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Enter king EDWARD, CLARENCE, and GLOSTER, MONTAGOR
HASTINGS, and the Lady GRAY.
Glo. Your highnesse shall doe well to grant it then.
Clarence, I see the Lady hath some thing to grant,
Cla. He knows the game, how well he keepes the wind. K Edw. Widow come some other time to know our mind.
La. May it please your grace I cannot brooke delaies, I beseech your highnesse to dispatch me now. K Ed. Lords giue vs leaue, wee meane to trie this
widowes wit. Cla. I, good leaue haue you.
Glo. For you will have leaue till youth take leaue, And leaue you to your crouch. K Ed. Come hither widdow, howe many children hasts
thou ? Cla. I thinke he means to begge a child on her. Glo. Nay whip me then, heele rather giue hir two. La. Three my most gratious Lord. Glo. You shall haue foure and you wil be rulde by hirr. K Ed. Wer not pittie they shoulde loose their fathe
lands? La. Be pittifull then dread L. and grant it them. K Ed. Ile tell thee how these lands are to be got.
Là. So shall you bind me to your highnesse seruice.
Glo. Naie then widow Ile warrant you all your
Cla. Naie I feare her not vnlesse she fall.
K Ed. Staie widdow staie, what loue dost thou thinke I sue so much to get ?
La. My humble seruice, such as subiects owes and the lawes commands.
K Ed. No by my troth, I meant no such loue, But to tell thee the troth, I aime to lie with thee. La. To tell you plaine my Lord, I had rather lie in
prison. K Edw. Why then thou canst not get thy husbandes
lands. La. Then mine honestie shall be my dower, For by that losse I will not purchase them.
K Ed. Herein thou wrongst thy children mightilie.
La. Herein your highnesse wrongs both them and Me, but mightie Lord this merrie inclination Agrees not with the sadnesse of my sute. Please it your highnes to dismisse me either with I or no. K Ed. I, if thou saie I to my request,
No, if thou saie no to my demand.
La. Then no my Lord, my sute is at an end.
K Ed. Her lookes are all repleat with maiestie,
La. Tis better said then done, my gratious Lord
K Edw. Sweete widdow, by my state I sweare, I speake
La. And that is more then I will yeeld vnto,
K Edw. You cauill widdow, I did ineane my Queene.
La. Your grace would be loath my sonnes should call you father.
K Edro. No more then when my daughters call thee
Gio. The ghostlie father now hath done his shrift.
K Edw. Brothers, you muse what talke the widdow
Cla. Marrie her my Lord, to whom?
Olo. And so much more are the wonders in extreames.
Edw. Well, ieast on brothers, I can tell you, hir
Enter a Messenger.
K Edw. Awaie with him, and send him to the Tower,
[Exeunt Omnes. Manet Gloster and speakes. Glo. I, Edward will vse women honourablie, Would he were wasted marrow, bones and all, That from his loines no issue might succeed To hinder me from the golden time I looke for, For I am not yet lookt on in the world. First is there Edward, Clarence, and Henry And his sonne, and all they lookt for issue Of their loines ere I can plant my selfe, A cold premeditation for my purpose, What other pleasure is there in the world beside ? I will go clad my bodie in gaie ornaments, And lull my selfe within a ladies lap, And witch sweet Ladies with my words and lookes. Oh monstrous man, to harbour such a thought ! Why loue did scorne me in my mothers wombe. And for I should not deale in hir affruires, Shee did corrupt fraile nature in the flesh, And plaste an enuious mountaine on my backe, Where sits deformity to mocke my bodie, To drie mine arme vp like a withered shrimpe. To make my legges of an vnequall size, And am I then a man to be belou'd ? Easier for me to compasse twentie crownes.
Tut I can smile, and murder when I smile,
Prince EDWARD, and OXFORD and others.
Queene. I humblie thanke your royall maiestie. And pray the God of heauen to blesse thy state, Great king of France, that thus regards our wrongs.
Queen. And if this go forward all our hope is done.