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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?
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.

[Erit, with the body. 2 Murd. A bloody deed, and desperately despatch'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 2 Murd. I would he knew, that I had say'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.



The Same, A Room in the Palace.

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


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


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

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

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
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 re-


member 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


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,-

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