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That thou wilt war with God by murdering me?-
2 Murd. What shall we do?
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.
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
You peers, continue this united league :
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
Hast. So thrive I, as I truly swear the like!
Hast. So prosper I, as I swear perfect love !
member Our former hatred, So thrive I, and mine! K. Edw. Dorset, embrace him,-Hastings, love
[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
[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,
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
Glo. A blessed labour, my most sovereign liege. -