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Cade. I have thought upon it; it shall be so. Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to it. Away, burn all the records of the realm ; my mouth Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirits, shall be the parliament of England.
You cannot but forbear to murder me. John. Then we are like to have biting statutes, This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings unless his teeth be pulled out.
(Aside. For your behoof, Cade. And henceforward all things shall be in Cade. Tut! when struck'st thou one blow in the
field ? Enter a Messenger.
Say. Great men have reaching hands : oft have I Mess. My lord, a prize, a prize! here's the lord
struck Say, which sold the towns in France; he that made Those that I never saw, and struck them dead. us pay one and twenty fifteens , and one shilling to
Geo. O monstrous coward ! what, to come behind the pound, the last subsidy.
folks? Enter George Bevis, with the Lord SAY.
Say. These cheeks are pale for watching for your
good. Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten times. Cade. Give him a box o' the ear, and that will
Ah, thou say 9, thou serge, nay, thou buckram make 'em red again. lord ! now art thou within point-blank of our juris- Say. Long sitting to determine poor men's causes diction regal. What canst thou answer to my ma- Hath made me full of sickness and diseases. jesty, for giving up of Normandy unto the dauphin
Cade. Ye shall have a hempen caudle then, and of France? Be it known unto thee by these pre- the pap of a hatchet. sence, even the presence of lord Mortimer, that I
Dick. Why dost thou quiver, man? am the besom that must sweep the court clean of
Say. The palsy, and not fear, provoketh me. such filth as thou art. Thou hast most traitorously
Cade. Nay, he nods at us; as who should say, corrupted the youth of the realm, in erecting a I'll be even with you. I'll see if his head will stand grammar-school : and whereas, before, our fore- steadier on a pole, or no: Take him away, and fathers had no other books but the score and the behead him. tally, thou hast caused printing to be used; and,
Say. Tell me, wherein I have offended most ? contrary to the king, bis crown and dignity, thou Have I affected wealth, or honour; speak ? hast built a paper-mill. It will be proved to thy Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold ? face, that thou hast men about thee, that usually Is my apparel sumptuous to behold? talk of a noun, and a verb; and such abominable Whom have I injur’d, that ye seek my death ? words, as no Christian ear can endure to hear. These hands are free from guiltless blood-shedding”, Thou hast appointed justices of peace, to call poor This breast from harbouring foul deceitful thoughts. men before them about matters they were not able 0, let me live! to answer. Moreover, thou hast put them in prison, Cade. I feel remorse in myself with his words: and because they could not read ', thou hast banged i:t I'll bridle it; he shall die, an it be but for them, when, indeed, only for that cause they have pleading so well for his life. Away with him! he been most worthy to live. Thou dost ride on a has a familiar 4 under his tongue; Go, take him foot-cloth ?, dost thou not?
away, I say, and strike off his head presently; and Say. What of that?
then break into his son-in-law's house, sir James Cade. Marry, thou oughtest not to let thy horse Cromer, and strike off his head, and bring them both wear a cloak, when honester men than thou go in upon two poles hither. their hose and doublets.
AU. It shall be done. Dick. And work in their shirt too; as myself, Say. Ah, countrymen! if when you make your for example, that am a butcher.
prayers, Say. You men of Kent.
God should be so obdurate as yourselves, Dick. What say you of Kent?
How would it fare with your departed souls? Say. Nothing but this: 'Tis bona terra, mala gens. And therefore yet relent, and save my life. Cade. Away with him, away with him! he speaks
Cade. A way with him, and do as I command ye. Latin.
[Exeunt some with Lord SAY, Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where you The proudest peer in the realm shall not wear a will.
head on his shoulders, unless he pay me tribute ; Kent, in the commentaries Cæsar writ,
men shall hold of me in capite ; and we charge and Is term'd the civil'st place of all this isle :
command, that their wives be as free as heart car Sweet is the country, because full of riches;
wish, or tongue can tell. The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy ;
Dick. My lord, when shall we go to Cheapside, Which makes me hope you are not void of pity. and take up commodities upon our bills ? I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy;
Cade. Marry, presently. Yet, to recover them, would lose my life.
AU. O brave ! Justice with favour have I alw
done; Prayers and tears have mov'd me, gifts could never. Re-enter Rebels, with the Heads of Lord Say and his When have I aught exacted at your hands,
Son-in-law. Kent to maintain, the king, the realm, and you ? Cade. But is not this braver? - Let them kiss Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks, one another, for they loved well, when they were Because my book preferr'd me to the king : alive. Now part them again, lest they consult about And — seeing ignorance is the curse of Heaven, the giving up of some more towns in France. Sol. & A fifteen was the fifteenth part of all the movables or
diers, defer the spoil of the city until night : for with personal property of each subject
these borne before us, instead of maces, will we ride Say was a kind of serge.
lé. Because they could not claim the benefit of clergy. 3 1.c. Shedding guiltless blood. .: A kind of housing, which covered the body of the horse.
4 A dæmon who was supposed to attend at call.
through the streets; and, at every corner, have them | midst of you! and honour be witness, that no want kiss. — Away!
(Ereunt. of resolution in me, but only my followers' base and
ignominious treasons, makes me betake me to my SCENE VIII. Southwark. heels.
Buck. What, is he fled ? go, some and follow bim; Alarum. Enter Cade. and all his Rabblement.
And he, that brings his head unto the king, Cade. Up Fish-street! down Saint Magnus' cor- Shall have a thousand crowns for his reward. — ner! kill and knock down! throw them into
(Exeunt some of them. Thames ! - [A Parley sounded, then a Retreat.] Follow me, soldiers; we'll devise a mean What noise is this I hear? Dare any be so bold to To reconcile you all unto the king. (Exeunt. sound retreat or parley, when I command them kill ?
SCENE IX.- Kenelworth Castle. Enter BUCKINGHAM, and old Clifford, with Forces.
Enter King HENRY, QUEEN MARGARET, and Buck. Ay, here they be that dare and will disturb
SOMERSET, on the Terrace of the Castle. thee :
K. Hen. Was ever king that joy'd an earthly Know, Cade, we come ambassadors from the king
throne, Unto the commons, whom thou hast misled;
And could command no more content than I ? And here pronounce free pardon to them all, That will forsake thee, and go home in peace.
No sooner was I crept out of my cradle, Clif. What say ye, countrymen? will ye relent,
But I was made a king at nine months old : And yield to mercy, whilst 'tis offer'd you ;
Was never subject long'd to be a king,
As I do long and wish to be a subject.
Enter BUCKINGHAM and CLIFFORD.
K. Hen. Why, Buckingham, is the traitor, Cade, Henry the fifth, that made all France to quake,
surpriz’d? Shake he his weapon at us, and pass by.
Or is he but retir'd to make him strong? AU. God save the king! God save the king !
Enter, below, a great number of Cade's Followers, Cade. What, Buckingham, and Clifford, are ye
with Hallers about their Necks. so brave? - And you, base peasants, do ye believe him ? will you needs be hanged with your pardons
Clif. He's fled, my lord, and all his powers do about your necks ? Ilath my sword therefore broke And humbly thus, with halters on their necks,
yield; through London gates, that you should leave me at the White Hart in Southwark? I thought, ye Expect your highness' doom of life, or death. would never have given out these arms,
K. Hen. Then, heaven, setope thy everlasting gates, recovered your ancient freedom; but you are all To entertain my vows of thanks and praise ! recreants, and dastards; and delight to live in Soldiers, this day have you redeem'd your lives, slavery to the nobility. Let them break your backs And show'd how well you love your prince and with burdens, take your houses over your heads,
country: ravish your wives and daughters before your faces? Continue still in this so good a mind, For me, - I will make shift for one; and so — - A
And Henry, though he be infortunate, curse 'light upon you all!
Assure yourselves, will never be unkind : All. We'll follow Cade, we'll follow Cade.
And so, with thanks and pardon to you all, Clif. Is Cade the son of Henry the fifth,
I do dismiss you to your several countries. That thus you do exclaim — you'll go with him?
All. God save the king! God save the king ! Will he conduct you through the heart of France,
Enter a Messenger. And make the meanest of you earls and dukes? Mess. Please it your grace to be advertised, Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to;
The duke of York is newly come from Ireland : Nor knows he how to live, but by the spoil, And with a puissant, and a mighty power, Unless by robbing of your friends, and us.
Of gallowglasses, and stout kernes, Wer't not a shame, that whilst you live at jar, Is marching hitherward in proud array ; The fearful French, whom you late vanquished, And still proclaimeth, as he comes along, Should make a start o'er seas and vanquish you ? His arms are only to remove from thee Methinks, already, in this civil broil,
The duke of Somerset, whom he terms a traitor. I see them lording it in London streets,
K. Hen. Thus stands my state, 'twixt Cade and Crying — Villageois ! unto all they meet.
York distress'd; Better, ten thousand base-born Cades miscarry, Like to a ship, that, having 'scap'd a tempest, Than you should stoop unto a Frenchman's mercy. Is straightway calm'd and boarded with a pirate : To France, to France, and get what you have lost; But now 6 is Cade driven back, his men dispers'd; Spare England, for it is your native coast;
And now is York in arms to second him. — Henry hath money, you are strong and manly: I pray thee, Buckingham, go forth and meet him; God on our side, doubt not of victory.
And ask him, what's the reason of these arms. AU. A Clifford! a Clifford! we'll follow the Tell him, I'll send duke Edmund to the Tower;king, and Clifford.
And, Somerset, we will commit thee thither, Cade. Was ever feather so lightly blown to and Until his army be dismiss'd from him. fro, as this multitude? the name of Henry the fifth Som. My lord, hales them to an hundred mischiefs, and makes them I'll yield myself to prison willingly, leave me desolate. I see them lay their heads toge- Or unto death, to do my country good. ther, to surprize me: my sword make way for me,
5 Two orders of foot-soldiers among the Irish. for here is no staying. - Have through the very 6 Only just now.
K. Hen. In any case, be not too rough in terms ; Cade. Brave thee ? ay, by the best blood that ever For he is fierce, and cannot brook hard language. was broached, and beard thee too. Look on me well:
Buck. I will, my lord; and doubt not so to deal, I have eat no meat these five days; yet, come thou As all things should redound unto your good. and thy five men, and if I do not leave you all as K. Hen. Come, wife, let's in, and learn to govern dead as a door-nail, may I never eat grass more. better;
Iden. Nay, it shall ne'er be said while England For yet may England curse my wretched reign.
[Ereunt. That Alexander Iden, an esquire of Kent, SCENE X. — Kent. Iden's Garden.
Took odds to combat a poor famish'd man.
Oppose thy steadfast-gazing eyes to mine,
See if thou canst outface me with thy looks. Code. Fye on ambition ! fye on myself; that Set limb to limb, and thou art far the lesser ; have a sword, and yet am ready to famish! These Thy hand is but a finger to my fist; five days have I hid me in these woods; and durst Thy leg a stick compared with this truncheon ; not peep out, for all the country is lay'd for me ; My foot shall fight with all the strength thou hast ; but now am I so hungry, that if I might have a And if mine arm be heaved in the air, lease of my life for a thousand years, I could stay Thy grave is digg'd already in the earth. no longer. Wherefore, on a brick-wall have I As for more words, whose greatness answers words, climbed into this garden ; to see if I can eat grass, Let this my sword report what speech forbears. or pick a sallet another while, which is not amiss
Cade. By my valour, the most complete champion to cool a man's stomach this hot weather. And, I that ever I heard. — Steel, if thou turn the edge, or think, this word sallet was born to do me good : cut not out the burly-boned clown in chines of beef for, inany a time, but for a sallet 7, my brain-pan ere thou sleep in thy sheath, mayest thou be turned had been cleft with a brown bill; and, many a time, when I have been dry, and bravely march- famine, and no other, hath slain me; let ten thou
to hobnails. (They fight. Cape falls.] 0, I am slain! ing, it hath served me instead of a quart-pot to sand devils come against me, and give me but the drink in ; and now the word sallet must serve me ten meals I have lost, and I'd defy them all. to feed on.
Wither, garden : and be henceforth a buryingEnter Iden, with Servants.
place to all that do dwell in this house, because the Iden. Lord, who would live turmoiled in the court, unconquered soul of Cade is fled. And may enjoy such quiet walks as these ?
Iden. Is't Cade that I have slain, that monstrous This small inheritance, my father left me,
traitor ? Contenteth me, and is worth a monarchy.
Sword, I will hallow thee for this thy deed, I seek not to wax great by others' waning;
And hang thee o'er my tomb when I am dead : Or gather wealth, I care not with what envy; Ne'er shall this blood be wiped from thy point ; Sufficeth, that I have maintains my state,
But thou shalt wear it as a herald's coat, And sends the poor well pleased from my gate.
To emblaze the honour that thy master got. Cade. Here's the lord of the soil come to seize Cade. Iden, farewell ; and be proud of thy vicme for a stray, for entering his fee-simple without tory: Tell Kent from me, she hath lost her best leave. Ah, villain, thou wilt betray me, and get man, and exhort all the world to be cowards ; for a thousand crowns of the king for carrying my 1, that never feared any, am vanquish'd by famine, head to him ; but I'll make thee eat iron like an not by valour.
(Dies. ostrich, and swallow my sword like a great pin, ere Iden. How much thou wrong'st me, heaven be my thou and I part.
judge. Iden. Why, rude companion, whatsoe'er thou be, Hence will I drag thee headlong by the heels I know thee not; Why then should I betray thee? Unto a dunghill, which shall be thy grave, Is't not enough, to break into my garden,
And there cut off thy most ungracious head; And, like a thief, to come to rob my grounds,
Which I will bear in triumph to the king. Climbing my walls in spite of me, the owner,
[Erit, dragging out the Body. But thou wilt brave me with these saucy terms ?
SCENE. I. - Near Saint Alban's. This hand was made to handle nought but gold :
I cannot give due action to my words, The King's Camp on one side. On the other, enter Except a sword, or scepter, balance it. YORK attended, with Drum and Colours : his
A scepter shall it have, have I a soul; Forces at some distance.
On which I'll toss the flower-de-luce of France. York. From Ireland thus comes York, to claim his right,
Enter BUCKINGHAM. And pluck the crown from feeble Henry's head: Whom have we here? Buckingham, to disturb me, Ring, bells, aloud ; burn, bonfires, clear and bright, The king hath sent him, sure; I must dissemble. To entertain great England's lawful king.
Buck. York, if thou meanest well, I greet thee well. Ah, sancta majestas! who would not buy thee dear? York. Humphrey of Buckingham, I accept thy Let them obey, that know not how to rule !
greeting. 7 A kind of helmet.
Art thou a messenger, or come of pleasure ?
Buck. A messenger from Henry, our dread liege, Iden. Alexander Iden, that's my name; To know the reason of these arms in peace; A poor esquire of Kent, that loves his king. Or why, thou — being a subject as I am,
Buck. So please it you, my lord, 'twere not amiss Against thy oath and true allegiance sworn, He were created knight for his good service. Shouldst raise so great a power without his leave K. Hen. Iden, kneel down ; [He kneels.] Rise Or dare to bring thy force so near the court.
up a knight. York. Scarce can I speak, my choler is We give thee for reward a thousand marks ; so great.
And will, that thou henceforth attend on us. O, I could hew up rocks, and fight with
Iden. May Iden live to merit such a bounty, flint,
And never live but true unto his liege! I am so angry at these abject terms;
K. Hen. See, Buckingham! Somerset comes with And now, like Ajax Telamonius, On sheep or oxen could I spend my fury! Aside. Go, bid her hide him quickly from the duke. I am far better born than is the king; More like a king, more kingly in my
Enter Queen MARGARET and SOMERSET. thoughts :
Q. Mar. For thousand Yorks he shall not hide But I must make fair weather yet a while,
his head, Till Henry be more weak, and I more
But boldly stand, and front him to his face.
York. How now! Is Somerset at liberty? strong. O Buckingham, I prythee, pardon me,
Then, York, unloose thy long-imprison'd thoughts That I have given no answer all this while ;
And let thy tongue be equal with thy heart. My mind was troubled with deep melancholy.
Shall I endure the sight of Somerset ?. The cause why I have brought this army hither,
False king! why hast thou broken faith with me, Is — to remove proud Somerset from the king,
Knowing how hardly I can brook abuse? Seditious to his grace, and to the state.
King did I call thee? no, thou art not king; Buck. That is too much presumption on thy part: Which darst not, no, nor canst not rule a traitor.
Not fit to govern and rule multitudes,
That head of thine doth not become a crown;
Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff, York. Upon thine honour, is he prisoner ?
And not to grace an awful princely scepter. Buck. Upon mine honour, he is prisoner.
That gold must round engirt these brows of mine; York. Then Buckingham, I do dismiss my Is able with the change to kill and cure.
Whose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear, powers. Soldiers, I thank you all : disperse yourselves;
Here is a hand to hold a scepter up, Meet me to-morrow in Saint George's field,
And with the same to act controlling laws. You shall have pay, and every thing you wish.
Give place; by heaven, thou shalt rule no more And let my sovereign, virtuous Henry,
O'er him, whom heaven created for thy ruler. Command my eldest son, nay, all my sons,
Som. O monstrous traitor ! — I arrest thee, York, As pledges of my fealty and love,
Of capital treason 'gainst the king and crown: I'll send them all as willing as I live;
Obey, audacious traitor; kneel for grace.
York. Wouldst have me kneel? first let me ask Lands, goods, horse, armour, any thing I have Is his to use, so Somerset may die.
of these, Buck. York, I commend this kind submission :
If they can brook I bow a knee to man. We twain will go into his highness' tent.
Sirrah, call in my sons to be my bail;
(Exit an Attendant. Enter King Henry, attended.
I know, ere they will have me go to ward , K. Hen. Buckingham, doth York intend no harm They'll pawn their swords for my enfranchisement.
Q. Mar. Call hither Clifford; bid him come That thus he marcheth with thee arm in arm?
amain, York. In all submission and humility,
To say, if that the bastard boys of York York doth present himself unto your highness. Shall be the surety for their traitor father. K. Hen. Then what intend these forces thou York. O blood-bespotted Neapolitan, dost bring?
Outcast of Naples, England's bloody scourge! York. To heave the traitor Somerset from hence; The sons of York, thy betters in their birth, And fight against that monstrous rebel, Cade,
Shall be their father's bail; and bane to those
That for my surety will refuse the boys.
Enter Edward and Richard PLANTAGENET, with Iden. If one so rude, and of so mean condition,
Forces, at one side ; at the other, with Forces alsa,
old CLIFFORD, and his Son. May pass into the presence of a king, Lo, I present your grace a traitor's head,
See, where they come; I'll warrant they'll make The head of Cade, whom I in combat slew.
it good. K. Hen. The head of Cade? - Great God, how
Q. Mar. And here comes Clifford, to deny their
bail. just art thou ! 0, let me view his visage being dead,
Clif. Health and all happiness to my lord the That living wrought me such exceeding trouble.
(Kneelse Tell me, my friend, art thou the man that slew him ? York. I thank thee, Clifford : Say, what news Iden. I was, an't like your majesty.
with thee? K. Hen. How art thou callid ? and what is thy Nay, do not fright us with an angry look: degree?
& Custody, confinement.
We are thy sovereign, Clifford, kneel again; To force a spotless virgin's chastity,
To reave the orphan of his patrimony,
K. Hen. Call Buckingham, and bid him arm himMakes him oppose himself against his king.
self. Clif. He is a traitor ; let him to the Tower, York. Call Buckingham, and all the friends thou And chop away that factious pate of his.
hast, R. Mar. He is arrested, but will not obey ; I am resolv'd for death or dignity. His sons, he says, shall give their words for bim. Clif. The first I warrant thee, if dreams prove true. York. Will you not, sons ?
War. You were best to go to bed, and dream again, Edw. Ay, noble father, if our words will serve. To keep thee from the tempest of the field. Rich. And if words will not, then our weapons Clif: I am resolv'd to bear a greater storm, shall.
Than any thou canst conjure up to-day ; Clif. Why, what a brood of traitors have we here ! And that I'll write upon thy burgonet,
York. Look in a glass, and call thy image so; Might I but know thee by thy household badge. I am thy king, and thou a false-heart traitor.
War. Now, by my father's badge, old Nevil's crest, Call hither to the stake my two brave bears, The rampant bear chain'd to the ragged staff, That, with the very shaking of their chains, This day I'll wear aloft my burgonet”, They may astonish these fell lurking curs; (As on a moutain-top the cedar shows, Bid Salisbury, and Warwick, come to me.
That keeps his leaves in spite of any storm,)
Even to affright thee with the view thereof. Drums. Enter WARWICK and SALISBURY, with
Clif. And from thy burgonet I'll rend thy bear, Forces.
And tread it underfoot with all contempt, Clif. Are these thy bears ? we'll bait thy bears to Despight the bear-ward that protects the bear. death,
Y. Clif. And so to arms, victorious father, And manacle the bear-ward 1 in their chains,
To quell the rebels, and their 'complices. If thou dar'st bring them to the baiting-place.
[Exeunt severally. Rich. Oft have I seen a hot o'erweening cur Run back and bite, because he was withheld;
SCENE II. - Saint Alban's.
Alarums : Excursions. Enter WARWICK. And such a piece of service will you do,
War. Clifford of Cumberland, 'tis Warwick calls ! If you oppose yourselves to match lord Warwick. And if thou dost not hide thee from the bear,
Clif. Hence, heap of wrath, foul indigested lump, Now, — when the angry trumpet sounds alarm, As crooked in thy manners as thy shape !
And dead men's cries do fill the empty air, York. Nay, we shall heat you thoroughly anon. Clifford, I say, come forth and fight with me! Clif. Take heed, lest by your heat you burn Proud northern lord, Clifford of Cumberland, yourselves.
Warwick is hoarse with calling thee to arms. K. Hen. Why, Warwick, hath thy knee forgot to
Enter York. bow? — Old Salisbury, — shame to thy silver hair,
How now, my noble lord ? what, all a foot ? Thou mad misleader of thy brain-sick son !
York. The deadly-handed Clifford slew my steed; What, wilt thou on thy death-bed play the ruffian, But match to match I have encountered him, A nd seek for sorrow with thy spectacles ?
And made a prey for carrion kites and crows, 0, where is faith? O, where is loyalty ?
Even of the bonny beast he lov'd so well.
War. Of one or both of us the time is come. And shame thine honourable age with blood ? York. Hold, Warwick, seek thee out some other Why art thou old, and want'st experience ?
chase, Or wherefore dost abuse it, if thou hast it?
For I myself must hunt this deer to death. For shame! in duty bend thy knee to me,
War. Then, nobly, York; 'tis for a crown thou That bows unto the grave with mickle age.
fight'st. Sal. My lord, I have consider'd with myself As I intend, Clifford, to thrive to-day, The title of this most renowned duke;
It grieves my soul to leave thee unassail'd. .nd in my conscience do repute his grace
[Erit WARWICK. The rightful heir to England's royal seat.
Clif. What seest thou in me, York ? why dost K. Hen. Hast thou not sworn allegiance unto me?
thou pause ? Sal. I have.
York. With thy brave bearing should I be in love, K. Hen. Canst thou dispense with heaven for such But that thou art so fast mine enemy. an oath ?
Clif. Nor should thy prowess want praise and Sal. It is great sin, to swear unto a sin;
esteem, But greater sin, to keep a sinful oath.
But that 'tis shown ignobly, and in treason. Who can be bound by any solemn vow
York. So let it help me now against thy sword, To do a murderous deed, to rob a man,
As I in justice and true right express it!
Clif. My soul and body on the action both ! 9 The Nevils, earls of Warwick, had a bear and ragged staff 1 Bear-keeper.
for their crest.