Speeches (Lines) for Dick the Butcher in "History of Henry VI, Part II"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 IV / 2
  • [Aside] Or rather, of stealing a cade of herrings.
  • [Aside] Or rather, of stealing a cade of herrings.
  • Jack Cade. We John Cade, so termed of our supposed father,--

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] Or rather, of stealing a cade of herrings.

2 IV / 2
  • Silence!
  • Silence!
  • Jack Cade. For our enemies shall fall before us, inspired with
    the spirit of putting down kings and princes,
    --Command silence.

    Dick the Butcher. Silence!

3 IV / 2
  • [Aside] He was an honest man, and a good
    bricklayer.
  • [Aside] He was an honest man, and a good
    bricklayer.
  • Jack Cade. My father was a Mortimer,--

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] He was an honest man, and a good
    bricklayer.

4 IV / 2
  • [Aside] I knew her well; she was a midwife.
  • [Aside] I knew her well; she was a midwife.
  • Jack Cade. My mother a Plantagenet,--

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] I knew her well; she was a midwife.

5 IV / 2
  • [Aside] She was, indeed, a pedler's daughter, and
    sold many laces.
  • [Aside] She was, indeed, a pedler's daughter, and
    sold many laces.
  • Jack Cade. My wife descended of the Lacies,--

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] She was, indeed, a pedler's daughter, and
    sold many laces.

6 IV / 2
  • [Aside] Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable;
    and there was he borne, un...
  • [Aside] Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable;
    and there was he borne, under a hedge, for his
    father had never a house but the cage.
  • Jack Cade. Therefore am I of an honourable house.

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] Ay, by my faith, the field is honourable;
    and there was he borne, under a hedge, for his
    father had never a house but the cage.

7 IV / 2
  • [Aside] No question of that; for I have seen him
    whipped three market-days t...
  • [Aside] No question of that; for I have seen him
    whipped three market-days together.
  • Jack Cade. I am able to endure much.

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] No question of that; for I have seen him
    whipped three market-days together.

8 IV / 2
  • [Aside] But methinks he should stand in fear of
    fire, being burnt i' the han...
  • [Aside] But methinks he should stand in fear of
    fire, being burnt i' the hand for stealing of sheep.
  • Smith the Weaver. [Aside] He need not fear the sword; for his coat is of proof.

    Dick the Butcher. [Aside] But methinks he should stand in fear of
    fire, being burnt i' the hand for stealing of sheep.

9 IV / 2
  • The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
  • The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
  • Jack Cade. I thank you, good people: there shall be no money;
    all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will
    apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree
    like brothers and worship me their lord.

    Dick the Butcher. The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

10 IV / 2
  • Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand.
  • Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand.
  • Jack Cade. Nay, then, he is a conjurer.

    Dick the Butcher. Nay, he can make obligations, and write court-hand.

11 IV / 2
  • They use to write it on the top of letters: 'twill
    go hard with you.
  • They use to write it on the top of letters: 'twill
    go hard with you.
  • Clerk of Chatham. Emmanuel.

    Dick the Butcher. They use to write it on the top of letters: 'twill
    go hard with you.

12 IV / 2
  • Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be king.
  • Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be king.
  • Jack Cade. Ay, there's the question; but I say, 'tis true:
    The elder of them, being put to nurse,
    Was by a beggar-woman stolen away;
    And, ignorant of his birth and parentage,
    Became a bricklayer when he came to age:
    His son am I; deny it, if you can.

    Dick the Butcher. Nay, 'tis too true; therefore he shall be king.

13 IV / 2
  • And furthermore, well have the Lord Say's head for
    selling the dukedom of Ma...
  • And furthermore, well have the Lord Say's head for
    selling the dukedom of Maine.
  • Jack Cade. [Aside] He lies, for I invented it myself.
    Go to, sirrah, tell the king from me, that, for his
    father's sake, Henry the Fifth, in whose time boys
    went to span-counter for French crowns, I am content
    he shall reign; but I'll be protector over him.

    Dick the Butcher. And furthermore, well have the Lord Say's head for
    selling the dukedom of Maine.

14 IV / 2
  • They are all in order and march toward us.
  • They are all in order and march toward us.
  • Jack Cade. And you that love the commons, follow me.
    Now show yourselves men; 'tis for liberty.
    We will not leave one lord, one gentleman:
    Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon;
    For they are thrifty honest men, and such
    As would, but that they dare not, take our parts.

    Dick the Butcher. They are all in order and march toward us.

15 IV / 3
  • Here, sir.
  • Here, sir.
  • Jack Cade. Where's Dick, the butcher of Ashford?

    Dick the Butcher. Here, sir.

16 IV / 3
  • I desire no more.
  • I desire no more.
  • Jack Cade. They fell before thee like sheep and oxen, and thou
    behavedst thyself as if thou hadst been in thine own
    slaughter-house: therefore thus will I reward thee,
    the Lent shall be as long again as it is; and thou
    shalt have a licence to kill for a hundred lacking
    one.

    Dick the Butcher. I desire no more.

17 IV / 3
  • If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the
    gaols and let out the priso...
  • If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the
    gaols and let out the prisoners.
  • Jack Cade. And, to speak truth, thou deservest no less. This
    monument of the victory will I bear;
    [Putting on SIR HUMPHREY'S brigandine]
    and the bodies shall be dragged at my horse' heels
    till I do come to London, where we will have the
    mayor's sword borne before us.

    Dick the Butcher. If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the
    gaols and let out the prisoners.

18 IV / 6
  • My lord, there's an army gathered together in
    Smithfield.
  • My lord, there's an army gathered together in
    Smithfield.
  • Smith the Weaver. If this fellow be wise, he'll never call ye Jack
    Cade more: I think he hath a very fair warning.

    Dick the Butcher. My lord, there's an army gathered together in
    Smithfield.

19 IV / 7
  • I have a suit unto your lordship.
  • I have a suit unto your lordship.
  • Jack Cade. So, sirs: now go some and pull down the Savoy;
    others to the inns of court; down with them all.

    Dick the Butcher. I have a suit unto your lordship.

20 IV / 7
  • Only that the laws of England may come out of your mouth.
  • Only that the laws of England may come out of your mouth.
  • Jack Cade. Be it a lordship, thou shalt have it for that word.

    Dick the Butcher. Only that the laws of England may come out of your mouth.

21 IV / 7
  • And work in their shirt too; as myself, for example,
    that am a butcher.
  • And work in their shirt too; as myself, for example,
    that am a butcher.
  • Jack Cade. Marry, thou oughtest not to let thy horse wear a
    cloak, when honester men than thou go in their hose
    and doublets.

    Dick the Butcher. And work in their shirt too; as myself, for example,
    that am a butcher.

22 IV / 7
  • What say you of Kent?
  • What say you of Kent?
  • Lord Say. You men of Kent,--

    Dick the Butcher. What say you of Kent?

23 IV / 7
  • Why dost thou quiver, man?
  • Why dost thou quiver, man?
  • Jack Cade. Ye shall have a hempen caudle, then, and the help of hatchet.

    Dick the Butcher. Why dost thou quiver, man?

24 IV / 7
  • My lord, when shall we go to Cheapside and take up
    commodities upon our bill...
  • My lord, when shall we go to Cheapside and take up
    commodities upon our bills?
  • Jack Cade. Away with him! and do as I command ye.
    [Exeunt some with Lord SAY]
    The proudest peer in the realm shall not wear a head
    on his shoulders, unless he pay me tribute; there
    shall not a maid be married, but she shall pay to me
    her maidenhead ere they have it: men shall hold of
    me in capite; and we charge and command that their
    wives be as free as heart can wish or tongue can tell.

    Dick the Butcher. My lord, when shall we go to Cheapside and take up
    commodities upon our bills?

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