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grace ; But the respects thereof are nice and trivial, All cirsumstances well considered. You say, that Edward is your brother's son ; So say we too, but not by Edward's wife : For first he was contract to lady Lucy, Your mother lives a witness to his vow; And afterwards' by substitute betroth'd To Bona, sister to the king of France. These both put by, a poor petitioner, A care-craz'd mother to a many sons, A beauty-waning and distressed widow, Even in the afternoon of her best days, Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye, Seduc'd the pitch and height of all his thoughts To base declension and loath'd bigamy : By her, in his unlawful bed, he got This Edward, whom our manners call the prince. More bitterly could I expostulate, Save that, for reverence to some alive, I give a sparing limit to my tongue. Then, good my lord, take to your royal self
8 Want ability.
This proffer'd benefit of dignity :
noble ancestry From the corruption of abusing time, Unto a lineal true-derived course.
May. Do, good my lord; your citizens entreat you. Buck. Refuse not, mighty lord, this proffer'd love. Cate. O, make them joyful, grant their lawful suit,
Glo. Alas, why would you heap those cares on me? I am unfit for state and majesty :I do beseech you, take it not amiss; I cannot, nor I will not, yield to you. Buck. If
refuse it,- -as in love and zeal,
[Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Citizens, Cate. Call them again, sweet prince, accept their
If you deny them, all the land will rue it.
Glo. Will you enforce me to a world of cares? Well, call them again ; I am not made of stone,
But penetrable to your kind entreaties,
[Exit CATESBY. Albeit against my conscience and my soul.
Re-enter BUCKINGHAM and the Rest.
Cousin of Buckingham,—and sage, grave men,
will buckle fortune on my back,
May. God bless your grace! we see it, and will
Glo. In saying so, you shall but say the truth.
Buck. Then I salute you with this royal title, Long live king Richard, England's worthy king !
Buck. To-morrow then we will attend your grace; And so, most joyfully, we take our leave. Glo. Come, let us to our holy work again :
[To the Bishops. Farewell, good cousin ;-farewell, gentle friends.
SCENE I. Before the Tower. Enter on one side, Queen ELIZABETH, Duchess of
York, and Marquis of Dorset; on the other, ANNE, Duchess of Gloster, leading Lady MARGARET PLANTAGENET, Clarence's young Daughter.,
Duch. Who meets us here?-my niece Plantagenet Led in the hand of her kind aunt of Gloster? Now, for my life, she's wand'ring to the Tower, On pure heart's love, to greet the tender prince. Daughter, well met. Anne.
God give your graces both A happy and a joyful time of day!
Q. Eliz. As much to you, good sister! Whither
Anne. No further than the Tower; and, as I guess, Upon the like devotion as yourselves, To gratulate the gentle princes there. Q. Eliz. Kind sister, thanks; we'll enter all to
Enter BRAKEN BURY.
And, in good time, here the lieutenant comes.-
Brak. Right well, dear madam : By your patience,
Q. Eliz. The king! who's that?
I mean, the lord protector. Q. Eliz. The Lord protect him from that kingly
title ! Hath he set bounds between their love, and me? I am their mother, who shall bar me from them?
Duch. I am their father's mother, I will see them. Anne. Their aunt I am in law, in love their mo
ther : Then bring me to their sights; I'll bear thy blame, And take thy office from thee, on thy peril.
Brak. No, madam, no, I may not leave it so ; I am bound by oath, and therefore pardon me.
[Exit BRAKEN BURY.
Stan. Let me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence, And I'll salute your grace of York as mother, And reverend looker-on of two fair queens.Come, madam, you must straight to Westminster.
[To the Duchess of Gloster. There to be crowned Richard's royal queen.
Q. Eliz. Ah, cut my lace asunder!
Anne. Despiteful tidings ! O unpleasing news !