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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
Cap. Yes Poull.
2238.1 Suffolke. Poull.
Cap. I Poull, puddle kennell, sinke and durt,
Ile stop that yawning mouth of thine,
Those lips of thine that so oft haue kist the
2243.1Queene, shall sweepe the ground, and thou that
Smildste at good Duke Humphreys death,
2244.1Shalt liue no longer to infect the earth.
Suffolke. This villain being but Captain of a Pinnais,
2275Threatens more plagues then mightie Abradas,
The great Masadonian Pyrate,
2280Thy words addes fury and not remorse in me.
2280.1Cap. I but my deeds shall staie thy fury soone.
Suffolke. Hast not thou waited at my Trencher,
When we haue feasted with Queene Margret?
Hast not thou kist thy hand and held my stirrope?
And barehead plodded by my footecloth Mule,
And thought thee happie when I smilde on thee?
This hand hath writ in thy defence,
Then shall I charme thee, hold thy lauish toong.
Cap. Away with him Water, I say, and off with his hed.
1. Priso. Good my Lord, intreat him mildly for your life.
2288.1Suffolke. First let this necke stoupe to the axes edge,
Before this knee do bow to any,
Saue to the God of heauen and to my King:
Suffolkes imperiall toong cannot pleade
To such a Iadie groome.
.5Water. Come, come, why do we let him speake,
I long to haue his head for raunsome of mine eye.
Suffolk. A Swordar and bandeto slaue,
Murthered sweete Tully.
2305Brutus bastard-hand stabde Iulius Caesar,
And Suffolke dies by Pyrates on the seas.
Exet Suffolke, and VVater.
Cap. Off with his head, and send it to the Queene,
2313.1And ransomelesse this prisoner shall go free,
To see it safe deliuered vnto her.
Come lets goe.
Exet omnes.
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