Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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Editor’s NoteAlarum and retreat. Enter again Cade, and all his rabblement

cade Up Fish Street! Down Saint Magnus' Corner! Kill and knock 2down! Throw them into Thames!

Sound a parley

3What noise is this I hear? Dare any be so bold to sound retreat or 4parley when I command them kill?

Enter Buckingham, and old Clifford

buckingham Ay, here they be that dare and will disturb thee!

6Know, Cade, we come ambassadors from the King

7Unto the commons, whom thou hast misled,

8And here pronounce free pardon to them all

9That will forsake thee and go home in peace.


clifford What say ye, countrymen? Will ye relent

11And yield to mercy whilst 'tis offered you,

12Or let a rebel lead you to your deaths?

13Who loves the King and will embrace his pardon,

14Fling up his cap and say 'God save his majesty'.

pg 31815Who hateth him and honours not his father,

16Henry the Fifth, that made all France to quake,

17Shake he his weapon at us, and pass by.

Editor’s Note[The rebels forsake Cade and fling their caps in the air]

all cade's followers God save the King! God save the King!


cade What, Buckingham and Clifford, are ye so brave? [To the rabble] Editor’s Note20And you, base peasants, do ye believe him? Will you needs be hanged 21with your pardons about your necks? Hath my sword therefore broke 22through London gates that you should leave me at the White Hart in Editor’s Note23Southwark? I thought ye would never have given out these arms till Editor’s Note24you had recovered your ancient freedom. But you are all recreants Editor’s Note25and dastards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility. Let them 26break your backs with burdens, take your houses over your heads, Editor’s Note27ravish your wives and daughters before your faces. For me, I will make 28shift for one, and so God's curse light upon you all.


all cade's followers We'll follow Cade! We'll follow Cade!

[The rabble runs to Cade again]

clifford Is Cade the son of Henry the Fifth

31That thus you do exclaim you'll go with him?

32Will he conduct you through the heart of France

33And make the meanest of you earls and dukes?

34Alas, he hath no home, no place to fly to,

35Nor knows he how to live but by the spoil,

36Unless by robbing of your friends and us.

Editor’s Note37Were't not a shame that whilst you live at jar

38The fearful French, whom you late vanquishèd,

39Should make a start o'er seas and vanquish you?

40Methinks already in this civil broil

41I see them lording it in London streets,

Editor’s Note42Crying 'Vigliocco' unto all they meet.

43Better ten thousand base-born Cades miscarry

44Than you should stoop unto a Frenchman's mercy.

45To France! To France! And get what you have lost!

46Spare England, for it is your native coast.

47Henry hath money, you are strong and manly;

48God on our side, doubt not of victory.

[The rabble forsakes Cade]
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all cade's followers A Clifford! A Clifford! We'll follow the King and 50Clifford.


cade [aside] Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this multitude? Editor’s Note52The name of Henry the Fifth hales them to an hundred mischiefs, and 53makes them leave me desolate. I see them lay their heads together to Editor’s Note54surprise me. My sword make way for me, for here is no staying. [Aloud] Editor’s Note55In despite of the devils and hell, have through the very midst of 56you! And heavens and honour be witness that no want pg 319of resolution in 57me, but only my followers' base and ignominious treasons, makes me 58betake me to my heels.

Exit [Cade, fleeing]

buckingham What, is he fled? Go, some, and follow him,

60And he that brings his head unto the King

61Shall have a thousand crowns for his reward.

Exeunt some of them [after Cade]

Editor’s Note62Follow me, soldiers; we'll devise a mean

63To reconcile you all unto the King.


Notes Settings


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20.0 Alarum and retreat These musical cues may indicate an extended passage of time.
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20.17.1 forsake Cade Presumably Cade and his followers stand on one side of the stage, and Buckingham and Clifford on the other; the followers then run from one side of the stage to the other as they switch allegiances back and forth.
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20.20 hanged … necks (i.e. your pardons will be worthless)
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20.23 given out abandoned
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20.24 recreants traitors
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20.25 dastards cowards
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20.27–8 will make shift for one take care of myself
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20.37 jar odds
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20.42 Vigliocco (Italian for 'coward')
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20.49 anglicized French 'à' (to) (A prefixed to a name to form a war cry)
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20.52 hales draws
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20.54 surprise capture
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20.55–6 have … you I'll fight my way through the midst of you all
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20.62 mean means
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