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Is priso'ner to the foe; his state usurp'd;
Be valiant, and give signal to the fight. Without quitting the spot where we may imagine these discourses to have been held in the agony of hope and fear, let us carry forward our thoughts to the latter part of the same day. The persons you must now suppose before you, are king Edward, Clarence, Gloster, and others of that party, who advance with colours flying, and sound of trumpets ; and as prisoners, brought in guarded, are queen Margaret, Oxford, and Somerset : king Edward speaks. [K. Edward.] Here is the period of tumultuous broils.
-Away with Somerset and Oxford straight,
And all the trouble thou hast put me to ? [P. Edward.) Speak like a subject, proud, ambitious York!
Suppose that mine is now my father's mouth;
Margaret recovers and screams.
[Margaret.] O traitors! murderers! O Ned, sweet Ned!
Špeak to thy mother, boy: canst thou not speak ?
How sweet a plant you have untimely cropp'd ! [K. Edward.] Away with her; go bear her hence perforce.
[Margaret.] Nay, never bear me hence; despatch me Here sheath thy sword; I'll pardon thee
death : What, wilt thou not ? then, Clarence, do it thou. (Clarence.] By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease. [Margaret.] Good Clarence, do; I pray thee, Clarence, do. [Clarence.] Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it ? [Margaret.] Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself:
'Twas sin before, but now 'tis charity.
Petitioners for blood thou ne'er putt'st back.. [K. Edward.] Away, I say: I charge you bear her hence.
[a pause.] So; now we breathe : Clarence, where 's Richard gone ? (Clarence.] To London all in post; and, as I guess,
To make a bloody supper in the Tower. [K. Edward.] He's sudden, if a thing comes in his head.
Now march we hence; discharge the common sort
pay and thanks, and let's away to London,
By this I hope she hath a son for me. Our next scene is a room in the Tower, where king Henry is discovered, sitting with a book in his hand, the lieutenant
attending: Gloster has reached London with his best speed from Tewkesbury : but not sooner than the intelligence of the battle, and the circumstances of young Edward's death: he enters and speaks. [Gloster.] Good day, my lord: what, at your book so hard ? [Henry.] Ay, my good lord : my lord, I should say rather ;
'Twere sin to flatter : therefore not good lord. [Gloster.] Friend, leave us to ourselves; we must confer.
The lieutenant quits the room. [Henry.] So flies the reckless shepherd from the wolf!
What bloody scene hath Roscius now to act ? [Gloster.] Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind :
The thief doth fear each bush an officer. [Henry.] Where thieves without controlment rob and kill, The traveller doth fear each bush a thief:
bird that hath been already lim’d,
By whom my young one bled, was caught, and kill'd [Gloster.] Why, what a peevish fool was that of Crete,
That taught his son the office of a fowl !
And then, he had not broken his neck with climbing. [Henry.] Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not thy words:
My breast can better brook thy dagger's point,
life? [Gloster.] Think'st thou I am an executioner? [Henry.] If murdering innocents be executing,
Then thou 'rt the worst of executioners. [Gloster.] Thy son I kill'd for his presumption.
[Henry.] Hadst thou been kill'd when thou didst first pre
Thou hadst not liv'd to kill a son of mine: [sume,
Thou cam'st[Gloster.] I'll hear no more ;—die, prophet, in thy speech : For this among
the rest was Richard born. [Henry.] Oh, and for much more murder after this!
O God, forgive my sins, and pardon thee !
Sink in the ground ? I thought it would have mounted.
Be resident in men like one another,
yself but bad, until the best.
THE ENMITIES AND MACHINATIONS PREVALENT IN THE COURT OF
EDWARD IV., WHEN THE CIVIL WARS HAD CEASED; INDICATED
HISTORICAL MEMORANDA. Eleven years elapsed between the battle of Tewkesbury and the death of Edward IV. The chief of the public acts during this time was an invasion of France, which ended in a treaty. Margaret of Anjou was ransomed, and spent the remainder of her days in privacy at the court of her relations abroad. Meanwhile, the English court was filled with animosities; and tradition has aseribed the chief of them to the machinations of Richard duke of Gloster. Clarence was killed in the Tower in 1478. Edward died in 1482. It was in the intermediate time, between the battle of Tewkesbury and the death of Edward, that the duke of Gloster married Anne, Warwick's second daughter, who had been betrothed to Prince Edward of Lancaster. The poet, in passages which will be omitted, gives a different impression of the fact.
We are to imagine a street in London : Richard duke of Gloster enters, and, while waiting for his brother Clarence, whom he expects to be brought this way, engages in soliloquy: [Gloster.] Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by the sun of York;