Hum . What shall I do? I have been beaten twice,
[ Exit .
[ Wife . George, call Ralph hither; if you love me, call Ralph hither: I have the bravest thing for him to do, George; prithee, call him quickly.
Cit . Ralph! why, Ralph, boy!
Ralph . Here, sir.
Cit . Come hither, Ralph; come to thy mistress, boy.
Wife . Ralph, I would have thee call all the youths together in battle-ray, with drums, and guns, and flags, and march to Mile-End in pompous fashion, and there exhort your soldiers to be merry and wise, and to keep their beards from burning, Ralph; and then skirmish, and let your flags fly, and cry, Kill, kill, kill! My husband shall lend you his jerkin, Ralph, and theres a scarf; for the rest, the house shall furnish you, and well pay fort. Do it bravely, Ralph; and think before whom you perform, and what person you represent.
Ralph . I warrant you, mistress; if I do it not, for the honour of the city and the credit of my master, let me never hope for freedom!
Wife . Tis well spoken, ifaith. Go thy ways; thou art a spark indeed.
Cit . Ralph, Ralph, double your files bravely, Ralph!
Ralph . I warrant you, sir.
[ Exit .
Cit . Let him look narrowly to his service; I shall take him else. I was there myself a pikeman once, in the hottest of the day, wench; had my feather shot sheer away, the fringe of my pike burnt off with powder, my pate broken with a scouring-stick, and yet, I thank God, I am here.
[ Drums within .
Wife . Hark, George, the drums!
Cit . Ran, tan, tan, tan, tan, tan! Oh, wench, an thou hadst but seen little Ned of Aldgate, Drum-Ned,
how he made it roar again, and laid on like a tyrant, and then struck softly till the ward came up, and
then thundered again, and together we go! Sa, sa, sa, bounce! quoth the guns; Courage, my hearts!
quoth the captains; Saint George! quoth the pikemen; and withal, here
Wife . Be thankful for it, George; for indeed tis wonderful.]
SCENE II. A Street ( and afterwards Mile End ).
Enter RALPH and Company of Soldiers ( among whom are WILLIAM HAMMERTON and GEORGE GREENGOOSE ), with drums and colours .
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