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At Chertsey monast'ry, this noble king,
For divers unknown reasons, I beseech you,
Grant me this boon.
Anne. With all my heart; and much it joys me too,
Tressel, and Berkeley, go along with me.
Anne. "Tis more than you deserve:
But, since you teach me how to flatter you,
Imagine I have said farewell already.
[Exeunt LADY ANNE, TRESSEL, and BERKELEY,
Glo. Take up the corse, Sirs.
Gent. Towards Chertsey, noble lord ?
Glo. No, to White-Friars; there attend my coming.
[Exeunt the rest, with the corse.
Was ever woman in this humour woo'd?
I'll have her, but I will not keep her long.
What! I, that kill'd her husband, and his father,
With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes,
The bleeding witness of her hatred by;
With God, her conscience, and these bars against me,
But the plain devil, and dissembling looks,
And yet to win her,-all the world to nothing!
Hath she forgot already that brave prince,
Edward, her lord, whom I some three months since,
Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal,-
And will she yet abase her eyes on me,
That cropp'd the golden prime of this sweet prince,
On me, whose all not equals Edward's moiety?
And then return lamenting to my love.
Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
SCENE III.-The same. A Room in the Palace.
Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, LORD RIVERS, and LORD GREY.
Riv. Have patience, madam; there's no doubt his majesty e Will soon recover his accustom'd health.
Grey. In that you brook it ill, it makes him worse:
Q. Eliz. The loss of such a lord includes all harms.
Q. Eliz. Ah, he is young; and his minority
Is put into the trust of Richard Gloster,
Enter BUCKINGHAM and STANLEY.
Grey. Here come the lords of Buckingham and Stanley.
Yet, Stanley, notwithstanding she's your wife,
Bear with her weakness, which, I think, proceeds
Q. Eliz. Saw you the king to-day, my lord of Stanley ?
Are come from visiting his majesty.
Q. Eliz. What likelihood of his amendment, lords?
Q. Eliz. God grant him health! Did you confer with him?
Between the duke of Gloster and your brothers,
And between them and my lord chamberlain ;
And sent to warn* them to his presence.
Q. Eliz. Would all were well!-But that will never be ;
I fear our happiness is at the height.
Enter GLOSTER, HASTINGS, and DORSET.
Glo. They do me wrong, and I will not endure it:-
Cannot a plain man live, and think no harm,
Grey. To whom in all this presence speaks your grace?
When have I injured thee? when done thee wrong?-
Whom God preserve better than you would wish!-
But you must trouble him with lewd complaints.
And not provoked by any suitor else;
Glo. I cannot tell;-The world is grown so bad,
There's many a gentle person made a Jack.
QEliz. Come, come, we know your meaning, brother Gloster;
You envy my advancement, and my friends;
God grant, we never may have need of you!
Glo. Meantime, God grants that we have need of you:
Our brother is imprison'd by your means,
Myself disgraced, and the nobility
Held in contempt; while great promotions
Are daily given, to ennoble those
That scarce, some two days since, were worth a noble.
Q. Eliz. By Him, that raised me to this careful height From that contented hap which I enjoy'd,
I never did incense his majesty
Against the duke of Clarence, but have been
An earnest advocate to plead for him.
My lord, you do me shameful injury,
Falsely to draw me in these vile suspects.
Glo. You may deny that you were not the cause Of my lord Hastings' late imprisonment.
+ Low fellow.
Riv. She may, my lord; for
Glo. She may, lord Rivers ?-Why, who knows not so? She may do more, Sir, than denying that:
She may help you to many fair preferments;
And then deny her aiding hand therein,
And lay those honours on your high desert.
What may she not? She may,-ay, marry may she,-
Glo. What, marry, may she? marry with a king,
I wis, your grandam had a worser match.
Q. Eliz. My lord of Gloster, I have too long borne
Enter QUEEN MARGARET, behind.
Q. Mar. [aside]. And lessen'd be that small, God, I beseech thee !
Thy honour, state, and seat, is due to me.
Glo. What? Threat you me with telling of the king? Tell him, and spare not: look, what I have said
I will avouch, in presence of the king:
I dare adventure to be sent to the Tower.
'Tis time to speak, my painst are quite forgot.
Q. Mar. [aside]. Out, devil! I remember them too well:
Thou kill'dst my husband Henry in the Tower,
And Edward, my poor son, at Tewksbury.
Glo. Ere you were queen, ay, or your husband king,
I was a pack-horse in his great affairs;
A weeder-out of his proud adversaries,
A liberal rewarder of his friends;
To royalize his blood, I spilt my own.
Q. Mar. [aside]. Ay, and much better blood than his, or thine. Glo. In all which time, you, and your husband Grey,
Were factious for the house of Lancaster;
And, Rivers, so were you :-Was not your husband
In Margaret's battle § at Saint Albans slain ?
Let me put in your minds, if you forget,
What you have been ere now, and what you are;
Withal, what I have been, and what I am.
Q. Mar. [aside]. A murd'rous villain, and so still thou art.
Ay, and forswore himself,-Which Jesu pardon !-
Glo. To fight on Edward's party, for the crown
+ Make royal.
I would to God, my heart were flint like Edward's,
I am too childish-foolish for this world.
Q. Mar. [aside]. Hie thee to hell for shame, and leave this world,
Thou cacodæmon! there thy kingdom is.
Q. Eliz. As little joy, my lord, as you suppose,
That I enjoy, being the queen thereof.
Q. Mar. [aside]. A little joy enjoys the queen thereof; For I am she, and altogether joyless.
I can no longer hold me patient.
Hear me, you wrangling pirates, that fall out
Gio. Foul wrinkled witch, what mak'st thou in my sight?
That will I make before I let thee go.
Glo. Wert thou not banish'd on pain of death?
Q. Mar. I was; but I do find more pain in banishment,
A husband, and a son, thou ow'st to me,-
Glo. The curse my noble father laid on thee,-