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For in that sin he is as deep as I.
If God will be avenged for the deed,
O, know you, that he doth it publickly;
Take not the quarrel from his powerful arm;
He needs no indirect nor lawless course,
To cut off those that have offended him.

1 Murd. Who made thee then a bloody minister, When gallant-springing, brave Plantagenet, That princely novice,' was struck dead by thee?

Clar. My brother's love, the devil, and my rage. 1 Murd. Thy brother's love, our duty, and thy

fault, Provoke us hither now to slaughter thee.

Clar. If you do love my brother, hate not me; I am his brother, and I love him well. If you are hir'd for meed, go back again, And I will send you to my brother Gloster; Who shall reward

you

better for Than Edward will for tidings of my

death. 2 Murd. You are deceiv’d, your brother Gloster

my life,

hates you.

Clar. O, no; he loves me, and he holds me dear :
Go you to him from me.
Both Murd.

Ay, so we will
Clar. Tell him, when that our princely father

York
Bless'd his three sons with his victorious arm,
And charg'd us from his soul to love each other,
He little thought of this divided friendship:
Bid Gloster think on this, and he will weep.

1 Murd. Ay, mill-stones; as he lesson'd us to weep.
Clar. O, do not slander him, for he is kind.
1 Murd. Right, as snow in harvest.—Come, you

deceive yourself;

springing, Plantagenet,] Blooming Plantagenet; a prince in the spring of life.

novice,] Youth; one yet new to the world.

1

'Tis he that sends us to destroy you here. .

Clar. It cannot be; for he bewept my fortune, And hugg'd me in his arms, and swore, with sobs, That he would labour my delivery.

1 Murd. Why, so he doth, when he delivers you From this earth's thraldom to the joys of heaven. 2 Murd. Make peace with God, for you must

die, my lord. Clar. Hast thou that holy feeling in thy soul, To counsel me to make my peace with God,, And art thou yet to thy own soul so blind, That thou wilt war with God, by murdering me?Ah, sirs, consider, he, that set you on To do this deed, will hate you for the deed.

2 Murd. What shall we do? Clar.

Relent, and save your souls. 1 Murd. Relent! 'tis cowardly, and womanish.

Clar. Not to relent, is beastly, savage, devilish.Which of

you,

if

you were a prince's son, Being pent from liberty, as I am now,If two such murderers as yourselves came to you, — Would not entreat for life? My friend, I spy some pity in thy looks; o, if thine eye be not a flatterer, Come thou on my side, and entreat for me, As you would beg, were you

in
my

distress. A begging prince what beggar pities not?

2 Murd. Look behind you, my lord. 1 Murd. Take that, and that; if all this will not do,

[Stabs him. I'll drown you in the malmsey-butt within.

[Exit, with the Body. 2 Murd. A bloody deed, and desperately de

spatch’d! How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my hands Of this most grievous guilty murder done!

Re-enter first Murderer. 1 Murd. How now? what mean'st thou, that thou

help'st me not? By heaven, the duke shall know how slack

you

have been. 2 Murd. I would he knew, that I had sav'd his

brother! Take thou the fee, and tell him what I say; For I repent me that the duke is slain. [Exit.

1 Murd. So do not I; go, coward, as thou art.Well, I'll go hide the body in some hole, Till that the duke give order for his burial: And when I have my meed, I will away; For this will out, and then I must not stay. (Exit.

ACT II.

SCENE I. The same.

A Room in the Palace.

Enter King EDWARD, (led in sick,) Queen ELIZA

Beth, DORSET, Rivers, Hastings,BUCKINGHAM,
Grey, and Others.
K. Edw. Why, so:—now have I done a good

day's work;
You peers, continue this united league:
I every day expect an embassage
From my Redeemer to redeem me hence;
And more in peace my soul shall part to heaven,
Since I have made my friends at peace on earth.
Rivers, and Hastings, take each other's hand;
Dissemble not your hatred, swear your love.

• Dissemble not your hatred,] i. e. do not gloss it over.

Riv. By heaven, my soul is purg'd from grudging

hate;
And with my hand I seal my true heart's love.

Hast. So thrive I, as I truly swear the like!
K. Edw. Take heed, you dally not before your

king;
Lest he, that is the supreme King of kings,
Confound

your hidden falsehood, and award Either of you to be the other's end.

Hast. So prosper I, as I swear perfect love!
Riv. And I, as I love Hastings with my

heart! K. Edw. Madam, yourself are not exempt in

this,
Nor your son Dorset,-Buckingham, nor you ;-
You have been factious one against the other.
Wife, love lord Hastings, let him kiss your

hand; And what you do, do it unfeignedly. Q. Eliz. There, Hastings;-I will never more

remember Our former hatred, so thrive I, and mine! K. Edw. Dorset, embrace him,-Hastings, love

lord marquis. Dor. This interchange of love, I here protest, Upon my part shall be inviolable. Hast. And so swear I. [Embraces DORSET. K. Edw. Now, princely Buckingham, seal thou

this league With thy embracements to my wife's allies, And make me happy in your unity.

Buck. Whenever Buckingham doth turn his hate Upon your grace, [To the Queen.] but with all du

teous love
Doth cherish you, and yours, God punish me
With hate in those where I expect most love!
When I have most need to employ a friend,
And most assured that he is a friend,
Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile,

Be he unto me! this do I beg of heaven,
When I am cold in love, to you, or yours.

[Embracing Rivers, &c.
K. Edw. A pleasing cordial, princely Buckingham,
Is this thy vow unto my sickly heart.
There wanteth now our brother Gloster here,
To make the blessed period of this peace.
Buck. And, in good time, here comes the noble

duke.

Enter GLOSTER. Glo. Good-morrow to my sovereign king, and

queen; And, princely peers, a happy time of day! K. Edw. Happy, indeed, as we have spent the

day:
Brother, we have done deeds of charity;
Made peace of enmity, fair love of hate,
Between these swelling wrong-incensed peers.

Glo. A blessed labour, my most sovereign liege.-
Among this princely heap, if any here,
By false intelligence, or wrong surmise,
Hold me a foe;
If I unwittingly, or in my rage,
Have aught committed that is hardly borne
By any in this presence, I desire
To reconcile me to his friendly peace:
'Tis death to me, to be at enmity;
I hate it, and desire all good men's love.-
First, madam, I entreat true peace

of

you, Which I will purchase with my duteous service;Of you, my noble cousin Buckingham, If ever any grudge were lodg’d between us ;Of you, lord Rivers,—and lord Grey, of you,That all without desert have frown'd on me;Dukes, earls, lords, gentlemen; indeed, of all. I do not know that Englishman alive,

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