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

Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act 2, 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

3 - 6
  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

7 - 10
  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

11 - 14
  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

15 - 16
  1. My lord, ’tis but a base ignoble mind
  2. That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.

Cardinal Beauford

17
  1. I thought as much, he would be above the clouds.

Duke of Gloucester

18 - 19
  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

20
  1. The treasury of everlasting joy.

Cardinal Beauford

21 - 24
  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

25 - 28
  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

29 - 30
  1. No malice, sir, no more than well becomes
  2. So good a quarrel and so bad a peer.

Duke of Gloucester

31
  1. As who, my lord?

Duke of Suffolk

32 - 33
  1.                  Why, as you, my lord,
  2. An’t like your lordly Lord’s Protectorship.

Duke of Gloucester

34
  1. Why, Suffolk, England knows thine insolence.

Queen Margaret

35
  1. And thy ambition, Gloucester.

King Henry the Sixth

36 - 38
  1.                               I prithee peace,
  2. Good queen, and whet not on these furious peers,
  3. For blessed are the peacemakers on earth.

Cardinal Beauford

39 - 40
  1. Let me be blessed for the peace I make
  2. Against this proud Protector with my sword!

Duke of Gloucester

41 - 42
  1. Aside to Cardinal
  2. Faith, holy uncle, would’t were come to that!

Cardinal Beauford

43 - 44
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. Marry, when thou dar’st.

Duke of Gloucester

45 - 47
  1. Aside to Cardinal
  2. Make up no factious numbers for the matter,
  3. In thine own person answer thy abuse.

Cardinal Beauford

48 - 50
  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

51
  1. How now, my lords?

Cardinal Beauford

52 - 56
  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

57
  1. True, uncle.

Cardinal Beauford

58 - 59
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. Are ye advis’d? The east side of the grove.

Duke of Gloucester

60 - 61
  1. Aside to Cardinal
  2. Cardinal, I am with you.

King Henry the Sixth

62
  1.                          Why, how now, uncle Gloucester?

Duke of Gloucester

63 - 67
  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

68 - 70
  1. Aside to Gloucester.
  2.                             Medice, teipsum
  3. Protector, see to’t well, protect yourself.

King Henry the Sixth

71 - 74
  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

76 - 77
  1. What means this noise?
  2. Fellow, what miracle dost thou proclaim?

One Citizen

78
  1. A miracle, a miracle!

Duke of Suffolk

79
  1. Come to the King and tell him what miracle.

One Citizen

80 - 82
  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

83 - 84
  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

88 - 89
  1. Here comes the townsmen on procession,
  2. To present your Highness with the man.

King Henry the Sixth

90 - 91
  1. Great is his comfort in this earthly vale,
  2. Although by his sight his sin be multiplied.

Duke of Gloucester

92 - 93
  1. Stand by, my masters. Bring him near the King,
  2. His Highness’ pleasure is to talk with him.

King Henry the Sixth

94 - 96
  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

97
  1. Born blind, and’t please your Grace.

Simpcox’s Wife

98
  1. Ay indeed was he.

Duke of Suffolk

99
  1. What woman is this?

Simpcox’s Wife

100
  1. His wife, and’t like your worship.

Duke of Gloucester

101
  1. Hadst thou been his mother, thou couldst have better told.

King Henry the Sixth

102
  1. Where wert thou born?

Saunder Simpcox

103
  1. At Berwick in the north, and’t like your Grace.

King Henry the Sixth

104 - 106
  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

107 - 108
  1. Tell me, good fellow, cam’st thou here by chance
  2. Or of devotion, to this holy shrine?

Saunder Simpcox

109 - 112
  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

113 - 114
  1. Most true, forsooth; and many time and oft
  2. Myself have heard a voice to call him so.

Cardinal Beauford

115
  1. What, art thou lame?

Saunder Simpcox

116
  1.                      Ay, God Almighty help me!

Duke of Suffolk

117
  1. How cam’st thou so?

Saunder Simpcox

118
  1.                     A fall off of a tree.

Simpcox’s Wife

119
  1. A plum-tree, master.

Duke of Gloucester

120
  1.                      How long hast thou been blind?

Saunder Simpcox

121
  1. O, born so, master.

Duke of Gloucester

122
  1.                     What, and wouldst climb a tree?

Saunder Simpcox

123
  1. But that in all my life, when I was a youth.

Simpcox’s Wife

124
  1. Too true, and bought his climbing very dear.

Duke of Gloucester

125
  1. Mass, thou lov’dst plums well, that wouldst venture so.

Saunder Simpcox

126 - 127
  1. Alas, good master, my wife desired some damsons,
  2. And made me climb, with danger of my life.

Duke of Gloucester

128 - 130
  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

131
  1. Yes, master, clear as day, I thank God and Saint Alban.

Duke of Gloucester

132
  1. Say’st thou me so? What color is this cloak of?

Saunder Simpcox

133
  1. Red, master, red as blood.

Duke of Gloucester

134
  1. Why, that’s well said. What color is my gown of?

Saunder Simpcox

135
  1. Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet.

King Henry the Sixth

136
  1. Why then, thou know’st what color jet is of?

Duke of Suffolk

137
  1. And yet, I think, jet did he never see.

Duke of Gloucester

138
  1. But cloaks and gowns, before this day, a many.

Simpcox’s Wife

139
  1. Never, before this day, in all his life.

Duke of Gloucester

140
  1. Tell me, sirrah, what’s my name?

Saunder Simpcox

141
  1. Alas, master, I know not.

Duke of Gloucester

142
  1. What’s his name?

Saunder Simpcox

143
  1. I know not.

Duke of Gloucester

144
  1. Nor his?

Saunder Simpcox

145
  1. No indeed, master.

Duke of Gloucester

146
  1. What’s thine own name?

Saunder Simpcox

147
  1. Saunder Simpcox, and if it please you, master.

Duke of Gloucester

148 - 156
  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

157
  1. O master, that you could!

Duke of Gloucester

158 - 159
  1. My masters of Saint Albans, have you not
  2. Beadles in your town, and things call’d whips?

Mayor

160
  1. Yes, my lord, if it please your Grace.

Duke of Gloucester

161
  1. Then send for one presently.

Mayor

162
  1. Sirrah, go fetch the beadle hither straight.
  1. Exit One Citizen.

Duke of Gloucester

164 - 167
  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

168 - 169
  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

171 - 172
  1. Well, sir, we must have you find your legs. Sirrah beadle,
  2. whip him till he leap over that same stool.

Beadle

173 - 174
  1. I will, my lord. Come on, sirrah, off with your doublet
  2. quickly.

Saunder Simpcox

175
  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

178
  1. O God, seest thou this, and bearest so long?

Queen Margaret

179
  1. It made me laugh to see the villain run.

Duke of Gloucester

180
  1. Follow the knave, and take this drab away.

Simpcox’s Wife

181
  1. Alas, sir, we did it for pure need.

Duke of Gloucester

182 - 183
  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

185
  1. Duke Humphrey has done a miracle today.

Duke of Suffolk

186
  1. True; made the lame to leap and fly away.

Duke of Gloucester

187 - 188
  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

190
  1. What tidings with our cousin Buckingham?

Duke of Buckingham

191 - 202
  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

203 - 207
  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

208 - 211
  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

212 - 213
  1. O God, what mischiefs work the wicked ones,
  2. Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby!

Queen Margaret

214 - 215
  1. Gloucester, see here the tainture of thy nest,
  2. And look thyself be faultless, thou wert best.

Duke of Gloucester

216 - 225
  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

226 - 231
  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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