Alarums to the fight, wherein
SIR HUMPHREY and
|CADE||Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford?|
|CADE||They fell before thee like sheep and oxen, and thou
behavedst thyself as if thou hadst been in thine own
slaughter-house: therefore thus will I reward thee,
the Lent shall be as long again as it is; and thou
shalt have a licence to kill for a hundred lacking
|DICK||I desire no more.|
|CADE||And, to speak truth, thou deservest no less. This
monument of the victory will I bear;
|[Putting on SIR HUMPHREY'S brigandine]|
|and the bodies shall be dragged at my horse' heels
till I do come to London, where we will have the
mayor's sword borne before us.
|DICK||If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the
gaols and let out the prisoners.
|CADE||Fear not that, I warrant thee. Come, let's march
|QUEEN MARGARET||Oft have I heard that grief softens the mind,
And makes it fearful and degenerate;
Think therefore on revenge and cease to weep.
But who can cease to weep and look on this?
Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast:
But where's the body that I should embrace?
|BUCKINGHAM||What answer makes your grace to the rebels'
|KING HENRY VI||I'll send some holy bishop to entreat;
For God forbid so many simple souls
Should perish by the sword! And I myself,
Rather than bloody war shall cut them short,
Will parley with Jack Cade their general:
But stay, I'll read it over once again.
|QUEEN MARGARET||Ah, barbarous villains! hath this lovely face
Ruled, like a wandering planet, over me,
And could it not enforce them to relent,
That were unworthy to behold the same?
|KING HENRY VI||Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn to have thy head.|
|SAY||Ay, but I hope your highness shall have his.|
|KING HENRY VI||How now, madam!
Still lamenting and mourning for Suffolk's death?
I fear me, love, if that I had been dead,
Thou wouldst not have mourn'd so much for me.
|QUEEN MARGARET||No, my love, I should not mourn, but die for thee.|
|[Enter a Messenger]|
|KING HENRY VI||How now! what news? why comest thou in such haste?|
|Messenger||The rebels are in Southwark; fly, my lord!
Jack Cade proclaims himself Lord Mortimer,
Descended from the Duke of Clarence' house,
And calls your grace usurper openly
And vows to crown himself in Westminster.
His army is a ragged multitude
Of hinds and peasants, rude and merciless:
Sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother's death
Hath given them heart and courage to proceed:
All scholars, lawyers, courtiers, gentlemen,
They call false caterpillars, and intend their death.
|KING HENRY VI||O graceless men! they know not what they do.|
|BUCKINGHAM||My gracious lord, return to Killingworth,
Until a power be raised to put them down.
|QUEEN MARGARET||Ah, were the Duke of Suffolk now alive,
These Kentish rebels would be soon appeased!
|KING HENRY VI||Lord Say, the traitors hate thee;
Therefore away with us to Killingworth.
|SAY||So might your grace's person be in danger.
The sight of me is odious in their eyes;
And therefore in this city will I stay
And live alone as secret as I may.
|[Enter another Messenger]|
|Messenger||Jack Cade hath gotten London bridge:
The citizens fly and forsake their houses:
The rascal people, thirsting after prey,
Join with the traitor, and they jointly swear
To spoil the city and your royal court.
|BUCKINGHAM||Then linger not, my lord, away, take horse.|
|KING HENRY VI||Come, Margaret; God, our hope, will succor us.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||My hope is gone, now Suffolk is deceased.|
|KING HENRY VI||Farewell, my lord: trust not the Kentish rebels.|
|BUCKINGHAM||Trust nobody, for fear you be betray'd.|
|SAY||The trust I have is in mine innocence,
And therefore am I bold and resolute.
|SCALES||How now! is Jack Cade slain?|
|First Citizen||No, my lord, nor likely to be slain; for they have
won the bridge, killing all those that withstand
them: the lord mayor craves aid of your honour from
the Tower, to defend the city from the rebels.
|SCALES||Such aid as I can spare you shall command;
But I am troubled here with them myself;
The rebels have assay'd to win the Tower.
But get you to Smithfield, and gather head,
And thither I will send you Matthew Goffe;
Fight for your king, your country and your lives;
And so, farewell, for I must hence again.
|CADE||Now is Mortimer lord of this city. And here, sitting
upon London-stone, I charge and command that, of the
city's cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but
claret wine this first year of our reign. And now
henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls
me other than Lord Mortimer.
|[Enter a Soldier, running]|
|Soldier||Jack Cade! Jack Cade!|
|CADE||Knock him down there.|
|[They kill him]|
|SMITH||If this fellow be wise, he'll never call ye Jack
Cade more: I think he hath a very fair warning.
|DICK||My lord, there's an army gathered together in
|CADE||Come, then, let's go fight with them; but first, go
and set London bridge on fire; and, if you can, burn
down the Tower too. Come, let's 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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