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My tongue could never learn sweet smoothing word;
[She looks scornfully at him.
[He lays his Breast open : she offers at it with his
Sword. Nay, do not pause ; for I did kill king Henry :3 — But 't was thy beauty that provoked me. Nay, now despatch ; 't was I that stabbed+ young Ed
ward ;But ’t was thy heavenly face that set me on.
[She lets fall the Sword. Take up the sword again, or take up me.
Anne. Arise, dissembler : though I wish thy death, I will not be thy executioner. Glo. Then bid me kill myself, and I will do it.
[Taking up the Sword.5 Anne. I have already. Glo.
That was in thy rage :
Anne. I would I knew thy heart.
5 6 Not in f. e.
Glo. Look, how my ring encompasseth thy finger, Even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart; Wear both of them, for both of them are thine. And if thy poor devoted suppliant' may But beg one favour at thy gracious hand. Thou dost confirm his happiness for ever.
Anne. What is it?
Glo. That it may please you leave these sad designs To him that hath most? cause to be a mourner, And presently repair to Crosby-place. Where (after I have solemnly interr’d, At Chertsey monastery, this noble king, And wet his grave with my repentant tears) I will with all expedient' duty see you : Fór divers unknown reasons, I beseech you, Grant me this boon.
Anne. With all my heart; and much it joys me too,
Glo. Bid me farewell.
'Tis more than you deserve , But since you teach me how to flatter you, Imagine I have said farewell already.
(Exeunt - Lady ANNE, TRESSEL, and BERKLEY. Gent.* Towards Chertsey, noble lord ? Glo. No, to White-Friars; there attend my coming.
[Exeunt the rest, with the Corse. Was ever woman in this humour wood ? Was ever woman in this humour won ? I 'll have her, but I will not keep her long. What ! I that kill'd her husband, and his father, To take her in her heart's extremest hate ; With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes, The bleeding witness of mys hatred by, Having God, her conscience, and these bars against me, And ( no friends to back my suit withal', But the plain devil, and dissembling looks, And yet to win her,—all the world to nothing! Ha! Hath she forgot already that brave prince, Edward, her lord, whom I, some three months since, Stabb’d in my angry mood at Tewksbury ?
1 servant: in f. e.
4 The 2 more : in quartos. 3 Expeditious. quartos insert: “Glos. Take up the corse, sirs." 5 her: in quartos. 6 nothing: in quartos.
7 at all : in quartos.
A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman,-
Exit. SCENE III.-The Same. A Room in the Palace. Enter Queen ELIZABETH, Lord RIVERS, and Lord GREY. Riv. Have patience, madam: there's no doubt, his
majesty Will soon recover his accustom'd health.
Grey. In that you brook it ill, it makes him worse:
Q. Eliz. If he were dead, what would betide on me?
Grey. The heavens have bless'd you with a goodly son, To be your comforter when he is gone.
Q. Eliz. Ah! he is young; and his minority
Riv. Is it concluded, he shall be protector ?
Q. Eliz. It is determin’d, not concluded yet; But so it must be, if the king miscarry. i debase : in quartos.
eyes: in folio.
Enter BUCKINGHAM and STANLEY'. Grey. Here come the lords of Buckingham and
Stan. I do beseech you, either not believe
Q. Eliz. Saw you the king to-day, my lord of Stanley ?
Stan. But now, the duke of Buckingham, and I, Are come from visiting his majesty.
Q. Eliz. Whata likelihood of his amendment, lords ? Buck. Madam, good hope : his grace speaks cheer
fully. Q. Eliz. God grant him health! Did you confer with
him ? Buck. Ay, madam : he desires to make atonement Between the duke of Gloster and your brothers, And between them and my lord chamberlain; And sent to warn them to his royal presence. [be :
Q. Eliz. Would all were well !-But that will never I fear, our happiness is at the height. Enter GLOSTER, stamping angrily, with Hastings, and
DORSET. Glo. They do me wrong, and I will not endure it.Who are they, that complain unto the king, That I, forsooth, am stern, and love them not ? By holy Paul, they love his grace but lightly, That fill his ears with such dissentious rumours. Because I cannot flatter, and speak fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive, and cog, Duck with French nods and apish courtesy, I must be held a rancorous enemy. Cannot a plain man live, and think no harm, 1 DERBY: in old copies.
2 With : in quartos.
3 highest: in quartos. 4 The words “ stamping angrily" : not in f. e.
But thus his simple truth must be abus'd
His royal grace,
Q. Eliz. Brother of Gloster, you mistake the matter. The king, on his own royal disposition, And not provok'd by any suitor else, Aiming, belike, at your interior hatred, That in your outward action shows itself, Against my children, brothers, and myself, Makes him to send ; that thereby he may gather The ground of your ill-will, and so remove it.
Glo. I cannot tell ;—the world is grown so bad, That wrens makes prey where eagles dare not perch : Since every Jack became a gentleman, There's many a gentle person made a Jack. Q. Eliz. Come, come, we know your meaning, bro
ther Gloster : You envy my advancement, and my friends. God grant, we never may have need of you!
Glo. Meantime, God grants that I have need of you : Our brother is imprison’d by your means ; Myself disgrac'd, and the nobility Held in contempt; while many great* promotions Are daily given, to ennoble those That scarce, some two days since, were worth a noble.
Q. Eliz. By him that rais'd me to this careful height From that contented hap which I enjoy'd, I never did incense his majesty Against the duke of Clarence; but have been An earnest advocate to plead for him. My lord, you do me shameful injury, Falsely to draw me in these vile suspects.
Glo. You may deny, that you were not the means
i Wicked. 2 The rest of the line is not in the folio. 3 The quartos of 1602, and later : may. 4 fair: in quarto.
5 cause : in quarto.