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O level all your looks upon these daring men,
Gaveston, 'tis for thee that I am wronged,
Mat. 'Twixt theirs and yours shall be no enmity.
Gur. How now, who comes there?
Enter Soldiers. Edw. O gentle brother, help to rescue me! Mat. Keep them asunder; thrust in the king. Kent. Soldiers, let me but talk to him one word. Gur. Lay hands upon the earl for his assault. Kent. Lay down your weapons, traitors, yield the king. Mat. Edmund, yield thou thyself, or thou shalt die. Kent. Base villains, wherefore do you gripe me thus ! Gur. Bind him and so convey him to the court.
Kent. Where is the court but here? here is the king; 60 And I will visit him ; why stay you me?
Mat. The court is where Lord Mortimer remains; Thither shall your honour go; and so farewell. (Exeunı MATREVIS and GURNEY, with the King.
KENT and the Soldiers remain.
Kent. O miserable is that commonweal, Where lords keep courts, and kings are locked in prison?
Sol. Wherefore stay we? on, sirs, to the court.
Kent. I, lead me whither you will, even to my death, Seeing that my brother cannot be released.
Enter 1 YOUNG MORTIMER.
Y. Mor. The king must die, or Mortimer goes down. The commons now begin to pity him. Yet he that is the cause of Edward's death, Is sure to pay for it when his son's of age; And therefore will I do it cunningly. This letter, written by a friend of ours, Contains his death, yet bids them save his life. [Reads. Edwardum occidere nolite timere bonum est Fear not to kill the king 'tis good he die. But read it thus, and that's another sense : Edwardum occidere nolite timere bonum est Kill not the king 'tis good to fear the worst. Unpointed as it is, thus shall it go, That, being dead, if it chance to be found, Matrevis and the rest may bear the blame, And we be quit that caused it to be done. Within this room is locked the messenger,
1 Scene: the Royal Palace, London,
That shall convey it, and perform the rest :
Art thou so resolute as thou wast? Light. What else, my lord ? and far more resolute. Y. Mor. And hast thou cast how to accomplish it? Light. I, I, and none shall know which way he died. Y. Mor. But at his looks, Lightborn, thou wilt relent. Light. Relent! ha, ha! I use much to relent. Y. Mor. Well, do it bravely, and be secret.
Light. You shall not need to give instructions ; 'Tis not the first time I have killed a man.
Y. Mor. What's that?
Y. Mor. I care not how it is, so it be not spied.
i So ed. 1598.-Eds. 1612, 1622, “down.”
Y. Mor. No;
60 Saying it is onus quam gravissimum; Till being interrupted by my friends, Suscepi that provinciam as they term it; And to conclude, I am Protector now. Now is all sure, the queen and Mortimer Shall rule the realm, the king; and none rules us. Mine enemies will I plague, my friends advance ; And what I list command who dare control ? Major sum quam cui possit fortuna nocere. 1 And that this be the coronation-day,
i Ovid Metam, vi. 195.
It pleaseth me, and Isabel the queen.
[Trumpets within. The trumpets sound, I must go take my place.
Enter the YOUNG KING, ARCHBISHOP, CHAMPION,
Cham. If any Christian, Heathen, Turk, or Jew,
Y. Mor. None comes, sound trumpets.
Enter Soldiers, with the EARL OF KENT prisoner.
Sol. 'A would have taken the king away perforce, As we were bringing him to Killingworth.
Y. Mor. Did you attempt his rescue, Edmund? speak.
Kent. Mortimer, I did; he is our king,
1 The scene shifts to Westminster. 2 Old eds. “Bishop."