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And yet, in substance and authority,

To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists Retain but privilege of a private man?

By reason of his adversary's odds:
This profler is absurb and reasonless..

A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds:
Chur. "Tis known, already, that I am possess'd And therefore may be broke without offence.
With more than half the Gallian territories,

Glo. Why, what, I pray, is Margaret more than And therein reverenced for their lawful king:

that? Shall I, for lucre of the rest unvanquish'd,

Her father is no better than an earl, Detract so much from that prerogative,

Although in glorious titles he exces. As to be called but viceroy of the whole ?

Suf. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king, No, lord ambassador; I'll rather keep

The king of Naples, and Jerusalem; That which I have, than, coveting for more,

And of such great authority in France, Be cast from possibility of all.

As his alliance will confirm our peace, York. Insuliing Charles! hast thou by secret means And keep the Frenchinen in allegiancé. Used intercession to obtain a league;

Glo. And so the earl of Armagnac may do, And, now the matter grows to compromise, Because he is near kinsman unto Charles. Stand'st thou aloof upon coin parison?

Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal Either accept the title thou usurp'st,

dower; Of benefit proceeding from our king,

While Reignier sooner will receive, than give. And not of any challenge of desert,

Suf. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your Or we will plague thee with incessant wars.

king, Reig. My lord, you do not well in obstinacy

That he should be so abject, base, and poor, To cavil in the course of this contract:

To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love. If once it be neglected, ten to one,

Henry is able to enrich his queen, We shall not find like opportunity.

And not to seek a queen to inake him rich: Alen. To say the truth, it is your policy,

So worthless peasants bargain for their wives, To save your subjects from such massacre,

As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse. And ruthless slaughters, as are daily seen

Marriage is a matter of more worth, By our proceeding in hostility:

Than to be dealt in by attorneyship; And therefore take this compact of a truce,

Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects, Although you break it when your pleasure serves. Must be companion of his nuptial bed;

[Asile to CHARLES. And therefore, lords, since he affects her most, War. How say'st thou, Charles? shall our con- It most of all these reasons bindeth us, dition stand?

In our opinions she should be preferr'd. Char. It shall:

For what is wedlock forced, but a hell, Only reserv’d, you claim no interest

An age of discord and continual strife?
In any of our towns of garrison.

Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
York. Then swear allegiance to his majesty; And is a pattern of celestial peace.
As thou art knight, never to disobey,

Whom should we match with Henry, being a king, Nor be rebellious to the crown of England,

But Margaret, that is daughter to a king? Thou nor thy nobles, to the crown of England.- Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,

(CHARLES, and the rest, give tokens of fealty. Approves her fit for none, but for a king; So, now dismiss your army when you please;

Her valiant courage, and undaunted spirit, Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still, (More than in women commonly is seen,) For here we entertain'a solemn peace. (E.ceunt. Will answer our hope in issue of a king;

For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
SCENE V.-London. A Room in the Palace. Is likely to beget more conquerors,

If with a lady of so high resolve,
Enter KING HENRY in conference with SUFFOLK; As is lair Margaret, he be link'd in love.
GLOSTER, and EXETER, following:

Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me, K. Hen. Your wond'rous rare description, noble That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she. earl,

K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your Of beauteous Margaret hath astonish'd me:

report, Her virtues, graced with external gifts,

My noble lord of Suffolk; or for that Do breed love's settled passions in my heart: My tender youth was never yet attaint And like as rigor in tempestuous gusts

With any passion of inflaming love, Provokes the mightiest hulk against the tide;

I cannot tell; but this I am assured, So am I driven, by breath of her renown,

I feel such sharp dissension in my breast, Either to suffer shipwreck, or arrive

Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, Where I may have fruition of her love.

As I am sick with working of my thoughts. Suf. Tush! my good lord! this superficial tale Take, therefore, shipping; post, my lord, to France; Is but a prerace of her worthy praise:

Agree to any covenants; and procure The chief perfections of that lovely dame,

That lady Margaret do vouchsafe to come (Had I suflicient skill to utter them.)

To cross the seas to England, and be crown'd Would make a volume of enticing lines,

King llenry's faithful and annointed qucen; Able to ravish any dull conceit.

For your expenses and suilicient charge, And, which is more, she is not so divine,

Among the people gather up a tenth. So full replete with choice of ail delights,

Begone, I say; for, till you do return, But, with as humble lowliness of mind,

I rest perplexed with a thousand She is content to be at your command;

And you, good uncie, banish all offence; Command, I mean, of virtuous, chaste intents,

If you do censure' me by what you were, To love and honor Henry as her lord.

Not what you are, I know it will excuse K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume. This sudden execution of my will, Therefore, my lord protector, give consent,

And so conduct me, where trom company, That Margaret may be England's royal queen.

I may resolve and ruminate my griet. [Eril. Glo. So should I give consent to tatter sin.

Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last. You know, my lord, your highness is betroth'd

(Exeunt GLOSTER, and EXETER. Unto another lady of esteem;

Suf. Thus Suffolk hath prevaild: and thus he How shall we then dispense with that contract,

goes, And not detace your honor with reproach?

As did the youthful Paris once to Greece; Suf. As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths; With hope to find the like event in love, Or one, that, at a triumph' having vow'd

But prosper better than the Trojan did.

Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king; "Re content to live as the beneficiary of our king." But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. "A triumph then signified a public exhibition ; such

(Exit as a mask, or revel.

2 Judge.






HOME and SOUTHWELL, two Priests. HUMPHREY, Duke of Gloster, his Uncle.

BOLINGBROKE, a Conjurer. CARDINAL BEAUFORT, Bishop of Winchester, great A Spirit raised by him. Uncle to the King.


PETER, his Man. EDWARD and RICHARD, his Sons.

Clerk of Chatham. DUKE OF SOMERSET,

Mayor of Saint Alban's.

SIMPCOX, an Impostor.
DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, of the King's Party. Two Murderers.

JACK CADE, a Rebel.
Young CLIFFORD, his Son,)

GEORGE, JOHN, Dick, Smith the Weaver, MiE deL OF SALISHTRY; } of the York Faction.

CHAEL, &c., his Followers.

ALEXANDER IDex, a Kentish Gentleman.
LORD SCALES, Governor of the Tower.

MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.

ELEANOR, Duchess of Gloster. SiR JOHN STANLEY.


Wife to Simpcox.
A Sea-Captain, Master, and Master's Mate, and

Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Petitioners, Alder. Tuy Gentlemen, Prisoners with Suffolk.

men, a Beadle, Sheriff, and Officers; Citizens, A Herald.

Prentices, Falconers, Guards, Soldiers, Messen. VAUX.

gers, 8:C.
SCENE, dispersedly in various Parts of England.


SCENE 1.-London. A Room of State in the I can express no kinder sign of love,

Than this kind kiss.-O Lord, that lends me life,

Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! Flourish of Trumpets; then Hautboys. Enter, on

For thou hast given me, in this beauteous lace, one side, King HENRY, DUKE OF GLOSTER, SALIS

A world of earthly blessings to my soul, BURY, WARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT; on

If sympathy of love unite our thoughts. the other, QUEEN MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK;

Q. nar. Great king of England, and my graYORK, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others, fol

cious lord; lowing.

The mutual conference that my mind hath had Suf. As by your high imperial majesty

By day, by night, waking, and in my dreams; I had in charge, at my depart for France,

In courtly company, or at my beadsAs procurator to your excellence,

With you, mine alder-liefest' sovereign, To marry princess Margaret for your grace;

Makes me the bolder to salute my king So in the famous ancient city, Tours,

With ruder terms; such as my wit affords, In presence of the kings of France and Sicil,

And over-joy of heart doth minister. The dukes ot Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, Alençon,

K. Hen. Her sight did ravish: but her grace in Seven earls, twelve barons, twenty reverend bi

speech, shops,

Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty, I have perforu'd my task, and was espous’d:

Makes me, from wondering, fall to weeping joys; And humbly now upon my bended knee,

Such is the fulness of my heart's content.In sight of England, and her lordly peers,

Lords, with one cheerful voice welcome my love. Deliver up my title in the queen

All. Long live queen Margaret, England's hapTo your inost gracious hands, that are the sub

Q. Mar. We thank you all.

(Flourish. stance Of that great shadow I did represent;

Šuf. My lord protector, so it please your grace, The happiest gitt that ever marquess gave,

Here are the articles of contracted peace, The fairest queen that ever king receiv'd.

Between our sovereign and the French king Charles, K. llen. Surtolk, arise.-Welcome, queen Mar

For eighteen months, concluded by consent. garet :

1 Beloved above all things.

Glo. [Reads.) Imprimis, It is agreed, between the That dims the honor of this warlike isle! French king, Charles, and William de la Poule, France should have torn and rent my very heart, marquess of Suffolk, ambassador for Henry, king Betore I would have yielded to this league. of England, -that the said Henry sha!! espouse the I never read but England's kings have had ludy Margaret, daughter unto Reignier, king of Large sums of gold, and dowries, with their wives: Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem; and crown her And our king Henry gives away his own, queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next To match with her that brings no vantages. ensuing. ---Item.-That the duchy of Anjou, and Glo. A proper jest, and never heard before, the county of Maine, shull be released and delivered That Sulolk should demand a whole tifteenth, to the king, her futher

For cost and charges in transporting her! K. Hen. Uncle, how now?

She should have staid in France, and starv'd in Gla. Pardon me, gracious lord;

France, Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart, Before And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further. Car. My lord of Gloster, now you grow too hot:

K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray read on. It was the pleasure of my lord the king.

Car. Item,-It is further agreed between them,- Glo. My lord of Winchester, I know your mind; that the duchies of Anjou und Maine shall be re- | 'Tis not my speeches that you do mislite, leased and delivered over to the king, her father; But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you. and she sent over of the king of Englanits own Rancor will out: Proud prelate, in thy face proper cost and charges, without having dowry. I see thy fury: if I longer stay, k. Hen. They please us well.-Lord marquess, We shall begin our ancient bickerings.kneel down;

Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone, We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, I prophesied-France will be lost ere long. (Exit. And girt thee with the sword.

Car. So, there goes our protector in a rage.
Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace 'Tis known to you, he is mine enemy:
From being regent in the parts of France,

Nay, more, an enemy unto you all:
Till term of righteen monins be full expir'd.- And no great friend, I fear me, to the king.
Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloster, York, and Consider, lords, he is the next of blood,

And heir apparent to the English crown;
Somerset, Salisbury, and Warwick;

Had Henry got an empire by his marriage, We thank you all for this great favor done,

And all the wealthy kingdoms of the west, In entertainment to my princely queen.

There's reason he should be displeas'd at it. Come, let us in, and with all speed provide Look to it, lords ! let not his smoothing words To see her coronation be perform'd.

Bewitch your hearts; be wise and circumspect. Exeunt King, QUEEN, and SUFFOLK. What though the common people favor him, Glo. Brave peers of England, pillars of the state, Calling him-Humphrey, the good duke of Gloster; To you duke Humphrey must unload his grief, Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voiceYour griet, the common grief of all the land. Jesu muintain your royal excellence! What! did my brother llenry spend his youth With--God preserve the good duke Humphrey! His valor, coin, and people in the wars?

I fear me, lords, for all this lattering gloss, Did he soorten lodge in open field,

He will be found a dangerous protector. In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat, Buck. Why should he then protect our sovereign, To conquer France, his true inheritance?

He being of age to govern of himseli? And did my brother Bedford toil his wits,

Cousin of Somerset, join you with me, To keep by policy what Henry got?

And all together-with the duke of Suffolk,Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, We'll quickly hoise duke Humphrey from his seat. Brave York, Salisbury, and victorious Warwick, Car. This weighty business will not brook delay; Receiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? I'll to the duke of Suffolk presently. (Exit. Or hath my uncle Beaufort, and myself,

Som.Cousin of Buckingham, though Humphrey's With all the learned council of the realm,

pride, Studied so long, sat in the council-house,

And greatness of his place, be grief to us, Early and late, debating to and fro

Yet let us watch the haughty cardinal; How France and Frenchmen might be kept in His insolence is more intolerable awe?

Than all the princes in the land beside; And hath his highness in his infancy

If Gloster be displaced, he'll be protector. Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes?

Buck. Or thou, or I, Somerset, will be protector, And shall these labors, and these honors, die? Despite duke Humphrey, or the cardinal. Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance,

Exeunt BỨCKINGHAM and SOMERSET. Your deeds of war, and all our counsel, die?

Sal. Pride went before, ambition follows him. O peers of England, shaineful is this league! While these do labor for their own preterment, Fatal this marriage, cancelling your fame:

Behoves it us to labor for the realm. Blotting your names from books of memory: I never saw but Humphrey duke of Gloster Razing the characters of your renown;

Did bear him like a noble gentleman. Detacing monuments of conquer'd France; Oft have I seen the haughty cardinalUndoing all, as all had never been!

More like a soldier, than a man o' the church, Cur. Nephew, what means this passionate dis- As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all, course?

Swear like a rullian, and demean himself
This peroration with such circumstance ?,

Unlike the ruler of a commonweal.-
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still. Warwick, my son, the comfort of my age!

Glo. Ay, uncle, we will keep it, if we can; Thy deeds, thy plainness, and thy housc-keeping,
But now it is impossible we should:

Hath won the greatest favor of the commons, Suffolk, the new-made duke that rules the roast, Excepting none but good duke Humphrey.-Hath given the duchies of Anjou and Maine, And, brother York, thy acts in Ireland, Unto the poor king Reignier, whose large style In bringing them to cívil discipline; Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.

Thy late exploits, done in the heart of France, Sal. Now, by the death of him that died for all, When thou wert regent for our sovereign, These counties were the keys of Normandy :- Have made thee fear'd,and honor’d,of the people:But wherefore weeps Warwick, my valiant son? Join we together, for the public good;

War. For grief, that they are past recovery: In what we can to bridle and suppress For, were there hope to conquer them again, The pride of Suffolk, and the cardinal, My sword should shed hot blood, mine eyes no With Somerset's and Buckingham's ambition; tears.

And, as we may, cherish duke Humphrey's deeds, Anjou and Maine, myself did win them both; While they do tend the protit of the land. Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer: War. So God help Warwick, as he loves the land, And are the cities that I got with wounds,

And common profit of his country! Deliver'd up again with peaceful words?

York. And so says York,tor he hath greatest cause. Mort Dieu !

Sal. Then let's make haste away, and look unto York. For Suffolk's duke--may he be suffocate

the main. 1 This speech, crowded with so many circuinstances of

War. Unto the main ! O father, Maine is lost; aggravation.

3 Skirmishings.


That Maine, which by main force Warwick did Duch. What dream'd my lord? tell me, and I'll

requite it And would have kept, so long as breath did last:

With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. Main chance, father, you meant; but I meant Maine;

Glo. Methought, this stail, mine office-badge in Which I will win from France, or else be slain.


Was broke in twain, hy whom, I have forgot,
York. Anjou and Maine are given to the French; But, as I think, it was by the cardinal;
Paris is lost; the state of Normandy

And on the pieces of the broken wand
Stands on a tickle' point, now they are gone:

Were place the headsor Elmonddukeof Somerset, Suffolk concluded on the articles;

And William de la Poole first dike of Sulolk. The peers agreed; and Henry was well pleas'd, This was my dream; what it doth bode, God knows. To change two dukedoms fora duke's iair daughter.

Duch. Tut, this was nothing but an argument I cannot blame them all; What is't to them?

That he that breaks a stick of Gloster's grove, 'Tis thine they give away, and not their own.

Shall lose his head for his presimpuon. Pirates may make cheap pennyworths of their But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke, pillage,

Methought, I sat in seat of majesty, And purchase friends, and give to courtezans,

In the ca:hedral church of Westminster, Still revelling, like lords, till all be gone

And in that chai where kings and queens are While as the silly owner of the goods

crown'd; Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless hands,

Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneel'd to me, And shakes his head, and trembling stands aloof,

And on my head did set the diadem. While all is shar'd, and all is borne away;

GI Nay, Eleanor, then must I chide outright: Ready to starve, and dare not touch his own. Presumptuous dame, ill-nurtur'd Eleanor! So York must sit, and fret, and bite his tongue,

Art thou not second woman in the realm; While his own lands are bargain'd for, and sold. And the protector's wife, belov'd of him? Methinks, the realms of England, France, and

Hast thou not worldly picasure at command, Ireland,

Above the reach or compass of thy thought? Bear that proportion to my flesh and blood,

And wilt thou still be hammering treachery, As did the fatal brand Althea burn'd,

To tumble down thy husband, and thyself, Unto the prince's heart of Calydon.

From top of honor to disgrace's feet?' Anjou and Maine, both given unto the French!

Away from me, and let me hear no more. Cold news for me; for I had hope of France,

Duch. What, what, my lord! are you so choleric Even as I have of fertile England's soil.

With Eleanor for telling but her dream? A day will come, when York shall claim his own;

Next time, I'll keep my dreams unto myself, And therefore I will take the Nevil's part,

And not be check'd. And make a show of love to proud duke Humphrey,

Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again. And, when I spy advantage, claim the crown,

Enter a Messenger. For that's the golden mark I seek to hit:

Mess. My lord protector, 'tis his highness' pleaNor shall proud Lancaster usurp my right,

sure, Nor hold his sceptre in his childish fist,

You do prepare to riile unto Saint Alban's, Nor wear the diadem upon his head,

Whereass the king and queen do mean to hawk. Whose church-like humors fit not for a crown.

Glo. I go.-Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us? Then, York, be still awhile, till time do serve:

Duch. Yes, good my lord, I'll follow presently. Watch thou, and wake, when others be asleep,

Exeunt GLOSTER and Messenger. To pry into the secrets of the state;

Follow I must, I cannot go before, Till Henry, surfeiting in joys of love,

While Gloster bears this base and humble mind. With his new bride, and England's dear-bought Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood, queen,

I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks, And Humphrey with the peers be fall’n at jars:

And smooth my way upon their headless necks: Then will I raise aloit the milk-white rose,

And, being a woman, I would not be slack
With whose sweet smell the air shall be perfumed; To play my part in fortune's pageant.
And in my standard bear the arms of York, Where are you there? sir John!: nay, sear not, man,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster;

We are alone; here's none but thee, and I.
And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown,
Whose bookish rule hath pull'd fair England down.

Enter HUME.
[Exit. Hume. Jesu preserve your royal majesty!

Duch. What say'st thou, majesty! I am but graco. SCENE II.-A Room in the Duke of Gloster's Hume. But, by the grace of God, and Hume's House.


Your grace's title shall be multiplied.
Enter GLOSTER and the Duchess.

Duch. What şay'st thou, man? hast thou as yet

conferr'd Duch. Why droops my lord, like over-ripen'dcorn, And Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer?

With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch; Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load?

And will they undertake to do me good? Why doth the great duke Humphrey knit his brows, Hume. This they have promised,---to show your As frowning at the favors of the world?

highness Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth,

A spirit rais'd from depth of under ground, Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight?

That shall make answer to such questions, What seest thou there? king Henry's diadem,

As by your grace shall be propounded liim. Enchas'd with all the honors of the world ?

Drich. It is enough; l'll think upon the questions: If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face.

When from Saint Alban's we do make return, Until thy head be circled with the same.

We'll see these things eflccted to the full. Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold:


Here, Hume, take this reward; make merry, man, What, is't too short? I'll lengthen it with mine:

With thy confederates in this weighty cause. And, having both together heav'd it up,

Eril DUCHESS, We'll both together lift our heads to heaven; Hume. Hume must make merry with the duchess' And never more abase our sight so low,

gold; As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground.

Marry, and shall. But how now, sir John Hume? Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy lord, Seal up your lips, and give no words but-mum! Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts:

The business asketh silent secrecy. And may that thought, when I imagine ill

Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch: Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry,

Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. Be my last breathing in this mortal world!

Yet have I gold, flies from another coast: My troublous dream this night doth make me sad.

I dare not say from the rich cardinal,

And from the great and new-made duke of Suffolk; • For ticklish.

Yet I do tind it so: for, to be plain, Melenger: whose life was to continue only so long as a They, knowing dame Eleanor's aspiring humor, certain firebrand should last. His mother Albea baving thrown it into the fire, he expired in torment.

• Where. 1 A title frequently bestowed on the clergy.


Have hired me to undermine the duchess,

The imperiouschurchman; Somerset,Buckingham, And buz these conjurations in her brain.

And grumbling York: and not the least of these, They say, a crafty knave does need no broker; but can do inore in England than the king. Yet am I Suffolk and the cardinal's broker;

Suf. And he of these that can do most of all, Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go near Cannot do more in England than the Nevils : To call them both a pair of crafty knaves.

Salisbury, and Warwick, are nu simple peers., Well, so it stands; And thus, I fear, at last,

Q. Mur. Not all these lords do vex me half :0 Hume's knavery will be the duchess' wreck;

much, And her attainture will be Humphrey's tall: As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife. Sort how it will, I shall have gold for all. [Exit. Shesweepsit through the court with troops of ladies,

More like an empress than duke Humphrey's wife; SCENE III.-A Room in the Palace. Strangers in court do take her for the queen:

She bears a duke's revenues on her back, Enter PETER, and others, with Petitions.

Ard in her heart she scorns her poverty: 1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close; my lord shall I not live to be avenged on her? protector will come this way by-and-by, and then Contemptuous base-born callat as she is, we may deliver our supplications in the quill.9. She vaunted 'mongst her minions t'other day,

2 Pet. Marry, the lord protect him, for he's a The very train of her worst wearing gown good man! Jesu bless him!

Was better worth than ali my father's lands, Enter SUFFOLK, and QUEEN MARGARET. Till Sutlolk gave two dukedoms for his daughter. 1 Pet. Here 'a comes, methinks, and the queen

Suf. Madam, myself have limed a bush for her; with him: I'll be the first, sure.

And placed a quire of such enticing birds,

That she will light to listen to the lays, 2 Pet. Come back, fool; this is the duke of Suffolk, and not my lord protector.

And never mount to trouble you again. Suf. How now, fellow? wouldst any thing with So, let her rest: and, madam, list to me;

For I am bold to counsel you in this. me? 1 Pet. I pray my lord, pardon me! I took ye for

Although we lancy not the cardinal,

Yet must we join with him, and with the lords, my lord protector.

Till we have brought duke Humphrey in disgrace. Q. Mar. (Reading the superscription.). To my

As for the duke oi York,—this late complaint lorit protector' are your supplications to his lord

Will make but little for his benedit: ship? Let me see them: What is thine ?

1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against So, one by one, we'll weed them all at last, John Goodman, my lord cardinal's

's man, for keeping

And you yourself shall steer the happy helm. my house, and lands, and wife, and all, from me.

Enter king HENRY, YORK and SOMERSET conSuf: Thy wife too? that is some wrong, indeed.- versing with him; DUKE and DUCHESS OF What's yours?-What's here! (Reads.] Against GLUSTER, CARDINAL BEAUFORT, BUCKINGHAM, the Duke of Suffolk, for enclosing the commons of

SALISBURY, and WARWICK. Melford. --Ilow now, sir knave?

K. Hen. For my part, noble lords, I care not 2 Pet. Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner of our which; Or Somerset, or York, all's one to me. whole township.

York. If Yorhhaveilldemean'd himself in France, Peter. Presenting his Petition.] Against my Then let him be denay'd' the regentship. master, Thomas Horner, for saying, Thai the duke Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the place, of York was rightful heir to the crown.

Let York be regent, I will yield to him. Q. Mar. What say'st thou? Did the duke of Irur. Whether your grace be worthy, yea, or no, York say, he was rightful heir to the crown? Dispute not that: York is the worthier.

Peter. That my master was? No, forsooth: my Car. Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters speak. master said, That he was; and that the king was War. The cardinal's not my better in the field. an usurper.

Buck. All in this presence, are thy betters, WarSuf. Who is there ? [Enter Servants.l-Take

wick. this fellow in, and send for his master with a pur- War. Warwick may live to be the best of all. suivant presently:-we'll hcar more of your matter Sal. Peace, son ;-and show some reason, betore the king. (Exeunt Servants with PETER.

Q. Mar. And as for you, that love to be protected Why Somerset should be preferr'd in this.
Under the wings of our protector's grace,

Q. Mar. Because the king, forsooth, will have it so. Begin your suits anew, and sue to him.

Glo. Madam, the king is old enough himself

[Tears the Petition. To give his censure ;' these are no women's matters. Away, base cullions!' Suffolk, let them go.

Q. Mar. Il he be old enough, what needs your All. Come, let's be gone. (Ereunt Petitioners.

grace Q. Mar. My lord of Suflolk, say, is this the guise, To be protector of his excellence? Is this the fashion in the court of England ?

Glo. Madam, I am protector of the realm ; Is this the governinent of Britian's isle,

And, at his pleasure, will resign my place. And this the royalty of Albion's king?

Suf. Resign it then, and leave thine insolence. What, shall king Henry, be a pupil still,

Since thou wert king, (as who is king but thou ?) Under the surly Gloster's governance ?

The commonwealth hath daily run to wreck: Am I a qucen in tiile and in style,

The dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas; And must be made a subject to a duke?

And all the peers and nobles of the realm I tell thee. Poole, when in the city Tours

Have been as bondmen to thy sovereignty: Thon ran'st a tilt in honor of my love,

Car. The commons hast thou rack'd; the And stor'st away the ladies' hearts of France;

clergy's bags I thought hing Henry had resembled thee,

Are lank and lean with thy extortions. In courage, courtship, and proportion:

Som. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wife's But all his mind is bent to holiness,

attire, To number Ave-Maries on his beads;

Have cost a mass of public treasury. His champions are-ihe prophets and apostles: Buck. Thy cruelty in execution, His weapons, holy saws of sacred writ;

Upon oflenders, hath exceeded law, His study is his till-yard, and his loves

And left thee to the mercy of the law. Are brazen images of canonized saints.

Q. Mar. Thy saleofollices and towns in France, I would, the college of cardinals

If they were known as the suspect is great.-Would choose him pope, and carry him to Rome, Would make thee quickly hop without thy head. And set the triple crown upon his bead;

[Ecit GLOSTER. The QUEEN drops her fan. That were a state tit for his holiness.

Give me my fan: what, minion! can you not? S!f. Madam, be patient: as I was cause

[Gives the DUCHESS a box on the ear. Your highness came to England, so will I

I cry you mercy, madam; Was it you? In England work your grace's full content.

Duck. Was't1? yea, I it was, roud FrenchQ. Mar. Beside the haught protector, have we

woman! Beaufort,

3 Drab, trull. • IIappen.

4. e. The complaint of Peter, the armorer's man, s With great exactness and observance of form.

against his master.

• Denied. Scoundrels.


6 Cunsure here means simple judgment or opinion.

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