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Car. If thou be'st death, I'll give thee England's lonough to purchasesuch another island, treasure, So thou wilt let me live, and feel no pain. K. Henry. Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, When death's approach is seen so terrible ! If ar. Beaufort, it is thy sovereign speaks to thee. Car. Bring me unto my trial when you will. Dy'd he not in his bed; where should he die? Can I make men live, whe'r they will or no?— Oh! torture me no more, I will confess.-Alive again? then shew me where he is: H'll give a thousand pound to look upon him.— He §. no eyes, the dust hath blinded them.— Comb down his hair; look! look! it stands upright,
Give me some drink; and bid the apothecary Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.
A. Henry. Othou cternal Mover of the heavens,
Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch!
111. Sal. Dío, him not, let him pass peaceably. A. Henry. Peace to his soul, if God's good pleasure be 1– Lord cardinal, if thou think'st on heaven's bliss, Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope;— He dies, and makes no sign:—O God, forgive hin' Is ar. So bad a death argues a monstrous life. K. Henry. Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.— Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close: And let us all to meditation. LE. cunt.
*ā o o prisoners. d Cup. IE gaudy, blabbing', and remorsep T so day 8 Is crept into the bosom of the sea; And now loud-howling wolves arouse the jades That drag the tragic melancholy night; Who with their drowsy, slow, and figging wings Clip dead men's graves, and from their misty jaws Breathe foul contagious darkness in the air. Therefore bring forth the soldiers of our prize; For, whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs, Here shall they make their ransom on the sand, Or with their blood stain this discolour'd shore.— Master, this prisoner freely give I thee;— And thou that art his mate, make boot of this;– The other, Walter Whitmore, is thy share. [Pointing to Suffolk. 1 Gent. What is my ransom, master let me know. [head.
Mast. A thousand crowns, or else lay down your|5
Mate. And so much shall you give, or off goes souts. [sand crowns, Whit. W. think you much to pay two thouAnd bear the name and port of gentlemen?— Cut both the villains' throats;–for die you shall; Nor can those lives which we have lost in fight, Be counterpois'd with such a petty sum. [life. 1 Gent. I'll give it, sir; and therefore spare my 2 Gent. And so will I, and write home for it straight.
55'The honourable blood of
II hit. I lost mine eyein laying the prizeaboard, And therefore, to revenge it, shalt thou die; [To Suffolk. And so should these, if I might have my will. Cup. Be not so rash; take ransom, let him live. Suf. Look on my George, I am a gentleman; Rate me at what thou wilt, thou shalt be paid.— h'hit. And so am I; my name is Walter Whitmore
Suf. Thy name affrights me, in whose sound is A cunning man did . my birth, And told me—that by Mater I should die: Yet let not this make thee be bloody-minded; Thy name is—Gualtier, being rightly sounded.
ls hit. Gualtier, or //alter, which it is, I care not: Ne'er yet did base dishonour blur our name, But with our sword we wip'd away the blot; Therefore, when inerchant-like I sell revenge, Broke be my sword, my arms torn and detac'd, And I proclaim’d a coward through the world :
Suf. Stay, Whitmore; forthy prisoner is a prince, The duke of Suffolk, Willian de la Pole. Ishit. The duke of Suffolk, musiled up in rags! Suf. Ay, but these rags are no part of the duke; Jove souletime went disguis'd, and why not I : Cap. But Jove was never slain, as thou shalt be. Suf. Obscure and lowly swain, king Henry's ancaster, [blood, Must not be shed by such a jaded groom. Hast thounot kiss'd thy hand, and held mystirrup? And bare-head plodded by my foot-cloth mule, And thought thee happy when I shook my head
scene of the first act of this play.
How often hast thou waited at my cup,
* The epithet blabbing, applied to the day by a man about to commit murder, is exquisitely beautGuilt is afraid of light, considers darkness as a natural shelter, and makes night the confidante of those actions which cannot be trusted to the tell-tale day.
: Remorseful is pitiful. "See the fourth
Fed from my trencher, kneel'd down at the board,
Drones suck not eagles' blood, but rob bee-hives.
* Meaning, pride assumed before its time.
* To affy is to betroth in marriage. did not anciently signify, as at present, a man of war's boat, but a ship of small burthen.
It is impossible that I should die
Suf. That this my death may never be forgot!— Great men oft die by vile bezonians": A Roman sworder and banditto slave" Murder'd sweet Tully; Brutus' bastard hand” Stabb’d Julius Caesar; savage islanders, Pompey the great"; and Suffolk dies } pirates.
[Erit halter Whitmore, with Suffolk.
Cap. And as for these whoseransom we have set, It is our pleasure one of them depart:— Therefore come you with us, and let him go. [Erit Captain, with all but the first Gentleman.
50 of a lath; they have been up these two days.
Hol.They have the more need to sleep now then.
Bevis. I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new map upon it.
Hol. So he had need, for’tis thread-bare. Well, I say, it was never merry world in England, since
gentlemen came up.
Bargulus is to be met with in Tully's Offices; and the legend is the famous Theopompus's History.
“ Bargulus Illyrius latro, de quo est apud Theopompum, magnas - - “ i.e. Herennius a centurion, and Popilius Laenas, tribune of the soldiers.
* Brutus was the son of Servilia, a Roman lady, who had been concubine to Julius Caesar. poet seems to have confounded the story of Pompey with some other, * *
Bevis. O miserable age Virtue is not regarded in handycrafts-men. Hol. The nobility think scorn to go in leather aprons. Beris. Nay more, the king's council are no good workmen. Hol. True; And yet it is said, Labour in thy vocation: which is as much to say as, let the magistrates be labouring men; and therefore should we be imagistrates. Bevis. Thou hast hit it: for there's no better sign of a brave mind, than a hard hand. Hol. I see them I see them There's Best's son, the tanner of Wingham. Bevis. He shall have the skins of our enemies, to make dog's leather of. Hol. And Dick the butcher, * Bevis. Then is sin struck down like an ox, and iniquity's throat cut like a calf. ol. 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 wearer, and a sawyer, with infinite numbers.
Cade. We John Cade, so term'd of our sup-25
5 [...? go to grass. And, when
seven half-penny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hoop'd pot shall 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 | an king (as ing I will be) All. God save your majesty! Cade. I thank you, good people:—There shall be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score;
10|and I will apparel them all in one livery, that they
ick. The first thing we do, let's kill all the
rers. Cade. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man 2 Some say, the bee stings: but I say, 'tis the bee's wax ; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was How now who's
o agree like brothers, and worship me their lord. lawy
there 2 Enter some, bringing in the Clerk of Chatham. Smith. The clerk of Chatham: he can write and read, and cast accompt.
Cade. O monstrous! Smith. We took him setting of boys copies. Cade. Here's a villain Smith. H'as a book in his pocket, with red letters in't.
Cade. Nay, then he is 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
35 shall not die.—Come hither, sirrah, I must exa
bricklayer. [Aside. Cade. My mother a Plantagenet,_ Dick. I knew her well,she was a midwife.[Aside. Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies, Dick. She was, indeed, a pedlar's daughter, and sold many laces. - Aside. Smith. But, now of late, not able to travel with her furr'd pack’, she washes bucks here at home. [Aside. 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. [-4side. Cade. Valiant I am. Smith. 'A must needs; for beggary is valiant.
Cade. I am able to endure much. Dick. No question of that; for I have seen him whipp'd three market-days together. [Aside. Cade. I fear neither sword nor fire. South. He need not fear the sword, for his coat
thy name? or hast thou a mark to thyself, like an honest plain-dealing man?
§. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well brought up, that I can write my name.
} He hath confess'd : 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.
LErit one with the Ckrk.
Mich. Where's our general Cade. Here I am, thou particular fellow. Mich. Fly, fly, fly! Sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother are hard by, with the king's forces.
is of proof. [Aside. Dick. But, methinks, he should stand in fear of fire, being so often burnt i' the hand for stealing of sheep. [Aside. Cade. Be brave then; for your captain is brave,
and vows reformation. There shall be, in England,
* That is, a barrel of herrings. Perhaps the word keg, which is now used, is cad- corrupted.
alludes to his mame Cade, from cado, ward.
Cade. Stand, villain, stand, 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
Cade. To equal him, I will make myself a knight presently; Rise up Sir John Mortimer.
* He * A wallet or knapsack of skin with the hair out
Now have at him. Is there any more of them
Married the duke of Clarence' daughter; Did he t
Staf. Ay, sir. Cade. By her he had two children at one birth. Y. Staf. That's false. [true: Cade. Ay, there's the question; but, I say, 'tis The elder of them, being put to nurse, Was by a beggar-woman stol’n 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. [king. Dick, Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be Smith. 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 basedrudge's words, That speaks he knows not what? All Ay, marry, will we; therefore get you gone. Y. Staff. Jack Cade, the duke of York hath taught you this. ade. He lies, for I invented it myself. [Mside. Goto, sirrah, Tell the king from me, that—for his
father's sake, Henry the fifth, in whose time boys 4:
went to span-counter for French crowns,—I am foot he shall reigh; but I'll be protector over Inn. 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 É. go with a staff, but that my puissance holds it up. Fellow kings, I tell you, that that lord Say hath gelded the common-wealth, and made it an eunuch: and more than that,he can speak French, and therefore he is a traitor. Staf Q 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 an enemy, be a good counsellor, or no?
Y. Staf. Well, seeing gentle words will not preAssail them with the army of the king. [vail, Staf. Herald away; and, throughout every town, Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade; That those, which fly before the battle ends, May, even in their wives' and children's sight, Be hang'd up for example at their doors:And you, that be the king's friends, follow me. [Ereunt the two Staffords, with their train. Cade. And you, that love the commons, follow me.— Now shew yourselves men, 'tis for liberty. We will not leave one lord, one gentleman: Spare none, but such as go in clouted shoon; For they are thrifty honest men, and such As would (but that they dare not) take our parts. Dick. They are allinorder, and march toward us. Cade. But then are we in order, when we are most out of order. Come, march forward. [Ereunt.
h S i. E } E ". Another part of the Field. The parties fight, and P". the Staffords ... Jight, Re-enter Cade, and the rest. Cade. Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford : Dick. Here, sir. Çade. They fell before thee like sheep and oxen, and thou behav'dst thyself as if thou hadst been in thine own slaughterhouse: therefore thus I will reward thee,_The Lent shall be as long again as it is; and thou shalt have a licence to kill for a hundred lacking one. Dick. I desire no more. Cade. And, to speak truth, thou deserv'st no less. This monument of the victory’ will I bear; and the bodies shall be dragged at my horse' heels, 'till I do come to London, where we will have the mayor's sword borne before us. Dick. If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the gaols, and let out the prisoners. Cade. Fear not that, I warrant thee. let's march towards London.
S C E N E IV. Black-Heath. Enter King Henry with a supplication, and Queen Margaret with Suffolk's head; the Duke of Buckingham, and the Lord Say. 2. Mar. Oft have I heard—that grief softens the mind, And makes it fearful and degenerate; Think therefore on revenge, and cease to weep. But who can cease to weep, and look on this? Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast: But where's the body that I should embrace? Buck. What answer makes your grace to the rebels' supplication? K. Henry. I'll send some holy bish For God forbid, so many simple souss Should perish by the sword ' And I myself,
All. No, no; and therefore we'll have his head.
i. e. I pay them no regard. l
Rather than bloody war should cut them short, Will parley with Jack Cade their general.—
o * Here Cade must be supposed to take off Stafford's armour.
But stay, I'll read it over once again. [face
2. Mar. Ah! were the duke of Suffolk now alive,
These Kentish rebels should be soon appeas'd.
Scales. How now? Is Jack Cade slain?
1 Cit. No, my lord, nor likely to be slain; 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. [mand;
Scales. Such aid as I can spare, you shall coinBut I am troubled here with them myself, The rebels have assay’d to win the Tower. But get you into Smithfield, f. head, And thither will I send you Matthew Gough'. Fight for your king, your country, and your lives; And so farewell, for I must hence again, LEreant.
S C E N E VI. Cannon-Street,
Enter Jack Cade and the rest. He strikes his staff - on London-stone. Cade. Now is Mortimer lord of this city. And here, sitting upon London-stone, I charge and command, that, of the city's cost, the pissingconduit run nothing but claret wine the first year of our reign. And now, henceforward, it shall be treason for any that calls me other than– Lord Mortimer. Euter a Soldier running. Sol. Jack Cade Jack Cade 1 Cade. Knock him down there. [They kill him. Smith. If this fellow be wise, he'll never call you Jack Cade more; I think, he hath a very fair warning. Dick. My lord, there's an army gather'd together in Sinithfield. Cade. Coine 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. Colne, let's away. [Eacutt,
Alarum. Enter Jack Cade with his company. They Jight with the King's forces, and Matthew Gough is slain. Cade. So, sirs:—Now go some and pull down the Savoy; others to the inns of court; down with them all. 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 your mouth. John. Mass, 'twill be sore law then; for he was thrust in the mouth with a spear, and 'tis not whole yet. [Aside, Smith. Nay, John, it will bestinking law; for his breath stinks with eating toasted cheese. [Aside. Cade, I have thought upon it, it shall be so. 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, unless his teeth be pull'd out. [Aside.
* According to Holinshed, Matthew Gough was “a man of great wit and much experience in seats of chivalrie, the which in continuall warres had spent his time in service of the king and his