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Commanded always by the greater gust ;
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.
GLOSTER, CLARENCE, and Lady GREY.
Glo. Your highness shall do well, to grant her suit ;
K. Edw. It were no less ; but yet I'll make a pause.
Glo. Yea! is it so ?
[Aside. Glo. Silence !
L.Grey. Right gracious lord, I cannot brook delay :
5] This is a very lively and spritely dialogue; the reciprocation is quick. er ihan is common in Shakspeare. JOHNS.
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. (Asi. K.Ed.'Twere pity, they should lose their father's lands. L.Grey. Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then. K. Edtú. Lords, give us leave; I'll try this widow's wit. Glo. Ay, good leave have you; for you will have leave, Till youth take leave, and leave you to the crutch.
[GLOSTER and CLARENCE retire to the other side. K.Edw. Now tell me, madam, do you love your
children ? L.Grey. Ay, full as dearly as I love myself. K.Edcu. And would you not do much, to do them good ? L.Grey. To do them good, I would sustain some harm. K.Ed. Then get your husband's lands, to do them good. ...Grey. Therefore I came unto your majesty. K. Edw. I'll tell you how these lands are to be got. L.Grey. So shall you bind me to your highness' service. K.Edw. What service wilt thou do me, if I give them ? L.Grey. What you command, that rests in me to do. K.Edw. But you will take exceptions to my boon. L..Grey. No, gracious lord, except I cannot do it. K.Edw. Ay, but thou canst do what I mean to ask. L.Grey. Why, then I will do what your grace com
mands. Glo. He plies her hard ; and much rain wears the marble.
[ Aside, Clar. As red as fire ! nay, then her wax must melt.
[Aside. L.Grey. Why stops my lord ? shall I not hear my task ? K.Edw. An easy task ; 'tis but to love a king. L.Grey. That's soon perform’d, because I am a subject. K.Ed.Why then, thy husband's lands I freely give thee. L.Grey. I take my leave with many thousand thanks. Glo. The match is made ; she seals it with a curt'sy. K. Edw. But stay thee, 'tis the fruits of love I mean.
L.Grey. The fruits of love I mean, my loving liege.
K.Edw. Ay, but, I fear me, in another sense.
K.Edw. No, by my troth, I did not mean such love.
K. Edw. To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee.
K.Édw. Therein thou wrong'st thy children mightily.
L.Gre.Herein your highness wrongs both them and me.
K. Edw. Ay; if thou wilt say Ay, to my request :
L.Grey. Then, No, my lord. My suit is at an end.
K. Edw. Her looks do argue her replete with modesty;
L.Grey. 'Tis better said than done, my gracious lord :
K.Edw. Sweet widow, by my state I swear to thee,
L.Grey. And that is more than I will yield unto :