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[K. Edward.] But were it not recorded, 'tis a truth
That ought, methinks, to live from age to age,
Even to the general, all-ending day. [Gloster in an under tone, as aside.] So wise so young, they
[say, do ne'er live long. [K. Edward.] What say you, uncle? [Gloster.] This say I, royal cousin,
Though wanting characters, yet fame lives long.
[a pause.] [K. Edw.] Richard of York! how fares our dearest brother? [D. of York.] O my dear lord, -and king: so you are now. [K. Edward.] Ay, brother, to our grief, as it is yours :
Too soon he died, who might have better worn
That title, which in me will lose its majesty. [Gloster.] How fares our gentle cousin, lord of York? [D. of York.] I thank you, gentle uncle. O my lord,
You said that idle weeds are fast in growth;
The king my brother hath outgrown me far. [Gloster.] He hath, my lord. [D. of York.] And therefore is he idle ? [Gloster.] O pretty cousin, I inust not say so. [D. of York.] Nay, uncle', I don't believe the saying's true;
For if it were, you'd be an idle weed. [Gloster.] How so, cousin ? [D. of York.] Because I 've heard folks say, you grew so fast,
Your teeth would gnaw a crust at two hours old :
Now 'twas two years ere I could get a tooth. [Gloster in an under tone as aside.] Indeed! I find the brat
[is taught his lesson. (Loud.] Who told thee this, my pretty, merry cousin ?
[D. of York.] Why, your nurse, uncle. [Glost.] My nurse ? why, she was dead 'fore thou wast born. [D. of York.] If 'twas not she, I cannot tell who told me. [Gloster in an under tone.] So subtle, 100 ?—'tis pity thou’rt
[short-liv’d. [K. Edward.] Uncle, my brother will be cross in talk. [Gloster.] Oh, do not fear, my lord: we shall not quarrel. [K. Edward.] I hope your grace knows how to bear with him. [D. of York.] You mean to bear me, not bear with me:
Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me;
He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulder. [K. Edward.] Fie, brother! I have no such meaning: fie!
Uncle, will you direct our present course ? [Gloster.] My lord, will it please you pass with these along ?
Myself, and my good cousin here of Buckingham,
To meet and bid you welcome at the Tower. [calls.] Lead on, in front! [lower.] What says my little
-He shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower?- [cousin ?
What should you fear, my pretty lord of York ? [D. of York.] My uncle Clarence' ghost: for I've been told
-Grandmother told me so that he was kill'd there. [K. Edward.] I fear no uncles dead : but come, my lords;
If so it must be, let us to the Tower. The several groups pass on, leaving Gloster, Buckingham, and one Sir William Catesby, a lawyer, behind : Buckingham speaks : [Buckingham.] Think you, my lord, this little prating York
Was not instructed by his subtle mother
[Gloster.] No doubt, no doubt: oh, 'tis a shrewd young
Stubborn, bold, quick, forward, and capable; (master,
[sworn [Buckingham.] I will, my lord :-now, Catesby, thou art
As deeply to effect what we intend,
In seating this great duke upon the throne ? [Catesby.] I fear, my lord, that he will not be won. [Buckingham.] Yet go : and, as it were far off, sound HastIf thou dost find him tractable to us,
Wherein thyself shall highly be employ'd. [Gloster, as from some little distance.] Commend me to lord
[William: tell him, Catesby,
Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep? [Catesby.] You shall, my lord. [Gloster.] At Crosby place—you know where you shall find He's
now, my lord of Buckingham.- [us : [Buckingham.] What shall we do, my lord, if we perceive
Lord Hastings will not yield to our designs ?
gone : And
[Gloster.] Chop off his head, man: something we will do.
Cousin of Buckingham, let ’s lose no time :
Of Edward's children.
For look, when I am king, claim thou of me
Whereof the king my brother was possess’d. [Buckingham.] I shall remember that your grace was boun
[tiful. [Gloster.] Return, that we may sup betimes; and then
Digest our busi’ness for to-morrow morning. Suppose the morrow arrived, and that we have before us the council-chamber at an earlier moment than the members have generally entered or taken their seats. Hastings is one of the earliest ; and, as we may imagine, begins a conversation with Catesby : [Hastings.] Didst thou not tell me, Catesby, yesterday,
That, on this very day, my enemies,
The kindred of the queen, should die at Pomfret ?
Because they have been still mine enemies :
Heaven knows I will not do it, to the death. [Catesby. Heaven keep your lordship in that gracious
[Hastings.) But I shall laugh at this a twelvemonth hence,
That—they who brought king Edward's frown upon
[meWell, Catesby, ere a fortnight make me older,
I'll send some packing that yet think not of it. [Catesby.] 'Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord,
When men are unprepar'd, and look not for it. [Hastings.] Oh, monstrous, monstrous! and so falls it out
With Rivers, Vaughan, and Grey: and so 'twill do
but that I know our state secure, I should be so triumphant as I am ?
Catesby, farewell : for we must take our seats.
Now, noble peers, the cause that we are met,
Buckingham speaks : [Buckingham.] Who knows the lord protector's mind herein? Who is most intimate, and has his counsels ?
The bishop of Ely answers : [Ely.) Your grace, we think, should soonest know his mind. [Buckingham.] We know each other's faces : as for hearts,
He knows no more of mine, than I of yours;