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* five days have I hid me in these woods; and durst * not peep out, for all the country is layed for me; but now am I so hungry, that if I might have a lease of

my life for a thousand years, I could stay no longer. * Wherefore, on a brick-wall have I climbed into this

garden ; to see if I can eat grass, or pick a sallet *another while, which is not amiss to cool a man's * stomach this hot weather. And, I think, this word * sallet was born to do me good ; for, many a time, but * for a sallet, my brain-pan had been cleft with a * brown bill ; and, many a time, when I have been dry, * and bravely marching, it hath served me instead of a quart-pot to drink in; and now the word sallet must serve me to feed on.

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Enter Iden, with Servants. Iden. Lord, who would live turmoiled in the court, • And may enjoy such quiet walks as these? • This small inheritance, my father left me, · Contenteth me, and is worth a monarchy. • I seek not to wax great by others' waning ; • Or gather wealth, I care not with what envy; "Sufficeth, that I have maintains my state, • And sends the poor well pleased from my gate.

. Cade. Here's the lord of the soil come to seize me · for a stray, for entering his fee-simple without leave. • Ah, villain, thou wilt betray me, and get a thousand • crowns of the king for carrying my head to him; but • I'll make thee eat iron like an ostrich, and swallow my • sword like a great pin, ere thou and I part.

Iden. Why, rude companion, whatsoe'er thou be, . I know thee not. Why then should I betray thee? • Is't not enough to break into my garden, • And, like a thief, to come to rob my grounds,

Climbing my walls in spite of me the owner, • But thou wilt brave me with these saucy terms?

Cade. Brave thee? ay, by the best blood that ever

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was broached, and beard thee too. Look on me well. I have eat no meat these five days; yet, come thou and thy five men, and if I do not leave you all as dead as a door nail, I pray God, I may never eat grass more. Iden. Nay, it shall ne'er be said, while England

stands, That Alexander Iden, an esquire of Kent, Took odds to combat a poor famished man. • Oppose thy steadfast-gazing eyes to mine; . See if thou canst outface me with thy looks. • Set limb to limb, and thou art far the lesser; • Thy hand is but a finger to my fist; • Thy leg a stick, compared with this truncheon ; • My foot shall fight with all the strength thou hast; • And if mine arm be heaved in the air,

Thy grave is digged already in the earth. • As for words, whose greatness answers words, · Let this my sword report what speech forbears.

* Cade. By my valor, the most complete champion * that ever I heard.— Steel, if thou turn the edge, or • cut not out the burly-boned clown in chines of beef • ere thou sleep in thy sheath, I beseech God” on my knees, thou mayst be turned to hobnails. [They fight; Cade falls.] 0, I am slain ! famine, and no other, hath slain me; let ten thousand devils come against me, and give me but the ten meals I have lost, and I'd defy them all. Wither, garden; and be • henceforth a burying-place to all that do dwell in this • house, because the unconquered soul of Cade is fled. Iden. Is’t Cade that I have slain, that monstrous

traitor ? Sword, I will hallow thee for this thy deed, ' And hang thee o'er my tomb when I am dead. * Ne'er shall this blood be wiped from thy point; * But thou shalt wear it as a herald's coat, * To emblaze the honor that thy master got.

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1 Johnson explains this, “ As for words, whose pomp and rumor may answer words, and only words, I shall forbear them, and refer the rest to my sword.

"? In the folio “I beseech Jove” was substituted to avoid the penalty of the statute, 3 Jac. I. c. 2, against profane swearing.

· Cade. Iden, farewell; and be proud of thy victory. · Tell Kent from me, she hath lost her best man, and • exhort all the world to be cowards; for I, that never · feared any, am vanquished by famine, not by valor.

[Dies. * Iden. How much thou wrong'st me, Heaven be

my judge. * Die, damned wretch, the curse of her that bare thee! * And as I thrust thy body in with my sword, * So wish I, I might thrust thy soul to hell. · Hence will I drag thee headlong by the heels · Unto a dunghill, which shall be thy grave, • And there cut off thy most ungracious head; · Which I will bear in triumph to the king, Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon.

[Exit, dragging out the body.

ACT V.

SCENE I. The same. Fields between Dartford and

Blackheath.

The King's Camp on one side. On the other, enter

York, attended, with drum and colors : his Forces at some distance.

· York. From Ireland thus comes York, to claim his

right, • And pluck the crown from feeble Henry's head. • Ring, bells, aloud; burn, bonfires, clear and bright, • To entertain great England's lawful king. Ah, sancta majestas! who would not buy thee dear? · Let them obey that know not how to rule ; • This hand was made to handle nought but gold; • I cannot give due action to my words,

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Except a sword, or sceptre, balance it." • A sceptre shall it have, have I a soul,” « On which I'll toss the flower-de-luce of France.

Enter BUCKINGHAM. · Whom have we here? Buckingham, to disturb me? · The king hath sent him, sure. I must dissemble. Buck. York, if thou meanest well, I greet thee

well. · York. Humphrey of Buckingham, I accept thy

greeting • Art thou a messenger, or come of pleasure ?

Buck. A messenger, from Henry, our dread liege, To know the reason of these arms in peace; • Or why, thou,-being a subject as I am,• Against thy oath and true allegiance sworn, • Shouldst raise so great a power without his leave, • Or dare to bring thy force so near the court. · York. Scarce can I speak, my choler is so

great. • O, I could hew up rocks, and fight with

flint, · I am so angry at these abject terms; • And now, like Ajax Telamonius, « On sheep or oxen could I spend my fury ! Aside. · I am far better born than is the king: • More like a king, more kingly in my

thoughts : · But I must make fair weather yet awhile, • Till Henry be more weak, and I more

strong. • 0, Buckingham, I prythee, pardon me, • That I have given no answer all this while; · My mind was troubled with deep melancholy. • The cause why I have brought this army hither, • İs—to remove proud Somerset from the king,

Seditious to his grace and to the state.

1 i. e. balance my hand.

2 York means to say, “ If I have a soul, my hand shall not be without a sceptre.”

· Buck. That is too much presumption on thy

part. • But if thy arms be to no other end, • The king hath yielded unto thy demand; The duke of Somerset is in the Tower. York. Upon thine honor, is he prisoner ? Buck. Upon mine honor, he is prisoner. York. Then, Buckingham, I do dismiss my

powers. — · Soldiers, I thank you all; disperse yourselves; • Meet me to-morrow in Saint George's field, • You shall have pay, and every thing you wish. * And let my sovereign, virtuous Henry, * Command my eldest son, -nay, all my sons, * As pledges of my fealty and love ; * I'll send them all as willing as I live; * Lands, goods, horse, armor, any thing I have * Is his to use, so Somerset may

die. Buck. York, I commend this kind submission : • We twain will go into his highness' tent.

Enter King HENRY, attended. K. Hen. Buckingham, doth York intend no

harm to us,

· That thus he marcheth with thee arm in arm?

* York. In all submission and humility, * York doth present bimself unto your highness. * K. Hen. Then what intend these forces thou dost

bring? * York. To heave the traitor Somerset from hence ; · And fight against that monstrous rebel, Cade, • Who since I heard to be discomfited.

Enter IDEN, with Cade's head. Iden. If one so rude, and of so mean condition, May pass into the presence of a king, • Lo, I present your grace a traitor's head, • The head of Cade, whom I in combat slew.

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