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With lies well steel'd with weighty arguments;
And, if I fail not in my deep intent,
Clarence hath not another day to live:
Which done, God take king Edward to his mercy,
And leave the world for me to bustle in !
For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter :
What though I kill'd her husband, and her father?
The readiest way to make the wench amends,
Is to become her husband, and her father :
The which will I ; not all so much for love,
As for another secret close intent,
By marrying her, which I must reach unto.
But yet I run before my horse to market :
Clarence still breathes : Edward still lives, and
reigns; When they are gone, then must I count my gains.
Enter the Corpse of King Henry the Sixth, borne in
an open coffin; Gentlemen bearing halberds, to
guard it; and Lady ANNE as Mourner.
Anne. Set down, set down your honourable
If honour may be shrouded in a hearse,
Whilst I a while obsequiously lament
The untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster
Poor key-cold figure of a holy king!
Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster !
Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood !
Be it lawful that I invocate thy ghost,
To hear the lamentations of poor Anne,
3 With becoming reverence for the dead.
Wife to thy Edward, to thy slaughter'd son,
Stabb’d by the self-same hand that made these
Lo, in these windows, that let forth thy life,
I pour the helpless balm of my poor eyes :
0, cursed be the hand that made these holes !
Cursed the heart, that had the heart to do it!
Cursed the blood, that let this blood from hence!
More direful hap betide that hated wretch,
That makes us wretched by the death of thee,
Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads,
Or any creeping venom'd thing that lives!
If ever he have child, abortive be it,
Prodigious, and untimely brought to light,
Whose ugly and unnatural aspect
May fright the hopeful mother at the view;
And that be heir to his unhappiness!
If ever he have wife, let her be made
More miserable by the death of him,
Than I am made by my young lord, and thee! -
Come, now, toward Chertsey with your holy load,
Taken from Paul's to be interred there ;
And, still as you are weary of the weight,
Rest you, whiles I lament king Henry's corse.
[The Bearers take up the Corpse, and advance.
Glo. Stay you, that bear the corse, and set it
down, Anne. What black magician conjures up this
fiend, To stop devoted charitable deeds ? Glo. Villains, set down the corse ; or, by Saint
Paul, I'll make a corse of him that disobeys. 1. Gent. My lord, stand back, and let the coffin
Glo. Unmanner'd dog! stand thou when I com
Advance thy halberd higher than my breast,
Or, by Saint Paul, I'll strike thee to my foot,
And spurn upon thee, beggar, for thy boldness.
[The bearers set down the coffin.
Anne. What, do you tremble? are you all afraid ?
Alas, I blame you not; for you are mortal,
And mortal eyes cannot endure the devil.
Avaunt, thou dreadful minister of hell!
Thou hadst but power over his mortal body,
His soul thou canst not have ; therefore, begone.
Glo. Sweet saint, for charity, be not so curst.
Anne. Foul devil, for heaven's sake, hence, and
trouble us not;
For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell,
Fill'd it with cursing cries, and deep exclaims.
If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
Behold this pattern of thy butcheries :-
0; gentlemen, see, see! dead Henry's wounds
their congeal'd mouths, and bleed afresh!Blush, blush, thou lump of foul deformity ; For 'tis thy presence that exhales this blood From cold and empty veins, where no blood dwells; Thy deed, inhuman and unnatural, Provokes this deluge most unnatural. O Thou, which this blood mad'st, revenge his death! O earth, which this blood drink'st, revenge his
death! Either, Heaven, with lightning strike the murderer
Of, earth, gape open wide, and eat him quick;
As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood,
Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered !
Glo. Lady, you know no rules of charity,
Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
Anne. Villain, thou know'st no law of God nor
man; No beast so fierce, but knows somé touch of pity.
Glo. But I know none, and therefore am no
beast. Anne. O wonderful, when devils tell the truth! Glo. More wonderful, when angels are so an
Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman,
Of these supposed evils, to give me leave,
By circumstance, but to acquit myself.
Anne. Vouchsafe, diffus'd infection of a man,
For these known evils, but to give me leave,
By circumstance, to curse thy cursed self.
Glo. Fairer than tongue can name thee, let me,
have Some patient leisure to excuse myself. Anne. Fouler than heart can think thee, thou
capst make No excuse current, but to hang thyself.
Glo. By such despair, I should accuse myself. Anne. And, by despairing, shalt thou stand ex
For doing worthy vengeance on thyself,
That didst unworthy slaughter upon others.
Glo. Say, that I slew them not ?
Why then, they are not dead :
But dead they are, and, devilish slavé, by thee.
Glo. I did not kill
Why, then he is alive. Glo. Nay, he is dead; and slain by Edward's
hand. Anne. In thy soul's throat thou liest; queen
Margaret saw Thy murd'rous faulchion smoking in his blood; The which thou once didst bend against her breast, But that thy brothers beat aside the point.
Glo. I was provoked by her sland'rous tongue, That laid their guilt upon my guiltless shoulders.
Anne. Thou wast provoked by thy bloody mind, That never dreamt on aught but butcheries ; Didst thou not kill this king?
I grant ye.
Anne. O, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous.
Glo, The fitter for the King of heaven that hath
Anne. He is in heaven, where thou shalt never
Glo. Let him thank me, that holp to send him,
For he was fitter for that place, than earth.
Anne. And thou unfit for any place but hell.
Glo. Yes, one place else, if you will hear me
Anne. Some dungeon.
Anne., Ill rest betide the chamber where thou
Glo. So will it, madam, till I lie with you.
Anne. I hope so.
I know so.
- But, gentle lady Anne-
To leave this keen encounter of our wits,
And fall somewhat into a slower method ;
Is not the causer of the timeless deaths
Of these Plantagenets, Henry, and Edward,
As blameful as the executioner?
Anne. Thou wast the cause, and most accurs'd
Glo. Your beauty was the cause of that effect;
Your beauty, which did haunt me in my sleep,
To undertake the death of all the world.
Anne. If I thought that, I tell thee, homicide,
These nails should rend that beauty from my
Glo.. These eyes could not endure that beauty's
You should not blemish it, if I stood by :
As all the world is cheered by the sun,
So I by that; it is my day, my life.
Anne. Black night o'ershade thy day, and death