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Why droopes my Lord like ouer-ripen'd Corn,Why droops my lord like over-ripened corn,2H6 I.ii.1
Hanging the head at Ceres plenteous load?Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load?2H6 I.ii.2
Why doth the Great Duke Humfrey knit his browes,Why doth the great Duke Humphrey knit his brows,2H6 I.ii.3
As frowning at the Fauours of the world?As frowning at the favours of the world?2H6 I.ii.4
Why are thine eyes fixt to the sullen earth,Why are thine eyes fixed to the sullen earth,2H6 I.ii.5
Gazing on that which seemes to dimme thy sight?Gazing on that which seems to dim thy sight?2H6 I.ii.6
What seest thou there? King Henries Diadem,What seest thou there? King Henry's diadem,2H6 I.ii.7
Inchac'd with all the Honors of the world?Enchased with all the honours of the world?2H6 I.ii.8
If so, Gaze on, and grouell on thy face,If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face,2H6 I.ii.9
Vntill thy head be circled with the same.Until thy head be circled with the same.2H6 I.ii.10
Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious Gold.Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold.2H6 I.ii.11
What, is't too short? Ile lengthen it with mine,What, is't too short? I'll lengthen it with mine;2H6 I.ii.12
And hauing both together heau'd it vp,And having both together heaved it up,2H6 I.ii.13
Wee'l both together lift our heads to heauen,We'll both together lift our heads to heaven,2H6 I.ii.14
And neuer more abase our sight so low,And never more abase our sight so low2H6 I.ii.15
As to vouchsafe one glance vnto the ground.As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground.2H6 I.ii.16
What dream'd my Lord, tell me, and Ile requite itWhat dreamed my lord? Tell me, and I'll requite it2H6 I.ii.23
With sweet rehearsall of my mornings dreame?With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream.2H6 I.ii.24
Tut, this was nothing but an argument,Tut, this was nothing but an argument2H6 I.ii.32
That he that breakes a sticke of Glosters groue,That he that breaks a stick of Gloucester's grove2H6 I.ii.33
Shall loose his head for his presumption.Shall lose his head for his presumption.2H6 I.ii.34
But list to me my Humfrey, my sweete Duke:But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet Duke:2H6 I.ii.35
Me thought I sate in Seate of Maiesty,Methought I sat in seat of majesty2H6 I.ii.36
In the Cathedrall Church of Westminster,In the cathedral church of Westminster,2H6 I.ii.37
And in that Chaire where Kings & Queens wer crownd,And in that chair where kings and queens were crowned,2H6 I.ii.38
Where Henrie and Dame Margaret kneel'dto me,Where Henry and Dame Margaret kneeled to me,2H6 I.ii.39
And on my head did set the Diadem.And on my head did set the diadem.2H6 I.ii.40
What, what, my Lord? Are you so chollerickeWhat, what, my lord? Are you so choleric2H6 I.ii.51
With Elianor, for telling but her dreame?With Eleanor, for telling but her dream?2H6 I.ii.52
Next time Ile keepe my dreames vnto my selfe,Next time I'll keep my dreams unto myself,2H6 I.ii.53
And not be check'd.And not be checked.2H6 I.ii.54
Yes my good Lord, Ile follow presently.Yes, my good lord, I'll follow presently.2H6 I.ii.60
Follow I must, I cannot go before,Follow I must; I cannot go before2H6 I.ii.61
While Gloster beares this base and humble minde.While Gloucester bears this base and humble mind.2H6 I.ii.62
Were I a Man, a Duke, and next of blood,Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood,2H6 I.ii.63
I would remoue these tedious stumbling blockes,I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks2H6 I.ii.64
And smooth my way vpon their headlesse neckes.And smooth my way upon their headless necks;2H6 I.ii.65
And being a woman, I will not be slackeAnd, being a woman, I will not be slack2H6 I.ii.66
To play my part in Fortunes Pageant.To play my part in Fortune's pageant.2H6 I.ii.67
Where are you there? Sir Iohn; nay feare not man,Where are you there? Sir John! Nay, fear not, man.2H6 I.ii.68
We are alone, here's none but thee, & I. We are alone; here's none but thee and I.2H6 I.ii.69
What saist thou? Maiesty: I am but Grace.What sayst thou? ‘ Majesty ’! I am but ‘ grace.’2H6 I.ii.71
What saist thou man? Hast thou as yet confer'dWhat sayst thou, man? Hast thou as yet conferred2H6 I.ii.74
With Margerie Iordane the cunning Witch,With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch,2H6 I.ii.75
With Roger Bollingbrooke the Coniurer?With Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer?2H6 I.ii.76
And will they vndertake to do me good?And will they undertake to do me good?2H6 I.ii.77
It is enough, Ile thinke vpon the Questions:It is enough; I'll think upon the questions.2H6 I.ii.82
When from Saint Albones we doe make returne,When from Saint Albans we do make return,2H6 I.ii.83
Wee'le see these things effected to the full.We'll see these things effected to the full.2H6 I.ii.84
Here Hume, take this reward, make merry manHere, Hume, take this reward. Make merry, man,2H6 I.ii.85
With thy Confederates in this weightie cause. With thy confederates in this weighty cause.2H6 I.ii.86
Was't I? yea, I it was, prowd French-woman:Was't I! Yea, I it was, proud Frenchwoman.2H6 I.iii.138
Could I come neere your Beautie with my Nayles,Could I come near your beauty with my nails,2H6 I.iii.139
I could set my ten Commandements in your face.I could set my ten commandments on your face.2H6 I.iii.140
Against her will, good King? looke to't in time,Against her will, good King? Look to't in time.2H6 I.iii.142
Shee'le hamper thee, and dandle thee like a Baby:She'll hamper thee, and dandle thee like a baby.2H6 I.iii.143
Though in this place most Master weare no Breeches,Though in this place most master wear no breeches,2H6 I.iii.144
She shall not strike Dame Elianor vnreueng'd.She shall not strike Dame Eleanor unrevenged.2H6 I.iii.145
Well said my Masters, and welcome all: To this Well said, my masters, and welcome all. To this2H6 I.iv.12
geere, the sooner the better.gear the sooner the better.2H6 I.iv.13
Not halfe so bad as thine to Englands King,Not half so bad as thine to England's king,2H6 I.iv.46
Iniurious Duke, that threatest where's no cause.Injurious duke, that threatest where's no cause.2H6 I.iv.47
Welcome is Banishment, welcome were my Death.Welcome is banishment; welcome were my death.2H6 II.iii.14
Come you, my Lord, to see my open shame?Come you, my lord, to see my open shame?2H6 II.iv.19
Now thou do'st Penance too. Looke how they gaze,Now thou dost penance too. Look how they gaze!2H6 II.iv.20
See how the giddy multitude doe point,See how the giddy multitude do point2H6 II.iv.21
And nodde their heads, and throw their eyes on thee.And nod their heads and throw their eyes on thee.2H6 II.iv.22
Ah Gloster, hide thee from their hatefull lookes,Ah, Gloucester, hide thee from their hateful looks,2H6 II.iv.23
And in thy Closet pent vp, rue my shame,And, in thy closet pent up, rue my shame,2H6 II.iv.24
And banne thine Enemies, both mine and thine.And ban thine enemies, both mine and thine.2H6 II.iv.25
Ah Gloster, teach me to forget my selfe:Ah, Gloucester, teach me to forget myself;2H6 II.iv.27
For whilest I thinke I am thy married Wife,For whilst I think I am thy married wife,2H6 II.iv.28
And thou a Prince, Protector of this Land;And thou a prince, Protector of this land,2H6 II.iv.29
Me thinkes I should not thus be led along,Methinks I should not thus be led along,2H6 II.iv.30
Mayl'd vp in shame, with Papers on my back,Mailed up in shame, with papers on my back,2H6 II.iv.31
And follow'd with a Rabble, that reioyceAnd followed with a rabble that rejoice2H6 II.iv.32
To see my teares, and heare my deepe-set groanes.To see my tears and hear my deep-fet groans.2H6 II.iv.33
The ruthlesse Flint doth cut my tender feet,The ruthless flint doth cut my tender feet,2H6 II.iv.34
And when I start, the enuious people laugh,And when I start, the envious people laugh2H6 II.iv.35
And bid me be aduised how I treade.And bid me be advised how I tread.2H6 II.iv.36
Ah Humfrey, can I beare this shamefull yoake?Ah, Humphrey, can I bear this shameful yoke?2H6 II.iv.37
Trowest thou, that ere Ile looke vpon the World,Trowest thou that e'er I'll look upon the world,2H6 II.iv.38
Or count them happy, that enioyes the Sunne?Or count them happy that enjoys the sun?2H6 II.iv.39
No: Darke shall be my Light, and Night my Day.No, dark shall be my light, and night my day;2H6 II.iv.40
To thinke vpon my Pompe, shall be my Hell.To think upon my pomp shall be my hell.2H6 II.iv.41
Sometime Ile say, I am Duke Humfreyes Wife,Sometime I'll say I am Duke Humphrey's wife,2H6 II.iv.42
And he a Prince, and Ruler of the Land:And he a prince and ruler of the land;2H6 II.iv.43
Yet so he rul'd, and such a Prince he was,Yet so he ruled and such a prince he was2H6 II.iv.44
As he stood by, whilest I, his forlorne Duchesse,As he stood by whilst I, his forlorn duchess,2H6 II.iv.45
Was made a wonder, and a pointing stockWas made a wonder and a pointing-stock2H6 II.iv.46
To euery idle Rascall follower.To every idle rascal follower.2H6 II.iv.47
But be thou milde, and blush not at my shame,But be thou mild and blush not at my shame,2H6 II.iv.48
Nor stirre at nothing, till the Axe of DeathNor stir at nothing till the axe of death2H6 II.iv.49
Hang ouer thee, as sure it shortly will.Hang over thee, as sure it shortly will;2H6 II.iv.50
For Suffolke, he that can doe all in allFor Suffolk, he that can do all in all2H6 II.iv.51
With her, that hateth thee and hates vs all,With her that hateth thee and hates us all,2H6 II.iv.52
And Yorke, and impious Beauford, that false Priest,And York, and impious Beaufort, that false priest,2H6 II.iv.53
Haue all lym'd Bushes to betray thy Wings,Have all limed bushes to betray thy wings;2H6 II.iv.54
And flye thou how thou canst, they'le tangle thee.And fly thou how thou canst, they'll tangle thee.2H6 II.iv.55
But feare not thou, vntill thy foot be snar'd,But fear not thou until thy foot be snared,2H6 II.iv.56
Nor neuer seeke preuention of thy foes.Nor never seek prevention of thy foes.2H6 II.iv.57
What, gone my Lord, and bid me not farewell? What, gone, my lord, and bid me not farewell?2H6 II.iv.85
Art thou gone to? all comfort goe with thee,Art thou gone too? All comfort go with thee!2H6 II.iv.87
For none abides with me: my Ioy, is Death;For none abides with me; my joy is death – 2H6 II.iv.88
Death, at whose Name I oft haue beene afear'd,Death, at whose name I oft have been afeard,2H6 II.iv.89
Because I wish'd this Worlds eternitie.Because I wished this world's eternity.2H6 II.iv.90
Stanley, I prethee goe, and take me hence,Stanley, I prithee, go and take me hence;2H6 II.iv.91
I care not whither, for I begge no fauor;I care not whither, for I beg no favour;2H6 II.iv.92
Onely conuey me where thou art commanded.Only convey me where thou art commanded.2H6 II.iv.93
That's bad enough, for I am but reproach:That's bad enough, for I am but reproach;2H6 II.iv.96
And shall I then be vs'd reproachfully?And shall I then be used reproachfully?2H6 II.iv.97
Sherife farewell, and better then I fare,Sheriff, farewell, and better than I fare,2H6 II.iv.100
Although thou hast beene Conduct of my shame.Although thou hast been conduct of my shame.2H6 II.iv.101
I, I, farewell, thy Office is discharg'd:Ay, ay, farewell; thy office is discharged.2H6 II.iv.103
Come Stanley, shall we goe?Come, Stanley, shall we go?2H6 II.iv.104
My shame will not be shifted with my Sheet:My shame will not be shifted with my sheet.2H6 II.iv.107
No, it will hang vpon my richest Robes,No; it will hang upon my richest robes2H6 II.iv.108
And shew it selfe, attyre me how I can.And show itself, attire me how I can.2H6 II.iv.109
Goe, leade the way, I long to see my Prison. Go, lead the way; I long to see my prison.2H6 II.iv.110
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