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Glo. Your highness shall do well, to grant her suit;
• Glo. Yea! is it so?
[Aside. Glo. Silence!
[Aside. • 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
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, And 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. in fact seized by King Edward after his victory at Towton, 1461. The present scene is laid in 1464. Shakspeare followed the old play in this instance; but when he afterwards had occasion to mention this matter in writing his King Richard III. be stated it truly as he found it in the Chronicles. In Act i. Sc. 2 of that play, Richard, addressing himself to Queen Elizabeth (the Lady Grey of the present scene), says :
* In all which time you and your husband Grey
In Margaret's battle at Saint Albans slain ? Malone says that this circumstance, among numerous others, proves incontestably that Shakspeare was not the original author of this and the preceding play:
? A very lively and spritely dialogue; the reciprocation is quicker than is common in Shakspeare.—Johnson.
• K. Edio. How many children hast thou, widow?
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 wi
dow'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. Edw. And would you not do much, to do
them good? * L. Grey. To do them good, I would sustain
some harm. * K. Edw. Then get your husband's lands, to do
them good. * L. 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 high
ness' service. * K. Edw. What service wilt thou do me, if I
3 This phrase implies readiness of assent.
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
commands. * 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. Edw. 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 Į
* L. Grey. The fruits of love I mean, my loving
liege. * K. Edw. Ay, but I fear me, in another sense. What love, think'st thou, I sue so much to get? · L. Grey. My love till death, my humble thanks,
my prayers; « That love, which virtue begs, and virtue grants. K. Edw. No, by my troth, I did not mean such
L. Grey. Why, then you mean not as I thought you
did. * K. Edw. But now you partly may perceive my
* L. Grey. My mind will never grant what I per
ceive * Your highness aims at, if I aim aright.
K. Edw. To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee. * L. Grey. To tell you plain, I had rather lie in
prison. K. Edw. Why, then thou shalt not have thy hus
band's lands. L. Grey. Why, then mine honesty shall be my
dower; For by that loss I will not purchase them. • K. Edw. Therein tủou wrong'st thy children
mightily. L. Grey. Herein your highness wrongs both them
But, mighty lord, this merry inclination
Accords not with the sadness * of my suit; Please
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
demand. L. Grey. Then, no, my lord. My suit is at an end. Glo. The widow likes him not, she knits her brows.
[Aside. Clar. He is the bluntest wooer in Christendom.
[Aside. • K. Edw. [Aside.] Her looks do argue
re, plete 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 queen. Say, that King Edward take thee for his queen ?
4 i.e. seriousness.
L. Grey. "Tis better said than done, my gracious
I am a subject fit to jest withal,
K. Edw. Sweet widow, by my state I swear to thee, I speak no more than what
soul intends; And that is, to enjoy thee for my love.
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 thy 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. Gla. The ghostly father now hath done his shrift.
[Aside. 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, før she looks very
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.