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Therefore away with us to Killingworth.

Say. So might your Grace's person be in danger :
The sight of me is odious in their eyes;
And therefore in this city will I stay,
And live alone as secret as I


Enter another Messenger.
2 Mes. Jack Cade hath gotten London. Bridge,
The citizens fy him, and forsake their houses:
The rascal people, thirsting after prey,
Join with the traitor; and they jointly swear
To spoil the city and your royal court.

Buck. Then linger not, my Lord; away, take horse.
K. Henry. Come, Marg'ret, God our hope will succourus.
Q. Mar. My hope is gone, now Suffolk is deceas’d.
K. Henry. Farewel, my Lord; trust not to Kentish rebels.
Buck. Trust no body, for fear you be betray'd.

Say. The truft I have is in mine innocence,
And therefore am I bold and resolute.


SCENE, changes to London.

Enter Lord Scales upon the Tower walking. Then enter two

or three Citizens below. Scales. OW nowJack

Cit. for they have won the bridge, killing all those that withstand them: the Lord Mayor craves aid of your honour from the Tower to defend the city from the rebels.

Scales. Such aid, as I can spare, you shall command; But I am troubled here with them myself. The rebels have aslay'd to win the Tower. But get you into Smithfield, gather head, And thither will I send you Matthew Goff. Fight for your King, your country and your lives, And fo farewel, for I must hence again. [Exeunt.


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SCENE changes to Cannon-Street.
Enter Jack Cade and the rest, and Arikes his staff on



fitting ,
mand that of the city's cost the pissing conduit run nothing
but claret wine the first year of our reign. And now
hence-forward it shall be treason for any that calls me
other than Lord Mortimer.

Enter a Soldier running.
Sol. Jack Cade, Jack Cade!
Cade. Knock him down there. [They kill him.

Weav. If this fellow be wife, he'll never call you
Jack Cade more ; I think, he hath a very fair warning,

Dick. My Lord, there's an army gathered together in Smithfield.

Cade. Come then, let's go fight with them: but first go and set London-Bridge on fire, and if you can, burn down the Tower too. Come, let's away. [Exeunt omnes.

SCENE changes to Smithfield.
Alarum. Matthew Goff is sain, and all the rest. Then

enter Jack Cade with his company.
O, Sirs : Now go some and pull down the

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Dick. I have a suit unto your Lordship.

Cade. Be it a Lordship, thou shalt have it for that word.

Dick. Only that the laws of England may come out of

John. Mass, 'twill be sore law then, for he was thrust in the mouth with a spear, and 'tis uot whole yet.

Smith. Nay, John, it will be stinking law, for his breath ftiaks with eating toasted cheese.


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Cade. I have thought upon it, it fall be fo. Away, burn all the records of the realm ; my mouth shall be the parliament of England.

John. Then we are like to have biting statutes, unlefs his teeth be pulld out. Cade. And henceforward all things shall be in common.

Enter a Messenger. ^lcf. My Lord, a prize, a prize! here's the Lord Say which fold the town in France; he that made us pay one and twenty fifteens and one fhilling to the pound, the lalt subsidy.

Enter George with the Lord Say. Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten times.Ah, (18) thou Say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram Lord, now art thou within point blank of our jurisdiction regal. What canst thou answer to my Majesty for giving up of Normandy unto Monsieur Bafimcck, the Dauphin of France ? be it known unto thee by these presents, even the presence of Lord Mortimer, that I am the belom that must sweep the court clean of such Alth as thou art; thou haft most traiteroufly corrupted ehe youth of the rcalm in erecting a grammar-school; and whereas before, our fore-fathers had no othes books but the score and the tally, thou haft caused printing to be us’d; and contrary to the King, bis crown and dignity, thou haft built a paper-mill. I: will be prov'd to thy face that thou hast men about thee; that usually talk of « Nous and a Verb, and such abominable words, as no christian ear can endure to hear. Thou haft appointed justices of the peace to call poor men before them, about matters they were not able to answer. Morcover, thou haft put them in prison; and because they could not read, thou haft hang'd them; when, indeed, only for that cause they

(18) Ab thou Say, thou Serge, nay thou buckram Lord.] The poet makes Cade inere pun upon my Lord Say's name, comparing him that coarte ftuff which we call a fay; and which the French likewise term une faze, jaietie.

have been most worthy to live. Thou dost ride on a foot-cloth, dost thon not?

Say. What of that?

Cade. Marry, thou oughtít not to let thy horse wear a cloak, when honefter men than thou go in their hoie and doublets.

Dick. And work in their thirt too; as myself, for example, that am a butcher.

Say. You men of Kent,-
Dick. What say you of Kent?
$.ny. Nothing but this : 'Tis vona terra, mala gens.

Cade. Away with him, away with him, he speaks latine.

Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where you will.
Kent, in the commentaries Cæsar writ,
Is tei m'd the civil'st place of all this ifle;
Sweet is the country, because full of riches,
The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy,
Which makes me hope thou art not void of pity.
I sold not Maine; I loft not Normandy;
Yet, ta recover them would lose

Justice with favour have I always done,
Prayers and tears have mov'd me, gifts could never;
When have I ought exacted at your hands,
Kent to maintain, the King, the realm and you ?
Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks,
Because my book preferr'd me to the King ::
And seeing, ignorance is the curse of God,
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heav'o,
Unless you be posseft with dev’lith spirits,
Ye cannot but forbear to murder me:
This tongue hath parlied unto foreign Kings
For your behoof.

Cade. Tut, when struck'st thou one blow in the field ? Say. Great men have reaching hands; oft have I struck Those that I never saw, and firuck them dead.

George. O monstrous coward ! what to come behind fulks? Say. These cheeks are pale with watching for your good




Cade. Give him a box o'ch'ear, and that will make 'em red again.

Say. Long fitting to determine poor mens causes Hath made me full

of sickness and diseases. Cade. Ye shall have a hempen caudle then, and the help of a hatchet.

Dick. Why dost thou quiver, man?
Say. The palsy, and not fear, provokes me.

Cade. Nay, he nous at us, as who Tould say, I'll be even with you. " I'il fee, if his head will stand steadier on a pole or no: take him away, and behead him.

Say. Tell me, wherein have I offended most?
Have I affected wealth or honour? speak.
Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold?
Is my apparel sumptuous to behold?
Whom have I injur’d, that ye seek my death?
These hands are free from guiltlefs blood-shedding;
This breast from harb'ring foul deceitful thoughts.
O, let me live!-

Cade. I feel remorse in myself with his words ; but I'll bridle it; he shall die, an it be but for pleading so well for his life. Away with him, he has a familiar under his tongue, he speaks not o' God's name.

GO take him away, I say, and strike off his head presently; and then break into his son-in-law's house, Sir James Cromer, and strike off his head, and bring them both upon two poles hither.

All. It shall be done.

Say. Ah, country-men, if when you make your pray'rs, God should be so obdurate as yourselves, How would it fare with your departed fouls ? And therefore yet relent, and save my

life. Cade. Away with him, and do as I command ye : the proudest Peer of the realm shall not wear a head on his Thoulders, unless he pay me tribute : there shall not a maid be married, but the shall pay me her maidenhead ere they have it ; men shall hold of me in Capite. And we charge and command, that their wives be as free as heart can with, or tongue can tell.


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