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No bending knee will call thee Cæsar now,
• No humble suitors press to speak for right,
* No, not a man comes for redress of thee;
For how can I help them, and not myself?

1 Keep. Ay, here's a deer whose skin's a keeper's

fee:

* This is the quondam king ; let's seize upon him.

* K. Hen. Let me embrace these sour adversities; * For wise men say, it is the wisést course. * 2 Keep. Why linger we? let us lay hands uponi

him. * 1 Keep. Forbear a while; we'll hear a little more. K. Hen. My queen, and son, are gone to France for

aid; And, as I hear, the great commanding Warwick • Is thither gone, to crave the French king's sister "To wife for Edward : If this news be true, · Poor queen, and son, your

labour is but lost; "For Warwick is a subtle orator, * And Lewis a prince soon won with moving words. * By this account, then, Margaret may win him;

For she's a woman to be pitied much :
* Her sighs will make a battery in his breast;
* Her tears will pierce into a marble heart;
* The tiger will be mild, while she doth mourn ;
* And Nero will be tainted with remorse,
* To hear, and see, her plaints, her brinish tears.

Ay, but she's come to beg; Warwick, to give :
She, on his left side, craving aid for Henry;
He, on his right, asking a wife for Edward.
She weeps, and says-her Henry is depos'd;
He smiles, and says-his Edward is installid;

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* Whiles Warwick tells his title, smooths the wrong, * Inferreth arguments of mighty strength; * And, in conclusion, wins the king from her, * With promise of his sister, and what else, * To strengthen and support king Edward's place. * O Margaret, thus 'twill be; and thou, poor soul, * Art then forsaken, as thou went'st forlorn. 2 Keep. Say, what art thou, that talk'st of kings

and queens? K. Hen. More than I seem, and less than I was

born to: ' A man at least, for less I should not be; And men may talk of kings, and why not I? 2 Keep. Ay, but thou talk'st as if thou wert a

king. *K. Hen. Why, so I am, in mind; and that's

enough. 2 Keep. But, if thou be a king, where is thy crown? K. Hen. My crown is in my heart, not on my

head; * Not deck'd with diamonds, and Indian stones, * Nor to be seen: my crown is callid, content; • A crown it is, that seldoni kings enjoy. * 2 Keep. Well, if you be a king crown'd with

content, Your crown content, and you, must be contented To go along with us : for, as we think, • You are the king, king Edward hath depos’d; * And we his subjects, sworn in all allegiance, Will apprehend you as his enemy.

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* K. Hen. But did you never swear, and break an

oath? 2 Keep. No, never such an oath, nor will not

now.

* K. Hen. Where did you dwell, when I was

king of England ? 2 Keep. Here in this country, where we now

remain. * K. Hen. I was anointed king at nine months

old; * My father and my grandfather, were kings; And

you were sworn true subjects unto me: And, tell me then, have you not broke

your

oaths ? * 1 Keep. No; For we were subjects, but while you were king. * K. Hen. Why, am I dead? do I not breathe a

man? * Ah, simple men, you know not what you swear. * Look, as I blow this feather from my face, * And as the air blows it to me again,

Obeying with my wind when I do blow,

And yielding to another when it blows, * Commanded always by the greater gust; * Such is the lightness of you common men. * But do not break your oaths; for, of that sin

My mild entreaty shall not make you guilty. * Go where you will, the king shall be commanded; * And be you kings; command, and I'll obey. * 1 Keep. We are true subjects to the king, king

Edward. • K. Hen. So would you be again to Henry, If he were seated as king Edward is,

1 Keep. We charge you, in God's name, and in

the king's, To go with us unto the officers. K. Hen. In God's name, lead; your king's name

be obey'd : * And what God will, then let your king perform; * And what he will, I humbly yield unto. [Exeunt,

SCENE II.

London. A Room in the Palace.

Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, CLARENCE, and

Lady Grey.
K. Edw. Brother of Gloster, at Saint Albans'

field
This lady's husband, sir John Grey, was slain,
His lands then seiz'd on by the conqueror :
Her suit is now, to repossess those lands;

Which we in justice cannot well deny,
Because in quarrel of the house of York
* The worthy gentleman did lose his life.
Glo. Your highness shall do well, to grant her

suit; * It were dishonour, to deny it her.

K. Edw. It were no less; but yet I'll make a pause.

"Glo. Yea! is it so ? I see, the lady hath a thing to grant, Before the king will grant her humble suit. Clar. He knows the game;. How true he keeps the wind?

[Aside. Glo. Silence !

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K. Edw. Widow, we will consider of your

suit; • And come some other time, to know our mind. * L. Grey. Right gracious lord, I cannot brook de

lay: * May it please your highness to resolve me now; And what your pleasure is, shall satisfy me. Glo. [Aside.] Ay, widow? then I'll warrant you

all your lands, An if what pleases him, shall pleasure you. Fight closer, or, good faith, you'll catch a blow. * Clar. I fear her not, unless she chance to fall.

[Aside. * Glo. God forbid that! for he'll take vantages.

[Aside. K. Edw. How many children hast thou, widow?

tell me.

Clar. I think, he means to beg a child of her.

[Aside. Glo. Nay, whip me then; he'll rather give her two.

[Aside. L. Grey. Three, my most gracious lord. Glo. You shall have four, if you'll be rul'd by him.

[Aside. *K. Edw. "Twere pity, they should lose their

father's land. L. Grey. Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then. K. Edw. Lords, give us leave; I'll try this widow's

wit. Glo. Ay good leave 7 have you ;

for

you will have leave,

? This phrase implies readiness of assent.

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