even the presence of Lord Mortimer, that I
am the besom that must sweep the court clean of such
as thou art. Thou hast most traitorously
corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a
grammar school; and
whereas, before, our forefathers
had no other books but the score and the tally, thou
hast caused printing
to be used, and, contrary to
the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a
paper-mill. It will be proved
to thy face that thou
hast men about thee that usually talk of a noun and
a verb, and such abominable
words as no Christian
ear can endure to hear. Thou hast appointed
justices of peace, to call poor men
about matters they were not able to answer.
Moreover, thou hast put them in prison; and because
could not read, thou hast hanged them; when,
indeed, only for that cause they have been most
live. Thou dost ride in a foot-cloth, dost thou not?
What of that?
Marry, thou oughtest not to let thy horse wear a
cloak, when honester men than thou go in their hose
And work in their shirt too; as myself, for example,
that am a butcher.
You men of Kent,
What say you of Kent?
Nothing but this; 'tis 'bona terra, mala gens.'
Away with him, away with him! he speaks Latin.
Hear me but speak, and bear me where you will.
Kent, in the Commentaries Caesar writ,
Is term'd the
civil'st place of this isle:
Sweet is the country, because full of riches;
The people liberal, valiant, active,
Which makes me hope you are not void of pity.
I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy,
recover them, would lose my life.
Justice with favour have I always done;
Prayers and tears have moved
me, gifts could never.
When have I aught exacted at your hands,
But to maintain the king, the realm and
Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks,
Because my book preferr'd me to the king,
ignorance is the curse of God,
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,
Unless you be possess'd
with devilish spirits,
You cannot but forbear to murder me:
This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings
Tut, when struck'st thou one blow in the field?
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