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And that's not suddenly to be perform'd; God and king Henry govern England's realın :
Give up your staff, sir, and the king his realın.
[Erit Gloster. Sal. My lord, break we off; we know your 2. Mar. Why, now is Henry king, and Marmind at full.
Yiork. And, Nevil, this I do assure myself, 15 His lady banish'd, and a limb lopp'd off.
[Exeunt. Suf: Thus droops this lofty pine, and hangs his
Thus Eleanor's pride dies in her youngest days. SCENE III.
201 York. Lords, let him go :--Pleaseityourmajesty, A Hall of Justice.
This is the day appointed for the combat; Sound Trumpets. Enter King Henry, Queen Mar And ready are the appellant and defendant, guret, Gloster, York, Suffolk, and Salisbury; the The armourer and his man, to enter the lists, Dutchess, Mother Jourdain, Southwel, Hume, So please your highness to behold the fight. (fore and Bolingbroke, und. r guard.
25 2. Mar. Ay, good mylord; for purposely thereK.Henry. Stand forth, dame Eleanor Cobham, Left I the court, to see this quarrel try'd. Gloster's wife:
K. Henry. O'God's name, see the lists and all In sight of God, and us, your guilt is great ;
things fit; Receive the sentence of the law, for sins
flere let then end it, and God defend the right!
[To the other prisoners. T'he servant of this armourer, my lords.
enters his Man, with a drum and a sand-bag, and
I Neigh. Here, neighbour Horner, I drink to With Sir John Stanley, in the isle of Man. 40 you in a cup of sack; And, fear not, neighbour, Elean. Welcome is banishment, welcome were you shall do well enough.
(thee: 2 Neigh. And here, neighbour, here's a cup of
(Exeunt Eleanor, and the others, guarded. 45 neighbour: drink, and fear not your man.
afraid. Sorrow would solace, and mine age would case 7.502 Pren. Be merry, Peter, and fear not thy masI. Henry. Stay, Humphrey duke of Gloster: ter: fight for credit of the prentices.
Peter. I thank you all : drink, and pray for me, Give up thy staff; Henry will to himself I pray you; for I think I have taken my last Protector be; and God shall be my hope, draught in this world.--Here, Robin, an if I die, I My stay, my guide, and lauthorn to my feet: 55 give thee my apron;-and, Will, thou shalt have And
go in peace, Humphrey; no less belov'd, my hammer; and here, Tom,take all the money Than when thou wert protector to thy king.
that I have.- O Lord, bless me, I pray God! vor 2. Mar. I see no reason, why a king of years
I am never able to deal with my master, he hath Should be to be protected like a child. learn'd so much fence already, *That is , sorrow requires solace, and age requires ease.
Raught is the ancient preterite of the 'i.e. let him pass out of your thoughts.
* i. e. in a worse plight, perhaps worse betyd... As, according to the old laws of duels, knights were to fight with the lance and sword; so those of inferior rank fought with an ebon staff or battoon, to the farther end of which was fixed a bag gamm'd hard with sand. A name for a sort of sweet wine, probably snuch in use in our author's time.
cre thou go,
Sul. Come, leave your drinking, and fall to Now thou dost penance too. Look, how they gaze! blows.—Sirrah, what's thy name?
See, how the giddy multitude do point, Peter. Peter, forsooth.
And nod their heads, and throw theireyes on thee! Sal. Peter! what more?
Ah, Gloster, hide thee from their hateful looks; Peter. Thump.
5 And, in thy closet pent up, rue my
shame, Sal. Thump! then see thou thump thy master And ban thine eneinies, both mine and thine. well.
Glo. Be patient, gentle Nell; forget this grief. Arm. Masters, I am comc hither, as it were, Elean. Ah, Gloster, teach me to forget myself; upon my man's instigation, to prove him a knave, For, whilst I think I am thy marry'd wife, and myself an honest man: and touching the duke 10 And thou a prince, protecior of this land, of York, I will take my death, I never meant Methinks, I should not thus be led along, hiin any ill, nor the king, nor the queen; And Mail'd up'in shame, with papers on my back; therefore, Peter, have at thee with a downright And follow'd with a rabble, that rejoice blow,as Bevis of Southampton fell upon Ascapait'. To see my tears, and hear my deep-fet groans. York. Dispatch :this knave'stongue begins to 15 The ruthless flint doth cut niy tender feet; double.
And, when I start, the envious people laugh, Sound, trumpets, alarum to the conibatants. And bid me be advised how I tread.
[They tight, an: Peter strikes him dozen. Ah, Humphrey, can I bear this shameful yoke? Arm. Hold, Peter, hold! I confess, I confess Trow'st'thou, that e'er l'll look upon the world; treason.
[Dics. 20 Or count them happy, that enjoy the sun? York. Take away his weapon :-Fellow, thank No; dark shall be my light, and night my day; God, and the good wine in thy master's way. To think upon my pomp, shall be my heli. Péter. O God! have I overcome inine enemy Sometime I'll say, I am duke Humphrey's wife; in this presence?
And he a prince, and ruler of the land:
K. Llenry. Go, take hence that traitor from our That he stood by, whilst I, his forlorn dutchess,
Hang over thee, as, sure, it shortly will. Come, fellow, follow us for thy reward. [Exeunt. For Suffolk,-he that can do all in all SCENE IV.
With her, that hateth thee, and hates us all, The Street.
And York, and impious Beaufort, that false priest, Enter Duke Humphrey, and his men, in mourning 35 Have all lim’d bushes to betray thy wings, cloaks,
And, fly thou how thou canst, they'll tangle thee; Glo. Thus, sometimes, hath the brightest day a But fear not thou, until thy foot be snar'd, And, after summer, evermore succeeds (cloud; Nor never seek prevention of thy foes. Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold: Glo. Ah, Nell, forbear; thou aimest all awry; So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet : 401 must offend, before I be attainted : Sirs, what's o'clock?
And had I twenty times so many foes, Sero. Ten, my lord.
And each of them had twenty times their power, Glo. Ten is the hour that was appointed me, All these could not procure me any scathe”, To watch the coming of my punish'd dutchess : So long as I am loyal, true, and crimeless. Uneath * may she endure the tiinty streets, 45 Would'st have merescue thee from this reproach? To tread them with her tender-feeling feet! Why, yet thy scandal were not wip'd away, Sweet Nell, ill can thy noble mind abrook But I in danger for the breach of law. The ahject people, gazing on thy face,
Thy greatest help is quiet, gentle Nell: With envious looks still laughing at thy shame; I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience; That erst did follow thy proud chariot-wheels, 50 These few-days' wonder will be quickly worn. When thou didst ride in triumph thro' the streets.
Enter a Herald. But, soft! I think, she comes; and I'll prepare Her. I summon your grace to his majesty's parMy tear-stain'd eyes to see her miseries. liament, holden at Bury the first of this next month. Enter the Dutchessinarchite sheet, her
gert bare, and Glo. And Iny consent ne'er ask'd herein before! a taper burning in her hand, with Sir John Stan-55 This is close dealing.–Well, I will be there. leij, a Sheri;f, und Officers.
[Erit Herald. Serv. So please your grace, we'll take her from My Nell, I take my leave:mand, master sheriff, the sheriit.
Let not her penanceexceed the king's commission, Glo. No, stir not for your lives; let her pass by. Sher. An't please your grace, here my comElean.Come you, my lord, to seeniyopenshame: 1601 mission stays:
Ascapart-the giant of the story-was a name familiar to our ancestors. The figures of these combatants are still preserved on the gates of Southampton. • According to the ancient usage of the duel, the vanquished person not only lost his life but his reputation, and his death was always regarded as a certain evidence of his guilt. "To fleet is to change. * Eath is the ancient word for ease. L'neuth, therefore, implies uneasily or painfully. Si. e. wrapped up in disgrace; alluding to the sheet of penance. Thinh st, ? Scuthe is larm or mischief.
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Only convey me where thou art commanded.
Sian. Why, madam, that is to the isle of Man;
. Must you, Sir John, protect my lady here? There to be us'd according to your state.
5 And shall I then be us'd reproachfully? lady,
You use her well: the world may laugh'again; According to that state you shall be us’d. o forget papildi
Elean. Sheriff, farewell, and better than I fare; ro'd wife, You do it her. And so, Sir John, tarewell. Although thou hast been conduct of my shame.
, gone, my lord; and bid me not 10 Sher. It is my office; and, madain, pardon ine.
Elean.Ay,ay, farewell; thy officeisdischarg'd.--
(Exit Gloster. Stan. Madam, your penance done, throw off
115 Eleun. My shaine will not be shifted with my people laugh , For none abides with me: my joy ism_death;
Death, at whose name I oft have been afear'd, No, it will hang upon my richest robes,
And shew itself, attire me how I can.
(Exeunt. i night my
By flattery hath he won the commons' hearts;
Ind, when he please to make commotion,
30 'Tis to be fear'd, they all will follow him.
The reverent care I bear unto my lord,
}35 Made ine collect these dangers in the duke.
2. Mar. Can you not see? or will you not ob Which fear if better reasons can supplant,
With what a majesty he bears himself; ted:
Mylordsofsuffolk,-Buckingham, -and York,
40 Reprove my allegation if you can;
I think, I should have told your grace's 'tale.
Yet, by reputing of his high descent,
50 ind such high vaunts of his nobility,
, note, that he is near you in descent; And in his simple shew he harbours treason.
, he is the next will mount. 55 The fox barks not, when he would steal the lanb.
No, no, my sovereign ; Gloster is a man
Devise strange deaths for small offences done?
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Levy great sums of money through the realm, Or any groat I hoarded to my use,
[Humphrey. 5 Have I disbursed to the garrisons, Which tiine will bring to light in simooth duke And never ask'd for restitution. K. Henry. My lords, at once: the care you have Car. It serves you well, iny lord, to say so much,
Glo. I say no more than truth, so help me God! Tomow down thorns, that would annoy our foot, York. In your protectorship, you did devise Is worthy praise: butshall I speak my conscience 10 Strange tortures for offenders, never heard of, Our kinsnian Gloster is as innocent
That England was defam'd by tyranny. From meaning treason to our royal person
Glo. Why, 'tis well known, that, whiles I was As is the sucking lamb, or harmless ilove;
protector, The duke is virtuous, mild; and too well giren, Pity was all the fault that was in me; To dream on evil, or to work my downfall. 15 For I should melt at an offender's tears, 2. Jar. Ah, what's more dangerous then this And lowly words were ransom for their fault: fond affiance !
Unless it were a bloody murderer,
I never gave them condign punishment:
Above the felon, or what trespass else.
answer'd: Hangs on the cutting short that fraudful man. But mightier crimes are laid unto your charge, Enter Somerset.
25 Whereof you cannot easily purge yourself. Som. All health unto my gracious sovereign! I do arrest you in his highness' name; X. Henry. Welcome, lord Somerset. What news And here commit you to my lord cardinal from France
To keep until your further time of trial. Som. That all your interest in those territories K.Hen. My lord of Gloster, 'tis my special hope, Is utterly bereft you; all is lost.
30 That you will clear yourself from all suspicion; K. Henry.Coldnews, lord Somerset: but God's My conscience tells me, you are innocent. [ous ! will be done!
[l'rance, Glo. Ah, gracious lord, these days are dangerYork. Cold news for me; for I had hope of Virtue is choak’d with foul ambition, As firmly as I hope for fertile England.
And charity chas'd bence by rancour's hand;
And equity exil'd your highness' land,
I kuow, their complot is to have my life;
And prove the period of their tyranny,
Will not conclude their plotted tragedy:
Glo. Well, Suffolk, yet thou shalt not see me Sharp Buckingham unburdens with his tongue
And dogged York, that reaches at the moon,
And, vith your best endeavour, have stirr'd up
And all to make away my guiltless life:
I shall not want false witness to condemn me,
' is quickly found to beat a dog,
Car. My liege, his railing is intolerable: Gear was a general word for things or matters. Easy here means sligh', incolisi lerable. 2. e. de.: es liege.
If those, that care to keep your royal person With sorrow snares relenting passengers ;
With shining checker'd slough, doth sting a child,
To rid us froin the fear we have of him.
Car. That he should die, is worthy policy;
Suf. But, in my mind, that were no policy:
Buck. He'll wrest the sense, and hold us here all 15 And yet we have but trivial argument,
Car.Sirs,take away the duke, and guard him sure. York. So that, by this, you would not have him
. Ah, thus king Henry throws away his crutch, Suf. Ah, York, no man alive so fain as I, [die.
York. 'Tis York that bath more reason for his
[Suffolk,And wolves are gnarling who shall gnaw
thee first. But, my lord cardinal, and you, my lord of Ah, that
my fear were talse! ah, that it were ! Say as you think, and speak it froin your souls,
[Exit guarded. To guard the chicken from a hungry kite,
2. Mar. So the poor chicken should be sure of
(then, 2. Mar. What, will your highness leave the Suf. Madam, 'tis true; And wer't not madness, parliament?
(with grief, To make the fox surveyor of the fold?
His guilt should be but idly posted over,
Because his purpose is not executed.
By nature prov'd an enemy to the flock,
map of honour, truth, and loyalty; 35 Before his chaps be stain'd with crimson blood;
, good Humphrey, is the hour to come, As Humphrey prov'd by reasons to my liege.
Sleeping, or waking, 'tis no matter how,
Which mates' hijn first, that first intends deceit.
2. Mar. Thrice-noble Suffolk, 'tis resolutely
Suf. Not resolute, except so much were done;
But, that my heart accordeth with my tongue,-
Ere you can take due orders for a priest :
Suf. Here is my hand, the deed is worthy doing.
2. Mar. And so say I.
. To mate is a term in chess, used when the king is stopped from moving, and an end put to