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Henry VI, Pt. 2: Act 4, Scene 8

Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act 4, Scene 8

Southwark.

  1. Alarum and retreat. Enter again Cade and all his rabblement.

Jack Cade

2 - 6
  1. Up Fish Street! Down Saint Magnus’ Corner! Kill and knock
  2. down! Throw them into Thames!
  3. Sound a parley.
  4. What noise is this I hear? Dare any be so bold to sound
  5. retreat or parley when I command them kill?
  1. Enter Buckingham and old Clifford attended.

Duke of Buckingham

8 - 12
  1. Ay, here they be that dare and will disturb thee.
  2. Know, Cade, we come ambassadors from the King
  3. Unto the commons, whom thou hast misled,
  4. And here pronounce free pardon to them all
  5. That will forsake thee and go home in peace.

Lord Clifford

13 - 20
  1. What say ye, countrymen? Will ye relent
  2. And yield to mercy whilst ’tis offered you,
  3. Or let a rebel lead you to your deaths?
  4. Who loves the King, and will embrace his pardon,
  5. Fling up his cap, and say, God save his Majesty!”
  6. Who hateth him and honors not his father,
  7. Henry the Fifth, that made all France to quake,
  8. Shake he his weapon at us and pass by.

Cade’s Followers

21
  1. God save the King! God save the King!

Jack Cade

22 - 32
  1. What, Buckingham and Clifford, are ye so brave? And you,
  2. base peasants, do ye believe him? Will you needs be hang’d
  3. with your pardons about your necks? Hath my sword therefore
  4. broke through London gates, that you should leave me at the
  5. White Hart in Southwark? I thought ye would never have given
  6. out these arms till you had recover’d your ancient freedom.
  7. But you are all recreants and dastards, and delight to live
  8. in slavery to the nobility. Let them break your backs with
  9. burdens, take your houses over your heads, ravish your wives
  10. and daughters before your faces. For me, I will make shift
  11. for one; and so God’s curse light upon you all!

Cade’s Followers

33
  1. We’ll follow Cade, we’ll follow Cade!

Lord Clifford

34 - 52
  1. Is Cade the son of Henry the Fifth,
  2. That thus you do exclaim you’ll go with him?
  3. Will he conduct you through the heart of France,
  4. And make the meanest of you earls and dukes?
  5. Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to;
  6. Nor knows he how to live but by the spoil,
  7. Unless by robbing of your friends and us.
  8. Were’t not a shame that, whilst you live at jar,
  9. The fearful French, whom you late vanquished,
  10. Should make a start o’er seas and vanquish you?
  11. Methinks already in this civil broil
  12. I see them lording it in London streets,
  13. Crying Villiago!” unto all they meet.
  14. Better ten thousand base-born Cades miscarry
  15. Than you should stoop unto a Frenchman’s mercy.
  16. To France, to France, and get what you have lost!
  17. Spare England, for it is your native coast.
  18. Henry hath money, you are strong and manly;
  19. God on our side, doubt not of victory.

Cade’s Followers

53
  1. A Clifford! A Clifford! We’ll follow the King and Clifford.

Jack Cade

54 - 63
  1. Aside.
  2. Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this
  3. multitude? The name of Henry the Fifth hales them to an
  4. hundred mischiefs, and makes them leave me desolate. I see
  5. them lay their heads together to surprise me. My sword make
  6. way for me, for here is no staying.—In despite of the devils
  7. and hell, have through the very middest of you! And heavens
  8. and honor be witness that no want of resolution in me, but
  9. only my followers’ base and ignominious treasons, makes me
  10. betake me to my heels.
  1. He runs through them with his sword and flies away.
  1. Exit.

Duke of Buckingham

66 - 71
  1. What, is he fled? Go some, and follow him,
  2. And he that brings his head unto the King
  3. Shall have a thousand crowns for his reward.
  4. Exeunt some of them.
  5. Follow me, soldiers, we’ll devise a mean
  6. To reconcile you all unto the King.
  1. Exeunt omnes.
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