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Lan. Content, I'll bear my part-Holla! whose there?
[Guard appears. Enter Guard. Y. Mor. I, marry, such a guard as thus doth well. Lan. Lead on the way.
. 130 Guard. Whither will your lordships? Y. Mor. Whither else but to the king. Guard. His highness is disposed to be alone. Lan. Why, so he may, but we will speak to him. Guard. You may not in, my lord. Y. Mor. May we not ?
Enter 1 EDWARD and KENT. Edw. How now! what noise is this? Who have we there, is't you?
[Going Y. Mor. Nay, stay, my lord, I come to bring you news ; Mine uncle's taken prisoner by the Scots.
140 Edw. Then ransom him. Lan. 'Twas in your wars; you should ransom him. Y. Mor. And you shall ransom him, or elseKent. What ! Mortimer, you will not threaten him ?
Edw. Quiet yourself, you shall have the broad seal, To gather for him th[O]roughout the realm.
Lan. Your minion Gaveston hath taught you this.
Y. Mor. My lord, the family of the Mortimers Are not so poor, but, would they sell their land, 'Twould 2 levy men enough to anger you.
150 We never beg, but use such prayers as these.
i The scene shifts to the interior of Tynemouth Castle, 2 So ed. 1612.- Ed, 1598 “would."
Edw. Shall I still be haunted thus ?
Y. Mor. The idle triumphs, masks, lascivious shows,
Lan. Look for rebellion, look to be deposed; Thy garrisons are beaten out of France,
160 And, lame and poor, lie groaning at the gates. The wild Oneyl, with swarms of Irish kerns, 3 Lives uncontrolled within the English pale. Unto the walls of York the Scots make 4 road, And unresisted drive away rich spoils.
Y. Mor. The haughty Dane commands the narrow seas, While in the harbour ride thy ships unrigged.
Lan. What foreign prince sends thee ambassadors ? Y. Mor. Who loves thee, but a sort of fatterers ?
Lan. Thy gentle queen, sole sister to Valois, 170 Complains that thou hast left her all forlorn.
Y. Mor. Thy court is naked, being bereft of those
1 So ed. 1612.--Ed, 1598 “thy treasure drie and made the weake." 2 So modern editors.-Old eds. "hath."
3 Light-armed foot soldiers, poor and undisciplined.—Compare a passage in the Contention of York and Lancaster :“ The wild Onele, my lord, is up in arms,
Irish kernes that uncontroll'd Doth plant themselves within the English pale." 4 Old eds. "made.”—“ Road,"=" Inroad." 5 Old eds. "Drave."
6 Cf. 3 Henry VI. i. 1:-"Stern Faulconbridge commands the narrow seas."
Libels are cast again 1 thee in the street :
burnt, Their wives and children slain, run up and down, Cursing the name of thee and Gaveston. Y. Mor. When wert thou in the field with banner spread,
Lan. And thereof came it, that the fleering ? Scots,
Jeering. 3 This jig (ballad) is taken with slight alteration from Fabyan's
Chronicle," ii. 169 (ed. 1559).—“The battle of Bannockburn,” says Mr. Fleay, was fought in 1314, yet is here alluded to in a scene which is made up from narratives of events which occurred between 1309 and 1311. This is a striking instance of Marlowe's carelessness in such matters.”
4 "Common burdens to songs; see Skelton's Works, ii. 110, ed. Dyce.”—Dyce,
Y. Mor. Wigmore I shall fly, to set my uncle free.
Kent. My lord, I see your love to Gaveston
Edw. Art thou an enemy to my Gaveston ?
Kent. No marvel though thou scorn thy noble peers, When I thy brother am rejected thus.
[Exit. Edw. Away!
1 “Ralph de Wigmore, who came into England with the Conqueror, obtained the Castle of Wigmore, Co. Hereford, and the Roger Mortimer of this play was summoned to Parliament as 'de Wigmore.'" - Cunningham.
Poor Gaveston, that has no friend but me,
GAVESTON, BALDOCK, and YOUNG SPENCER.
Edw. The younger Mortimer is grown so brave, 230 That to my face he threatens civil wars.
Gav. Why do you not commit him to the Tower ?
Edw. Would Lancaster and he had both caroused
Lady. Two of my father's servants whilst he liv’d, May't please your grace to entertain them now. Edw. Tell me, where wast thou born? what is thine arms?
240 Bald. My name is Baldock, and my gentry I fetch from Oxford, not from heraldry.
1 Old eds. "him."