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That if our Queen and this young Prince agree,
Q. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion,
Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deserves it: And here to pledge my vow, I give my hand.
[He gives his hand to Warwick. K. Lewis. Why stay we now? these soldiers shall be And thou, Lord Bourbon, our high Admiral, [levy'd, Shalt waft them over with our royal fleet. I lcng’till Edward fall by war's mischance, For mocking marriage with a Dame of France.
[Exeunt. Manet Warwick, War. I came from Edward as ambassador, But I return his sworn and mortal foe: Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me, But dreadful war shall answer his demand. Had he none else to make a stale but me? Then none but I shall turn his jest to sorrow. I was the chief that rais'd him to the crown, And I'll be chief to bring him down again : Not that I pity Henry's misery, But seek revenge on Edward's mockery, [Exit.
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Enter Gloucester, Clarence, Somerset, and Montague.
Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Som. My Lords, forbear this talk: here comes the King. Flourish. Enter King Edward, Lady Gray as Queen,
Pembroke, Stafford, and Hastings: Four stand on one
K. Edw. Now, brother Clarence, how like you our choice, That you stand pensive as half malecontent?
Cla. As well as Lewis of France, or th’Earl of Warwick, Which are so weak of courage, and in judgment, That they'll take no offence at our abuse.
K. Edw. Suppose they take offence without a cause. They are but Lewis and Warwick, I am Edward, Your King and Warwick's, and must have my will.
Gle. And you shall have your will, because our King. Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
K. Edw. Yea, brother Richard, you offended too?
Glo. Not I; no: God forbid that I should wish Them fevered whom God hath joined together! Pity to sunder them, that yoak so well.
K. Edw. Setting your scorns and your milike aside,
Cla. Then this is my opinion; that King Lewis
Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge, Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
K. Edw. What if both Lewis and Warwick be appeasid, By such invention as I can devise?
Mont. Yet to have join'd with France in such alliance, Would more have strengthen'd this our commonwealth 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage.
Haft. Why, knows not Montague that of it felf England is safe, if true within it felf?
Mont. Yes, but the safer when 'tis back'd with France.
Haft. 'Tis better using France, than trusting France.
Cla. For this one speech, Lord Hastings well deserves To have the heir of the Lord Hungerford.
K. Edw. Ay, what of that? it was my will and grant, And for this once my will shall stand for law.
Glo. And yet methinks your Grace hath not done well,
Cla. Or else you would not have bestow'd the heir
K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife
Which being shallow, you shall give me leave
K. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be King i And not be ty'd unto his brother's will.
Queen. My Lords, before it pleas’d his Majesty
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their frowns;
Enter a Poft. K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what news from France ?
Poft. My Sovereign Liege, no letters and few words,
K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee :
Poft. At my depart, these were his very words:
K. Edw. Is Lewis fo brave? belike he thinks me Henry. But what said Lady Bona to my marriage? Post
. These were her words, utter’d with mild disdain: Tell bim, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly, I'll wear the willow garland for his fake. :
K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less; She had the wrong. But what said Henry's Queen? For so I heard that she was there in place.
Poft. Tell bim (quoth she) my mourning weeds are done, And I am ready to put armour on.
K. Edw. Belike she minds to play the Amazon.
Poft. He, more incens’d against your Majesty
K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe'out so proud words?
Pojt. Ay, gracious Sov'reign, they're so link'd in friends: The young Prince Edward marries Warwick's daughter.
Cla. Belike the 6 'younger ; Clarence will have the elder.! Now, brother King, farewel, and sit you fast, For 1 will hence to Warwick's other daughter, That though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage I may not prove inferior to your self. You that love me and Warwick, follow me.
[Exit Clarence, and Somerset follows. Glo. Not I: my thoughts aim at a further matter: I stay not for the love of Edward, but the crown. [Afide
K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to Warwick ? Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen; And hafte is needful in this defp'rate case: Pembroke and Stafford, you in our behalf Go levy men, and make prepare for war;
They 6 elder: Clarence will have the younger.
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