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The which thou once didst bend against her breast, But that thy brothers beat aside the point.
Glo. I was provoked by her sland'rous tongue, That laid their guilt upon my guiltless shoulders. Anne. Thou wast provoked by thy bloody mind, That never dreamt on aught but butcheries: Didst thou not kill this king?
I grant ye.
Anne. Dost grant me, hedge-hog? then, God grant me too,
Thou may'st be damned for that wicked deed!
Glo. The fitter for the King of heaven that hath him.
Anne. He is in heaven, where thou shalt never
Glo. Let him thank me, that holp to send him thither;
For he was fitter for that place, than earth.
Anne. And thou unfit for any place but hell. Glo. Yes, one place else, if you will hear me name it.
Anne. Some dungeon?
Your bed-chamber. Anne. Ill rest betide the chamber where thou liest! Glo. So will it, madam, till I lie with you. Anne. I hope so. Glo. I know so. But, gentle lady Anne,To leave this keen encounter of our wits, And fall somewhat into a slower method;3Is not the causer of the timeless deaths Of these Plantagenets, Henry, and Edward, As blameful as the executioner?
2 That laid their guilt-] The crime of my brothers. He has just charged the murder of Lady Anne's husband upon Edward. a slower method;] As quick was used for spritely, so slower was put for serious.
Anne. Thou wast the cause, and most accurs'd effect.
Glo. Your beauty was the cause of that effect; Your beauty, which did haunt me in my sleep, To undertake the death of all the world,
So I might live one hour in your sweet bosom.
Anne. If I thought that, I tell thee, homicide, These nails should rend that beauty from my cheeks. Glo. These eyes could not endure that beauty's wreck,
You should not blemish it, if I stood by:
Anne. Black night o'ershade thy day, and death thy life!
Glo. Curse not thyself, fair creature; thou art both. Anne. I would I were, to be reveng'd on thee. Glo. It is a quarrel most unnatural, To be reveng'd on him that loveth thee.
Anne. It is a quarrel just and reasonable, To be reveng'd on him that kill'd my husband.
Glo. He that bereft thee, lady, of thy husband, Did it to help thee to a better husband.
Anne. His better doth not breathe upon the earth. Glo. He lives, that loves you better than he could. Anne. Name him.
Why, that was he. Glo. The self-same name, but one of better
Anne. Where is he?
Here: [She spits at him.] Why
dost thou spit at me?
Anne. 'Would it were mortal poison, for thy sake! Glo. Never came poison from so sweet a place. Anne. Never hung poison on a fouler toad. Out of my sight! thou dost infect mine eyes.
Glo. Thine eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine. Anne.'Would they were basilisks, to strike thee dead! Glo. I would they were, that I might die at once; For now they kill me with a living death. Those eyes of thine from mine have drawn salt tears, Sham'd their aspécts with store of childish drops: These eyes, which never shed remorseful tear,Not, when my father York and Edward wept, To hear the piteous moan that Rutland made, When black-fac'd Clifford shook his sword at him: Nor when thy warlike father, like a child, Told the sad story of my father's death; And twenty times made pause, to sob, and weep, That all the standers-by had wet their cheeks, Like trees bedash'd with rain: in that sad time, My manly eyes did scorn an humble tear; And what these sorrows could not thence exhale, Thy beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping. I never su'd to friend, nor enemy;
My tongue could never learn sweet soothing word;
My proud heart sues, and promps my tongue to speak.
[He lays his Breast open; she offers at it with his Sword.
Nay, do not pause; for I did kill king Henry;-
• But 'twas thy beauty -] Shakspeare countenances the ob
Nay, now despatch; 'twas I that stabb'd young Edward: [She again offers at his Breast. But 'twas thy heavenly face that set me on.
[She lets fall the Sword. Take up the sword again, or take up me.
Anne. Arise, dissembler: though I wish thy death, I will not be thy executioner.
Glo. Then bid me kill myself, and I will do it.
'Tis figur'd in
I fear me, both are false.
Was never true.
That shall you
But shall I live in hope?
I hope, live so.
[She puts on the Ring.
servation, that no woman can ever be offended with the mention of her beauty. JOHNSON.
But beg one favour at thy gracious hand,
Anne. What is it.
Glo. That it may please you leave these sad designs To him that hath more cause to be a mourner, And presently repair to Crosby-place: > Where-after I have solemnly interr'd, At Chertsey monast'ry this noble king, And wet his grave with my repentant tears,I will with all expedient duty see you: For divers unknown reasons, I beseech you, Grant me this boon.
Anne. With all my heart; and much it joys me too, To see you are become so penitent.Tressel, and Berkley, go along with me.
Glo. Bid me farewell.
Anne. 'Tis more than you deserve: But, since you teach me how to flatter you, Imagine I have said farewell already.
[Exeunt Lady ANNE, TRESSEL, and BERKLEY. Glo. Take up the corse, sirs.
Gent. Towards Chertsey, noble lord? Glo. No, to White-Friars; there attend my coming. [Exeunt the rest, with the Corse. Was ever woman in this humour woo'd? Was ever woman in this humour won?
I'll have her, but I will not keep her long.
What! I, that kill'd her husband, and his father,
The bleeding witness of her hatred by;
But the plain devil, and dissembling looks,
- Crosby-place:] A house near Bishopsgate-street, belonging to the duke of Gloster, now Crosby-square, where part of the house is yet remaining.