Act II, Scene 4 London. The palace.
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK,
young YORK, QUEEN
|ARCHBISHOP OF YORK||Last night, I hear, they lay at Northampton;
At Stony-Stratford will they be to-night:
To-morrow, or next day, they will be here.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||I long with all my heart to see the prince:
I hope he is much grown since last I saw him.
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||But I hear, no; they say my son of York
Hath almost overta'en him in his growth.
|YORK||Ay, mother; but I would not have it so.|
|DUCHESS OF YORK||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
'Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace:'
And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast,
Because sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||Good faith, good faith, the saying did not hold
In him that did object the same to thee;
He was the wretched'st thing when he was young,
So long a-growing and so leisurely,
That, if this rule were true, he should be gracious.
|ARCHBISHOP OF YORK||Why, madam, so, no doubt, he is.|
|DUCHESS OF YORK||I hope he is; but yet let mothers doubt.|
|YORK||Now, by my troth, if I had been remember'd,
I could have given my uncle's grace a flout,
To touch his growth nearer than he touch'd mine.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||How, my pretty York? I pray thee, 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.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||I pray thee, pretty York, who told thee this?|
|YORK||Grandam, his nurse.|
|DUCHESS OF YORK||His nurse! why, she was dead ere thou wert born.|
|YORK||If 'twere not she, I cannot tell who told me.|
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||A parlous boy: go to, you are too shrewd.|
|ARCHBISHOP OF YORK||Good madam, be not angry with the child.|
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||Pitchers have ears.|
|[Enter a Messenger]|
|ARCHBISHOP OF YORK||Here comes a messenger. What news?|
|Messenger||Such news, my lord, as grieves me to unfold.|
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||How fares the prince?|
|Messenger||Well, madam, and in health.|
|DUCHESS OF YORK||What is thy news then?|
|Messenger||Lord Rivers and Lord Grey are sent to Pomfret,
With them Sir Thomas Vaughan, prisoners.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||Who hath committed them?|
|Messenger||The mighty dukes
Gloucester and Buckingham.
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||For what offence?|
|Messenger||The sum of all I can, I have disclosed;
Why or for what these nobles were committed
Is all unknown to me, my gracious lady.
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||Ay me, I see the downfall of our house!
The tiger now hath seized the gentle hind;
Insulting tyranny begins to jet
Upon the innocent and aweless throne:
Welcome, destruction, death, and massacre!
I see, as in a map, the end of all.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||Accursed 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 toss'd,
For me to joy and weep their gain and loss:
And being seated, and domestic broils
Clean over-blown, themselves, the conquerors.
Make war upon themselves; blood against blood,
Self against self: O, preposterous
And frantic outrage, end thy damned spleen;
Or let me die, to look on death no more!
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||Come, come, my boy; we will to sanctuary.
|DUCHESS OF YORK||I'll go along with you.|
|QUEEN ELIZABETH||You have no cause.|
|ARCHBISHOP OF YORK||My gracious lady, go;
And thither bear your treasure and your goods.
For my part, I'll resign unto your grace
The seal I keep: and so betide to me
As well I tender you and all of yours!
Come, I'll conduct you to the sanctuary.
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|Act I, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act III, Scene 5 The Tower-walls.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another street.||Act III, Scene 6 The same./ Act III, Scene 7 Baynard's Castle.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before the Tower.|
|Act I, Scene 4 London. The Tower.||Act IV, Scene 2 London. The palace.|
|Act II, Scene 1 London. The palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same.|
|Act II, Scene 2 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 4 Before the palace./ Act IV, Scene 5 Lord Derby's house.|
|Act II, Scene 3 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 1 Salisbury. An open place./Act V, Scene 2 The camp near Tamworth.|
|Act II, Scene 4 London. The palace.||Act V, Scene 3 Bosworth Field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 4 Another part of the field./Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the field|
|Act III, Scene 2 Before Lord Hastings' house.|
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