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Glo. Go after, after, Coufin Buckingham.
The Mayor towards Guild-Hall hies him in all post :
There, at your meetest vantage of the time,
Infer the Bastardy of Edward's Children,
Tell them, how Edward put to death a Citizen,
Only for saying he would make his Son
Heir to the Crown, meaning indeed his House,
Which by the Sign thereof was termed so.
Moreover, urge his hateful Luxury,
And bestial appetite in change of Lust,
Which stretch'd unto their Servants, Daughters, Wives,
Even where his raging Eye, or favage Heart,
Without controll, lufted to make a prey..
Nay, for a need, thus far come near my Person:
Tell them, when that my Mother went with Child
Of that insatiate Edward, Noble York,
My Princely Father then had Wars in France,
And by true Computation of the Time,
Found that the issue was not his begot:
Which well appeared in his Lineaments,
Being nothing like the Noble Duke, my Father:
Yet touch this sparingly as ’rwere far off,
Because, my Lord, you know my Mother lives.
Buck. Doubt not, my Lord, I'll play the Orator
As if the Golden Fee, for which I plead,
Were for my self ; and so, my Lord, adieu.
Glo. If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard's Castle, Where
shall find me, well accompanied With reverend Fathers, and well-learned Bishops.
Buck. I go, and towards three or four a Clock Look for the News that the Guild-Hall affords.
[Exit Buckingham. Glo. Go, Lovel, with all speed to Doctor Shaw, Go thou to Friar Beuker, bid them both [To Ratcliff.
Meet me within this hour at Baynard's Castle. [Exeunt. - Now will I go to take some privy Order To draw the Brats of Clarence out of light, And to give order, that no manner of Person Have any time recourse unto the Princes.
Enter a Scrivener.
Scriv. Here is the Indi&tment of the good Lord Hastings,
Which in a fet Hand fairly is engrossid,
That it may be to day read o'er in Paul's.
And mark how well the sequel hangs together:
Eleven hours I have spent to write it over,
For yesternight by Catesby was it sent me,
The Precedent was full as long a doing,
And yet within these five hours Hastings liv'd,
Untainted, unexamin'd, free, at liberty.
Here's a good World the while; who is so gross
That cannot see this palpable Device?
Yet who so bold, but says, he sees it not?
Bad is the World, and all will come to nought,
When such ill dealing must be seen in thought, [Exit.
Enter Gloucester and Buckingham at several Doors.
Glo. How now, how now, what say the Citizens?
Buck. Now by the holy Mother of our Lord,
The Citizens are mum, say not a word.
Glo. Touch'd you the Bastardy of Edward's Children
Buck. I did, with his Contraå with Lady Lucy,
And his Contra& by Deputy in France.
Th’unsatiate greediness of his desire,
And his enforcement of the City Wives,
His Tyranny for Trifles, his own Bastardy,
As being got, your Father then in France,
And his resemblance, being not like the Duke,
Withal, I did infer your Lineaments,
Being the right Idea of your Father,
Both in your Form and Nobleness of Mind:
Laid open all your Viâories in Scotland,
Your Discipline in War, Wisdom, in Peace,
Your Bounty, Virtue, fair Humility:
Indeed left nothing fitting for your Purpose
Untouchi, or Nighily handled in Discourse.
And when my Oratory grew toward end,
I bid them that did love their Country's good,
Cry, God save Richard, England's Royal King.
Glo. And did they so?
Buck. No, so God help me, they spake not a Word, But like dumb Statues or unbreathing Stones,
Star'd each on other, and look’d deadly pale:
Which when I saw, I reprehended them,
And ask'd the Mayor, what meant this wilful silence?
His answer was, the People were not used
To be spoke to, but by the Recorder.
Then he was urg'd to tell my Tale again:
Thus faith the Duke, thus bath the Duke inferid,
But nothing spoke in warrant from himself.
When he had done, fome Followers of mine own,
At lower end of the Hall, hurld up their Caps,
And some ten Voices cry'd, God save King Richard:
And thus I took the vantage of those few.
Thanks, gentle Citizens and Friends, quoth I,
This general Applause, and chearful Shout,
Argues your Wisdom, and your love to Richard;
And even here brake off and came away.
Glo. What Tongue-less Blocks were they,
Would they not speak?
Will not the Mayor then and his Brethren come?
Buck. The Mayor is here at hand; intend some fear,
Be not you spoke with, but by mighty suit;
And look you get a Prayer-Book in your Hand,
And stand between two Churchmen, good my Lord,
For on that ground I'll make a holy Descant:
And be not easily won to our Requests,
Play the Maid's part, still answer nay, and take it.
Glo. I go: And if you plead as well for thein,
As I can say nay to thee for
self, No doubt we bring it to a happy Isue. [Ex. Glo. Buck. Go, go up to the Leads, the Lord Mayor knocks.
Enter Lord Mayor and Citizens.
Welcome my Lord, I dance attendance here,
I think the Duke will not be spoke withal.
Buck. Now Catesby, what says your Lord to my Request?
Cates. He doth intreat your Grace, my Noble Lord,
To vilit him to Morrow, or next Day:
He is within, with two right Reverend Fathers,
Divinely bent to Meditation,
And in no worldly Suits would he be moy'd,
To draw him from his holy Exercise.
Buck. Return, good Catesby, to the gracious Duke,
Tell him, my self, the Mayor and Aldermen,
In deep Designs, in matter of
No less importing than our general Good,
Are come to have some conference with his Grace.
Cates. I'll signifie so much unto him straight, [Exit.
Buck. Ah ha, my Lord, this Prince is not an Edward, He is not lulling on a lew'd Love-Bed, But on his Knees at Meditation : Not dallying with a Brace of Curtizans, But meditating with two deep Divines: Not sleeping, to engross his idle Body, But praying, to enrich his watchful Soul. Happy were England, would this virtuous Prince Take on his Grace the Soveraignty thereof. But sure I fear we shall not win him to it.
Mayor. Marry, God defend, his Grace should say us nay. Buck. I fear he will; here Catesby comes again.
Now Catesby, what says his Grace
Cates. He wonders to what end you have assembled
Such Troops of Citizers to come to him,
His Grace not being warn’d thereof before:
He fears, my Lord, you mean no good to him.
Buck. Sorry I am, my noble Cousin should
Sufpect me, that I mean no good to him:
By Heav'n, we come to him in perfe& Love,
And so once more return, and tell his Grace. [Exit Catesby.
When holy and devout Religious Men
Are at their Beads, 'tis much to draw them thence,
So sweet is zealous Contemplation.
Enter Gloucester aboven between two Bishops.
Mayor. See where his Grace stands 'tween two Clergymen.
Buck. Two Props of Virtue, for a Christian Prince,
To stay him from the fall of Vanity:
And see a Book of Prayer in his Hand,
True Ornaments to know a holy Man.
Famous Plantagenet, most gracious Prince,
Lend favourable Ear to our requests,
And pardon us the interruption
Of thy Devotion and right Christian Zeal.
Glo. My Lord, there needs no such Apology;
I do beseech your Grace to pardon me,
Who earnest in the Service of th’ high God,
Deferr'd the Visitation of my Friends.
But leaving this, what is your Grace's pleasure?
Buck. Even that, I hope, which pleaseth God above,
And all good Men, of this ungovernd Ille.
Glo. I do suspe& I have done some offence,
That seems disgracious in the City's Eye,
And that you come to reprehend my Ignorance.
Buck. You have, my Lord.
Would it might please your Grace,
On our entreaties to amend your Fault.
Glo. Elfe wherefore breathe I in a Christian Land.
Buck. Know then, it is your Fault that you refign
The Supream Seat, the Throne Majestical,
The Sceptred Office of your Ancestors,
Your State of Fortune, and your due of Birth,
The Lineal Glory of your Royal House,
To the corruption of a blemish Stock;
Whiles in the mildness of your neepy Thoughts,
Which here we waken to our Country's good,
The noble Isle doth want his proper Limbs:
His Face defac'd with skars of Infamy,
His Royal Stock graft with ignoble Plants,
And almost shouldred in the swallowing Gulf
Of dark Forgetfulness, and deep Oblivion.
Which to re-cure, we heartily follicit
Your gracious self to take on you the charge
And Kingly Government of this your Land:
Not as Protector, Steward, Subftitute,
Or lowly Factor, for another's gain;
But as succesively, from Blood to Blood,
Your right of Birth, your Empiry, your own.
For this, consorted with the Citizens,
Your very Worshipful and loving Friends,
And by their vehement Instigation,
In this just Cause come I to move your Grace.
Glo. I cannot tell, if to depart in filence,
Or bitterly to speak in your reproof,