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And never mount to trouble you again.
of Gloucester, CARDINAL BEAUFORT, BUCKINGHAM,
King. For my part, noble lords, I care not which; Or Somerset or York, all's one to me.
York. If York haveilldemean'd himself in France, Then let him be denay'd the regentship.
Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the place, Let York be regent; I will yield to him.
War. Whether your grace be worthy, yea or no, Dispute not that: York is the worthier.
Car. Ambitious Warwick, let thy betters speak.
reason, Buckingham, Why Somerset should be preferred in this.
QUEEN. Because the king, forsooth, will have it so.
Glou. Madam, the king is old enough himself To give his censure : these are no women's matters.
QUEEN. If he be old enough, whatneeds your grace To be protector of his excellence ?
Glou. Madam, I am protector of the realm ; And, at his pleasure, will resign my place.
Sur. Resign it then and leave thine insolence. Since thou wert king—as who is king but thou?The commonwealth hath daily run to wreck; The Dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas; And all the peers and nobles of the realm Have been as bondmen to thy sovereignty. Car. The commons hast thou rack'd; the
clergy's bags Are lank and lean with thy extortions. Som. Thy sumptuous buildings and thy wife's
Buck. Thy cruelty in execution
QUEEN. Thy sale of offices and towns in France,
[Exit GLOUCESTER. The Queen drops her fan. Give me my fan: what, minion! can ye not?
[She gives the DUCHESS a box on the ear. I cry you mercy, madam ; was it you?
Duch. Was't I! yea, I it was, proud French
Could I come near your beauty with my nails,
I'ld set my ten commandments in
face. KING. Sweet aunt, be quiet; 'twas against her
will. Duch. Against her will! good king, look to't
in time; She'll hamper thee, and dandle thee like a baby : Though in this place most master wear no breeches, She shall not strike Dame Eleanor unrevenged.
[Exit. Buck. Lord cardinal, I will follow Eleanor, And listen after Humphrey, how he proceeds: She's tickled now; her fume needs no spurs, She'll gallop far enough to her destruction.
Sur. Before we make election, give me leave
YORK. I'll tell thee, Suffolk, why I am unmeet: First, for I cannot flatter thee in pride;
Next, if I be appointed for the place,
WAR. That can I witness; and a fouler fact
Sur. Peace, headstrong Warwick !
man PETER, guarded. Suf. Because here is a man accused of treason: Pray God the Duke of York excuse himself!
YORK. Doth any one accuse York for a traitor?
what are these?
KING. Say, man, were these thy words?
HOR. In't shall please your majesty, I never said nor thought any such matter : God is my witness, I am falsely accused by the villain.
Pet. 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 armour.
YORK. Base dunghill villain and mechanical,
Hor. Alas, my lord, hang me, if ever 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. Uncle, what shall we say to this in law ?
Glou. This doom, my lord, if I may judge:
Som. I humbly thank your royal majesty.
Pet. Alas, my lord, I cannot fight; for God's sake, pity my case. The spite of man prevaileth against
O Lord, have mercy upon me! I shall never be able to fight a blow. O Lord, my heart !
Glou. Sirrah, or you must fight, or else be hang'd.
KING. 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.