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Cade. And henceforward all things shall be in Kent' to maintain, the king, the realm, and you,
Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks, Enter a Messenger.
Because my book preferr'd me to the king: Niess. My lord, a prize, a prize! here's the lord And-seeing ignorance is the curse of God, Say, which sold the town in france; he that made 3 knowledge the wing wherewith welly to heaven,-us pay one-and-twenty fifteens, and one shilling Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirits, to the pound, the last subsidv.
You cannot bui forbear to murder me. Enter George Beris, rith the lord Sa?. This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten times. For your behoof,
[field? -Ah, thou say', thou serge, nay, thou buchram :0 Cade. Tut! when struck'st thou one blow in the Jord! now art thou within point-blank of our ju Say. Great men have reaching hands: oft have risdiction regal. What canst thou answer to my
I struck majesty, for giving up of Normandy unto monsieur Those that I never saw, and struck them dead. Basimecu, the Dauphin of France. Be it known Gcorge. O monstrous coward! what, to come unto thee by these presence, even the presence of 15
(vour good. lord Mortimer, that I am the besom that must Say. These checks are pale with watching for sweep the court clean of such filth as thou art. Cade. Give hiin a box o'the ear, and that will Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth
make 'em red again. of the realm, in erecting a grammar-school: and Say. Long sitting to determine poor men's causes whercas, before, our fore-fathers had no other 20 Hathi made me full of sickness and diseases. books but the score and the taily, thou hast caused Cade. Yeshall have a hempen caudle then, and printing' to be us'd; and, contrary to the king, the help of a hatchet. his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill
. Dich. Why dost thou quiver, man? It will be proved to thy face, that thou hast men Sayy. The palsy, and not fear, provokes me. about thee, that usually talk of a noun, and a verb) : 25 Cade. Nay, he nods at us; as who should say, and such aboninable words, as no christian ear can I'll be even with you. I'll see if his head will endure to hear. Thou hast appointed justices of stand steadier on a pole, or no: Take him away, peace, to call poor men before them about mat and behead him. fers they were not able to answer. Moreover, Say. Tell me, wherein have I offended most? thou hast put them in prison'; and, because they 30 Have I affected wealth, or honour? speak. could not read', thou hast hang'd them; when, Are my chests till d up with extorted gold? indeed, only for that cause they have been most Ils my apparel sumptuous to behold: worthy to live. Thou dost ride on a foot-cloth“, Whoin have I injur'd, that ye scek my death? dost thou not?
These lands are freefrom guiltiess blood-shedding, Say. What of that?
35 This breastfromharbouring foul deceitfulthoughits. Cude. Marry, thou ought'st not to let thy horse O, let me live! wear a cloak, when honester men than tiiou go Cade. I feel remorse in myself with his words: in their hose and doublets.
but I'll bridle it; he shall die, an it be but for Dick. And work in their shirt too; as myself, pleading so .well for his life. Away with himn! for example, that am a butcher.
40 he has a familiar under his tongue; he speaks Say. You men of Kent,
not o' God's name. Go, take him away, 1
say, Dick. What say you of Kent?
and strike oit bis head presently; and then break Suy. Nothing but this: "Tis bona terra, mala into his son-in-law's house, Sir James Cromer,
Cade. Away with him, away with him! he and strike off his head, and bring them both upon speaks Latin.
(will. 451wo poles lither. Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where you All. It shall be done.
[prayers, Kent, in the Commentaries Cæsar writ,
Say. Ah, countrymen ! if when you make your Is term’d the civil'st place of all this isle: God should be so obdurate as yourselves, Sweet is the country, because full of riches; How would it fare with your departed souls ? The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy; 150 and therefore yet relent, and save my life. Which makes me hope you are not void of pity. Cade. Away with him, and do as I command ye. I soid not Maine, I lost not Normandy;
[Exeunt some, teith lord Suy. Yet, to recover them, would lose my life. The proudest peer of the realm shall not wear a Justice with favour have I always done; (never. head on his shoulders, unless be pay me tribute; Prayers and tears have snovid me, gifts could 35 there shall not a maid be married, but she shall pay When have I aught exacted at your hands? llo me her maidenhead' ere they have it: Men
Say was the old word for silk; on this depends the series of degradation, from say to serge, from Serge to buckram.
Shakspeare is a little too early with this accusation. * That is, they were tanged because they could not claim the benefit of clergy. ,. * A foolcloth was a horse with housings which reached as low as his feet.
Dr. Johnson is inclined to think that Kent slipped into this passage by chance, and would read: “When have I aught exacted at your hand, But to maintain the king, the realm, and you” Mr. Steevens proposes to read, “ Bent to maintain," &c. i. e. sirenuously resolved to the utmost, to, &c. • A familiar is a dæmon who was supposed to attend at call. . | Alluding to an ancient usage during the existence of the feudal tenures.
shall hold of me in capite ; and we charge and Will he conduct you through the heart of France,
Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to;
. My lord, when shall we go to Cheapside, Nor knows he how to live, but by the spoil,
Wert not a shame, that, whilst you live at jar,
The fearful French, whom you
should make a start o'er seas, and vanquish you?
God on our side, doubt not of victory,
All. A Clifford! a Clifford! we'll follow the
king, and Clifford.
201 Cude. Was ever feather so lightly blown to Alarum, and retreat. Enter again Cade, and all and fro, as this multitude? The name of Henry his rabblement.
the fifth hales them to an hundred mischiefs, and Cade. l'p Fishi-street! down Saint Magnus makesthem leave medesolate. I see them lay their comer! kill and knock down! throw them into heads together, to surprize me: my sword make Thames!
[.4 parley sounded. 25 way for me, for here is no staying:- In despight What noise is this I hear? Dare any be so boldl of the devils and hell, have through the very midst to sound retrcat and parley, when I command of you! and heavens and honour be witness, that them kill?
no want of resolution in me, but only my folEnter Buckingham, and old Clifford, attended. lowers' base and ignominious treasons, makes me Buck. Ay, here they be that dare, and will 30 betake me to my heels
Buck. What, is he fled? go some, and follow him;
[Exeunt some of them.
35 Follow me, soldiers; we'll devise a mean
all unto the king, [Ereunt.
Kenel vorth Castle.
garét, and Somerset, on the Terras.
K. Henry. Was ever king, that joy'd an earthly
And could command no more content than I?
Expect your highness' doom, of life or death.
A pun, perhaps alluding to the brown bills, or halberds, with which the commons were anciently
This fact is recorded by Holinshed, p. 634 ; " and as it were in a spite caused them in
Shake he his
Soldiers, this day have you redeem'd your lives, drink in; and now the word sallet must serve me And shew'd how well you love your prince and
to feed on. country:
Enter Iden, with Serrants. Continue still in this so good a mind,
Iden. Lord, who would live turmoiled in the And Henry, though he be unfortunate, 5 And may enjoy such quiet walks as these? (court, Assure yourselves, will never be unkind: This small inheritance, my father left me, And so, with thanks, and pardon to you all, Contenteth me, and 's worth a monarchy. I do dismiss you to your several countries. I seek not to wax great by others' waining; All. God save the king! God save the king ! Or gather wealth, I care not with what envy; Enter a Messenger.
10 Sulliceth, that I have maintains my state, Nes. Please it your grace to be advertised, And sends the poor well pleased from my gate. The duke of York is newly come from Ireland; Cade. Here's the lord of the soil come to seize And with a puissant and a mighty power, me for a stray, for entering his fee-sinple without Of Gallow-glasses, and stout Kernes',
leave. Ah, villain, thou wilt betray me, and get a Is marching hitherward in proud array ; 15 thousand crowns of the king for carrying my head And still proclaimeth, as he comes along, to him; but I'll make thee eat iron like an osHis arms are only to remove from thee
tridge, and swallow my sword like a great pin, The duke of Somerset, whom he terms a traitor. ere thou and I part. K. Henry. Thus stands my state, 'twixt Cade Iden. Why, rude companion, whatsoe'er thou be, and York distress'd;
20 I know thee not; Why then should I betray thee? Like to a ship, that, having 'scap'd a tempest, Is’t not enough, to break into my garden, Is straightway calm'd, and boarded with a pirate: And, like a thief, to come to rob my grounds, But now is Cade driven back, his men dispers'd; Climbing my walls in spight of me the owner, And now is York in arms, to second him. But thou wilt brave me with these saucy terms ? I pray thee, Buckingham, go and meet him; 251 Cade. Brave thee? ay, by the best blood that And ask him, what's the reason of these arms. ever was broach'd, and beard thee too. Look on Tell hiin, I'll send duke Edmund to the Tower: me well: I have eat no meat these five days; And, Somerset, we will comunit thee thither, yet, come thou and thy five men, and if I do not Until his army be dismiss'd from him.
you all as dead as a door-nail, I pray God, Som. My lord,
301 may never eat grass more. I'll yield myself to prison willingly,
Idén. Nay, it shall ne'er be said, while England Or únto death, to do my country good.
stands, K. Hen. In any case be not too rough in terms; That Alexander Iden, an esquire of Kent, For he is fierce, and cannot brook hard language. Took odds to combat a poor famish'd man.
Buck. I will, my lord; and doubt not so to deal, 35 Oppose thy stedfast-gazing eyes to mine, As all things shall redound unto your good. See if thou canst out-face me with thy looks. K. Henry. Come, wife, let's in, and learn to Set limb to limb, and thou art far the lesser: govern better;
Thy hand is but a finger to my fist; For yet may England curse my wretched reign. Thy leg a stick, compared with this truncheon;
[Excunt. 40 My foot shall fight with all the strength thou hast; SCEN E X.
And if mine arm be heaved in the air,
Thy grave is digg'd already in the earth.
As for more words, whose greatness answers words,
Let this my sword report what speech forbears'. Cade. Fie on ambition ! fie on myself ; that 45 Cade. By my valour, the most complete chamhave a sword, and yet ain ready to famish! These pion that ever I heard. — Steel, if tbou turn the five days have I hid me in these woods; and durst edge,or cut not out the burly-bon'd clown in chines not peep out, for all the country is lay'd for me; of beef ere thou sleep in thy sheath, I beseech Jove but now am I so hungry, that if I might have a on my knees, thou may'st be turn'd to hobnails. lease of my life for a thousand years, I could stay 50
[Here they fight. no longer. Wherefore, on a brick-wall have i 0, I am slain ! fainine, and no other, bath slain climb'd into this garden; to see if I can eat grass, me: let ten thousand devils come against me, and or pick a sallet another while, which is not an iss give me but the ten meals I have lost, and I'd defy to cool a man's stomach this hot weather. And, I them all. Wither, garden; and be henceforth think, this word sallet was born to do me good:55 a burying-place to all that do dwell in this house, for, many a time, but for a sallet?, my brain-pan because the unconquer'd soul of Cade is fled. had becń cleft with a brown bill; and, miany a Iden. Is't Cade that I have slain, that monstrous time, when I have been dry, and bravely march
traitor? ing, it hath serv'd me instead of a quart-pot to Sword, I will hallow thee for this thy deed, Gallow glasses and Kernes were two orders of foot soldiers among the Irish.
2 A sallet, by corruption from cæleta, a helmet, (says Skinner,) quia galea cælatæ fuerunt.
3 That is, As for more words, whose pomp may answer words, and only words, I shall forbear them, and refer the rest to my suord.
ust setse meg
noiled in the
And hang thee o'er my tomb, when I am Ickn. How much thou wrong'st me, heaven dead':
be my judge.
[thee! Ne'er shall this blood be wiped from thy point ; Die, damned wretch, the curse of her that bare But thou shalt wear it as a herald's coat,
And as I thrust thy body in with my sword,
Cade. Iden, farewell; and be proud of thy vic llence will I drag thee headlong by the beels
[Dies.110 Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon. (Exit.
Seditious to his grace, and to the state.
Buck. That is too much presumption on thy part:
But if thy arms be to no other end,
York, at a distance from his followers. The duke of Somerset is in the Tower. FROM Ireland thus coines York, to claim his York. Upon thine honour, is he prisoner? right,
Buck. Upon mine honour, he is prisoner.
30 Command my eldest son,---nay, all niy sons,
l'll send them all as willing as I live;
Is his to use, so Somerset may die.
go into his highness' tent.
greeting. K. Henry. Buckingham, doth York intend no York Humphrey of Buckinghamı, 1 accept thy
harm to us, Art thou a messenger, or come of pleasure?
40 That thus be marcheth with thee arm in arm? Buck. A messenger from Henry, our dread liege, York. In all submission and humility, To know the reason of these arms in peace;
York doth present himself unto your highness. Or why, thou-being a subject as I am,
K. Henry, Then what intend these forces thou
Enter Iden, with Cude's head.
Iden. If one so rude, and of so mean condition,
50 May pass into the presence of a king,
The head of Cade, whom I in combat slew,
liow just art thou !
That living wrought me such exceeding trouble.
Iden. I was, an't like your majesty [degree? The cause why I have brought this army hither, K. Henry. How art thou call'd, and what is thy Is to remove proud Somerset from the king, '1001 Iden. Alexander Iden, that's
my name; "I will make a votive offering of thee, and for that purpose hang thee over the tomb in which I purpose to have my body laid, when I ain dead. ? That is, balance my hand,
e earth. answers works
, och forbears! omplete chan
thou tum the clown in chines I beseech for to hobnak Tere they tells er, hath a gainst me, and 1, and I'd der De hencetoni
in this house ade is dieu. at monstros
A poor esquire of Kent, that loves the king. York. We thank thee, Clifford : Say, what
news with thee?
5 For thy muistaking so, we pardon thee.
To Bedlam with hiin! is the man grown mad?
K. Henry. Ay,Clifford; a bedlam and ambitious
Makes him oppose himself against his king.
Enter Queen Margaret, and Somerset. And crop away that factious pate of his.
15[lis sons, he says, shall give their words for him,
York. Will you not, sons?
201 Clif. Why, what a brood of traitors have we
That, with the very shaking of their chains,
If thou dar'st bring them to the baiting-place.
R. Plan.Oft have I seen a hot o'er-weening cur
Som. O monstrous traitor!--I arrest thee, York, And such a piece of service will you do,
you oppose yourselves to match lord Warwick. Obey, audacious traitor; kneel for grace. Clif. Hence, heap of wrath, foul indigested lump, York. Sirralı, call in my sons to be my bail. As crooked in thy manners as thy shape!
[Erit an Attendunt. 40 York. Nay, we shall heat you thorougly anon, Wouldst have ine kneel? first let me ask of these, Clif. Take heed, lest by your heat you burn If they can brook I bow a knee to man.
(to bow?I know, ere they will let me go to ward,
K. Henry. Why, Warwick, hath thy knee forgot They'llpawn theirswords for my enfranchisement. Old Salisbury,-shame to thy silver hair, 2. Niar. Call hither Clifford; bid him come t3 Thou mad mis-leader of thy brain-sick son! amain,
What, wilt thou on thy death-bed play the rufian,
And seck for sorrow with thy spectacles?--
York. O blood-bespotted Neapolitan, If it be banish'd from the frosty head,
Or wherefore dost abuse it, if thou hast it?
155 for shame! in duty bend thay knee to me, See, where they come; I'll warrant, they'll make
That bows unto the grave with mickle age.
Sal. My lord, I have consider'd with myself
The title of this most renowned duke;
60 The rightful heir to England's royal seat. (me?
[Kneels. Sal, I have.