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For in this beautious face thou hast bestowde Humphrey. Braue Peeres of England, PilA world of pleasures to my perplexed soule.
lars of the state, Queene. Th’excessiue loue I beare ynto To you Duke Humphrey must ynfold his griefe, your grace,
What did my brother Henry toyle himselfe, Forbids me to be lauish of my tongue, And waste his subiects for to conquere France ? Least I should speake more then beseemes a And did my brother Bedford spend his time woman:
To keepa in awe that stout vnruly Realme? Let this suffice, my blisse is in your liking, And haue not I and mine vnckle Bewford here, And nothing can make poore Margaret miserable, Done all we could to keepe that land in peace ? Vnlesse the frowne of mightie Englands King. And is all our labours then spent in vaine, Kin. Her lookes did wound, but now her For Suffolke he, the new made Duke that speech doth pierce,
rules the roast, Louely Queene Margaret sit down by my side: Hath giuen away for our King Heories Queeno, And vncle Gloster, and you Lordly Peeres, | The Dutches of Anioy and Mayne vnto her father. With one voice welcome my beloued Queene. Ah Lords, fatall in this marriage canselling All. Long live Queene Margaret, Englands
our states, happinesse.
Reuersing Monuments of conquered France, Queene. We thanke you all. (Sound Trumpets. Vndoing all, as none had nere bene done. Suffolke. My Lord Protector, so it please Card. Why how now cosin Gloster, what your grace,
needs this? Here are the Articles confirmde of peace, As if our King were bound vnto your will, Betweene our Soueraigne and the French King And might not do his will without your leaue,
Proud Protector, enuy in thine eyes I see, Till terme of eighteene months be full expirde. The big swolno venome of thy hatefull heart,
Humphrey. Imprimis, It is agreed betweene That dares presume gainst that thy Soueraigne the French King Charles, and William de la
likes. Poule, Marquesse of Suffolke, Embassador for Humphr. Nay my Lord tis not any words Henry King of England, that the said Henry
that troubles you, shal wed and espouse the Ladie Margaret, But my presence, proud Prelate as thou art: daughter to Raynard King of Naples, Cyssels, But ile begone, and giue thee leave to speake. and Ierusalem, and crowne her Queene of Farewell my Lords, and say when I am gone, England, ere the 30, of the next month. I prophesied France would be lost ere long. Item. It is further agreed betweene them,
[Exet Duke HUMPHREY. that the Dutches of Anioy and of Maine, shall Card. There goes our Protector in a rage, be released and deliuered ouer the King her fa. My Lords you know he is my great enemy,
(Duke HUMPHREY lets it fau. And though he be Protector of the land, Kin. How now vnkle, whats the matter and thereby couers his deceitfull thoughts,
that you stay so sodenly. For well you see, if he but walko the streets, Humph. Pardon my Lord, a sodain qualme The common people swarme about him straight, came ouer my hart,
Crying Iesus blesse your royall uxellence, Which dimmes mine eyes that I can reade no With God preserue the good Duke Humphrey.
And many things besides that are not knowne, Vnckle of Winchester, I pray you reade on. Which time will bring to light in smooth Cardinall. Item, It is further agreed be
Duke Humphrey. tweene them, that the Duches of Anioy and But I will after him, and if I can of Mayne, shall be released and deliuered ouer lle laie a plot to hoaue him from his seate. to the King her father, & she sent ouer of the
(Eret Cardinall. King of Englands owne proper cost and char- Buck. But let vs watch this haughtie Cardinall, ges without dowry.
Cosen of Somerset be rulde by me, King. They please vs well, Lord Marquesse Weule watch Duke Humphrey and the Cardinall kneele downe, We here create thee first Duke
too, of Suffolke, & girt thee with the sword. Cosin And put them from the marke they faino of Yorke, We here discharge your grace from
would hit. being Regent in the parts of France, till terme Somerset. Thanks cosin Buckingham, ioyne of 18. months be full expirde.
thou with me, Thankes vnckle Winchester, Gloster, Yorke, And both of vs with the Duke of Suffolke,
and Buckingham, Somerset, Sals- Weele quickly heaue Duke Humphrey from his
bury and Warwicke. We thanke you all for this great fauour done, Buck. Content, Come then let vs about it In entertainment to my Princely Queene,
straight, Come let vs in, and with all speed prouide For either thou or I will be Protector. To see her Coronation be performde.
[Exet BUCKINGHAM and SOMERSET. (Exet king, Queene, and SUFFOLKE, and Salsb. Pride wont before, Ambition follows Duke HUMPHREY staies all the rest.
Whilst these do seeke their owne preferments thus, To graffle with the House of Lancaster :
(Exet Yorke. More like a Ruffin then a man of Church.
(Act I. Scene II.) Cosin Yorke, the victories thou hast wonne, Enter Duke HUMPHREY, and Dame ELLANO R In Ireland, Normandie, and in France,
COBHAM his wife. Hath wonde thee immortall praise in England. Elnor. Why droopes my Lord like ouer And thou braue Warwicke, my thrice valiant
ripened corne, sonne,
Hanging the head at Cearies plenteous loade, Thy simple plainesso and thy bouse-keeping, What seest thou Duke Humphrey King HenHath wonne thee credit amongst the common sort,
ries Crowne ? The reurence of inine age, and Neuels Dame, Reach at it, and if thine arme be too short, Is of no little force if I command ,
Mine shall lengthen it. Art not thou a Prince, Then let vs ioyne all three in one for this, Vnckle to the King, and his Protector ? That good Duke Humphrey may his state possesse, Then what shouldst thou lacke that might But wherefore weepes Warwicke my noble sonde.
content thy minde. Waru. For griefe that all is lost that Warwick Humph. My louely Nell, far be it from my
heart, bonnes. Apioy and Maine, both giuen away To thinke of Treasons gainst my soueraigne Lord, at once,
But I was troubled with a dreame to night, Why Warwick did win them, & must that And God I pray, it do betide no ill. then which we wonde with our swords, be Elnor. What drempt my Lord. Good given away with wordes.
Humphrey tell it me, Yorke. As I haue read, our Kinges of And ile interpret it, and when thats done, England were woont to have large dowries Ile tell thee then, what I did dreame to night. with their wiues, but our King Henry giues Humphrey. This night when I was laid in away bis owne.
bed, I dreampt that Sals. Come sonnes away and looke vnto This my staffe mine Office badge in Court, the maine.
Was broke in two, and on the ends were plac'd, War. Into the Maino, Oh father Maine is The heads of the Cardinall of Winchester, lost,
And William de la Poule first Duke of Suffolke. Which Warwicke by maine force did win from Elnor. Tush my Lord, and signifies nought France,
but this, Maine chance father you meant, but I meant That he that breakes a sticke of Glosters groue, Maine,
Shall for th' offence, make forfeit of his head. Which I will win from France, or else be slaine. But now my Lord, Ile tell you what I dreampt,
[Exet SALSBURY and WARWICKE. Me thought I was in the Cathedrall Church Yorke. Anioy and Maine, both giuen vnto At Westminster, and seated in the chaire the French,
Where Kings and Queenes are crownde, and Cold newes for me, for I had hope of France,
at my feete Even as I haue of fertill England.
Henry and Margaret with a Crowne of gold A day will come when Yorke shall claime hisowne, Stood readie to set it on my Princely head. And therefore I will take the Neuels parts, Humphrey. Fie Nell. Ambitious woman as And make a show of loue to proud Duko Humphrey:
Art thou not second woman in this land, And when I spie aduantage, claime the Crowne, And the Protectors wife belou'd of him, For thats the golden marke I seeke to hit: And wilt thou still be hammering treason thus, Nor shall proud Lancaster vsurpe my right, Away I say, and let me heare no more. Nor hold the scepter in his childish fist, Elnor. How now my Lord.
What angry Nor weare the Diademe vpon his head,
with your Nell, Whose church-like humours fits not for a Crowne: For telling but her dreame. The next I haue Then Yorke be still a while till time do serue, Ile keepe to my selfe, and not be rated thus. Watch thou, and wake when others be a sleepe, Humphrey. Nay Nell, Ile giue no credit to To prie into the secrets of the state,
a dreame, Till Henry surfeiting in ioyes of loue, But I would haue thee to thinke on no such things. With his new bride, and Englands dear bought
Enters a Messenger. queene,
Messenger. And it please your grace, the And Humphrey with the Peeres be falno at King and Queene to morrow morning will ride iarres,
a hawking to Saint Albones, and craues your Then will I raise aloft the milke-white Rose, company along with them. With whose sweete smell the aire shall be Humphrey. With all my heart, I will atperfumde,
tend his grace: Come Nell, thou wilt go with And in my Standard beare the Armes of Yorke, vs vs I am sure.
[Exet HUMPHREY. How now sir knaue. Who now by Cuniurations thinkes to rise.
thou art ,
Elnor. Ile come after you, for I cannot go | Enter the Duke of SUFFOLKE with the Queene, before,
and they take him for Duke HUMPHREY, and But ere it be long, lle go before them all,
giues him their writings. Despight of all that seeke to crosse me thus,
1. Peti. Oh we are undone, this is the Who is within there?
Duke of Suffolke.
Queene. Now good-fellowes, whom would
you speak withall? What sir Iohn Hum, what newes with you?
2. Peti. If it please your Maiestie, with my Sir Iohn. Iesus preserue your Maiestie.
Lord Protectors Grace. Elnor. My Maiestie. Why man I am but
Queene. Are your sutes to his grace. Let grace.
vs see them first, Ser Iohn. I, but by the grace of God & Looke on them my Lord of Suffolke. Hums aduise,
Suffolke. A complaint against the Cardinals Your graces state shall be aduanst ere long.
man, Elnor. What hast thou conferd with Margery What hath he done ? Iordaine, the cunning Witch of Ely, with
2. Peti. Marry my Lord, he hath stole away Roger Bullingbrooke and the rest, and will
my wife, they vndertake to do me good ?
And th' are gone togither, and I know not Sir John. I haue Madame, and they haue
where to finde them. promised me to raise a Spirite from depth of Suffolke. Hath he stole thy wife, thats some vnder grounde, that shall tell your grace all
iniury indeed. questions you demaund.
But what say you? Elnor. Thanks good sir Iohn. Some two
Peter Thump. Marry sir I come to tel you daies hence I gesse
that my maister said, that the Duke of Yorko Will it our time, then see that they be here: was true heire unto the Crowne, and that the For now the King is ryding to Saint Albones, King was an vsurer. And all the Dukes and Earles along with him, Queene. An vsurper thou wouldst say. When they be gone, then safely they may come,
Peter. I forsooth an vsurper. And on the backside of my Orchard heere,
Queene. Didst thou say the King was an There cast their Spelles in silence of the night;
vsurper? And so resolue vs of the thing we wish,
Peter. No forsooth, I saide my maister saido Till when, drinke that for my sake, And so so, th’ other day when we were scowring the farewell.
[Exet Elnor. Duke of Yorks Armour in our garret. Sir John. Now sir Iohn Hum, No words
Suffolke I marry this is something like, but mum.
Whose within there? Seale vp your lips, for you must silent be,
Enter one or two. These gifts ere long will make me mightie rich, Sirra take in this fellow and keepe him close, The Duches she thinks now that all is well, But I haue gold comes from another place,
And send out a Purseuant for his maister straight,
Weele here more of this before the king. From one that hyred me to set her on, To plot these Treasons gainst the King and Now sir what yours? Let me see it,
[Exet with the Armourers man. Peeres,
A complaint against the Duke of Suffolke for That by my meanes must worke the Duches fall, enclosing the commons of long Melford.
1. Peti. I beseech your grace to pardon me, But whist sir Iohn, no more of that I trow, For feare you lose your head before you goe.
I am but a Messenger for the whole township.
(He teares the papers. (Exet. Suffolke. So now show your petitions to
Duke Humphrey. (Act I. Scene III.)
Villaines get you gone and come not neare Enter two Petitioners, and PETER the
the Court, Armourers man. Dare these pesants write against me thus.
[Exct Petitioners. 1. Peti. Come sirs let vs linger here abouts Queene. My lord of Suffolke, you may see a while,
by this, Vntill my Lord Protector come this way, The Commons loues vnto that haughtie Duke, That we may show his grace our seuerall causes. That seekes to him more then to King Henry: 2. Peti. I pray God saue the good Duke Whose eyes are alwaies poring on his booke, Humphries life,
And nere regards the honour of his namo, For but for him a many were vndone, But still must be protected like a childe, That cannot get no succour in the Court, And gouerned by that ambitious Duke, But see where he comes with the Queene. That scarse will moue bis cap nor speake to us
And his proud wife, high minded Elanor, And as for the Regentship of France,
hath done, Can any griefe of minde be like to this. Should make him worthie to be honoured here. I tell thee Poull, when thou didst runne at Tilt, Suffolke. Peace headstrong Warwicke. And stolst away our Ladaies hearts in France, War. Image of pride, wherefore should I I thought King Henry had bene like to thee,
peace? Or else thou hadst not brought me out of Suffolke. Because here is a man accusde of France.
Treason, Suffolke. Madame content your selfo a litle Pray God the Duke of Yorke do cleare
himselfe. As I was cause of your comming to England, Ho, bring hither the Armourer and his man. So will I in England worke your full content:
Enter the Armourer and his man. And as for proud Duke Humphrey and his wife, I baue set lime-twigs that will intangle them, if it please your grace, this fellow here, hath As that your grace ere long shall vnderstand. accused his maister of high Treason, And his But staie Madame, here comes the King. words were these.
That the Duke of Yorke was lawfull heire ynto Enter King Henrs, and the Duke of Yorke the Crowne, and that your grace was an vsurper. and the Duke of SOMERSET on both sides of
Yorke. I beseech your grace let him hauo the King, whispering with him, and enter Duke what punishment the law will afford, for his HUMPHREY, Dame Elnor, the Duke of Bucking
villany. HIM, the Earle of SALSBURY, the Earle of
King. Come hether fellow, didst thou speake WARWICKE, and the Cardinall of WINCHESTER
these words? King. My Lords I care not who be Regent Armour. Ant shall please your Maiestie, I in France, or York, or Somerset, alls wonne neuer said any such matter, God is my witto me.
nesse, I am falsly accused by this villain bere. Yorke. My Lord, if Yorke haue ill de- Peter Tis no matter for that, you did say so. meande himselfe,
Yorke. I beseech your grace, let him haue Let Somerset enioy his place and go to France.
the law. Somerset. Then whom your grace thinke Armour. Alasse my Lord, hang me if euer worthie, let him go,
I spake the words, my accuser is my prentise, And there be made the Regent ouer the Ftench. & when I did correct him for his fault the
Warucicke. Whom soeuer you account worthie, other day, he did vow upon his knees that he Yorke is the worthiest.
would be euen with me, I haue good witnesse Cardinall. Pease Warwicke. Give thy bet- of this, and therefore I beseech your Maiestie ters leave to speake.
do not cast away an honest man for a villaines War. The Cardinals not my better in the accusation. field.
King. Vnckle Gloster, what do you thinke Buc. All in this place are thy betters farre.
of this? War. And Warwicke may liue to be the Humphrey. The law my Lord is this by best of all.
case, it rests suspitious, Qucène. My Lord in mine opinion, it were That a day of combat be appointed , best that
And there to trie each others right or wrong, Somerset were Regent ouer France.
Which shall be on the thirtith of this month, Humphrey. Madame our King is old inough With Eben staues, and Standbags combatting himselfe,
In Smythfield, before your Royall Maiestie. To giue his answere without your consent.
(Exet HUMPHREY. Queene. If he be old inough, what needs Armour. And I accept the Combat willingly. your grace
Peter. Alasse my Lord, I am not able to fight. To be Protector ouer him so long.
Suffolke. You must either tight sirra or else Humphrey. Madame I am but Protector
be hangde: ouer the land,
Go take them hence againe to prison. And when it please his grace, I will resigne
(Exct with them my charge.
[The Queene lets fall her gloue, and hits the Suffolke. Resigne it then, for since that thou Duches of Gloster, a boxe on the ecre. wast King,
Queene. Giue me my gloue. Why Minion As who is King but thee. The common state
can you not see? (She strikes her. Doth as we see, all wholly go to wracke, I cry you mercy Madame, I did mistake, And Millions of treasury hath bene spent, I did not thinke it bad bene you.
Elnor. Did you not proud French-woman, Witch. Then Roger Bullinbrooke about tby Could I come neare your daintio vissage with
taske, my nayles,
And frame a Cirkle here vpon the earth, Ide set my ten commandments in your face. Whilst I thereon all prostrate on my face, king. Be patient gentle Aunt.
Do talke and whisper with the diuels be low, It was against her will.
And coniure them for to obey my will. Elnor. Against her will. Good King shoele She lies downe vpon her face. dandle thee,
BULLENBROOKE makes a Cirkle. If thou wilt alwaies thus be rulde by her. Bullen. Darke Night, dread Night , the But let it rest. As sure as I do liue,
silence of the Night , She shall not strike dame Elnor mreuengde. Wherein the Furies maske in hellish troupes,
(Eret Elnor Send op I charge you from Sofetus lake, King. Beleeue mo my loue, thou wart much the spirit Askalon to come to me, to blame,
To pierce the bowels of this Centricke earth, I would not for a thousand pounds of gold, And hither come in twinkling of an eye, My noblo vnckle had bene here in place. Askalon, Assenda, Assonda.
[It thunders and lightens, and then the Enter Duke HUMPHREY.
Spirit riseth vp.
Spirit. Now Bullenbrooke what wouldst thou But see where he comes, I am glad he met
haue me do? her not.
Bullen. First of the King, what shall beVnckle Gloster, what answere makes your grace
come of him? Concerning our Regent for the Realme of France, Spirit. The Duke yet liues that Henry sball Whom thinks your grace is meetest for to send.
depose, Humphrey. My gratious Lord, then this is But him out liuo, and dye a violent death. my resolue,
Bullen. What fate awayt the Duke of For that these words the Armourer should speake,
Suffolke. Doth breed suspition on the part of Yorke, Spirit. By water shall ho die and take his Let Somerset bo Regent ouer the French,
ende. Till trials made, and Yorke may cleare himselfe. Bullen. What shall betide the Duke of King. Then be it so my Lord of Somerset.
Somerset ? We make your graca Regent ouer the French, Spirit. Let him shun Castles. safer shall And to defend our rights gainst forraine foes, he be ypon the sandie plaines, then where And so do good vnto the Realme of France. Castles mounted stand. Make hast my Lord, tis time that you were Now question me no more, for I must bence gone,
againe. [He sinkes downe againe. The time of Truse I thinke is full expirde. Bullen. Then downe I say, vnto the damned Somerset. I humbly thanke your royall
Where Pluto in his frie Waggon sits. And take my leaue to poste with speed to Ryding amidst the singde and parched smoakes, France.
(Exet SOMERSET. The Rode of Dytas by the River Stykes, King. Come vnckle Gloster, now lets haue There howle and burne for euer in those flames, our horse,
Rise Jordaine rise, and staie thy charming Spels. For we will to Saint Albones presently, Sonnes, we are betraide. Madame your Hawke they say, is swift of flight, Enter the Duke of Yorke, and the Duke of And we will trie how she will flie to day.
BUCKING HAN, and others. [Lxet omnes. Yorke. Come sirs, laie hands on them, and
bind them sure, (Act I. Scene IV.)
This time was well watcht. What Madame Enter Elnor, with sir Iohn Hum, KOGER
are you there? BULLENBROOKE a Coniurer, and MARGERY
This will be great credit for your husband, JOURDAINE Q Witch.
are plotting Treasons thus with
Cuniorers, Elnor. Here sir Iohn, take this scrole of The King shall haue notice of this thing. paper here,
(Exet Elnor aboue. Wherein is writ the questions you shall aske, Buc. See here my Lord what the diuell And I will stand vpon this Tower here,
hath writ. And here the spirit what it saies to you, Yorke. Give it me my Lord, lle show it to And to my questions, write the answeres
the King. downo. [She goes vp to the Tower. Go sirs, see them fast lockt in prison. Sir John. Now sirs begin and cast your
[Exet with them. spels about,
Bucking. My Lord, I pray you let me go And charme the fiendes for to obey your wils,
post vnto the King , And tell Dame Elnor of the thing she askes. Vnto S. Albones, to tell this newes.