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Should not become my wife, and England's queen-
Clar. Then this is my opinion--that king Lewis
30 About the marriage of the lady Bona. Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in
charge, Is now dishonoured by this new marriage. K. Edw. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be
appeas'd, By such invention as I can devise ? Mont. Yet to have join'd with France in such al
liance, Would more have strengthen’d this our common
wealth 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage.
Hast. Why, knows not Montague, that of itself England is safe, if true within itself?
40 Mont. Yes; but the safer, when 'tis back'd with
France. Hast. 'Tis better using France, than trusting France ; Let us be back'd with God, and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable, And with their helps alone defend ourselves; In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies.
Clar. For this one speech, lord Hastings well de
To have the heir of the lord Hungerford,
K. Edw. Ay, what of that it was my will, and
grant; And, for this once, my will shall stand for law. 50 Glo. And yet, methinks, you grace hath not done
Clar. Or else you would not have bestow'd the heir
K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarencel is it for a wife, That thou art malecontent? I will provide thee. 60 Clar. In choosing for yourself, you -shew'd your
K. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king, And not be ty'd unto his brother's will,
Queen. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their
Enter a Post.
K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what
news, From France ? Post. My sovereign liege, no letters: and few
words, But such as I, without your special pardon, Dare not relate. K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in
brief, Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them.
90 What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters ?
Post. At my depart, these were his very words;
K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike he thinks me
K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less;
Post. He, more incens'd against your majesty
Clar. Belike, the younger; Clarence will have the elder.
Now, brother king, farewel, and sit you fast,
[Exit CLARENCE, and SOMERSET follows.
wick! Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen ; And haste is needful in this desperate case. Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf 130 Go levy men, and make prepare for war; They are already, or quickly will be landed ; Myself in person will straight follow you.
[Exeunt PEMBROKE and STAFFORD. But, ere I go, Hastings--and MontagueResolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest, Are near to Warwick, by blood, and by alliance : Tell me, if you love Warwick more than me? If it be so, then both depart to him ; I rather wish you foes, than hollow friends : But if you mind to hold your true obedience, 140 Give me assurance with some friendly vow, That I may never have you in suspect.
Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true! Hast.
And Hastings, as he favours Edward's cause !