Flourish. Enter KING EDWARD IV,
|KING EDWARD IV||Now here a period of tumultuous broils.
Away with Oxford to Hames Castle straight:
For Somerset, off with his guilty head.
Go, bear them hence; I will not hear them speak.
|OXFORD||For my part, I'll not trouble thee with words.|
|SOMERSET||Nor I, but stoop with patience to my fortune.|
|[Exeunt Oxford and Somerset, guarded]|
|QUEEN MARGARET||So part we sadly in this troublous world,
To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.
|KING EDWARD IV||Is proclamation made, that who finds Edward
Shall have a high reward, and he his life?
|GLOUCESTER||It is: and lo, where youthful Edward comes!|
|[Enter soldiers, with PRINCE EDWARD]|
|KING EDWARD IV||Bring forth the gallant, let us hear him speak.
What! can so young a thorn begin to prick?
Edward, what satisfaction canst thou make
For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects,
And all the trouble thou hast turn'd me to?
|PRINCE EDWARD||Speak like a subject, proud ambitious York!
Suppose that I am now my father's mouth;
Resign thy chair, and where I stand kneel thou,
Whilst I propose the selfsame words to thee,
Which traitor, thou wouldst have me answer to.
|QUEEN MARGARET||Ah, that thy father had been so resolved!|
|GLOUCESTER||That you might still have worn the petticoat,
And ne'er have stol'n the breech from Lancaster.
|PRINCE EDWARD||Let AEsop fable in a winter's night;
His currish riddles sort not with this place.
|GLOUCESTER||By heaven, brat, I'll plague ye for that word.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to men.|
|GLOUCESTER||For God's sake, take away this captive scold.|
|PRINCE EDWARD||Nay, take away this scolding crookback rather.|
|KING EDWARD IV||Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your tongue.|
|CLARENCE||Untutor'd lad, thou art too malapert.|
|PRINCE EDWARD||I know my duty; you are all undutiful:
Lascivious Edward, and thou perjured George,
And thou mis-shapen Dick, I tell ye all
I am your better, traitors as ye are:
And thou usurp'st my father's right and mine.
|KING EDWARD IV||Take that, thou likeness of this railer here.|
|GLOUCESTER||Sprawl'st thou? take that, to end thy agony.|
|CLARENCE||And there's for twitting me with perjury.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||O, kill me too!|
|GLOUCESTER||Marry, and shall.|
|[Offers to kill her]|
|KING EDWARD IV||Hold, Richard, hold; for we have done too much.|
|GLOUCESTER||Why should she live, to fill the world with words?|
|KING EDWARD IV||What, doth she swoon? use means for her recovery.|
|GLOUCESTER||Clarence, excuse me to the king my brother;
I'll hence to London on a serious matter:
Ere ye come there, be sure to hear some news.
|GLOUCESTER||The Tower, the Tower.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||O Ned, sweet Ned! speak to thy mother, boy!
Canst thou not speak? O traitors! murderers!
They that stabb'd Caesar shed no blood at all,
Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame,
If this foul deed were by to equal it:
He was a man; this, in respect, a child:
And men ne'er spend their fury on a child.
What's worse than murderer, that I may name it?
No, no, my heart will burst, and if I speak:
And I will speak, that so my heart may burst.
Butchers and villains! bloody cannibals!
How sweet a plant have you untimely cropp'd!
You have no children, butchers! if you had,
The thought of them would have stirr'd up remorse:
But if you ever chance to have a child,
Look in his youth to have him so cut off
As, deathmen, you have rid this sweet young prince!
|KING EDWARD IV||Away with her; go, bear her hence perforce.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||Nay, never bear me hence, dispatch me here,
Here sheathe thy sword, I'll pardon thee my death:
What, wilt thou not? then, Clarence, do it thou.
|CLARENCE||By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||Good Clarence, do; sweet Clarence, do thou do it.|
|CLARENCE||Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it?|
|QUEEN MARGARET||Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself:
'Twas sin before, but now 'tis charity.
What, wilt thou not? Where is that devil's butcher,
Hard-favour'd Richard? Richard, where art thou?
Thou art not here: murder is thy alms-deed;
Petitioners for blood thou ne'er put'st back.
|KING EDWARD IV||Away, I say; I charge ye, bear her hence.|
|QUEEN MARGARET||So come to you and yours, as to this Prince!|
|[Exit, led out forcibly]|
|KING EDWARD IV||Where's Richard gone?|
|CLARENCE||To London, all in post; and, as I guess,
To make a bloody supper in the Tower.
|KING EDWARD IV||He's sudden, if a thing comes in his head.
Now march we hence: discharge the common sort
With pay and thanks, and let's away to London
And see our gentle queen how well she fares:
By this, I hope, she hath a son for me.
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 France. KING LEWIS XI's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 1 London. The Parliament-house.||Act IV, Scene 1 London. The palace.|
|Act I, Scene 2 Sandal Castle.||Act IV, Scene 2 A plain in Warwickshire./Act IV, Scene 3 Edward's camp, near Warwick.|
|Act I, Scene 3 Field of battle betwixt Sandal Castle and Wakefield.||Act IV, Scene 4 London. The palace./Act IV, Scene 5 A park near Middleham Castle In Yorkshire.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Another part of the field.||Act IV, Scene 6 London. The Tower.|
|Act II, Scene 1 A plain near Mortimer's Cross in Herefordshire.||Act IV, Scene 7 Before York./Act IV, Scene 8 London. The palace.|
|Act II, Scene 2 Before York.||Act V, Scene 1 Coventry.|
|Act II, Scene 3 A field of battle between Towton and Saxton, in Yorkshire.||Act V, Scene 2 A field of battle near Barnet. /Act V, Scene 3 Another part of the field.|
|Act II, Scene 4 Another part of the field./Act II, Scene 5 Another part of the field.||Act V, Scene 4 Plains near Tewksbury.|
|Act II, Scene 6 Another part of the field.||Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 A forest in the north of England.||Act V, Scene 6 London. The Tower.|
|Act III, Scene 2 London. The palace.||Act V, Scene 7 London. The palace.|
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