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John. Then we are like to have biting statutes, unless his teeth be pullid out.
Cade. And henceforward all things shall be in com
S CE N E VI.
Enter a Messenger. Mes. My Lord, a prize, a prize! Here's the Lord Say which fold the town in France ; he that made us pay one and twenty fifteens and one shilling to the pound, the last subsidy.
Enter George with the Lord Say. Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten times. Ah, thou Say, thou serge, ? nay, thou buckram Lord, now art thou within point-blank of our jurisdiction regal. What canst thou answer to my Majesty for giving up of Normandy unto Monsieur Basimecu, the Dauphin of France ? Be it known unto thee by these presents, even the presence of Lord Mortimer, that I am the besom that must sweep the court clean of such filth as thou art. Thou haft most traiterously corrupted the youth of the Realm in erecting a grammar-school; and whereas before, our fore-fathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou haft caused * printing to be us'd ; and contrary to the King, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill. It will be prov'd to thy face that thou hast men about thee, that usually talk of a Noun and a Verb, and such abominable words, as no christian ear can endure to hear. Thou haft appointed justices of the peace to call poor men before them, about matters they were not able to answer.
7 thou Say, thou ferge,] Say Serge to buckram. was the old word for jilk, on Printing to be us'd] Shakethis depends the series of de- speare is a little too early with gradation, from say to ferge, from this accusation.
Moreover, thou hast put them in prison; and because they could not read, thou hast hang’d them ; 8 when, indeed, only for that cause they have been most worthy to live.
Thou dost ride on a foot-cloth, dost thou not?
Say. What of that?
Cade. Marry, thou ought'st not * to let thy horse wear a cloak when honester men than thou go in their hose and doublets.
Dick. And work in their shirt too; as myself, for example, that am a butcher.
Say. You men of Kent,
Cade. Away with him, away with him, he speaks
Kent. 8 because they could not read, 9 When have I aught exacted thou hast bang' them ;) 'That is,
hands? they were hanged because they Kent to maintain, the King, the could not claim the benefit of clergy.
Large gifts have I bestow'd on To let thy horse wear a cloak.] learned clerks, This is a reproach truly characte Because my book preferr'd me to riftical. Nothing gives so much the king ;] This passage I. offence to the lower ranks of know not well how to explain. mankind as the fight of fuper- It is pointed so as to make Say fuities merely oftentatious. declare that he preferr'd clerks
realm and you,
Kent to maintain, the King, the realm and you,
field? Say. Great men have reaching hands; oft have I
struck Those that I never saw, and struck them dead. George. O monstrous coward! what, to come be
hind folks? Say. These cheeks. are pale with watching for your
good. Cade. Give him a box o'ch' ear, and that will make
'em red again. Say. Long sitting to determine poor mens' Causes Hath made me full of fickness and diseases.
Cade. Ye shall have a hempen caudle then, and the help of a hatchet.
Dick. Why dost thou quiver, man?
Cade. Nay, he nods at us, as who should say, I'll be even with you. I'll see, if his head will stand steadier on a pole or no. Take him away, and behead him,
Say. Tell me, wherein have I offended most? Have I affected wealth or honour, speak. to maintain Kent and the King. ped into this passage by chance, This is not very clear ; and be and would read, fides, he gives in the following When have I augbt exacted as line another reason of his bounty, that learning raised him, and But to maintain the King, the therefore he supported learning. realm, and you? I am inclined to think Kent flip
Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold?
Cade. I feel remorse in myself with his words; but I'll bridle it; he shall die, an it be for pleading so well for his life. Away with him, he has a Familiar under his tongue, he speaks not o'God's name. take him away, I say, and strike off his head present
and then break into his son-in-law's house, Sir James Cromer, and Itrike off his head, and bring them both upon two poles hither.
AN. It shall be done.
Cade. Away with him, and do as I command ye. The proudest peer of the Realm shall not wear a head on his shoulders, unless he pay me tribute ; there shall not a maid be married, but the shall pay me her maiden-head ere they have it ; men shall hold of me in Capite, and we charge and command, that their wives be as free as heart can wish, or tongue can tell.
Dick. My Lord, when shall we go to Cheapside, and take up commodities upon our bills?
Cade. Marry, presently.
Enter one with the beads.
Cade. But is not this braver ? Let them kifs one another ; for they lov'd well when they were alive. Now part them again, left they consult about the giv
of some more towns in France. Soldiers, de
fer the spoil of the city until night ; for with these borne before us instead of maces, will we ride through the streets, and at every corner have them kiss. Ăway.
Changes to SouthWARK.
Alarm, and Retreat. Enter again Cade, and all bis
Cade. P Fish-ftreet, down St. Magnus Corner, kill and knock down; throw them into Thames.
[A Parley founded. What noise is this I hear ? Dare any be so bold to sound retreat or parley, When I command them kill ?
Enter Buckingham and old Clifford, attended.
Buck. Ay, here they be that dare and will disturb
relent, And yield to mercy whilst 'tis offer'd
you, Or let a rabble lead you to your deaths ? Who loves the King, and will embrace his Pardon, Fling up his cap, and say, God save his majesty ! Who hateth him, and honours not his father, Henry the fifth, that made all France to quake, Shake he his weapon at us, and pass by.
All. God save the King ! God save the King !
Cade. What Buckingham and Clifford, are ye lo brave? and you, base peasants, do ye believe 'em ? will you