Herodes, duo consiliarii, iiii milites, Jesus et iii Judaei.
HEROD , ¶Peace, ye beggars and brats so broad and so bold,
Brave braggarts so bravely your boldness to boast;
From treating of trifles put reins on your tongues,
Or this brand that is bright shall burst in your brain.
Push not for places, but sit ye down plain;
Draw in no draffing, but dress you to dread
Travail not as traitors in treason that trust,
Or by the blood that Mahound bled, with this blade
shall you bleed.
Thus shall I brittle all your bones abroad,
And slash all your limbs with lashes.
Dragons that are dreadful shall droop in their dens,
in wrath when we writhe or are wrathfully wrapped;
Against giants ungentle we make war with machines;
And swans that are swimming to our sweetness shall be
And jogged down their jolliness our gentrics engender-
Whoso reproves our estate we shall clap them in chains;
All ranks that run to us respect shall receive.
Therefore I bid you cease ere any bale be,
That no beggar be bold his boast for to blow.
Ye that love well your lives, listen loyally to me,
As a lord that is learned to lead you by laws;
And ye that are of my men and of my meinie,
Since we come of one kindred, as ye well know,
Assembled all here in this same city,
It suits us in serious style to say all.