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Elean. It is enough, I'll think upon the questions: When from St. Albans we do make return, We'll see those things effected to the full. Here, Humi, take this reward ; make merry, man, With thy confederates in this weighty cause.

[Exit Eleanor, Hume. Hume must make merry with the Dutchess'

gold: Marry, and shall; but how now, Sir John Hume? Seal up your lips, and give no words, but mum! The business asketh silent fecrecy. Dame Eleanor gives gold to bring the witch: Gold cannot come amiss, were the a devil. Yet have I gold, flies from another coaft: I dare not say from the rich Cardinal, And from the great and new-made Duke of Suffolk; Yet I do find it so : for to be plain, They (knowing Dame Eleanor's aspiring humour) Have hired me to undermine the Dutchess; And buz these conjurations in her brain: They say, a crafty knave does need no broker ; Yet am I Suffolk’s, and the Cardinal's, broker. Hume, if you take not heed, you Thall To call them both a pair of crafty knaves. Well, so it stands; and thus I fear at last, Hume's knavery will be the Dutchess? wreck, And her Attainture will be Humphry's Fall: Sort how it will, I shall have gold for all. [Exit.

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SCENE.changes to an Apartment in the Palace.

Enter three or four Petitioners, Peter the Armourer's man

being one. i Pet. Y

tector will come this way by and by, and then we may deliver our supplications in the quill.

2 Pet. Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's a good man, Jesu bless him !


Enter Suffolk, and Queen. 1 Pet. Here a' comes, methinks, and the Queen with him: I'll be the first, sure.

2 Pet. Come back, fool, this is the Duke of Suffolk, and not my lord Protector.

Suf. How now, fellow, would'st any thing with me?

1 Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me; I took ye for my lord Protector.

Q. Mar. To my lord Protetor. [reading] Are your fupplications to his lordship ? let me see them ; what is thine ?

1 Pet. Mine is, an't please your Grace, against John Goodman, my lord Cardinal's man, for keeping my house and lands, and wife, and all from me.

Suf. Thy wife too? that's some wrong, indeed, What's yours? what's here? [Reads.] Against the Duke of Suffolk, for inclosing the Commons of Long Melford. How now, Sir Knave?

2 Pet. Alas, Sir, I am but a poor petitioner of our whole Township.

uf. reads.] Against my master, Thomas Horner, for saying, that the Duke of York was rightful heir to the Crown.

Q. Mar. What! did the Duke of York say, he was rightful heir to the Crown?

Peter. That my mistress was ? no, forsooth ; my master said, that he was; and that the King was an usurper.

Suf. Who is there? -Take this fellow in, and send for his master with a pursuivant, presently; we'll hear more of your matter before the King.

[Exit Peter guarded. Q.-Mar. And as for you, that love to be protected Under the wings of our Protector's Grace, Begin your suits anew, and fue to him.

[Tears the fupplications. Away, base cullions : Suffolk, let them go. All. Come, lei's be gone. [Exeunt Petitioners.

Q. Mar.

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Q. Mar. My lord of Suffolk, fay, is this the guise? Is this the fashion in the Court of England? Is this the Government of Britain's ifle ? And this the royalty of Albion's King? What !- fhall King Henry be a Pupil still, Under the surly Gloster's governance ? Am I a Queen in title and in style, And must be made a Subject to a Duke? I tell thee, Pole, when in the city Tours Thou ran'st a-tilt in honour of my love, And ftol'ft away the ladies' hearts of France ; I thought, King Henry had resembled thee In courage, courtship, and proportion : But all his mind is bent to holinefs, To number Ave Maries on his beads; His champions are the Prophets and Apoftles; His weapons holy Saws of sacred Writ; His study is his tilt-yard; and his loves

Are brazen images of canoniz'd saints.
E I would, the College of the Cardinals

Would chase him Pope, and carry him to Rome,
And set the triple Crown upon his head ;
That were a state fit for his holiness!

Suf. Madam, be patient; as I was the cause
Your Highness came to England, fo will I
In England work your Grace's full content.

Q. Mar. Beside the proud Protector, have we Beauford
Th' imperious Churchman ; Somerset, Buckingham,
And grumbling York; and not the least of these
But can do more in England, than the King:

Suf. And he of these, that can do most of all, Cannot do more in England than the Nevills ; Salisb'ry and Warwick are no fimple Peers.

Q. Mar. Not all these lords do vex me half fo much, As that proud Dame, the lord Protector's wife: She sweeps it through the Court with troops of ladies, More like an Empress than Duke Humphry's wife. Strangers in Court do take her for the Queen ; She bears a Duke's revenues on her back, And in her heart she scorns our poverty.


Shall I not live to be aveng'd on her ?
Contemptuous, base. born, Callot as she is,
She vaunted 'mongst her minions t'other day,

train of her worst wearing gown.
Was better worth than all my father's lands ;
Till Suffolk gave two Dukedoms for his daughter!

Suf. Madam, my self have lim'd a bush for her,
And plac'd a quire of such enticing birds,
That she will light to listen to their lays ;
And never mount to trouble

you again.
So, let her reft; and, Madam, lift to me;
For I am bold to counsel you in this ;
Although we fancy not the Cardinal,
Yet mult we join with him and with the lords,
Till we have brought Duke Humphry in disgrace.
As for the Duke of York, this late complaint
Will make but little for his benefit.
So, one by one, we'll weed them all at last;
And you your self shall steer the happy Realm,
To them enter King Henry, Duke Humphry, Cardinal,

Buckingham, York, Salisbury, Warwick, and the Dutchess of Gloucester.

K. Henry. For my part, noble Lords, I care not which, Or Somerset, or York, all's one to me.

York. If York have ill demean'd himself in France,
Then let him be deny'd the Regentship.
? Som. If Somerset be unworthy of the Place,
Let York be Regent, I will yield to him.

War. Whether your Grace be worthy, yea or no,
Dispute not that; York is the worthier.

Car. Ambitious Warwick, let thy Betters speak.
War. The Cardinal's not my better in the field.
Buck. All in this Presence are thy betters, Warwick.
War. Warwick may live to be the best of all.

Sal. Peace, Son; and shew some reason, Buckingham, Why Somerset should be preferr'd in this.

Q. Mar. Because the King, forsooth, will have it so.

Glo. Madam, the King is old enough himself
To give his Censure: these are no woman's matters.

Q. Mar.

Q. Mar. If he be old enough, what needs your Grace To be Protector of his Excellence ?

Glo. Madam, I am Protector of the Realm ; And, at his Pleasure, will resign my Place.

Suf. Resign it then, and leave thine infolence. Since thou wert King, (as who is King, but thou :) The Common-wealth hath daily run to wreck. The Dauphin hath prevail'd beyond the seas, And all the Peers, and Nobles of the Realm, Have been as bond-men to thy sov’reignty. Car. The Commons haft thou rack'd; the Clergy's

bags Are lank and lean with thy extortions.

Som. Thy sumptuous buildings, and thy wife's attire, Have cost a mass of publick treasury.

Buck. Thy cruelty in execution
Upon offenders hath exceeded law;
And left thee to the mercy of the law.

Q. Mar. Thy fale of offices and towns in France,
If they were known, as the suspect is great,
Would make thee quickly hop without thy head.

Exit Glo. Give me my fan ; what, minion ? can ye not?

[She gives the Dutchess a box on the ear. I cry you mercy, Madam ; was it you?

Elean. Was't I? yea, I it was, proud French-woman: Could I come near your beauty with my nails, I'd set my ten commandments in your face.

K. Henry. Sweet aunt, be quiet; 'twas against her will. Elean. Against her will, good King look to't in


She'll hamper thee and dandle thee like a baby :
Though in this place most Master wears no breeches,
She shall not strike Dame Eleanor unrevenged.

[Exit Eleanor,
Buck. Lord Cardinal, I'll follow Eleanor,
And listen after Humphry, how he proceeds:
She's tickled now, her fame can need no spurs ;
She'll gallop fast enough to her destruction.

[Exit Buckingham.


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