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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 you

revolt. * 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 ; "And thou thyself, a shearman, Art thou not?

Cade. And Adam was a gardener.

W. Staf. And what of that? Cade. Marry, this :-Edmund Mortimer, earl of

March, Married the duke of Clarence' daughter ;-Did he

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 stoln 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.

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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,-I 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 Frenchimen are our enemies : go to then, I ask but this ; Can • he, that speaks with the tongue of an enemy, 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,

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* Be hang'd up for example at their doors :-
* And you, that be the king's friends, follow me.

[E.reunt 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.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.

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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.

[Exeunt,

SCENE IV.

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 * Rul'd, 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. 5 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.

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