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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
Blowne euery way,
2833.1But that they may see there want no valiancy in me,
My staffe shall make way through the midst of you,
2836.1And so a poxe take you all.
He runs through them with his staffe, and flies away.
Buc. Go some and make after him, and proclaime,
That those that can bring the head of Cade,
Shall haue a thousand Crownes for his labour.
Come march away. Exet omnes.
Enter King Henry and the Queene, and Somerset.
2848.1King. Lord Somerset, what newes here you of the Rebell Cade?
Som. This, my gratious Lord, that the Lord Say is don to death,
And the Citie is almost sackt.
King. Gods will be done, for as he hath decreede, so must it be:
2848.5And be it as he please, to stop the pride of those rebellious men.
Queene. Had the noble Duke of Suffolke bene aliue,
The Rebell Cade had bene supprest ere this,
And all the rest that do take part with him.
Enter the Duke of Buckingham and Clifford, with the
2860Rebels, with halters about their necks.
Cliff. Long liue King Henry, Englands lawfull King,
2857.1Loe here my Lord, these Rebels are subdude,
And offer their liues before your highnesse feete.
King. But tell me Clifford, is there Captaine here.
Cliff. No, my gratious Lord, he is fled away, but proclamations
2862.1are sent forth, that he that can but bring his head, shall haue a thou-
sand crownes. But may it please your Maiestie, to pardon these
their faults, that by that traitors meanes were thus misled.
2865King. Stand vp you simple men, and giue God praise,
For you did take in hand you know not what,
And go in peace obedient to your King,
And liue as subiects, and you shall not want,
Whilst Henry liues, and weares the English Crowne.
All. God saue the King, God saue the King.
2874.1King. Come let vs hast to London now with speed,
That solemne prosessions may be sung,
In laud and honour of the God of heauen,
And triumphs of this happie victorie. (Exet omnes.