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O God! forgive my sins, and pardon thee!


Glo. What, will the aspiring blood of Lancaster Sink in the ground? I thought it would have mounted. See, how my sword weeps for the poor king's death! O, may such purple tears be always shed

From those that wish the downfal of our house!-
If any spark of life be yet remaining,
Down, down to hell; and say-I sent thee thither,
[Stabs him again.

I, that have neither pity, love, nor fear.—
Indeed, 'tis true, that Henry told me of;
For I have often heard my mother say,

I came into the world with my legs forward:

Had I not reason, think ye, to make haste,
And seek their ruin, that usurp'd our right?
The midwife wonder'd; and the women cried,
O, Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth!
And so I was; which plainly signified,-
That I should snarl, and bite, and play the dog.
Then, since the heavens have shap'd my body so,
Let hell make crook'd my mind to answer it.
I have no brother, I am like no brother:
And this word-love, which greybeards call divine,
Be resident in men like one another,

And not in me; I am myself" alone.-

Clarence, beware; thou keep'st me from the light;
But I will sort a pitchy day for thee:
For I will buzz abroad such prophecies,
That Edward shall be fearful of his life;
And then, to purge his fear, I'll be thy death.
King Henry, and the prince his son, are gone;
Clarence, thy turn is next, and then the rest;
Counting myself but bad, till I be best.--
I'll throw thy body in another room,
And triumph, Henry, in thy day of doom.


SCENE VII.-The same. A Room in the Palace. King Edward is discovered sitting on his Throne; Queen Elizabeth with the infant Prince, Clarence, Gloster, Hastings, and others, near him.

K. Edw. Once more we sit in England's royal throne, Re-purchas'd with the blood of enemies.

What valiant foe-men, like to autumn's corn,
Have we mow'd down, in tops of all their pride?
Three dukes of Somerset, threefold renown'd
For hardy and undoubted champions:
Two Cliffords, as the father and the son,

And two Northumberlands; two braver men

Ne'er spurr'd their coursers at the trumpet's sound: With them, the two brave bears, Warwick and Mon


That in their chains fetter'd the kingly lon,
And made the forest tremble when they roar'd.
Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat,
And made our footstool of security.-
Come hither, Bess, and let me kiss my boy :-
Young Ned, for thee, thine uncles, and myself,
Have in our armours watch'd the winter's night;
Went all afoot in summer's scalding heat,
That thou might'st repossess the crown in peace;
And of our labours thou shalt reap the gain.

Glo. I'll blast his harvest, if your head were laid; For yet I am not look'd on in the world.

This shoulder was ordain'd so thick, to heave;
And heave it shall some weight, or break my back.-
Work thou the way,-and thou shalt execute. [Aside.
K. Edw. Clarence, and Gloster, love my lovely

queen ;

And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both.

Cla. The duty that I owe unto your majesty, I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.

K. Edw. Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.


Glo. And, that I love the tree from whence thou sprang'st,

Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit:-
Το say the truth, so Judas kiss'd his master;
And cried, all hail! when as he meant, all harm.


K. Edw. Now am I seated as my soul delights, Having my country's peace, and brothers' loves.

Cla. What will your grace have done with Margaret? Reignier, her father, to the king of France Hath pawn'd the Sicils and Jerusalem,

And hither have they sent it for her ransome.

K. Edw. Away with her, and waft her hence to France.

And now what rests, but that we spend the time
With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
Such as befit the pleasures of the court?-
Sound, drums and trumpets!-farewell, sour annoy!
For here, I hope, begins our lasting joy. [Exeunt


King Edward the Fourth.
Edward, prince of Wales, after-
wards King Edward V.
Richard, duke of York,
George, duke of Clarence,
Richard, duke of Gloster, af-
terwards K. Richard III.
A young Son of Clarence.


Henry, earl of Richmond, afterwards K. Henry VII.
Cardinal Bourchier, archbishop of Canterbury.
Thomas Rotheram, archbishop of York.

sons to the king.

brothers to the king.

John Morton, bishop of Ely.
Duke of Buckingham.
Duke of Norfolk:

Earl of Surrey, his son.

Earl Rivers, brother to king Edward's queen:
Marquis of Dorset, and Lord Grey, her sons.
Earl of Oxford.
Lord Hastings.
Lord Stanley.
Lord Lovel.
Sir Thomas Vaughan.
Sir Richard Ratcliffe.

Sir William Catesby.

Sir James Tyrrel.

Sir James Blount. Sir Walter Herbert.
Sir Robert Brakenbury, lieutenant of the Tower.
Christopher Urswick, a priest. Another Priest.
Lord Mayor of London. Sheriff of Wiltshire.

Elizabeth, queen of king Edward IV.
Margaret, widow of king Henry VI.

Duchess of York, mother to king Edward IV. Clarence,

and Gloster.


A young Daughter of Clarence.

Lady Anne, widow of Edward prince of Wales, son to king Henry VI.; afterwards married to the duke of

Lords, and other Attendants; two Gentlemen, a Pur suivant, Scrivener, Citizens, Murderers, Messengers, Ghosts, Soldiers, &c.

SCENE, England.

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