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Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,"
Brak. Had you such leisure in the time of death, To
gaze upon these secrets of the deep?
Clar. Methought, I had; and often did I strive To yield the ghost: but still the envious flood Kept in my soul, and would not let it forth To seek the empty, vast, and wand'ring air; But smother'd it within my panting bulk,' Which almost burst to belch it in the sea.
Brak. Awak'd you not with this sore agony?
Clar. O, no, my dream was lengthen'd after life; O, then began the tempest to my soul! I pass'd, methought, the melancholy flood, With that grim ferryman which poets write of, Unto the kingdom of perpetual night. The first that there did greet my stranger soul, Was my great father-in-law, renowned Warwick; Who cry'd aloud,-What scourge for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence? And so he vanish’d: Then came wand'ring by A shadow like an angel, with bright hair Dabbled in blood; and he shriek'd out aloud,– Clarence is come,-false, fleeting, perjur'd Clarence, That stabb’d me in the field by Tewksbury;Seize on him, furies, take him to your torments! With that, methought, a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me, and howled in mine ears Such hideous cries, that, with the very noise,
unvalued jewels,] Unvalued is here used for invaluable.
- within my panting bulk,] Bulk is often used by Shakspeare and his contemporaries for body.
I trembling wak’d, and, for a season after,
Brak. No marvel, lord, though it affrighted you; I am afraid, methinks, to hear you tell it.
Clar. O, Brakenbury, I have done these things,That now give evidence against my soul,-For Edward's sake; and, see, how he requites me!O God! if my deep prayers cannot appease thee, But thou wilt be aveng'd on my misdeeds, Yet execute thy wrath on me alone: O, spare my guiltless wife, and my poor children! I pray thee, gentle keeper, stay by me; My soul is heavy, and I fain would sleep. Brak. I will, my lord; God give your grace good
[CLARENCE reposes himself on a Chair. Sorrow breaks seasons, and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide
Enter the Two Murderers.
1 Murd. Ho! who's here? Brak. What would'st thou, fellow? and how
cam'st thou hither? 1 Murd. I would speak with Clarence, and I came hither on my legs.
Brak. What, so brief? 2 Murd. O, sir, 'tis better to be brief than teLet him see our commission; talk no more.
[ A Paper is delivered to BRAKENBURY, who
1 Murd. You may, sir; 'tis a point of wisdom: Fare you well.
Exit BRAKENBURY. 2 Murd. What, shall we stab him as he sleeps ?
1 Murd. No; he'll say, 'twas done cowardly, when he wakes.
2 Murd. When he wakes! why, fool, he shall never wake until the great judgment day.
1 Murd. Why, then he'll say, we stabb’d him sleeping.
2 Murd. The urging of that word, judgment, hath bred a kind of remorse in me.
1 Murd. What? art thou afraid?
2 Murd. Not to kill him, having a warrant for it; but to be damn'd for killing him, from the which no warrant can defend me.
i Murd. I thought, thou had'st been resolute. 2 Murd. So I am, to let him live. 1 Murd. I'll back to the duke of Gloster, and tell
2 Murd. Nay, I pr’ythee, stay a little: I hope, this holy humour of mine will change; it was wont to hold me but while one would tell twenty.
1 Murd. How dost thou feel thyself now?
2 Murd. ʼFaith, some certain dregs of conscience are yet within me.
i Murd. Remember our reward, when the deed's done.
2 Murd. Come, he dies; I had forgot the reward. 1 Murd. Where's thy conscience now? 2 Murd. In the duke of Gloster's
purse. i Murd. So, when he opens his purse to give us our reward, thy conscience flies out.
2 Murd. 'Tis no matter; let it go; there's few, or none, will entertain it.
i Murd. What, if it come to thee again?
2 Murd. I'll not meddle with it, it is a dangerous thing, it makes a man a coward; a man cannot steal, but it accuseth him; a man cannot swear, but it checks him; a man cannot lie with his neighbour's wife, but it detects him: "Tis a blushing shame-faced spirit, that mutinies in a man's bosom; it fills one full of obstacles: it made me once restore a purse of gold, that by chance I found; it beggars any man that keeps it: it is turned out of all towns and cities for a dangerous thing; and every man, that means to live well, endeavours to trust to himself, and live without it.
i Murd. 'Zounds, it is even now at my elbow, persuading me not to kill the duke.
2 Murd. Take the devil in thy mind, and believe him not: he would insinuate with thee, but to make thee sigh.
1 Murd. I am strong-fram’d, he cannot prevail with me.
2 Murd. Spoke like a tall fellow, that respects his reputation. Come, shall we fall to work?
1 Murd. Take him over the costard" with the hilts of thy sword, and then throw him into the malmsey-butt, in the next room.
Spoke like a tall fellow,] The meaning of tall, in old English, is stout, daring, fearless, and strong.
the costard-] i. e. the head; a name adopted from an apple shaped like a man's head.
2 Murd. O excellent device! and make a sop of him.
1 Murd. Soft! he wakes, 2 Murd. Strike. 1 Murd. No, we'll reason with him. Clar. Where art thou, keeper? give me a cup of
wine. 1 Murd. You shall have wine enough, my lord,
anon. Clar. In God's name, what art thou? 1 Murd. A man, as you are. Clar. But not, as I am, royal. 1 Murd. Nor you, as we are, loyal. Clar. Thy voice is thunder, but thy looks are
humble. | Murd. My voice is now the king's, my looks
mine own. Clar. How darkly, and how deadly dost thou
speak! Your eyes do menace me: Why look you pale? Who sent you hither? Wherefore do you come?
Both Murd. To, to, to,
Clar. You scarcely have the hearts to tell me so, And therefore cannot have the hearts to do it. Wherein, my friends, have I offended you?
1 Murd. Offended us you have not, but the king. Clar. I shall be reconcil'd to him again. 2 Murd. Never, my lord; therefore prepare to die.
Clar. Are you call'd forth from out a world of men, To slay the innocent? What is my
offence? Where is the evidence that doth accuse me? What lawful quest? have given their verdict up
we'll reason-] We'll talk. : What lawful quest --] Quest is inquest or jury.