Henry VI Part 2


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Alarum and retreat. Enter again Cade and all his

rabblement


CADE

Up Fish Street! Down Saint Magnus' Corner!

Kill and knock down! Throw them into Thames!

Sound a parley
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count

What noise is this I hear? Dare any be so bold to

sound retreat or parley, when I command them kill?

Enter Buckingham and old Clifford, attended
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]


BUCKINGHAM

Ay, here they be that dare and will disturb thee;

Know, Cade, we come ambassadors from the King

Unto the commons, whom thou hast misled;
common (n.) 1 (people) common people, ordinary citizens

And here pronounce free pardon to them all
free (adj.) 1 liberal, lavish, generous
pronounce (v.) 3 proclaim, officially declare, announce

That will forsake thee and go home in peace.


CLIFFORD

What say ye, countrymen, will ye relent

And yield to mercy, whilst 'tis offered you,

Or let a rebel lead you to your deaths?

Who loves the King and will embrace his pardon,
embrace (v.) 1 welcome, joyfully accept

Fling up his cap and say ‘ God save his majesty!’

Who hateth him, and honours not his father,

Henry the Fifth, that made all France to quake,

Shake he his weapon at us and pass by.


ALL

God save the King! God save the King!


CADE

What, Buckingham and Clifford, are ye so brave?
brave (adj.) 3 audacious, daring, bold

And you, base peasants, do ye believe him? Will
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count

you needs be hanged with your pardons about your

necks? Hath my sword therefore broke through London

gates, that you should leave me at the White Hart

in Southwark? I thought ye would never have given out
give out (v.) 4 surrender, give up, stop using

these arms till you had recovered your ancient freedom.
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 2 former, earlier, past

But you are all recreants and dastards, and delight to live
dastard (n.) coward, sissy, runaway, traitor
recreant (n.) 2 deserter, renegade, villain

in slavery to the nobility. Let them break your backs with

burdens, take your houses over your heads, ravish your

wives and daughters before your faces. For me, I will

make shift for one, and so God's curse light upon you
shift (n.) 1 expedient, measure, arrangement [especially as 'make shift' = contrive]

all!


ALL

We'll follow Cade! We'll follow Cade!


CLIFFORD

Is Cade the son of Henry the Fifth,

That thus you do exclaim you'll go with him?

Will he conduct you through the heart of France,

And make the meanest of you earls and dukes?
meanest (n.) lowest ranking, least eminent

Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to;

Nor knows he how to live but by the spoil,
spoil (n.) 1 plundering, pillaging, despoiling

Unless by robbing of your friends and us.

Were't not a shame, that whilst you live at jar,
jar / jars, at in / into conflict, in / into a state of dissension

The fearful French, whom you late vanquished,
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear

Should make a start o'er seas and vanquish you?
start (n.) 2 outburst, eruption, fit, reaction

Methinks already in this civil broil
broil (n.) 2 quarrel, row, disturbance
civil (adj.) 3 of civil war
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

I see them lording it in London streets,

Crying ‘ Villiago!’ unto all they meet.
villiago (n.) villain, scoundrel, rogue

Better ten thousand base-born Cades miscarry
base-born (adj.) of low birth, lowborn, plebeian
miscarry (v.) 1 come to harm, perish, meet death

Than you should stoop unto a Frenchman's mercy.
stoop (v.) 1 kneel, submit, bow down

To France! To France! And get what you have lost;

Spare England, for it is your native coast.

Henry hath money; you are strong and manly;

God on our side, doubt not of victory.


ALL

À Clifford! À Clifford! We'll follow the King and

Clifford.


CADE

(aside)

Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro

as this multitude? The name of Henry the Fifth hales
hale (v.) 1 drag, pull, haul

them to an hundred mischiefs and makes them leave me

desolate. I see them lay their heads together to surprise
lay (v.) 1 apply, place, put
surprise (v.) 1 attack, capture, seize

me. My sword make way for me, for here is

no staying. – In despite of the devils and hell, have
have (v.) 5 [said at the start of a confrontation or attack; more usually: have at] I come

through the very midst of you! And heavens and

honour be witness that no want of resolution in me, but

only my followers' base and ignominious treasons, makes
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

me betake me to my heels.
betake (v.) 1 go, take oneself off, make one's way

Exit


BUCKINGHAM

What, is he fled? Go some and follow him;

And he that brings his head unto the King

Shall have a thousand crowns for his reward.

Exeunt some of them

Follow me, soldiers; we'll devise a mean
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method

To reconcile you all unto the King.

Exeunt

 
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