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your age !
Strong-fixed is the house of Lancaster,
of Mor. Thou dost then wrong me; as the slaugh
[Exeunt Keepers, bearing out MORTIMER. Here dies the dusky torch of Mortimer, Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort :And, for those wrongs, those bitter injuries, Which Somerset hath offer'd to my house,– I doubt not, but with honour to redress : And therefore haste I to the parliament; Either to be restored to my blood, Or make my ill’ the advantage of my good. [Exit.
3 Or make my ill -] my ill, is my ill usage.
SCENE I. The same.
Flourish. Enter King HENRY, EXETER, GLOSTER,
WARWICK, SOMERSET, and SUFFOLK; the Bishop of Winchester, RICHARD PLANTAGENET, and Others. GLOSTER offers to put up a Bill ;4 Winchester snatches it, and tears it.
Win. Com'st thou with deep premeditated lines,
put up a Bill ;] i. e. articles of accusation, for in this sense the word bill was sometimes used.
As well at London bridge, as at the Tower?
Win. Ay, lordly sir; For what are you, I pray, But one imperious in another's throne?
Glo. Am I not the protector, saucy priest?
Glo. Yes, as an outlaw in a castle keeps,
Win. Unreverent Gloster!
Thou art reverent
Win. This Rome shall remedy.
Roam thither then.
5 Thou bastard of my grand father!] The bishop of Winchester was an illegitimate son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, by Catharine Swynford, whom the Duke afterwards married,
Roam thither then. Roam to Rome. To roam is supposed to
Som. My lord, it were your duty to forbear.
Som. Methinks, my lord should be religious,
bler; It fitteth not a prelate so to plead.
Som. Yes, when his holy state is touch'd so near.
War. State holy, or unhallow'd, what of that? Is not his grace protector to the king ?
Plan. Plantagenet, I see, must hold his tongue; Lest it be said, Speak, sirrah, when you
should ; Must your bold verdict enter talk with lords ? Else would I have a fling at Winchester. [Aside.
K. Hen. Uncles of Gloster, and of Winchester, The special watchmen of our English weal ; I would prevail, if prayers might prevail, To join your hearts in love and amity. 0, what a scandal is it to our crown, That two such noble peers as ye, should jar! Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell, Civil dissention is a viperous worm, That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.
A noise within ; Down with the tawny coats ! What tumult's this? War.
I dare warrant, Begun through malice of the bishop's men.
(A Noise again; Stones ! Stones ! Enter the Mayor of London, attended. May. O, my good lords,--and virtuous Henry, Pity the city of London, pity us! The bishop and the duke of Gloster's men, Forbidden late to carry any weapon,
be derived from the cant of vagabonds, who often pretended a pilgrimage to Rome. Johnson.
Have fill'd their pockets full of pebble-stones ;
Winchester, with bloody pates.
self, To hold your slaught'ring hands, and keep the
peace. Pray, uncle Gloster, mitigate this strife.
i Serv. Nay, if we be Forbidden stones, we'll fall to it with our teeth. 2 Sero. Do what ye dare, we are as resolute.
[Skirmish again. Glo. You of my household, leave this peevish
broil, And set this unaccustom'd fight aside.
i Serv. My lord, we know your grace to be a
Just and upright; and, for your royal birth,
2 Serv. Ay, and the very parings of our nails
- unaccustom'd fight -] Unaccustom'd is unseemly, indecent.
an inkhorn mate,] A bookman. It was a term of reproach at the time towards men of learning, or men affecting to be learned.