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Henry VI, Pt. 2: Act II, Scene 1

Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act II, Scene 1

Scene 1

St. Albans.

  1. Enter the King, Queen with her hawk on her fist, Protector
  2. Gloucester, Cardinal, and Suffolk, with Falc’ners hallowing.

Queen Margaret

1 - 4
  1. Believe me, lords, for flying at the brook,
  2. I saw not better sport these seven years’ day;
  3. Yet by your leave, the wind was very high,
  4. And ten to one, old Joan had not gone out.

King Henry the Sixth

5 - 8
  1. But what a point, my lord, your falcon made,
  2. And what a pitch she flew above the rest!
  3. To see how God in all his creatures works!
  4. Yea, man and birds are fain of climbing high.

Duke of Suffolk

9 - 12
  1. No marvel, and it like your Majesty,
  2. My Lord Protector’s hawks do tow’r so well;
  3. They know their master loves to be aloft,
  4. And bears his thoughts above his falcon’s pitch.

Duke of Gloucester

13 - 14
  1. My lord, ’tis but a base ignoble mind
  2. That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.

Cardinal Beauford

15
  1. I thought as much, he would be above the clouds.

Duke of Gloucester

16 - 17
  1. Ay, my Lord Cardinal, how think you by that?
  2. Were it not good your Grace could fly to heaven?

King Henry the Sixth

18
  1. The treasury of everlasting joy.

Cardinal Beauford

19 - 22
  1. Thy heaven is on earth, thine eyes and thoughts
  2. Beat on a crown, the treasure of thy heart,
  3. Pernicious Protector, dangerous peer,
  4. That smooth’st it so with king and commonweal!

Duke of Gloucester

23 - 26
  1. What, Cardinal? Is your priesthood grown peremptory?
  2. Tantaene animis caelestibus irae?
  3. Churchmen so hot? Good uncle, hide such malice;
  4. With such holiness can you do it?

Duke of Suffolk

27 - 28
  1. No malice, sir, no more than well becomes
  2. So good a quarrel and so bad a peer.

Duke of Gloucester

29
  1. As who, my lord?

Duke of Suffolk

30 - 31
  1.                  Why, as you, my lord,
  2. An’t like your lordly Lord’s Protectorship.

Duke of Gloucester

32
  1. Why, Suffolk, England knows thine insolence.

Queen Margaret

33
  1. And thy ambition, Gloucester.

King Henry the Sixth

34 - 36
  1.                               I prithee peace,
  2. Good queen, and whet not on these furious peers,
  3. For blessed are the peacemakers on earth.

Cardinal Beauford

37 - 38
  1. Let me be blessed for the peace I make
  2. Against this proud Protector with my sword!

Duke of Gloucester

39
  1. Aside to Cardinal
  2. Faith, holy uncle, would’t were come to that!

Cardinal Beauford

40
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. Marry, when thou dar’st.

Duke of Gloucester

41 - 42
  1. Aside to Cardinal
  2. Make up no factious numbers for the matter,
  3. In thine own person answer thy abuse.

Cardinal Beauford

43 - 44
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. Ay, where thou dar’st not peep. And if thou dar’st,
  3. This evening, on the east side of the grove.

King Henry the Sixth

45
  1. How now, my lords?

Cardinal Beauford

46 - 49
  1.                    Believe me, cousin Gloucester,
  2. Had not your man put up the fowl so suddenly,
  3. We had had more sport.
  4. Aside to Gloucester.
  5.                        Come with thy two-hand sword.

Duke of Gloucester

50
  1. True, uncle.

Cardinal Beauford

51
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. Are ye advis’d? The east side of the grove.

Duke of Gloucester

52
  1. Aside to Cardinal
  2. Cardinal, I am with you.

King Henry the Sixth

53
  1.                          Why, how now, uncle Gloucester?

Duke of Gloucester

54 - 57
  1. Talking of hawking; nothing else, my lord.
  2. Aside to Cardinal.
  3. Now by God’s Mother, priest,
  4. I’ll shave your crown for this,
  5. Or all my fence shall fail.

Cardinal Beauford

58 - 59
  1. Aside to Gloucester.
  2.                             Medice, teipsum
  3. Protector, see to’t well, protect yourself.

King Henry the Sixth

60 - 63
  1. The winds grow high, so do your stomachs, lords.
  2. How irksome is this music to my heart!
  3. When such strings jar, what hope of harmony?
  4. I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife.
  1. Enter one crying, A miracle!”

Duke of Gloucester

64 - 65
  1. What means this noise?
  2. Fellow, what miracle dost thou proclaim?

One Citizen

66
  1. A miracle, a miracle!

Duke of Suffolk

67
  1. Come to the King and tell him what miracle.

One Citizen

68 - 70
  1. Forsooth, a blind man at Saint Alban’s shrine,
  2. Within this half hour, hath receiv’d his sight,
  3. A man that ne’er saw in his life before.

King Henry the Sixth

71 - 72
  1. Now God be prais’d, that to believing souls
  2. Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair!
  1. Enter the Mayor of Saint Albans and his Brethren, with
  2. music, bearing the man Simpcox between two in a chair,
  3. Simpcox’s Wife and others following.

Cardinal Beauford

73 - 74
  1. Here comes the townsmen on procession,
  2. To present your Highness with the man.

King Henry the Sixth

75 - 76
  1. Great is his comfort in this earthly vale,
  2. Although by his sight his sin be multiplied.

Duke of Gloucester

77 - 78
  1. Stand by, my masters. Bring him near the King,
  2. His Highness’ pleasure is to talk with him.

King Henry the Sixth

79 - 81
  1. Good fellow, tell us here the circumstance,
  2. That we for thee may glorify the Lord.
  3. What, hast thou been long blind and now restor’d?

Saunder Simpcox

82
  1. Born blind, and’t please your Grace.

Simpcox’s Wife

83
  1. Ay indeed was he.

Duke of Suffolk

84
  1. What woman is this?

Simpcox’s Wife

85
  1. His wife, and’t like your worship.

Duke of Gloucester

86
  1. Hadst thou been his mother, thou couldst have better told.

King Henry the Sixth

87
  1. Where wert thou born?

Saunder Simpcox

88
  1. At Berwick in the north, and’t like your Grace.

King Henry the Sixth

89 - 91
  1. Poor soul, God’s goodness hath been great to thee.
  2. Let never day nor night unhallowed pass,
  3. But still remember what the Lord hath done.

Queen Margaret

92 - 93
  1. Tell me, good fellow, cam’st thou here by chance
  2. Or of devotion, to this holy shrine?

Saunder Simpcox

94 - 97
  1. God knows, of pure devotion, being call’d
  2. A hundred times and oft’ner, in my sleep,
  3. By good Saint Alban, who said, Simon, come;
  4. Come offer at my shrine, and I will help thee.”

Simpcox’s Wife

98 - 99
  1. Most true, forsooth; and many time and oft
  2. Myself have heard a voice to call him so.

Cardinal Beauford

100
  1. What, art thou lame?

Saunder Simpcox

101
  1.                      Ay, God Almighty help me!

Duke of Suffolk

102
  1. How cam’st thou so?

Saunder Simpcox

103
  1.                     A fall off of a tree.

Simpcox’s Wife

104
  1. A plum-tree, master.

Duke of Gloucester

105
  1.                      How long hast thou been blind?

Saunder Simpcox

106
  1. O, born so, master.

Duke of Gloucester

107
  1.                     What, and wouldst climb a tree?

Saunder Simpcox

108
  1. But that in all my life, when I was a youth.

Simpcox’s Wife

109
  1. Too true, and bought his climbing very dear.

Duke of Gloucester

110
  1. Mass, thou lov’dst plums well, that wouldst venture so.

Saunder Simpcox

111 - 112
  1. Alas, good master, my wife desired some damsons,
  2. And made me climb, with danger of my life.

Duke of Gloucester

113 - 115
  1. A subtile knave, but yet it shall not serve.
  2. Let me see thine eyes. Wink now; now open them.
  3. In my opinion yet thou seest not well.

Saunder Simpcox

116
  1. Yes, master, clear as day, I thank God and Saint Alban.

Duke of Gloucester

117
  1. Say’st thou me so? What color is this cloak of?

Saunder Simpcox

118
  1. Red, master, red as blood.

Duke of Gloucester

119
  1. Why, that’s well said. What color is my gown of?

Saunder Simpcox

120
  1. Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet.

King Henry the Sixth

121
  1. Why then, thou know’st what color jet is of?

Duke of Suffolk

122
  1. And yet, I think, jet did he never see.

Duke of Gloucester

123
  1. But cloaks and gowns, before this day, a many.

Simpcox’s Wife

124
  1. Never, before this day, in all his life.

Duke of Gloucester

125
  1. Tell me, sirrah, what’s my name?

Saunder Simpcox

126
  1. Alas, master, I know not.

Duke of Gloucester

127
  1. What’s his name?

Saunder Simpcox

128
  1. I know not.

Duke of Gloucester

129
  1. Nor his?

Saunder Simpcox

130
  1. No indeed, master.

Duke of Gloucester

131
  1. What’s thine own name?

Saunder Simpcox

132
  1. Saunder Simpcox, and if it please you, master.

Duke of Gloucester

133 - 141
  1. Then, Saunder, sit there, the lying’st knave
  2. In Christendom. If thou hadst been born blind,
  3. Thou mightst as well have known all our names, as thus
  4. To name the several colors we do wear.
  5. Sight may distinguish colors; but suddenly
  6. To nominate them all, it is impossible.
  7. My lords, Saint Alban here hath done a miracle;
  8. And would ye not think his cunning to be great,
  9. That could restore this cripple to his legs again?

Saunder Simpcox

142
  1. O master, that you could!

Duke of Gloucester

143 - 144
  1. My masters of Saint Albans, have you not
  2. Beadles in your town, and things call’d whips?

Mayor

145
  1. Yes, my lord, if it please your Grace.

Duke of Gloucester

146
  1. Then send for one presently.

Mayor

147
  1. Sirrah, go fetch the beadle hither straight.
  1. Exit One Citizen.

Duke of Gloucester

148 - 150
  1. Now fetch me a stool hither by and by.
  2. A stool brought.
  3. Now, sirrah, if you mean to save yourself from whipping,
  4. leap me over this stool and run away.

Saunder Simpcox

151 - 152
  1. Alas, master, I am not able to stand alone;
  2. You go about to torture me in vain.
  1. Enter a Beadle with whips.

Duke of Gloucester

153 - 154
  1. Well, sir, we must have you find your legs. Sirrah beadle,
  2. whip him till he leap over that same stool.

Beadle

155 - 156
  1. I will, my lord. Come on, sirrah, off with your doublet
  2. quickly.

Saunder Simpcox

157
  1. Alas, master, what shall I do? I am not able to stand.
  1. After the Beadle hath hit him once, he leaps over the stool
  2. and runs away; and they follow and cry, A miracle!”

King Henry the Sixth

158
  1. O God, seest thou this, and bearest so long?

Queen Margaret

159
  1. It made me laugh to see the villain run.

Duke of Gloucester

160
  1. Follow the knave, and take this drab away.

Simpcox’s Wife

161
  1. Alas, sir, we did it for pure need.

Duke of Gloucester

162 - 163
  1. Lee them be whipt through every market town,
  2. Till they come to Berwick, from whence they came.
  1. Exeunt Wife, Beadle, Mayor, etc.

Cardinal Beauford

164
  1. Duke Humphrey has done a miracle today.

Duke of Suffolk

165
  1. True; made the lame to leap and fly away.

Duke of Gloucester

166 - 167
  1. But you have done more miracles than I:
  2. You made in a day, my lord, whole towns to fly.
  1. Enter Buckingham.

King Henry the Sixth

168
  1. What tidings with our cousin Buckingham?

Duke of Buckingham

169 - 180
  1. Such as my heart doth tremble to unfold:
  2. A sort of naughty persons, lewdly bent,
  3. Under the countenance and confederacy
  4. Of Lady Eleanor, the Protector’s wife,
  5. The ringleader and head of all this rout,
  6. Have practic’d dangerously against your state,
  7. Dealing with witches and with conjurers,
  8. Whom we have apprehended in the fact,
  9. Raising up wicked spirits from under ground,
  10. Demanding of King Henry’s life and death,
  11. And other of your Highness’ Privy Council,
  12. As more at large your Grace shall understand.

Cardinal Beauford

181 - 184
  1. And so, my Lord Protector, by this means
  2. Your lady is forthcoming yet at London.
  3. Aside to Gloucester.
  4. This news, I think, hath turn’d your weapon’s edge;
  5. ’Tis like, my lord, you will not keep your hour.

Duke of Gloucester

185 - 188
  1. Ambitious churchman, leave to afflict my heart.
  2. Sorrow and grief have vanquish’d all my powers;
  3. And vanquish’d as I am, I yield to thee,
  4. Or to the meanest groom.

King Henry the Sixth

189 - 190
  1. O God, what mischiefs work the wicked ones,
  2. Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby!

Queen Margaret

191 - 192
  1. Gloucester, see here the tainture of thy nest,
  2. And look thyself be faultless, thou wert best.

Duke of Gloucester

193 - 202
  1. Madam, for myself, to heaven I do appeal,
  2. How I have lov’d my king and commonweal;
  3. And for my wife, I know not how it stands.
  4. Sorry I am to hear what I have heard.
  5. Noble she is; but if she have forgot
  6. Honor and virtue, and convers’d with such
  7. As, like to pitch, defile nobility,
  8. I banish her my bed and company,
  9. And give her as a prey to law and shame,
  10. That hath dishonored Gloucester’s honest name.

King Henry the Sixth

203 - 208
  1. Well, for this night we will repose us here;
  2. Tomorrow toward London back again,
  3. To look into this business thoroughly,
  4. And call these foul offenders to their answers,
  5. And poise the cause in justice’ equal scales,
  6. Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.
  1. Flourish. Exeunt.
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