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Henry VI part two

Act I, Scene 3

The palace.
 
[Enter three or four Petitioners, PETER, the Armorer's man, being one]
 
FIRST PETITIONER
My masters, let's stand close: my lord protector will come this way by and by, and then we may deliver our supplications in the quill.
 
SECOND PETITIONER
Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's a good man! Jesu bless him!
 
[Enter SUFFOLK and QUEEN MARGARET]
 PETER Here he comes, methinks, and the queen with him. I'll be the first, sure.
 
SECOND PETITIONER
Come back, fool; this is the Duke of Suffolk, and not my lord protector.
 
SUFFOLK
How now, fellow! wouldst anything with me?
 
FIRST PETITIONER
I pray, my lord, pardon me; I took ye for my lord protector.
 
QUEEN MARGARET [Reading]
To my Lord Protector! Are your supplications to his lordship? Let me see them: what is thine?
 
FIRST PETITIONER
Mine is, and it please your grace, against John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for keeping my house, and lands, and wife and all, from me.
 
SUFFOLK
Thy wife, too! that's some wrong, indeed. What's yours? What's here! [Reads] Against the Duke of Suffolk, for enclosing the commons of Melford. How now, sir knave!
 
SECOND PETITIONER
Alas, sir, I am but a poor petitioner of our whole township.
 
PETER [Giving his petition]
Against my master, Thomas Horner, for saying that the Duke of York was rightful heir to the crown.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
What sayst thou? did the Duke of York say he was rightful heir to the crown?
 
PETER
That my master was? no, forsooth: my master said that he was, and that the king was an usurper.
 
SUFFOLK
Who is there?
 
[Enter Servant]
Take this fellow in, and send for his master with a pursuivant presently: we'll hear more of your matter before the King.
 
[Exit Servant with PETER]
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,        ,           ,        ,       ,      ->
      And as | for you | that love | to be | protec||ted
       ,    2      ,         ,        ,          ,
      Un|der the wings | of our | protec|tor's grace,
         ,           ,       ,         ,        ,
      Begin | your suits | anew,| and sue | to him.
        ,      ,    ,          ,           2      ,
      Away,| base cul/lions:| Suffolk | let them go.
 
[Tears the supplication]
 
ALL
Come, let's be gone.
 
[Exeunt]
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,        ,         ,         ,          ,
      My Lord | of Suf|folk, say,| is this | the guise,
           ,         ,   ,     2        ,         ,
      Is this | the fa|shion in the | court of | England?
           ,         ,       ,        ,           ,
      Is this | the go|vernment | of Bri|tain's isle?
            ,         ,     ,       ,   2      ,
      And this | the roy|alty | of Al|bion's king?
        ,             ,   ,             ,       ,
      What, shall | King Hen/ry be | a pu|pil still,
       ,           ,        ,           ,      ,
      Under | the sur|ly Glouce|ster's go|vernance?
         ,       ,         ,      ,         ,
      Am I | a queen | in ti|tle and | in style,
            ,         ,       ,        ,       ,
      And must | be made | a sub|ject to | a duke?
          ,           ,          ,        ,      ,
      I tell | thee Pole,| when in | the ci|ty Tours
             ,         ,        ,      ,        ,
      Thou ranst | a tilt | in ho|nor of | my love,
             ,       ,         ,          ,           ,
      And stolst | away | the la|dies' hearts | of France;
           ,            ,      ,       ,         ,
      I thought | King^Hen|ry had | resem|bled thee,
          ,          ,         ,        ,       o
      In cou|rage, court|ship^and | propor|tion:
           ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      But all | his mind | is bent | to ho|liness,
          ,      ,     ,       ,         ,
      To num|ber A|ve-Ma|ries on | his beads:
            ,    2     ,         ,    ,      2   ,
      His cham|pions, are | the pro|phets and a|postles,
           ,        ,      ,        ,        ,
      His wea|pons ho|ly saws | of sa|cred writ,
           ,      ,         ,     ,               ,
      His stu|dy is | his tilt-|yard, and | his loves
             x     ,    ,        T .  T      T
      Are brazen | ima|ges of | canonized saints.
          ,          ,        ,        ,      ,
      I would | the col|lege of | the car|dinals
               ,           ,         ,      ,         ,
      Would choose | him pope,| and car|ry him | to Rome,
           ,         ,        ,       ,          ,
      And set | the tri|ple crown | upon | his head:
        ,             ,      ,             ,     ,
      That were | a state | fit for | his ho|liness.
 
SUFFOLK
       ,       ,  ,             T  T    T
      Madam | be pa/tient: as | I was cause
             ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
      Your high|ness came | to Eng|land, so | will I
          ,         ,          ,         ,         ,
      In Eng|land work | your gra|ce's full | content.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
          ,          ,     2    ,           2       ,   ,
      Beside | the haugh|ty protec|tor, have we / Beaufort
         2   ,    2     ,         ,     ,      ,    2
      The imper|ious church|man, So|merset,| Buckingham,
            ,          ,         ,          ,          ,
      And grum|bling York:| and not | the least | of these
           ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      But can | do more | in Eng|land than | the king.
 
SUFFOLK
           ,        ,           ,         ,        ,
      And he | of these | that can | do most | of all
       ,    2       ,        ,          ,         ,
      Cannot do | more in | England | than the | Nevils:
        x    2         ,              ,  ,        ,
      Salisbury | and War|wick are / no sim|ple peers.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,            ,         ,         ,         ,
      Not all | these lords | do vex | me half | so much,
                  ,     ,          ,        ,          ,
      As that / proud dame,| the lord | protec|tor's wife:
                x        ,            ,             ,         ,
      She sweeps it | through the | court with | troops of | ladies,
        T    T   .  T                ,    ,           ,
      More like an em|press than / Duke Humph/rey's wife:
        ,              ,          ,         ,          ,
      Strangers | in court,| do take | her for | the queen:
            ,         ,       ,     ,             ,
      She bears | a duke's | reve|nues on | her back,
           ,         ,            ,          ,     ,
      And in | her heart | she scorns | our po|verty:
            ,         ,        ,       ,         ,
      Shall I | not live | to be | avenged | on her?
           ,    2     ,     ,   ,                ,
      Contemp|tuous base-|born cal/let as | she is,
            ,     2    ,          ,      2    ,       ,
      She vaun|ted amongst | her min|ions the o|ther day,
           ,      ,                ,    ,         ,
      The ve|ry train | of her / worst wea|ring gown
           ,        ,           ,        ,          ,
      Was bet|ter worth | than all | my fa|ther's lands,
            ,         ,     T    T   T       2      ,       ->
      Till Suf|folk gave | two dukedoms | for his daugh||ter.
 
SUFFOLK
       ,     2    ,           ,         ,         ,
      Ma|dam, myself | have limed | a bush | for her,
             ,         ,          ,       ,        ,
      And placed | a quire | of such | enti|cing birds,
            ,           ,         ,       ,         ,
      That she | will light | to lis|ten to | the lays,
           ,       ,          ,       ,       ,
      And ne|ver mount | to trou|ble you | again.
          ,          ,         ,       ,        ,
      So let | her rest:| and ma|dam list | to me,
          ,        ,         ,       ,         ,
      For I | am bold | to coun|sel you | in this;
           ,         ,      ,         ,     ,
      Although | we fan|cy not | the car|dinal,
            ,         ,          ,          ,          ,
      Yet must | we join | with him | and with | the lords,
        ,               ,        ,    ,                 ,
      Till we | have brought | Duke Humph/rey in | disgrace.
       ,             ,         ,           ,          ,
      As for | the Duke | of York,| this late | complaint
             ,         ,       ,         ,    ,
      Will make | but lit|tle for | his be|nefit.
          ,        ,            ,          ,         ,
      So one | by one,| we'll weed | them all | at last,
           ,          ,            ,          ,       ,
      And you | yourself | shall steer | the hap|py helm.
 
[Sound a sennet. Enter KING HENRY VI, GLOUCESTER, CARDINAL, BUCKINGHAM, YORK, SOMERSET, SALISBURY, WARWICK, and the DUCHESS]
 
KING HENRY VI
       .   T   T    T       ,         ,          ,
      For my part, no|ble lords,| I care | not which,
          ,     ,         ,      T    T   .  T
      Or So|merset,| or York,| all's one to me.
 
YORK
           ,          ,         ,          ,          ,
      If York | have ill | demeaned | himself | in France,
            ,         ,       ,         ,       ,
      Then let | him be | denied | the re|gentship.
 
SOMERSET
          ,     ,      2   ,       ,         ,
      If So|merset | be unwor|thy of | the place,
            ,        ,       ,          ,         ,
      Let York | be re|gent, I | will yield | to him.
 
WARWICK
       ,               ,         ,        ,        ,
      Whether | your grace | be wor|thy, yea | or no,
          ,      T    T     T      2     ,     ,
      Dispute | not that, York | is the wor|thier.
 
CARDINAL
         ,        ,         ,         ,         ,
      Ambi|tious War|wick, let | thy bet|ters speak.
 
WARWICK
           ,    2      ,        ,       ,         ,
      The car|dinal's not | my bet|ter in | the field.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,    2        ,          ,         ,         ,
      All in this | presence | are thy | betters,| Warwick.
 
WARWICK
       ,              ,        ,         ,        ,
      Warwick | may live | to be | the best | of all.
 
SALISBURY
        T    T    .    T          ,        ,      ,
      Peace son, and show | some rea|son Buck|ingham,
           ,     ,            ,         ,          ,
      Why So|merset | should be | preferred | in this.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
          ,           ,         ,            ,        ,
      Because | the king | forsooth | will have | it so.
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,            ,        ,       ,          ,
      Madam,| the king | is old | enough | himself
           ,         ,          ,        2    ,        ,       ->
      To give | his cen|sure: these | are no wo|men's mat||ters.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       ,     2    ,       ,            ,            ,
      If | he be old | enough,| what needs | your grace
          ,       ,       ,        ,      ,
      To be | protec|tor of | his ex|cellence?
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,      ,          ,       ,         ,
      Madam,| I am | protec|tor of | the realm;
           ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
      And at | his plea|sure will | resign | my place.
 
SUFFOLK
          ,         ,         ,            ,     ,
      Resign | it then, and leave | thine^in|solence.
              ,           ,        ,         ,          ,
      Since^thou | wert king;| as who | is king,| but thou?
           ,        ,           ,      ,         ,
      The com|monwealth | hath dai|ly run | to wreck;
           ,         ,          ,         ,          ,
      The Dau|phin hath | prevailed | beyond | the seas;
           ,          ,          ,       ,         ,
      And all | the peers | and no|bles of | the realm
             ,         ,       ,        ,   2     ,
      Have been | as bond|men to | thy so|vereignty.
 
CARDINAL
           ,         ,            ,           ,         ,
      The com|mons hast | thou racked,| the cler|gy's bags
            ,          ,          ,       ,        o
      Are lank | and lean | with thy | extor|tions.
 
SOMERSET
           ,     2     ,          ,          ,          ,
      Thy sum|ptuous buil|dings, and | thy wife's | attire
             ,        ,        ,        ,     ,
      Have cost | a mass | of pub|lic trea|sury.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,     ,       ,   ,      o
      Thy cru|elty | in ex|ecu|tion
        ,       ,          ,       ,       ,
      Upon | offen|ders, hath | excee|ded law,
            ,          ,        ,      ,        ,
      And left | thee to | the mer|cy of | the law.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
            ,        ,    ,          ,           ,
      Thy sale | of of|fices | and towns | in France,
           ,           ,               ,   ,         ,
      If they | were known,| as the / suspect | is great,
              ,           ,       ,         ,          ,
      Would make | thee quick|ly hop | without | thy head.
        ,    2      T     T    T        ,        ,
      Give me my | fan: what, min|ion, can | ye not?
         ,         ,       ,       ,        ,
      I cry | you mer|cy, ma|dam: was | it you?
 
DUCHESS
         2   ,    T   T   Tx,      T      T   T      ->
      Was it I?| yea, I it was,| proud Frenchwo||man:
        ,      2       ,           ,       ,         ,
      Could | I come near | your beau|ty with | my nails,
           ,        ,        ,          ,          ,
      I'd set | my ten | comman|dments in | your face.
 
KING HENRY VI
              ,        ,         ,        ,           ,
      Sweet^aunt | be qui|et; 'twas | against | her will.
 
DUCHESS
          ,           ,           ,      ,    2          ,
      Against | her will,| good king?| Look to it | in time;
              ,        ,           x       ,      2     ,
      She'll ham|per thee,| and dandle | thee like a | baby:
         ,     2         ,          ,         ,         ,
      Though in this | place most^|master | wear no | breeches,
       ,       2         ,         ,         ,      ,
      She shall not | strike Dame^|Elea|nor^un|revenged.
 
[Exit]
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,   ,           2      ,      ,     ,
      Lord car/dinal,| I will fol|low E|leanor,
           ,       ,       ,         ,      2     ,
      And lis|ten af|ter Humph|rey, how | he proceeds:
              ,       ,          ,      T    T   T
      She's^tick|led now;| her fume | needs no spurs,
              ,       ,       ,      ,    2     ,
      She'll gal|lop far | enough | to her de|struction.
 
[Exit. Re-enter GLOUCESTER]
 
GLOUCESTER
            ,         ,       ,     ,       ,
      Now lords,| my cho|ler be|ing o|ver-blown,
             ,        ,       ,          ,   ,
      With walk|ing once | about | the quad|rangle,
          ,         ,        ,        ,         ,
      I come | to talk | of com|monwealth | affairs.
       ,              ,         ,        ,        o
      As for | your spite|ful false | objec|tions,
        ,              ,       ,      ,        ,
      Prove them,| and I | lie^o|pen to | the law:
           ,        ,      ,     ,              ,
      But God | in mer|cy so | deal with | my soul,
         ,       ,      ,         ,          ,       ->
      As I | in du|ty love | my king | and coun||try.
       ,      2     ,        ,         ,         ,
      But | to the mat|ter that | we have | in hand:
         ,        ,   2        ,        ,        ,
      I say,| my so|vereign, York | is mee|test man
          ,         ,       ,         ,           ,
      To be | your re|gent in | the realm | of France.
 
SUFFOLK
          ,         ,      ,          ,         ,
      Before | we make | elec|tion, give | me leave
           ,          ,        ,       ,        ,
      To show | some rea|son, of | no lit|tle force,
             ,         ,        ,       ,     ,
      That York | is most | unmeet | of a|ny man.
 
YORK
             ,           ,         ,       ,       ,
      I'll tell | thee, Suf|folk, why | I am | unmeet:
        ,             ,        ,        ,         ,
      First, for | I can|not flat|ter thee | in pride;
        ,        ,          ,       ,          ,
      Next, if | I be | appoin|ted for | the place,
           ,        ,     ,           ,         ,
      My Lord | of So|merset | will keep | me here,
           ,          ,      ,          ,      ,
      Without | discharge,| money,| or fur|niture,
              ,         ,       ,        ,           ,
      Till France | be won | into | the Dau|phin's hands:
        T    T  .    T        ,         ,         ,
      Last time I danced | atten|dance on | his will
            ,      ,         ,      ,               ,
      Till Pa|ris was | besieged,| famished,| and lost.
 
WARWICK
        ,           ,    ,            ,        ,
      That can | I wit|ness, and | a fou|ler fact
           ,       ,       ,         ,        ,
      Did ne|ver trai|tor in | the land | commit.
 
SUFFOLK
        T     T    T      ,
      Peace headstrong | Warwick.  (cut off?)
 
WARWICK
       ,           ,      ,               ,         ,
      Image | of pride,| why should | I hold | my peace?
 
[Enter HORNER, the Armorer, and his man PETER, guarded]
 
SUFFOLK
          ,       ,    2     ,       ,          ,
      Because | here is a | man ac|cused of | treason,
        T   T   .    T         ,        ,         ,
      Pray God the Duke | of York | excuse | himself.
 
YORK
           ,     ,        ,      ,     2      ,
      Doth^a|ny one | accuse | York for a | traitor?
 
KING HENRY VI
              ,            ,          ,          ,          ,
      What meanst | thou, Suf|folk? Tell | me, what | are these?
 
SUFFOLK
         ,              ,     ,     ,            ,
      Please it | your ma|jesty,| this is | the man
             ,        ,         ,     2     ,      ,
      That doth | accuse | his ma|ster of high | treason:
            ,            ,           ,          ,         ,
      His words | were these:| that Ri|chard, Duke | of York,
            ,         ,       ,        ,         ,
      Was right|ful heir | unto | the Eng|lish crown
            ,          ,     ,    ,   2   ,
      And that | your ma|jesty | was a u|surper.
 
KING HENRY VI
Say man, were these thy words?
 
HORNER
And it shall please your majesty, I never said nor thought any such matter: God is my witness, I am falsely accused by the villain.
 
PETER
By these ten bones, my lords, he did speak them to me in the garret one night, as we were scouring my Lord of York's armor.
 
YORK
        T    T   T     ,           2   ,     ,
      Base dunghill | villain,| and mecha|nical,
             ,          ,          ,          ,           ,
      I'll have | thy head | for this | thy trai|tor's speech.
         ,       ,           ,      ,     ,
      I do | beseech | your roy|al ma|jesty,
       ,              ,         ,      ,        ,
      Let him | have all | the ri|gor of | the law.
 
HORNER
Alas, my lord, hang me, if ever I spake the words. My accuser is my 'prentice; and when I did correct him for his fault the other day, he did vow upon his knees he would be even with me: I have good witness of this: therefore I beseech your majesty, do not cast away an honest man for a villain's accusation.
 
KING HENRY VI
       ,        ,              ,         ,        ,
      Uncle,| what shall | we say | to this | in law?
 
GLOUCESTER
        T    T    T     ,        ,        ___
      This doom, my | lord, if | I may | judge:
           ,     ,        ,      ,    2       ,
      Let So|merset | be re|gent o|ver the French,
          ,          ,            ,         ,
      Because | in York | this breeds | suspi|cion:
      <- ,     T    T     T       ,        ,        ,
        And | let these have | a day | appoin|ted them
            ,      ,   ,           ,         ,
      For sing|le com|bat in | conven|ient place,
           ,         ,        ,        ,          ,       ->
      For he | hath wit|ness of | his ser|vant's ma||lice:
        ,      2     ,          ,            ,          ,
      This | is the law,| and this | Duke^Humph|rey's doom.
 
SOMERSET
         ,        ,           ,      ,     ,
      I hum|bly thank | your roy|al ma|jesty.
 
HORNER
          ,       ,         ,       ,       ,
      And I | accept | the com|bat wil|lingly.
 
PETER
Alas, my lord, I cannot fight; for God's sake, pity my case. The spite of man prevaileth against me. O Lord, have mercy upon me. I shall never be able to fight a blow. O Lord, my heart.
 
GLOUCESTER
Sirrah, or you must fight, or else be hanged.
 
KING HENRY VI
Away with them to prison; and the day of combat shall be the last of the next month. Come, Somerset, we'll see thee sent away.
 
[Flourish. Exeunt]

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