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Raising up wicked spirits from under ground, • Demanding of king Henry's life and death, • And other of your highness' privy council, As more at large your grace shall understand.

* Car. And so, my lord protector, by this means Your lady is forthcoming yet at London. • This news, I think, hath turn'd your weapon's edge; 'Tis like, my lord, you will not keep your hour.

Aside to GLOSTER. Glo. Ambitious churchman, leave to afflict my

heart! * Sorrow and grief have vanquish'd all my powers: * And, vanquish'd as I am, I yield to thee, * Or to the meanest groom. * K. Hen. O God, what mischiefs work the wicked

ones; * Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby! * Q. Mar. Gloster, see here the tainture of thy

nest; * And, look, thyself be faultless, thou wert best.

Glo. Madam, for myself, to heaven I do appeal, • How I have lov'd my king, and commonweal: * And, for my wife, I know not how it stands;

Sorry I am to hear what I have heard: • Noble she is; but if she have forgot

Honour, and virtue, and convers'd with such * As, like to pitch, defile nobility, • I banish her, my bed, and company; * And give her, as a prey, to law, and shame, (That hath dishonour'd Gloster's honest name. K. Hen. Well, for this night, we will repose us

here: • To-morrow, toward London, back again, • To look into this business thoroughly, « And call these foul offenders to their answers;

9 Your lady is forthcoming - ] That is, Your lady is in custody.

• And poise the cause in justice' equal scales, · Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.

[Flourish. Exeunt.


London. The Duke of York's Garden.

York. Now, my good lords of Salisbury and

Our simple supper ended, give me leave,
• In this close walk, to satisfy myself,
' In craving your opinion of my

title, · Which is infallible, to England's crown.

* Sal. My lord, I long to hear it at full.

War. Sweet York, begin: and if thy claim be good, The Nevils are thy subjects to command.

York. Then thus:• Edward the Third, my lords, had seven sons: * The first, Edward the Black Prince, prince of

Wales; • The second, William of Hatfield; and the third, * Lionel, duke of Clarence; next to whom, Was John of Gaunt, the duke of Lancaster: 'The fifth, was Edmund Langley, duke of York; • The sixth, was Thomas of Woodstock, duke of

Gloster, William of Windsor was the seventh, and last. • Edward, the black prince, died before his father; * And left behind him Richard, his only son, · Who, after Edward the Third's death, reign'd as

king; • Till Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Lancaster, · The eldest son and heir of John of Gaunt, • Crown'd by the name of Henry the Fourth,

Seiz'd on the realm; depos’d the rightful king; * Sent his poor queen to France, from whence she

came, . And him to Pomfret; where, as all you know, · Harmless Richard was murder'd traitorously.

* War. Father, the duke hath told the truth; * Thus got the house of Lancaster the crown. * York. Which now they hold by force, and not

by right; * For Richard, the first son's heir being dead, * The issue of the next son should have reign’d.

* Sal. But William of Hatfield died without an heir. * York. The third son, duke of Clarence, (from

whose line * I claim the crown,) had issue-Philippe, a daughter, * Who married Edmund Mortimer, earl of March, * Edmund had issue—Roger, earl of March: * Roger had issue-Edmund, Anne, and Eleanor.

Sal. This Edmund, in the reign of Bolingbroke, As I have read, laid claim unto the crown; • And, but for Owen Glendower, had been king, • Who kept him in captivity, till he died. * But, to the rest. York.

His eldest sister, Anne, My mother being heir unto the crown, • Married Richard, earl of Cambridge; who was son • To Edmund Langley, Edward the third's fifth son.

By her I claim the kingdom: she was heir * To Roger, earl of March; who was the son • Of Edmund Mortimer, who married Philippe, • Sole daughter unto Lionel, duke of Clarence: • So, if the issue of the elder son Succeed before the younger, I am king. · War. What plain proceedings are more plain

than this? Henry doth claim the crown from John of Gaunt, The fourth son; York claims it from the third.

« Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign: • It fails not yet; but flourishes in thee, ' And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock.' Then, father Salisbury, kneel we both together; * And, in this private plot,' be we the first, · That shall salute our rightful sovereign • With honour of his birthright to the crown.

Both. Long live our sovereign Richard, England's


" York. We thank you, lords. But I am not your

king 'Till I be crown'd; and that my sword be stain'd ( With heart-blood of the house of Lancaster: * And that's not suddenly to be perform’d; * But with advice, and silent secrecy. * Do you, as I do, in these dangerous days, * Wink at the duke of Suffolk's insolence, * At Beaufort's pride, at Somerset's ambition, * At Buckingham, and all the crew of them, * Till they have snar'd the shepherd of the flock, * That virtuous prince, the good duke Humphrey: * 'Tis that they seek; and they, in seeking that, * Shall find their deaths, if York can prophesy. * Sal. My lord, break we off; we know your

mind at full. 'War. My heart assures me, that the earl of

Warwick 'Shall one day make the duke of York a king.

* York. And, Nevil, this I do assure myself,Richard shall live to make the earl of Warwick * The greatest man in England, but the king.


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Trumpets sounded. Enter King Henry, Queen MAR

BURY ; the Duchess of GLOSTER, MARGERY
JOURDAIN, Southwell, HUME, and BOLING-
BROKE, under guard.
K. Hen. Stand forth, dame Eleanor Cobham,

Gloster's wife: • In sight of God, and us, your guilt is great ; • Receive the sentence of the law, for sins • Such as by God's book are adjudg‘d to death.* You four, from hence to prison back again;

[T. JOURD. &c. * From thence, unto the place of execution: * The witch in Smithfield shall be burn'd to ashes, * And you three shall be strangled on the gallows.You, madam, for you are more nobly born, Despoiled of your honour in your life, * Shall, after three days' open penance done,

Live in your country here, in banishment, • With sir John Stanley, in the isle of Man. * Duch. Welcome is banishment, welcome were

my death. * Glo. Eleanor, the law, thou seest, hath judged

thee; * I cannot justify whom the law condemns. [Exeunt the Duchess, and the other Prisoners,

guarded. • Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief.

Ah, Humphrey, this dishonour in thine age • Will bring thy head with sorrow to the ground !I beseech your majesty, give me leave to go;

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