bench, to have the liberty, according to his plain and weak understanding, to give tho messenger an answer; which being granted hira, he boldly stept up to him, and demanded his name; who made him answer, that his name was Mannering. Mannering (saith he); that name was ill bestow'd on one who can so forget all manners, as to stand cover'd before a bench upon which the majesty of his sovereign was represented: which manners (saith he) since thou wantest, I will teach theo; and withal, first snatching his bonnet from his head, trod upon it, then spurn'd it beforo him. At which the other being inragod, ask'd him, How he durst to offer that violence to ono who brought so strong a commission! Your commission (saith George), I cry your [you] mercy, sir; and withal, desired tho favour of tho bench, that he might havo tho liberty topcruso it; which being granted, I, marry, (saith he, having read it,) I cannot clmso but submit myself to this authority; and making an offer as if ho meant to kiss it, toro it in pieces. Mannering seeing this, began to stamp, stare, and swear; but Georgo taking him fast by the collar, Bo shook him as if ho had purposed to have made all his bones loose in his skin, and drawing
his dagger, and pointing it to his bosom, told him, • He had devised physick to purge his choleriok blood ; and gathcrmgup the threaseals, told him, It was these three pills which he must instantly take and swallow, and [or] never more expect to return to his master; nor did he leavo him, or take tho dagger from hi3 breast, till he had seen it down, and afterwards, when he had perceiv'd that they had almost choak'd him, he call'd for a bottle of ale, and said these words: It shall never bo said, that a messenger shall be sent by such great persons to the town of Wakefield, and that none would bo so kind as to mako him drink; therefore hero (saith he), Mannering, is a health to the confusion of the traitor thy master, and all his rebellious army; and pledge it me without evasion or delay, or I vow, by the allegiance which I owe to my princo and sovereign, that thou hast drunk thy la->t already. Mannering, seeing there was no remedy, aud feeling the wax still sticking in his throat, drank it off supernaculum; which the other seeing, Now (saith he) commend me to thy master and tho rest, and tell them, ono George A Green, no better m;ui than the Pindar of the town of "Wakefield, who tho' I havo torn their commission, yet I have sent them their seals safo back again by their servant. Whatsoever Mannering thought, little was he heard to speak, but went away muttering the devil's Pater Noster, and so left them. Every body commended the resolution of George, and, by his solo encouragement, purposed henceforward to oppose themselves against tho insurrection of the rebels."—Thoma's Early Romanes, vol. ii. p. 174, ed. 185S.
BALLAD.—" The Jolly Finder of Wakefield, icith Robin ffood, Scarlet, and John.
"From an old black lettor copy in A. a Wood's collection, compared with two other copies in tho British Museum, ono in black letter. It should bo sung 'To an excellent tune,' which has not been recovered.
"Several lines of this ballad are quoted in tho two old plays of tho 'Downfall' aud 'Death of Robert earlo of Huntington,' 1601, 4to. b. 1. but acted many years before. It is also alluded to in Shakspeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, Act. 1. sc. 1. and again in his Second part of K. Henry IV. Act. V. sc. 3.
"In YTakofiold there lives a jolly piudfr.
All this be heard three witty young- men,
With that they espy'd tho jolly pinder,
Now turn again, turn again, said the pinder,
For a wrong way you have gone;
And made a path over tho corn.
O that wero a shame, said jolly Robin,
We being three, nnd thou but one.
'Twas thirty good foot and ono.
Ue leaned his back fast unto a thorn,
And his foot against a stone,
A summers day Bo long,
Were broke fast into their hands.
Hold thy hand, hold thy hand, eaid bold Robin Hood, And my merry men every one;
For this is one of the best pindcrs,
And wilt thou forsake thy pinders craft.
* At Michaelmas next my cov'nant comes out.
When every man gathers his ice;
Then I'le take my blow blade all in my hand.
Bast thou either meat or drink, said Robin Ilood,
I have both bread and beef, said tho pinder,
And good ale of the best.
For such unbidden 'guests.'*
* O wilt thou forsake the pinder his craft,
And g.) to tbe green-wood with me? Thou shalt have a livery twice in the year, The ono green, tho othor brown.'
'If Michaelmas day was come and gono,
And my master had paid me my fee, Then would I set as little by him
As my master doth by mo.'"
Ritsou's Robin Hood, vol. ii. p. 16.
* ''juati'] Qy., rather, 'guest' [a plur.il]?