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Author: William Shakespeare
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Henry VI, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1594)


The first part of the contention of the two famous
To keepe in awe the stubborne Irishmen,
1595He did so much good when he was in France.
Somer. Had Yorke bene there with all his far fetcht
Pollices, he might haue lost as much as I.
1600Yorke. I, for Yorke would haue lost his life before
That France should haue reuolted from Englands rule.
1601.1Somer. I so thou might'st, and yet haue gouernd worse then I.
1610York. What worse then nought, then a shame take all.
Somer. Shame on thy selfe, that wisheth shame.
Queene. Somerset forbeare, good Yorke be patient,
And do thou take in hand to crosse the seas,
With troupes of Armed men to quell the pride
Of those ambitious Irish that rebell.
1620Yorke. Well Madame sith your grace is so content,
Let me haue some bands of chosen soldiers,
1624.1And Yorke shall trie his fortune against those kernes.
Queene. Yorke thou shalt. My Lord of Buckingham,
Let it be your charge to muster vp such souldiers
1633.1As shall suffise him in these needfull warres.
1635Buck. Madame I will, and leauie such a band
1635.1As soone shall ouercome those Irish Rebels,
But Yorke, where shall those soldiers staie for thee?
Yorke. At Bristow, I wil expect them ten daies hence.
Buc. Then thither shall they come, and so farewell.
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Exet Buckingham.
Yorke. Adieu my Lord of Buckingham.
Queene. Suffolke remember what you haue to do.
1627.1And you Lord Cardinall concerning Duke Humphrey,
Twere good that you did see to it in time,
Come let vs go, that it may be performde.
Exet omnis, Manit Yorke.
York. Now York bethink thy self and rowse thee vp,
1637.1Take time whilst it is offered thee so faire,
Least when thou wouldst, thou canst it not attaine,
Twas men I lackt, and now they giue them me,
And now whilst I am busie in Ireland,
I haue seduste a headstrong Kentishman,
Iohn Cade of Ashford,
Vnder