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War. And gratious Madam, in our kings behalfe,
Queen. King Lewes and Lady Bona heare me speake, Before you answer Warwike or his words, For hee it is hath done vs all these wrongs.
War. Iniurious Margaret.
Prince Ed. And why not Queene?
War. Because thy father Henry did vsurpe, And thou no more art Prince than shee is Queene. Ox. Then Warwike disanuls great Iohn of Gaunt, That did subdue the greatest part of Spaine, And after Iohn of Gaunt wise Henry the fourth, Whose wisedome was a mirrour to the world. And after this wise prince Henry the fift, Who with his prowesse conquered all France, From these our Henries lineallie discent.
War. Oxford, how haps that in this smooth discourse
You told not how Henry the sixt had lost
ll that Henry the fift had gotten.
le thinkes these peeres of France should smile at that, But for the rest you tell a pettigree
Of threescore and two yeares a sillie time,
Oxf. Why Warwike, canst thou denie thy king,
War. Can Oxford that did euer fence the right,
Oxf. Call him my king by whom mine elder
And more than so, my father euen in the
War. And I the house of Yorke.
K Lewes. Queene Margaret, prince Edward and Oxford, vouchsafe to forbeare a while,
Till I doe talke a word with Warwike.
Now Warwike euen vpon thy honor tell me true;
For I were loath to linke with him, that is not lawful heir
Lew. What is he gratious in the peoples eies ?
As maie beseeme a monarke like himselfe.
My selfe haue often heard him saie and sweare,
Lew. Then sister let vs heare your firme resolue.
Lew. Then draw neere Queene Margaret and be a
You haue a father able to maintaine your state,
Sound for a post within.
Lew. Here comes some post Warwike to thee or vs.
Oxf. I like it well that our faire Queene and mistresse, Smiles at her newes when Warwike frets as his.
P. Ed. And marke howe Lewes stamps as he were nettled.
Lew. What hath your king married the Ladie Gray, And now to excuse himselfe sends vs a post of papers? How dares he presume to vse vs thus ?
Quee. This proueth Edwards loue, & Warwiks honesty. War. King Lewis, I here protest in sight of heauen, And by the hope I haue of heauenlie blisse, That I am cleare from this misdeed of Edwards. No more my king, for he dishonours me, And most himselfe, if he could see his shame. Did I forget that by the house of Yorke, My father came vntimelie to his death? Did I let passe the abuse done to thy neece? Did I impale him with the regall Crowne, And thrust king Henry from his natiue home, And most vngratefull doth he vse me thus? My gratious Queene pardon what is past, And henceforth I am thy true seruitour, I will reuenge the wrongs done to ladie Bona, And replant Henry in his former state.
Queen. Yes Warwike I doe quite forget thy former
Faults, if now thou wilt become king Henries friend.
Lew. Then at the last I firmelie am resolu'd,
Bona. Tell him in hope heele be a Widower shortlie, Ile weare the willow garland for his sake.
Queen. Tell him my mourning weedes be laide aside, And I am readie to put armour on.
War. Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong, And therefore Ile vncrowne him er't be long. Thears thy reward, begone.
Lew. But now tell me Warwike, what assurance
War. This shall assure my constant loyaltie,
Queen. Withall my hart, that match I like ful wel,
Lew. It is enough, and now we will prepare,
War. I came from Edward as Imbassadour
But I returne his sworne and mortall foe:
Matter of marriage was the charge he gaue me,
But seeke reuenge on Edwards mockerie.
Enter king EDWARD, the Queene and CLARENCE, and GLOSTER, and MONTAGUE, and HASTINGS, and PENBROOKE, with souldiers.
Edw. Brothers of Clarence, and of Glocester,
What thinke you of our marriage with the ladie Gray?
Edw. Suppose they doe, they are but Levves and Warvvike, and I am your king and Warvvikes, And will be obaied.
Glo. And shall, because our king, but yet such Sudden marriages seldome proueth well.
Edw. Yea brother Richard are you against vs too? Glo. Not I my Lord, no, God forefend that I should Once gaine saie your highnesse pleasure,
I, & twere a pittie to sunder them that yoake so wel togither. Edw. Setting your skornes and your dislikes aside,
Shew me some reasons why the Ladie Gray,
Maie not be my loue and Englands Queene?
Cla. My Lord then this is my opinion,