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And may direct his course as please himself.
As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent,
In my opinion ought to be prevented.

Glo. I hope, the King made peace with all of us : And the compact is firm, and true in me.

Riv. And so in me; and so, I think, in all. Yet since it is but green, it should be puc To no apparent likelihood of breach, Which, haply, by much company might be urg'd a Therefore I say, with noble Buckingham, That it is meet so few should fetch

che Prince. Haft. And so fay I.

Glo. Then be it fo; and go we to determine,
Who they shall be that strait shall post to Ludlow.

Madam, and you my sister, will you go,
To give your censures in this weighty business?

[Exeunta [Manent Buckingham and Gloucester. Buck. My Lord, whoever journies to the Prince, For God's sake, let not us Two stay at home; For by the way, I'll fort occasion, As index to the story we late talk'd of, To part the Queen's proud kindred from the Prince.

Glo. My other self, my counsel's consistory,
My oracle, my prophet ; --My dear cousin,
1, as a child, will go by thy direction.
Tow'rd Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind.

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Enter one Citizen at one door, and another at the otber.

1 Cit.

OOD morrow, neighbour, whither away

so fast? 2 Cit. I promise you, I hardly know myself:

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Hear you the news abroad?

1. Cit. Yes, the King's dead.

2 Cit. III News, by'r lady; seldom comes a better : I fear, I fear, 'cwill prove a giddy world.

Enter anotber Citizen,

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Cit. Neighbours, God speed ! i Cit. Give you good morrow, Sir. 3 Cit. Doth the news hold of good King Edward's

death? 2 Cit. Ay, Sir, it is too true ; God help, the while! 3

Cit. Then, masters, look to see a troublous world. i Cit. No, no, by God's good grace his son fhall reign. 3 Git. Wo to that Land that's govern'd by a child ! 2 Cit. In him there is a hope of government,

Which in his nonage, council under him,
And, in his full and ripen’d years himself,
No doubt shall then, and till then, govern well.

i Cit. So stood the State, when Henry the sixth
Was crown'd in Paris, buc at nine months old.
3

Cit. Stood the Scare so? no, no, good friends,

God wot;

For then this Land was famously enrich'd
With politick grave counsel; then the King
Had virtuous Uncles to protect his Grace.
i Cit. Why, so hath this, both by his father and

mother.
3 Cit. Better it were they all came by his father,
Or by his father there were none at all :
For emulation, who shall now be nearest,
Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not.
O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloster;
And the Queen's fons and brothers haughty, proud ;
And were they to be ruld, and not to rule,

* !llich in his nonage.) The I believe a line to be loft in which word which has no antecedent, some mention was made of the nor can the sense or connection Land or the People. be ealily restored by any change.

This fickly land might solace as before. 1 Cit. Come, come, we fear the worst; all will be

well. 3 Cit. When clouds are seen, wise men put on their

cloaks? When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the Sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms make men expect a dearth. All may be well; but if God fort it so, 'Tis more than we deserve or I expect.

2 Cit. Truly, the hearts of men are full of fear,
You cannot reason almost with a man
That looks not heavily, and full of dread,

3 Cit. Before the days of change, still is it so ;
By a divine instinct men's minds mistrust
Ensuing danger; as by proof we see,
The waters fwell before a boilt'rous storm.
But leave it all to God. Whither away ?

2 Cit. Marry, we were sent for to the justices.
3 Cit. And so was I, I'll bear you company. [Exeunt.

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Enter Archbishop of York, the young Duke of York,

the Queen, and the Dutchess of York. Arch. Heard, they lay the last night at Northamp

ton, At Stony Stratford they do rest to night; To morrow, or next day, they will be here.

Dutch. I long with all my heart to see the Prince; I hope, he is much grown since last I saw him,

Queen. But I hear, not; they say, my son of York Has almost over-ta'en him in his growth,

York. Ay, mother, but I would not have it fo. Dutcb. Why, my young Cousin, it is good to grow. York. Grandam, one night as we did sit at supper,

My uncle Rivers talk'd how I did grow
More than my brother. Ay, quoth my uncle Gloster,
Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace.
And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast,
Because sweet flow'rs are now, and weeds make haste,
Dutcb. Good faith, good faith, the saying did not

hold
In him, that did object the same to thee.
He was the wretched'ft thing, when he was young;
So long a growing, and so leisurely,
Thạt, if his Rule were true, he should be gracious,

York. And so, no doubt, he is, my gracious Madam.
Dutch. I hope, he is ; but yet let mothers doubt.
York. Now, by my troth, if I had 3 been re,

member'd
I could have giv’n my Uncle's Grace a fout
To touch his growth, nearer than he touch'd mine.
Dutch. How, my young Work? I pr’ythee, let me

hear it.
York. Marry, they say, my uncle grew so fast,
That he could gnaw a crust at two hours old;
'Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth,
Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.

Dutch. I pr’ychee, precey York, who told thee this:
York. Grandam, his nurse.
Dutch. His nurse! why, she was dead ere thou wast

born.
York. If 'were not she, I cannot tell who cold me.
Queen. A per’lous boy-go to, you are too threwd.
Luth. Good Madam, be not angry with a child.
Queen. Pitchers have ears,

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my house

Enter a Messenger. Arch. Here comes a Messenger : what news ? Mej. Such news, my Lord, as grieves me to report. Queen. How doth the Prince ? Mes. Well, Madam, and in health. Dutch. What is thy news?

Mef. Lord Rivers and Lord Gray are sent to Pomfret, With them, Sir Thomas Vaughan, prisoners.

Dutch. Who hath committed them ?

Mes. The mighty Dukes,
Gloster and Buckingham.

Queen. * For what offence ?
Mes

. The sum of all I can, I have disclos’d:
Why, or for what, the Nobles were committed,
Is all unknown to me, my gracious lady.
Queen. Ah me! I see the ruin of

;
The tyger now hath feiz'd the gentle hind.
Insulting tyranny begins to jut
Upon the innocent and + awless throne ?
Welcome, deftruction, blood and massacre !
I see, as in a map, the end of all.

Dutch. Accurfed and unquiet wrangling days !
How many of you have mine eyes beheld ;
My husband lost his life to get the Crown,
And often up and down my sons were toft,
For me to joy, and weep, their gain, and loss.
And being feated, and domestick broils
Clean over-blown, themselves the Conquerors
Make war upon themselves, blood againit blood,
Self against self; O most preposterous
And frantick outrage ; end thy damned spleen;
$ Or let me die, to look on death no more,

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