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Henry VI part one

Act I, Scene 3

 

London, Before the Tower.
 
[Enter GLOUCESTER, with his Serving-men in blue coats]
 
GLOUCESTER
      ,        ,        ,             ,           ,
      I am | come to | survey | the Tower | this day:
             ,         ,         ,      ,     2     ,
      Since^Hen|ry's death,| I fear | there is con|veyance:
        T    T   T      ,            2       ,          ,
      Where be these | warders,| that they wait | not here?
      ,            ,       ,     ,                ___
      Open | the gates,| 'tis Glouce/ster that | calls.
 
FIRST WARDER [Within]
              ,            ,       ,     ,       ,
      Who's^there,| that knocks | so im|peri|ously?
 
FIRST SERVINGMAN
       ,           ,       ,          ,         o
      It is | the nob|le Duke | of Glouce|ster.
 
SECOND WARDER [Within]
          ,        ,        ,         ,        ,
      Whoere | he be,| you may | not be | let in.
 
FIRST SERVINGMAN
       ,          ,    2       ,         ,       ,
      Villains,| answer you | so the | lord pro|tector?
 
FIRST WARDER [Within]
            ,         ,          ,       ,       ,
      The Lord | protect | him, so | we ans|wer him,
          ,       ,      ,          ,          ,
      We do | no oth|erwise | than we | are willed.
 
GLOUCESTER
             ,           ,     T     T     T           ,
      Who willed | you? or | whose will stands | but mine?
                ,        ,       ,         ,         ,
      There's none | protect|or of | the realm,| but I.
        ,              ,       ,             ,       ,
      Break up | the gates,| I'll be | your war|rantize;
            ,        ,        ,     .   T   T     T
      Shall I | be flout|ed thus | by dunghill grooms?
 
[Gloucester's men rush at the Tower Gates, and WOODVILE the Lieutenant speaks within]
 
WOODVILE
             ,          ,           ,         ,         ,
      What noise | is this?| what trait|ors have | we here?
 
GLOUCESTER
           ,        ,       ,            ,         ,
      Lieuten|ant, is | it you | whose voice | I hear?
      ,   2         ,              ,           ,           ,
      Open the | gates, here's^|Gloucester | that would | enter.
 
WOODVILE
            ,         ,       ,       ,         x
      Have pat|ience nob|le duke,| I may | not open,
           ,     ,        ,      ,          ,
      The Car|dinal | of Win|chester | forbids:
            ,        ,         ,        ,        o
      From him | I have | express | command|ment,
             ,          ,         ,            ,        ,
      That thou | nor none | of thine | shall be | let in.
 
GLOUCESTER
        T     T  .    T          ,       ,           ,
      Faint-hearted Wood|vile, priz|est him | 'fore me?
       ,  2       ,       ,            ,        ,
      Arrogant | Winche|ster, that | haughty | prelate,
            ,             ,   ,     2     ,            ,
      Whom Hen|ry our / late sov|ereign nere | could brook?
            ,          ,          ,       ,         ,
      Thou art | no friend | to God,| or to | the king:
      ,            ,       2       ,          ,      ,
      Open | the gates,| or I'll shut | thee out | shortly.
 
SERVINGMEN
      ,   2        ,    ,            ,       ,
      Open the | gates un/to the | lord pro|tector,
        2        ,           x      ,     2        ,          ,
      Or we'll burst | them open,| if that you | come not | quickly.
 
[Enter to the Protector at the Tower Gates BISHOP OF WINCHESTER and his men in tawny coats]
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
           ,       ,        ,          ,      ,
      How now | ambi|tious Hum|phry, what | means this?
 
GLOUCESTER
         T      T      T        2     ,      2    ,         ,
      Peeled priest, dost | thou command | me to be | shut^out?
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
         ,          ,       ,        ,    ,
      I do,| thou most | usurp|ing prod|itor,
           ,        ,       ,         ,         ,
      And not | protec|tor of | the king | or realm.
 
GLOUCESTER
        T     T    T     ,     ,        ,  2
      Stand back thou | mani|fest con|spirator,
        ,               ,           ,              ,    ,
      Thou that | contrivedst | to murd|er our / dead lord,
        ,          ,          ,       ,   2          ,
      Thou that | givest | whores in|dulgences | to sin,
            ,         ,               ,    ,    2      ,
      I'll can|vass thee | in thy / broad car|dinal's hat,
           ,         ,         ,         ,     ,
      If thou | proceed | in this | thy in|solence.
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
            ,            ,        ,          ,         ,
      Nay stand | thou back,| I will | not budge | a foot:
            ,      ,        ,         ,        ,
      This be | Damas|cus, be | thou curs|ed Cain,
           ,          ,      ,       ,          ,
      To slay | thy broth|er A|bel, if | thou wilt.
 
GLOUCESTER
          ,          ,           ,           ,            ,
      I will | not slay | thee, but | I'll drive | thee back:
            ,        ,              ,       ,        ,
      Thy scar|let robes | as a / child's bear|ing-cloth,
            ,        ,       ,     ,              ,
      I'll use | to car|ry thee | out of | this place.
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
       ,               ,         ,           ,         ,
      Do what | thou darst,| I beard | thee to | thy face.
 
GLOUCESTER
        ,            ,           ,       ,        ,
      What? Am | I dared,| and beard|ed to | my face?
       __     ,          ,          ,            ,
      Draw | men, for | all this | privi|leged place,
        T    T    .  T       ,        ,         ,           ,
      Blue coats to taw|ny coats.| Priest, be|ware your | beard,  ????
          ,          x      ,         ,          ,
      I mean | to tug it,| and to | cuff you | soundly.
       ,           ,        ,          ,     2     ,
      Under | my feet | I stamp | thy car|dinal's hat:
           ,          ,        ,      ,          ,
      In spite | of pope,| or dig|nities | of church,
        ,              ,            ,          ,         ,
      Here by | the cheeks | I'll drag | thee up | and down.
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
         ,             2      ,        ,       ,           ,
      Gloucester,| thou wilt ans|wer this | before | the pope.
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,            ,        ,        ,        ,
      Winche|ster goose,| I cry,| a rope,| a rope.
            ,           ,      ,            ,           ,
      Now beat | them hence,| why do | you let | them stay?
                    ,     ,            ,          ,         ,
      Thee I'll / chase hence,| thou wolf | in sheep's | array.
           ,       ,           ,       ,      ,
      Out^taw|ny coats,| out scar|let hyp|ocrite.
 
[Here GLOUCESTER's men beat out BISHOP OF WINCHESTER's men, and enter in the hurly- burly the Mayor of London and his Officers]
 
MAYOR
       T    T     .   T      2        ,    ,      ,
      Fie lords that you | being su/preme ma|gistrates,
            ,     ,    2  ,            ,           ,
      Thus^con|tumel|iously | should break | the peace.
 
GLOUCESTER
        ,    ,                ,    ,                 ,          
      Peace may/or, thou | knowst lit/tle of | my wrongs:
        ,      ,                   ,          ,          ,
      Here's Beau/fort, that | regards | nor God | nor king,
             ,          ,           ,      ,        ,
      Hath here | distrained | the Tow|er to | his use.
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
         ,      ,              ,        ,    __
      Here's Glouce/ster, a | foe to | citi|zens,
                   ,    ,        ,         ,       ,
      One that / still mo|tions war,| and nev|er peace,
           ,                ,   ,               ,     ,
      Orechar|ging your / free pur|ses with / large fines;
             ,        ,      ,        ,    ,
      That seeks | to ov|erthrow | reli|gion,
          ,         ,       ,       ,         ,
      Because | he is | protec|tor of | the realm;
            ,           ,       ,     ,             ,
      And would | have arm|or here | out of | the Tower,
           ,         ,       ,       2     ,            ,
      To crown | himself | king,| and suppress | the prince.
 
GLOUCESTER
          ,         ,        ,           ,           ,
      I will | not ans|wer thee | with words,| but blows.
 
[Here they skirmish again]
 
MAYOR
         ,     ,                   ,       ,    2      ,
      Naught rests / for me,| in this | tumul|tuous strife,
                ,   ,      ,      ,
      But to / make op|en pro|clama|tion.
      <-  ,      ,  2          ,        ,           ,     ___
        Come || officer,| as loud | as ere | thou canst,| cry:
All manner of men, assembled here in arms this day, against God's peace and the king's, we charge and command you, in his highness' name, to repair to your several dwelling-places, and not to wear, handle, or use any sword, weapon, or dagger henceforward, upon pain of death.
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,     ,           ,        ,         2     ,
      Cardi|nal, I'll | be no | breaker | of the law:
           ,           ,          ,           ,          ,
      But we | shall meet,| and break | our minds | at large.
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
         ,           ,       ,              ,         ,
      Glouce|ster, we'll | meet; to | thy cost,| be sure:
            ,      ,              ,                 ,     ,
      Thy heart-|blood I | will have | for this / day's work.
 
MAYOR
             ,          ,         ,          ,       ,
      I'll call | for clubs,| if you | will not | away:
            ,      ,            ,        ,          x
      This car|dinal's | more haugh|ty than | the devil.
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,            ,           ,          ,           ,
      Mayor | farewell:| thou dost | but what | thou mayst.
 
BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
        ,    ,        ,           ,           ,
      Abom|ina|ble Glouce|ster, guard | thy head,
          ,       ,         ,        ,     __
      For I | intend | to have | it ere | long.
 
[Exeunt, severally, GLOUCESTER and BISHOP OF WINCHESTER with their Serving-men]
 
MAYOR
                  ,      ,            ,         ,        ,
      See the / coast cleared,| and then | we will | depart.
            ,           ,         ,            ,         ,
      Good God,| these nob|les should | such stom|achs bear,
             ,    ,           ,        ,       ,
      I my/self fight | not once | in for|ty year.
 
[Exeunt]

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