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· Drach. Yes, good my lord, I'll follow presently. 'protector will come this way by and by, and thes
TExcunt GLOSTER and Messenger. we may deliver our supplications in the quill.5 • Follow I must, I cannot go before,
"2 Pet. Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's a * While Gloster bears this base and humble mind. 'good man! Jesu bless him! * Were I a man, a dukc, and next of blood, * I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks,
i Enter SUFFOLK, and QUEEN MARGARET. * And smooth my way upon their headless necks : ! *1 Pet. Here'a comes, methinks, and the queen * And, being a woman, I will not be slack T* with him: I'll be the first, sure. * To play my part in fortune's pageant.
1 2 Pet. Come back, fool; this is the duke of " Where are you there? Sir John!! nay, fear not,' Suffolk, and not my lord protector. man,
Suff. How now, fellow? would'st any thing with * We are alone ; here's none but thee, and I.
1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me! I took ye Enter HUME.
'for my lord protector. Hume. Jesu preserve your royal majesty! 'Q. Mar. [Reading the superscription.] Tomy 'Duch. What say'st thou, majesty! I am but lord protector ! are your supplications to his lord. grace.
| ship? Let me see them: What is thine ? Hume. "But, by the grace of God, and Hume's 1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against advice,
John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for keep• Your grace's title shall be multiplied.
ing my house, and lands, and wife and all, from • Duch. What say'st thou, man? hast thou as yetme. conferr'd
Suff. Thy wife too ? that is some wrong indeed. · With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch ;2 -What's yours?-What's here? [Reads.] Against And Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer ?
the duke of Suffolk, for enclosing the commons of . And will they undertake to do me good ?
Melford.—How now, sir knave? Hume. This they have promised to show your
2 Pet. Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner of highness
our whole township. " A spirit rais'd from depth of under ground,
Peter. [Presenting his petition.] Against my ( That shall make answer to such questions, master, Thomas Horner, for saying, That the duke 6 As by your grace shall be propounded him.
of York was rightful heir to the crown. Duch. It is enough ; I'll think upon the questions: 'Q. Mar. What say'st thou ? did the duke of When from Saint Albans we do make return, 'York say, he was rightful heir to the crown? We'll see these things effected to the full. I Peter. That my master was ? No, forsooth: my
Here, Hume, take this reward; make merry, man, master said, That he was; and that the king was 6 With thy confederates in this weighty cause. "an usurper.
Ť Exit Duchess. Suff. Who is there? [Enter Servants. – Take * Hume. Hume must make merry with the duch- this fellow in, and send for his master with a pur. ess' gold;
suivant presently :-we'll hear more of your matter i Varry, and shall. But how now, Sir John Hume? before the king. Exeunt Servants, with Peter. "Ecal up your lips, and give no words but-mum! 'Q. Mar. And as for you, that love to be proThe business asketh silent secrecy.
tected * Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch:
gold, to bring the witch: Under the wings of our protector's grace, Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. "Begin your suits anew, and sue to him. " Yet have I gold, flies from another coast :
Tears the Petition. I dare not say, from the rich cardinal,
Away, base cullions !_Suffolk, let them go. And from the great and new-made duke of Suffolk ; ! * All. Come, let's be gone. (Éxeunt Petitioners. " Yet I do find it so: for, to be plain,
* Q. Mar. My lord of Suffolk, say, is this the • They, knowing dame Éleanor's aspiring humour,
guise, Have hired me to undermine the duchess,
1 * Is this the fashion in the court of England ? And buz these conjurations in her brain.
* Is this the government of Britain's isle, * They say, A crafty knave does need no broker ;3 * And this the royalty of Albion's king?' * Yet am I Suffolk and the cardinal's broker. * What, shall King Henry be a pupil still, * Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go near * Under the surly Gloster's governance ? * To call them both a pair
* Am I a queen in title and in style, * Well, so it stands: And thus, I fear, at last, * And must be made a subject to a duke? * Hume's knavery will be the duchess' wreck; ! I tell thee, Poole, when in the city Tours * And her attainture will be Humphrey's fall :' : ! Thou rann'st a tilt in honour of my love, * Sort how it will, 4 I shall have gold for all. [Exit. And stol'st away the ladies' hearts of France ;
1! I thought King Henry had resembled thee, SCENE III. The same. A Room in the Palace. In courage, courtship, and proportion :
Enter PETER, and others, with Petitions. | But all his mind is bent to holiness, "1 Pet. My masters, let's stand close; my lord | let's stand close my lord * To number Ave-Maries on his beads :
* His champions are the prophets and apostles.
poft v knayes.
1 A title frequently bestowed on the clergy. See the cations. Mr. Tollet thinks it means with great exact first note on the Merry Wives of Windsor.
ness and observance of form, in allusion to the quilled 2 It appears from Rymer's Federa, vol. x. p. 505, or plaited ruffs. Hawkins suggests that it may be the that in the tenth year of Henry VI. Margery Jourde. same with the French en quille, said of a man when he ma'in, John Virley Clerk, and Friar John Ashwell, stands upright upon his feet, without moving from the were, on the ninth of May, brought from Windsor by place in allusion to quille, a ninepin. It appears to be no. the constable of the castle, to which they had been com. thing more than an intention to mark the vulgar pronun. mitted for sorcery, before the council at Westminster, 1 ciation of in the coil,' i. e. in the bustle. This word is and afterwards committed to the custody of the Lord spelt in the old dictionaries quoil, and was no doubt Chancellor. It was ordered that whenever the said Vir- often pronounced by ignorant persons quile, or quill. ley and Ashwell should find security for their good be. 6 This wrong seems to have been sometimes prac. naviour they should be set at liberty, and in like man. tised in Shakspeare's time. Among the Lansdo'vne ner that Jourd'ernayn should be discharged on her hus. MSS. we meet with the following singular petition:band's finding security. This woman was afterwards Julius Bogarucius to the Lord Treasurer, in Latin, ourned in Smithfield, as stated in the play, and also in complaining that the Master of the Rolls keeps luis the Chronicles.
wife from him in his own house, and wishes he may not 3 This expression was proverbial.
teach her to be a papist." 4 Let the issue be what it will.
7 The quarto reads 'un usurer.' There have been some strange conjectures in expla. « Queen. An usurper thou would'st say, Qalion of this phrase, in the quill. Steevens says that
Ay--an usurper.' kway mean no more thar icritten or penned suppli. / 8 i 2. scoundrels; from coglioni, Ital
* His weapons, holy saws of sacred writ; 1" To give his censure:5 these are no women's * His study is his tilt-yard, and his loves
matters. * Are brazen images of canonized saints. 1 Q. Mar. If he be old enough, what needs your * I would, the college of cardinals
grace * Would choose him pope, and carry him to Rome, To be protector of his excellence ? * And set the triple crown upon his head ; 1. • Glo. Madam, I am protector of the realm ; * That were a state fit for his holiness.
| And, at his pleasure, will resign my place. Suff. Madam, be patient; as I was cause Suff. Resign it then, and leave thine insolence. Your highness came to England, so will I ' Since thou wert king (as who is king, but thou ?; • In England work your grace's full content.
The commonwealth hath daily run to wreck: * Q. Mar. Beside the haught protector, have we * The Dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas Beaufort,
* And all the peers and nobles of the realm * The imperious churchman; Somerset, Bucking- * Have been as bondmen to thy sovereignty. hom,
* Car. The commons hast thou rack'd; the * And gruntling York : and not the least of these, |. clergy's bags * Bui can do rnore in England than the king. * Are lank and lean with thy extortions.
* Suf. And he of these, that can do most of all, * Som. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wife * Cannot do more in England than the Nevils : * Salisbury and Warwick are no simple peers. 1 * Have cost a mass of public treasury. "Q. Mür. Not all theso lords do vex me half so * Buck. Thy cruelty in execution, much,
1 * Upon offenders, hath exceeded law, As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife. * And left thee to the mercy of the law. . She sweeps it through the court with troops of * Q. Mar. Thy sale of offices, and towns in ladies,
France,More like an en press than Duke Humphrey's * If they were known, as the suspect is great, wilo;
1 * Would make thee quickly hop without thy head. Strangers in court do take her for the queen:
[Exit GLOSTER. The Queen drops her Fan, * She lears it alake's revenues on her back,
Give me my fan: What, minion! can you not ? * And in her heart she scorns her poverty :
[Gives the Duchess a box on the ear. * Shall I not live to be aveng'd on her ?
"I cry you mercy, madam; Was it you? * Contemptuous hash-born callat as she is,
Duch. Was'i I? yea, I it was, proud French. She v3uuteri 'nougst her minions t'other day,
woman : The very train of her worst wearing-gown | Could I come near your beauty with my nails, Was better worth than all my father's lands, I'd set my ten commandments in your face. * Til Susfoik gave two dukedoms for his daughter. K. Hen. Sweet aunt, be quiet ; 'twas against her • Suff. Madam, myself have lim'd a bush for
Duch. Against her will! Good king, look to'r * And plac'd a quire of such enticing birds,
in time; * That she will light to listen to the lays,
· She'll hamper thee, and dandle thee like a baby : * And never mount to trouble you again.
* Though in this place most master wear no * So, let her rest; And, madam, list to me:
breeches, * For I am bold to counsel you in this.
She shall not strike dame Eleanor unreveng’d. * Although we fancy not the cardinal,
(Exit Duchess * Yet must we join with him, and with the lords, 1 * Buck. Lord cardinal, I will follow Eleanor, * Till we have brought Duke Humphrey in disgrace. * And listen after Humphrey, how he proceeds: * As for the duke of York, this late complaints 1 * She's tickled now; her fume needs no spurs, * Will make but little for his benefit: .
* She'll gullop fast enough to her destruction. * So, one by one, we'll weed them all at last.
[Exit BUCKINGHAM * And you yourself shall steer the happy helm.
Re-enter GLOSTER. Enter King HENRY, YORK, and SOMERSET, con-| * Glo. Now, lords, my choler being over-blown,
versing with him; Duke and Duchess of GloS- * With walking once about the quadrangle, TER, CARDINAL BEAUFORT, BUCKINGHAM, * I como to talk of commonwealth affairs SALISBURY, and WARWICK.
* As for your spiteful false objections, K. Hen. For my part. noble lords. I care not * Prove them, and I lie open to the law: which ;
* But God in mercy so deal with my soul, Or Somerset, or York, all's one to me.
* As I in duty love my king and country! York. If York havé ill demean'd himself in /* But, to the matter that we have in hand : France,
* I say, my sovereign, York is meetest man, Then let him be denay'd4 the regentship.
* To be your regent in the realm of France. Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the place,
* Suff. Before we make election, give me lcave Let York be regent, I will yield to him.
To show some reason, of no little force, War. Whether your grace be worthy, yea, or no, " That York is most unmeet of any man. Dispute not that: York is the worthier.
York. I'll tell thee, Suffolk, why I am unmeet Car. Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters speak." First, for I cannot flatter thee in pride : War. The cardinal's not my better in the field. 1 * Next, if I be appointed for the place, Buck. All in this presence are thy betters, War
* My lord of Somerset will keep me here, wick.
* Without discharge, money, or furniture, War. Warwick may live to be the best of all. * Till France be won into the Dauphin's hands. * Sal. Peace, son ;-and show some reason,
* Last time, I danc'd attendance on his will, Buckingham,
* Till Paris was besieg'd, famish'd, and lost. * Why Somerset should be preferr'd in this.
* War. That I can witness; and a fouler fact * Q. Mar. Because the king, forsooth, will have * Did never traitor in the land commit. it so.
Suff. Peace, headstrony Warwick! Glo. Madam, the king is old enough himself | War. Image of pride, why should I hold my
1 The duchies of Anjou and Maine, which Henry 4 Denay is frequently used instead of deny among surrendered to Reignier on his marriage with Margaret. the old writers. 2 In the original play:-
15 Censure here means simply judgment or opinion, "I have set limetwigs that will entangle them.' the sense in which it was used by all the writers of the 3 ia, the complaint of Peter the armourer's man time. against his master, for saying that York was the right-1 6 This appears to have been a popular thrase for ful king
| the hands or ten fingers
Enter Servants of SUFFOLK, bringing in HORNER * Boling. I have heard her reported to be a woand PETER.
* man of an invincible spirit: But it shall be conSuff. Because here is a man accus'd of treason:
/* venient, master Hume, that you be by her aloft, Pray God, the duke of York excuse himself !
* while we be busy below; and so, I pray you, go * York. Doth any one accuse York for a traitor ?
* in God's name, and leave, us. [Exit Hume. * K. Hen. Whai mean'st thou, Suffolk ? tell me:
• Mother Jourdain, be you prostrate, and grovel on What are these?
the earth ;-* John Southwell, read you; and let 6.Suff. Please it your majesty, this is the man
* us to our work. That dcth accuse his master of high treason:
Enter Duchess, above. His words were these ;--that Richard, duke of * Duch. Well said, my masters; and welconie York,
* all. To this geer;4 the sooner the better. Was rightful heir unto the English crown ; * Boling. Patience, good lady; wizards know And that your majesty was an usurper.
their times : 'K. Hen. Say, man, were these thy words? Deep night, dark night, the silents of the night.
Hor. An't shall please your majesty, I never said. The time of night when Troy was set on fire nor thought any such matier: God is my witness, The time when screechowls cry, and ban-dogy6 I am falsely accused by the villain...
howl, • Pet. By these ten bones,' my lords, (holding up. And spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves, “ his hands.] he did speak them to me in the garret That iime best fits the work we have in hand. • one night, as we were scouring my lord of York's Madam, sit you, and fear not ; whom we raise, I armour.
1. We will make fast within a hallow'd verge. York. Base dunghill villain, and mechanical, . (Here they perform the Ceremonies appertaining, * I'll have thy head for this thy traitor's speech;
and make the Circle ; BOLINGBROKE, OT "I do beseech your royal majesty,
SOUTHWELL, reads, Conjuro te, &c. It • Let him have all the rigour of the law.
thunders and lightens terribly; then the Spirit Hor. Alas, my lord, hang me, if ever I spake the words. My accuser is my prentice; and when I * Svir. Adsum. did correct him for his fault the other day, he did * M. Jourd. Asmath. vow upon his knees he would be even with me: I * By the eternal God, whose name and power have good witness of this; therefore, I beseech * Thou tremblest at, answer that I shall ask ; your majesty, do not cast away an honest man for | * For, till thou speak, thou shalt not pass from hence. a villain's accusation.
* Spir. Ask what' thou wilt:-That I had said K. Hen. Uncle, what shall we say to this in law?
and done!" . .
. . Glo. This doom, my lord, if I may judge. Boling. First, of the king. What shall of him Let Somerset be regent o'er the French,
become ?. . Reading out of a paper. Because in York this breeds srispicion :
Spir. The duke yet lives, that Henry'shall de . And let these have a day appointed them
pose; • For single combat in convenient place;
But him outlive, and die a violent death. . For he hath witness of his servant's malice: il [As the Spirit speaks Southwell writes the This is the law, and this Duke Humphrey's doom.
answer K. Hen. Then be it so. My lord of Somerset, Boling. What fate awaits the duke of Suffolk ? We make your grace lord regent o'er the French. Spir. By water shall he die, and take his end. Som. I humbly thank your royal majesty.
Boling. What shall befall the duke of Somerset ? Hor. And I accept the combat willingly.
Spir. Let him shun castles ; Pet. Alas, my lord, I cannot fight; * for God's Safer shall'he be upon the sandy plains * sake, pity my case! the spite of man prevaileth | Than where castles mounted stand. * against me. 0, Lord have mercy upon me! I Have done, for more I hardly can endure. * shall never be able to fight a blow : O Lord, my Boling. Descend to darkness, and the burning * heart!
lake; Glo. Sirrah, or you must fight, or else be hang'd. False fiend, avoid!
K. Hen. Away with them to prison: and the day [Thunder and Lightning. Spirit descends. • Of combat shall be the last of the next month.
Enter York and BUCKINGHAM, hastily, with their * Come, Somerset, we'll see thee sent away.
Guards, and others. SCENE IV. The same. The Duke of Gloster's
? York. Lay hands upon these traitors, and their Garden. Enter MARGERY JOURDAIN, HUME, Beldame. I think, we watch'd you at an inch. SOUTHWELL, and BOLINGBROKE.
" What, madam, are you there? the king and com* Hume. Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell
monweal * you, expects performance of your promises. Are deeply indebted for this piece of pains;
* Boling. Master Hume, we are therefore pro- My lord protector will, I doubt it not, * vided : Will her ladyship behold and hear our See you will guerdon'd' for these good deserts. * exorcisms ?3
* Duch. Not half so bad as thine to England's * Hume. Ay; What else ? fear you not her cou*rage.
* Injurious duke; that threat'st where is no cause.
I We have just heard a duchess threaten to set her Wherein the furies mask in hellish troops, ten commandments in the face of a queen. We have Send up, I charge you, from Cocytus? Jake here again a similar vulgar expression. It is, however, The spirit of Ascalon to come to me, a very ancient popular adjuration, and may be found in To pierce the bowels of this centric earth, many old dramatic pieces.
And hither come in twinkling of an eye! 2 Theobald inserted these two lines from the old play, / Ascalon, ascend, ascend ! because without them the king has not declared 'his as. Warburton, in a learned but erroneous note, wished in sent to Gloster's opinion; and the duke of Somerset is prove that an interlunar night was meant. Steevens made to thank him for his regency before the king has has justly observed that silent is here used by the poet deputed him to it. Malone supposes that Shakspeare as a substantive. chought Henry's consent to Humphrey's doom might be 6 Ban-dog, or band-dog, any great fierce dog which expressed by a nod; and therefore omits the lines. requảred to be tied or chained up. Canis molossus,
3 By exorcise Shakspeare invariably means to raise a mastive, beare-dog, or bull-dog.' It is sometimes spirits, and not to lay them. Vide note on All's Well called in the dictionaries canis catenarius. that Ends Well, Act v. Sc. 3.
7 It was anciently believed that spirits, who were 4 Matter or business.
raised by incantations, remained above ground, and an. 5 The old quarto reads the silence of the night.'swered questions with re uctance. See both Lucan and The variation of the copies is worth notice :
* Buck. True, madam, none at nonc. What call l • Car. I thought as much he'd be above th you this? [Showing her the papers.
clouds. • Away with them; let them be clapp'd up close, 1. Glo. Ay, my lord cardinal; How think you by ' And kept asunder :-You, madam, shall with us :
that? Siafford, take her to thee.
Were it not good, your grace could fly to heaven? . (Exit Duchess from above. * K. Hen. The treasury of everlasting joy! "We'll see your trinkets here all forth-coming; 1 " Car. Thy heaven is on earth; thine eyes ana 6 All.“-Away!
thoughts [Exeunt Guards, with Souti. BOLING. &c. 'Beat on a crown,4 the treasure of thy heart; * York. Lord Buckingham, methinks, you watch'd | Pernicious protector, dangerous peei, her well:
That smooth’st it so with king and commonweal! * A pretty plot, well chosen to build upon!
• Glo. What, cardinal, is your priesthood grown Now, pray, my lord, let's see the devil's writ.
peremptory? What have we here?
[Reads. * Tantiene animis cælestibus ire ? The duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose;
Churchmen so hot? good uncle, hide such malice; But him outlive, and die a violent death.
1' With such holiness can you do it? * Why, this is just,
| Suff. No malice, sir ; no more than well be* Aio te, Æacida, Romanos vincere posse.
comes Well, to the rest :
So good a quarrel, and so bad a peer.
Why, as you, my lord; What shall betide the duke of Somerset ?
An't like your lordly lord protectorship. Let him shun castles;
Glo. Why, Suffolk, England knows thine insoSafer shall he be upon the sandy plains,
lence. Than where castles mounted stand.
Q. Mar. And thy ambition, Gloster.. * Come, come, my lords;
I pr’ythee, peace * These oracles are hardily attain'd,
Good queen; and whet not on these furious peers, * And hardly understood.
For blessed are the peacemakers on earth.5 · The king is now in progress toward Saint Albans, Car. Let me be blessed for the peace I make, • With him the husband of this lovely lady: Against this proud protector, with my sword! • Thither go these news, as fast as horse can carry Glo. 'Faith, holy uncle, 'would 'twere come to them;
. that! .
Aside to the Cardinal. • A sorry breakfast for my lord protector,
Car. Marry, when thou dar'st. . [Aside. • Buck. Your grace shall give me leave, my lord. Glo. Make up no factious numbers for the matof York,
...ter, "To be the post, in hope of his reward. ..
In thine own person answer thy abuse. Aside. ." York. At your pleasure, my good lord. Who's "Car. Ay, where thou dar'st not peep: an il ' within there, ho!
thou dar'st, . Enter a Servant.
This evening, on the east side of the grove. [Aside.
• K. Hen. How now, my lords? • Invite my lords of Salisbury, and Warwick,
Believe me, cousin Gloster, • To sup with me to-morrow night.—Away! Had not your man put up the fowl so suddenly,
. We had had more sport.-Come with thy two-
[Aside to Glo.
Car. Are you advis'd ?--the cast side of the grove? SCENE I. Saint Albans. Enter King HENRY, I
Glo. Cardinal, I am with you.
Aside. QUEEN MARGARET, GLOSTER, Cardinal, and
K, Hen. :: Why, how now, uncle Gluster? SUFFOLK, with Falconers hollaing.
'Glo. Talking of hawking ; nothing else'; my
lord. • Q. Mar. Believe me, lords, for flying at the Now, by God's mother, priest, I'll shave your cro's! brook,
for this, " I saw not better sport these seven years' day: * Or all my fence shall fail.
í Aside. • Yet, by your leave, the wind was very high; * Car. Medice teipsum ; .. And, ten to one, old Joan had not gone out.2
! Protector, see to't well, protect yourself. (Aside. K. Hen. But what a point, my lord, your fal- 1 K. Hen. 'The winds grow high; so do your sir : con made,
machs, lords. And what a pitch she flew above the rest! * How irksome is this music to my heart! "To see how God in all his creatures works! 1* When such strings jar, what hope of harmony? .* Yea, man and birds, are faina of climbing high. 1 * I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife.
Suff. No marvel, an it like your majesty, My lord protector's hawks do tower so well;, :
Enter an Inhabitant of Saint Albans, crying They know their master loves to be aloft,
A Miracle !8 * And bears his thoughts above his falcon's pitch. Glo. What means this noise ?
. Glo. My lord, 'tis but a base ignoble mind Fellow, what miracle dost thou proclaim ? • That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
wind stirring, yet she will wheele and sinke away 1 The falconer's term for hawking at water-fowl. from him and from his voice, that all the time before 2 Johnson was informed that the meaning here is, had lured and trained her up. Booke i. p. 60, Ed. 1633 the wind being high, it was ten to one that the old hawk 3 i. e. fond or glad. bad flown quite away; a trick which hawks often play 4 i. e. thy mind is working on a crown. their masters in windy weather.' But surely, not go. 5 Vide St. Matthew, v. 9. ing out cannot signify not coming home. Dr. Percy's.. 6 The two-hand-sword' was sometimes called the interpretation is entirely opposed to this: he explains.it, long sword, and in common use before the introduction
'The wind was so high it was ten to one that old Joan of the rapier. Justice Shallow, in the Merry Wives of 100uld not have taken her flight at the game. Steevens Windsor, boasts of the exploits he had performed in his says, "The ancient books of hawking do not enable him youth with this instrument. In the original play the !o lecide on the merits of such discordant explanations.' Cardinal desires Gloster to bring his sw01d and buckler I think, if he had looked into Latham's Falconry, he 1 7 Fence is the art of defence. would have found that Dr. Percy's is the right explana- 8 This scene is founded on a story which Sir Thomas tion. When you shall come afterward to fly her she More has related, and which he says was communica must be altogether guided and governed by her sto. ted to him by his father. The impostor's name is not macke; yea, she will be kept and also lost by the same: mentioned; but he was detected by Humphrey Duke of for let her faile of that never so little, and every puff of Gloster, and in the manner here represenied Ste wind will blow her away from you; nay, if there lip no More's Works. n. 1344, Erlit. 1557.
Inhab. A miracle! a miracle!
Glo. Tell me, sirrah, wnat's my name?
Simp. I know not.
Simp. No, indeed, master.
Simp. Saunder Simpcox, an if it please you, Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair ! master. Enter the Mayor of Saint Albans, and his Breth-|
is Brethal Glo. Then, Saunder, sit thou there, the lyingest ren; and SimpCox, borne between two Persons in
In Christendom. If ihou hadst been born blind, a Chair ; his Wife, and a great Multitude, following.
S|Thou might'st as well have known our names, as * Car. Here come the townsmen on procession,
thus * To present your highness with the man.
To name the several colours we do wear. * K. Hen. Great is his comfort in this earthly vale,
Sight may distinguish of colours; but suddenly * Although by his sight his sin be multiplied.
To nominate them all, 's impossible. * Glo. Stand by, my masters, bring him near the
My lords, Saint Alban here hath done a miracle, king,
Añd would ye not think that cunning to be great, * His highness' pleasure is to talk with him.
That could restore this cripple to his legs? * K. Hen. Good fellow, tell us here the circum
Simp. 0, master, that you could! stance,
Glo. My masters of Saint Albans, have you not * That we for thee may glorify the Lord.
beadles in your town, and things called whips ? What, hast thou been long blind, and now restor'd?
May. Yes, my lord, if it please your grace. Simp. Born blind, an't please your grace.
Glo. Then send for one presently. Wife. Ay, indeed, was he.
May. Sirrah, go fetch the beadle hither straight. Suff. What woman is this?
[Exit an Attendant. Wife. His wife, an't like your worship.
Glo. Now fetch me a stool hither by and by Glo. Had'st thou been his mother, thou could'stTA Stool brought out. 1 Now, sirrah, if you mean to have better told.
save yourself from whipping, leap me over this stool, K. Hen. Where wert thou born?
and run away. Simp. At Berwick in the north, an't like your
Simp. Alas, master, I am not able to stand alone : grace.
You go about to torture me in vain. • K. Hen. Poor soul! God's goodness hath been great to thee:
Re-enter Attendant, with the Beadle. 'Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass, .. But still remember what the Lord hath done.
Glo. Well, sir, we must have you find your legs. * Q. Mar. Tell me, good fellow, cam’st thou here
re Sirrah beadle, whip him till he leap over that same
stool. by chance, * Or of devotion, to this holy shrine ?
Beard. I will, my lord.-Come on, sirrah: off with • Simp. God knows, of pure devotion ; being call’d your
alled your doublet quickly. ' A hundred times, and oftner, in my sleep
Simp. Alas, master, what shall I do? I am not
able to stand. By good Saint Alban ; who said,-Šimpcox, come; Come, offer at my shrine, and I will help thee.
[After the Beadle hath hit him once, he leaps * Wife. Most true, forsooth; and many time and
over the Stool, and runs away; and the Peooft
ple follow, and cry, A miracle! * Myself have heard a voice to call him so.
* K. Hen. O God, seest thou this, and bear'st Car. What, art thou lame ?
* Q. Mar. It made me laugh, to see the villain run. Simp.
Amy nopol * Glo. Follow the knave; and take this drab away. Suff. How cam'st thou so ?
A fall of a tree.
se l Simp.
* Wife. Alas, sir, we did it for pure need. Wife. A plum-tree, master.
Glo. Let them be whipped through every market Glo. . How long hast thou been blind? | town, till they come to Berwick, whence they came. Simp 0, born so, master.
[Exeunt Mayor, Beadle, Wife, fc. Glo. What, and would'st climb a tree?
imh a tree 21 "Car. Duke Humphrey has done a miracle to-day, Simp. But that in all my life, when I was a youth.
"Suff. True; made the lame to leap, and fly away.
Gio. But you have done more miracles than I ; * Wife. Too true; and bought his climbing very
| You made, in a day, my lord, whole towns to fly. dear. * Glo. 'Mass, thou lov'dst plums well, that
Enter BUCKINGHAM. would'st venture so. • Simp. Alas, good master, my wife desir'd some • K. Hen. What tidings with our cousin Buckdamsons,
ingham ? And made me climb, with danger of my life. ' Buck. Such as my heart doth tremble to unfold. * Glo. A subtle knave! but yet it shall not serve.-1' A sort of naughty persons, lewdly2 bent, Let me see thine eyes :-wink now;-now open
• Under the countenance and confederacy, them :
Of Lady Eleanor, the protector's wife, In my opinion yet thou see'st not well.
The ringleader and head of all this rout, • Simp. Yes, master, clear as day; I thank God,!' Have practis'd dangerously against your state, and Saint Alban.
• Dealing with witches, and with conjurers ; Glo. Say'st thou me so? What colour is this Whom we have apprehended in the fact; cloak of!
· Raising up wicked spirits from under ground, Simp. Red, master: red as blood.
"Demanding of King Henry's life and death, Glo. Why, that's well said: What colour is my ' And other of your highness' privy council, gown of?
As more at large your grace shall understand. Simp. Black, forsooth ; coal-black, as jet. . Car. And so, my lord protector, by this means K. Hen. Why then, thou know'st what colour jet\' Your lady is forthcomingź yet at London. is of ?
| This news, I think, hath turn'd your weapon's Suff. And yet, I think, jet did he never see.
edge: Glo. But cloaks, and gowns, before this day, al' 'Tis like, my lord, you will not keep your hour. many.
[Aside to GLOSTER * Wife. Never, before this day, in all his life.
2 j. e. wickedly, knavishly. 1 A sort is a compary
3 i. e. your lady is in custody.
1. Ay, God Almighty help me!