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0! torture me no more,

I will confess.-
Alive again? then show me where he is;
I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him.-
He hath no eyes, the dust hath blinded them.-
Comb down his hair; look! look! it stands upright,
Like lime-twigs set to catch my winged soul!
Give me some drink; and bid the apothecary
Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.

K. Hen. O thou eternal Mover of the heavens,
Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch!
O, beat away the busy meddling fiend,
That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul,
And from his bosom purge this black despair!

War. See, how the pangs of death do make him grin.
Sal. Disturb him not, let him pass peaceably.

K. Hen. Peace to his soul, if God's good pleasure be! Lord cardinal, if thou think'st on heaven's bliss, Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope.-. He dies, and makes no sign ; O God, forgive him!

War. So bad a death argues a monstrous life. K. Hen. Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close; And let us all to ineditation.

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SCENE I. KENT. The Sea-shore near DOVER. Firing heard at Seu. Then enter from a Boat, a Cap

tain, a Master, a Master's Mate, WALTER WHITMORE, and others; with them SUFFOLK, and other Gentlemen, Prisoners.

Cap. The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day Is crept into the bosom of the sea; And now loud-howling wolves arouse the jades That drag the tragic melancholy night; Who with their drowsy, slow, and Hagging wings, Clip dead men's graves, and from their misty jaws Breathe foul contagious darkness in the air. Therefore, bring forth the soldiers of our prize; For, whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs, Here shall they make their ransoin on the sand, Or with their blood stain this discolour'd shore.Master, this prisoner freely give I thee;And thou that art his mate, make boot of this ;The other, [Pointing to Suff.] Walter Whitmore, is thy

sbare.

1 Gent. What is my ransom, master? let me know.
Mast. A thousand crowns, or else lay down your head.
Mate. And so much shall you give, or off goes yours.
Cap. What, think you much to pay two thousand

crowns,
And bear the name and port of gentlemen?-
Cut both the villains' throats ;-for die you shall;
The lives of those which we have lost in fight,
Cannot be counterpois’d with such a petty sum.

1 Gent. I'll give it, sir; and therefore spare my life.
2 Gent. And so will I, and write home for it straight.

Whit. I lost mine eye in laying the prize aboard, And therefore, to revenge it, shalt thou die;. [To Suff. And so should these, if I might have my will.

Cap. Be not so rash; take ransom, let him live.

Suff. Look on my George, I am a gentleman; Rate me at what thou wilt, thou shalt be paid.

Whit. And so am I; my name is—Walter Whitmore. How now? why start'st thou? what, doth death affright?

Suff Thy name affrights me, in whose sound is death. A cunning man did calculate iny birth, And told me that by Water I should die : Yet let not this make thee be bloody-minded; Thy name is–Gualtier, being rightly sounded.

Whit. Gualtier, or Walter, which it is, I care not; Ne'er yet did base dishonoor blur our name, But with our sword we wip'd away the blot; Therefore, when merchant-like I sell revenge, Broke be my sword, my arms torn and defac'd, And I proclaim'd a coward through the world!

(Lays hold on Suffolk. Suff. Stay, Whitmore; for thy prisoner is a prince, The duke of Suffolk, William de la Poole.

Whit. The duke of Suffolk, imuffled up in rags! Suff. Ay, but these rags are no part of the duke; Jove sometime went disguis'd, And why not I?

Cap. But Jove was never slain, as thou shalt be. Suff. Obscure and lowly swain, king Henry's blood, The honourable blood of Lancaster,

Must not be shed by such a jaded groom.
Hast thou not kiss'd thy hand, and held my stirrup?
Bare-headed plodded by my foot-cloth mule,
And thought thee happy when I shook my head?
How often hast thou waited at my cup,
Fed from my trencher, kneeld down at the board,
When I have feasted with queen Margaret?
Remember it, and let it make thee crest-fall’n;
Ay, and allay this thy abortive pride:
How in our voiding lobby hast thou stood,
And duly waited for my coming forth?.
This hand of mine hath writ in thy behalf,
And therefore shall it charm thy riotous tongue.

Whit. Speak, captain, shall I stab the forlorn swain?
Cap. First let my words stab him, as he hath me.
Suff. Base slave! thy words are blunt, and so art thon.

Cap. Convey him hence, and on our long-boat's side
Strike off his head.
Suff.

Thou dar'st not for thy own.
Cap. Yes, Poole.
Suff:

Poole?
Cap.

Poole? Sir Poole? lord ? Ay, kennel, puddle, sink; whose filth and dirt Troubles the silver spring where England drinks. Now will I dam up this thy yawning mouth, For swallowing the treasure of the realm : Thy lips, that kiss'd the queen, shall sweep the ground; And thou, that smil'dst at good duke Humphrey's death, Against the senseless winds shalt grin in vain, Who, in contempt, shall hiss at thee again: And wedded be ihou to the bags of hell, For daring to affy a mighty lord Unto the daugliter of a worthless king, Having neither subject, wealth, nor diadem. By devilish policy art thou grown great, And, like ambitious Sylla, overgorg'd With gobbels of thy mother's bleeding heart. By thee, Anjou and Maine were sold to France: The false revolting Normans, thorough thee,

Disdain to call us lord; and Picardy
Hath slain their governors, surpris'd our forts,
And sent the ragged soldiers wounded home.
The princely Warwick, and the Nevils all,
Whose dreadful swords were never drawn in vain,
As hating thee, are rising up in arms :
And now the house of York-thrust from the crown,
By shameful murder of a guiltless king,
And lofty proud encroaching tyranny,
Burns with revenging fire; whose hopeful colours
Advance our half-fac'd sun, striving to shine,
Under the which is writ-Invitis nubibus.
The commons here in Kent are up in arms:
And, to conclude, reproach, and beggary,
Is crept into the palace of our king,
And all by thee:-Away! convey him hence.

Suff. that I were a god, to shoot forth thunder
Upon these paltry, servile, abject drudges!
Small things make base men proud : this villain here,
Being captain of a pinnace, threatens more
Than Bargulus the strong Illyrian pirate.
Drones suck not eagles' blood, but rob bee-hives.
It is impossible, that I should die
By such a lowly vassal as thyself.
Thy words move rage, and not remorse, in me:
I go of message from the queen to France;
I charge thee, waft me safely cross the channel.

Cap. Walter,
Whit. Come, Suffolk, I must waft thee to thy death.
Suff. Gelidus timor occupat artus :—'tis thee I fear.
Whit. Thou shalt have cause to fear, before I leave

thee. What, are ye daunted now? now will ye stoop? 1 Gent. My gracious lord, entreat him, speak him

fair. SuffSuffolk's imperial tongue is stern and rough, Us’d to command, ontaught to plead for favour. Far be it, we should honour such as these With humble snit: no, rather let my head Stoop to the block, than these knees bow to any,

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