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Sirrah beadle, whip him till he leap over that same stool.

Bead. I will, my lord.-Come on, sirrah ; off with your doublet quickly.

Simp. Alas, master, what shall I do? I am not able to stand.

[After the Beadle hath hit him once, he leaps. over the Stool, and runs away; and the

People follow, and cry, A Miracle! * K. Hen. O God, see'st thou this, and bear'st so

long? * Q. Mar. It made me laugh, to see the villain run. * Glo. Follow the knave; and take this drabaway.

* Wife. Alas, sir, we did it for pure need. · Glo. Let them be whipped through every market town, till they come to Berwick, whence they came.

[Ereunt Mayor, Beadle, Wife, &c. Car. Duke Humphrey has done a miracleto-day. Suf. True ; made the lame to leap, and fly away. . Glo. But

you

have done more miracles than I; • You made, in a day, my lord, whole towns to fly.

Enter BUCKINGHAM.

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*K. Hen. What tidings with our cousin Buck

ingham? · Buck. Such as my heart doth tremble to unfold. "A sort of naughty persons, lewdly bent, - Under the countenance and confederacy . Of lady Eleanor, the protector's wife, * The ringleader and head of all this rout.· Have practis’d dangerously against your state, • Dealing with witches, and with conjurers ; · Whom we have apprehended in the fact;

8 A sort-lewdly bent,] Lewilly, in this place, and in some others, does not signify wantonly, but wickedly. A sort is a company, ,

Raising up wicked spirits from under ground, • Demanding of king Henry's life and death, • And other of your highness' privy council, • As more at large your grace shall understand.

Car. And so, my lord protector, by this means * Your lady is forthcomingo yet at London. • This news, I think, hath turn'd your weapon's edge; • Tis like, my lord, you will not keep your hour.

[Aside to GLOSTER. Glo. Ambitious churchman, leave to afflict my

heart! Sorrow and grief have vanquish'd all my powers : * And, vanquish'd as I am, I yield to thee, * Or to the meanest groom.

* K. Hen. O God, what mischiefs work the wicked

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* Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby! * Q. Mar. Gloster, see here the tainture of thy

nest : * And, look, thyself be faultless, thou wert best.

Glo. Madam, for myself, to heaven I do appeal. • How I have lovd my king, and commonweal: • And, for my wife, I know not how it stands; • Sorry I am to hear what I have heard ; * Noble she is; but if she have forgot • Honour, and virtue, and convers'd with such • As, like to pitch, defile nobility,

I banish her, my bed, and company; • And give her, as a prey, to law, and shame, That hath dishonour'd Gloster's honest name. · K. Hen. Well, for this night, we will repose us

here : • To-morrow, toward London, back again, • To look into this business thoroughly, • And call these foul offenders to their answers ;

9 Your lady is forthcoming-) That is, Your lady is in custody.

. And poise the cause in justice' equal scales, • Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.

[Flourish. Exeunt.

SCENE II.

London. The Duke of York's Garden.

Enter YORK, SALISBURY, and WARWICK. York. Now, my good lords of Salisbury and

Warwick, * Our simple supper ended, give me leave, • In this close walk, to satisfy myself, • In craving your opinion of my title, • Which is infallible, to England's crown.

* Sal. My lord, I long to hear it at full.

War. Sweet York, begin: and if thy claim be good, The Nevils are thy subjects to command.

York. Then thus :• Edward the Third, my lords, had seven sons: • The first, Edward the Black Prince, prince of

Wales; • The second, William of Hatfield; and the third, Lionel, duke of Clarence; next to whom, Was John of Gaunt, the duke of Lancaster : • The fifth, was Edmund Langley, duke of York ; • The sixth, was Thomas of Woodstock, duke of

Gloster, • William of Windsor was the seventh, and last. • Edward, the black prince, died before his father ;

And left behind him Richard, his only son,
Who, after Edward the Third's death, reign'd as

king;
Till Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Lancaster,
* The eldest son and heir of John of Gaunt,
· Crown'd by the name of Henry the Fourth,

• Seiz’d on the realm ; depos’d the rightful king; • Sent his poor queen to France, from whence she

came, And him to Pomfret ; where, as all you know, • Harmless Richard was murder'd traitorously.

* War. Father, the duke hath told the truth ; * Thus got the house of Lancaster the crown. * York. Which now they hold by force, and not

by right; * For Richard, the first son's heir being dead, * The issue of the next son should have reign’d.

* Sal. But William of Hatfield died withoutan heir. * York. The third son, duke of Clarence, (from

whose line * I claim the crown,) had issue-Philippe, adaughter, * Who married Edmund Mortimer, earl of March, * Edmund had issue-Roger, earl of March, * Roger had issue-Edmund, Anne, and Eleanor.

Sal. This Edmund, in the reign of Bolingbroke, As I have read, laid claim unto the crown ; • And, but for Owen Glendower, had been king,

Who kept him in captivity, till he died. * But, to the rest. • York.

His eldest sister, Anne, My mother being heir unto the crown, • Married Richard, earl of Cambridge ; who was sou * To Edmund Langley, Edward the third's fifth son. • By her I claim the kingdom: she was heir To Roger, earl of March ; who was the son • Of Edmund Mortimer, who married Philippe, • Sole daughter unto Lionel, duke of Clarence :

So, if the issue of the elder son • Succeed before the younger, I am king. · War. What plain proceedings are more plain

than this? Henry doth claim the crown from John of Gaunt, • The fourth son ; York claims it from the third.

« Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign:
• It fails not yet; but flourishes in thee,
* And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock.--
• Then, father Salisbury, kneel we both together;

And, in this private plot,' be we the first, “That shall salute our rightful sovereign • With honour of his birthright to the crown. Both. Long live our sovereign Richard, England's

king! York. We thank you, lords. But I am not your

king • Till I be crown'd; and that my sword be stain'd

With heart-blood of the house of Lancaster ; * And that's not suddenly to be perform’d; * But with advice, and silent secrecy. * Do you, as I do, in these dangerous days, * Wink at the duke of Suffolk's insolence, * At Beaufort's pride, at Somerset’s ambition, * At Buckingham, and all the crew of them, * Till they have snar'd the shepherd of the flock, * That virtuous prince, the good duke Humphrey : * 'Tis that they seek; and they, in seeking that, * Shall find their deaths, if York can prophecy. * Sal. My lord, break we off; we know your mind

at full. War. My heart assures me, that the earl of

Warwick
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.

Exeunt.

private plot,] Sequeştered spot of ground.

VOL. V.

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