2. SCENE II. Blackheath.
[Enter GEORGE BEVIS and JOHN HOLLAND.]
Come, and get thee a sword, though made of
a lath; they have been up these two days.
They have the more need to sleep now, then.
I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means to dress the
commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.
So he had need, for 't is threadbare. Well, I say
it was never merry world in England since gentlemen came up.
O miserable age! virtue is not regarded in
The nobility think scorn to go in leather aprons.
Nay, more, the king's council are no good workmen.
True; and yet it is said, labour in thy vocation,
which is as much to say as, let the magistrates be labouring
men; and therefore should we be magistrates.
Thou hast hit it; for there's no better sign of a brave
mind than a hard hand.
I see them! I see them! There's Best's son, the
tanner of Wingham,--
He shall have the skin of our enemies, to make dog's-
And Dick the butcher,--
Then is sin struck down like an ox, and iniquity's
throat cut like a calf.
And Smith the weaver,--
Argo, their thread of life is spun.
Come, come, let's fall in with them.
[Drum. Enter CADE, DICK the Butcher, SMITH the Weaver,
and a Sawyer, with infinite numbers.]