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i Vil. What? art thou afraid?
2 Vil. Not to kill him, having a Warrant. But to be damn'd for killing him, from the which No Warrant can defend me.
i Vil. I thought thou badst been resolute. 2 Vil. So I am, to let him live. i Vil. I'll back to the Duke of Gloster, and tell him so. 2 Vil. Nay, prithee stay a little : I hope this passionate Humour of mine will change; It was wont to hold me but while one tells tweniy.
i Vil. How dost thou feel thy self now? 2 Vil. Some certain dregs of Conscience are yet within me. I Vil. Remember the Reward, when the Deed's done. 2 Vil. Come he dies: I bad forgot the Reward. i Vil. Where's thy Conscience now? a Vil. O, in the Duke of Gloster's Purse.
i Vil. When he opens his Purse to give us our Reward, thy Conscience flies out.
2 Vil. 'Tis no matter, let it go ; there's few or none will entertain it.
i Vil. What if it come to thee again?
i Vil. I'll not meddle with it, it makes a Man a Coward : A Man cannot steal, but it accuseth him ; a Man cannot swear, but it checks him; a Man cannot lye with his Neighbour's Wife, but it dete&s him. 'Tis a blushing thamefac'd Spirit, that mutinies in a Man's Bosom : It fills a Man full of Obftacles. . It made me once restore a Purse of Gold that, by chance, I found. It beggars any Man that keeps it. It is turn'd out of Towrs and Cities for a dangerous thing, and every Man that means to live well, endeavours to trust to himself, and live without it.
i Vil. 'Tis even now at my elbow, perswading me not to kill the Duke.
2 Vil. Take the Devil in thy mind, and believe him nct: He would infinuate with thee but to make thee figh.
i Vil. I am strong fram’d, he cannot prevail with me.
2 Vila Spoke like a tall Man, that respects thy Reputation. Come, shall me fall to work?
i Vil. Take him on the Costard, with the Hilt of thy Sword, and then throw him into the Malmfie.butt in the next Room.
2 Vil. Oexcellent Device, and make a Sop of him.
Clar. How darkly, and how deadly dost thou speak ?
2 Vil. To, to, to-
Clar. You scarcely have the Hearts to tell me so;
i Vil. Offended us you have not, but the King.
Clar. Are you drawn forth among a world of Men,
i Vil. What we will do, we do upon command.
Clar. Erroneous Vassals, the great King of Kings
Take heed, for he holds Vengeance in his Hand
2 Vil. And that same Vengeance doth be hurl on thee
i Vil. And like a Traitor to the name of God, Didst break that Vow, and with thy treacherous blade, Unripp'st the Bowels of thy Soveraign's Son.
2 Vil. Whom thou wast sworn to cherish and defend.
i Vil. How canst thou urge God's dreadful Law to us, When thou hast broke it in such high degree?
Clar. Alas! for whose sake did I that ill deed?
I Vil. Who made thee then a bloody Minister,
Clar. My Brother's Love, the Devil, and my Rage.
i Vil. Thy Brother's Love, our Duty, and thy Faults, Provoke us hither now, to slaughter thee.
Clar. If you do love my Brother, hate not me:
2 Vil. You are deceiv'd,
Clar. Oh no, he loves me, and he holds me dear: Go you to him from me.
i Vilo Ay, so we will.
Clar. Tell him, when that our Princely Father York, Bleft his three Sons with his vi&orious Aim,
He little thought of this divided Friendship:
I Vil. Ay, Milftones; as he lesson'd us to weep:
i Vil. Right, as Snow in Harveft:
Clar. It cannot be, for he bewept my Fortune, And hugg'd me in his Arms, and swore with fobs, That he would labour my Delivery,
I Vil. Wny so he doth, when he delivers you From this Earth's thraldom, to the joys of Heav'n.
2 Val. Make peace with God, for you must die, my Lords
Clar. Have you that holy feeling in your Souls,
2 Vil. What shall we do?
Clar. Relent, and save your Souls:
Clar. Not to relent; is beastly, favage, devilish.
2 Vil. Look behind you, my Lord.
[Stabs hims. I'll drown you in the Malmsey-Butt within. [Exit.
2 Vil. A bloody deed, and desperately dispatcht: How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my Hands of this most grievous Murther.
Enter first Villain. i Vil. How now? what mean'st thou that thou help'st me not? By Heav'n, the Duke shall know how flack
you have been,
2 Vil, I would he knew, that I had sav'd his Brother; Take thou the Fee, and tell him what I say, For I repent me that the Duke is flain,
[Exit. i Vil. So do not l; go Coward as thou art, Well, I'll go hide the Body in some hole, 'Till that the Duke give order for his Burial: And when I have my Meed, I will away; For this will out, and then I must not stay. [
A C T II. SCENE I.
Flourish. Enter King Edward sick, the Queen, Dorset, Rivers, Hastings, Catesby, Buckingham, and Woodvil.
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so ; now have I done a good day's work.
You Peers continue this united League:
Riv. By Heav’n, my Soul is purg'd from bearing Hate, And with my Hand I seal my true Heart's Love.
Haft. So thrive I, as I truly swear the like.
K. Edw. Take heed you dally not before your King,
Haft. So prosper I, as I swear perfeet Love.
K. Edw. Madam, your self is not exempt from this;