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You haue a father able to maintaine your state,
Sound for a post within.
Post. My Lord ambassador this letter is for you,
Oxf. I like it well that our faire Queene and mistresse, Smiles at her newes when Warwike frets as his.
P. Ed. And marke howe Lewes stamps as he were nettled.
Lew. What hath your king married the Ladie Gray,
Quee. This proueth Edwards loue, & Warwiks honesty.
War. King Lewis, I here protest in sight of heauen,
Queen. Yes Warwike I doe quite forget thy former
Faults, if now thou wilt become king Henries friend.
War. So much his friend, I his vnfained friend,
Lew. Then at the last I firmelie am resolu'd,
Bona. Tell him in hope heele be a Widower shortlie, Ile weare the willow garland for his sake.
Queen. Tell him my mourning weedes be laide aside, And I am readie to put armour on.
War. Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong, And therefore Ile vncrowne him er't be long. Thears thy reward, begone.
Lew. But now tell me Warwike, what assurance
War. This shall assure my constant loyaltie,
Queen. Withall my hart, that match I like ful wel,
Lew. It is enough, and now we will prepare,
War. I came from Edward as Imbassadour
But I returne his sworne and mortall foe:
[Exit. Enter king EDWARD, the Queene and CLARENCE, and GLOSTER,
and MONTAGUE, and HASTINGS, and PENBROOKE, with
Cla. My Lord, we thinke as Warvvike and Levves
Edw. Suppose they doe, they are but Levves and
Glo. And shall, because our king, but yet such Sudden marriages seldome proueth well.
Edw. Yea brother Richard are you against vs too ?
Edw. Setting your skornes and your dislikes aside,
Cla. My Lord then this is my opinion,
Glo. And Levves in regard of his sisters wrongs, Doth ioine with Warwike to supplant your state.
Edw. Suppose that Lewis and Warwike be appeasd,
Vont. But yet to have ioind with France in this
Hast. Let England be true within it selfe,
Cla. For this one speech the Lord Hastings wel deserues, To haue the daughter and heire of the Lord Hungerford. Edw. And what then? It was our will it should be
Edw. Alasse poore Clarence, is it for a wife,
Cla. Naie you plaide the broker so ill for your selfe,
Edw. Leaue me or tarrie I am full resolu'd
Queen. My Lords doe me but right, and you must
Edw. Forbeare my loue to fawne vpon their frownes,
Mont. My Lord, heere is the messenger returnd from
Enter a Messenger.
Ed. Now sirra, What letters or what newes?
Mes. No letters my Lord, and such newes, as without your highnesse speciall pardon I dare not relate.
Edw. We pardon thee, and as neere as thou canst
Mes. At my departure these were his verie words.
Edw. Is Lewis so braue, belike he thinkes me Henry. But what said Lady Bona to these wrongs ?
Mes. Tel him quoth she, in hope heele proue a widower shortly, Ile weare the willow garland for his sake.
Edro. She had the wrong, indeed she could saie Little lesse. But what saide Henries Queene, for as I heare, she was then in place ?
Mes. Tell him quoth shee my mourning weeds be Doone, and I am readie to put armour on.
Edw. Then belike she meanes to plaie the Amazon. But what said Warwike to these iniuries ?
Mes. He more incensed then the rest my Lord, Tell him quoth he, that he hath done me wrong, And therefore Ile vncrowne him er't be long.
Ed. Ha, Durst the traytor breath out such proude words? But I will arme me to preuent the worst. But what is Warwike friendes with Margaret ?
Mes. I my good Lord, theare so linkt in friendship, That young Prince Edward marries Warwikes daughter.
Cla. The elder, belike Clarence shall haue the Yonger. All you that loue me and Warwike Follow me.
Exit CLARENCE and SUMMERSET.