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Cade. Nay, then he is a conjurer.
Dick. Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand.
· Cade. I am sorry for’t: the man is a proper man, on mine honour; unless I find him guilty, " he shall not die-Come hither, sirrah, I must ex• amine thee : What is thy name?
Clerk. Emmanuel. Dick. They use to write it on the top of letters ; -"Twill
hard with you. Cade. Let me alone :--Dost thou use to write thy name? or hast thou a mark to thyself, like an · honest plain-dealing man?
Clerk. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well brought up, that I can write my name.
• All. He hath confessed : away with him ; he's Ca villain, and a traitor. Cade. Away with him, I say : hang him with pen and inkhorn about his neck.
[Exeunt some with the Clerk.
Enter MichAEL.. • Mich. Where's our general?
Cade. Here I am, thou particular fellow.
Mich. Fly, fly, fly! sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother are hard by, with the king's forces.
• Cade. Stand, villain, stand, or I'll fell thee down: He shall be encountered with a man as good as himself: He is but a knight, is 'a ? . Mich. No.
• Cade. To equal him, I will make myself a knight presently; Rise up sir John Mortimer: Now have at him.
obligations,] That is, bonds. 3 They use to write it on the top of letters ;] i. e.. of letters. missive, and such like publick acts. See Mabillon's Diplomata.
Enter Sir HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and WILLIAM
his Brother, with Drum and Forces. * Staf. Rebellious hinds, the filth and scum of
Kent, * Mark'd for the gallows,-lay your weapons down, * Home to your cottages, forsake this groom ;* The king is merciful, if *W. Staf. But angry, wrathful, and inclin'd to
blood, * If you go forward: Therefore yield, or die. Cade. As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass
not;4 It is to you, good people, that I speak, * O’er whom, in time to come, I hope to reign ; * For I am rightful heir unto the crown.
Staf. Villain, thy father was a plasterer ;
Cade. And Adam was a gardener.
not? Staf. Ay, sir. Cade. By her, he had two children at one birth. W. Staf That's false. · Cade. Ay, there's the question ; but, I say, 'tis
true : · The elder of them, being put to nurse, Was by a beggar-woman stol'n away; And, ignorant of his birth and parentage, · Became a bricklayer, when he came to age : His son am I; deny it, if you can.
I pass not ;] I pay them no regard.
Dick. Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be
king. Smith. Sir, he made a chimney in my father's house, and the bricks are alive at this day to testify it; therefore, deny it not.
*Staf. And will you credit this base drudge's words, * That speaks he knows not what?
* All. Ay, marry, will we; therefore get ye gone. W. Staf. Jack Cade, the duke of York hath
taught you this. * Cade. He lies, for I invented it myself. [Aside. -Go to, sirrah, Tell the king from me, thatfor his father's sake, Henry the fifth, in whose time boys went to span-counter for French crowns,-1 am content he shall reign; but I'll be protector over him.
Dick. And, furthermore, we'll have the lord Say's head, for selling the dukedom of Maine.
• Cade. And good reason, for thereby is England maimed, and fain to go with a staff, but that my puissance holds it up. Fellow kings, I tell you, • that that lord Say hath gelded the commonwealth, and made it an eunuch : and more than that, he can speak French, and therefore he is a traitor.
Staf. O gross and miserable ignorance ! • Cade. Nay, answer, if you can : The Frenchmen are our enemies: go to then, I ask but this ; Can • he, that speaks with the tongue of an enemy, be a • good counsellor, or no?
* All. No, no; and therefore we'll have his head. * W. Staf. Well, seeing gentle words will not
prevail, * Assail them with the army of the king.
Staf. Herald, away: and, throughout every town, · Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade; . That those, which fly before the battle ends, · May, even in their wives' and children's sight,
* Be hang'd up for example at their doors :
[Exeunt the Two STAFFORDS, and Forces. * Cade. And you, that love the commons, follow
me.* Now show yourselves men, 'tis for liberty. * We will not leave one lord, one gentleman : * Spare none, but such as go in clouted shoon; * For they are thrifty honest men, and such * As would (but that they dare not,) take our parts.
* Dick. They are all in order and march toward us.
* Cade. But then are we in order, when we are * most out of order. Come, march forward.
Another Part of Blackheath. Alarum. The two Parties enter, and fight, and
both the STAFFORDS are slain. • Cade. Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford ? · Dick. Here, sir. • Cade. They fell before thee like sheep and oxen, and thou behavedst thyself as if thou hadst • been in thine own slaughter-house: therefore thus • will I reward thee, -The Lent shall be as long
again as it is; and thou shalt have a license to kill < for a hundred lacking one.
« Dick. I desire no more.
* Cade. And, to speak truth, thou deservest no * less. This monument of the victory will I bear; * and the bodies shall be dragged at my horse' heels,
till I do come to London, where we will have the mayor's sword borne before us. * Dick. If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the gaols, and let out the prisoners.
* Cade. Fear not that, I warrant thee. Come, * let's march towards London.
London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King HENRY, reading a Supplication ; the
Duke of BUCKINGHAM, and Lord Say with him : at a distance, Queen MARGARET, mourning over SUFFOLK's Head. * Q. Mar. Oft have I heard that grief softens
the mind, * And makes it fearful and degenerate ; * Think therefore on revenge, and cease to weep. * But who can cease to weep, and look on this ? * Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast : * But where's the body that I should embrace?
! Buck. What answer makes your grace to the rebel's supplication?
* K. Hen. I'll send some holy bishop to entreat: · For God forbid, so many simple souls • Should perish by the sword ! And I myself, * Rather than bloody war shall cut them short, Will parley with Jack Cade their general.But stay, I'll read it over once again. * Q. Mar. Ah, barbarous villains! hath this lovely
face * Ruld, like a wandering planet, over me: * And could it not enforce them to relent, * That were unworthy to behold the same? • K. Hen. Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn to
have thy head. s Rul’d, like a wandering planet,] Predominated irresistibly over my passions, as the planets over the lives of those that are born under their influence.