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Som. My lord, it were your duty to forbear.
Som. Methinks, my lord should be religious,
bler; It fitteth not a prelate so to plead.
Som. Yes, when his holy state is touch'd so near.
War. State holy, or unhallow'd, what of that? Is not his grace protector to the king?
Plan. Plantagenet, I see, must hold his tongue; Lest it be said, Speak, sirrah, when you should; Must your
bold verdict enter talk with lords? Else would I have a fling at Winchester. [Aside.
K. Hen. Uncles of Gloster, and of Winchester, The special watchmen of our English weal; I would prevail, if prayers might prevail, To join your hearts in love and amity. O, what a scandal is it to our crown, That two such noble peers as ye, should jar! Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell, Civil dissention is a viperous worm, That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.
[A noise within; Down with the tawny coats! What tumult's this? War.
An uproar, I dare warrant, Begun through malice of the bishop's men.
[A Noise again; Stones! Stones! Enter the Mayor of London, attended. May. O, my good lords,—and virtuous Henry, Pity the city of London, pity us! The bishop and the duke of Gloster's men, Forbidden late to carry any weapon,
be derived from the cant of vagabonds, who often pretended a pilgrimage to Rome. Johnson.
Have fill'd their pockets full of pebble-stones;
Winchester, with bloody pates.
self, To hold your slaught'ring hands, and keep the
peace. Pray, uncle Gloster, mitigate this strife.
i Serv. Nay, if we be Forbidden stones, we'll fall to it with our teeth. 2 Serv. Do what ye dare, we are as resolute.
[Skirmish again. Glo. You of my household, leave this peevish
broil, And set this unaccustom'd fight' aside.
1 Serv. My lord, we know your grace to be a Just and upright; and, for your royal birth, Inferior to none, but his majesty: And, ere that we will suffer such a prince, So kind a father of the commonweal, To be disgraced by an inkhorn mate, We, and our wives, and children, all will fight, And have our bodies slaughter'd by thy foes.
2 Serv. Ay, and the very parings of our nails
fight - ] Unaccustom'd is unseemly, inde. cent.
- an inkhorn mate,] A bookman. It was a term of reproach at the time towards men of learning, or men affecting to be learned.
Shall pitch a field, when we are dead.
[Skirmish again. Glo.
Stay, stay, I say ! And, if you love me, as you say you do, Let me persuade you to forbear a while. K. Hen. O, how this discord doth afflict my
Win. He shall submit, or I will never yield.
Glo. Compassion on the king commands me stoop; Or, I would see his heart out, ere the priest Should ever get that privilege of me.
War. Behold, my lord of Winchester, the duke Hath banish'd moody discontented fury, As by his smoothed brows it doth appear : Why look you still so stern, and tragical ?
Glo. Here, Winchester, I offer thee my hand. . K. Hen. Fye, uncle Beaufort! I have heard you
preach, That malice was a great and grievous sin: And will not you maintain the thing you teach, But prove a chief offender in the same? War. Sweet king!-the bishop hath a kindly
gird.— hath a kindly gird.) i. e. feels an emotion of kind re
For shame, my lord of Winchester! relent;
Win. Well, duke of Gloster, I will yield to thee; Love for thy love, and hand for hand I give.
Glo. Ay; but, I fear me, with a hollow heart.See here, my friends, and loving countrymen; This token serveth for a flag of truce, Betwixt ourselves, and all our followers: So help me God, as I dissemble not! Win. So help me God, as I intend it not!
[Aside. K. Hen. O loving uncle, kind duke of Gloster, How joyful am I made by this contráct!Away, my masters ! trouble us no more; But join in friendship, as your lords have done.
i Serv. Content; I'll to the surgeon's. 2 Serv.
And so will I. 3 Serv. And I will see what physick the tavern
affords. [Exeunt Servants, Mayor, &c. War. Accept this scroll, most gracious sove
your majesty. K. Hen. And those occasions, uncle, were of
force: Therefore, my loving lords, our pleasure is, That Richard be restored to his blood.
War. Let Richard be restored to his blood;
Win. As will the rest, so willeth Winchester.
But all the whole inheritance I give,
Plan. Thy humble servant vows obedience,
K. Hen. Stoop then, and set your knee against
And, in reguerdon' of that duty done,
Plan. And so thrive Richard, as thy foes may fall!
goes; For friendly counsel cuts off
[Exeunt all but Exeter.
reguerdon -] Recompence, return.