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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
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.
+ 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, on his left side, craving aid for Henry ;
A man at least, for less I should not be;
Hum. Ay, but thou talk'st, as if thou wert a King.
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
In the former alt was the same line,
Hum. No, never such an oath; nor will not now.
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.
Changes to the Palace. Enter King Edward, Gloucester, Clarence, and
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.
Gło. ( Afide.] God forbid that! for he'll take vantages. K. Edw. How many children hast thou, widow?
Clar. [ Afide.] I think, he means to beg a child of her.
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,