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* And wedded be thou to the hags of hell, * For daring to affy a mighty lord * Unto the daughter of a worthless king, * Having neither subject, wealth, nor diadem. * By devilish policy art thou grown great, * And, like ambitious Sylla, overgorg'd * With gobbets of thy mother's bleeding heart. * By thee, Anjou and Maine were sold to France: * The false revolting Normans, thorough thee, * Disdain to call us lord; and Picardy * Hath slain their governors, surpriz'd our forts, * And sent the ragged soldiers wounded home. * The princely Warwick, and the Nevils all, * Whose dreadful swords were never drawn in vain,* As hating thee, are rising up in arms: * And now the house of York-thrust from the
crown, * By shameful murder of a guiltless king, * And lofty proud encroaching tyranny,* Burns with revenging fire; whose hopeful colours * Advance our half-fac'd sun, striving to shine, * Under the which is writ– Invitis nubibus. * The commons here in Kent are up in arms: * And, to conclude, reproach, and beggary, * Is crept into the palace of our king, * And all by thee:-Away! convey him hence.
* Suf. O that I were a god, to shoot forth thunder * Upon these paltry, servile, abject drudges ! * Small things make base men proud: this villain
here, Being captain of a pinnace," threatens more • Than Bargulus the strong Illyrian pirate.
Drones suck not eagles' blood, but rob bee-hives.
- to affy-) To affy is to betroth in marriage. ? Being captain of a pinnace,] A pinnace did not anciently signify, as at present, a man of war's boat, but a ship of small burthen.
It is impossible, that I should die * By such a lowly vassal as thyself.
Thy words move rage, and not remorse, in me: "I go of message from the queen to France; I charge thee, waft me safely cross the channel. • Cap. Walter, .Whit. Come, Suffolk, I must waft thee to thy
death. * Suf. Gelidus timor occupat artus :-'tis thee I
fear... Whit. Thou shalt have cause to fear, before I
leave thee. What, are ye daunted now? now will ye stoop? "Gent. My gracious lord, entreat him, speak
him fair. Suf. Suffolk's imperial tongue is stern and rough, • Us'd to command, untaught to plead for favour.
Far be it, we should honour such as these « With humble suit: no, rather let my head • Stoop to the block, than these knees bow to any, Save to the God of heaven, and to my king;
And sooner dance upon a bloody pole, · Than stand uncover'd to the vulgar groom. * True nobility is exempt from fear :• More can I bear, than you dare execute,
Cap. Hale him away, and let him talk no more.
Suf. Come, soldiers, show what cruelty ye can, That this my death may never be forgot!— • Great men oft die by vile bezonians:8 • A Roman sworder and banditto slave, · Murder'd sweet Tully; Brutus' bastard hand • Stabb'd Julius Cæsar; savage islanders, 'Pompey the great:' and Suffolk dies by pirates.
[Exit Sup. with Whit. and Others. Cap. And as for these whose ransome we have set, It is our pleasure, one of them depart:Therefore come you with us, and let him go.
'- bezonians:] Bisognoso, is a mean low man.
9 A Roman sworder, &c.] i. e. Herennius a centurion, and Po. pilius Laenas, tribune of the soldiers.
[Exeunt all but the first Gentleman.
Re-enter WHITMORE, with Suffolk's Body.
Whit. There let his head and lifeless body lie, Until the queen his mistress bury it. [Exit.
1 Gent. O barbarous and bloody spectacle! His body will I bear unto the king: "If he revenge it not, yet will his friends; So will the queen, that living held him dear.
[Exit, with the Body.
Enter George Bevis and John Holland. • Geo. Come, and get thee a sword, though made of a lath; they have been up these two days.
John. They have the more need to sleep now then.
Geo. I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means 'to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set 'a new nap upon it.
John. So he had need, for 'tis threadbare. Well, I say, it was never merry world in England, since gentlemen came up."
* Geo. O miserable age! Virtue is not regarded * in handycrafts-men.
'Pompey the great:] The poet seems to have confounded the story of Pompey with some other.
? — since gentlemen came up.] Thus we familiarly say—a fashion comes up.
* John. The nobility think scorn to go in leather aprons.
* Geo. Nay more, the king's council are no good * workinen.
* John. True; And yet it is said,-Labour in * thy vocation: which is as much to say, as,-let * the magistrates be labouring men; and therefore * should we be magistrates.
* Geo. Thou hast hit it: for there's no better * sign of a brave mind, than a hard hand.
* John. I see them! I see them! There's Best's * son, the tanner of Winghamn ;
* Geo. He shall have the skins of our enemies, * to make dog's leather of.
John. And Dick the butcher,
* Geo. Then is sin struck down like an ox, and * iniquity's throat cut like a calf.
* John. And Smith the weaver.
Drum. Enter Cade, Dick the Butcher, SMITH
the Weaver, and Others in great number. • Cade. We John Cade, so termed of our supposed father, Dick. Or rather, of stealing a cade of herrings."
[Aside. • Cade. --for our enemies shall fall before us, 4 inspired with the spirit of putting down kings and princes,–Command silence. Dick. Silence! Cade. My father was a Mortimer,
i- a cade of herrings.] That is, A barrel of herrings.
our enemies shall fuú before us] He alludes to his name Cade, from cado, Lat. to fall. He has too much learning for his character. Johnson.
Dick. He was an honest man, and a good bricklayer.
[Aside. • Cade. My mother a Plantagenet,Dick. I knew her well, she was a midwife.
[Aside. • Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies, —
Dick. She was, indeed, a pedlar's daughter, and sold many laces.
[ Aside. Smith. But, now of late, not able to travel with • her furred pack, she washes bucks here at home.
[Aside. • Cade. Therefore am I of an honourable house.
Dick. Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable; and there was he born, under a hedge; for his father had never a house, but the cage. [Aside.
* Cade. Valiant I am. * Smith. 'A must needs; for beggary is valiant.
Aside. Cade. I am able to endure much.
Dick. No question of that; for I have seen him whipped three market days together. [Aside.
Cade. I fear neither sword nor fire.
Smith. He need not fear the sword, for his coat is of proof.
Aside. Dick. But, methinks, he should stand in fear of fire, being burnt i'the hand for stealing of sheep.
[ Aside. Cade. Be brave then; for your captain is brave, and vows reformation. There shall be, in England,
S- furred pack,] A wallet or knapsack of skin with the hair outward.
6 - the field is honourable ;] Perhaps a quibble between field in its heraldick, and in its common acceptation, was designed.
i- but the cage.] A cage was formerly a term for a prison. We yet talk of jail-birds.
8 — for his coat is of proof.] A quibble between two senses of the word; one as being able to resist, the other as being welltried, that is, long worn.