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And that's not suddenly to be perform'd;
Do you, as I do, in these dangerous days,
Sal. My lord, break we off; we know your mind at full.
[Warwick War. My heart assures me, that the earl of Shall one day make the duke of York a king.
York. And, Nevil, this I do assure myself,— Richard shall live to make the earl of Warwick The greatest man in England, but the king. [ex.
SCENE III. THE SAME. A HALL OF JUSTICE.
Trumpets sounded. Enter King Henry, Queen Margaret, Gloster, York, Suffolk, and Salisbury; the Duchess of Gloster, Margery Jourdain, Southwell, Hume, and Bolingbroke, under guard.
K. Hen. Stand forth, dame Eleanor Cobham, Gloster's wife:
In sight of God, and us, your guilt is great; Receive the sentence of the law, for sins Such as by God's book are adjudg'd to death.— You four, from hence to prison back again; [to Jourdain, &c. From thence, unto the place of execution : The witch in Smithfield shall be burn'd to ashes, And you three shall be strangled on the gallows.You, madam, for you are more nobly born, [to the Duchess. Despoiled of your honour in your life, Shall, after three days' open penance done, Live in your country here, in banishment, With sir John Stanley, in the Isle of Man. Duch. Welcome is banishment, welcome were my death. [thee; Glo. Eleanor, the law, thou seest, hath judged I cannot justify whom the law condemns.— [exeunt the Duchess, and the other prisoners, guarded.
Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief.
Give up thy staff; Henry will to himself
Q. Mar. I see no reason, why a king of years
Farewell, good king: when I am dead and gone, May honourable peace attend thy throne! erit.
Q. Mar. Why, now is Henry king, and Margaret queen;
And Humphrey duke of Gloster, scarce himself,
Suff. Thus droops this lofty pine, and hangs his sprays;
Thus Eleanor's pride dies in her youngest days.
Q. Mar. Ay, good my lord; for purposely thereLeft I the court, to see this quarrel tried.
K. Hen. O' God's name, see the lists and all things fit:
Here let them end it, and God defend the right! York. I never saw a fellow worse bested, Or more afraid to fight, than is the appellant, The servant of this armourer, my lords. Enter, on one side, Horner and his Neighbours, drinking to him so much that he is drunk; and he enters bearing his staff with a sand-bag fastened to it; a drum before him; at the other side, Peter, with a drum, and a similar staff; accompanied by Prentices drinking to him.
1 Neigh. Here, neighbour Horner, I drink to you in a cup of sack; and fear not, neighbour, you shall do well enough.
2 Neigh. And here, neighbour, here's a cur of charneco.
3 Neigh. And here's a pot of good double beer, neighbour drink, and fear not your man.
Hor. Let it come, i'faith, and I'll pledge you all; and a fig for Peter!
1 Pren. Here, Peter, I drink to thee; and be not afraid.
2 Pren. Be merry, Peter, and fear not thy master; fight for credit of the prentices.
Pet. I thank you all: drink, and pray for me, I pray you; for, I think, I have taken my last draught in this world. Here, Robin, an if I die, I give thee my apron; and, Will, thou shalt have my hammer :-and here, Tom, take all the money that I have. O Lord, bless me, I pray God! for I am never able to deal with my master, he hath learnt so much fence already.
Sal. Come, leave your drinking, and fall to blows. Sirrah, what's thy name?
York. Despatch :-t
Sound trumpets, alarum to the combatants. [alarum. They fight, and Peter strikes
down his master.
Hor. Hold, Peter, hold! I confess, I confess,
York. Take away his weapon :-fellow, thank God, and the good wine in thy master's way.
Pet. O God! have I overcome mine enemies in this presence? O Peter, thou hast prevail'd in right.
K. Hen. Go, take hence that traitor from our For, by his death, we do perceive his guilt: And God, in justice, hath reveal'd to us The truth and innocence of this poor fellow, [fully. Which he had thought to have murder'd wrongCome, fellow, follow us for thy reward. [ea cunt.
SCENE IV. THE SAME. A STREET.
Enter Gloster and Servants, in mourning cloaks.
Glo. Thus, sometimes, hath the brightest day a And, after summer, evermore succeeds [cloud; Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold: So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.Sirs, what's o'clock?
Serv. Ten, my lord.
Glo. Ten is the hour that was appointed me, To watch the coming of my punish'd duchess : Uneath may she endure the flinty streets, To tread them with her tender-feeling feet. Sweet Nell, ill can thy noble mind abrook The abject people, gazing on thy face, With envious looks still laughing at thy shame; That erst did follow thy proud chariot-wheels, When thou didst ride in triumph through the
But, soft! I think, she comes; and I'll prepare
Glo. Be patient, gentle Nell; forget this grief. Duch. Ah, Gloster, teach me to forget myself: For, whilst I think I am thy married wife, And thou a prince, protector of this land, Methinks, I should not thus be led along, 'Mail'd up in shame, with papers on my back; And follow'd with a rabble, that rejoice To see my tears, and hear my deep-fet groans. The ruthless flint doth cut my tender feet: And, when I start, the envious people laugh, And bid me be advised how I tread. Ah, Humphrey, can I bear this shameful yoke? Trow'st thou, that e'er I'll look upon the world Or count them happy, that enjoy the sun?
But be thou mild, and blush not at my shame;
Glo. Ah, Nell, forbear! thou aimest all awry;
Her. I summon your grace to his majesty's parliament, holden at Bury the first of this next month.
SCENE I. THE ABBEY AT BURY.
Enter, to the Parliament, King Henry,
K. Hen. I muse, my lord of Gloster is not come: 'Tis not his wont to be the hindmost man, Whate'er occasion keeps him from us now.
Q. Mar. Can you not see? or will you not
The strangeness of his alter'd countenance?
Respecting what a rancorous mind he bears,
Suff. Well hath your highness seen into this And, had I first been put to speak my mind, I think, I should have told your grace's tale. The duchess, by his subornation, Upon my life, began her devilish practices: Or if he were not privy to those faults, Yet, by reputing of his high descent (As next the king, he was successive heir), And such high vaunts of his nobility, Did instigate the bedlam brain-sick duchess, By wicked means to frame our sovereign's fall.
Stan. Madam, your penance done, throw off this sheet,
And go we to attire you for our journey,
Duch. My shame will not be shifted with my No, it will hang upon my richest robes, [sheet: And show itself, attire me how I can.
Go, lead the way; I long to see my prison. [er III.
Smooth runs the water, where the brook is deep:
Car. Did he not, contrary to form of law,
York. And did he not, in his protectorship, Levy great sums of money through the realm, For soldiers' pay in France, and never sent it? By means whereof, the towns each day revolted. Buck. Tut! these are petty faults to faults unknown, [Humphrey. Which time will bring to light in smooth duke K. Hen. My lords, at once: the care you have of us,
To mow down thorns that would annoy our foot,
Q. Mar. Ah, what's more dangerous than this fond affiance !
Seems he a dove? his feathers are but borrow'd,
For he's inclin'd as are the ravenous wolves.
As I am clear from treason to my sovereign: Who can accuse me? wherein am I guilty? York. 'Tis thought, my lord, that you took bribes of France,
And, being protector, stay'd the soldiers' pay;
I never robb'd the soldiers of their pay,
That doit, that e'er I wrested from the king,
Be brought against me at my trial day!
Cur. It serves you well, my lord, to say so much. [God! Glo. I say no more than truth, so help me York. In your protectorship, you did devise Strange tortures for offenders, never heard of, That England was defam'd by tyranny.
Glo. Why, 'tis well known, that, whiles I was protector,
And, with your best endeavour, have stirr'd up
Car. My liege, his railing is intolerable:
Pity was all the fault that was in me;
Suff My lord, these faults are easy, quickly
K. Hen. My lord of Gloster, 'tis my special hope, That you will clear yourself from all suspects; My conscience tells me, you are innocent.
Glo. Ah, gracious lord, these days are danVirtue is chok'd with foul ambition, [gerous! And charity chas'd hence by rancour's hand? Foul subornation is predominant, And equity exil'd your highness' land. I know, their complot is to have my life; And, if my death might make this island happy, And prove the period of their tyranny, I would expend it with all willingness: But mine is made the prologue to their play; For thousands more, that yet suspect no peril, Will not conclude their plotted tragedy. [malice, Beaufort's red sparkling eyes blab his heart's And Suffolk's cloudy brow his stormy hate; Sharp Buckingham unburdens with his tongue The envious load that lies upon his heart; And dogged York, that reaches at the moon, Whose overweening arm I have pluck'd back, By false accuse doth level at my life: And you, my sovereign lady, with the rest, Causeless have laid disgraces on my head;
Glo. Ah, thus king Henry throws a Before his legs be firm to bear his body: Thus is the shepherd beaten from thy side, [first. And wolves are gnarling who shall knaw thee Ah, that my fear were false! ah, that it were! For, good king Henry, thy decay I fear. [exeunt Attendants, with Gloster. K. Hen. My lords, what to your wisdom seemDo, or undo, as if ourself were here. [eth best, Q. Mar. What, will your highness leave the [with grief, K. Hen. Ay, Margaret; my heart is drown'd Whose flood begins to flow within mine eyes; My body round engirt with misery; For what's more miserable than discontent?— Ah, uncle Humphrey! in thy face I see The map of honour, truth, and loyalty; And yet, good Humphrey, is the hour to come, That e'er I prov'd thee false, or fear'd thy faith. What low'ring star now envies thy estate, That these great lords, and Margaret our queen, Do seek subversion of thy harmless life? Thou never didst them wrong, nor no man wrong: And as the butcher takes away the calf, And binds the wretch, and beats it when it strays, Bearing it to the bloody slaughter-house; Even so, remorseless, have they borne him hence. And as the dam runs lowing up and down, Looking the way her harmless young one went, And can do nought but wail her darling's loss; Even so myself bewails good Gloster's case, With sad unhelpful tears; and with dimm'd eyes Look after him, and cannot do him good; So mighty are his vowed enemies. His fortune's I will weep; and 'twixt each groan, Say-Who's a traitor? Gloster he is none. [exit. Q. Mar. Free lords, cold snow melts with the sun's hot beams.
Henry, my lord, is cold in great affairs,
Car. That he should die; is worthy policy; But yet we want a colour for his death: 'Tis meet, he be condemn'd by course of law.
Suff. But, in my mind, that were no policy: The king will labour still to save his life, The commons haply rise to save his life; And yet, we have but trivial argument, More than mistrust, that shows him worthy death. York. So that, by this, you would not have
Suff. Ah, York, no man alive so fain as Ì. York. 'Tis York that hath more reason for his death,[Suffolk, But, my lord cardinal, and, you, my lord of Say as you think, and speak it from your souls,— Wer't not all one, an empty eagle were set To guard the chicken from a hungry kite, As place duke Humphrey for the king's protector? Q. Mar. So the poor chicken should be sure of death. [then,
Suff. Madam, 'tis true: and wer't not madness To make the fox surveyor of the fold? Who being accus'd a crafty murderer, His guilt should be but idly posted over, Because his purpose is not executed. No; let him die, in that he is a fox, By nature prov'd an enemy to the flock, Before his chaps be stain'd with crimson blood; As Humphrey, prov'd by reasons, to my liege. And do not stand on quillets, how to slay him: Be it by gins, by snares, by subtilty, Sleeping, or waking, 'tis no matter how, So he be dead; for that is good deceit Which mates him first, the first intends deceit. Q. Mar. Thrice-noble Suffolk, 'tis resolutely spoke.
Suff. Not resolute, except so much were done; For things are often spoke, and seldom meant: But, that my heart accordeth with my tongue,Seeing the deed is meritorious,
Send succours, lords, and stop the rage betime, Before the wound do grow incurable;
For, being green, there is great hope of help. Car. A breach, that craves a quick expedient stop!
What counsel give you in this weighty cause?
York. That Somerset be sent as regent thither: 'Tis meet, that lucky ruler be employ'd; Witness the fortune he hath had in France.
Som. If York, with all his far-fet policy,
York. No, not to lose it all, as thou hast done
Q. Mar. Nay then, this spark will prove a
If wind and fuel be brought to feed it with:-
York. I will, my lord, so please his majesty. Suff. Why, our authority is his consent; And, what we do establish, he confirms: Then, noble York, take thou this task in hand. York. I am content: provide me soldiers, lords, Whiles I take order for mine own affairs.
Suff. A charge, lord York, that I will see per
But now return we to the false duke Humphrey.
York. My lord of Suffolk, within fourteen days, At Bristol I expect my soldiers; For there I'll ship them all for Ireland. Suff. I'll see it truly done, my lord of York. [exeunt all but York. York. Now, York, or never, steel thy fearful thoughts,
And change misdoubt to resolution:
And not a thought, but thinks on dignity.