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HENRY, Earl of Richmond; afterwards King TRESSEL and BERKELEY, Gentlemen attending Henry the Seventh.
CARDINAL BOURCHIER, Archbishop of Canterbury.
THOMAS ROTHERHAM, Archbishop of York.
EARL OF SURREY, his Son.
EARL RIVERS, Brother to King Edward's Queen. MARQUESS OF DORSET, and LORD GREY, her Sons.
EARL OF OXFORD.
LORD STANLEY, called also EARL OF DERBY. LORD LOVEL.
SIR THOMAS VAUGHAN.
SIR RICHARD RATCLIFF.
SIR WILLIAM CATESBY.
SCENE I.-London. A Street.
on Lady Anne.
ELIZABETH, Queen of King Edward the Fourth.
MARGARET, Widow of King Henry the Sixth. DUCHESS OF YORK, Mother to King Edward the Fourth, Clarence, and Gloucester.
LADY ANNE, Widow of Edward, Prince of Wales, Son to King Henry the Sixth; afterwards married to the Duke of Gloucester.
LADY MARGARET PLANTAGENET, a young Daughter of Clarence.
Lords, and other Attendants; two Gentlemen, a Pursuivant, Scrivener, Citizens, Murderers, Messengers, Ghosts of those murdered by Richard the Third, Soldiers, &c.
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
Lord Hastings was to her for his delivery?
-I am determined to prove a villain,
Are mighty gossips in our monarchy.
Tendering my person's safety, hath appointed 44 Is wise and virtuous, and his noble queen This conduct to convey me to the Tower.
Glo. Upon what cause?
Because my name is George. Glo. Alack! my lord, that fault is none of yours;
He should, for that, commit your godfathers. 48
Clar. Yea, Richard, when Iknow; for I protest As yet I do not: but, as I can learn, He hearkens after prophecies and dreams; And from the cross-row plucks the letter G, And says a wizard told him that by G His issue disinherited should be; And, for my name of George begins with G, It follows in his thought that I am he. These, as I learn, and such like toys as these, 60 Have mov'd his highness to commit me now.
Glo. Why, this it is, when men are rul'd by
Well struck in years, fair, and not jealous; 92
And that the queen's kindred are made gentlefolks.
How say you, sir? can you deny all this?
Brother, farewell: I will unto the king;
I will deliver you, or else lie for you:
I must perforce: farewell. [Exeunt CLARENCE, BRAKENBURY, and Guard.
Well are you welcome to this open air.
But I shall live, my lord, to give them thanks
For they that were your enemies are his,
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
And over-much consum'd his royal person: 140 That makes us wretched by the death of thee, 'Tis very grievous to be thought upon. What, is he in his bed?
Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads,
Taken from Paul's to be interred there;
Glo. Stay, you that bear the corse, and set it down.
Anne. What black magician conjures up this fiend,
Alas! I blame you not; for you are mortal,
For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell,
Ol gentlemen; see, see! dead Henry's wounds
Thy deed, inhuman and unnatural,
O God! which this blood mad'st, revenge his death;
O earth! which this blood drink'st, revenge his death;
Either heaven with lightning strike the murderer dead,
Or earth, gape open wide, and eat him quick, As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood, Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered!
Glc. Lady, you know no rules of charity, 68 Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses. Anne. Villain, thou know'st no law of God
Anne. And thou unfit for any place but hell. Glo. Yes, one place else, if you will hear me name it.
Anne. Some dungeon.
Your bed-chamber. 112 Anne. Ill rest betide the chamber where thou liest!
Glo. So will it, madam, till I lie with you. Anne. I hope so.
I know so. But, gentle Lady Anne, 76 To leave this keen encounter of our wits,