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2 Murd. And he, that hath commanded, is our
1 Murd. And, like a traitor to the name of God, Didst break that vow; and, with thy treacherous
blade, Unrip'dst the bowels of thy sovereign's son, 2 Murd. Whom thou wast sworn to cherish and
defend. 1 Murd, How canst thou urge God's dreadful law
When thou hast broke it in such dear degree?
Clar. Alas! for whose sake did I that ill deed ? . For Edward, for my brother, for his sake: He sends you not to murder me for this ; 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.
8 On the part.
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;
better for my life, Than Edward will for tidings of my death.
2 Murd. You are deceiv’d, your brother Gloster
Clar. O, no; he loves me, and he holds me dear: Go you
to him from me. Both Murd.
Ay, so we will.
1 Murd. Ay, mill-stones ; as he lesson'd us to weep.
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,
Clar. Hast thou that holy feeling in thy soul,
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.-
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!
2 Shut up,
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
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.
SCENE I. The same.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter King EDWARD, (led in sick,) Queen ELIZA
BETH, Dorset, Rivers, HASTINGS, BUCKING-
You peers, continue this united league :
Redeemer to redeem me hence;
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!
Hast. So prosper I, as I swear perfect love!
K. Edw. Madam, yourself are not exempt in this,-
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
duteous love Doth cherish you, and yours, God punish me