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

Houses, of Yorke and Lancaster.
This other, the Maisters Mate shall haue,
And Water Whickmore thou shalt haue this man,
2183.1And let them paie their ransomes ere they passe.
Suffolke. Water! He starteth.
2200Water. How now, what doest feare me?
Thou shalt haue better cause anon.
Suf. It is thy name affrights me, not thy selfe.
I do remember well, a cunning Wyssard told me,
That by Water I should die:
2205Yet let not that make thee bloudie minded.
Thy name being rightly sounded,
2206.1Is Gualter, not Water.
VVater. Gualter or Water, als one to me,
2207.1I am the man must bring thee to thy death.
Suf. I am a Gentleman looke on my Ring,
Ransome me at what thou wilt, it shalbe paid.
VVater. I lost mine eye in boording of the ship,
2195And therefore ere I marchantlike sell blood for gold,
Then cast me headlong downe into the sea.
2. Priso. But what shall our ransomes be?
2185Mai. A hundreth pounds a piece, either paie that or die.
2. Priso. Then saue our liues, it shall be paid.
2186.1VVater. Come sirrha, thy life shall be the ransome
I will haue.
Suff. Staie villaine, thy prisoner is a Prince,
The Duke of Suffolke, William de la Poull.
2215Cap. The Duke of Suffolke folded vp in rags.
Suf. I sir, but these rags are no part of the Duke,
2216.1Ioue sometime went disguisde, and why not I?
Cap. I but Ioue was neuer slaine as thou shalt be.
2217.1Suf. Base Iadie groome, King Henries blood
The honourable blood of Lancaster,
2220Cannot be shead by such a lowly swaine,
I am sent Ambassador for the Queene to France,
I charge thee waffe me crosse the channell safe.
Cap. Ile waffe thee to thy death, go Water take him hence,
And on our long boates side, chop off his head.
Suf. Thou darste not for thine owne.