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Date of Earliest Known Editions (two in same year) . 1600 
[B.M. Press-marks, C. 34, /. i, and C. 34, /. 2] 

Next issued in the third folio Shakespeare 1664 

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Two editions of this play were issued in 1600; one impression 
[B.M. Press-mark, C. 34, 1. i] ascribed it to Shakespeare, the other 
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of the press appearing in the other were corrected. 

" Sir John Oldcastle" next appeared in the third folio, and after 
wards in the folio of 1684. 

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The firft part 

Of the true & hono 
rable hiftory,of the Life of 

Sir lohn Old-caftle, the good 
Lord Cobham. 

A3 it hath bene lately attedbythe 
honorable the Ear/e of^oti 
Lord High sAdmiraH of England, 
bis Servants. 

Written by William Shakcfpearc. 

Lmdonfrintedfor T. *P 

[Subscribers are requested to insert this leaf in its proper place in the play of 

" Sir John Oldcastle."] 

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In consequence of the miscarriage of proofs in the post the fact 
that the " non-ascribed " title-page in this facsimile is itself in 
facsimile is not recorded, as it should be, in the " Prelim." 

I regret the accident. This slip will, however, set out the fact. 


General Editor. 


January, ign. 

The firft part 

Of tKe true and hono 
rable hiftoric , of the life of Sir 
fobn Old-cafllejhegood 

Lord Cobharn. 

/ ' . 

itbath been lonely adedbythe right 
honor able the Earleof y^otinghant 
Lordbtgk^Adwirallof England bis 

L o N D o N 

Printedby V.S. for Thomas Paula, and arcto bclbUc at 

kis (Kop at the fignc of die Cattcand Parrots 

nccrc the Exchange. 

The Prologue. 

Hf doubtfu/Title((je*tlemen)prefixt 
Upon the Argument iff haue in hanet t 
May brecde fujpenc e ^ind wrongfully diftttrbc 
The peaceful quiet of your feiicA t heuohts: 
Toftop which fcruple Jet this brief e fuffije* 
It ts noptntperdgluttonYpeprefent,. 

Nor tgedCouncellor to joMthjttllfinne, 

Ttyt one,whofe venue fhine abcue the refl^ 

A vtliant L^ffirt jr^nd a vertttonspeere t 

In whoff truefattb and loyaltiejxpreft 

Vnto his fonerAiqntjtnd his countries wede: 

Weflriuc to pay that tribute ofomr I, cue, 

Yourftuturs meritcjet faire Truth begracte, 

Sktct fordt inutution former time deftcte. 

The true and honorable Hiftorie, of 

the life of Sir lohn Oldcaftle, the 
good Lord Cobham. 

In the fight Center the Sheriff* Mtdtv o of bis men* 


Y Lords,! charge ye in his HighnefTc name, 
Tokeepe the pcace,you,and your followers. 
Here. Good M.ShcrifFc^ook vnto your fclf. 
. Do fo,for we haue other buHncilc. 
Troffer to figkt 

Sbtr. Will ye di flurbe the ludges, and the Affifd 
Heart the Kings proclamation yc were belt 
Paw. Hold thcn.lets heare it. 
Herb. But be briefeje wexc beft. 
/. Oyes. 

Coflbneimakc (horter O,or (hall marreyour Yes. 
. Oyes. 

Owen What>has her nothing to (ay but O yes? 
*y. Oyes. 

^)4. O nay jyeCofleplut downc with hcr,dbwn with her, 
A PawefTe a PawefTe. 

A Herbert a Herbcrt,and downc with Poweflc. 

Helter skfltt r agMtte. 
Sher. Hold, in the Kings name, hold. 

Downecthakanauesname, downe. 

A 3 1* 

Tfo fir/1 part of 

In thisfghtjke Baiftjfe is k*oc Ireddawm, and the 3k ertjfc 
And the other runne <nr*j. 

Herb. Povvefle,! tltinkethy Wcllh andthou do (mart. 

Tow. Herbert, 1 thinkc my fword came neere thy heart. 

Herb. Thv hearts belt bloud lliall par the loflTc of mine. 

Cough A Herbert a Herbert 

Day APaweOcai-awciTc. 

ex/jf they are lifting their wctpotHjnter tit LStfmtr *f Hert 
ford jtnd his Cheers men with ebtbbcs. 

Mnior My Lords ; as you arc liege men to the Crowne, 
TrucncbleTnen,and fubiefts to the King, 
Commaundcd by the ludges of A (life, 
For keeping at this affemblic. 

Herb. Cjood M. Maior of Hereford be briefe. 

MM. Serieant,wuhout the cercmonic of O yes. 
Pronounce alow, d the proclamation. 

Ser. The Kings lulhces.pcrcciuing what pub'inueinin. 
chiefc may cnfue thispriuatc quirrcl:in Iiis maicni:s name do 
ftraightly charge and commaund all perfons , of what degree 
foeucr , to depart this cittic of Hereford , except fuch as arc 
bound to giue attendance at thi? Aflife, and that no man pre- 
fumeto vycore any weapon, efpccially welih-hookcs, forrcli 

Oven Haw,no pill nor wells hoog? ha? 

Ala. Peace, and hcare the proclaination. 

Ser. And that the Lord Powefle do prefentty difperfc apd 
djfchargc his retinue, and depart the cittie in the Kings peace, 
he and his fol1owers,on paine ofimprifonmcnt. 

1)4*7 Hawrpud her Lord Pawrflein prifon, A PAVS cs 
A PawcflcjCofTonc hue and tie vs'ith her Lord. 

$o*ah A Herbert a Herbert. 
In t hit fight the Lord Herb en is wounded, artdfals to thegrcniut t 

the AfAiortndhiscoinptty gee away cr } tn & cJnl>bes t Pnrefle 

rttvnes array jCjouth and other f Herberts fafl ion bttfie them* 

Jelites about Herbert : citen the two Ittdget in their roate.r, 



fir loJm Old-caftle. 

ike Shtrtje and his TtniUjfes nfore them,&c, 
I Jd. Where's the Lord Herbert? is he hurt or flainc? 
Sher. Hee's here my Lord. 
2. Ittd, Uow fares his Lordlliippe, friends? 
Gottfh Mortally wounded,fpeechkflc,he cannot line. 
I .Ittd Conuay hi in hence,let not his wounds take ayrc, 
A nd get him drcfs'd with expedition, Sx.licrb .& 
M.Maior of Hereford M Snriuco'th (hire, 
Commit Lord Po weile to fafc cuftodie, 
To anfwer the difturbance of the peace, 
Lord Herberts pcrill.and his high contempt 
Of vs,and you the Kings commiflioners, 
See it be done with care and diligence. 

J her. Pleafe ityour Lordlliip,my Lord PowcfTc is gone, 

1 .Ittd. Yet let fearch be made, 
To apprehend his followers that arc left 

Sher. There are fome of thcmjfirs^ay hold on them, 
Orren Ofvs,and why? what has her done I pray you? 
Sher. DifarmcthemBailiffcs. 
M*. Officers aflift. 

1)auy Hcarc you Lor (rnidge.what rcflbn is for this? 
Owen CofTon pe puic for fighting for our Lord? 
I Judge Away with them. 
D<**y C Harg you my Lord. (Oiitten kg naue, 
Owen Gough my Lordc Herberts man's a 
7)auj Ifeliucandriemgoodcjuarrell. 
Owen Pray you do ftmftice, let awl be prefon. 
7)**7 Prifbnno, 
7 rird fhudge I wooUeiu* you pale, good fucrty. 
2 . Jndge What Bafe^'fiat fuertics? 
Watty H er cooziu a p Ries,ap Euan ,ap Morrice,ap Mor 
gan,ap Lluellyn^ap Madoc,ap Meredith, 
ap GnfTcn,apDauy,apOwenapShinken Shones. 
2 Ittdge. Twoofthemo(t,rufficientarcynow, 
Sbtr. And't plsafc your Lordihip thcfc aic al but one 

The firSt part of 

1 . 1*dgf To laylc with them,and the Lord Herberts men, 
Weelc tal kc w kh them ,vv hen the A (life is done, xc**t. 
RiotouS;audacious,and vnruly G roomcs, 
Muft we be forced to come from the Bench, 
To tiuict brawles,whkb -:ucry Conftablc 
In other ciuifl places can fuppreflc? 

2 Judge What was the quarrel that caufdc all this (tint! 
Sker. About religion(as I heard)my Lord. 
Lord Powefle detracted from the power of jtame, 
Affirming WickhfFcs doftrme to be true, 
And Romes erroneous : hot reply was made 
By ihelord Hci bert,ihcy were travtors all 
That would maintaine it : Poweffe anfwercd, 
They were as true,as nobkpnd as wife 
As he,that would defend it with their hues, 
He namde for inftance fir lohn Okl- caftlc 
The Lord Cobham : Herbert rcplideagaine, 
H e,tho u,and all arc traitors that (o hold. 
The lie wasgiucn, the feucrall factions drawee, 

And fo cnrafde^hat we could not appeafc it. 

I JmAgt This caft concerries the Kings prerogariuc, 

And's dangerous to the State and common wealth. 
Gendernenjluniccs/nafter Maior,and mafler Shiieue, 

It doth behoue vs alUnd each of vs 

In gcnerall and particular, to haue care 

For the (uppreflingofall mutinies, 

And all aucmbhes^cept fouldiers rr.uflcrs 

For the Kings preparation into France. 

We hearc orfccret conuenticles made, 

And there is doubt of feme confpiracies, 

Which may breake out into rebclhous armcs 

When the King's gone, perchance before he go: 

Note as an in (lance, this one perilfous fray, 

What factions might haiie rrowne on cither part, 
To the deftruftion of the King and Rcalme, 
Yet^inaiy confcience,firlohn Old-caftlc 


Innocent of it, ondy his name wai vfdc. 

Wethertfor* front hss HighndTc grot this chaise; 

You maifter Major, lookc to your ciuzcns, 

You maifter S hcnfe vntq>y our ih irc,and you 

As lattices in cucry ones precinct 

There be no meetings When the vulgar fort 

Sit on their Ale-bendwuh their cops and kannes, 

Matters of (late be not their common talke, 

Nor pure religion by their hps prophandc. 

Let vs rcturne vnto the Bench agame. 

And there examine further of this fray. titter 4 B*ilj *U 

Sher. Si%Kaue yc taken the lord Powefle yet? * Serif **t 

B*. No,nof heard of him. 

S*r. Notice's gone farre enough. 

1.7*. The)' that are left behind,lhali anfwer all.. Exx*nt. 

Suffolk* Now my iord Bifhop,takc free liberty 
To fpeake your mindc : what is your futc to vs? 

Btfrof IMy noble Lord^io more than what you know, 
And haue bin oftentimes muefted with : 
Grieuous complaints haue paft betwecne thelippes 
Of enuious perfonj to vpbraide the Cleargy, 
Some carping at the linings which we haue, 
And others (purning at the ceremonies 
That are of aunaent cuftomc in the church. 
Amongft the which,Lord Cobham is a chiefc: 
What inconueniencc may procetde hereof, 
Both to the King and to me common wealth, 
May cafily bcdifcernd,whcn like a frenfie 
1* his n1nou|>t)on (>all pofleflc their mindcs. 
Thcfe vptlarts will haue followers to vphold 
Their damnd opinion ,more than Harry fliall 
To vndergoe his quarrel! gainft the FrenJk. 

Suffolkf What proofc is there again ft them to be had, 
That what you fay the law may iuiiifie* 

They glue themfeJucs the name of Protcftants, 

B And 

Tht firft fart 

A IK) rnecte in fields and folitary groues. 

fr Ihc* Was cuer heard (my Lcrd)the like til now r 
T hat theeues and rdxtis^ bloud hcretikes, 
riaync heretikesjle ftand tootc to their teeth, 
Should hauc to colour,their vile prac"nfes, 
A Ulle of fucli worth,, as Psofeftantf fnttr otu vytb a fcttfr* 

<?/'. O but you rauft notfwearejt ill becomes 
One of your coate, to fappeout kioudy caches. 

2^,?> . Pardon rum good my Lord , it is his zeale, 
/ n hone ft country prelate, w ho laments 
To fee fttch route difordcr in the church. 

Sir \ohn Tlicres one they call him Sir lohnOld-caftlc, 
He has not his name for naught : for hkc a caftle 
Doth he encompaflfe them within his walls> 
But till that cattle be fubuetted quite, 
We nc re (hall be at ouict in the realme. 

'B'fi. Thamourkife.mylord.thathebetaMe, 
Aud brought in <uicibon for hiskcrcfie, 
Beiidolwo tetters brought me arf Wales, 
Wherin my Lord Hcnord writes to me, 
What tumult and feduion was beeun> 
About the Lord CoWiam,a< the SHes there, 
F or th cy ha d much *4o to cabnt the rage, 
And that the valiant Herbert i$ there flatne. 

Sitf. A fire that muft be quench^wel/ay no more, 
The King anon goes to the council chamber, 
T here to debate of matters touching prance: 
As he doth pafle \>y,\k inform e his grace 
Concerning; your petition :Ma(Ver Budcr, 
If I forget, do you remember me,, 

But. IwittmyLowi Oft 

1>i/k. Not for a i ccompence, 
But as a token of our loue'to you, 
By me toy Lcfrds of the cleargie do pre/ent , 
1 his purfe.and in h full a thowfcnd Angelas 
Praying your LonUhtp to accept their gifk 

Suf. I thankc them,my Lord Bi/nop,for their louc, 
But will not take theJntKMiy,if you plcafe 
To gme it to thisgcndeman,you may. 

'Bt/Jt. Sir,thea w/e craue your furtherance herein. 

*B*t. The beft I can my Lord of Rochefter . 

*Bifh. Nay,pray ye takcitjtruft mebutyou ftal, 

jtr lob* Werey* allthrec vpon New Market heath/ 
You Oiwrfd notnccde Arainecurtfie who Should ha'tc, 
Sir lohn would, quickely rid ye of that care. 

S*f The Kkigis commmg,fcare ye not ray Lord, 
The very firft thkig I will breake with him, 
Shal be aboujsvour matter, 'Enter K, Harry amPH 

HOT. MyiordofSutfolke, ivtmtdke^ 
Was it not (aide the Cieargy did refufc 
To lend vs mony toward cur warm in France? 

S*f. ItWasrtiy Lord^>ot very wrongfully. 
H*r. Iknowitwas^brHuntingtonheretcllsme, 
They haue bin vcrr b*antifull oflate. 

S*f. And (Wl they vow my graciom Lord to be (b, 
Hoping your maieftic will thinkt ofthcm, 
As of your lotting fubicds,and fuppreilc 
A 11 fuch mail tious errors as begin 
To fpot their calling,and difturb the dmrch. 

Har. God elfc forbid: why SufFolke,is there 
Any new rupture to difqutet them? 

S*f. No nev fljy Lord,thc old is great enough, 
Will brcede a fcandaie to your royall ftate, 
Andfet your Kin^dome quickely in an vproarc, 
Tfcc KcndilvUhight,Lord Cobhaitijin defpight 
Of any laWjOr fpmtuall drfcipline, 
M aintairics thi$ vpftart new religion (rill, 
And iucrs great aflcmHie* by histteaftes 
And priuate qoarrells,are coraraenflf abroad, 
As bt this letter more al large my liege; 


Har. We do 6nd it here, 

There was in Wales a certainc fray of late, x 

Betweenc two nobicmcn,but what ot rhis? 
Followes it ftraightLord Cobbam muft be he 
Did caufc the fame? I dare be fvvornc (good knight) 
Hencuer dreamptof any fuch contention. 

*Btfi But in his flame die quc-.rrel! did begin, 
About the opinion which he ncld (my liege.) 
f/ur. Howii1 did? was either hem place, 
To take part with them , or abette them in it? 
If brabiing fcllo wcs,whofe inkindlcd bloud, 
Seethes in their fiery vaines,will necdcs go tight, 
Making their quarrdls of fome words that paf st, 
Either ofvou,or yoUjamongft their luppes, 
Is the fault yoars.or arc they guiltic of it? 

Sujfolkc With pardon of your Highncflc(rny dread lord) 
Such little fparkes negle^ed > may in tune 
Grow to a mighty flame : but t hats not all, 
He doth bcfioc maintaine a flrange religion, 
And will not be compeUd to come to mafic 

'Biflf. We do befeech you therefore gracious prince, 
Without offence vnto your maiefty 
We may be bold to vf e authentic. 
H*rry As how? 

Tit/bop To (ummon him vnto the A rchcs, 
Where fuch offences haue their pumfhmem. 

H*rrj To anfwere perfonally, is that your meaning? 
'Bt/bof Itis,mylercj. 
Harry Howif heappeale? 
Titjbop He cannot(my L ord)in fuch a cafe x this. 
Sttfolke Not where Religion is the plea ,roy lord. 
Hirry I tookc it alwaycs, that our fclfe rtoodc ont, 
Asafufficientrefugc, vnto vvhbme 
Not any but might Jawfolly appcalc. 
But wcclc not ar^ue now vpon that poynt: 
For fir lohn Olcl-caftlc whom YOU accuk, 

* f 


I et me intreatc you to difpcoct awhile 

With your high title ofpreh*minence. fa/corn*. 

Report did ncucr yet condcmnc Him fb, 

But he hath alwayes beenc reputed loyall: 

And in my knowledge I can lay thus much, 

That hcis vertuous.wifcjand honourable: 

If any way his confcicncc be feduc'dc, 

To wauer in his faith : He (end for him, 

And fchoolc him priuatcly,if that fcrue not, 

Then afterward you may proceede againft him. 

Butler,be you the mcfTenger for vs, 

And will him prcfentlr rcpaire to court. exeunt. 

fir \olrn How now my lord,why (land you difcontent? 
In footh,tne thinkes the King hath well decreed. 

Ttfoof Yca,yca,fir lohn, if he would kcepe his word, 
But 1 percetiic he fauours him fb much, 
As this will be to frnall eflfcft ,1 fcarc. 

Jtrlohn Why then lie td! you what y arc left to do: 
If you fufpcft the King will be but cold 
In reprehending him, (end you a procefle too 

To feruc vpon him : fo YOU may be furc 

To make him anfwerXho wfbcr t it fall. 

ISifap AndwcllremernbredJwiIlhaueitfo, 

irVSumner (hall be fent about it ftrait Exit, 

fir hkn Yea,doe fo, in the meanc fpacc this remames 

For kinde fir lohn ofrrroth** honed lacke. 

Me thinkcs the purfe of^old the Bishop gauc, 

Made a good fl>cw,it had a tempting looke, 

i^e/hre^y me,bu t my fingers ends do itch 

1 o be vp~6n thofcrudduks : well,tis thus: 

I am notasthcworlde does take me for:' 

Jf cuer woolfe were cloathcd in flieepcs coate, 

Then T am he, oldc huddle and twang,yfaith, 

^A. prieft in'(hew,but in plainc termes,a thccfc 5 

Yet kt me tell you too, an honed thecfe, 

One that will tajcc it where it may be fparde, 


The firfl part of 

And fpcnd it freely in good fcllowfhip. 
I luuc as many fhapes as Prottiu had, 
That ftill when any villany is done, 
There may be none fufpcft it was fir John. 
Kefidcs, to comfort me, for whats this life, 
Except the crabbed bitternes thereof 
Be fwectcncd now and then with lechery? 
I haue my Doll, my concubine as t were, 
To frollicke with, a lufty bounfing gerlc. 
But whilft I loytcr here the gold, may (cape, 
A nd that mud not be fo, it is mine owne, 
Therefore lie mectc him on his way to court, 
And ronue him of it : there will be the fport Exit. 
Enter thret orfntrepwrfpfeplffimefMtMitrtifeme 9 A men 
1 God hdp,God help, there's law for punifiung, 
But theres no Uw for our ntceffity : 
There be more ftockes to fetpoore fbldiers in, 
T han there be hoofes to releeue them at 

OUmaM FaJth,houfekeepingdecayes in every placi, 
Euen as Saint TVrrr writ,ftiD worfe and worfe 

4 M aider maior of Rochelter has giuen cotnmauncie- 
ment, that none fhall goe abroad? out of the parifh, and they 
haue fet an order downc fbrfboth,whateuery poore houfhol- 
dcr muA giuc towards our reliefe: where there be fome ccafcd 
I may fay to you,had almofl as much neede to beg as we. 
I It is a hard world the while. 

OM man Ifa poore man come to a doore to aske for Gods 
(ake, they aske him for a licence,or a certificate from a 1 uf! ice. 
1 Faith we haue none, but what we bearc vppon our ho- 
dies,our maimed limbs,God help vs. 

4 And vet,aslamc.islam, lie with the king into France, 
jtcancrawle but a(hip-boordc, I roddc rather be flaine in 
FnincCjthan ftaruein England. 

Olac m**. Ha , were 1 but as lufty as I was at the battell of 
Shrewsbury, I would not doe as I do : but we are now come 
to the good lord Cobhams, to the beft man to the poore that 




Jtrfohn Old-cajllc. 

ij in all Kent. 

4 God blefle him,therc be butfcw fuch. 

Enter Lfirdfibhantwtth ffarpoo/t. 

CV^.Thou peenifh {toward man^what would fl thou hauc? 

H<*rp. This ptkkjthijpridc.brmgs all tobcggaric, 
I fcru de your fatherandyour grandfather, 
Shew me filch two men now:no ; no; 
Your backcs^'our backeSjtbc dmrll and pride, 
Has cut the throatc of all good houfckecping, 
They were the bed Yeomcm iuadcrs^tnat 
Euer were in England. 

fib. Yea,exccpt thou haue a crue of feely knaucs, 
And ft urdy rogues, ft ill feeding at my gate, 
There isnohofpitalitiewhhthee. 

Harp. They may fit atthc gate well enough ^ut the cfcucll 
of any thing you giue them,exccpt they will eate ftoncs. 

Coif. Tis long then of fach hungry knaucs is you, pointing 
Yea fir,hcrcs your retinuejyour guefts be come, to thr 
They know their howers I warrr.m you. tevqtrs 

Oti. God bleflc your honour, God fauethe good Lord 
Cobhain,and all his honfe, 

Sonl. Good your honour,be{rbw your blcflTcd almcs, 
Vpon poore men. 

fit. Now fir.hcrc be vour Almcs knighu. 
Now are vou as fafe as the Emperour. 

HArp. My Almcs kni^hts:nay,th are yours, 
It is a fhamc for you ,a rt d lie ftand too't, 
Yourfoohfh almcs mamtaines more vagabonds, 
T'^cn all the noblemen in Kent befide.* 
Out you rogucs,you knaues worke for your liuings, 
Alas poorc mcn,O Lord. they may begthcir hearts out, 
Thcres no more charitic amongft men, 
Thenamongftfo'manymaftirTcdoggej, ^ 

What make you here,you needy knaucs J 
Away,away,youviliairres. 1 

i. Ibefefchyoufir,begoodtovs> 


Cebbtm Nay,nay, the)' know th ec well enough, J thinke that 
all the beggars in this land arc thy acquaintance, goc bcfrowe 
your almcs, none will controulc you fir. 

Harp. What fiiould I giuethera? you are grownefb beg 
garly, you hauefcarce a bittc of breadc to eiue at your doorc : 
you talkc of your religion fb long, that ybunaue banifhcd cha- 
ntic from amongft you, a man may make a flaxc ihop in your 
kitchti; chimnies,for any fire there is (hiring. 

Cobham If thou wilt giuc them nothing, (end them hence, 
let them not ftand here (taming in the coldc. 

Harp. Who 1 driuc them kence?if I driue poore men from 
your doorc.Ile be hangd,! know not what 1 may come to my 
fclfe:yea,God help vou poore knaues,ye fee the world yfaitb, had a motner : Well, God be with tbee good Lady, 
thy foule s at reft: Ore gaue more in ftirts and (mocks to poorc 
children, then you fpcnd in your houfc, ck yet you hue a beg 
gar too. 

fib'tMm Euen the word deedc that ere my mother did, was 
in rclceuing fuch a foole as ihou . 

tttrpoot* Yea,yca,I am a foolc ftill , with all your wit you 
will die a begjjpr,go too. 

Cobbam Go you olde foolc, glue the poorc people (bmc- 
thing^go in poore men into the inner court,and take fuch alms 
as there is to be had. 

SonLker God blcflc your honor. 

Hirpoo/f Hang you roags, hang you, theres nothing but 
mlfery amongft you, you feare no law you. Ex%t. 

Olaemtn Qod blcde you good maifter Rafe , God (aae 
yourbfe,you arc good to the poore iliO. 

Enter fit LetrdTowet dxCguifedjtndfhrcyede htmftlff. 

fobbtm What fdlowV yonder comes along the grouc? 
Few pa{TenT$ there be that know this way: 
Me thinkcs he ftops as though he ftayd for me, 
And meant to fhrowd himfclfe amongft the buThcs. 
I know the Cleargie hate me to the death, 
And my religion gets one many foes: 




And this may be fome dcfoeratc rogue, 

Subornd to worke me miuhicfc : As it 

Plcafeth God, if be come toward mc/urc 

lie flay his commin^bc he but one man ; 

What focre be be: The LordPnvu comes *. 

lhaue beene well acquainted with that race. 

TOVPU Well met my honorable lord and friend. 

Cobham You are welcome fir, what ere you be, 
But of this fodamc fi r,I do not know you. 

Powij I am one that wi/hcth well vnto your honor, 
My name is Powcs,anolde friend of yours. 

Cobhant My honorable lord,nnd worthy friend, 
What makes your lordfhip thus alone in Kent, 
And thus difguifcd in this ftrangc attire? 

Pnrit My Lord^uivhexpcclcd accident, 
Hath at this time inforc'dc me to the fe parts: 
And thus it hapt, not yetful fiucdayes fmcc, 
Now at the lart Affifeat Hereford, 
It chanft that the lord Herbert and my felfc, 
Mongft other things, difcourfing at the table, 
To fall in fpecch about fbme certaine points 
Of Wif^/w/doc>rine,gainft the napacie, 
And the religion cathoJique,maintaind 
Through the moft part oTEurope at this day. 
This wilrull tcafly lord ftuckc not to (ay, 
That Wtckchfewtt a knauc.a fchifmatilcc, 
His doclrine diuelidi and hereticall, 
And what foerc he was maintaind the fame, 
was traitor both to God and to his country. 
Betn v moued at his peremptory fpeech, 
I told him,fome maintained tho(e opinions, 
Men^nd truer fubicfh then lord Herbert was: 
And he replying in comparifons: 
Your name was vrgdc,my lord, gain ft hh chalcnge, 
To be a perfect fauourer of the tructh. 
And to b c Iliort 5 from words we fell to bio wes, 

C Our 



Our feruants,and our tenants taking part*, 
Many on both fides hurt : and for an houre 
The broylc by no weanes could be pacified, 
Vntill the ludgcs nfm* from the bench, 
Were in their pexfofttfarc de to part the fray. 

fibhtm I hope- DO man was violently flame. 
Towis Faith none 1 tiuft ,but the lord Herberts fclre, . 
\V he is in truth (b dangeroufly hurt, 
As it is doubted he can hardly fcape. 

fibloam lam fbry,my good lord, of thcfe ill ncwes. 

Towis This is the cmfe that driues me into Kent, 
To fhrowd mv felfc with you fo good a friend, 
Vntill I hcare how things do fpeed at home. 

Cohham Your lord/hip b moft welcome vnto Cobban*^ 
^ut I am very fbry^ny good lord, 
My name was brought in qucftion in tins matter, 
Confidering I haiK many enemies, 
That threaten malice, and do lie in waite 
To fake aduantage of the fmallcft thing. 
But you are welcome; and repofe your lordffi^>, 
And keepe your (elfc here fecret in my houfc, 
Vntill we heare how the lord Herbert fpecdcs: 
Here comes my man. Inter Harptok. 


HtrDoo/e Yohders one matftf r Butler of the priuie chafm t 
bcr, is lent vnto you from the King*. 

?vis 1 pray God thelord Herbert be not dead , and the 
King hearing whithet I am gone, liath fcrrt for me. 

Cob. Comfort your fclfc my lord, 1 warrant you. 

Harpoott iPcllow, what ailes thec^dooAthou quaVe?doft 
thou fihakc?doQ theu tremblc?ha# 

Cob. PtacqyouoWfoolc, firra, conueythis'gemlcman 
in the backc way, and bring the other into the walke. 

Hurpook Com* fir. you are wclcome,ifyouloue mylorde. 
M God haue mercy gentle friend. exeunt. 
. I thought as much, Uut it would not be lone before I 

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heard of Cwncthing from the King,about this matter. 
Sntcr Htrpoote with MtifttrTSutlcr. 

HArpoo/e Sir Bonder my lord walkes,you fee him, 
He haue your men into the Ccllcr the while. 

Cobh. welcome good maifter B utler. 

'Butler Thankcs, my good lord : his Maicftie dooth com 
mend his louc viuo your lordfoip, and vvils you to rcpaire vn- 
the court. 

. Cobb. God blefTc his Highneflc , and confound his ennc- 
fnies, I hope his Maicftie is well. 

Butter In hcalth,my1ord. 

Cobh. Cod long continue it : mecthinkes youlookeas 
though you were not well , what ailes you fir? 

"Butler Faith I haue had a foolifh odde mifchance/hat an 
gers mce : com rningouer Shooters hill.there came a fellow to 
ire like a Sader,and asked me money , and whilft 1 fraicic my 
horfc to draw my purfe, he takes th'aduantage of a littlt banclc 
and leapes behind me, whippcs my purfe away, and with a fo^ 
dainc ierke I know not how, threw me at kaft three yards out 
of my (addle. I neuer was fo robbed in all my life. 

Cobh. I am very foric fir for your mifchance, wee will (end 
our warrant foorth, to flay fucn (ufpitious pctfons as fhal be 
found ,then maifler Butlec,we wil attend you. 

Butter I humbly thanke your lordfoip, I will attend you. 

Sum. I haue the law to warrant what I % do,and though the 
Lord Cobham be a noble man , that difpcnfes not with law, 
I dare feme proceiTc were a fiue noble men, though we Sum- 
ners make fometimes a mad flip in a corner withaprettie 
wench,a Sumner murt not goe alwayes by feeing , a inanne 
may be content to hide his eics, where he may feclc his profit: 
welljthisis my Lord Cobham s houfe, if! candeiiife tofpeake 
with him, if not, Tie clap my citation vpon's dootc, fo my lord 
of Rochcfter bid me , but me thinkcs here coines one qf his 
men. Enter Htrpnole. 

Harp. Welcome good fellow, welcome, who wouldft them 

C 1 fpcake 

rt of 

fpcakc with? 

S*m. With my lot d Cobban), I would fpeatcc, ifthou.bc 
one of bis men. 

Hip. Yes I am one of bis men, but tbou can ft not fpeake ' 
with my lord. 

May I fend to him then? 
* He tel thec that,wbcn 1 know thy* errant 
. I will not tel my errand to thee. 
Harp. 1 hen keepe it to thy felfc, and walkc like a knaue as- 1 
thou earned. 

Sum. I tell thee my lord keepes no knaue s ,f! rra. 
Hrfrf . Then thou fcrueft him not, I beleeue,what lord is thy 

Sttm* MylordofRochefter. 

Harp. In good lune^nd what would ft thou hauewithrriy 
lord Cobham? 

Sm* I come by vertuc ofaproceflc, toafate him to ap 
peare before my lord,in the court at Rocheftcr. 

H*rp *fidf. Wei, God grant me patience, I could eateAi$ 
conger. My lord is not at home, therefore it were good Sum- 
cr you caried your procciTe backe. 

Sum. Why,if he will not be fpokcn withall , then will I 
leaue it here^nd fee you that he take knowledge of it. 

//4^p. S wounds you flau c,do you fet vp your bills hene,go^ 
to,takc it downe againe,doefl thou know what thoa dolf^ioft 
thee know on whom thou ferueft procclTc? 

Sum*. Ycsmarry docl , Sirlonn Old-caftle Lord Cob- 

Harp. I am gtad thou knoweft him yet, and firm doft not 
thou kno w,that the ford Cobham is a braue lord, that keepes 
good becfcand beere in his houfe , and euery day fcedes k 
hundred poore people at s atc,and keepes a hundred tall fcl- 
lowcs? . 

Sum. WhatsthattomyproccfTe? 
Kir^.Mary this fir,is thisproceflc parchrBcnt; 
Sum. \*s mary* 

r* And this 1 fcalewaxc? 

Sum. his To. 

Harp. If this beparchmcnt,& this wax, eate you this parch - 
mcnt,and this wa sc,or I will nuke parchment of your slcinnc, 
and bcatc your brainci into waxe : Sirra Sumncr difpatch, 
deuoure,firra dcuourc. 

SMM.\ am my lord of Rochcftcrs Sumncr, I came to do my 
office, and thou (halt arvfwcrc it. 

Harp. Sirra, no ratlin*, but betake you to your tecth,thou 
{halt eate no vvorfc then thou bringft with thee, thou bringft 
k for ray lord, and wilt thou bring my lord worfe then thou 
wilt eate thy felfe? 

y*. Sir 1 brougbrit not my lord to eate. 

Harp. O do you fir me now, all s one for thatbutilc make 
you cateik/or bringing it. 

Sum. I cannot eate it. 

PLtrp. Can you not ? sbloud ile bcate you vntil you haue a 
Iromackc. htkittihim* 

Sum. O bold,hold,good matter feruing-man J wiJI eate it 

Harp. Be champping,be chawing fir,or Jlc chaw you,you 
rogue , the purtft of the hony. 

Sum. Tough vvaxe ,i s the pureft of the hony. 

H^. O Lordfirjohoh, keeattt* 

Feedifced.wholfome rogue,wholfome. 
Cannot yon like an horieft Sumner walke wrth die dhtell your 
brother,(o fetch in your Bailiffes rents, but you muft come to 
anoble mans houfc with procdTc? Sbloud if thy fcalc wereai 
broad as the lead that couers Rocheder church,thou fhouldft 

Sum. O I am al mofl: choaked, I am al irroft choaked. 
Harp. Who's within there ? vs H you fhamc my Lord , is 
there no b cere in the houfc? Butler I fay. 

B*t. Hcerc.herci nt*r B 

Harp. Giuc him Bccrc* be druikcs. 

There,tough old (heepskins.bare drie meatc. 

O fir^ct me go no further , lie eate my word. 


r ft part of 

Harp. Yea mar}' fir , (b I meane you (hall cate more 'tnea 
your own word,for lie make you eate all the words in the pro- 
cede. Why you drub monger,cnnnot the fecreis ofal the wen 
ches in a flicirc fcruc yoar turne , but you muft come hither 
with a citation with a poxe? 1 le cite you. he hat then dcme. 
A cup offackefor the Sumncr. 
But. Here fir here. 
Harp . H ere flauc I drinke to thcc. 
Sum. I thank- c you fir. 

Harp. Now if thou findft thy ftomadce well,bccaufc thou 
(halt fee my Lord keep's ni cate m's houfc , if thou wilt go in 
thou Hialt haue a peece of beefe to thy break fair*- 

Sum. No I am very well good M.feruing-maii , I thankc 
you,very well fir. 

Harp. 1 am glad on't,then be walking towards Rocheftcr to 
keepeyour ilomack warmerand Simmer ,if 1 may know you 
difturb a good wench within this Diocefle , if I do not make 
thee eate her peticotc,if there were four yards of KcmiOi clodf 
in"t,I am a villainc. 
- Sttnt. God be with you M.feruingmaan. 

Harp. Farewell Sumner. frttr Co 

Con. God fane you M.Harpoolc. 
//4*y.Wckomc Conflablc, welcom Conaable,\vhaf news 
with thec? 

: CW, AncTt plcafc you M.Harpoolc, I am to make hue w 
crie/or-^fcDow with one eic that has rob'd two Clothier$,and 
jrrno craue your hindrance, for to fearth nil fufpeftcd places, 
and they fay there was a woman in the company. 

Harp. Haft thou bin at the Alehoufe, haft th 

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Con. Idurft not fearch fir , irt my LordCobhams hbertre, 
except I had fome of his feruants,v\ hich are for my warrant 

&rf. An heneft Conftab!e,an fconcft Conftablc,c*l forth 
him thatkeepes the Alehpufe there. 

Con. Ho,who's within there* 

Ale m** \VhocaUs there, come ncerjFa Gods nanifj<A4s't 


you M. Conftablc and M.Harpool*, you are welcome witfe 
all my heart, what make you here Co carely this morning? 

HMTO. Sirra,what ftrangers do you lodge, there is a robbery 
done this morning, and we arc to fcarch tor all fufpcfted per* 

. s,! am Cory fbr't,yraith fir I lodge no bo 

dy but a good honeft mcry prieft , they call him fir lohn a 
Wrootham,and a handfbmc woman that is his neece, that he 
faics he has Come fute in law for,and as they go vp & down to 
London,(bmetimes they lie at my houfe. 

Harp. What, is he here in thy houfe now? 

Con. She is fir, I promife you fir he is a quiet man, and be-. 
caufe he will not trouble too many roomes, he makes the wo 
man lie euety night at his beds fecte. 

Harp. Bring her forth Conftable, bring her foilh, let's fee 

fon. Dorothy, you muft come downe to M.Conftablc. 

2W. Anonfprfooth. Jbttxttrs, 

H*rf. Welcome fwectclane, welcome. 

2>o/. Ithank you good M.feruing-man, and m.ifter Con- 

Harp. A plump girle by the mas^ plump girle,ha Dol ha, 
Vviltthoa fonakc tne priefr, and go with me. 

Con. A well faid M. Harpoolc, you arc a metric old man 
yE&h,yfauhyouwilncuerbcold: now bythcmacke,apretric 
ivench indeed. 

Harp. YeoldmadmcryConftablc, art thou aAiis'dc of 
that:ha,welin>id Pol ; fill feme ale here. 

Delude O h-if I w i ft this old pricft would not ftickc to me, 
by Iou I would ingle this old ferum^-man. 

' fi**$. Oh you o"d mad colt, yraiui He feakyou : fil all the 
pots in the houfe there. 

fi. Oh wd faid M vHarpoolc,you are heart of oakc when 
all's done. 
Harp. Ha Dol , thou haft a fwcetc pairc of lippes by the 


T>oll Truely you arc a mott fwcct olde man, as euer I {awe, 
by my troth,you hauc a face, able to make any woman in loue 
with you. 

Harp. Fill fweetc Doll, He drinke to thee. 

'Doll I pledge you fir,and thankc you thcreforc,and I pray 
you let it come. 

Harp. Mracinqher Doll,canft thou loue mc?a mad mer 
ry la(Te,would to God I had neucr fcenc thee. 

Doll I warrant you you will not out of my thoughts this 
twelucmonth, trucly you are as rull of fauour,' as a man may 
be. Ahthcfcfwcctcgrcylockes , by my troth, they arc mo ft 

Ctnftabk Gods boorcs maifter Harpoole, I will hauc one 
buffe too. 

H*rp. No licking for you Con fhblc,hand off,hand off. 

Conftdle Bur lady I loue kiflin as wel as you. 

Dell Oh you are an od liauc a wanton cic ofyour 
owne : ah you fwect fugar l:pt wanton, you will winne as ma 
ny womens hearts as come in your company. 

Wro&. DoU;Corie hither. 

lie come anonc,fvveeteloue. 

Wroth, HandofT.oldfornicator. 

H*rp- Vicarjlc fit here in fpight of thee, is this'fitte (ruffe 
jfor a prieft to carry vp and downe with him* 

irrothai* Ah firra,doft thou not know,that a good fellow 
par(bn may hauc a chappel of eafc,\vhcrc his pari(h Church is 
tarrc off? 

H<vp< You whoorefbn fto*d Vicar. 

Wrot L You olde ftale ruffin,you lion of Cotfwold. 

Harp. S wounds Vicarjle geld you, ficsvpinkiiH. 

Cotfla&lf Keepe the Kings peace. 
, 'Doll IVKirder,niurdcr,murcler. 

Ale man Holde, as you arc men, holde, for Gods fake be 
quiet : put vp your weapons, you drawe not in my houfe. 

Harp. You whoorefbn bawdy pricft. l 

firfobn Old-caftle. 

You old mutton monger. 

C*n/l*l>le Hold fir lohn, hold 

'Dollto the Pritft I pray thcc fwect heart be quiet.I was but 
fitting to drmke a pot of ale with him , eucn as kinde a man as 
ucr Imct with. 

H*rp. Thou art a theefe I warrant thee. 

fTrotk. Then I am but as thou haft b.cene in thy dayes, lets 
not be afhanicd of our trade,the King lias beene a thecfc him* 

'Di Come,bc qaiet,1iaft thou fped? 

Wrath. I haue wench, here be crownes ifaitru 

*DU Comejets be all friends then. 

Confttblc Weil faid mi fins Dorothy ifaith. 

Harp. Thou art the madftprieft that euer I met with. 

Wroth. Giue me thy hand, ihou art as good a fellow, .- 
I am a (inger,a drinkcr,a bencher,a wenchcr, I can fay a matte, 
and Icifte a la(l c : faith I haue a parfonage and bicaufe I would 
not be at too much charges, this wench fcrucs mefor afcxton. 

Krp. Well faid mad prie ft , wcelc in and be friends, exeuttt. 
Enter fr T(*gtr A&onpMSler r BoHnKj**fter r Bencrlcj > 
*. iWiUum Mttrtty the brewer of*i)**fl*llc. 

Atlon Now maifter Murley,! am well a(Turdc 
Yon know our arrant,and do liice the caufe, 
Being a man afFecled as we are? 

M*. Mary God dild ye dain tie my decre,no m a fter,goool 
fir Roger Afton Knight, maifter Bourne,and maifter Bcuer- 
ley cfquircsjgentlemen^ind iuftices of the peacc>no maiftcr I, 
but plaine William Murly the brewer of Dunftablc your ho- 
neft nc^hbour, and your fncnd, if ye be men of my pro^tfTi- 

Be*erkj Profeffed friends to Wickliff^foes to Rome, 

M*rl. Hold by me lad, leanevpon that ftaffe good mai 
fter Beuerley , all of~a houfe,fay your mind/ay \t)iir mind. 

ts4tton You know our faction now is growne fo great* 
Throughout the realm c, th*t it bcginncs to mwakc 
Into the Clcargies cies, and the Kin gs eares^ 


High time it b tliat we were drawne to head, 

Our gencrall and officers appoynted. 

And warrcs ye wot will aske great ftorc of coine. 

A We to ftrcngth our/dtion with your puife, 

You are fleelcd for a coloncll 

Oucr a regiment of fifucne bands. 

Mttrlcy Fue paltrie paltrc,in and ou t,to and fro ,be it more 
or If flc,vppon occ,'ifion,Lorde haue mcrcie vppon vs,what a 
\vorldis tms? Sir Roger Afton, I am but a CunfLbleman, a 
plaine brewer , ye know : will lufty Cambering captain cs gen 
tlemen come at my calling , goe at mv bidding ? Pan we my 
dcere, thejlc doc a dogge of wa::e, a norfc of cheefc, a pricke 
and a pudding no, no, ye muft appoint fornc lord or knight 
at leaft to that place. 

Bourne Why maftcjr iliall be a Knightt/ 
Were you not in election to be (hrieuc? 
Hauc ye not paft all offices but that? 
Haue ye not wealth to make your wife a lady? 
J warrant you, my lord, our Generall 
Beftowesthat honor on you at firft fighfc 

Murlej Mary God dild yc daintic my dcare: 
But tell me,\vho flialbeour General!? 
Wheres the lord Cobham/ir lohn Old-caflle, 
That noble almcf giuer.houfeketper.vcrtuous, 
Religious gentleman? Come to me there boics, 
Come to me there. 

Why who but he /hall be our Generall? 
And ftiall he knight me, and make me colonelft 
My word for that, fir William Murley knight 
Mttrky Fellow fir Roger A clon knight, allfellowes, I 
nncanc in armes, how ftroog arei\'c? how many partners? our 
enemies bcfidc the King are migjhtic,tej;more orleflevpon 
occafion/eckon our force. 

Aflo* There arc ofvs onr friend $,andfbflowers, 
Three thoufand and three hundred .it tht lea(r, 
Of noi thcrne lads fourc thoufand^cfidc Iibr/c, 


From Kent there comes with fir lohn Old-caftlc 
Scauenthoufend, then from London iflue out, 
F 01 tic oddc thoufands into Picket field, 
Where we appoynt our fpeciall randeuous. 

Murky rue paltry paltry , in and out to and fro, Lord hauc 
racrcie vpon vs,what a world is this,wheres that Picket ficld<, 
fir Roger? 
. Atton Behinde faint Giles in the field neere Holborne. 

kiurlcj Ncwgatc,vp Holbornc,S.Giles in the ficld,and t6 old fa w: for the day,for the day? 
tsfilou O n friday next tta wurctcenth day of January . 
Murlej Tyllie Vallie , truftmeneueriflhaueanylikm*of 
that d ly : fue paltry paltry, friday quoth a, difinall day, Chil- 
dcrmartcday this ycnre was friday. 

'Bettertey Nay maifter Murley,if you obfeniC (uch daic$, 
We make fome qucftion of vour conftancie, 
Alldaics are hke to men rcfblu'de in right. 

Mnrltj Say Amen,andfay no more, butfay.and ho!d ma- 
(ler Beuerley, friday nexl,and Picket fidd,and William Mur- 
ley, and his merry men rtialbe al ont, I haue halfc a (core Lidcs 
that draw my becre cartes, and euery iade flialtbearc a knaue, 
and cuery knaue (hall weare a iackc,and euer)' iackc dial haue 
a fcull, aii4 euery fcull llial Hiew a ftxrafc.and cuery |pca'x fhal 
kill .1 foe at Picket field, at Picket held , John and Tom, and 
Dkke a)id'Hodge,atTd Rafeand Robiri, William & George, 
and all my Jauuies (hall fight like mcn,at Picket field onfric&y 
next. % r 

'Zottrite What fumme of money meane you to disburfc? 

Murley:\\ rriay be moldcftly, decently, foberly, and hand- 
fomely I may bring fiue hundreth pound. > 

AElon Fiue hundrclh man? fiue tlioufarid's not enough, 
A hundreth thouland will not pay our rnen 
Two months together, either come prepardc 
Like a braue Kni^ht,apd marttall Golondl, 

lo glittering golde,andgattant furniture, 

D 2 Bringing 


Bringing in coyne ,a cart loade at the Uaft, 

A nd ail your followers mourned on good horfe, 

Or neucr come difgraccfuU to vs ilk 

Bt*ertej Perchance you may be chofe* Treasurer, 
Tenne thoufand pounds the lead that you can bring. 

Mttrley Paltry paltry } m and andfro,vpoi> occa/ion I 
haue ten (!-oufaod pound lofpend, and tcnnctoo. Andra- 
thcr than the Bifhop ftull haue his will of mcc for my confer 
ence, it ("hall out all. Flame and flaxe, flame an J flaxe,it wa*. 
gotte with water and mault,and it ftialflie v'ith fire and gunne 
powder. Sir RogCT, a cart loadc of raony tiltheaxetreeoackc, 
my (cifc and my men in Picket field on Friday next : remem 
ber my Knighthoodc^nd my place : there's my haid He uec 
ther. Exit. 

Aclon See what Ambition may pevfcvade men to>. 
In hope of honor he will fpend himfelfr . 

*Botanu I neuer thought a Brewer halfe (b rich. 

Bencrlej Was ncuerbankerout Brewer yet but onev 
With vfing too much mault,too little water. , 

AEio* Thats no rauhin Brewers now-adlyes: 
Co IP e^iway about our bufjne de. exeunt. 

ntcr K,Harty> S*foO(, Butter,*** OM~c*fUf knt*& 

to the Kmg*. 

Hkrrj Tis not enough Lord Cobham to fubmit. 
You muft fbrfake your eroffe opinion, 
The Bilhops find themftlues nauch iniured, 
Andthough for fomc good fcrutcc you haue doac, 
We for our pan are plcafde to pardon you, 
Yet. they will not fo (bone be fatisfied, 

Cokhtm Mvracious Lord vnto your Maie{bc k 
Next vnto my God,! owe my life, 
And what is mine,either by natures gift, 
Or fortunes bountic,al is at your fcruice, 
But for obedience to tlic Pope of Rome, 
I owe him none,nor fliall bis ftiaucling pticfil 



Jf out fholy Scripture they cao prone, 
That I am in ancrrour,! wiliyeeld, 
And gladly take inftrucYion at their hands, 
But otherwife,! cfo befccchyoar grace, 
My confcience may not be incroacht vpon. 

Har. We would be loath to pre(Te our fubiefts bcxfit^ 
MuchleiTe their fouleSjthedccre redeemed part, 
Of him that is the ruler of vs aH, 
Yet.lct me coonfcll ye,that might command, 
Do not prefumc to tempt them with itt words, 
Nor fuftcr any meetings to be had 
Within your houfe,but to the vttcrmoft, 
DUperfc tne flockes of this new athcringfc&. 

fahan My liege,if any breathc,thtt c&r 
And ^iy,my life in any of the(e points 
Dcferues th*attaindor of ignoble thoughtf 
Here (land I, rrauing no remorce at all, 
But eucn the vtmoft rigor may be fhowne. 

Har. Let it fuffice we know four loyaltie, 
What hauc)xm there? 

fib. A deed of demencic, 
Your HighneiTe pardon for Lord PoweiTc life, 
"Which I did beg > and'you mv noble Lord, 
Of gracious fauour did voucnfafe to grant. 

Har. But yet it is not finned with our hand. 

Cob. Not yet my Licgr. one re 

Har. The (ay, was doncj **dutce* 

Not of prcpcnfed malice^butby chance. 

^ M. Vpon mine honor (b,no ifherwi(e. 
Her. There is his pardon, bid him make amends, write*. 
And cleanfe his fbulc to God for his oflfcnce, 
What vye remit,is but the bodies fcourgc, Enter 
How now Lord Bifhop? 

Biflop luflice dread Soueraigne. 
As thou art Kins^fo graunt I may haue iufttce. 

B&. AhmygoodLord^henale'sabufde, 
And our decrees moft (hjflBgftrify prophaudc. 
H*r. How,orbywhoni? 
"&A Eucn by this heretike, 
This I ew.this Traitor tdyourmaicftic. 

fit. Prelatc,thou licft^eucn in thy greafie maw, 
Or whofbcuer twits me with ihc name, 
Of cither traitor,or of hcretilce. 

'H4r. Forbcarc I fay,and Biftop, fhcw the caufe 
from whence this late abufc hath bin denude, 
mi htie King,by gencr Jl confcnt, 

A , 

A meflccger was fent to cite this Lord, 
To make appearance in the confiOorie, 
And commine to his houfc^i ruffian flaue, 
One of his daily followers.met the man, 
Who knowing him to be a parator, 
Aflaults him hrft.and after in contempt 
Of vs,and our procceding$,makes him eatc 
The written procefTe.parchment/ealc and all: 
Whereby his maifter neither was brought&rth, 
Nor wetutfcorndjforourauthoritJe. 

H4r. When was this done? 
. A t fixe a clocke this morning. 
. And when came you to court? 
* Laft night my Lord. 
. H4r. By th)| it fcemes,he is not guilty of it, 
And you haue done him wrong t'accufe him fb. 

%&. But it was done my lord by his appointment, 
Or elfc his mao dorft IKXC haue bin fo bold. 

H*r. Or cife )-ou durft be boUUo intenupt, 
And fill our eares with friuolous complaints, 
Is this the duetie yovi do bearc to vs? 
Wa^'t not fufficicnt we did pafle our word 
To fend for him,but you mifdoubting it, 
Or which is worfe,mtnding to foreftall 
Our re jail powcr,inuft like wife fuminon him? 



of Ambition, not of zcalc, 
And rather proues,you malice his cftate, 
Than any way that he offends the law. 
Go to,wc like it not,and he your officer, 
That was imployde fo much amiffc herein, 
Had his dcfert for being infblcnt: Enttr lh*ti**ton 

So Cobham when voupleafe you may depart. 

Cob. I humbly Ibid farewell vnto my liege. xtt 

Har. Farevvcll,what s the newcs by Huntington.' 

Hunt. Sir Roger Afton.and a Lord, 
Ofboldfcditiom rebels, arc in Armcs, 
Intending reformation of Religion. 
And with their Army they intend topitch, 
Jn Picket field, vnlcrfc they be rcpulft. 

H*r. So ncre our prefcncc? dare they be fo bold? 
And will pro wd warre.and eager thirft of bloud, 
Whom we had thought to entcrtainc farre off, 
Prefle forth vpon vs in our natiue boundcs? 
Mud wee be torc't to hanfell our fturp blades 
In England here, which we prepar'd fof France* 
Well, a Gods name be it,w hat's their number? fay, 
Or who's the chiefe commander of this rowt? 

Httnt . Their number is not kno wnc,as yct(roy Lord) 
But tis reported Sir lohn Old-caftle 
Is the chiefe man,on whom they do depend. 

Har. How,theLordCobhm? 

Hunt. Yes my gracious L ord. 

2?/&. I could naue told your maicOie as much 
Before he went,but that I law your Grace 
Was too much blinded by his flatcrie. 

Suf. Send poaft my Lord to fetch him backe affaine. 

lint. Traitor vnto his country, how hcfmoothcfe, 
And feemde as innocent as Truth it felfc? 

Har. I cannot thinke it yet, he would be falfc, 
But if he be,no matter let him go, 
Weele meet both him and taw in vnto their wo. 

The firH part of 

Bifi. Tim falls out welled at the lad I hope 
To fee this horetike die in a rope. 

Sntcr Ear It of 'Cambridge , LordScroope, <jr* 
foartrfs the FrtMtbftflor. 

Scrotp. Once more my Lord of Cambridge make rcher&l, 
How you do ftand intitclcd to the Crownc, 
The deeper fhall we print it in our mindes, 
And euery man the better be refolu'dc, 
\Vhcn hepcrcciucs his quarrcll to beiuft. 

Cam. Then thus Lord Scroope,fir Thomas Gray, & you 
Mounficur dc Chaitres,agent for the French, 
This Lionell Duke of Cbrence^as I faid, 
Third fonnc of Edward (Englands Kmg)thc third 
H id iffuc Phillip his fole daughter and hcyrc, 
"Which Phillip afterward was duen in marriage, 
To Edmund Mortimer the Earlc of March, 
And by htm had a (on cald Roeer Mortimer, 
"Which Roger like wife had ofnis difcent, 
Edmund,Roger,Anne,and Elianor, 
Two daughters and two fonnc$,but thofc thrct 
Dide without iffue, Anne that did furuiue, 

And now was left her fathers onely Hcyrc, 

My fortune was to marry Jbeingtoo 

By my grandfather ofKineEdwardes line, 

So ofnis fimanie,! am calcic you know, 

Richard Plantaeenet,my fatncr was, 

Edward the Duke of Yorkcpnd fen and hcyrc 

To Edmund Langley,Edward the third's firft (brine. 

V Scroop So that it fcemes your claime comes b) r >x>ur wife, 
full hcrc to Roer Mortime 

As law 

The fon ofEclmund.wnich did marry Phillip 

Daughter and heyre to Lyonell Duke of Clarence 

v*. True,for this Harry,and his father both 
H arry the firft, as plainelv doth appearc, 
Are falfe intrudcrs,and vfurp the (Jrowne, 
For when yong Richard was at Pomfrct flaine, 

fir John 

In him the title of prince Edward didc, 

That was the eldell of king Edwards fonnes: 

William of Hatficld,and their fccond brother. 

Death in his nonage had before bereft: 

So tha.t my wife dcnu'dfrom Lionell, 

Third fonncvnto king Edward,oughtprojgecde, 

And take poflcflion of the Diadcme 

Before this Harry.or his father king, 

Who fetcht their title but from Lancafter, 

Forth of that ro)'all line . And being thus, 

Whatreafon id but fhe fliould haue ner right? 

Scrotpe I am rcfolu'de our cnterprifc is iuft. 

gry Harry ftiall dic,or cl(c rcficne his crowne. 

Chart. Perform* but that, and Charles the king of France 
Shall ayde youlordes, noronefy with his men, 
But fend you money to maintaine your warrcs, 
Fiue hundred thoufand crowncs he bade me proffer, 
If you can ftop but Harries voyage for France. 

Scrope We neuer had a fitter time than now 
The realm* in fuch diuifion as it is. 

Cw. Befides,you muft perfwade ye there is due, 
Vengeance for Richards murder, which although 
It be 4cf<ndc, yet wiU it fall at lad, 
And now as likcl/as another time. 
Sirmctinth had many yccres to ripen in, 
And now the harueft cannot bcfarrc off, 
Wherein the weedes of vfurpation, 
Arc to be crop?, and caft into the fire. 

Scroope No more carle Cambridgc,hcrc I plight my faith, 
To fct vp thce^and ;hy renowned vrifc. 

Gray Gray will pcrformc the fame,as he is knight. 

Chan. And to affift ye, as I faid before, 
Charters doth gage the honor of his king. 
' Scroepc WelackebutnowLordCobhams&IJowfliip, 
A nd then our plot were abfblute indeede. 

Doubt not of har^my lord,his life's purfu'de 

E By 

The fir ft pan of 

Ey th'incenfecl Cleargy,and oflate, 
Frougbt in difpleafure with tlic king,a(!ure$ 
He may be quicjcly wonne vnto our faction. 
\Vho hath the articles were diawnc at large 
Of our whole purpofc? ^ 

Cray Thatnauclmy Lord. 

Camb. We fhould not now be farre ofFfrom his hou(e> 
Ourfcriotts conference hath bezuild the way, 
See where his caftlc (lands, giueme the writing. 
\V hen we are come vnto the fpeech ofhim, 
Becaufe we will not (land to malce recount, 
Of that which hath beene fauie Jicre he (hall reade enter 
Our mindes at lar^e.and what vvecrnuc of lioli. 

Scrcope A ready way : here coimes the man himfcl fc 
Booted and Iccmes he hath becne riding. 

C*mb. V Veil met lord Cobham. . 

Cobh. Mylordol'Cambridgc? 
Your honor is mod welcome into Kent A 
And all the reft of thi&fairc company. 
J am new come from London, gentle I.ordes: 
Put will ye hot take Cowling for yow hoft, 
And (ee what entcrtainement it affordes? 

fimb. We were intended to liatichecne your gucf?$: 
But now this lucky meeting fhaft fuffffe 
To end our bufine(Te,anddeftrre that kindnrfTe. 

(Mb. Bufineflemykird^ what bufincflefliould you haue 
But to be mery? tvc haue no dehcates, 
But this 1 le promife vou,apccc of venifbn, 
A cup of wme,and (o forth : hunters fare: 
And if YOU pleafe,weele flrike th fta^ge our felues 
Shall fill oar ditties with his wel-fed flefh. 

Scroop* That isinderdc the thing We aHdefirc. 

fabh. My lordes and you fhall haue your choice with tte* 

C*mt>. Nay but the ftagge \vhich we dcfire to finkc* . . . 
Liues not in Cowling : if you will confcnti 
Aud goe widi vs,wcck bhng you toa forrcft, 


Where runncs a lufly hierd : amonft the which 
There is a ftaggc fuperior to the reft, 
A (lately bealt , that when his fellows runne, 
He leades the race,and beate* the fallen earth, 
As Chough he fcornd it with his trampling hoofes, 
Alort he beareshis head, and with his bread, 
Like a huge bulwarke counter-checkcs the wind: 
And when he (randeth (li)i,he ftrctchcth forth 
His prowd ambitious necke,as if he meant 
To wound the firmament with forked homes. 

Cobb. Tis piny fuch a goodly bead i"hould die. 

Gc*r. No tfo,firlohn,for he is tyrannous, 
And gores the other deere, and will not keep 
Within the limites arc appointed luin. 
Of late hees broke into a fcuer^l, 
Which doth belong to mc,and there he fpoilcs 
Both come and patturc,two of his Wilde race 
Alike for ftcalth.and couelous incroatching, 
Already are rcmou'd, if he were dead, 
I fhould not onely be fecurc from hurt, 
But with his body make a royall fcafl. 

oft How fay you then, will you firft hunt with vs? 
7. Faith Lords,! like the paihme,where s the place? 
<. Perefe this writing jt will (hew you all, 
And what occafion we hauc for the fport. be rc*des 

Colb. Call ve this hunting,my lords? Is this the (lag 
You faine would chafe, Harry our dread king? 
So we may make a banquet for the diuel), 
And in the fteede of wholfomc meatc.preparc 
A di!h ofpoifon to confound our felucs. 

'Comb. Why fo lord Cobham?fee you not our claime? 
And how imprnoufly he holdcs the crownc? 
, Scroope ["efideSjVou knowyourfclfcisindifgrace, 
Held as a recreant, and purfucle to death. 
This will defend you from your enemies, 
And ftabhdi ytur religion through the land. 

E a Col. 



CO&'H Notorious treafon! yet I will conccale tfulf 
My fccrct thought c ,to found the depth of it. 
My lord of Cambridge, I doc fee your cl.;imc. 
And what ood may redound vnto the land, 
By profccuung of this entcrpnfe. 
Rut where arc mcn?^ here's power and furniture 
To crder fuch an aftion? we arc weakc, 
Harry ,vou know s a mighty potentate. 

Corny- Tuf.we arc ftron* cnough,you are Lclou'de, 
And many will be gbd to follow you, 
V Vc arc the light,and fomc will follow vs: 
Bcfidcs,there is hope from France: hcresanembaiTador 
That ptomifeth both men and money too. 
The commons hkewife(as we heare) pretend 
A fodaine tumult,we wil ioyne w ith them 

Ccbh. Somclikehhoode,! muft confeffc,tofpeede: 
Fat how fhall I belceuc this is plame truth? 
You are(my lordsjfuch men as Ime in Court, 
And hienly haue becne fauour'd of the king, 
EfpedaTly lord Saoope, whome oftentimes 
He makcth choice of for his bedfellow. 
And you lord Gray are of hispriuv councell: 
1$ not this a trame to intrappe my lr*e? 

C*mb. Then perifli may my foule: what thinke you fo* 
Scroope V Veelc fwcare tc you. 
Cjrai Ortakethefacrament 
'Coth. Nay you are noble men ; an d I imagine, 
As you arc honorable by birth.and bloud, 
So you will be in h nrt,in though t, in word. 
1 craue no other tcfbmony but this. 
That YOU would all fubfcnbe,and fet your hands 
Vnto this writing which you gaue to me. 

<ab. V Vttn all or hearts : who hath any pen and bfce? 
Scroope My pocket foould haue one : yca,heere it is- 
C*tb. Giue it me lord Scrocpe: there is my name* 
Scroop f And there is my name. 


And mind. 

Cow. Sir, let me craue, 
That you would likcwifc write your name with theirs, 
For confirmation of your maifters word, 
ThekingofFraunce. , 

Char. That will I noble Lord. 
obh. So now this aftion is well knit together, 
And I nm for you : where's our meeting, lords,* 
famb. Here if you pleafe, thetcmh of July next 
(otf/t. In Kent?agrecd : now let vs in to (upper, 
I hope your honors will not away to night. 

Ctimh. YCJ prefcnt!y,for I hauc farre to ride, 
About fbllicitin" of other friends. 

Scrooyc And we would not be abfent from the court* 
Left thereby grow fufpitioninthc king. 
(Wh. Yet taftc a cup of wine before ye go. 
fitmb. Not now my lord,we th*n)<e you : fo farewcH. 
Cob. Farewell my noble lordes : my noble lords? 
My noble vilbines, bafc confpirators, 
How can they loolce his Highneflein the face, 
\Vhome thcyfo clofly ftudy to betray? 
But ile not flcepe vntill I make it known*. 
This head fliall not be burdned with fuch thoughts, 
Nor in this heart will I conceale a dcedc 
Of fuch impietie againft my king. 
Madatrijhow now? Snter H<trp9k *tu(the ref* 

L*dj cobh. You are welcome home,my Lord, 
Why feemc ye fo difquiet in your lookes? 
What hath bcfalne you that difquiets your mindc? 

lately Po. Bad nevves 1 am arraide touching my husband. 
Cobh. Madam,not fo : there is your husbands pardon, 
Long may ye liuc,each ioy vnto the other. 

Poitfflf S o great a ki n dnerte as I knowe not howe to make 
reply, my fenfc is quite confounded. 

Cohh. Let that alone : and madam ft ay me not, 
For I rquft backc vnto the court againc 

E 3 Wib 


The first part of 

With all the fpcedc I can : Harpoole,my hoife. 

Lady Cob. So (bone my Lord? what will you ride all night! 
fibham All night or day it rauft be fo,(wectc wife, 
Vrge me not why,or what my bufmeilc is, 
But get you in : Lord Powelte,bcai c with me, 
nd madam, thmke your welcome nerc the worfc: 
My houfc is at your vfe . H arpoo e,away. 

H'trp. Shall 1 attend your lordlrup to the court? 
Cobh. Yea fir, your gelding, mount you prcfently txf. 
L*dy Cobh. I prychce Harpoolc, looice vnto thy Lord, 
I do not like this iodaine polling bat ke. 

Povoe Seine earned bufincffe is a foote belike, 
\VhateVe it bc.pray God be his good guide. 
LtetyPo* Amen ihat hath fo highly vs be fled. 
Laaj Co. Come madam, and my lord } weelc hope the be ft, 
You ihall not into Wales till he rcturne. 

Yivrtft Though great occafion be we fhould departe, yet 
madam will we (lay to be rcfolude,of this vnlookt for doubtful 
accident. Exeunt. 

Et.tcr Mn> ley titdkiimirjrepartdin fame fidhy order for wwrf. 
Murty. Come my hearts of flint, modetfly, decently, fo- 
bcrly, and handfomry, no man afore his Leader, follow your 
matter, your Captame , your Knight, for the 
honor of'Meale-men, Millers, and Ivauh-inen dunrieis the 
mowfc, Dicke and Tom fi>r thc.credite of Dunftablc, din* 
cfowne the enenne to morrow, ye (hall not come into the field 
like beggars -> whtie-bc L eonard and Laurence my two loa- 
ders,Lord haue mercie vpon vs.vvhat a world is (his? I vvoulcl 
gtue a couple 0f fllillirigs for a dozen of good fcthers for ye, 
scut 6>rrv pence for as many skatfTcs to fct ve out wrthall, 
frcft^nJ fnbw , a man has no fteart to fight dll he he brnue. 
'Dirkf Maficr I hope we be no[ bnbes^br our n>ahhoo<^ 
:durbufklcrs , and our tovinfoo(c- balls can beare vvitrtcflc: 
and this lite parrell we liauc {n^iiorf, and wee 1 figh(nakc4a^ 
fore we ru/me away. . >T 

* Tom. NayJajnofLaurcttcciftndforthatjforheineaPfS 


to leauehis fife behind bim,he and Leonard yourtwo loaders 
are making their wills becaufe they hauc wiues , now we Ba- 
chellers bid our friends fcrarnblc lot our goods if we die : but 
mafte^pray ye let me tide vpon Cuttc. 

Murly 'Mcalc and falt,whcat and rnault-fire and tow,frofl 
and fnow,why Tomthdto fhaltrletinefee, here aicyou,Wil* 
liam and George arc with my cart , and Robin and Hodge 
holding my ownc two horfes, proper men,handfoiu meiyall 
mcn,true men. 

'Dicke Hut mafter,ma(ter,mc thinkes you arc a mad man, 
to hazard your ownc perfon and a cart load of money too. 

TOM. Yea , and maifrcr tl icres a worfc matter in t, if it be 
si heard fay , we go to fight againft all the learned Bifoops, 
that fhould giue vs their blcffing, and if they curfc vs,wcihall 
(peede nere the better* 

J)tckf .Nay bir lady/omc fay th c King takes their part,and 
ttiafle^darc you fuhtagainft the King? 
cJJ/r/f Bcpaftry .paltry in and out,to and fro vpon occa- 
(ion , if the King be lo vnwifc to come there vycelc fijh< 
yrith him too. 

Tom. W hat if ye Qiould kill the King? 
. Then wr.ele make another. 
Isthnta11 ; dovenotfpeaketrea(bn? 
. If we do, who dare trippe vs? we come to fight for 
our confidence, and for honor, little know vou what is in my 
bofome looke here madde knaues,a paire or guilt fpurrcs. 

Tern. A paire of golden fpurrcs? why do you not put them 
on your heeles?your bofbmc's no place for fpurres. 

<JMur. Bce't more or leflc vpon occafion, Lord haue mer 
cy vs.Tom th'art a foolcjand thou fpe.ikeft treafon to knight- 
hood,dareany wcare golden or filuer fpurs til he be a knight* 
no, 1 fhall be knighteclto morrow. and thr n they fhaM on:(irs, 
wasiteuerrcadinthccliurch booke of Dun(table,that eucr 
mault m.m was made knight? 

Tom. No but vou arc more,you are mcal-man,maultman, 
ftuller,corne-mafter'ind all. 


TZickt Yea, andhalfea brewer too, and the diuell and 
all for wealth, you bring more money with you, than all the 

d\f)tr. The more's mv honor,! fhal be a knight to morow, 
let me fpofe my incn, Tom vpon cuttc, Dickc vpon hobbe, 
Hodge vpon Ball, Raph vpon Sorcll, and Robin vpon the 

Snttr Atian^otime^ndBenerlej. 

Tom. Stand,who comes there? 

Att. Al friends, good fcilow. 

tJMttrl. Friends and fellowes indecde fir Roger. 

Aft. Why thus you (hew your fclfea Gentleman, 
To Iccepe your day,and come fo well prcpardc, 
Your cart fbnds yondcr,guarded by your men, 
Who tell me it is loadcn well with come, 
What fumme is there? 

<JMur. Ten ihoufand pound fir Rogcr^nd modcftly .de 
cently, fobcrly, and hanuloraely, fee what 1 hauc here againft 
I be knighted. 

AH. Gilt fpurs?ris well. 
- cJWWr. Put wherc's our armic fir? 

Aft. Difper ft in fundry villages about, 
Some here with vs in Hygate,fome at Finchley, 
Iflington,Ho8^don,Pancrcdc,Kenzington ? 
Some neercr Thamcs,Ratcbrre,Blackwall and Bow, 
But our chiefe ftrcngth mud be the Londoners, 
Whicl) etc theSunncto morrow (nine. 
Will be nerc fiftic thoufand in the field. 

cftfwr. Mary God dild yc daintie my deere, but vpon oo 
oafion fir Roger Atpn,doth not the King know of it,and ga 
ther his power a^ainft vs. 
. Att. No,hec'$fecureatEltham. 

O^fwr. WhatdotheCleargic? 

A3. Fcarecxtrcamly,yet prepare no forctf. 

JM*r. Tn and out, toandFro,pullic my boikin, weftiaU 


carry th* worWifore vs, I vow by my worfriifk,wheb t am 
knighted, wcclc ukcthc King napping , if he ftand on their 

A ^fl. Thtstrigfit Weftw in Hirate will repofcj 
With the firft cocke wecle rife and artnc our fellies; 
To be in Picket fielde by brtatoe of day, 
And there taSpeftonr GeneiaU; 

lM*r. Sir OW-caft !e,what ifhe torn* Hot John? 

B*nt* Yt our action (lands, 
Sir Roger Aftotsttiayfiippife his phitc. 

'UkK Tmtc M.Bwirnc bnt who fliaH itrtktetfie knight? 

'Better. He that mth power V be our General!. 

t//ff. Talkc not oftrifle$icornc let's awaf, 
Our friends of London fong till it be day. txt**ti 

Enter fir Iak*ofmrnth****l *&ott. 

Ttoff. By my rroeft ,thou art as Wtto $ a man as Itaei. 

Tritft (junft thou Wamcme Dol^ tkm art my hndlsj r 
goods,my iewchjmy neahfjjiriypiirfti ttb walks wkhmB 
sniles of London, bt a pherthcc ts thieiy, tfiepanfh docs' 
the poore mans boxe. 


knoweft well enough fir fthn,! \fasin a? gbofl ^owwhe>i I 
cane to thee , as any wrridi hwdt to be : and tuere&he thoii 
haft tried inc that thou haft t by tfctk body,! Wfltiot Be kept 
as I hauc bin.that I will not. 

Trieft Doll,ifrhrs blade hdtde, thersriotapediervralkes 
with a packjbut thou (haltas bdldly chufe tof hiif Ware^as vvirft 
thy ready mony in a MatthantJ (hop\ Wcde haiiciJ Jbofl fil- 
ucr as the KtngcoyHes any. 

*D// What is al thc-gold fplt you tobke the lift day frbtft 
the Courtier* 

hccomcsahoiiebjjdre tbatttmftpayfbriaW^ trtle 
pod meate, as mony can get, Jfflfd as gfckjd gowttcfc; iii ciri Bi 
bought for gold, be mery wench J Ihttrftart-'tiafttonits on 


ii. .. 


You might hauc left me at Cobham,vntil yon had bie 
better prouidcd for. 

'Priefl. No fwcet, I do not like that.yond old ruffian 
is rot for the prieft , 1 do not like a new tleark (hould come 

'Doll Ah thou art a mad prieft yfaith. 
Priffl Come Doll, lie fee thccfofe at fome alehoufc here 
at Cray , and the next fticepc that comes /hall leauc his 
fleece. exeunt. 

Enter thf Kin?' 9 Sttffbe and Butler. 
King in great haft. My lord of Suffolk,pofte away for life. 
And let our forces of fuch horfc and foote, 
As can be gathered vp by any raeanes, " 
M ake fpecdy randeuow in Tuttlc fields, 
It mud be done this eucning my Lord, 
This nigjit the rebells meane to draw to head 
Nccrc lUinjton, which if your fpeede preucnt not, 
If once they .fliould vnitc their fcuerall forces, 
Their power is almoft thought inuincible. 
Away my Lord I will be with you (bone. 
, S*f. IgomySoueraignewithallhappicfpeedc. exit 

King Make hafte my lord of Suffblkc as you louc vs, 
Butler,poftc you to London wirfi all fpeede. 
Commaundtne Mak>r,and ftmeues/m their akgunce, 
The cittie rates be prefently /hut vp, * 

And guarded with a ftrong (ufficient watch, 
And not a man be fufferedto pa(Te, 
Without a fpcciaJl warrant from our felfe. 
Command the Pofteme by the Tower be kept, 
And procl imation on the paine ofdcath, 
That riot a citizen fforre from his doores, 
Except fucli as the Maior and Shrieucs fhall chufe, 
For tneir owne guarde,and fafety of their pcrfbns, 
Butler away,haue care vnto my charge. 
/. I goe my Soucraigne. 



. My Lord. 

Kig Goc downe by Grecnewich^and command a boate, 
At the Friers bridge attend my comming downc. 

'But. I will my Lord, exit 

King It's time I thinke to looke vnto rebellion, 
When Aclon doth expect vnto his ayd, 
No lefle then nftie thoufand Londoners, 
WeUJleto Weftminfterin this difguifc, 
.To hcarc what newes is ftirring in thfe brawles. 
'Eater fir lokn* 

Sir lohn Stand true-man dies a thiefe. 
- K'utg Stand thiefc,{aics a true tnau,how if a thiefe? 

Sir lohn Stand thiefe too. 

King Then thiefe or true-man I fee I muft ftand,! fee how 
foeuer the world wagges, * the trade of theeuing yet will neuer 
downe,what art thou? 

firlokK A good fellow. 

King So am I too,I fee thou doft know me. 

Jtr lohn. Jf thou be a good fellow , play the good fellow es 
part,delmer thy purfe without more adoc. 

King- 1 bauc no mony. 

fir lohn I mud make you find fbme before we part, if you 
Jiaueno niony,yau fhal haue warc,asmany found drie blows 
as your'skin can carric. 

Kwg Is that the plaine truth? 

j&Iohn SirranomorcadoCjComejCome^iueinethemony 
you haue,difpatch,I cannot (land all day. 
King Wel,if thou wilt needs hauc inhere tisriuft the prouerb, 
one' thiefe robs another, where the diuel are all my old thceues, 
that were wont to kcepc this walke? FaKtaffethe villain e is fo 
fet, he cannot get on's horfe,butmethinkes Poincs and.Peto 
ftiould be ftirring here abouts. 

Jtrlohn How much is there on'tofthyword? 

King A hundred pound in Angels, on my word, 
:Thc time has btene I would haue done as much 
For thee,ifthou hadft paft this way,as I haue now. 
'I; F 2 fr 


Shra,what art thou,thou feem'ft a gtndemanf 
lamnolcflc, yetapoortoncnow, fc 

fir lob* From whence cam'ft thou/ 
King From the court at Ehham. 
Jir lohn Art thou one of the Kings ferunnttf 
King Yes that I am ,and one of ns chamber. 
fir lohn I am glad thou art no worfe, thou roaift the better 
f pare thy mony,& thinktt thou thou might ft get a poor tl iufe 
his pardon if he fhould haue needc 
King. Yes that I can. 

fir lohn >V jit thou do fo much for rae,u hen I ftiall haucoc* 

ftoig Yes faith will I .(b it be for no munher. 
fir /4* Nay,I am a pitrifull thiefe, ail the him I do a man, I 
take but his purfe,Ile lull man. 
King Then of my word 1 le do it 
Jir lohn Ciuemethy hand of the fame. 
King There tis. 

fir lohn Me thinks the King; fhould be good to mceues,Br x 
caufe he has bin a thiefe himfclfe, though 1 tlunke now be be 
iumcci true- map. 

Kwg Faith] haue heard indeed be has had an if name diaC 
way in his youth , but how canft thou tdl he has bcc a 

Jir lohn How ? bccaufc he onc robde me before I fell 
to the trade my felfc , when that foule villainous guts , that 
led him to alt $at rogery , was in ? s company there, that Fai- 

King aftdf. W< jl if he did rob thee then , thou art but euen 
with him now lie be fwoow^thou knoweft not the long now, 
I thinke,if thou fawcft him? 

Jir lohn Notlyfaith, 

Xin^a/uit. So ii fhoufd feemc. 

fir lohn Well, if old King Henry had fcu dc, this Kmg&at 
ii no',v,had made thccuing the bed tra^leia England. 



._ 6 WhyfS? 

ftrlohn Bcwufe he was the chieft warden of our compa* 
ny , it's pittie that ere he fliould haue bin a King , he \vas ib 
brauc a thicfe, but firra , wilt remember my pardon if ueedc 

King Yes faith will I. 

fr lob* Wilt thou ? well then bccaufc thou (halt go, fafe, 

for tlioumayeft hap (being fo carefy) be met with againc,bc- 

forc thou come to Southwarke , ifany man when he fliould 

bid thee good morrow, bid thee ftand, (ay thou but fir lohn, 

and he will let thee pafle. 

King Is that the word? well then let me a alone. 

fr lohn Nay firra , bccaufc I thinkc indcedc I ftiall hauc 
fbme occafion to vfc thee,&'as thou comft oft this way,I may 
light on thee another time not knowing thee, here, ile breakc 
this Angell, take thou halfe of it, this is a token betwixt thee 
and me. 

King. God haue mercy ,&rtweH. *# 

ltr\hn O my fine golden flaues, heres for thee wench 
yraith,now Dol,we wifrcucl in our beuer this is a tyth piggc 
of my vicaridge,God hauc mercy neigbour Shooters hill,y6ii 

Caid your t>th honcftly. Wd I hcarc there is a company ofrc- 
cllcs vp agajpft the King , got together in Fkkle field nccrc 
Holboi ne,and as it is thought here in Kenr, the King will be 
there to night in's owne pcrfon , well iic to the Kings camp, 
and it fhnll go hard, but if there be any doings,Ile make fomc 
good boott anaongft them. ***** 

fntfr King Httay, S*jfolk<> 

with b$ts. 

. My Lords of SuffoUce and of Huntington, 
Who skoiKs it nowtor who (lands Scntinells? 
What men of worth! what Lords do waike the round! 
$*f. MayitplcafcyourHigimefic. 
KtHen. Pcace,no more of that, 
The King s aikepe, wake not his maieftic, 

F 3 With 



With termcs nor title s,hec's at reft in bed, 
Kings do not vie to watch thcmfciucs, they flcepe, 
And let rebellion and confpiracie, 
Reueland hauockein the common wealth, 
Is London looktvnto? 

Hunt. It is my Lord, 
Your noble Vndc Exceter is there, 
Your brother Gloucefter and my Lord of Warwicke, 
Who with the maior and the Aldermen, 
Do guard the zates,and keepe good rule within, 
The Earlc of Cambridge,and fir Thomas Gray, 
Do walke the Round,Lord Scroope and Butler skout, 
So though it plcafe your maieftie to ic 0, 
Were you in bed, well might you take your reft, 

K.Hen. I thank ye Lords, bu t you do know of old, 
That 1 haue bin a perfect night- walker, 
London you fay is fafcly lookt vnto, 
A las poorc rebels .there your ayd muft faile, 
And die Lord Cobhara fir lohn Old-caftle, 
Hee's quiet in Kent, Afton ye are deceiu'd, 
Reckon againe,y ou count without your hod, 
To morrow you (hall ehie account to vs, 
Til when my friends, this long cold winters night, J 
How can we fpend?King Harry is a fleepe, 
And al his Lords.thcfe garments tel vs to, 
Al friends at footebal.fcllowes all in field, 
Harry.and Dicke,and George,bringvs adrumme, 
Giue vs (quare dice,weele keepe this court of guard, 
For al good fcllowes companies that come. 
Wheres that mad pricft ye told me was in Arraes, 
To fight, as wcl as pray ,Fnecde required? 

Stf. Hees in the Camp^nd if he knew of this, 
I vndertake he would not be long hence. Trippe Dicke,Trippe George. tbtjtrippe. 

Hunt. I inu ft haue the dice, 
What do we play at* . the flay at dice. 



S*f Paflagcifycplcafc. , 
Hunt. Set round then,(b,at all 
Har. Gcorge,vouarcout. 
Giucmc the dice,I pafle for twentic pound, 
Hcres to our luckie paftage into France. 

Hunt. Harry you pafle indeede for you fweepc all 

Sjf. A fi^nc king Harry (hat fwcep al in France, ent.fir \oh* 

firlokn Edge ye ood fcllowes,take a frcfh gamfter in. 

H*r. Maftcr Panon?weplay nothing but gold? 

fr lobn. And fellow,! td thee that thepricft nath gold,gold? 
sbieud ye are out beggcrly fouldicrs to me , I thinkc 1 hauc 
snore gold than all you three. 
~ Hunt. It may be fojbut we belccuc it not. 

Har. Set prieft fet,T pafle for all that gold. 

firhhn Ye pafle indccclc. 

Ifar) Priefi,haft:thpu any more? 

pr lebn Zounds what a queftioa'$that? " 
1 tell thee I haue more then all you three, 

Harrj t I wonder how thou comft by all this gold> 
How many benefices Jia ft thou prieft? 

Jar lokn ^faitb bufone,doft wonder how Icomc bv gold? 
I wonder rather how poorc fouldicrs flaould haue gold , for 
He tell thee good fellow, we hauc eucry day tythes, offerings, 
chriftnings, weddings, burialls : and you poore (hakes cotnc 
feldome to a bootie. 1 le fpcakc a prowd word, I haue but one 
parfonagCjWrootham.tis better than the BifhopprickofRo- 
chcfkr.tncrcs iK;re a hill, heath, nor downe in all Kent but tis 
in'my jpariflFi^Barrham downe, Chdbham downe, Gads hill, 
Wrootham hill^, Blacke heath, Cockes heath, Birchen wood, 
all pay inc tythe 3 gold quoth a? ye pafle not for that. - 

Stiff. Harry ye arc out,now panon fliake the dice. 

fir fohn. Set/et He coucr ye,at al ; A plague on't J am out 
the dkiell.and dfccand a wench,vvbo will truft them? 
Sttf. Saift thou fo prieft ?fetairc,at all for once. 

- T S*l f ' ' * ff 

Har. Oatlir,payaJL > 

.' .. ., folok* 

firlokn Sbloud pay rnc angel gord, 
He none of your crackt French croWrte* not ptftoleb, 
Pay me faire angel gold^s I pay you. 

H*r. No crackt trfericn crownes^ I hope tb fee rnbrc crack! 
French crowncs ere long. 

fr l<b* TBdu racahcft oFFrench rhem,crbwfces wherl me 


frlok* The clmell and all isyburs r kt'that: 

H*r. lie aft better yet. 
/rM Then lie be han 
(bule to the diuell for callin 
H*r. IpafTcforalk 


H*r. Setparfon,fct,thc t&te'3i^ in niV hand: 
n;MieW WMt can Vc firicte no more? 
jiW^'v^bf^a'c^oOT iffere? 

W AlrS gOTTt DUt uiat. 

. Whstjalrcibrbkenangc!^ 

Do not thcft^eecei fit 'eich other Weitt 
jar Ikon WhilifrhcydbJ 

There w3 athie,H 

But t'was not 

Met me tail day on BUcke Heath, neen the 




With him a woman,! was al alone, 

And weaponlcfle,r2iyboy had a! my tooles, 

And was before prouiding me a bcate: 

Short talc to make,fir Iohn,the thiefc I meanc, 

Tookc a hiftrmndreth pound in gold from me. 

I ftorm'd at k,and fworc to be rcueng'dc 

If crc we met.he like a kifty thiefe, 

Brake with his teeth this Angel hrfl in two, 

To be-a token at our meeting next, 

Prouidcd,! (hould charge no Officer 

To apprehend himjbut at weapons point 

Rcroucr that,and what he had befidc. 

Well met fir Iohn,betake ye to your tooles 

Bytorchlightjformaftcrparfbnyouarchc , 

That had my gold. 

. frlohn Zounds I won't in play, in fairclquare play of the 

keeper of Ekham parks, and that! will mamtaine with this 

poore whinvard , be you two honed men to (land and lookc 

vpon*s,and let's alone,and take neither part. 

Har. Agrecde,! chargcye do not boudge afoot, 

frlohn Souldier ware your skonce. 

Here *t tkq tare rc*4j tofirtkf y entcr Butler *n4etr/twt; kit 
T*e*pom andfttps betwixt them. 

Sut. Hold villaincs hold,my Lords,what do yc meanc, 
To fee a traitor draw aeainft the King? 
fir lohtt The KitiglGods wil,I am in a proper pickle. 
ff* r. Butler what newes?why doft thou trouble v$? 
, 'But. PleafeityourHiehnefle,itisbrcakcofday, 

And as I skouted necre toldington, 
The gray cy'd morning gaue me gtimmerine. 
Of armed men comming do wnc Hygatc hiu, 
W ho by their courfe are coaftmg hitherward. 

Har. Let vs withdraw,my Lords^preparc our troopcs, 
To charge the rebels,if there be fuch caufe, 
For tliis lewd ptifQ thwdineUifli hvpocrite, 

G That 

- ... 


That ts a thicfe,a gamfter,and what not, 
Let him be hang d vp for example fake. 

jfrhb* Not fomj gracious (bucraiene, I confefTe I am a 
frayte ram ,fiefh and bloud as other arc : but fet my imperfect - 
ons aficic,by tliis light ye hauc not a taller man. nor a truer fub- 
icft to the Crownc and State ,tlun fir John of VVroolhanu 
H*r. Wil a true fubieft robbc his King? 
fr bhn Ahs twos ignorance and want,my gracious liege* 
Har. T was want of grace :vv hy,you (houlo be^as fak 
To feafon others with good document, 
Your Hues as lampcs to giuc the people light. 
As (liepheardsjnot as wolucs to (pone the flock, 
Go hang hm Butler. 

Tut. Did ft thou not rob me? 

fr hhn I muft confcffc I faw fbme of your gold , but my 
dread. Lord > I am in no humor for death ,t her fore Cmc my life, 
God will that finncrs liue , do not ypu caufe me die , once in 
their kucs the bcft may goe nfbay , and if the world fay truc> 
your fclfe (my liege) riaue bin a thicfc 

Har. Iconfeflclhnue, . 
But I repent and hauereclaimdmyfelfe. 
Jtr lohn So will I do if you will giuc m e time. 
tf*r. Wilt thou?my lords^-Hl you be his fuertics? 
Iln*t. T ha t w h c ii he robs agai n c,he /hall be ha ng'cf . 
firlckn laskcnomore. 
H*r. And we will grant thee that, 
Liue and repentand prouc an honefr, man, 
Which when I heare, and fafc returne from France^ 
lie giuc thec liuing,till when take thy gold, 
But fpencHt better then at cards or wine > 
For better vertues fit that owtc of diine, 

fir lo'm Vittct T(fx & currat /br,my Heg^, if ye haue cau/t 
cf battell,ye Hialfee fir lohnof Wrootham bcftirrc himfelf in 
your quarrel. txftxt. 

" rtfm enttr FbrjjtSHJfefa Hnntingto>tjir hhn firing- 

vf for ' 

Har. Bring in thofc traitors,whofc afpiring mind*, 
Thought to hauc tnumpht in our oucrtnrow, 
But now yc fee,bafe villaines, what (ucccffc 
Attends ill actions wrongfully attempted. 
Sir Roger Afton,thou rctainft the name 
Of knight,and fliouldft bemorc difcrcctly tcmperJ, 
Than ioync with peafants,gcntry is diuinc, 
But thou haft made it more then popular. 

AR. Pardon my Lord,my confciencc vrg'd me to it, 

Har. Thy confcicnccfthcn thy conference is corrupt; 
For in thy confciencc thou art bound to vs, 
And in thy confcicnce thou fhouldft louc thy country, 
Elfe what s the difference twixt a Chriftian, 
And the vnciuil manners of the Twice? 

Better. We meant no hurt vnto your maicfry, 
But reformation of Religion. 

H*r. Reformc Religion? was it thatyc fought? 
I pray who gaue you that authority? 
Belike then we do hold the fccptcrvp, 
And fit within the throne but for a cipher, 
Time was,good fubiecls would make knowne their griefc, 
And pray amendment .not inforce the fame, 
VnlefTe thpir Kins* were tyrant,which 1 hope 
You cannot hiftly fay that Harry is, 
What is that other? 

S#f. A mault-mnn my Lord, 
And dwelling in Dunftable as he faies. 

H*>* Sirra what made you leaue your barly broth, 
To come in armour thus againft your Kin^? 

Mur. Fie paltry,paltry to and fro, in arid out vpon occafi- 
on,whataworldc'sthis?lcnight-hood'(rriy liege) t was knight 
hood brought me hither , they told itte I had wealth enough 
to make my wife a lady. ' : 

Har. Apd fo you brought thofe hortcs which we faw, 
Trapt all in coftly ftirniturc^inc! meant 
To wcarc thcfcfpurj whcnyouvvetc knighted once. 

(r-a Mur. 

UWfcr. In and cut vpati pccaficn I did. 

HAT. Inandoutvpponoccaiion, therefore you fhall be 
hang'd , and in the fted oT wearing thcfc fpurres vpojn your 
lieelcs , about your ncckc they fhall bewray your folly to the 

fir lohn In and out vpon ocafion,thnt goes hard. 

Mur Fie paltry paltry, to and fro, good my liege a pardon, 
I am for)' for my fault 

H*r. T hat comes too late: but tcH me, went there none 
Befidc (ir Roger Acton, vpon whom 
You did depend to t>c your goucrnour ? 

Mar. None nope my Lord, but fir lohn Old- caflU. 

Har. Beares he part in this confpiracie. finer TSifbof 

Atl. W e lookt my Lord that he would meet vs here. 

Har. But did he promise you that he would come. 

A3. Such letters we rccciued forth of K?Dt. 

Tit/h. W.Hevo 15 ray Ldrd the King? health to your grace, 
Examining my Lord foine of thcfc cai tiuc xebdfc 
It is a general! voyce am ongft them at), 
That they had neuer come vnto this pbcr, 
But to hauc met thcii Valiant general, 
The good Lord Cobham as they tide him, 
\V hcrcby,my Loid^-oUr grace may now perceiuev 
His treafon is apparant,wni:h before . 
He fought to colour by his flattery. 

HOT. Now by my roial t ic \ would haoe fworne, 
But for his confc ien ce v which I beare withafl, 
There had not liudc a more true hearted fubtclt 
Bifc. It is butcoWtfcrfcitjmy gracious btds, 
,A ml thew>r flany it pleafe your makftic, 
To fetyour hsod vpio this precept here, t 
By which wecl cauf<? Aim for thwwi roappr, 
And anfwer this by order of the law. ' l 

H^.Bi^dp.npt only (hat t btit t Jc?comrrriffic, 
Tofearch,attach,ircprifoow}B condemne, 

... - 1 

firfobn Old-cajlle. 

It (hall be donc,my Lorc^without delays 
So now 1 hold Lord Cobham in my hand, 
That which (hall finifh thy difdained life. 

K<r. I diinkc the yron aj;c begins but now, 
(Which learned poets haue fo often taught) 
Wherein there is no credit to be giucn, 
To cither wordes,or bokes, or folcmnc oathes, 
For if there were, how often hath he fworne. 
How gently tun dc the muficke of his tongue, 
And with what amiable face beheld he me, 
When all, God knowes,was but hypocrifie. 

Cob. Long life and profpcrous raigne vnto my Lord. 

Har. Ah viltaine,canft tnou wifh profpcritie, 
Whofc heart includeth naught but treachcrie? 
I do arreft thee here my felfe/alfc knight. 
Of treafon capitall againft the Rate. 

Cob. Of treafon mightie prince, your grace tniftakes, 
I hope it is but in the way or mirth. 

Hat, Thy ncckc (jhalf fccle it is in earned fliordy, 
Darft thou intrude into our prcfcnce,knowing 
How haynoufly thou haft ofFended vs? 
But this is thy accuftomed deceit, 
Now thou pcrceiu ft thy purpofe is hi vaine, 
With foine cxcufc or other tnou wilt come, 
To cleere thy fclfe of this rebellion. 

Cob. R ebellion good my Lord,I know of none. 

H*r. If you deny it,here is euidence, 
See you theie men,you neucr counccllcd, 
Nor offerd them auiftance in their warres 

C.b. Sptake lirs,not one but all ,1 craue no fanour, 
Haue euer I beene conuerf ant with you, 
Or written letters to incourage you, 
Or kindled but the leaft or (mailed part, 
Of this your late vnnaturaH rebellion* 
Speakc for I dare the vttermoft you can. 


G 3 H*r. 


H*r. No, didft not fay that fir John Old-cattle, 
Was one with whom you purpofde to haue met? 

Mur. Tr u c, I did fay (b,but in what rcfpeft? 
Becaufe I heard it was reported fb . 

HOT. Was there no other argument but that? 

AR. To clcere my conlcicnce ere I die my lord, 
I mud confclTc,vv c hane no other ground 
But only Rumor, to accufe this lord, 
Which now I fee was merely fabulous. 

H*r. The more pernitious you to taint him the*, 
Whomc you knew not was faulty yea or no. 

fab. Let this my Lord, which T present your grace 
Spealce for my loyalty , reade thefc articles, 
And then 2;iuc fentence of my life or death. 

H*r. Earle Cambridge>Scroope,and Gray corrupted 
With bribes from Charles of France,euher to \vinnc 
JMy C row nc from me,or fccrctly contriuc 
My death bv treafon? Is this pofliblc? 

Cot>b. . There is the pla t fonnc, and their hands, my lord, 
Each federally fubfcnbed to the fame. 

Har. Oh neucr heard of bafe ingratitude! 
Eucnthofe I hugge within my bofomc molt, 
Are readied cuermorc to fting my heart. 
Pardon me Cobham,! hane done thee wrong, 
Heereafter I will liue to make amends. 
Is then their time of meeting fo ncere hand? 
Weelc meete with them,but little for their cafe, 
If God permit : goe take thefe rebelis hence, 
Let them haue martial! law : but as for thee, 
Fnend to thy king and country, fbll be free. Pxtwt. 

Mttrl. Be it more or lefTe>what a world is this* 
Would I had continued Jftill of the order ofknaues, 
And neuer fought krrightnood,(ince it codes 
Sodeere : fir Roger,! may thankc youfor all. 

Atton Now ri s too late to haue it remedied, 
I pathec Murky doc not vrgc roe with it. 

. .: \ ? 

fir lohn Old-~caflU 

H*Kt. Will you away,and make no more to do? 
Cftfw/. Fy paltry paltry , to and fro,as occafion fcruc *, 
Ifyou be fo hafty take my place. 

Hunt. NO good fir knight, you fliall begin in your hand, 
L 1 could be glad to giue my betters place. Exewtt. 

tnttrBifiopJorA irtrdenjCroamer tht ShrieMt t Liuty CdsaU 

fit/hop I tell ye Lady, its not po&ble 
But you fhould know where he conucics himfclfe, 
And you haue hid him in fomc fccrct place. 

Lady My Lord,bclccuc me,as I haue a foule, 
I know not where my lord my husband is. 

t/bop. Go to,go to ,y e are an hcrctrkc, 
And will be forc'de by torture to confcrfe, 
If faire meancs will not fcrue to make ye telt. 

L*dj My husband is a noble gentleman, 
And necde not nide hunfelfe for anie fact 
That ere I heard of, therefore wrong him not. 

Tli/bop Your husband is a dangerous fchifmaticke, 
Traitor to God,the King,and common wealth, 
Andthcrercfore mafter Croamer fhricue cfKcflti 
I charge you take her to your cuftodie, 
And ceaze the goods of Sir lohn Old-cafHc 
To the Kings vfc,let her go in no more, 
To fetch fo much as her apparell out, 
There i$ }pottr warrant from his maicftie. 

L.tvar. Good my Lord BiQiop pacific your wratk 
Againft the Lady. 

Ht/tr. Then let her confcfie 
Where Old- caftlc her husband is conceald 

L.w*r. I dare engage mine honor and my lif^ 
Poore gcntiewomaa.ihe is ignorantj: 
And innocent of all his praftifcs, 
If any euill by him be praftifcd. 

Iftny Loud Wardcn?nay then 

ThtfirHpartof ] 

That all the cinmic Ports whcreofyou arc chiet^, 
Be laid forthwith; thaf he efcapc vs not, 
Shew him his highneflc warrant M.Shrieuc. 

L . War. I am forie for the noble gentleman, Srttr Old- ct- 
5/yJ.Peacc,hc comes hcre,now do your office, flle & Hart. 
Old-cafle Harpoolc what bufincflc hauc we here in hand? 
What makes the Bifhop and the Shiriffc here, 
1 feare my comming home is dangerous, 
I would 1 had not made fuch haftc to Cobhara. 

H*r9. Fcof j;odchccremyLord, if they be foes wedc 
fcrambie (hrewoly with them, if they be friends they arc wel- 
comeronc of than (my Lord Warden) is your friend, but me 
thinkes my ladie wccpcs, 1 like not that. 

Croo. Sirlohn Old-cattle Lord Cobham, in the Kings 
maiefbes name,! arreflye of high trcaCoo. 
OldcA. TreafbnM.Croomes? 
Kr^. Treafon M.Shrieuc^bloud what treafbn? 
Oidca. Harpoolc I charge thec fUrre notbut be quiet ftiH, 
Do yc arreft me M. Shrieue for trcafon? 
"Btfh. Yeaofhightreafonjtrakorjheretike. 
Old-*. Defiance in his face that calls me fb, j 

I am as true a loyal! gentleman 
Vntohis hi^hnefle^s my prowdeft encmic, 
The King mall witneflc my late faithful! feruice, 
For faftty of his facred maiefhe. 

3tft. VVhatthouait,thckingshandfliallteftific, 
Shcwt him Lord Warden. 
* Old. Ie(u defend me, 

Js't pofliblc your cunning could fb temper 

The princely difpofttion of his mind, \ 

To nOTe thr<kmagc ofa ropllfubiccl? 

Wcl^tnc bcft is,it bcares an antedate, 

Procured by my abfence,and your malice, 

But I/mce that jiaue (hewd my fclfe as true, 

As any church map that dare challenge me, 

L e; me be brought before his maiefbe, 




If he acquitc me not^hcn do your worft. 

Bijh. We arc not bound to do kind offices 
For any traitor /chifmatikc^nor hcretike, 
ThcJcings hand is our warrant for our worke, 
Who is departed on his way for France, 
And at Southampton doth repofc this night. 

Harp. O that it Were the blefled will of God , that thou 
and I were within twenty mile of it, on Salisbury plaincll 
would lofe my head if cucr thoubroughtfl thy head hither a- 
gaine. */'<k 

)tt Old?*. My Lord Warden o'th cinque Ports,& my Lorddf 
Rochefter,yeareioyntCommiflioncrs, fauor me fo much, 
On my expencc to brinp me to the king. 

Bifi. What,to Southampton? 

Oldest. Thither my god Lord, 
And if he do not clcerc me of al guilt, 
And aUfufpition ofconfpiracie, 
Pawning his princely warrant for my truth: 
I askc no fauour,but extrcarneft torture. 
Bring me,or fend me to him,good my Lord, 
Good my Lord Warden,M Shrieue,entrcate. 
Here the Lord W*rdcn,And(\omcr vncouer to the Btfiop, tmd 

fecretfy whijpers with him. 
Come hither lady,nay,fweet wife forbearc, 
Toheapeoneforrowon anothersneckc, 
Tis riefe enough falfly to be accufde, 
And not permitted to acquitemy felfe, 
Do not thou with thy kind rc{pec"riue teares , 
Torment thy husbands heart that bleedes for thce, 
But be of comfort,God bath help in ftore, 
For thofe that put aflured truft in him. 
Deere wife,if tney commit me to the Tower, 
Come vp to London to your fiftcrs houfe: 
That being necre me,you may comfort me. 
One folace find I felled in my (bule, 
That I am free from trcafpns very thought, 

it Only 

Only my confcience for the Gofpels fake, 
Is caufe of all the troubles I fu (bine. 

Lady. O ray decre Lord ,w hat (hall betide of vs ? 
You to the Towcr,and I turnd out of doores, 
Our fubfhncc ccaz'd vnto his highncfTe vfc, 
Euen to the garments longing to our backcs. 

Harp. Patience good madanie,things at worft will mend, 
And if they doc not.yct our liues may end. 

Bi-jh. Vrgeitriomore/orifanAngcllfpake, 
I fvveare bv meet (aint Peters blefled kcycs, 
Firfl goes he to the Tower ,then to the ibke. 

Crom. But by your leauc,this warrant dodi not ftretch 

Tit/bop Nocturne her out of doores, 
Euen as flic is,and leade him to the Tower, Oi~caftle 
With guard enough for fearc of rcfcuing. 

Lady O God requite thcc thou bloud- tJ/frfty man. 

Oldca. May rt not be my Lord of Roche frcrt 
Wherein hauc I incurd your hate fo farrc, 
That my appeal e vnto the King's denide? 

Btfh. No hate of mine,but power of holy chiirc/i, 
Forbids al) fauor to faife her cukes. 

Otic*. Your priuate malice more than publike power, 
Strikes moft at me,but with my life it ends. 

farp. OthatlhadthcBifhopinthatfeare, 
That once 1 had his Sumner by our felues. 

Crom. My Lord yet graunt one fute vnto rs all, 
That this fame auncient feruing man may waite 
Vpon myJord his mafler in the Tower. 

Titjb. This old mtn'i'tie.lhis hcretike^ 
That in contempt of our church difcipline, 
Compeld my Sumner to deuoure his precede! 
Old Ruffian paft-grace,vpftartfchifmatike, 
Hnd nottheKingpraydvsto pardon yc> 
Ye had fryed for it,ye grizrfd heretike. . 

Hry. Sbloudiny lord Bi(hop>ye do me wrong, lam ne- 


fir lobn 0!e/-caftfe 

iner heretila nor puritane , but of the old church, ilc iweare, 
drinke ale,kiflc a wcnch.go to mail c,caie fifli all Lent,and faft 
fndaics with cakes and wine, fruite and fpkeric, (hriuerae of 
my old iinncs afore after , and beginne new afbrc whitfon* 


Crom. A merit mad conceited knaue my lord. 

H*rp. T hat knaue was (imply put vpon the Bifnop. 

'Sifb. - V Vei.God rorgiuc him and 1 pardon him. 
Let him attend his mafter in the Tower, 
For I in charity wifli his fbule no hurt. 

Old God blefTe my foule from fuch cold charitic, 

'S^h. Too'th Tower with him,and when my leifare fcryci , 
I will examine him of Articles, 
Looke my lord Warden as you haue in charge, 
The Shriue perforrric his office. 

. Yes my lord. Enter 

TBtfk. V Vlizt brined thou there? what?bookes of herefie. 

Som. Yea my lord, lie res not a latinc booke, 
No not fo much as our ladies Pf alter, 
Hcres the Bible 5 the teftamcnt.thcPfalmei in meter, 
The fickemans faluc,the treafureof^ladnetfe, 
And al in Englifli, not (b inuch but the Almanack's Englifli. 

Bi/k. Away with thcm^o'th fire with them Gun, 
Now fie vpon thefc vpfbrt herctikes, 
Al EnJifh,burne them, burne them quickly Gun. 

Harp. ButdoenotSumnerasvouleanfwercit, forlhaue 

there Engl.lli bookes my lord , that ilc not part with for your 

Biflioppricke, Beuis of Hampton, Owleglafle,tha.Fricr and 

the Boy, Ellen of Rumming, Robin hood, and other fuch 

godly (lories, which if ye burne,by this flcfl) ilc. nuke yc drink 

their a(hes in S.Margcts ale. txe*nt. 

Enttrthc Tit/bop ofRjcbeflcrvrith his men jot 

litifne coates. 

I .Ser. Is it your honors pleafiire we dial ftay, 
Or come backe in the afternoon e to fetch you. 

H 2 

The firtt part of 

fo. Now you hauc brought me hccrc into the Tower, 
You may go backe vnto the Porters Lodge, 
A nd fend for cirinke or fuch things as you want, 
Where if I hauc occafion to imploy you, 
lie fend Tome officer to ca! you to inc. 
3 nto the cittie go not, I commaund you, 
Perhaps I may haue prefcnt neede to vfe you. 

1 We will attend your worship here without 

Bifi. Do fo, I pray you. 

3 Come,we may haue a quart of wine at the Rofe at Bark, 
ing, I warrant you , and come backe an hower before he be 
ready to go. 

I Wcmufthievsthen. 

3 Let's away. txeunt. 

Bifi>. Ho.M.Lieftenawt 

Lifften. Who calls there? 

Btflr. Africndofyouit. 

Liefte*. My lord of Rochcfter,your honor's welcome. 

Ht/h. Sir hercs my warrant frorn the Counfcll, 
For conference with fir John Old -cattle, 
Vpon fome matter of great confcquence. 

Lieften. Ho,fir John. 

H*rf. Wl*o calls there? 

Lifften. Harpoolc,tel Sir Iohn,that my lord of Rochefter 
comes from the counfcll to conferrc with him. 

Harp. IvvHlfir. I 

Lief. I thinke you may as fafe without fufpition, 
As any man in England as I hcare, 
For it was you moU labor'tthis commitment 

Bijb. I did fir^ind nothing repent it I afTure you. 

Enter fir loh* Old-caflh. 
M.Lieftenant I pray you giue v$ leaue, 
I muft conferre here with fir lohn a little. 

Lief. With all my heart my lord. 

H*rpn(Mf. My lord be ru'ldc by me, take this occafion 
while Us ofFercd^nd on my life your lordlhip ihaJ cfcapc. 

ftrfobn Old-cajlle. 

OlA- CA* No more I fay,peacc left he (hould fufpcft it. 

*Bifk. Sir lohn I am come vnto you from the lords of his 
highncflTe moft honorable counfcll, to know if yet you do re 
cant your errors,conforminyoii vnto the holy church. 

Old-ca. My lord of" Rocneftcr on good aduifc, 
I fee my error,but yet vnderftand me, 
I m c.i nc not error in the faith I hold, 
But error in fubmitting to your pleafurc, 
Therefore your lordmip without more to do, 
Muft be a meanes to help me to cfcape. 

Tiiflj. W hat meanes? thou heretike? 
Darft thou but lift thy hand againft my calling! 

fr lohn No not to hurt you for a thoufand pound, 

Harp. Nothing but to borrow your vpper garments a fit- 
tic*, not a word more, for if you do,you die : peace, for waking 
the children^therCjpat them on,difpatch,my lord, the window 
that goes out into the leads,is furc enough,! told you that be 
fore, there,makc you ready > ileconuay him after, andbimS 
him furely in the inner roome. 

O/d-ca. This is wcl begun,God fend vs happic fpccd, 
Hard fhif t you fee men make in time of need: Harpoolc. 

Harp, Hecrc my Lord,comc come away. 
Enter /fruiti? men a?ainf. 

I I marucll that my lord ifliould ftay fo long. 

1 He hath fcnt to feeke vs.I dare lay my life. 

3 We cornc in good ttme,fce where he is camming. 

ff*rp. I bcfeech you good my lord of Rochefter, be fauo- 
rable to my lord and maider. 

Old-en'. Theinncr roomesbe ver) f hot and cloft, 
I do not like this ayj Jierc in the Tower. 

Harp &is cafe is hard my lord, you (hall fafely get out of 
the Tower, but I will dovvnc vpon them , in which time get 
you a way. 

Old-ca. Fellow thou troubled me. 

Harp. Heare me my Lord, hard vnder Iflington w.nit you 
my comming, I will bring my Lady ready , with horfcs 

H 3 to 

The fin part of 

to eonuay you hence. 
Old-ca. F cllo w ,go back againe vnto thy Lord and counfeQ 


1-brp. Kay my good lord of Rochcfter,ile bring you Co S, 
Albons through the woods, 1 warrant you. 
Old-ca. VilLine away. 

H*rp. Nay fmcc I am pad the Towers libertie,iliou pan' rt 
not To. htdr***t. 

'&&. Clubbes, clubs, club j. 
1 Murther.murtlicr murther. 
* Do wne with him. 
A vil lame traitor. 

You cowardly rogues. 

ffttfr Luftf*tt aid kit mat. 
Lifft. Who is fo bold as dare to draw a (word. 
So neare vnto the entrance of the Tower? 

I Thu ruffian feruani to dr lohn Oid-cadle Was like to 
haue Haine my LottL 
Lieft. Lay hold oahim. 
K*rp. Stand offtf you loue your pud Jings, 

T^cbtftfr c*Us mtm*. 

Red whin. Help iielp lielp.M. Lieften.Mit help. 
Lttf. Who's that wtthinrfbme Creafon m (he Tower vpon 
my life,looke m.who s thai which calls? enter ReibtmidL 
tiff. Without your cloke my lord of Rochcftei 2 
HP?. There,now it worked thea let me fpeed, for now is 
die fitted time for me to fcape away. <x* 

Liff. WhydoYoukx>ire(bghjntyandafTfighte(U 
Rub. Old-cairle that traitor and his man, 
When you had left me to conferre with him, 
Tooke,bound,and (rript me,ii you fee, 
And left me lying in his inner chamber, 
And To departed, and I 

Lief. And you ine're fay that the Lord Cobhains man 
Did here fet vpon you like to number you. 
I And(ohedid. 


fir lokn Old-caftlc. 

It was vpon his matter then he dici, 
That in the bnwlc the traitor might efcapc. 
^ Lufi Where is this Harpoole? 
2 Here he was cucn now. . 
Liff. W here can you tell? they arc both efcapM, 
Since it fo happens that he is cfcap etc, 
I am glad you arc a witncflfe of the fame, 
It might hauc elfe beenc laid vnto my charge, 
That i had beenc confirming to the faft. 

Rock. Comc,(carch (hal be made for him with expedition, 
the hauens laid that he (hall not efcape,and hue and eric conti 
nue thorough England, to find this damned dangerous here- 
tike. exeunt. 

Enter Cambridge, Scroope, and(jr*j , tu / A chamber , undfet 
davpne at at<utie,con{Mbtng<d>out their tr to/on: King Htrry 

tind Suffolk?, liftning at the doore. 
C*mt>. In mine opmion,S croope hath well aduifdc, 
Poifon will be the only aptefl meane, 
And fitted for our purpofc to difpa tch him. 

Cjry But yet there may be doubt in their dcliucry, 
Harry is wife, therefore Earle of Cambridge, 
I ludge thatway not fo conuenient. 

Scroop What thinke ye then of this?I am his bedfellow, 
And vnfufpe&cd nightly flecpe with him. 
What if I venture in thofe filcnt houres, 
When fleepe hath fealed vp all mortaJR eies, 
To murder him in bed?how like ye that? 

Camb. Herein confiftcs no (aretic for your (elfe, 
Andyou difclofde, what (hall become of vs? 
But this day (as ye know) he will aboord, 
The wind fb fair e ,and ftt away for France* 
If as he cntring in the (hip, 
It might be done,then it were excellent, 

(jry V Vhyany of thefe,or if you wiff, 
He caufc a prcfent fitting ofthc Councell, 
V Yhcreia I will pretend (brae matter of fuch weight, 



A$ needesmuft hauchis royall company, 
And to difoatch him in the Councell chamber. 

Camk Tu(h,yet 1 heare not any thing to purpofc, 
I wonder that lord Cobham ftaies fb long, 
His counic!! in this cafe would muc'h auaile vs. 

The] nfe front the tafne^dthe Kingflef: 
into them. with his Lordes. 

Scroop What flial we rife thus,and determine nothing? 
H*r. That were a fhame indcedc,no,fit againe, 
And you ("hall liauc my counfcll in this cafe, 
If you can find no way to kill this King, 
Then you fhall fee how I can further ye, 
Scroopes way by poifon was indifferent, 
But yet being bed-fellow vnto the King, 
And vnfufpec"tcd fleeping in Kb bofbme, 
In mine opmion,that's the likelier way, 
For fuch falfe friends arc able to do much, 
And filent night is Treafbn's fitted friend, 
NoWjCambndge in his felling hence for France, 
Or by the way,or as he goes aboord, 
To do the deed, was indifferent too, 
Yet fomewhat doubtful^ mi^ht I fpeake my mind, 
For many reaibnsneedelcdenow tavrgc. 
Mar^ Lord Gray came fomethin^neare the point, 
To haue the King at councell^nd there murder IUITJ. 
A s Cxfar was amongft his deareft friends: 
None like to that^f all were ofhis mind. 
Tell me oh tel me you bright honors (bines, 
For which of all my kindnefles to you, 
Arcye become thus traitors to your king? 
And France muft haue the fpoile of Harries fife? 
411. Oh pardon vsdreaq lord. allk(eft*g* 

K/r. How.pardon ye?ihat were a Hnne indeed, 
Drag them to cfeath,which iuflly they deferuc, tluy leads \ 
AnclFrancc (hall dearely buy this villany, them *v*j. 

So (bone as we fet footingon her bread, 


God haue the praife for our deliuerance, . 

And next, our thankes (LordCobham) is to thcc, 

True perfect mirror of nobilitic. exeunt. 

Enter the bofttfr I-ohn Olct*caftte,4dHArfMtc. 

Hofts Sir,you arc welcome to this houfejto (uch as hccre is 
with all my heart, but by the mafle I feare your lodging wilbc 
th* woorft, I haue but two bcds,and they arc both in a cham 
ber, and thetarier and his daughter lies in the onc,niHl you and 
your wife muft lie in the other. 

L,obh. In faith fir, for my fclfe I doe not greatly paffe, 
My wife is weary, and would be at reft, 
For we haue : traueld very far to day, 
We mu ft be content with fuch as you haue. 

Hcfle But I cannot tell how to doc with your man. 

Harpoo/e What, haft thouncucr an empty roome in thy 
houfc for me? 

Hofte Not a bedde by my troth : there came a poorc Irifii 
man, and I lodgde him in the barnc/wherehe has fairc ftraw, 
thpagh he haue nothing elfc. 

Harp. Well mine hoi? e, 1 pray thce hclpc mec to a payre of 
faire fhectcs, and lie go lodge with him. 
: 'Hojh By chc nuffe that thou (halt, a good payrc of hem 
pen fhectes, were neuer laine in : Come. 

Motor What haue you fcarchtthctowne? 

Cor$ All the townc fir, we hatw not left a houf<? vnfcarcht 
thatvfesto^odgc. >: 

Maior Surely my lord of Rodieftcr was then deceiude, 
Or if he came this way.hces paft the townc, 
He could not elfc haue fcaptyou in the fearch. 

C on fl- Tbepriay watch bath bcenc abroad all night, 
And not a ftranger lodgeth in the towne 
But he is knowne, onely alufty prieft 
We found in bed with a pretty wench, , 

- " T nri 



That fares flic is his wife, yonder at the fliccres: 

But we luue chargdc the hoftc with his forth tou-.n ! - j 

To rnorovv morning. 

Maior Whatthmkeyoubcfttodo? 

Conft. faith tnaifler inak>r,heeres a few ftraghng houfcs be. 
y ond the bridge > and a httle I nne wliere carters vfc to lodge, 
though I thinkchirely he would nerc lodge there : but weelc 

o fcarch,& the ratber,becaufc there came notice to the towne 
K- la II night of an IrlQi man, that had done a murder AV home 
we are to make fcarch for. ' 

^JteAtor Cotnelprayyoo^ndbecjraimfpcA. exeunt 
Coft* Fir ft befet the hopfc,bcfbre you begin the 1 car ch. 
Officer Content,euery man take a fcucrafl place. 

beert heard (threat nojff vritki*. 
Kecpcjkeepe, (Irike him downc there,downe with him. 
Enter (, ottslAble with' the Irifh WMn m Htrpooles appireff. 
Con. Come you villainous herctique > confefle where your 
xnaifter is. 

Jrfyma* Yatmeftcrl 

Afaior Vat mefter, you counterfeit rcbefl , dnsflullnot 
feme your turne. 

Ir'&nu* BefcntPatritelfKiiiomeftcr. 
C*. VVberestne lord Cobham fir lokOW<aftle rfutt 
lately is efoaped out of the Tower. 
tnfkmm Yatlort Cobham? 

rjlfuiar You counterfeit, this ftal not ferae yoii>reele tor- 
turc you, weele raakc yea to confefle where that arch-herc- 
tiquc Lord Cobham is : comebitidehim faft 
/rffi UM Ahbne^hone, ahone, a Cree^ 
Con.' Ahone,you crafty raTcall? exeunt. 

Lord Cobhdm comes out in fat avtiK$cAling. 
Citb. Harpoole,Harpoole, I hcare a inamelotis noyfe a- 
bout the houfejGotl warant vs, 1 feare wee are pur filed : what 

Htrp.within. Who caltes there? 

Tis I doft thcu not hcare a noyfe about the hofe*^ 

jirlohn Qld<caftk* 

fTarp.< Yes mary doc I, zwounds, I can not finde my hofe, 
this Irifli raicall that was lodgdc with me all night, Hath ifolnc 
my apparell,and has left me nothing buta lowhe mantlc,and a 

tairc of broags.Get vp get vp, and ifthccaricr and his wench 
* ailcep,changc you with them as he hath doirc withine,and 

tsfnojfe noainc keardabwt the houft ' t aprettj while , tie ft en. 
ter the finttab/e meeting Hurpooicittihc JrtfhtfMHS app.v* 

(on. Stand clofe,heere comes the Irifh man that diddc the 
inurthcr, by all tokens,thisis he. 

MMOT And pcrceiuing the houfc betet, would get away : 

Harp. What art thou that bidft me ftand? 
fin,. I am the Officer , and am cotne to fcarch for an TrifK 
man,fuch a villaine as thy fclfc, that haft murthercd a man this 
laft night by the hie way. 

Harp. Sbioud Conftablc , artthoumaddc?amIanIri(K 

Motor Sirra,wecle finde you an Irifli man before we parti 
lay hold vpon him. 

Con. M alec him faft : O thou bloudy rogue! 
Enter Lorttobh*tn ondhit fad} in the carrier andvenckfj 


Cofoam WhatwilltheffcOniersneepeallday? 
Good morowjgood morow,Come \Yench,comc s 
Saddle^ddlejnow afore God too foord'daycs,ha? 
Con. Who comes there? 
M*ior Olnis Lankafhire carier : let him pa(Tc. 
Cokbam What,will no body open the gates here* 
C orncjlcts int ftablc to looke to our capons. 

The carrier cdkng. 

Ctd cdkng Hofte, why oftler, zwoolces, heres fuch a bo 
mination company of boics : apoxofthispi^ftie at the houfc 
end, it filles all the houfefull offleas, oftler,oi?ler. 
Who calies therc,what would j-ou haue? 

/ 2 CM 

>_ 4 

Otub Zwookcs, do yoa robbc your ghcfb? doe vou lodee 
rogues and flaues,and icoundrels,ha?ihey ha ftolne our clotni 
here : why oftlcr? 

onier A murrcin choake you, what a bawling you kcepc 
Hofe How now, what woulde the carrier hauc. 3 lookc vp 

Ostler They fay that the man and womn that by by them 
rune flolnc their clothes. 

Hofle What, are the ftrangefolkcs vp yet that came in 
yefter night? 

finfl. What mine hofte,vpfb early? 
Hotte What, maiftcr, Maior^nd mauler Conftablct 
Afaior We are come to fecke for fome fiifpccted pcribni, 
and fuch as hecre we found, haue apprehended. 
ntcr the farrier *nd Kate in Untfilham andU&ts affurcll. 
Con. Who comes heerei 

fab Wno comes herc^a plague found ome, you bawlt 
quoth a, ods hat, He forzwearc your houfe, youlodgde a fel 
low and his wife by vs that ha runne away with our parreland 
Icfc vsfuch gcw-gawes iiere,corocKatc, come to mcejthovvfc 
dizeard yfaith. 

Aftuor MinehoCle, know you tfiis man) 
Haflt Yes maiftcr Maior, He giue my word for him, -why 
neibor Club,how comes this geare about? . 

K*tt Nowafowlcootjcan not make this gew-gawfiand 
on my head , now the lads and the la(Tes won flo w t me too too 
(Jon. How came this man and woman thus attired? 
Haft* Here came a man and woman hither^ois hft night, 
which I did take for fubftaiiuail people, and lodgdcall in one 
chamber Uy thcfe folkcs; mec think<s,haue becnc To boldc to 
changeappareH, and gone away this morning; ere they rofr. 

Afaiar That was tlut villamc traitour OKl-caftle, that thus 

efopedvs : ma^couthuyanday yet after him ,keepefaft that 

twiterous rcbdl his fcruant there : farewell minchoftc. 

" barter Cotnc Kate Owdham,thou and Jfc trimly dizand. 

i Katt IfaithneameClubjlfcwotnercwliattodo, Ifcbtfb 



flowtfcd and fo fhowted at : but bjrth imffe Ife cry. ? exeunt, 

"> fa lob* Come Dol, cbme,be mery wench, 
Farewell Kent,we are not for thec,- 
BcluftymylatTejComeforLancalliiie, / 

We moft nip theBoungfor thefe crowncs. .,;;, iUutb 

1>eU Why is all the gotdfpcnt already that you had the o- 
thcrday? ' 

- firlehn GoneDoU,gonc,ffownc,{pert > vani{hel,tlKcliucl 
drinfce and the dice,has dcuoured all. 

Doll You might haue left me in Kcnt,that you nfigfet,yntil 
you had bin better prouidcd, I could haue ftaicd at Cobhjrr . 

fir lohif No Dol, no,ilc none of that, Kent s too hot Doll> 
Kent's too hot : the wcathercocke of Wrotliam will crow no 
longer , we haue pltickt him > he has loft his feathers, I haue 
prunde him bare,Iefthim thrice,is mouUed,is moulted, week 

*>!>/! faith Hr lohn, I might haue gone to feruiceagaine, 
old maifter Harpoole told me he would proultlc me a mrfrrwi. 

fir hhn Peace Doll, peace, cdme mad wench,Ilc make thee 
an honeft woman , weelc into Lancaihire to our fricads, the 
troth h,lle ma^rry thee \ we want but a littleibony to buy vs a 
horfe,and to (pcnd by the way,the next flieep that coraes (hsi. 
loofe his fleece , weele haue thefc crowiies wench I warrant 
thccrftay^ho comes hererfome Irifh vfllaineme ihinkesthat 

ettttr tktlrijhix&t'tpithbiswafterjlittte. \ .'. 
has flainc a man , anil drawcs him out of the way to rifle him: 
ftand dole Dol^weele fee the end. 

TtwJriJb man folk to rifle kit wafttr. 

:5Was poe meftef, S. Rifiiard Lee, be faint Vatrickc isibbani 
cut thy trote, for dee .fhajne,and dy money, and dec^old ring, 
be me truly is loue thee wel,but now dow be kil thefl,bcefliit- 
ten kanaue. 

fr John; Stand firra,wfeatatt thou? 

Infimtin. Be (aim Patrickc mefter i^ pore Irirn1aa,is a'leafier. 

Jtr lohn Sirra,tirra, you art -a damned rogue,, y^u haue kil 
led a man here , and rifled him-ofall that Jaehas , sWoud you 



aogue deliuer, or ilc not leaue you fo much as an Irifh hare i- 
bouc your fhoulders,you whorfon Irifli doggc, flrra vntrufTc 
prcfemty.coinc off and difpatch,or by this croflc ilc fetch your 
nead off as tleanc as a barkc. 

Jrtfhman. Wees me faint Patrick* , Ifc kill me ircflcr for 
chainc and his ring,and no vvs be rob of ail jnces vndoo. 

frlobn Auant you rafcal, go firra,te walking, come DoU 
thediuel hughes. when one thcefe robs another, come maddc 
wench,weelc to (aint A Ibonspnd reucl in our bower, hey ray 
braae girle. 

f Doll O thou art old fir John when all's done yfaith. 
Erne r the keftf of the 'Belt&itb the Irip> m*n. 

Irifhmn* Be me tro m eft cr is pore Irifman, is want ludging, 
is haue no mony,is ftaruc and cold,goodmcftcr giue her k>mc 
tccatc^s famife and tie. 

Heft Yfaith my fellow I hauc no lodging,but what I keep 
for my guefTe > Uiat I may not difapoin t,as for mente thou Hialt 
haue fuch as there is,& if thou wilt lie in the barne, thcres faire 
ftra vv,and rootnc enough, 

lnp,man Is thanke my mcftcr hartiiy, dc ft ra wis good bed 
for me. 

Heft Ho Robin? 

Rohm Who calls? 

Haft Shew this poore Jnfhman into the barne,go firra. 

Enter carrier tnet Kit*. 

flub. Ho,who's within here.who lookes to rfie horfes? 
Gods hatte hercs fine worke, the hens : n ihe manner, and the 
hogs in thclittcr,a botsfoundyouall.hcrcsa houfe wcUbokt 
tooyvakh: - 

K*tf Mas goffe Clubjfe very cawd. 

Cl*b. Get in Kate,get in to ficr and warme theo 

Cbt> HoIohnHofller. 

Hfft&r What gaffer Club,welcomc to (aint Albons, 
How docs all our Bends in Lancafl iirc ? 

fir lobn Old-caftle 

Cl*1> Well God haue mcrcic lohn^iow docs Toi,w!icrei 

Hoftkr O Tom is e;onc from hence , hees at the three 
horfe-loues at Stony-ftr.itford, how does old Dick Dunne? 

Club Gods hatte old Dunne has bin moyerd in a flough in 
Brickhil-lanc,a plague found it, yonder is (iich abhomination 
>veather as neuer was feene. 

Heftier. Gods hat thiefe, hauc one half peckc of pcafc and 
oates more for that, as I am lohn O filer, hee has been euer as 
good a iadeas euer traueld. 

flub faith well faid old Iacke,thou art the old lad ftil. 
Hofller Come GafFcr ClubjVnlodCjVnlode^nd get to fup- 
per,and lie rub dunne the while. Come. exexnt. 

Enter fir John Old-caftlff jtnd his Lady dtfjwifdt. 
Oldc*. Come Madam,happily e(cap:,herc let vs fi I, 
This place is farre remote from any path, 
And here awhile our weary limbs may reft, 
To take refrcftiinj^free from the puHiiitc 
Of enuious Wincheftcr. 

Lady But where (my Lord,} ., 
Shall we find reft for our difquict mincfs? 

There dwell vntamcd thoughts that hardly ftoupe, 
To fuch abafement of difdained rags, 
We were not wont to trauell thus by night, 
JE/pecially on fbotc. 

Oldc*. No matter loue, 
Extremities acfmit no better choree, 
And were it not for thee.fay froward time, 
Impofdea greater taskej would cfteemc it 
A s lightly as the wind that blowes vpon vs, 
But in thy fufferance I am doubly taskt, 
Thou waft net wont to Jiaue the earth thy ftoole, 
Nor the moift dewy grafle thy pillow, nor 
Thy chamber to be the wide horrifon, 

Lady Ho\v can it (ceme a troublc,hauin^ Nt5ti 
A pat tnei with ine,in the worftlfcdeJ 



No gentle Lord, your prcfcncc would giuc cafe 

To death it fclfe,lhouid he now fcaze vpon me, 

BchoU what my forcfight hath vndertanc b 

For fcnte we raint,thcy are but homely catcs,. chtefe &* bottle. 

Yet faucde \vith hunger,thcy may fecme as fweete, 

As greater dainties we were wont to talrc. 

Oldc*. Praifc be to him whofc plentic fends both this. 
And all things el(c our mortal! bodies need, 
Nor fcornc we this poorc feeding, nor the ftate 
We no w are in,fbr what is it on earth, 
Nav vridcr hcaucn,continues at a ItnyJ 
tbixh not th e fea,vvhen it hath ouci Hownc? 
Bowes not darkncs when theday is gone? 
A nd fee we not Ibmetime the eir or hcaticn, 
Pimmd wtthoucrflyin;clowd<s : thercs not that work* 
Of carefull nature,or or ouining art, 
(How beauteous, or how rich it be) 
But falls in time to nsinc:here gentle M achme, 

In this one draught I waflvmy forrow dcnvoe. tinnkfi. 
L*dy And 1 incoragdc with your diccrcfull fpeccli, 

Wil do the like. 

Oldc*. Pray God poofe Harpoofc corne, 

Ifhe fhouldfall intotne Bifhops hands, 

Or not remember where we bade liim meete vs, 

It were the thing of all things elfe, that now 

Could breedcreuolt in this new peace of mini 
L*dj Fcare not my Lord,hees witty to deotfe, 

And ftrone to executca prefent fliift. 

Oldc A . That power be (Id his guide hath guided vs, 

My drowfic eies waxe heaoy,rarc1v rifing, 

Together with the trauell wr haue nad, 

Make me that I could gladly take a nap, 

Were I perfwaded wemightbc (coot. 

L*<tj Let that depend on me,whilftfc*dbfleepe, 

.He watch tlutiromtsfbrtunerappenvs, 

Lay then your head vpon rftybp fwectc Lord 


And boldly take your reft. 

Oldc*. Iflialdcarcwifc, 
Be too much trouble to thec. 

Lady Vrge not that, 

My duty binds me^nd your loue commands* 
I would I had the skil with tuned voyce, 
To draw on deep with fome facet melodic, \ 
But imperfcftoin and vnaptneflc too, 
Are both repugnant/care infcrts the one, 
The other nature hath denied me vfc. 
But what talke I of mcanes to purchafe that, 
Is freely hapned?flcepe with gentle hand, 
Hath tout his eic-liddcs,oh victorious labour, 
How (bone thy power can charme the bodies fenfc? 
And now thou like wife climbft vnto my braine, 
Making my heauy temples (taupe to thcc, 
Great God of heaucn from danger keepe vs free, bothfitepes* 
Enter JtrT(tch*rd Lee,andhis men 

Lee, A murder clofely done and in my ground? 
Search carcfullv,if any where it were, 
This obfcure thicket is the likelicft place. 

feritAKt. Sir I haue found the body (tiffc with cold, 
And mangled cruelly with many wounds. 

Lee Look? if thou knowcft him.turne his body vp, 
Alackcit is my fon,my fonne and hcire, 
Whom two yearcs (incc,I fent to Ireland, 
To praftife there the difcipline ofwarrc, 
And comming home(for fb he wrote to me) 
Somcfauagc hart, fomcbloudydiuelliQi hand, 
Either in hate.or thirftincfor his coyne, 
Hath here flucdc out his bloud,vnhappy houre, 
Accurfcd jolaccjbut mod inconftant fate, 
That hadft rcferude him from the bullets fire, 
And fuffcrcd him to fcape the wood-kai nesfury, 
Didfl hereordaine thctreafure of his life, 
(Eucn here within the armcs oftendcr peace, 

K And 

The fir si part of 

And where fccwity gate ^reatefl: hope) 

To be confumdc by treafons wafterull hand? 

A nd what is moft a'fHifting to my (bule, 

That this his death and murthcr ftiould be wrought, ' , 

"Without the knowledge by whofe meanes twas done, 

2 ftru. NotfofirJ haue found the authors of it, 
See where they fit, aad in their bloudy fiftcs, 
The fatall inftrumcnts of death and finne. 

Lee ] uft iudgement of that power, vvhofc gracious eie, 
Loathing the fight of fuch ahainousfaft, 
Dazeled their fenfcs with benummingfleepe, 
Till their vnhallowed treachery were knowncr 
Awake ycmonfters,murderers nwake, 
Tremble for horror.bkifh you cannot chufe, 
Beholding; this inhumane deed of yours. 

Old. What mcane you fir to trouble weary (bules, 
And interrupt vs of our quiet flcepc? 

Lee Oh diuclhOiIcan you boaft vnto yourfelucs 
Of quiet fleepe,hauing within your hearts 
The uilt of murder waking, that with cries 
Deafes the lowd thundcr,and follicites heauen, 
With more than Mandrakes (Lreekes for your offence? 

Lady O/d. What murder?you vpbraid vs wrongnjlly. 

Lee Can you deny thefa<ftr(ec you not hecrc, 
The bod"y of my fonne by you mif-done? 
Lookc on his wounds.lookc on his purple hew: 
Do we not finde you where the dcede was done?- 
Were not your kniues faftclofed in your hands* 
Is not this cloth an argument befide, 
Thus ftaind and fpotlcd with his innocent blood? 
Thefe (peaking chara<flers, were nothing clfc 
To pleadeagainfl ye.would conui(f>you both! 
Bring them away,bereauers of my ioy> 
At Hartford where the Sifes now are kept, 
Their liues (liall anfwere for my fbnnes lofl life. 
Old tdfle As we arc innoccnt,fo may we fpccde. 


jirfobn Old-caftle. 

tee As I am wrongd,fo may the law proceede. exeunt . 
Snter btjbop of Racheftf -, conttahle of S. Albonsjvlthfir hbn 
oftfrttbam, 'Doll hu wench t and t/jc Irifltman in Har* 
N. poo/fs apptreff. 

Bifiyp W hat intricate confufion haue we hecrc? 
Not two houres fincc we apprehended one, 
In habite Irilh, but in fpeec^not fb: 
And now you brin<j; another, that in fpcech 
I;, altogether lrifh,but in habite 
Seemcs to be ngli(li:yea and more than (b, 
The feruant of tliathcrctikeLord Cobham. 

Irtjhnuin Fait me be no feruant of the lord Cobhams. 

TSiflyp Othervvi(c calld Harpoole of Ken t,go to fir, 
You cannot blinde vs with your broken Irifa . 

fr fohn Truft me, my Lord Bii"hop,whethcr Iriili, 
Or EnglidijHarpoole or not Harpoolc,that 
I lean e 16 be decided by the trial! : 
But fute I am this man by face and fpecch 
Is he that murdred yong fir Richard Lee: 
I met him prefently vpon the faft, 
And that he flew his maifter for that gold, 
Thofe ievvclls and (hat chaine I tooke from him. 

Tlifcop Well.our affaires doc call vs backe to London, ^ 
So that we cannot profecwe the caufe 
As we defirc to do, therefore we leauc 
The charge with you, to fee they be conuaide 
To Hartford Sife : both this counterfaite 
And you fir lohn of Wrotham,and your wench, 
For you are culpable as well as they, 
Though not for murder,yct for felony. 
But fince you are the meanes to bring to light 
This gracclcfTe murder, you faall beare with you, 
Our letters to the Judges of the bench, 
To be yourfriendes'in what they lawfull may. 
Jirlohn IthankcyourLordrfnp. 

K a 


So^way with them. exeunt, 

Inter Gtoler and bu vumfrrmgrng forth Old c*ftk. 

Cooler Bring forth the prifbners, fee the court prcparde. 
The luftiees are commit** to the bench. 
So,lct him (land,away,and fetch the reft. exeunt. 

Old.Q\\ giue me patience to indure this fcourgc, 
Thou that art fountainc of that vertuous ft ream c, 
And though contcmpt,falfc witnes,nnd reproch 
Hang on thefc yron gyues,to preflc my lire 
As low as earth, ye: ftrcngthen me with faith* 
T 1 ut I may mount in fpmtc aboue tU cloudes. 

Enter Gaoler bringing in Ltuty Old- caft 
Here comes my lady, forow tis for her,. 
Thy wound is greeuous^lfe I fcoffc atther. 
What andpoorc Harpoole! art diou hh bryars too? 

Htttp. Ifaith my Lord,! am in, get out how I can. 

Laaj Say (ecntleLcrd)for now we are alone, 
And may conrerre, fhall we confcfTe in bricfc, 
Of whence,and what we are,and fo preucnt 
T he accufation is commencdea^ainft vs? 

Old. What will that helpc vsrbeing knowne/weetcloue, 
V Vc (hall for hercfic be put to death > 
For fo they tearme the religion we profclTe. 
No,if it be ordained we mud die, 
And at this infrant,this our comfort be, 
Thatof the guilt impofdc,our foulcs are free. 

Harp. Yea,yea my lotd, Harpoole is (brefolude>. 
I wrealce of death the leiTe, in that I die 
Not by the fentence of that enuious prieft 
The Bifhop of Rocheftcr,oh were ithe y 
Orby his mcanes that I ihould (ufFcr here, 
It would be double torment to my foule. 

Ludy V Veil, be it then according as heatten pleafe. 
inter lord ludgejvro I*fticesJL/lfaior of Saint l 
it bdfsmdoldfur Richard Lee: 

jtrlohn Old-caftlc. 

Now M.Maior,what gentleman is that* 
You bring with you,before vs,and the bench? 

Mator The Lord Powes if it like your honor, 
And this his Lady jtrauclling toward Wales, 
Who for they lodgde laft night within my houfc, 
And my Lord Bilhop did lay fcarch for fuch, 
Were very willing to come on with me, 
Left for their fakes,fufpition we might wrong. 

Judge We crie your honor mercy good my Lord, 
Wilt pleafc ye take your place,madame your ladyfhip, 
May Here or whcrcyou will rcpofc your felfe, 
Vntill this bu fincfTc now in hand be pad. 

Lady To. I will with draw into fome other roorne, 
So that your LordlL ip,and the red be pleafde. 

Judge With all our hearts : attend the Lady there. 

Lord Pff. W ife,I h au c eydc yond prifoncr s all this whifo 
And my conceit doth tcl me,us our friend, 
The noble Cobhan,and his vcrtuous Lady. 

Lady Pff. I thinke no 1 c(Tc,arc they fufpcftcd trow ye 
For doing of this murder? 

LordPo. Whatitmeancs, 
I cannot tcll t but we (hall know anon, 
Meanefpace as you pafle by mem^isk me cjucftion, 
But do it fecr etly,you be norfeene, 
And make fbrne figne that I may know your mind. 

Lah Ps. My Lord Cobhamjmadantf/w/k ^i/// outrtkf 

Old. No Cobha* no w,nor madam as you loue vs } ft<tge by tht 
But lohn of Lancafhirc.and lone his wife. 

LaAy'Po. Ohtel, what is it that our loue can dfr, 
To pleafurc you,for we arc bound to you. 

Oldca. Nothing but this,that you concealc our names, 
So gentle lady pa(fc for being fpied. 
LAJ To. My heart I leaue,to beare part of your gricrc.vr& 

Ittdgf Call the prifoners to the barre: fir RichardL ee r 
Whnt cuidence can you bring againft thefc people, 
To proue them guiltic of the murder done? 

K let, 

The firH part of 

tee. This bloudy towcll,and thcfc naked kniues, 
Befidc we found them fitting by the place, 
Where the dead body lay within abuih. 

Ittdge V Vhat anfwcr you \\ hy law Should not proceed, 
According^ this cuidencc giucn in, 
To taxe ye with the penalty of death? 

Old, That we arc free from murders very thought, 
And know not how the gentleman was flainc. 

1 I*ft. How came this hnnen cloth fo boudy then? 
Lady fib. My husband hot w ith trauelling my lord, 

Hisnofeguftitoutablccding.thatwasit. ' (fheathdcl 

2 In ft. Eut wherefore were your (harpeedgdc kmucj Vtt- 
Ladj Cob. To cut fuch fimple vid"hiall as we had. 

ludge Say we admit this anfwcr to thofc articles, 
What made ye in fo priuate a darke nooke, 
So far remote from any common path, 
-'As was the thicke where the dead corpes was throwne? 

Old. lournying my lord from London from the tcrnie, 
Downc into Lancafhire where we do dwell, 
And what with age and trauell being faint, 
We gladly fought a place where we might reft, 
Free from refort of other paflengers, 
And fo we ftrayed into that fecret corner. 

Judge Thefe are but ambages to driue of lime, 
And Imger lufhce from her purpofde end. 
But who arc thefe? 

Enter the Confta&Sf, briMging in the Tripjin&i, fr Iok* of 

Conft. Stay Iudgement,and rcleafe thofe innocents, 
For here is hce,whofe hand hath clone the deed, 
For which they ftand indited at the barre, 
This fauage villaine,thisrude Irift flaue, 
His tongue already hath confeft the faft, 
And here is witncs to confirme as much. 

fir John Yes my good Lords,no fooncr had he flainc 
His louing maflcr for the wealth he had, 


Jtrfoln Olct'Caflle. 

But T vpontheinftant met with him, 

And what he pui chacdc with the lofle of bloud: 

With ftrokes I presently bercnu'de him o 

Some of the which is (pent, the reft remaining, 

I willingly furrender to the hands 

Of old Gr Richard Lce,as being his, 

Bcfide my Lord ludgej greet your honor, 

With letters from my Lord of Wincr.efter. deliutrs A !>tttr t 

Lee is this tlie'wolfc whole thirfty throatc did drinkc 
My dearcfonnes bloudrart thou thefnnke 
He cherimtjyet with enuious piercing fling, 
Aflaildft him mortally rfoule Oigmatike, 
Thouvenomcof the country where thouliuedft, 
And peftilcnceof this: were it not that law 
Stands ready to reiienecthy crurhie, 
Traitor to God,thy mafter,and to me, 
Thefe hanJs (hould be thy executioner. 

Judge Patience fn-Richard Lee,you fliall haue iuftic^ 
And he the guerdon of his bafe dciert, 
Thefal is odious,thereforc fake him hence, 
And being hangde vntil the wretch be dead, 
His body after fliall be hangd inchaines, 
Nenre to the place,whcrc he did aft the murder. 

Infr. Pretnee Lord Hiudgc let me haue mine own clothes, 
my ftrouces there,and let me be hangd in a with after my cun- 
try,thelrifhfafhion. exit. 

ludge Go to,away whh him,and now fir John, 
Although by you ,this murther came to light, 
And therein you haue well dcferu'd.yet vpright law, 
So will not haue you be excufdc and quit, 
For you did rob the whicb 
You^nd attained hereof felony, 
Eeffae ) vou.,hauc binlewd,and manyyeare* 
Led alafciuious vnbefeeminglife. 

fir lohn O h but my Lord,he repents, fir John repents,and 
he will in end. 




Judge In hope thcrcof,togcther with the fauonr, 
My Lord of Winchefter intreatcs for you, 
We arc content you flial! be proueJ. 
fir lokn I thanke your jjood Lordfhip, 
ludge T hcfe other falfly here,accufdc,and brought 
In pcnll wrongfully ,we in like fort 
Do fct at liberty, paying their fees. 

LordTo. Thai office if it pleafc ye I will do, 
For countries fakc,becaufe 1 know tnem well, 
They arc my neighbours,thercforc of my coft. 
Their charges fhallbepaidc. -* 

Lee. And for amends, 

Touching 1(19 Wrong vnwittingly I haue done, 
There arc a few crovvncs mo* dor them to drinkc. gitustkem 

ludge. Your kindnes meritcs praifc fir Richard Lee, a. 
So let vs hence. exeunt all hut Lord T^e 

LordPo, But Powcfle (till muftftay, 
There yet rcmaines a part of that true loue, 
He owes his noble fnen<J, vnfatisfidc, 
And vnpcrformd,whicli firft of all doth bind me, 
To gratolatc your jordfliips Qfc deliucry, 
And then intrcat,that fince vnlookt for thus, 
We here arc mef ,your honor would vouchfafe, 
To ride wtth me to VValeSj where though m v power, 
(Though not to quittance thofe great bencfites, 
1 hauc rcceigd of you)yet Both my houfe, 
My ferUanu,and whatdfe I hauc, 
Arc all at your command, deny me not, 
I know the Bifhfcps hate pui Cues ye fo, 
As thercs no fafety hi, abiding here. 

Old, Tis true my Lord,and God forgiue him for it. 
LordPo. Then let vs hence,you fliall be ftraight prouidcd 
VVeirm a ytheBimophunt,Ujtfpighthisftce, 9 NO 58 
He ncucr more Oull haue the game in chace. 


Sir John Oldcastle 
Sir John Oldcastle