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• Tell me, my friend, art thou the man that slew
him? • Iden. I was, an't like your majesty. ‘K. Hen. How art thou calld? and what is thy
degree? • Iden. Alexander Iden, that's my name; "A poor esquire of Kent, that loves his king. * Buck. So please it you, my lord, 'twere not
amiss * He were created knight for his good service. K. Hen. Iden, kneel down; [He kneels.] Rise
up a knight. "We give thee for reward a thousand marks; "And will, that thou henceforth attend on us.
- Iden. May Iden live to merit such a bounty, And never live but true unto his liege? K. Hen. See, Buckingham! Somerset comes
with the queen; Go, bid her hide him quickly from the duke.
Enter Queen MARGARET and SOMERSET.
Q. Mar. For thousand Yorks he shall not hide
his head, • But boldly stand, and front him to his face.
York. How now! Is Somerset at liberty? "Then, York, unloose thy long-imprison'd thoughts, • And let thy tongue be equal with thy heart. Shall I endure the sight of Somerset ?
False king! why hast thou broken faith with me, • Knowing how hardly I can brook abuse?
King did I call thee? no, thou art not king; Not fit to govern and rule multitudes, - Which dar'st not, no, nor canst not rule a traitor. "That head of thine doth not become a crown; · Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff,
And not to grace an awful princely scepter.
That gold must round engirt these brows of mine; • Whose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear, • Is able with the change to kill and cure. * Here is a hand to hold a scepter up, . And with the same to act controlling laws.
Give place; by heaven, thou shalt rule no more • O'er him, whom heaven created for thy ruler.
Som. O monstrous traitor!—I arrest thee, York, “Of capital treason 'gainst the king and crown: * Obey, audacious traitor; kneel for grace. * York. Would'st have me kneel? first let me ask
of these, * If they can brook I bow a knee to man.* Sirrah, call in my sons to be my bail;
[Éxit an Attendant. * I know, ere they will have me go to ward, * They'll pawn their swords for my enfranchisement. Q. Mar. Call hither Clifford; bid him come
amain, * To say, if that the bastard boys of York * Shall be the surety for their traitor father.
* York. O blood-bespotted Neapolitan,
The sons of York, thy betters in their birth,
Enter EDWARD and RICHARD PLANTAGENET, with
Forces, at one Side; at the other, with Forces
also, old CLIFFORD and his Son. * See, where they come; I'll warrant they'll make
it good. * Q. Mar. And here comes Clifford, to deny
their bail. • Clif. Health and all happiness to my lord the king!
* York. I thank thee, Clifford: Say, what news
with thee? Nay, do not fright us with an angry look: • We are thy sovereign, Clifford, kneel again; For thy mistaking so, we pardon thee.
• Clif. This is my king, York, I do not mistake; But thou mistak'st me much, to think I do:• To Bedlam with him! is the man grown mad?
“K. Hen. Ay, Clifford; a bedlam and ambitious
humourClifford; a benan grown mo
• Makes him oppose himself against his king.
Clif. He is a traitor; let him to the Tower, And chop away that factious pate of his.
Q. Mar. He is arrested, but will not obey; His sons, he says, shall give their words for him. * York. Will you not, sons ? Edw. Ay, noble father, if our words will serve. * Rich. And if words will not, then our weapons
shall. * Clif. Why, what a brood of traitors have we
here! * York. Look in a glass, and call thy image so; * I am thy king, and thou a false-heart traitor.• Call hither to the stake my two brave bears, * That, with the very shaking of their chains, * They may astonish these fell lurking curs; * Bid Salisbury, and Warwick, come to me.
Drums. Enter WARWICK and SALISBURY, with
Forces. • Clif. Are these thy bears ? we'll bait thy bears
to death, • And manacle the bear-ward in their chains,
o Call hither to the stake my two brave bears,
Bid Salisbury, and Warwick, come--] The Nevils, earls of Warwick, had a bear and ragged staff for their cognizance.
- If thou dar'st bring them to the baiting-place.
* Rich. Oft have I seen a hot o'erweening cur * Run back and bite, because he was withheld; * Who, being sufferd' with the bear's fell paw, * Hath clapp'd his tail between his legs, and cry'd: * And such a piece of service will you do, * If you oppose yourselves to match lord Warwick.
* Člif. Hence, heap of wrath, foul indigested lump, * As crooked in thy manners as thy shape!
* York. Nay, we shall heat you thoroughly anon. * Clif. Take heed, lest by your heat you burn
yourselves. * K. Hen. Why, Warwick, hath thy knee forgot
to bow?* Old Salisbury,—shame to thy silver hair, * Thou mad misleader of thy brain-sick son!* What, wilt thou on thy death-bed play the ruffian, * And seek for sorrow with thy spectacles? * 0, where is faith? 0, where is loyalty ? * If it be banish'd from the frosty head, * Where shall it find a harbour in the earth ?* Wilt thou go dig a grave to find out war, * And shame thine honourable age with blood ? * Why art thou old, and want'st experience? * Or wherefore dost abuse it, if thou hast it? * For shame! in duty bend thy knee to me, * That bows unto the grave with mickle age.
* Sal. My lord, I have consider'd with myself * The title of this most renowned duke; * And in my conscience do repute his grace * The rightful heir to England's royal seat. * K. Hen. Hast thou not sworn allegiance unto
? being suffer'd-] Being suffer'd to approach to the bear's fell paw. Such may be the meaning. I am not, however, sure, but the poet meant, being in a state of sufferance or pain. .
it is g!. to kho any
* Sal. I have.
such an oath?
Q. Mar. A subtle traitor needs no sophister. • K. Hen. Call Buckingham, and bid him arm
himself. York. Call Buckingham, and all the friends thou
“I am resolv’d for death, or dignity. Clif. The first I warrant thee, if dreams prove
true. • War. You were best to go to bed, and dream
Clif. I am resolv'd to bear a greater storm,
War. Now, by my father's badge old Nevil's crest,
Clif. And from thy burgonet I'll rend thy bear, And tread it under foot with all contempt,
burgonet,] Is a helmet.