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My heart and hands thou hast at once subdued.
Puc. I must not yield to any rites of love,
thrall. Reig. My lord, methinks, is very long in talk.
Alen. Doubtless he shrives this woman to her smock, Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
Reig. Shall we disturb him, since he keeps no mean? Alen. He may mean more than we poor men do
know: These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.
Reig. My lord, where are you? what devise you on? Shall we give over Orleans, or no ?
Puc. Why, no, I say: distrustful recreants ! Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard.
Char. What she says, I'll confirm: we'll fight it out.
Puc. Assign'd am I to be the English scourge.
Char. Was Mahomet inspired with a dove?
Bright star of Venus, fall’n down on the earth,
Alen. Leave off delays, and let us raise the siege.
Drive them from Orleans, and be immortaliz'd.
it : No prophet will I trust, if she prove false. [Exeunt.
London. Tower Hill.
Enter, at the Gates, the Duke of GLOSTER, with his
[Servants knock. 1 Ward. [Within.] Who's there, that knocks so
imperiously? 1 Serv. It is the noble duke of Gloster. 2 Ward. [Within.] Whoe'er he be, you may not be
let in. 1 Serv. Villains, answer you so the lord protector? 1 Ward. [Within.] The Lord protect him! so we
answer him: We do no otherwise than we are will’d. Glo. Who willed you? or whose will stands but
mine? There's none protector of the realm but I.
up the gates, I'll be your warrantize. Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms ?
•— I fear, there is CONVEYANCE.] i. e. fraud or theft. See Vol. iv. p. 193.
GLOSTER's Men rush at the Tower Gates. Enter, to the
gates, WOODVILLE, the Lieutenant. Wood. [Within.] What noise is this? what traitors
have we here? Glo. Lieutenant, is it you whose voice I hear? Open the gates! here's Gloster that would enter.
Wood. [Within.] Have patience, noble duke; I may
The cardinal of Winchester forbids :
Glo. Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him 'fore me?
1 Serv. Open the gates unto the lord protector, Or we'll burst them open, if that you come not quickly. Enter WINCHESTER, attended by Servants in tawney
Coats Win. How now, ambitious Humphrey! what means
this? Glo. Pillid priest’, dost thou command me to be
shut out? Win. I do, thou most usurping proditor, And not protector, of the king or realm.
Glo. Stand back, thou manifest conspirator, Thou that contriv'dst to murder our dead lord ;
6 — Servants in tawney Coats.] The attendants of a bishop seem to have been usually so attired. Stow, in a passage quoted by Steevens, speaks on one occasion of the bishop of London, who was “ attended on by a goodly company of gentlemen in tawney coats.” Summoners, officers belonging to the Bishops' Courts, wore tawney coats.
7 Pill'n priest,] “Pillid” is what is now usually spelt peeld, and in the folio, 1623, the orthography of the word is pield; but we have had it before, in exactly the same sense, in “ Measure for Measure,” Vol. ii. p. 11. The allusion is to the shaven crown of the bishop of Winchester.
Thou that giv’st whores indulgences to sin®.
Win. Nay, stand thou back; I will not budge a foot:
Glo. I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee back. Thy scarlet robes, as a child's bearing-cloth I'll use to carry thee out of this place. Win. Do what thou dar’st; I'll beard thee to thy
face. Glo. What ! am I dar'd, and bearded to my face?Draw, men, for all this privileged place; Blue coats to tawney coats?. Priest, beware your beard ;
[Gloster and his Men attack the Bishop. I mean to tug it, and to cuff you soundly. Under my feet I stamp thy cardinal's hat, In spite of pope or dignities of church; Here by the cheeks I'll drag thee up and down.
Win. Gloster, thou'lt answer this before the pope. Glo. Winchester goose?! I cry—a rope ! a rope!
indulgences to sin :] The Stews in Southwark were formerly under the jurisdiction of the bishops of Winchester, whose palace (a relic of which is still left) stood near those on the Bankside. See, in a note to the Percy Society's reprint of Rowley's “ Search for Money," p. 45, a curious and early account of the Stews in Southwark.
• I'll Canvass thee in thy broad cardinal's hat,] i.e. I'll sift thee. Cotgrave renders canabasser (which Skinner says means to beat hemp) by the words “ to canvass, or curiously to examine, or sift out.” Winchester could not have been a cardinal at this time, according even to the chronology of the play; and in A. v. sc. 1, Exeter speaks of him as if he had then just been made cardinal. According to history, as Malone has observed, Winchester was elected cardinal in the fifth
year of Henry VI. * This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain,] Reed pointed out the following illustrative quotation from “The Travels of Sir John Mandeville :"_“ And in that place where Damascus was founded, Kayn sloughe Abel his brother.” Ritson added the subsequent passage from the “Polychronicon :"_“ Damascus is as much as to say shedding of blood ; for there Chaym slew Abel, and hid him in the sand.”
? Blue coats to tawney coats.] The usual livery of servants at the period when Shakespeare wrote, and long before, was blue: such therefore was the colour of the dress worn by the attendants on the duke of Gloster.
3 Winchester goose!] Johnson would here make out an allusion to the “ consequence of love” for the inhabitants of the Stews, under the control of the
Now beat them hence, why do you let them stay?-
enter in the hurly-burly the Mayor of London and his
trates, Thus contumeliously should break the peace! Glo. Peace, mayor! thou know'st little of my
wrongs. Here's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor king, Hath here distrain’d the Tower to his use.
Win. Here's Gloster too', a foe to citizens; One that still motions war, and never peace, O’ercharging your free purses with large fines; That seeks to overthrow religion, Because he is protector of the realm ; And would have armour, here, out of the Tower, To crown himself king, and suppress the prince. Glo. I will not answer thee with words, but blows.
[Here they skirmish again. May. Nought rests for me, in this tumultuous strife, But to make open proclamation.Come, officer: as loud as e'er thou canst cry. Off. All manner of men, assembled here in arms this day,
against God's peace, and the king's, we charge and
bishop of Winchester : that “consequence” was certainly called a Winchester goose” by many old writers, (see Dyce's Webster's Works, vol. iii. p. 328,) but there is no necessary reference to it in the text. “ Winchester goose !” seems merely used as a term of abuse.
the Mayor of London and his Officers.] We have here restored the old stage-direction, from the folio, 1623, instead of its modern substitution," Here a great 'Tumult. In the midst of it, Enter the Mayor of London, and Officers.” The old stage-direction renders Shakespeare his own commentator on the word “ hurly-burly,” (“Macbeth,” A. i. sc. 1,) regarding which the annotators have made various quotations from other authors.
• Here's Gloster, too,] The word “ too” is from the folio, 1632.