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Bevis. He shall have the skins of our enemies to make dog's leather. of...

Hol. And Dick the butcher:

Bevis. Then is fin struck down like an ox, and iniquity's throat cut like a calf.

Hol. And Smith the weaver :-
Bevis. Argo, their thread of life is spun.
Hol. Come, come, let's fall in with them.
Drum. Enter Cade, Dick the butcher, Smith the

weaver, and a fawyer, with infinite numbers. Cade. We John Cade, fo term’d of our supposed father

Dick. Or rather of stealing a cade of herrings."

Cade. For our enemies shall fall before us, * inspired with the spirit of putting down Kings and Princes. -Command silence.

Dick. Silence.
Cade. My father was a Mortimer-
Dick. He was an honest man and a good bricklayer.
Cade. My mother a Plantagenet-
Dick. I knew her well, she was a midwife.
Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies
Dick. She was indeed a pedlar's daughter, and sold

many laces.

Weav. But, now of late, not able to travel with her ' furr'd pack, she washes bucks here at home.

Cade. Therefore am I of an honourable house.

Dick. Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable; and there was he born, under a hedge ; for his father had never a house but the cage.

Cade. Valiant I am.
Weav. A’must needs, for beggary is valiant.

a cade of berrings:] name Cade, from cado, Lat. to That is, a barrel of herrings. I fall. He has too much learning suppose the word keg, which is for his character. now used, is cade corrupted. furred pack,] A wallet or

our enemies small fall be- knapsack of skin with the hair for? us,] He ailudes to his outward.

Cade.

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Cade. I am able to endure much.

Dick. No question of that ; for I have seen him whipt three market days together.

Cade. I fear neither sword nor fire.

Weav. He need not fear the fword, for his coat is of proof.

Dick. But, inethinks he should stand in fear of fire, being burnt i'th' hand for stealing of sheep.

Cade. Be brave then, for your captain is brave, and vows reformation. There shall be in England seven half-penny loaves sold for a penny; the three-hoop'd pot Thall have ten hoops, and I will make it felony to drink small beer. All the realm shall be in common, and in Cheapside shall my palfry go to grass; and when I am King, as King I will be

All. God save your Majesty!

Cade. I thank you, good people. There shall be no money ; * all shall eat and drink upon my score; and I will apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their Lord.

Dick. The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

Cade. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment; that parchment being scribbled o’er, should undo a man? Some say, the bee stings; but I say, 'tis bee's wax; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never my own man since. How now? who is there?

Enter a Clerk.

Weav. The clerk of Chatham, he can write and read, and cast accompt.

* There shall be no money;] To ticket of riches, must, if money mend the world by banishing were to cease, arise immediately money is an old contrivance of from riches themselves, and could those who did not consider that never be at an end till every man the quarrels and mischiefs which was contented with his own arise from money, as the sign or share of the goods of life. VOL. V.

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Cade.

Cade. O monstrous !
Weav. We took him setting boys copies.
Cade. Here's a villain !

Weav. He'as a book in his pocket with red letters in't.

Cade. Nay, then he's a conjurer.

Dick. Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand.

Cade. I am sorry for’t: the man is a proper man, on mine honour, unless I find him guilty, he shall not die. Come hither, firrah, I must examine thee; what is thy name?

Clerk. Emanuel. · Dick. $ They use to write it on the top of letters. ?Twill go hard with you.

Cade. Let me alone. — Dost thou use to write thy name? or haft thou a mark to thyself like an honest plain dealing man?

Clerk. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well brought up, that I can write my name.

All. He hath confeft; away with him ; he's a villain and a traitor.

Cade. Away with him, I say; hang him with his pen and inkhorn about his neck. [Exit one with the clerk.

Enter Michael.

Mich. Where is our General ?
Cade. Here I am, thou particular fellow.

Mich. Fly, fly, fly. Sir Humphry Stafford and his brother are hard by with the King's forces.

Cade. Stand, villain, ftand, or I'll fell thee down. He shall be encounter’d with a man as good as himself. He is but a knight, is a'?

Mich. No.

s They use to write it on the acts. See Mabillon's Diplomata. top of letters: ] i. e. of letters

WARBURTON. milive, and such like publick

Cade.

Cade. To equal him, I will make myself a knight presently. [kneels.] Rise up, Sir John Mortimer. Now have at him. Is there any more of them that be knights?

Mich. Ay, his brother.

Cade. Then kneel down, Dick Butcher. (he kneels.] Rise up, Sir Dick Butcher. Now found

Now found up the drum.

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Enter Sir Humphry Stafford and young Stafford, with

drum and soldiers. Staf. Rebellious hinds, the filth and skum of Kent, Mark'd for the gallows, lay your weapons down, Home to your cottages, forsake this groom. . The King is merciful, if

you

revolt. Y. Staf. But angry, wrathful, and inclin'd to blood If you go forward. Therefore yield or die.

Cade. As for these silken-coated Naves, I pass not ; It is to you, good people, that I speak, O'er whom in time to come I hope to reign; For I am rightful heir unto the crown.

Staff Villain, thy father was a plaisterer,
And thou thyself a shearman, art thou not?

Cade. And Adam was a gardener.
Y. Staf. And what of that?

Cade. Marry this--Edmund Mortimer Earl of March married the Duke of Clarence's daughter, did he not?

Staf. Ay, Sir.
Cade. By her he had two children at one birth.
Y. Staf. That's false.

Cade. Ay, there's the question ; but I say 'tis true,
The elder of them being put to nurse,
Was by a beggar-woman stoľn away;
And, ignorant of his birth and parentage,
Became a bricklayer when he came to age,
His son am I; deny it if you can.
Dick. Nay, 'tis too true, therefore he shall be King.

Weav.

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Weav. Sir, he made a chimney in my father's house, and the bricks are alive at this day to testify it; therefore deny it not.

Staf. "And will you credit this base drudge's words, That speaks he knows not what ? All. Ay, marry, will we; therefore get you gone. Y. Staf. Jack Cade, the Duke of York hath taught

you this.

Cade. He lies, for I invented it myself. Go to, firrah, tell the King from me, that for his father's sake Henry the fifth, in whose time boys went to span-counter for French crowns, I am content he shall reign; but I'll be protector over him.

Dick. And furthermore we'll have the Lord Say's head for selling the Dukedom of Maine.

Cade. And good reason; for thereby is England maim'd, and fain to go with a staff, but that my puisfance holds it up. Fellow-Kings, I tell you, that that Lord Say hath gelded the common-wealth, and made it a eunuch; and more than that, he can speak French, and therefore he is a traitor.

Staf. O gross and miserable ignorance !

Cade. Nay, answer if you can. The Frenchmen are our enemies; go to then, I ask but this, can he that speaks with the tongue of the enemy, be a good counfellor or no?

All. No, no, and therefore we'll have his head.

Y. Staf. Well, feeing gentle words will not prevail, Affail them with the army of the King.

Staf. Herald, away, and throughout every town
Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade;
That those which fiy before the battle ends,
May even in their wives' and children' fight
Be hang'd up for example at their doors;
And you, that be the King's friends, follow me.

(Exeunt the two Staffords, with their Train. Cade. And you, that love the commons, follow me. Now shew yourselves men, 'tis for liberty.

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