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Glo. Now, Lords, my choler being over-blown
With walking once about the Quadrangle,
I come to talk of commonwealth affairs.
As for your spightful false objections,
Prove them, and I lie open to the law.
But God in mercy deal fo with my soul,
As I in duty love my King and Country !
-But to the matter that we have in hand.
I say, my Sovereign, York is meetest man
To be your Regent in the Realm of France.

Suf. Before we make election, give me leave
To thew fome reason of no little force,
That York is most unmeet of any man.

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,
My Lord of Somerset will keep me here
Without discharge, mony or furniture,
Till France be won into the Dauphin's hands.
Last time, I danc'd attendance on his will,
Till Paris was besieg’d, familh'd and loft.

War. That I can witness; and a fouler fact
Did never traitor in the land commit.

Suf. Peace, head-strong Warwick.
War. Image of pride, why should I hold my peace ?

Enter Horner the Armourer, and his Man Peter,


Suf. Because here is a man accus'd of treason. Pray God, the Duke of York excuse himself! Zork. Doth any one accuse l'ork for a traitor?

K. Henry.

K. Henry. What mean'st thou, Suffolk ? tell me,

what are these ? Suf. Please it your Majesty, this is the man,

, That doth accuse his master of high treason. His words were these; “ that Richard Duke of York " Was rightful heir unto the English Crown; “ And that your Majesty was an usurper."

K. Henry. Say, man; were these thy words?

Arm. An't shall please your Majesty, I never said nor thought any such matter. God is my witness, I am falsy accus'd by the villain.

Peter. By these ten bones, my Lord, [holding up his bands] he did speak them to me in the garret one night, as we were scow'ring my Lord of York's armour.

York. Base dunghill villain, and mechanical,
I'll have thy head for this thy traitor's speech.
I do beseech your royal Majesty,
Let him have all the rigour of the Law.

Arm. Alas, my Lord, hang me, if ever I 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.

K. Henry. Uncle, what shall we say to this in Law?

Glo. This doom, my Lord, if I may judge. Let Somerset be Regent o'er the French, Because in York this breeds suspicion. And let these have a day appointed them For single Combat in convenient place; For he hath witness of his servant's malice. This is the law, and this Duke Humphry's doom. K. Henry. ? Then be it so. My Lord of Somerset,


9 K. Henry. Then be it so, &c.] think, very necesarily. For, withThese two Lines I have inserted out them, the King has not defrom the old Quarto; and, as I clared his Asient to Glouc fer's



We make your Grace Lord Regent over the French,

Som. I humbly thank your royal Majesty. firm. And I accept the Combat willingly,

Peter. A las, my Lord, I cannot fight. For God's sake, pity my case; the spight of Man prevaileth against me. O Lord, have mercy upon me! I lhall never be able to fight a blow. O Lord, my heart!--..

Glo. Sirrah, or you must fight, or else be hang’d, K. Henry. 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.

[Flourish. Exeunt, SC E N E VIII.

The Witch's Cave.

Enter Mother Jordan, Hume, Southwel, and

Bolingbrook. Hume. OME, my masters; the Dutchess, I tell

you, expects performance of your promises. Boling. Master Hume, we are therefore provided. Will her ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms?

Huine. Ay, what else? fear not her courage.

Boling. I have heard her reported to be a woman of an invincible fpirit; 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. [Exit. Hume.] Mother Jordan, be prostrate and grovel on the earth; John Southwel, read you, us to our work.

Enter Eleanor, above. Elean. Well said, my masters, and welcome to all, To this geer, the sooner the better.

and leg

Opinion : and the Duke of So. the Regency, before the King has The mjet is made to thank him for deputed him to it. THEOBALD


Boling. Patience, good lady. Wizards know their

'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,
When 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 perform the Ceremonies, and make the circle;

Bolingbrook or Southwel reads, Conjuro te, &c.
It thunders and lightens terribly; then the Spirit

Spirit. Adfum.

M. Jord. Afmuth, by the eternal God, whose name And power thou trembleft at, tell what I alk; For till thou speak, thou shalt not pass from hence. Spirit. Ask what thou wilt. - That I had said, and

done! Boling. First, of the King. What shall of him be

come? Spirit. The Duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose, But him out-live, and die a violent death.

[As the Spirit fpeeks, they write the answer.. Boling. Tell me, what fates await the Duke of

Suffolk ?
Spirit. By water shall he die, and take his end.
Boling. What shall befal the Duke of Somerset?

Spirit. Let him shun Castles.
Safer shall he be on the sandy plains,

'Deep night, dark night, the alii filentis Lunæ appellant. Lib.

filent of the night.] The xvi. cap. 39. In imitation of filent of the night is a classical ex. this language, Milton says, pression : and means an interlu The Sun to me is dark nar night.-Amica filentia Lu And lilent as the Moon,

So Pliny, Inter omnes verò When the deserts the night, convenit, utilifsimè in coitu ejus Hid in her vacant interlunar fterni, quem dien alii interlunii, Cave. WARBURTON.



Than where Castles mounted ftand.
Have done, for more I hardly can endure.

Boling. Descend to darknefs, and the burning lake: Falfe fiend, avoid!

[Thunder and Lightning. Spirit descends.

Enter the Duke of York, and the Duke of Buckingham,

with their Guard, and break in.

York. Lay hands upon these traitors, and their trash.

-Beldame, I think, we watch'd you at an inch. What, Madam, are you there? the King and Realm Are deep indebted for this piece of pains. My Lord Protector will, I doubt it not, See you well guerdon’d for these good deserts.

Elean. Nog half so bad as thine to England's King. Injurious Duke, that threat'st where is no cause. Buck. True, Madam, none at all. What call you

Away with them, let them be clap'd up close,
And kept apart. You, Madam, shall with us.
Stafford, take her to thee,
We'll see your Trinkets here forth-coming all,

[Exeunt Guards with Jordan, Southwel, &c. York. - Lord Buckingham, methinks, you watch'd

her well.
A pretty Plot, well chose to build upon.
Now, pray, my Lords, let's see the devil's Writ.
What have we here?

The Duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose;
But him 01t-live, and die a violent death.
Why, this is just, Aio te, Æacido, Romanos vincere

polle. Well, to the rest,

? Lord Fuckingham, methinks, tators had heard in the Scene im&c.] This repetition of the mediately preceding, is not to frophefies, which is altogether be found in the first edition of unlictefiary, after what the spec. this Play,


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