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Henry VI part two

Act III, Scene 1

The Abbey at Bury St. Edmund's.
 
[Sound a sennet. Enter KING HENRY VI, QUEEN MARGARET, CARDINAL, SUFFOLK, YORK, BUCKINGHAM, SALISBURY and WARWICK to the Parliament]
 
KING HENRY VI
          ,         ,          ,              ,    ,
      I muse | my Lord | of Glouce|ster is / not come:
            ,          ,        ,         ,        ,
      'Tis not | his wont | to be | the hind|most^man,
           ,       ,        ,           ,        ,
      Whatere | occa|sion keeps | him from | us now.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       ,             ,         ,        ,        ,
      Can you | not see?| Or will | ye not | observe
             ,          ,        ,         ,      ,
      The strange|ness of | his al|tered coun|tenance?
             ,       ,     ,        ,          ,
      With what | a ma|jesty | he bears | himself,
           ,     ,         ,        ,       ,
      How in|solent | of late | he is | become,
            ,      ,       ,   2       2    ,         ,
      How proud,| how pe|remptory,| and unlike | himself.
           ,          ,      ,     2        ,         ,  2
      We know | the time | since he was | mild and | affable,
           ,       ,           ,     .  T   T    T
      And if | we did | but glance | a far-off look,
         ,   2   ,    ,         ,          ,
      Imme|diately | he was | upon | his knee,
            ,          ,         ,          ,        ,        ->
      That all | the court | admired | him for | submis||sion.
       ,      ,         ,          ,        2      ,
      But | meet him | now, and | be it | in the morn,
           ,       ,           ,          ,        ,
      When e|very one | will give | the time | of day,
           ,           ,          ,         ,      ,
      He knits | his brow,| and shows | an an|gry eye,
           ,        ,          ,        ,       ,
      And pas|seth by | with stiff | unbow|ed knee,
          ,        ,      ,        ,       ,
      Disdai|ning du|ty that | to us | belongs.
        T     T   .   T       ,        ,           ,
      Small curs are not | regar|ded when | they grin;
       .    T    T    T        ,         ,      ,
      But great men trem|ble when | the li|on roars;
            ,      2    ,    ,        ,        ,
      And Humph|rey is no | little | man in | England.
        ,     ,                   ,     ,           ,
      First note,/ that he | is near | you in | descent,
             ,           ,     ,            ,           ,
      And should | you fall,| he as | the next | will mount.
          ,         ,        ,       ,    ,
      Me see|meth then,| it is | no po|licy,
          ,         ,       ,    2      ,         ,
      Respec|ting what | a ran|corous mind | he bears,
           ,       ,        ,    2      ,        ,
      And his | advan|tage fol|lowing your | decease,
            ,            ,       ,          ,        x
      That he | should come | about | your roy|al person
       ,   2    ,        ,          ,          ,
      Or be ad|mitted | to your | highness'| council.
           ,    2    ,        ,         ,           ,
      By flat|tery hath | he won | the com|mons' hearts:
       T    T   T      ,          ,       ,
      And when he | please to | make com|motion,
        ,             ,           ,          ,       ,
      'Tis to | be feared | they all | will fol|low him.
       ,                ,           ,           ,       ,      ->
      Now 'tis | the spring,| and weeds | are shal|low-roo||ted,
       ,     2      ,       2         ,    ,         ,
      Suf|fer them now,| and they'll^ore|grow the | garden
            ,           ,           ,        ,      ,
      And choke | the herbs | for want | of hus|bandry.
           ,   2      ,        ,       ,        ,
      The re|verent care | I bear | unto | my lord,
        ,            ,           ,        ,         ,
      Made me | collect | these dan|gers in | the duke.
       ,           ,      ,          ,         ,
      If it | be fond,| call it | a wo|man's fear;
              ,        ,       ,        ,         ,
      Which fear,| if bet|ter rea|sons can | supplant,
          ,          ,          ,         ,            ,
      I will | subscribe,| and say | I wronged | the duke.
           ,        ,          ,      ,          ,
      My Lord | of Suf|folk, Buck|ingham,| and York,
          ,         ,    ,        ,        ,
      Reprove | my al|lega|tion, if | you can,
           ,         ,          ,        ,     ,
      Or else | conclude | my words | effec|tual.
 
SUFFOLK
        ,                ,         ,     ,            ,
      Well hath | your high|ness seen | into | this duke;
           ,        ,           ,         ,          ,
      And had | I first | been put | to speak | my mind,
          ,          ,            ,          ,         ,
      I think | I should | have told | your gra|ce's tale.
           ,              ,   ,     ,     2->
      The du|chess, by / his sub|orna|tion,
        ,          ,       ,          x         ,     ,
      Upon || my life | began | her devil|ish prac|tises:
          ,        ,         ,      ,            ,
      Or if | he were | not pri|vy to | those faults,
           ,      ,       ,         ,        ,
      Yet by | repu|ting of | his high | descent,
           ,          ,     ,           ,         ,
      As next | the king,| he was | succes|sive heir,
       .    T    T     T         ,       ,    ,
      And such high vaunts | of his | nobi|lity,
           ,      ,           x       T     T   T       2->
      Did in|stigate | the bedlam | brain-sick du||chess
           ,       ,          ,          ,   2         ,
      By wick|ed means | to frame | our so|vereign's fall.
         T     T   .   T        ,           ,          ,
      Smooth runs the wa|ter, where | the brook | is deep;
       ,    2       ,         ,        ,          ,
      And in his | simple | show he | harbors | treason.
           ,      T    T    T      2        ,           ,
      The fox | barks not when | he would steal | the lamb.
       T   T   .  T    2        ,         ,      ,
      No, no, my so|vereign, Glouce|ster is | a man
          ,       ,          ,         ,        ,
      Unsoun|ded yet | and full | of deep | deceit.
 
CARDINAL
       ,        ,        ,           ,        ,
      Did he | not, con|trary | to form | of law,
       .  T     T       T           ,        ,        ,
      Devise strange deaths,| for small | offen|ses done?
 
YORK
           ,        ,        ,        ,       ,
      And did | he not,| in his | protec|torship,
       Tx    T     T        ,        ,            ,
      Levy great sums | of mo|ney through | the realm
           ,          ,          ,          ,         x
      For sol|diers' pay | in France,| and ne|ver sent it?
           ,           ,         ,           ,       ,      ->
      By means | whereof | the towns | each day | revol||ted.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,         2     ,        ,           ,         ,
      Tut,| these are pet|ty faults | to faults | unknown.
              ,           ,          ,           ,            ,       2->
      Which time | will bring | to light | in smooth | Duke^Humph||rey.
 
KING HENRY VI
           ,          ,          ,          ,        ,
      My lords | at once:| the care | you have | of us,
       .  T    T     T            ,        ,          ,
      To mow down thorns | that would | annoy | our foot,
          ,         ,      ,       2      ,         ,
      Is wor|thy praise:| but shall I | speak my | conscience,
            ,         ,         ,       ,     ,
      Our kins|man Glouce|ster is | as in|nocent,
            ,         ,       ,        ,      ,      ->
      From mea|ning trea|son to | our roy|al per||son,
       ,     2      ,        ,         ,         ,
      As | is the suck|ing lamb,| or harm|less dove:
            ,        ,    2      ,         ,           x
      The duke | is vir|tuous, mild,| and too | well given
           ,          x      2     ,     T   T   T
      To dream | on evil | or to work | my downfall.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
            ,           ,    2      ,           ,       ,       ->
      Ah what's | more dan|gerous than | this fond | affi||ance?
        ,       2    ,         ,       2     ,     ,
      Seems | he a dove?| His fea|thers are but | borrowed,
            ,         ,      ,         ,        ,
      For he's | disposed | as the | hateful | raven:
       ,   2      ,           ,         ,        ,
      Is he a | lamb? His | skin is | surely | lent him,
            ,         ,         ,        ,   2      ,
      For he's | inclined | as is | the ra|venous wolf.
           ,        ,         ,            ,         ,
      Who can|not steal | a shape | that means | deceit?
             ,         ,         ,        ,       ,
      Take heed,| my lord,| the wel|fare of | us all,
        ,             ,         ,            ,        ,
      Hangs on | the cut|ting short | that fraud|ful man.
 
[Enter SOMERSET]
 
SOMERSET
             ,        ,       ,         ,      ,
      All health | unto | my gra|cious so|vereign.
 
KING HENRY VI
       ,               ,     ,           ,            ,
      Welcome | Lord* So|merset:| What news | from France?
 
SOMERSET
            ,          ,   2     ,          ,       x
      That all | your in|terest in | those ter|ritories,
          ,     ,       ,          ,         ,
      Is ut|terly | bereft | you: all | is lost.
 
KING HENRY VI
             ,           ,      ,                ,         ,
      Cold^news,| Lord* Somer|set: but | God's^will | be done.
 
YORK [Aside]
             ,         ,       ,         ,          ,
      Cold^news | for me;| for I | had hope | of France,
           ,      ,       ,         ,        ,       ->
      As firm|ly as | I hope | for fer|tile Eng||land.
        ,       2     ,         ,       ,        ,
      Thus | are my blos|soms blas|ted in | the bud,
           ,     ,        ,          ,       ,
      And ca|terpil|lars eat | my leaves | away:
          ,         ,    ,          ,          ,
      But I | will re|medy | this gear | ere long,
           ,        ,      ,       ,    2     ,
      Or sell | my ti|tle for | a glo|rious grave.
 
[Enter GLOUCESTER]
 
GLOUCESTER
           ,      ,       ,        ,          ,
      All hap|piness | unto | my lord | the king:
       ,            ,          ,           ,          ,
      Pardon,| my liege,| that I | have stayed | so long.
 
SUFFOLK
              ,           ,           ,          ,          ,
      Nay* Glouce|ster, know | that thou | art come | too soon,
          ,           ,          ,       ,          ,
      Unless | thou wert | more loy|al than | thou art:
         ,       ,                ,    ,        ,
      I do | arrest | thee of / high trea|son here.
 
GLOUCESTER
        T   T   T           ,          ,         ,
      Well Suffolk,| thou shalt | not see | me blush
             ,          ,      ,           ,        ,
      Nor change | my coun|tenance | for this | arrest:
          ,         ,     2    ,     ,  2      ,
      A heart | unspot|ted is not | easily | daunted.
           ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      The pu|rest spring | is not | so free | from mud,
         ,        ,            ,       ,       ,    2     ->
      As I | am clear | from trea|son to | my so||vereign:
       ,       2    ,     ,         ,   2      ,
      Who | can accuse | me? Where|in am I | guilty?
 
YORK
              ,           ,          ,            ,           ,
      'Tis thought,| my lord,| that you | took bribes | of France,
           ,    2    ,          ,          ,          ,
      And be|ing protec|tor, stayed | the sol|diers' pay,
           ,           ,         ,                ,     ,
      By means | whereof | his high|ness hath / lost France.
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,             ,        
      Is it | but thought | so?
                                 ,          ,              x
                               What | are they | that think it?
         ,        ,          ,         ,          ,
      I ne|ver robbed | the sol|diers of | their pay,
          ,      ,         ,       ,             ,
      Nor^e|ver had | one^pen|ny bribe | from France.
           ,        ,       ,           ,            ,
      So help | me God,| as I | have watched | the night,
       T     T    .   T         ,    2     ,         ,       2->
      Aye, night by night,| in stu|dying good | for Eng||land,
             ,          ,        ,        ,          ,
      That doit | that ere | I wres|ted from | the king,
         ,      ,         ,       ,       ,
      Or a|ny groat | I hoar|ded to | my use,
            ,          ,         ,       ,      ,
      Be brought | against | me at | my tri|al day.
       ,    2        ,               ,   ,        ,
      No: many | a pound | of mine^/own pro|per store,
          ,         ,          ,         ,      ,       2->
      Because | I would | not tax | the nee|dy com||mons,
        ,     2    ,       ,        ,      ,
      Have | I disbur|sed to | the gar|risons,
           ,       ,          ,     ,      o
      And ne|ver asked | for res|titu|tion.
 
CARDINAL
            ,           ,         ,        ,         ,
      It serves | you well,| my lord,| to say | so much.
 
GLOUCESTER
         ,         ,           ,          ,        ,
      I say | no more | than truth,| so help | me God.
 
YORK
           ,        ,       ,         ,        ,
      In your | protec|torship,| you did | devise
         ,     ,           2    ,         ,        ,
      Strange tor/tures for of|fenders | never | heard of,
            ,        ,        ,         ,     ,
      That Eng|land was | defamed | by ty|ranny.
 
GLOUCESTER
            ,           ,             ,     ,    2     ,
      Why 'tis | well known,| that whiles | I was pro|tector,
       ,          ,          ,           ,        ,
      Pity | was all | the fault | that was | in me:
          ,            ,     ,         ,          ,
      For I | should melt | at an | offen|der's tears,
           ,       ,           ,       ,            ,
      And low|ly words | were ran|som for | their fault:
          ,         ,        ,      ,     ,
      Unless | it were | a bloo|dy mur|derer,
           ,       ,   2     ,             ,             ,        ,  ->
      Or foul | felo|nious thief,| that fleeced | poor* pas||sengers,
         ,       ,        2     ,     ,    2
      I ne|ver gave | them condign | punishment.
       ,    2     ,            ,       ,        ,
      Murder in|deed, that | bloody | sin, I | tortured
         ,         ,      ,          ,         ,
      Above | the fe|lon or | what tres|pass else.
 
SUFFOLK
           ,      ,         2       ,       ,        ,
      My lord,| these faults^are | easy,| quickly | answered:
            ,    2     ,           ,           ,       ,
      But migh|tier crimes | are laid | unto your | charge,
            ,        ,       ,   2    ,           ,
      Whereof | you can|not ea|sily purge | yourself.
         ,       ,         ,         ,          ,
      I do | arrest | you in | his high|ness' name;
            ,        ,         ,        ,     ,   2
      And here | commit | you to | my lord | cardinal
           ,       ,          ,         ,         ,
      To keep,| until | your fur|ther time | of trial.
 
KING HENRY VI
           ,          ,           ,        ,         ,
      My lord | of Glouce|ster, 'tis | my spe|cial hope,
            ,           ,           ,          ,         ,
      That you | will clear | yourself | from all | suspense,
          ,            ,         ,         ,     ,
      My con|science tells | me you | are in|nocent.
 
GLOUCESTER
          ,          ,            ,         ,      ,
      Ah gra|cious lord,| these^days | are dan|gerous:
       ,             ,            ,       ,      o
      Virtue | is choked | with foul | ambi|tion,
           ,            ,     ,         ,          ,
      And cha|rity / chased hence | by ran|cor's hand;
        T   T .  T       ,       ,     ,
      Foul suborna|tion is | predo|minant
           ,         ,  ,           ,          ,
      And eq|uity / exiled | your high|ness' land.
          ,           ,    ,            ,         ,
      I know,| their com|plot is | to have | my life:
       ,    2       ,             ,          ,        ,
      And if my | death might | make this | island | happy,
            ,          ,   2         ,    ,     ,
      And prove | the pe|riod of / their ty|ranny,
      ,             ,               ,   ,        ,
      I would | expend | it with / all wil|lingness:
            ,         ,         ,         ,           ,
      But mine | is made | the pro|logue to | their play;
            ,          ,          ,        ,          x
      For thou|sands more,| that yet | suspect | no peril,
            ,         ,             ,       ,     ,
      Will not | conclude | their plot|ted tra|gedy.
        ,           ,    ,         ,    ,        ,      ,
      Beaufort's | red sparkling eyes blab his heart's malice,  ????
           ,           ,       ,          ,       ,
      And Suf|folk's clou|dy brow | his stor|my hate;
        ,     ,              ,         ,           ,
      Sharp Buck/ingham | unbur|dens with | his tongue,
           ,   2     ,           ,      ,          ,
      The en|vious load | that lies | upon | his heart:
           ,        ,          ,        ,         ,
      And dog|ged York,| that rea|ches at | the moon,
            ,     ,        ,                ,      ,
      Whose o|verwee|ning arm | I have / plucked back,
           ,         ,          ,      ,        ,
      By false | accuse | doth le|vel at | my life.
           ,        ,   2      ,       ,          ,
      And you,| my so|vereign la|dy, with | the rest,
        ,                ,        ,       ,        ,
      Causeless | have laid | disgra|ces on | my head,
            ,           ,       ,                 ,    ,
      And with | your best | endea|vor have / stirred up
          ,         ,         ,        ,    ,
      My lie|fest liege | to be | mine e|nemy:
       ,    ,      2             ,           ,       ,
      Aye, all / of you have | laid your | heads to|gether,
          ,         ,     2     ,        ,      ,
      Myself | had no|tice of your | conven|ticles,
           ,         ,      ,         ,          ,
      And all | to make | away | my guilt|less life.
       2       ,      T    T    T    ,     2      ,
      I shall not | want false wit|ness, to con|demn me,
            ,          ,              ,   ,         ,
      Nor store | of trea|sons, to / augment | my guilt;
           ,        ,    ,      2       ,      ,
      The an|cient pro|verb will be | well ef|fected:
          ,          ,        ,          ,       ,
      A staff | is quick|ly found | to beat | a dog.
 
CARDINAL
           ,          ,        ,      ,      ,
      My liege,| his rai|ling is | into|lerable.
           ,            ,         ,          ,        x
      If those | that care | to keep | your roy|al person
             ,         ,        ,           ,          ,
      From trea|son's se|cret knife | and trai|tors' rage
           ,        ,         ,         ,      ,
      Be thus | upbrai|ded, chid | and ra|ted at,
       ,           ,        ,        ,           ,
      And the | offen|der gran|ted scope | of speech,
               ,           ,         ,       ,          ,
      'Twill make | them cool | in zeal | unto | your grace.
 
SUFFOLK
        ,             ,         ,   2      ,      ,
      Hath he | not twit | our so|vereign la|dy here
            ,    ,   2     ,              ,         ,
      With ig|nomi|nious words,| though clerk|ly couched?
          ,        ,     T   T     T         ,
      As if | she had | suborned some | to swear
        T    T . T              ,   ,           ,
      False allega|tions, to / orethrow | his state.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
          ,         ,         ,       ,          ,
      But I | can give | the lo|ser leave | to chide.
 
GLOUCESTER
           ,       ,            ,         ,        ,
      Far tru|er spoke | than meant:| I lose | indeed,
          ,          ,         ,            ,          ,
      Beshrew | the win|ners, for | they played | me false,
            ,          ,       ,           ,          ,
      And well | such^lo|sers may | have leave | to speak.
 
BUCKINGHAM
              ,           ,           ,         ,         ,
      He'll wrest | the sense | and hold | us here | all day.
             ,     ,        ,         ,     ,
      Lord* car|dinal,| he is | your pri|soner.
 
CARDINAL
        T     T  . T          ,          ,           ,
      Sirs, take away | the duke,| and guard | him sure.
 
GLOUCESTER
            ,          ,        ,       ,           ,
      Ah, thus | King^Hen|ry throws | away | his crutch
          ,          ,         ,         ,         ,    ->
      Before | his legs | be firm | to bear | his bo||dy.
        ,      2     ,         ,        ,          ,
      Thus | is the she|pherd bea|ten from | thy side,
             ,           ,         ,            ,           ,
      And wolves | are gnar|ling, who | shall gnaw | thee first.
       ,             ,           ,          ,         ,
      Ah that | my fear | were false,| ah that | it were;
            ,          ,       ,       ,        ,
      For good | King^Hen|ry, thy | decay | I fear.
 
[Exit, guarded]
 
KING HENRY VI
           ,       ,             ,        ,         ,
      My lords,| what to | your wis|doms see|meth best,
       ,        T T   T     2     ,           ,
      Do, or | undo, as | if ourself | were here.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
        ,                 ,         ,          ,       ,
      What, will | your high|ness leave | the par|liament?
 
KING HENRY VI
       ,   ,               ,           ,             ,
      Aye Mar/garet;| my heart | is drowned | with grief,
              ,         ,         ,        ,           ,
      Whose flood | begins | to flow | within | mine^eyes;
          ,      ,         ,          ,    ,
      My bo|dy round | engirt | with mi|sery:
             ,           ,   2  ,          ,       ,
      For what's | more mi|serable | than dis|content?
          ,       ,         ,         ,       ,
      Ah un|cle Humph|rey, in | thy face | I see
           ,        ,        ,          ,     ,
      The map | of ho|nor, truth,| and loy|alty:
           ,           ,         ,         ,         ,
      And yet,| good Humph|rey, is | the hour | to come
            ,         ,            ,           ,           ,
      That ere | I proved | thee false,| or feared | thy faith.
            ,         ,         ,       ,       ,
      What lou|ring star | now en|vies thy | estate?
             ,       T     T     .   T     ,          ,
      That these | great lords, and Mar|garet | our queen,
           ,        ,             ,    ,         ,
      Do seek | subver|sion of / thy harm|less life.
             x       ,            ,           T  T    T
      Thou never | didst them | wrong, nor | no man wrong;
           ,        ,         ,       ,          ,
      And as | the but|cher takes | away | the calf,
            ,            ,           ,          ,          ,
      And binds | the wretch,| and beats | it when | it strays,
        ,        ,            ,        ,         ,
      Bearing | it to | the bloo|dy slaugh|ter-house,
      ,       ,      ,             2       ,           ,
      Even | so re|morseless | have they borne | him hence;
           ,        ,          ,       ,         ,
      And as | the dam | runs^low|ing up | and down,
        ,    2       ,          ,          T    T    T
      Looking the | way her | harmless | young one went,
           ,          ,           ,         ,           ,
      And can | do nought | but wail | her dar|ling's loss,
        2   ,       ,        ,              ,            ,
      Even so | myself | bewails | good* Glouce|ster's case
            ,        ,        ,                   ,     ,
      With sad | unhelp|ful tears,| and with / dimmed eyes
            ,      ,         ,       ,         ,
      Look^af|ter him | and can|not do | him good,
           ,      ,         ,     ,     ,
      So migh|ty are | his vow|ed e|nemies.
           ,        ,          ,           ,            ,
      His for|tunes I | will weep,| and 'twixt | each groan,
       T     T   .   T          ,         ,        ,
      Say, who's a trai|tor? Glouce|ster he | is none.
 
[Exeunt all but QUEEN MARGARET, CARDINAL, SUFFOLK, and YORK; SOMERSET remains apart]
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       __     ___
      Free | lords:  \\
        T    T    T       ,          T    T    T
      Cold snow melts | with the | sun's hot beams:
       ,           ,         ,         ,         ,
      Henry,| my lord,| is cold | in great | affairs,
            ,        ,         x           ,            ,
      Too full | of foo|lish pity:| and Glouce|ster's show
           ,           ,         ,        ,      ,
      Beguiles | him, as | the mourn|ful cro|codile
            ,         ,        ,        ,       ,
      With sor|row snares | relen|ting pas|sengers,
       ,            ,        ,     2      ,          ,
      Or as | the snake | rolled in a | flower|ing bank,
            ,         ,           ,            ,         ,
      With shi|ning check|ered slough,| doth sting | a child,
        ,              ,        ,         ,      ,
      That for | the beau|ty thinks | it ex|cellent.
          ,          ,            ,           ,         ,
      Believe | me lords,| were none | more wise | than I,
           ,         ,       ,           ,          ,
      And yet | herein | I judge | mine own | wit good;
              ,           ,          ,       ,          ,
      This Glouce|ster should | be quick|ly rid | the world,
          ,        ,         ,         ,        ,
      To rid | us of | the fear | we have | of him.
 
CARDINAL
            ,           ,        ,       ,    ,
      That he | should die,| is wor|thy po|licy,
           ,         ,       ,      ,          ,
      But yet | we want | a co|lor for | his death:
             ,        ,         ,           ,         ,
      'Tis meet | he be | condemned | by course | of law.
 
SUFFOLK
       T   .  T   T      ,             ,    ,
      But in my mind,| that were | no po|licy:
            ,          ,       ,          ,          ,
      The king | will la|bor still | to save | his life,
           ,        ,       ,         ,          ,
      The com|mons hap|ly rise,| to save | his life;
           ,         ,         ,    2   ,     ,
      And yet | we have | but tri|vial ar|gument,
        ,              ,            ,          ,        ,
      More than | mistrust,| that shows | him wor|thy death.
 
YORK
           ,         ,                 ,    ,         ,
      So that | by this,| you would / not have | him die.
 
SUFFOLK
           ,        ,       ,         ,       ,
      Ah York,| no man | alive | so fain | as I.
 
YORK
             ,           ,          ,       ,          ,
      'Tis York | that hath | more rea|son for | his death.
         2     ,     ,   2          ,         ,        ,       ->
      But my lord | cardinal,| and you | my Lord | of Suf||folk,
       ,      2      ,           ,          ,           ,
      Say | as you think,| and speak | it from | your souls:
          2    ,         ,        ,      ,    2      ,
      Were it not | all^one,| an emp|ty ea|gle were set
           ,           ,        ,       ,        ,
      To guard | the chick|en from | a hun|gry kite,
           ,       ,    ,          2         ,        ,
      As place | Duke Humph/rey for the | king's pro|tector?
 
QUEEN MARGARET
                 ,    ,         ,          ,         ,
      So the / poor chick|en should | be sure | of death.
 
SUFFOLK
       ,            ,            x          ,         ,
      Madam |'tis true;| and were it | not mad|ness then,
           ,         ,        ,      ,         ,
      To make | the fox | survey|or of | the fold?
           ,    2    ,         ,      ,     ,
      Who be|ing accused | a craf|ty mur|derer,
            ,        ,     2       ,      ,       ,
      His guilt | should be but | idly | posted | over,
          ,          ,      2    ,     ,   ,
      Because | his pur|pose is not | exe|cuted.
       ,             ,     ,            ,      ,
      No: let | him die,| in that | he is | a fox,
          ,         ,        ,    ,     2      ,
      By na|ture proved | an e|nemy | to the flock,
          ,          ,           ,             ,        ,
      Before | his chaps | be stained | with crim|son blood,
           ,          ,         ,        ,        ,
      As Hump|hrey proved | by rea|sons to | my liege.
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,         ->
      And do | not stand | on quil|lets how | to slay || him:
       ,     2     ,           ,         ,      ,
      Be | it by gins, | by snares,| by sub|tlety,
        ,            ,         ,        ,       ,
      Sleeping | or wa|king, 'tis | no mat|ter how,
          ,        ,          ,         ,        ,
      So he | be dead;| for that | is good | deceit,
              ,           ,            ,         ,         ,
      Which mates | him first,| that first | intends | deceit.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
              ,        x            ,     ,       ,
      Thrice^no|ble Suffolk,| 'tis re|solute|ly spoke.
 
SUFFOLK
           ,     ,        ,         ,           ,
      Not re|solute,| except | so much | were done,
             ,          ,       ,          ,        ,
      For things | are of|ten spoke,| and sel|dom meant,
            ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      But that | my heart | accor|deth with | my tongue,
       ,             ,        ,    ,    ,
      Seeing | the deed | is me|rito|rious,
       ,            ,         ,   2       ,         ,
      And to | preserve | my so|vereign from | his foe,
       ,              ,        ,         ,          ,
      Say but | the word,| and I | will be | his priest.
 
CARDINAL
          ,           ,          ,         ,          x
      But I | would have | him dead,| my Lord | of Suffolk,
       ,              ,         ,       ,         ,
      Ere you | can take | due^or|ders for | a priest:
       ,             ,         ,         ,          ,
      Say you | consent | and cen|sure well | the deed,
            ,         ,         ,   ,     ,
      And I'll | provide | his ex|ecu|tioner,
         ,       ,         ,      ,        ,
      I ten|der so | the safe|ty of | my liege.
 
SUFFOLK
        ,    2       ,           ,        ,        ,
      Here is my | hand, the | deed is | worthy | doing.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,     ,
      And so say^I.
 
YORK
          ,       ,       ,          ,
      And I: and now we three have spoke it,   ????
            ,           ,       ,        ,           ,
      It skills | not great|ly who | impugns | our doom.
 
[Enter a Post]
 
POST
              ,           ,        ,       ,       ,
      Great^lords,| from Ire|land am | I come | amain,
          ,     ,         ,        ,          ,
      To sig|nify,| that re|bels there | are up
           ,         ,       ,       ,         ,
      And put | the Eng|lishmen | unto | the sword.
            ,          ,           ,          ,        ,
      Send suc|cors (lords)| and stop | the rage | betime,
          ,          ,          ,       ,    ,
      Before | the wound | do grow | uncu|rable;
           ,       ,                  ,     ,         ,
      For be|ing green,| there is / great hope | of help.
 
CARDINAL
           ,             ,         ,        ,   2     ,
      A breach | that craves | a quick | expe|dient stop.
             ,        ,         ,          ,        ,
      What coun|sel give | you in | this weigh|ty cause?
 
YORK
            ,     ,           x      ,        ,
      That So|merset | be sent as | regent | thither:
             ,           ,     ,      ,        ,
      'Tis meet | that luck|y ru|ler be | employed;
       ,             ,        ,         ,          ,
      Witness | the for|tune he | hath had | in France.
 
SOMERSET
           ,          ,         ,        ,    ,
      If York,| with all | his far-|fet po|licy,
            ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      Had been | the re|gent there | instead | of me,
          ,       ,             ,           ,          ,
      He ne|ver would | have stayed | in France | so long.
 
YORK
       ,             ,        ,         ,           ,
      No, not | to lose | it all,| as thou | hast done.
         ,        ,            ,         ,        ,
      I ra|ther would | have lost | my life | betimes,
             ,        ,        ,       ,       ,
      Than bring | a bur|then of | disho|nor home,
           ,        ,          ,          ,           ,
      By stay|ing there | so long,| till all | were lost.
        T   .  T    T      ,           ,         ,
      Show me one scar | charac|tered on | thy skin:
        T     T    .   T           ,         ,       ,
      Men's flesh preserved | so whole | do sel|dom win.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       ,                ,            ,        ,        ,
      Nay then,| this spark | will prove | a ra|ging fire,
           ,          ,          ,           ,         ,
      If wind | and fuel | be brought,| to feed | it with:
           ,            ,            ,     ,         ,
      No more,| good* York;| sweet* So|merset | be still.
           ,          ,            ,          ,        ,
      Thy for|tune, York,| hadst thou | been re|gent there,
             ,     ,           ,            ,           ,
      Might^hap|pily | have proved | far* worse | than his.
 
YORK
        T     T     .     T      ,              ,           ,
      What, worse than^nought?| nay, then | a shame | take^all.
 
SOMERSET
           ,        ,         ,           ,        ,
      And in | the num|ber, thee,| that wish|est shame.
 
CARDINAL
           ,         ,     ,               ,        ,
      My Lord | of York,| try what | your for|tune is.
           ,  ,        ,         ,           2     ,
      The un|civil | kerns of | Ireland | are in arms,
           ,        ,           ,         ,       ,
      And tem|per clay | with blood | of Eng|lishmen:
          ,         ,          ,        ,        ,
      To Ire|land will | you lead | a band | of men,
          ,         ,         ,           ,       ,
      Collec|ted choice|ly, from | each coun|ty some,
           ,          ,        ,         ,      ,
      And try | your hap | against | the I|rishmen?
 
YORK
          ,         ,          ,          ,     ,
      I will,| my lord,| so please | his ma|jesty.
 
SUFFOLK
       ,             ,    ,       ,         ,
      Why, our | autho|rity | is his | consent,
            ,        ,      ,        ,        ,
      And what | we do | esta|blish he | confirms:
        T     Tx    T      ,                ,         ,
      Then, noble York,| take thou | this task | in hand.
 
YORK
         ,        ,         ,        ,           ,
      I am | content:| provide | me sol|diers, lords,
             ,         ,      ,          ,        ,
      Whiles I | take^or|der for | mine own | affairs.
 
SUFFOLK
           ,            ,         ,         ,          ,
      A charge,| Lord^York,| that I | will see | performed.
           ,        ,     ,   2        ,           ,
      But now | return | we to the | false Duke^|Humphrey.
 
CARDINAL
           ,        ,        ,          ,          ,
      No more | of him:| for I | will deal | with him
             ,     ,                ,       ,        ,
      That hence|forth he | shall trou|ble us | no more:
           ,          ,         ,        ,        ,
      And so | break^off,| the day | is al|most spent,
              x         2    ,          ,         ,       ,
      Lord Suffolk,| you and I | must talk | of that | event.
 
YORK
           ,          x          ,      T   T    T
      My Lord | of Suffolk,| within | fourteen days
           ,      ,       ,        ,         o
      At Bris|tol I | expect | my sol|diers;
            ,            ,          ,        ,     ,
      For there | I'll ship | them all | for I|reland.
 
SUFFOLK
            ,        ,       ,         ,         ,
      I'll see | it tru|ly done,| my Lord | of York.
 
[Exeunt all but YORK]
 
YORK
       T    T    .  T        ,           ,          ,
      Now York, or ne|ver, steel | thy fear|ful thoughts,
             ,          ,         ,    ,       o
      And change | misdoubt | to re|solu|tion;
       ,               ,         ,        ,          ,
      Be that | thou hopst | to be,| or what | thou art;
          ,         ,       2    ,      ,      2    ,
      Resign | to death,| it is not | worth the en|joying:
       .    T    T     T      ,      2        T    T   T
      Let pale-faced fear | keep with the | mean-born man,
            ,        ,       ,      ,       ,
      And find | no har|bor in | a roy|al heart.
       ,    2          T     T     Tx              ,            ,
      Faster than | spring-time showers,| comes thought | on thought,
           ,         ,             ,         ,     ,
      And not | a thought | but thinks | on dig|nity.
           ,             x        2     ,    2    ,
      My brain | more* busy | than the la|boring spi|der
      <-   ,       ,          ,          ,         ,     ,
        Weaves || tedi|ous snares | to trap | mine e|nemies.
        T    Tx      T      ,      ,         ,
      Well nobles, well,| 'tis po|litic|ly done,
           ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
      To send | me pack|ing with | a host | of men:
          ,        ,          ,          ,        ,
      I fear | me you | but warm | the star|ved snake,
       ,   ,                      ,             ,             ,
      Who che/rished in | your breasts,| will sting | your hearts.
             ,         ,          ,           ,          ,
      'Twas men | I lacked | and you | will give | them me:
          ,         ,       ,         ,        ,
      I take | it kind|ly: yet | be well | assured,
           ,      ,    ,               ,           ,
      You put | sharp wea/pons in | a mad|man's* hands.
             ,       ,        ,      2    ,       ,
      Whiles^I | in Ire|land nou|rish a migh|ty band,
      ,     2       ,       ,          T    T     T
      I will stir|^up in | England | some black storm,
              ,          ,         ,           x          ,
      Shall blow | ten thou|sand souls | to heaven,| or hell:
                   ,   ,         ,           ,          ,
      And this / fell tem|pest shall | not cease | to rage,
         ,         ,       ,        ,        ,
      Until | the gol|den cir|cuit on | my head,
        ,            ,    2     ,           ,        ,
      Like to | the glo|rious sun's | transpa|rent beams,
           ,         ,          ,     T    T    T
      Do calm | the fury | of this | mad-bred flaw.
           ,       ,     ,        ,       ,
      And for | a mi|nister | of my | intent,
      ,     2     ,         T    T    T       ,
      I have se|duced a | headstrong Ken|tishman,
        ,    ,      ,
      John Cade of Ashford,  ????
           ,        ,              ,    ,        ,
      To make | commo|tion, as / full well | he can,
       ,           ,            ,   ,     ,
      Under | the ti|tle of / John Mor|timer.
          ,         ,        ,           ,         ,
      In Ire|land have | I seen | this stub|born Cade
          ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      Oppose | himself | against | a troop | of kerns,
             ,          ,      ,                ,            ,
      And fought | so long,| till that | his thighs | with darts
            ,        ,    .   T      T     T       ,
      Were al|most like | a sharp-quilled por|pentine;
           ,        ,      2    ,        ,          ,
      And in | the end | being res|cued, I | have seen
           ,      ,   ,       2      ,      ,
      Him cap|er up|right like^a | wild Mo|risco,
       ,              ,       ,         ,         ,
      Shaking | the bloo|dy darts,| as he | his bells.
            ,        ,    .   T     T     T       ,
      Full^of|ten, like | a shag-haired craf|ty kern,
            ,       ,        ,        ,    ,
      Hath^he | conver|sed with | the e|nemy,
           ,     ,          ,        ,      ,
      And un|disco|vered, come | to me | again,
            x         ,       ,          ,      ,
      And given | me no|tice of | their vil|lanies.
            ,       ,           ,       ,       ,
      This de|vil here | shall be | my sub|stitute;
                   ,   ,     ,           ,         ,
      For that / John Mor|timer,| which now | is dead,
           ,         ,          ,          ,       ,       ->
      In face,| in gait,| in speech | he doth | resem||ble.
       ,         ,        2     ,          ,          ,
      By | this, I | shall perceive | the com|mons' mind,
       ,             ,          ,           ,          ,
      How they | affect | the house | and claim | of York.
       T   T  T    ,         ,           ,
      Say he be | taken,| racked, and | tortured,
          ,         ,      ,     2     ,      ,
      I know | no pain | they can in|flict u|pon him,
             ,         ,        ,      ,               ,
      Will make | him say,| I moved | him to | those^arms.
       ,               ,          ,            ,         ,
      Say that | he thrive,| as 'tis | great^like | he will,
            ,          ,         ,    ,               ,
      Why then | from Ire|land come | I with | my strength
            ,         ,         ,           ,        ,
      And reap | the har|vest which | that ras|cal sowed.
            ,        ,       ,        ,          ,
      For Humph|rey be|ing dead,| as he | shall be,
           ,      ,       ,          ,         ,
      And Hen|ry put | apart:| the next | for me.
 
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