« AnteriorContinuar »
K.Edw. No more, than when my daughters call thee
Glo.The ghostly father now hath done his shrift.[Asi.
[Aside. K.Ed. Brothers, you muse what chat we two have had. Glo. The widow likes it not, for she looks sad. K.Edw. You'd think it strange, if I should marry her. Clar. To whom, my lord ? K. Edw. Why, Clarence, to myself. Glo. That would be ten days' wonder, at the least. Clar. That's a day longer than a wonder lasts. Glo. By so much is the wonder in extremes.
K.Edw. Well, jest on, brothers : I can tell you both, Her suit is granted for her husband's lands.
Enter a Nobleman.
K. Edw. See, that he be convey'd unto the Tower :-
ENCE, and Lord.
So do I wish the crown, being so far off ;
 It was an opinion, which, in spite of its absurdity, prevailed long, that the bear brings forth oniy shapeless lumps of animated Hesh, which she licks into the form of bears. It is now well known that the whelps of the bear are produced in the same state with those of other creatures. JOHNS.
 Richar i speaks here the language of nature. Whoever is stigmatized
And yet I know not how to get the crown, For many lives stand between me and home : And I,--like one lost in a thorny wood, That rents the thorns, and is rent with the thorns ; Seeking a way, and straying from the way ; Not knowing how to find the open air, But toiling desperately to find it out, Torment myself to catch the English crown: And from that torment I will free myself, Or hew my way out with a bloody axe. Why, I can smile, and murder when I smile ; And cry, content, to that which grieves my heart ; And wet my cheeks with artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions. I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk ; I'll play the orator as well as Nestor, Deceive more slily than Ulysses could, And, like a Simon, take another Troy : I can add colours to the cameleon ; Change shapes, with Proteus, for advantages, And set the murderous Machiavel to school. Can I do this, and cannot get a crown ? Tut! were it further off, I'll pluck it down. [Exit.
SCENE III. France. A Room in the Palace. Flourish. Enter LEWIS the
French King, and Lady Bona, attended ; the King takes his State. Then enter Queen MARGARET, Prince EDWARD her son, and the Earl of OXFORD.
K.Lew. Fair queen of England, worthy Margaret, Sit down with us ; it ill befits thy state, [Rising And birth, that thou shouldst stand, while Lewis doth sit.
Q.Mar. No, mighty king of France ; now Margaret Must strike her sail, and learn a while to serve, Where kings command. I was, I must confess, Great Albion's queen in former golden days : But now mischance hath trod my title down, And with dishonour laid me on the ground ; Where I must take like seat unto my fortune, And to my humble seat conforın myself, K:Lew. Why, say, fair queen, whence springs this
deep despair Q.Mar. From such a cause as fills mine eyes with tears, And stops my tongue, while heart is drown'd in cares.
K.Lew. Whate'er it be, be thou still like thyself, And sit thee by our side : yield not thy neck
[Seats her by him. To fortune's yoke, but let thy dauntless mind Still ride in triumph over all mischance. Be plain, queen Margaret, and tell thy grief ; It shall be eas'd, if France can yield relief. Q.Mar. Those gracious words revive my drooping
thoughts, And give my tongue-ty'd sorrows leave to speak. Now, therefore, be it known to noble Lewis,That Henry, sole possessor of my love, Is, of a king, become a banish'd man, And forc'd to live in Scotland a forlorn ; While proud ambitious Edward, duke of York, Usurps the regal title, and the seat Of England's true-anointed lawful king. This is the cause, that I, poor Margaret, With this my son, prince Edward, Henry's heir,Am come to crave thy just and lawful aid ; And, if thou fail us, all our hope is done : Scotland hath will to help, but cannot help ; Our people and our peers are both misled, Our treasure seiz'd, our soldiers put to fight, And, as thou see'st, ourselves in heavy plight. K.Lew. Renowned queen, with patience calm the
storm, While we bethink a means to break it off.
Q.Mar. The more we stay, the stronger grows our foe. K.Lew. The more I stay, the more I'll succour thee.
Q.Mar. O, but impatience waiteth on true sorrow : And see, where comes the breeder of my sorrow.
Enter WARWICK, attended.9 K.Lew. What's he, approacheih boldly to our pre
sence ?  This nobleman's embassy and commission, the insult he receives by the king's hasty marriage, and his consequent resolution to avenge it, with the capture, imprisonment, and escape of the king, Shakspeare, it is true, found in Hall and Holinshed; but later as well as eariier writers, of better authority, incline us to discr-dit the whole ; and to refer the rupture be. tween the king and his political creator, to causes which have not reached posterity, or to that jealousy and ingratitude so natural, perhaps, to those who are
der great obligations too great to be discharged. There needs no other proof how little our common histories are to le vepended apon than this fabulous story of Warwick and the Lady Bora. The king was privately married to Lady Elizabeth Widville, in 1463, and in February 1465, War wick actually stood sponsor to the princess Elizabeth their first child.
Q.Mar. Our earl of Warwick, Edward's greatest
friend. K.Lew. Welcome, brave Warwick! What brings
thee to France ? [Descending from his state. Queen MARGARET rises.
Q. Mar. Ay, now begins a second storm to rise ;
War. From worthy Edward, king of Albion,
Q.Mar. If that go forward, Henry's hope is done.
Q.Mar. King Lewis, -and lady Bona,-hear me speak,
War. Injurious Margaret !
War. Because thy father Henry did usurp ;
Oxf. Then Warwick disannuls great John of Gaunt, Which did subdue the greatest part of Spain ; And, after John of Gaunt, Henry the Fourth, Whose wisdom was a mirror to the wisest ;