Act I, Scene 4 GLOUCESTER's garden.
Enter MARGARET JOURDAIN, HUME, SOUTHWELL, and
|HUME||Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell you, expects
performance of your promises.
|BOLINGBROKE||Master Hume, we are therefore provided: will her
ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms?
|HUME||Ay, what else? fear you not her courage.|
|BOLINGBROKE||I have heard her reported to be a woman of an
invincible spirit: but it shall be convenient,
Master Hume, that you be by her aloft, while we be
busy below; and so, I pray you, go, in God's name,
and leave us.
|Mother Jourdain, be you
prostrate and grovel on the earth; John Southwell,
read you; and let us to our work.
|[Enter the DUCHESS aloft, HUME following]|
|DUCHESS||Well said, my masters; and welcome all. To this
gear the sooner the better.
|BOLINGBROKE||Patience, good lady; wizards know their times:
Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night,
The time of night when Troy was set on fire;
The time when screech-owls cry and ban-dogs howl,
And spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves,
That time best fits the work we have in hand.
Madam, sit you and fear not: whom we raise,
We will make fast within a hallow'd verge.
|[Here they do the ceremonies belonging, and make the
circle; BOLINGBROKE or SOUTHWELL reads, Conjuro te,
&c. It thunders and lightens terribly; then the
By the eternal God, whose name and power
Thou tremblest at, answer that I shall ask;
For, till thou speak, thou shalt not pass from hence.
|Spirit||Ask what thou wilt. That I had said and done!|
|BOLINGBROKE||'First of the king: what shall of him become?'|
|[Reading out of a paper]|
|Spirit||The duke yet lives that Henry shall depose;
But him outlive, and die a violent death.
|[As the Spirit speaks, SOUTHWELL writes the answer]|
|BOLINGBROKE||'What fates await the Duke of Suffolk?'|
|Spirit||By water shall he die, and take his end.|
|BOLINGBROKE||'What shall befall the Duke of Somerset?'|
|Spirit||Let him shun castles;
Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains
Than where castles mounted stand.
Have done, for more I hardly can endure.
|BOLINGBROKE||Descend to darkness and the burning lake!
False fiend, avoid!
|[Thunder and lightning. Exit Spirit]|
|[Enter YORK and BUCKINGHAM with their Guard
and break in]
|YORK||Lay hands upon these traitors and their trash.
Beldam, I think we watch'd you at an inch.
What, madam, are you there? the king and commonweal
Are deeply indebted for this piece of pains:
My lord protector will, I doubt it not,
See you well guerdon'd for these good deserts.
|DUCHESS||Not half so bad as thine to England's king,
Injurious duke, that threatest where's no cause.
|BUCKINGHAM||True, madam, none at all: what call you this?
Away with them! let them be clapp'd up close.
And kept asunder. You, madam, shall with us.
Stafford, take her to thee.
|[Exeunt above DUCHESS and HUME, guarded]|
|We'll see your trinkets here all forthcoming.
|[Exeunt guard with MARGARET JOURDAIN, SOUTHWELL, &c]|
|YORK||Lord Buckingham, methinks, you watch'd her well:
A pretty plot, well chosen to build upon!
Now, pray, my lord, let's see the devil's writ.
What have we here?
|'The duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose;
But him outlive, and die a violent death.'
Why, this is just
'Aio te, AEacida, Romanos vincere posse.'
Well, to the rest:
'Tell me what fate awaits the Duke of Suffolk?
By water shall he die, and take his end.
What shall betide the Duke of Somerset?
Let him shun castles;
Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains
Than where castles mounted stand.'
Come, come, my lords;
These oracles are hardly attain'd,
And hardly understood.
The king is now in progress towards Saint Alban's,
With him the husband of this lovely lady:
Thither go these news, as fast as horse can
A sorry breakfast for my lord protector.
|BUCKINGHAM||Your grace shall give me leave, my Lord of York,
To be the post, in hope of his reward.
|YORK||At your pleasure, my good lord. Who's within
|[Enter a Servingman]|
|Invite my Lords of Salisbury and Warwick
To sup with me to-morrow night. Away!
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 A bedchamber.|
|Act I, Scene 1 London. The palace.||Act IV, Scene 1 The coast of Kent.|
|Act I, Scene 2 GLOUCESTER'S house.||Act IV, Scene 2 Blackheath.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 Another part of Blackheath./Act IV, Scene 4 London. The palace. /Act IV, Scene 5 London. The Tower./Act IV, Scene 6 London. Cannon Street.|
|Act I, Scene 4 GLOUCESTER's garden.||Act IV, Scene 7 London. Smithfield.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Saint Alban's.||Act IV, Scene 8 Southwark.|
|Act II, Scene 2 London. YORK'S garden.||Act IV, Scene 9 Kenilworth Castle./Act IV, Scene 10 Kent. IDEN's garden.|
|Act II, Scene 3 A hall of justice.||Act V, Scene 1 Fields between Dartford and Blackheath.|
|Act II, Scene 4 A street.||Act V, Scene 2 Saint Alban's.|
|Act III, Scene 1 The Abbey at Bury St. Edmund's.||Act V, Scene 3 Fields near St. Alban's.|
|Act III, Scene 2 Bury St. Edmund's. A room of state.|
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