Speeches (Lines) for Sir Humphrey Stafford
in "Henry VI, Part II"

Total: 6

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Jack Cade. To equal him, I will make myself a knight presently.
Rise up Sir John Mortimer.
Now have at him!
drum and soldiers]

Sir Humphrey Stafford. Rebellious hinds, the filth and scum of Kent,
Mark'd for the gallows, lay your weapons down;
Home to your cottages, forsake this groom:
The king is merciful, if you revolt.



Jack Cade. As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not:
It is to you, good people, that I speak,
Over whom, in time to come, I hope to reign;
For I am rightful heir unto the crown.

Sir Humphrey Stafford. Villain, thy father was a plasterer;
And thou thyself a shearman, art thou not?



Jack Cade. Marry, this: Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March.
Married the Duke of Clarence' daughter, did he not?

Sir Humphrey Stafford. Ay, sir.



Smith the Weaver. Sir, he made a chimney in my father's house, and
the bricks are alive at this day to testify it;
therefore deny it not.

Sir Humphrey Stafford. And will you credit this base drudge's words,
That speaks he knows not what?



Jack Cade. And good reason; for thereby is England mained, and
fain to go with a staff, but that my puissance holds
it up. Fellow kings, I tell you that that Lord Say
hath gelded the commonwealth, and made it an eunuch:
and more than that, he can speak French; and
therefore he is a traitor.

Sir Humphrey Stafford. O gross and miserable ignorance!



William Stafford. Well, seeing gentle words will not prevail,
Assail them with the army of the king.

Sir Humphrey Stafford. Herald, away; and throughout every town
Proclaim them traitors that are up with Cade;
That those which fly before the battle ends
May, even in their wives' and children's sight,
Be hang'd up for example at their doors:
And you that be the king's friends, follow me.

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