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Prince. Nay, take away this scolding crook-back ra
ther. K. Edw. Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your
tongue. Clar. Untutor’d lad, thou art too malapert.
Prince. I know my duty, you are all undutiful : Lascivious Edward,—and thou perjur'd George, And thou misshapen Dick,-I tell ye all, I am your better, traitors as ye are ;And thou usurp’st my father's right and mine. K. Edw. Take that, the likeness of this railer here.
[Stabs him. Glo. Sprawl'st thou ? take that, to end thy agony.
[Glo. stabs him. Clar. And there's for twitting me with perjury.
[CLAR. stabs him. Q. Mar. O, kill me too! Glo. Marry, and shall.
[Offers to kill her. K. Edw. Hold, Richard, hold, for we have done too
much. Glo. Why should she live, to fill the world with words? K. Edw. What! doth she swoon? use means for her
Clar. What? what?
Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame,
K. Edw. Away with her; go, bear her hence perforce.
Q. Mar. Nay, never bear me hence, despatch me here; Here sheath thy sword, I'll pardon thee my death : What! wilt thou not ?—then, Clarence, do it thou.
Clar. By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease.
do it. Clar. Didst thou not hear me swear, I would not do it?
Q. Mar. Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself;
K. Edw. Away, I say; I charge ye, bear her hence.
[Erit, led out forcibly.
K. Edw. Where's Richard gone ?
guess, To make a bloody supper in the Tower.
K. Edw. He's sudden, if a thing comes in his head. Now march we hence : discharge the common sort With and thanks, and let's away to London, And see our gentle queen how well she fares; By this, I hope, she hath a son for me. [Ereunt.
SCENE VI.-London. A Room in the Tower.
King Henry is discovered sitting with a Book in his Hand,
the Lieutenant attending. Enter GLOSTER. Glo. Good day, my lord! What, at your book so hard? K. Hen. Ay, my good lord : My lord, I should say
rather; "Tis sin to flatter, good was little better : Good Gloster, and good devil, were alike, And both preposterous; therefore, not good lord. Glo. Sirrah, leave us to ourselves : we must confer.
[Exit Lieutenant. K. Hen. So flies the reckless shepherd from the wolf: So first the harmless sheep doth yield his fleece, And next his throat unto the butcher's knife. What scene of death hath Roscius now to act ?
Glo. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer.
K. Hen. The bird, that hath been limed in a bush, With trembling wings misdoubteth every bush: And I, the hapless male to one sweet bird, Have now the fatal object in my eye,
Where my poor young was lim’d, was caught, and killd.
Glo. Why, what a peevish fool was that of Crete,
K. Hen. I, Dædalus; my poor boy, Icarus ;
life? Glo. Think'st thou, I am an executioner?
K. Hen. A persecutor, I am sure, thou art;
Glo. Thy son I kill'd for his presumption.
And chattering pies in dismal discords sung.
[Stabs him. For this, amongst the rest, was I ordain'd.
K. Hen. Ay, and for much more slaughter after this. O God! forgive my sins, and pardon thee ! [Dies.
Glo. What, will the aspiring blood of Lancaster Sink in the ground ? I thought it would have mounted, See, how my sword weeps for the poor king's death! O, may such purple tears be always shed From those who wish the downfal of our house ! If any spark of life be yet remaining, Down, down to hell; and say-I sent thee thither,
[Stabs him again. I, that have neither pity, love, nor fear.Indeed, 'tis true, that Henry told me of; For I have often heard my mother say, I came into the world with my legs forward : Had I not reason, think ye, to make haste, And seek their ruin that usurp'd our right? The midwife wonder'd ; and the women cried, 0, Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth! And so I was; which plainly signifiedThat I should snarl, and bite, and play the dog.