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ACT IV - SCENE VIII. Southwark.
CADE
1    Up Fish Street! down Saint Magnus' Corner! Kill
2    and knock down! throw them into Thames!
Sound a parley
3    What noise is this I hear? Dare any be so bold to
4    sound retreat or parley, when I command them kill?
Enter BUCKINGHAM and CLIFFORD, attended

BUCKINGHAM
5    Ay, here they be that dare and will disturb thee:
6    Know, Cade, we come ambassadors from the king
7    Unto the commons whom thou hast misled;
8    And here pronounce free pardon to them all
9    That will forsake thee and go home in peace.
CLIFFORD
10   What say ye, countrymen? will ye relent,
11   And yield to mercy whilst 'tis offer'd you;
12   Or let a rebel lead you to your deaths?
13   Who loves the king and will embrace his pardon,
14   Fling up his cap, and say 'God save his majesty!'
15   Who hateth him and honours not his father,
16   Henry the Fifth, that made all France to quake,
17   Shake he his weapon at us and pass by.
ALL
18   God save the king! God save the king!
CADE
19   What, Buckingham and Clifford, are ye so brave? And
20   you, base peasants, do ye believe him? will you
21   needs be hanged with your pardons about your necks?
22   Hath my sword therefore broke through London gates,
23   that you should leave me at the White Hart in
24   Southwark? I thought ye would never have given out
25   these arms till you had recovered your ancient
26   freedom: but you are all recreants and dastards,
27   and delight to live in slavery to the nobility. Let
28   them break your backs with burthens, take your
29   houses over your heads, ravish your wives and
30   daughters before your faces: for me, I will make
31   shift for one; and so, God's curse light upon you
32   all!
ALL
33   We'll follow Cade, we'll follow Cade!
CLIFFORD
34   Is Cade the son of Henry the Fifth,
35   That thus you do exclaim you'll go with him?
36   Will he conduct you through the heart of France,
37   And make the meanest of you earls and dukes?
38   Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to;
39   Nor knows he how to live but by the spoil,
40   Unless by robbing of your friends and us.
41   Were't not a shame, that whilst you live at jar,
42   The fearful French, whom you late vanquished,
43   Should make a start o'er seas and vanquish you?
44   Methinks already in this civil broil
45   I see them lording it in London streets,
46   Crying 'Villiago!' unto all they meet.
47   Better ten thousand base-born Cades miscarry
48   Than you should stoop unto a Frenchman's mercy.
49   To France, to France, and get what you have lost;
50   Spare England, for it is your native coast;
51   Henry hath money, you are strong and manly;
52   God on our side, doubt not of victory.
ALL
53   A Clifford! a Clifford! we'll follow the king and Clifford.
CADE
54   Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this
55   multitude? The name of Henry the Fifth hales them
56   to an hundred mischiefs, and makes them leave me
57   desolate. I see them lay their heads together to
58   surprise me. My sword make way for me, for here is
59   no staying. In despite of the devils and hell, have
60   through the very middest of you? and heavens and
61   honour be witness, that no want of resolution in me.
62   but only my followers' base and ignominious
63   treasons, makes me betake me to my heels.
Exit

BUCKINGHAM
64   What, is he fled? Go some, and follow him;
65   And he that brings his head unto the king
66   Shall have a thousand crowns for his reward.
Exeunt some of them
67   Follow me, soldiers: we'll devise a mean
68   To reconcile you all unto the king.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III

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