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Sir Thomas More: Act II, Scene 2

Sir Thomas More
Act II, Scene 2

Saint Martin’s-le-Grand.

  1. Enter Lincoln, two Bettses, Williamson, Sherwin, and other,
  2. armed; Doll in a shirt of mail, a headpiece, sword, and
  3. buckler; a crew attending.

Clown

1 - 3
  1. Come, come; we’ll tickle their turnips, we’ll butter their
  2. boxes. Shall strangers rule the roost? Yes; but we’ll baste
  3. the roost. Come, come; aflaunt, aflaunt!

George

4
  1. Brother, give place, and hear John Lincoln speak.

Clown

5 - 14
  1.                                                   Aye, Lincoln my leader,
  2.                         And Doll my true breeder,
  3.                           With the rest of our crew,
  4.                            Shall ran tan tarra ran;
  5.                          Do all they what they can.
  6.                            Shall we be bobbed, braved? No:
  7.                                 Shall we be held under? No;
  8.                             We are freeborne,
  9.                   And do take scorn
  10.                   To be used so.

Doll

15 - 16
  1. Peace there, I say! Hear Captain Lincoln speak. Keep
  2. silence, till we know his mind at large.

Clown

17 - 18
  1. Then largely deliver; speak, bully. And he that presumes to
  2. interrupt thee in thy oration, this for him.

Lincoln

19 - 30
  1. Then, gallant bloods, you whose free souls do scorn
  2. To bear the inforced wrongs of aliens,
  3. Add rage to resolution, fire the houses
  4. Of these audacious strangers. This is St. Martin’s,
  5. And yonder dwells Mutas, a wealthy Piccardy,
  6. At the Green Gate,
  7. De Barde, Peter Van Hollocke, Adrian Martine,
  8. With many more outlandish fugitives.
  9. Shall these enjoy more privilege than we
  10. In our own country? Let’s, then, become their slaves.
  11. Since justice keeps not them in greater awe,
  12. We be ourselves rough ministers at law.

Clown

31 - 35
  1.                                         Use no more swords,
  2.                     Nor no more words,
  3.                    But fire the houses;
  4.                      Brave captain courageous,
  5.                           Fire me their houses.

Doll

36 - 38
  1. Aye, for we may as well make bonfires on May Day as at
  2. Midsummer. We’ll alter the day in the calendar, and set it
  3. down in flaming letters.

Sherwin

39 - 41
  1. Stay!
  2. No, that would much endanger the whole city,
  3. Whereto I would not the least prejudice.

Doll

42 - 44
  1. No, nor I neither; so may mine own house be burned for
  2. company. I’ll tell ye what. We’ll drag the strangers into
  3. More fields, and there bombast them till they stink again.

Clown

45
  1. And that’s soon done; for they smell for fear already.

George

46 - 47
  1. Let some of us enter the strangers’ houses,
  2. And, if we find them there, then bring them forth.

Doll

48 - 49
  1. But if ye bring them forth ere ye find them, I’ll ne’er
  2. allow of that.

Clown

50 - 53
  1.                Now, Mars, for thy honor,
  2.                           Dutch or French,
  3.                  So it be a wench,
  4.                   I’ll upon her.
  1. Exeunt some and Sherwin.

Williamson

54 - 59
  1. Now, lads, sure shall we labor in our safety.
  2. I hear the Mayor hath gathered men in arms,
  3. And that Sheriff More an hour ago rised
  4. Some of the Privy Counsel in at Ludgate:
  5. Force now must make our peace, or else we fall;
  6. ’Twill soon be known we are the principal.

Doll

60 - 62
  1. And what of that? If thou beest afraid, husband, go home
  2. again, and hide they head; for, by the Lord, I’ll have a
  3. little sport, now we are at it.

George

63 - 64
  1. Let’s stand upon our swords, and if they come,
  2. Receive them as they were our enemies.
  1. Enter Sherwin and the rest.

Clown

65
  1. A purchase, a purchase! We have found, we ha found

Doll

66
  1. What?

Clown

67 - 68
  1. Nothing; not a French Fleming nor a Fleming French to be
  2. found; but all fled, in plain English.

Lincoln

69
  1. How now! Have you found any?

Sherwin

70
  1. No, not one; they’re all fled.

Lincoln

71 - 74
  1. Then fire the houses, that, the Mayor being busy
  2. About the quenching of them, we may escape;
  3. Burn down their kennels. Let us straight away,
  4. Least this day prove to us an ill May Day.
  1. Exeunt manet Clown.

Clown

75 - 76
  1. Fire, fire! I’ll be the first.
  2. If hanging come, ’tis welcome; that’s the worst.
  1. Exit.
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