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D. of York. Oh, my dear lord! So I must call you
P. Ed. Ay, brother, to our grief, as it is yours ! Too soon he dy’d, who might have better worn That title, which, in me, will lose its majesty.
Glost. How fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?
D. of York. Thank you kindly, dear uncle-Ob,
Glost. He has, my lord.
Glost. How so, cousin ?
grew so fast,
[Aside. Who told thee this, my pretty, merry cousin ?
D. of York. Why, your nurse, uncle.
wert born. D. of York. If 'twas not she, I can't tell who told
Glost. So subtle too ! 'tis pity thou art short liv'd !
[ Aside. P. Ed. My brother, uncle, will be cross in talk. Glost. On, fear not, my lord ; we shall never quar
rel. P. Ed. I hope your grace knows how to bear with
him. D. of York. You mean to bear me, not to bear
with me; ;
and me :
Uncle, my brother mocks both
you Because that I am little, like an ape, He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulders.
P. Ed. Fie, brother, I have no such meaning!
Glost. My lord, wilt please you, pass along? Myself and my good cousin of Buckingham Will to your mother, to entreat of her To meet, and bid you welcome, at the Tower. D. of York. What ! will you go to the Tower, my
dear lord ? P. Ed. My Lord Protector will have it so. D. of York. I shan't sleep in quiet, at the Tower.
Glost. I'll warrant you ; King Henry lay there, And he sleeps in quiet.
[Aside. P. Ed. What should you fear, brother?
D. of York. My uncle, Clarence' ghost, my lord; My grandmother told me he was killd there.
P. Ed. I fear no uncles dead.
P. Ed. I hope so too; but come, my lords,
[Exeunt all but Gloster and BUCKINGHAM.
young master :
Buck. My lord, 'tis much as I suspected, and
Enter CATESBY. Glost. So, Catesby, hast thou been tampering? What news? Catesby. My lord, according to the instruction
With words, at distance dropp’d, I sounded Hastings,
Buck. Doubt not, my lord, I'll play the orator,
here, Where you shall find me seriously employ'd, With the most learned fathers of the church.
Buck. I fiy, my lord, to serve you.
Glost. To serve thyself, my cousin; For look, when I am king, claim thou of me The earldom of Hereford, and all those moveables Whereof the king, my brother, stood possess'd. Buck. I shall remember, that your grace was boun
tiful. Glost. Cousin, I have said it. Buck. I am gone, my lord.
[Exit. Glost. So, I've secur’d my cousin here. These
moveables Will never let his brains rest, till I'm king.
Catesby, go you with speed to Doctor Shaw,
honest. Why were laws made, but, that we're rogues by na
ture? Conscience ! 'tis our coin—we live by parting with it; And he thrives best, that has the most to spare. The protesting lover buys hope with it, And the deluded virgin, short-lived pleasure ; Old greybeards cram their avarice with it; Your lank-jaw'd, hungry judge, will dine upon't, And hang the guiltless, rather than eat his mutton
cold : The crown'd head quits it for despotic sway; The stubborn people, for unaw'd rebellion. There's not a slave, but has his share of villain: Why, then, shall after ages think my deeds Inhuman, since my worst are but ambition ? Ev'n all mankind, to some lov'd ills incline: Great men chuse greater sins-ambition's mine. Exit,
LADY ANNE discovered, sitting on a Couch. Lady A. When—when shall I have rest? Was mar
riage made To be the scourge of our offences here? Oh, no ! 'twas meant a blessing to the virtuous ; It once was so to me, though now my curse. The fruit of Edward's love was sweet and pleasing; But, oh! untimely cropp'd by cruel Gloster ; Let me have music, to compose my thoughts.
(Soft Music. It will not be; naught but the grave can close my
He comes -the rude disturber of my pillow.
Glost. Ha! still in tears? let them flow on; theyre
signs Of a substantial grief.-Why don't she die? She must; my interest will not let her live. The fair Elizabeth bath caught my eye; My heart's vacant, and she shall fill her place. They say, that women have but tender hearts : 'Tis a mistake, I doubt I've found them tough ; They'll bend, indeed, but he must strain, that cracks
them. All I can hope's to throw her into sickness, That I may send her a physician's help.