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No, prelate; such is thy audacious wickedness,
Thy lewd, pestiferous, and dissentious pranks,"
As very infants prattle of thy pride.
Thou art a most pernicious usurer;
Froward by nature, enemy to peace;
Lascivious, wanton, more than well beseems
A man of thy profession, and degree;

And for thy treachery, What's more manifest?
In that thou laid'st a trap to take my life,'

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As well at London-Bridge, as at the Tower? Beside, I fear me, if thy thoughts were sifted, ?! The king, thy sovereign, is not quite exempt From envious malice of thy swelling heart.



Win. Gloster, I do defy thee.-Lords, vouchsafe To give me hearing what I shall reply.~U WAZA ENA If I were covetous, perverse, ambitious, As he will have me, How am I so poor but the ball go Or how haps it, I seek not to advanced e Or raise myself, but keep my wonted calling N And for dissention, Who preferreth peace More than I do-except I be provok❜d ?'' No, my good lords, it is not that offends; It is not that, that hath incens'd the duke: It is, because no one should sway but he;

No one, but he, should be about the king;

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And that engenders thunder in his breast, #12 91.2

And makes him roar these accusations forth. b'uc no

But he shall know, I am as good

Glo. As good!


Thou bastard of my grandfather!—

Win. Ay, lordly sir; For what are you, I pray, But one imperious in another's throne?

Glo. Am I not protector, saucy priest?

Win. And am not I a prelate of the church?
Glo. Yes, as an out-law in a castle keeps,
And useth it to patronage his theft.
Win. Unreverent Gloster!!

Glo. Thou art reverent

Touching thy spiritual function, not thy life.:
Win. Rome shall remedy this. Inha
War. Roam thither then.

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Som. My lord, it were your duty to forbear. War. Ay, see the bishop be not over-borne. Som. Methinks, my lord should be religious, And know the office that belongs to such.


War. Methinks, his lordship should be humbler; ¤ It fitteth not a prelate so to plead, eh..


Som. Yes, when his holy state is touch'd so near. › War. State holy, or unhallow'd, what of that è Is not his grace protector to the king ?

Rich. Plantagenet, I see, must hold his tongue ; Lest it be said, Speak, sirrah, when you should; Must your bold verdid enter talk with lords?: Else would I have a fling at Winchester.


K. Henry. Uncles of Gloster, and of Winchester, The special watchmen of our English weal; I would prevail, if prayers might prevail, To join your hearts in love and amity. Oh, what a scandal is it to our crown, S. HI



That two such noble peers as ye, should jar!
Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell,"
Civil dissention is a viperous worm,

That gnaws the bowels of the common-wealth!!
[A noise within; Down with the tawny coats!
What tumult's this?

War. An uproar, I dare warrant,

Begun through malice of the bishop's men.

[A noise again, Stones! Stones

Enter the Mayor of London, attended..

Mayor. Oh, my good lords-and virtuous Henry

Pity the city of London, pity us!

The bishop and the duke of Gloster's men,

Forbidden late to carry any weapon,

Have fill'd their pockets full of pebble-stones;
And, banding themselves in contrary parts,
Do pelt so fast at one another's pate,


That many have their giddy brains knock'd out:
Our windows are broke down in every street,
And we, for fear, compell'd to shut our shops. 89

Enter Men in Skirmish, with bloody Pates.

K. Henry. We charge you, on allegiance to ourself, To hold your slaught ring hands, and keep the peace. Pray, uncle Gloster, mitigate this strife.

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i Serv. Nay, if we be Forbidden stones, we'll fall to it with our teeth.

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2 Serv. Do what ye dare, we are as resolute.

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Glo. You of my household, leave this peevish broil, And set this unaccustom'd fight aside.

3 Serv. My lord, we know your grace to be a man Just and upright; and, for your royal birth, Inferior to none, but to his majesty :

And, ere that we will suffer such a prince,
So kind a father of the common-weal,

To be disgraced by an inkhorn mate,

We, and our wives, and children, all will fight,
And have our bodies slaughter'd by thy foes.

1 Serv. Ay, and the very parings of our nails Shall pitch a field when we are dead.

Glo. Stay, stay, I say!


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And, if you love me, as you say you do,

Let me persuade you to forbear awhile.


K. Henry. Oh, how this discord doth afflict my


Can you, my lord of Winchester, behold

My sighs and tears, and will not once relent?
Who should be pitiful, if you be not ?

Or who should study to prefer a peace,

If holy churchmen take delight in broils?

War. My lord protector, yield; - yield, Winchester ;

Except you mean, with obstinate repulse,

To slay your sovereign, and destroy the realm.
You see what mischief, and what murder too,
Hath been enacted through your enmity;
Then be at peace, except ye thirst for blood.
Win. He shall submit, or I will never yield.




Glo. Compassion on the king commands me stoop; Or, I would see his heart out, ere the priest Should ever get that privilege of me.

War. Behold, my lord of Winchester, the duke Hath banish'd moody discontented fury, As by his smoothed brows it doth appear: Why look you still so stern, and tragical? Glo. Here, Winchester, I offer thee my hand. K. Henry. Fie, uncle Beaufort! I have heard you preach,

That malice was a great and grievous sin :

And will not you maintain the thing you teach,

But prove a chief offender in the same?


War. Sweet king!-the bishop hath a kindly gird.

For shame, my lord of Winchester! relent;
What, shall a child instruct you what to do?

Win. Well, duke of Gloster, I will yield to thee; Love for thy love, and hand for hand I give. 140

Glo. Ay; but, I fear me, with a hollow heart.--See here, my friends, and loving countrymen ; This token serveth for a flag of truce, Betwixt ourselves, and all our followers: So help me God, as I dissemble not!

Win. [Aside.] So help me God, as I intend it not! K. Henry. O loving uncle, kind duke of Gloster, How joyful am I made by this contract !

Away, my masters! trouble us no more ;

But join in friendship, as your lords have done. 150 1 Serv. Content; I'll to the surgeon's. F

2 Serv.

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