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upon him.

Enter King Henry with a prayer-book. K. Henry. From Scotland am I stol'n er'n of pure

love, To greet mine own land with

my

wishful light. No, Harry, Harry, 'tis no land of thine, Thy place is filld, thy scepter wrung from thee ; Thy balm washr oft, 'wherewith thou wast anointed: No bending knee will call thee Cesar now, No humble suitors press to speak for Right, No, not a man comes for redress to thee; For how can I help them, and not myself?

Sink. Ay, here's a deer whose skin's a keeper's fee. This is the quondam King, let's seize

K. Henry. Let me embrace these four Adversities; For wise men say, it is the wisest course.

Hum. Why linger we? let us lay hands upon him.
Sink. Forbear a while, we'll hear a little more.
K. Henry. My Queen and Son are gone to France

for aid.
And, as I hear, the great commanding Warwick
Is thither gone to crave che French King's Sister
To wife for Edward. If this news be true,
Poor Queen and Son! your labour is but lost,
For Warwick is a subtle orator,
And Lewis, a Prince foon won with moving words.
-By this account, then, Margaret may win him,
For she's a woman to be pitied much;
Her fighs will make a bate'ry in his breast,
Her tears will pierce into a marble heart,
The Tyger will be mild, while she doth mourn,
And Nero would be tainted with remorse,
To hear, and see her plaints, her brinish tears.
-Ay, but she's come to beg, Warwick to give;

+ Thy balm washt of, It is common in these Plays to This is an image very frequent find the same images, whether in the works of Shakespeare. So jocular or serious, frequently reagain in this Scene,

curring. I was anointed King.

She,

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She, on his left side, craving aid for Henry ;
He, on his right, asking a wife for Edward.
She weeps, and says, her Henry is depos'd ;
He smiles, and says, his Edward is installid;
That she, poor wretch, for grief can speak no more,
While Warwick tells his Title, smooths the wrong,
* Inferreth arguments of mighty strength,
And in conclusion wins the King from her,
With promise of his sister, and what else,
To strengthen, and support King Edward's place.
-O Marg’ret, thus 'twill be, and thou, poor soul,
Art then forsaken, as thou went'lt forlorn.
Hum. Say, what art thou that talk'st of Kings and

Queens ?
K. Henry. More than I seem, and less than I was

born to;

A man at least, for less I should not be;
And men may talk of Kings, and why 'not I?

Hum. Ay, but thou talk'st, as if thou wert a King.
K. Henry. Why, so I am in mind, and that's enough.
Hum. "But if thou be a King, where is thy Crown?
· K. Henry. My Crown is in my heart, not on my

head, Not deck'd with Diamonds and Indian Stones, Not to be seen; my Crown is cail'd Content, A Crown it is, that feldom Kings enjoy: Hum. Well, if you be a king crown'd with Cong

tent, Your crown Content and you must be contented To go along with us. For, as we think, You are the King, King Edward hath depos’d, And we his subjects, sworn in all allegiance, Will apprehend you as his enemy. K. Henry. But did you never swear, and break an

oath?

In the former alt was the same line,
Inferring arguments of mighty forse,

Hum. No, never such an oath; nor will not now.
K. Henry. Where did you dwell when I was king of

England ?
Hum. Here, in this country, where we now remain.

K. Henry. I was anointed King at nine months old; My father and my grandfather were Kings, And you were sworn true subjects unto me; And tell me then, have you not broke your oaths ?

Sink. No, we were subjects, but while you were King., K. Henry. Why am í dead ? do I not breathe a

man ? Ah, simple men, 'you know not what you swear'

. Look, as I blow this feather from my face, And as the air blows it to me again, Obeying with my wind when I do blow, And yielding to another when it blows, Commanded always by the greater gust, Such is the lightness of you common men. -But do not break your oaths, for of that sin My mild intreaty shall not make you guilty. Go where you will, the King shall be commanded, And be you, Kings, command, and I'll obey. Sink. We are true Subjects to the King, King Ed

ward. K. Henry So would you be again to Henry, If he were seated as King Edward is. Sink. We charge you in God's name, and in the

King's, To go with us unto the officers. K. Henry. In God's name lead, your King's name

be obey'd ; And what God will, that let your king perform; And what he will, I humbly yield unto. [Exeuns.

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SCENE II.

Changes to the Palace. Enter King Edward, Gloucester, Clarence, and

Lady Gray,
K. Edw. ROTHER of Glofter, at St, Alban's

field
This lady's 'husband, - Sir Jobn Gray, was Nain,
His land then feiz'd on by the Conqueror ;
Her suit is now to repossess those lands,
Which we in juftice cannot well deny,
Because, in quarrel of the house of York,
The worthy gentleman did lose his life.
Glo. Your

Highness shall do well to grant 'her fuit, It were dishonour to deny it her.

K. Edw. It were no less, but yet I'll make a pause. Glo. Yea! is it fo ?

(Alide, I see, the lady hath a thing to grant, Before the king will grant her humble suit. Clar. He knows the game ; how true he keeps the

wind Glo. Silence.

K, Edw. * Widow we will consider of your fuit, And come some other time to know our mind.

Gray: Right gracious Lord, I cannot brook delay, May't please your Highness to resolve me now, And what your pleasure is, shall satisfy me, Glo. [Aside.) Ay, widow ? 'then i'll warrant you

all your lands, And if what pleases him shall pleasure you. -Fight closer, or, good faith you'll catch a blow.

Clar. Afide.]I fear her not, unless she chance to fall. ? Sir John Gray,) Vid. Hall, This is a very lively and spritely 3d year of Edw. IV. folio 5. It dialogue ; the reciprocation is was hitherto fairly printed Rich quicker than is common in Shakeerd.

Pope. /peare.
Widow, we will consider. ]

Gla.

Gło. ( Afide.] God forbid that! for he'll take vantages. K. Edw. How many children hast thou, widow?

tell me.

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her two.

Clar. [ Afide.] I think, he means to beg a child of her.
Glo. ( Afide.] Nay, whip me then : he'll rather give
Gray. Three, my most gracious Lord.
Glo. [Aside.) You shall have four, if you'll be ruled

by him. K. Edw. 'Twere pity they should lose their father's

lands. Gray. Be pitiful, dread Lord, and grant it then. K. Edw. Lords, give us leave; I'll try this widow's

wit. Glo, Ay, good leave haveyou, for you will have leave; Till youth take leave, and leave you to the crutch.

(Gloucefter and Clarence retire to the other fide. K, Edw. Now tell me, Madam, do you

love your children ? Gray, Ay, full as dearly as I love myself. K. Edw. And would you not do much to do them

good ? Gray. To do them good, I would sustain some harm, K, Edw. Then get your husband's lands to do them

good. Gray. Therefore I came unto your Majesty. K. Edv. I'll tell you how these lands are to be got, Gray. So shall you bind me to your Highness' service, K. Edw. What service wilt thou do me, if I give

them? Gray. What you command that rests in me to do, K. Edw. But you will take exceptions to my boon? Gray. No, gracious Lord, except I cannot do it, K, Edw, Ay, but thou canst do what I mean to ask, Gray. Why, then I will do what your Grace com

mands. Glo. He plies her hard, and much rain wears the marble,

Clar,

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