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The troublesome raigne and lamentable death of Edward the
Second, king of England: with the tragical fall of proud Mortimer : and also the life and death of Piers Gaveston, the great Earle of Comewall, and mighty favourite of King Edward the Second. As it was publickly acted by the Right Honorable the Earle of Pembroke his servauntes. Written by Chri. Marlow, Gent. Imprinted at London, by Richard Bradocke, for William Jones, dwelling neere Holbourne Conduit, at the signe of the Gunne, 1598, 4to.
This tragedy was entered on the book of the Stationers' Company in July, 1593, and was printed in 1598 ; again in 1612, 410. and a third time in 1622, 4to. It is not in the former editions divided into acts.
EDWARD THE SECOND.
ACT THE FIRST.
SCENE I. Enter GAVESTON, reading a letter from the king.
Gav. 'My father is deceas'd! Come, Gaveston, And share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.' Ah! words that make me surfeit with delight! What greater bliss can hap to Gaveston, Than live and be the favourite of a king ! Sweet prince, I come; these, these thy amorous
lines Might have enforc'd me to have swam from France, And like Leander, gasp'd upon the sand, So thou wouldst smile, and take me in thine arms. The sight of London to my exil'd eyes Is as Elysium to a new-come soul; Not that I love the city, or the men, But that it harbours him I hold so dearThe king, upon whose bosom let me lie, And with the world be still at enmity. What need the arctick people love star-light, To whom the sun shines both by day and night? Farewell base stooping to the lordly peers; My knee shall bow to none but to the king. *