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


Houses, of Yorke and Lancaster.
Why ist not a miserable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb
should parchment be made, & then with a litle blotting ouer with
inke, a man should vndo himselfe.
.5Some saies tis the bees that sting, but I say, tis their waxe, for I
am sure I neuer seald to any thing but once, and I was neuer mine
owne man since.
Nicke. But when shall we take vp those commodities
Which you told vs of.
.10Cade. Marry he that will lustily stand to it,
Shall go with me, and take vp these commodities following:
Item, a gowne, a kirtle, a petticoate, and a smocke.
Enter George.
2657.1George. My Lord, a prize, a prize, heres the Lord Say,
Which sold the Townes in France.
Cade. Come hither thou Say, thou George, thou buckrum lord,
What answere canst thou make vnto my mightinesse,
For deliuering vp the townes in France to Mounsier bus mine cue,
the Dolphin of France?
And more then so, thou hast most traitorously erected a grammer
schoole, to infect the youth of the realme, and against the Kings
2670Crowne and dignitie, thou hast built vp a paper-mill, nay it wil be
said to thy face, that thou kepst men in thy house that daily reades
of bookes with red letters, and talkes of a Nowne and a Verbe, and
such abhominable words as no Christian eare is able to endure it.
And besides all that, thou hast appointed certaine Iustises of peace
2675in euery shire to hang honest men that steale for their liuing, and
because they could not reade, thou hast hung them vp: Onely for
which cause they were most worthy to liue. Thou ridest on a foot-
2680cloth doest thou not?
Say. Yes, what of that?
Cade. Marry I say, thou oughtest not to let thy horse weare a
cloake, when an honester man then thy selfe, goes in his hose and
doublet.
Say. You men of Kent.
All. Kent, what of Kent?
Say. Nothing but bona, terra.
2690Cade. Bonum terum, sounds whats that?
2690.1Dicke. He speakes French.
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