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And men may talk of kings, and why not I?

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 call's, content;
A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.

2 Keep. Well,if you be a king, crowa'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.

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 Heary,
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;

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And men may talk of kings, and why not Il
2 Keep. Ay, but thou talk'st as if thou wert a king.
K.Her.

Why, so I am,in mind, and that's enough.
2 Key. But, if thou be a king, where is thy crown!
X.Ba. My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
Not deck'd with diamonds, and Indian stones,
Ner to be seen : nry crown is callid, content;
A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.
Kerp. Well, if you be a king,crown'd svith 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.
K.Her. But did you never swear, and break an oath!
2 Keep. No, never such an oath, nor will not now
X. 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 caths!

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 boy

gust;
Such is the lightness of you
But do not break your oaths; for, of that sia
My mild entreaty shall not make you guilty.
Go where you will, the king shall he commanded;
And be you kings; command, and I'll ober.
I keep. We are true subjects to the king, king

Edward.
K.Hen. So would you be again to Heary,

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. *. Hen. In God's name, lead; your king's name

be obey'd;

39 And what God will, that 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, CLA-

RENCE, and Lady GREY.
K.Ed 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?

[Aside to Clarence.
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 !

(Aside. K. Edu. Widow, we will consider of your suit; And come some other time, to know our mind.

L.Grey. Right gracious lord, I cannot brook delay :
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.
Glo. God forbid that! for he'll take vantages.
K. Edı. How many children hast thou, widow ?
Clar. I think, he means to beg a child of her. [ Aside.

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

him. K. Edw. "Twere pity they should lose their father's

land,

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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 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. X. Edw. Now tell me, madam, do you love your

children? L. Grey. Ay, full as dearly as I love myself. X. Edw. And would you not do much to do them

good! L. Grey. To do them good, I would sustain some

harm.
X. Edw. Then get your husband's lands, to do

them good
L. Grey. Therefore I came unto your majesty.
K. Edio. I'll tell you how these lands are to
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 graca

commands.
Glo. He plies her hard ; and much rain wears

the marble. Clar. As red as fire ! nay, then her wax must

melt. L. Grey. Why stops my lord ? shall I not hear X. Edw. An easy task; 'tis but to love a king. L. Grey. That's soon perform'd, because I am &

subject. K. Edw. Why then, thy husband's lands I freely L. Grey. I take my leave with many thousand

thanks. Glo. The match is made; she seals it with a cart'sy. X. Edw. But stay thee, 'tis the

fruits of love I mean. L Grey. The fruits of love I mean, my loving liege. What love, think'st thou, I sue so much to get?

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L. Grey. Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then.
X.Ed. Lords, give us leare; I'll try this widow's

wit.
Glo. Ay, good leare have you; for you will hare

leare,
TII youth take leave, and leave you to the cruteh.

Gioster and Clarence retire to the other side
X. Edo. Now tell me, madam, do you love your

children?
L. Grey. Ay, full as dearly as I love myself.
K. Edw. And would you not do much to do thes

good!
L. Grey. To do them good, I would sustain som
1. Eda. Then get your husband's lands, to do

them good.
L. Grey. Therefore I came unto your majesty.

be got.
L. Grey. So shall you bind me to your highess'

service.
X. Edw. What service wilt thou do me, if I gire

42 L. Grey. My love till death, my humble thanks,

my prayers;
That love, which virtue begs, and virtue grants.

X. Edo. No, by my troth, 1 do not mean such love.
L. Grey. Why, then you mean not as I thought

you did.
K. Édw. But now you partly may perceive my

mind.
L. Grey. My mind will never grant what I perceive
Your highness aims at, if I aim aright.
K. Edre. To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee.
L. Edw. To tell you plain, I had rather lie in

prison.
K.Ed. Why, then thou shalt not have thy

husband's lands. L. Grey. Why, then mine honesty shall be my

dower; K. Edw. Therein thou wrong'st thy children

mightily.
L. Grey. Herein your highness wrongs both them
and me.

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Please you dismiss me, either with ay, or no.
K. Edw. Ay; if thou wilt say ay, to my request :
No; if thou

dost say no, to my demand
..Grey. Then, no, my lord. My suit is at an end.
Glo. The widow likes him not, she knits her

[ Aside.
Cla. He is the bluntest wooer in Christendom.
K. Edw. (Aside.] Her looks do argue her replete

with modesty
Her words do show her wit incomparable;
All her perfections challenge sovereignty :
One way, or other, she is for a king;
And she shall be my love, or else my queen.
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that king Edward take thee for his queen?

lord:
I am a subject fit to jest withal,
But far unfit to be a sovereign.

K. Edw. Sweet widow, by my state I swear to
1 speak no more than what my soul intends;
And that is, to enjoy thee for my love.

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X. Ed. But you will take exceptions to my boon.
L. Grey. No, gracious lord, except I cannot do it

.
K. Edo. Ay, but thou canst do what I mean to ask.
L. Grey. Why, then I will do what your grace

commands.
Glo. He plies her hard; and much rain wears
the marble.

(Aside
Clar. As red as fire ! nay, then her war must melt

.

(Aside.
L. Grey. Why stops my lord? shall I not haar

my task?
Edi. An easy task; 'tis but to love a king.

That's soon perform'd, because I am
K.Ed. Why then, thy husband's lands I freely

take my leave with many thousand
thanks.
Glo. The match is made; she seals it with a curt'sy.
1. Edw. But stay thee, 'tis the fruits of love I mean.

L. Grey. The fruits of lore I mean, my loving liege.
What love, think'st thou, I sue so much to get?

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L. Grey. And that is more than I will yield unto :
I know, I am too mean to be your queen;
And yet too good to be your concubine.
K. Edw. You cavil, widow ; I did mean, my queen.
L. Grey. 'Twill grieve your grace, my sons should

call you-father,
K. Edw. 'No more, than when my daughters call

thee mother.
Thou art a widow, and thou hast some children;
And, by God's mother, I, being but a bachelor,
Have other some : why, tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.
Answer no more, for thou shalt be my queen.
Glo. The ghostly father now hath done his

shrift.
Clar. When he was made a shriver, 'twas for
shift.

[Aside.
K. Edw. 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 he 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.
X. Edw. Well, jest on, brothers : I can tell you

both,
Her suit is granted for her husband's lands.

Enter a Nobleman.
Nob. My gracious lord, Henry your foe is taken,
And brought your prisoner to your palace gate.
K. Edw. See, that he be convey'd unto the

Tower:-
And go we, brothers, to the man, that took him,
To question of his apprehension.-

along ;-Lords, use her honourable.

King Edward, Lady Grey, Cla

rence, and Lord.
Glo. Ay, Edward will use women honourably.
Would he were wasted, marrow, bones, and all,
That from his loins no hopeful branch may spring,
To cross me from the golden time I look for!
And yet, between my soul's desire, and me.
(The lustful Edward's title buried,

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