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KING EDWARD THE FOURTH.
Sons to the King.
MARQUESS OF DORSET, and LORD Grey, her
ELIZABETH, Queen of King Edward IV.
Clarence, and Gloster.
Lords, and other Attendants ; two Gentlemen, a Pur
suivant, Scrivener, Citizens, Murderers, Messengers, Ghosts, Soldiers, &c.
LIFE AND DEATH
KING RICHARD III.
SCENE I.-London. A Street,
Enter GLOSTER. Glo. Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun' of York ; And all the clouds that lower'd upon our house, In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums chang'd to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visag'd war hath smooth’d his wrinkled front; And now, instead of mounting barbedsteeds, To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber, To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shap'd for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass ; I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty, To strut before a wanton ambling nymph; I, that am curtail'd thus of fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform’d, unfinish’d, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable, That dogs bark at me, as I halt by them; Why I, in this weak piping time of peace,
1 The cognizance of Edward IV., consisted of three suns. ? Caparisoned. 3 love : in quartos. 4 curtail'd of this : in f. e.
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Enter CLARENCE, guarded, and BRAKENBURY.
Glo. Upon what cause ?
Because my name is George.
Clar. Yca, Richard, when I know; but I protest, As yet I do not : but, as I can learn, He hearkens after prophecies and dreams ; And from the cross-row plucks the letter G, And says, a wizard told him, that by G His issue disinherited should be ; And, for my name of George begins with G, It follows in his thought that I am he. These, as I learn, and such like toys as these, Have mov'd his highness to commit me now.
Glo. Why, this it is, when men are ruld by women. 'T is not the king that sends you to the Tower : My lady Grey, his wife, Clarence, 't is she,
1 spy : in quarto.
That tempts him to this harsh' extremity.
Clar. By heaven, I think, there is no man secure,
Glo. Humbly complaining to her deity
Brak. I beseech your graces both to pardon me :
Glo. Even so; an please your worship, Brakenbury,
Brak. With this, my lord, myself have nought to do. Glo. Nought to do with mistress Shore ? I tell thee,
Brak. What one, my lord ?
1 tempers him to this extremity: in quartos. 2 Not in f. e. the quartos; folio : Hastings was for her.
Clar. We know thy charge, Brakenbury, and will
obey. Glo. We are the queen's abjects, and must obey.Brother, farewell : I will unto the king; And whatsoe'er you will employ me in, Were it to call king Edward's widow sister, I will perform it to enfranchise you. Mean time, this deep disgrace in brotherhood Touches me deeper than you can imagine.
Clar. I know, it pleaseth neither of us well.
Glo. Well, your imprisonment shall not be long; I will deliver you, or else lie for you.' Mean time, have patience. [Embracing him. Clar.
I must perforce : farewell.
Glo. As much unto my good lord chamberlain.
Hast. With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must ;
Glo. No doubt, no doubt; and so shall Clarence too, For they that were your enemies are his, And have prevail'd as much on him as you.
Hast. More pity, that the eagles should be mew'd, While kites and buzzards prey: at liberty
Glo. What news abroad ?
Hast. No news so bad abroad, as this at home :-
Glo. Now, by Saint Paul“, that news is bad indeed. 0! he hath kept an evil diet long, And over-much consum'd his royal person : 'T is very grievous to be thought upon. Where is he? in his bed ?5 i Lie in prison in your stead.
play: in folio. quartos : What! is he in his bed ?
? Not in f. e.
4 John : in folio.