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And I, the hapless male to one sweet bird,
Crete, That taught his son the office of a fowl! And yet, for all his wings, the fool was drowned.
K. Hen. I, Dædalus: my poor boy, Icarus :
Glo. Think'st thou I am an executioner?
Glo. Thy son I killed for his presumption.
thou didst presume,
widow's, And many an orphan's water-standing eye (Men for their sons', wives for their husbands' fate, And orphans for their parents' timeless death), Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born. The owl shrieked at thy birth ; an evil sign: The night-crow cried ; aboding luckless time: Dogs howled, and hideous tempests shook down
trees : The raven rooked her on the chimney's top, And chattering pies in dismal discords sung. Thy mother felt more than a mother's pain, And yet brought forth less than a mother's hope: To wit, an indigest deforméd lump, Not like the fruit of such a goodly tree. Teeth hadst thou in thy head when thou wast
born, To signify thou cam'st to bite the world : And if the rest be true which I have heard, Thou cam'stGlo. I'll hear no more :-Die, prophet, in thy speech!
[Stabs him. For this, amongst the rest, was I ordained. 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
See how my sword weeps for the poor King's
may such purple tears be always shed From those that 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 't is 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 usurped our right? The midwife wondered; and the women cried, “O Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth!" And so I was: which plainly signified That I should snarl and bite, and play the dog. Then, since the Heavens have shaped my body so, Let hell make crook'd my mind to answer it. I have no brother; I am like no brother : And this word love, which greybeards call divine, Be resident in men like one another, And not in me: I am myself alone.Clarence, beware; thou keep'st me from the
light; But I will sort a pitchy day for thee : For I will buzz abroad such prophecies That Edward shall be fearful of his life: And then, to purge his fear, I'll be thy death. King Henry and the Prince his son are gone : Clarence, thy turn is next, and then the rest : Counting myself but bad till I be best.I'll throw thy body in another room, And triumph, Henry, in thy day of doom. [Exit.
Scene VII.-- The Same. A Room in the Palace.
QUEEN ELIZABETH with the Infant Prince,
sound: With them, the two brave bears, Warwick and
And made the forest tremble when they roared.
back. Work thou the way ;-and thou shalt execute.
[Aside. K. Edw. Clarence and Gloster, love my lovely
Queen; And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both.
Clar. The duty that I owe unto your majesty, I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.
K. Edw. Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy bro
ther, thanks. Glo. And that I love the tree from whence
thou sprang'st, Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit.To say the truth, so Judas kissed his master; And cried “all hail ! " whenas he meant "all harm."
Aside. K. Edw. Now am I seated as my soul delights, Having my country's peace and brothers' loves. Clar. What will your grace have done with
Margaret? Reignier, her father, to the King of France Hath pawned the Sicils and Jerusalem : And bither have they sent it for her ransom. K. Edw. Away with her, and waft her hence
to France. And now what rests but that we spend the time With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows, Such as befit the pleasures of the court?Sound, drums and trumpets! farewell sour annog: For here, I hope, begins our lasting joy. (Exeunt
KING EDWARD THE FOURTH.
Sons to the King.
King Richard III.,
Sons to Elizabeth.
SIR THOMAS VAUGHAN.
ELIZABETH, Queen of King Edward IV.
and Gloster. LADY ANNE, Widow of Edward, Prince of Wales, son to King
Henry VI., afterwards married to the Duke of Gloster. A young Daugater of Clarence.
Lords, and other Attendants; two Gentlemen, a Pursuivant, Scrivener,
Citizens, Murderers, Messengers, Ghosts, Soldiers, &c.