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Henry VI, Pt. 2: Act 4, Scene 2

Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act 4, Scene 2

Blackheath.

  1. Enter George Bevis and John Holland with long staves.

George Bevis

2 - 3
  1. Come and get thee a sword, though made of a lath; they have
  2. been up these two days.

John Holland

4
  1. They have the more need to sleep now, then.

George Bevis

5 - 6
  1. I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means to dress the
  2. commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.

John Holland

7 - 8
  1. So he had need, for ’tis threadbare. Well, I say, it was
  2. never merry world in England since gentlemen came up.

George Bevis

9
  1. O miserable age! Virtue is not regarded in handicrafts-men.

John Holland

10
  1. The nobility think scorn to go in leather aprons.

George Bevis

11
  1. Nay more, the King’s Council are no good workmen.

John Holland

12 - 14
  1. True; and yet it is said, labor in thy vocation; which is as
  2. much to say as, let the magistrates be laboring men; and
  3. therefore should we be magistrates.

George Bevis

15 - 16
  1. Thou hast hit it; for there’s no better sign of a brave mind
  2. than a hard hand.

John Holland

17 - 18
  1. I see them, I see them! There’s Best’s son, the tanner of
  2. Wingham

George Bevis

19 - 20
  1. He shall have the skins of our enemies, to make
  2. dog’s-leather of.

John Holland

21
  1. And Dick the butcher

George Bevis

22 - 23
  1. Then is sin struck down like an ox, and iniquity’s throat
  2. cut like a calf.

John Holland

24
  1. And Smith the weaver

George Bevis

25
  1. Argo, their thread of life is spun.

John Holland

26
  1. Come, come, let’s fall in with them.
  1. Drum. Enter Cade, Dick butcher, Smith the weaver, and a
  2. Sawyer, with infinite numbers, with long staves.

Jack Cade

29
  1. We John Cade, so term’d of our suppos’d father

Dick the Butcher

30 - 31
  1. Aside.
  2. Or rather of stealing a cade of herrings.

Jack Cade

32 - 33
  1. For our enemies shall fall before us, inspir’d with the
  2. spirit of putting down kings and princescommand silence.

Dick the Butcher

34
  1. Silence!

Jack Cade

35
  1. My father was a Mortimer

Dick the Butcher

36 - 37
  1. Aside.
  2. He was an honest man, and a good bricklayer.

Jack Cade

38
  1. My mother a Plantagenet

Dick the Butcher

39 - 40
  1. Aside.
  2. I knew her well, she was a midwife.

Jack Cade

41
  1. My wife descended of the Lacies

Dick the Butcher

42 - 43
  1. Aside.
  2. She was indeed a pedlar’s daughter, and sold many laces.

Smith the Weaver

44 - 46
  1. Aside.
  2. But now of late, not able to travel with her furr’d pack,
  3. she washes bucks here at home.

Jack Cade

47
  1. Therefore am I of an honorable house.

Dick the Butcher

48 - 51
  1. Aside.
  2. Ay, by my faith, the field is honorable, and there was he
  3. born, under a hedge; for his father had never a house but
  4. the cage.

Jack Cade

52
  1. Valiant I am.

Smith the Weaver

53 - 54
  1. Aside.
  2. ’A must needs, for beggary is valiant.

Jack Cade

55
  1. I am able to endure much.

Dick the Butcher

56 - 58
  1. Aside.
  2. No question of that; for I have seen him whipt three
  3. market-days together.

Jack Cade

59
  1. I fear neither sword nor fire.

Smith the Weaver

60 - 61
  1. Aside.
  2. He need not fear the sword, for his coat is of proof.

Dick the Butcher

62 - 64
  1. Aside.
  2. But methinks he should stand in fear of fire, being burnt i’
  3. th’ hand for stealing of sheep.

Jack Cade

65 - 70
  1. Be brave then, for your captain is brave, and vows
  2. reformation. There shall be in England seven halfpenny
  3. loaves sold for a penny; the three-hoop’d pot shall have ten
  4. hoops, and I will make it felony to drink small beer. All
  5. the realm shall be in common, and in Cheapside shall my
  6. palfrey go to grass; and when I am king, as king I will be

All

71
  1. God save your Majesty!

Jack Cade

72 - 75
  1. I thank you, good peoplethere shall be no money; all shall
  2. eat and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in
  3. one livery, that they may agree like brothers, and worship
  4. me their lord.

Dick the Butcher

76
  1. The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

Jack Cade

77 - 82
  1. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that
  2. of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment?
  3. That parchment, being scribbled o’er, should undo a man?
  4. Some say the bee stings, but I say, ’tis the bee’s wax; for
  5. I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man
  6. since. How now? Who’s there?
  1. Enter one with a Clerk.

Smith the Weaver

84 - 85
  1. The clerk of Chatham. He can write and read and cast
  2. accompt.

Jack Cade

86
  1. O monstrous!

Smith the Weaver

87
  1. We took him setting of boys’ copies.

Jack Cade

88
  1. Here’s a villain!

Smith the Weaver

89
  1. H’as a book in his pocket with red letters in’t.

Jack Cade

90
  1. Nay, then he is a conjurer.

Dick the Butcher

91
  1. Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand.

Jack Cade

92 - 94
  1. I am sorry for’t. The man is a proper man, of mine honor;
  2. unless I find him guilty, he shall not die. Come hither,
  3. sirrah, I must examine thee. What is thy name?

Clerk of Chatham

95
  1. Emmanuel.

Dick the Butcher

96 - 97
  1. They use to write it on the top of letters; ’twill go hard
  2. with you.

Jack Cade

98 - 99
  1. Let me alone. Dost thou use to write thy name? Or hast thou
  2. a mark to thyself, like a honest plain-dealing man?

Clerk of Chatham

100 - 101
  1. Sir, I thank God, I have been so well brought up that I can
  2. write my name.

All

102 - 103
  1. He hath confess’d! Away with him! He’s a villain and a
  2. traitor.

Jack Cade

104 - 105
  1. Away with him, I say! Hang him with his pen and inkhorn
  2. about his neck.
  1. Exit one with the Clerk of Chatham.
  1. Enter Michael.

Michael

108
  1. Where’s our general?

Jack Cade

109
  1. Here I am, thou particular fellow.

Michael

110 - 111
  1. Fly, fly, fly! Sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother are
  2. hard by, with the King’s forces.

Jack Cade

112 - 114
  1. Stand, villain, stand, or I’ll fell thee down. He shall be
  2. encount’red with a man as good as himself. He is but a
  3. knight, is ’a?

Michael

115
  1. No.

Jack Cade

116 - 120
  1. To equal him, I will make myself a knight presently.
  2. Kneels.
  3. Rise up Sir John Mortimer.
  4. Rises.
  5. Now have at him!
  1. Enter Sir Humphrey Stafford and his Brother with Drum and
  2. Soldiers.

Sir Humphrey Stafford

123 - 126
  1. Rebellious hinds, the filth and scum of Kent,
  2. Mark’d for the gallows, lay your weapons down,
  3. Home to your cottages, forsake this groom:
  4. The King is merciful, if you revolt.

William Stafford

127 - 128
  1. But angry, wrathful, and inclin’d to blood,
  2. If you go forward; therefore yield, or die.

Jack Cade

129 - 132
  1. As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not,
  2. It is to you, good people, that I speak,
  3. Over whom, in time to come, I hope to reign,
  4. For I am rightful heir unto the crown.

Sir Humphrey Stafford

133 - 134
  1. Villain, thy father was a plasterer,
  2. And thou thyself a shearman, art thou not?

Jack Cade

135
  1. And Adam was a gardener.

William Stafford

136
  1. And what of that?

Jack Cade

137 - 138
  1. Marry, this: Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March,
  2. Married the Duke of Clarence’ daughter, did he not?

Sir Humphrey Stafford

139
  1. Ay, sir.

Jack Cade

140
  1. By her he had two children at one birth.

William Stafford

141
  1. That’s false.

Jack Cade

142 - 147
  1. Ay, there’s the question; but I say, ’tis true.
  2. The elder of them, being put to nurse,
  3. Was by a beggar-woman stol’n away,
  4. And ignorant of his birth and parentage,
  5. Became a bricklayer when he came to age.
  6. His son am I, deny it if you can.

Dick the Butcher

148
  1. Nay, ’tis too true; therefore he shall be king.

Smith the Weaver

149 - 150
  1. Sir, he made a chimney in my father’s house, and the bricks
  2. are alive at this day to testify it; therefore deny it not.

Sir Humphrey Stafford

151 - 152
  1. And will you credit this base drudge’s words,
  2. That speaks he knows not what?

All

153
  1. Ay, marry, will we; therefore get ye gone.

William Stafford

154
  1. Jack Cade, the Duke of York hath taught you this.

Jack Cade

155 - 159
  1. Aside.
  2. He lies, for I invented it myself.—Go to, sirrah, tell the
  3. King from me, that, for his father’s sake, Henry the Fifth
  4. (in whose time boys went to span-counter for French crowns),
  5. I am content he shall reign, but I’ll be Protector over him.

Dick the Butcher

160 - 161
  1. And furthermore, we’ll have the Lord Say’s head for selling
  2. the dukedom of Maine.

Jack Cade

162 - 166
  1. And good reason; for thereby is England main’d, and fain to
  2. go with a staff, but that my puissance holds it up. Fellow
  3. kings, I tell you that that Lord Say hath gelded the
  4. commonwealth, and made it an eunuch; and more than that, he
  5. can speak French, and therefore he is a traitor.

Sir Humphrey Stafford

167
  1. O gross and miserable ignorance!

Jack Cade

168 - 170
  1. Nay, answer if you can. The Frenchmen are our enemies. Go to
  2. then, I ask but this: can he that speaks with the tongue of
  3. an enemy be a good counsellor, or no?

All

171
  1. No, no, and therefore we’ll have his head.

William Stafford

172 - 173
  1. Well, seeing gentle words will not prevail,
  2. Assail them with the army of the King.

Sir Humphrey Stafford

174 - 179
  1. Herald, away, and throughout every town
  2. Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade,
  3. That those which fly before the battle ends
  4. May, even in their wives’ and children’s sight,
  5. Be hang’d up for example at their doors.
  6. And you that be the King’s friends, follow me.
  1. Exit with his Brother and Men.

Jack Cade

181 - 186
  1. And you that love the commons, follow me.
  2. Now show yourselves men, ’tis for liberty.
  3. We will not leave one lord, one gentleman;
  4. Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon,
  5. For they are thrifty honest men, and such
  6. As would (but that they dare not) take our parts.

Dick the Butcher

187
  1. They are all in order, and march toward us.

Jack Cade

188 - 189
  1. But then are we in order when we are most out of order.
  2. Come, march forward.
  1. Exeunt.
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