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ACT THE THIRD.
Enter1 GAVESTON mourning, JAMES, and the EARL of PEMBROKE'S men.
Gav. O treacherous Warwick! thus to wrong thy friend.
James. I see it is your life these arms pursue.
O! must this day be period of my life?
Enter WARWICK and his company.
James. Your lordship does dishonour to yourself,
War. No, James, it is my country's cause I follow. 10 Go, take the villain; soldiers, come away. We'll make quick work. Commend me to your master,
1 Scene: the open country (near Warwick ?).
My friend, and tell him that I watched it well.
Gav. Treacherous earl, shall I not see the king?
Enter 2 KING EDWARD and YOUNG SPENCER, BALDOCK, and Nobles of the king's side, with drums and fifes.
Edw. I long to hear an answer from the barons
My lovely Pierce of Gaveston again !
The barons overbear me with their pride.
Y. Spen. Were I King Edward, England's sovereign, 10
Son to the lovely Eleanor of Spain,
Great Edward Longshanks' issue, would I bear
1 The meaning is surely "ghost, spirit," not, as Mr. Fleay interprets, representative, plenipotentiary."
2 Scene: neighbourhood of Borrowbridge.
3 Braggard challenges.
In mine own realm? My lord, pardon my speech,
You would not suffer thus your majesty
Be counterbuft of your nobility.
Strike off their heads, and let them preach on poles ! 20
Edw. Yea, gentle Spencer, we have been too mild, Too kind to them; but now have drawn our sword, And if they send me not my Gaveston,
We'll steel it on their crest, and poll their tops.
Bald. This haught1 resolve becomes your majesty Not to be tied to their affection,
As though your highness were a schoolboy still,
Enter HUGH SPENCER, father to the YOUNG SPENCER, with his truncheon and Soldiers.
1 Fr. haut.
O. Spen. Long live my sovereign, the noble EdwardIn peace triumphant, fortunate in wars!
Edw. Welcome, old man, com'st thou in Edward's aid? Then tell thy 2 prince of whence, and what thou art.
O. Spen. Lo, with a band of bowmen and of pikes,
2 Old eds. "the."
Spencer, the father of Hugh Spencer there,
Edw. Thy father, Spencer?
Y. Spen. True, an it like your grace,
Edw. Welcome ten thousand times, old man, again.
Y. Spen. My lord, here comes the queen.
Enter the QUEEN and her Son, and LEVUNE, a Frenchman.
Queen. News of dishonour, lord, and discontent.
1 So ed. 1612.-Ed. 1598 "come."
Hath seized Normandy into his hands.
Edw. Welcome, Levune. Tush, Sib, if this be all,
But to my Gaveston; shall I never see,
Never behold thee now?1-Madam, in this matter,
You shall go parley with the King of France.
Boy, see you bear you bravely to the king,
And do your message with a majesty.
Prince. Commit not to my youth things of more weight
Than fits a prince so young as I to bear,
And fear not, lord and father, heaven's great beams
Queen. Ah, boy! this towardness makes thy mother fear Thou art not marked to many days on earth.
Edw. Madam, we will that you with speed be shipped, And this our son; Levune shall follow you With all the haste we can despatch him hence. Chuse of our lords to bear you company; And go in peace, leave us in wars at home.
Queen. Unnatural wars, where subjects brave their king; God end them once! My lord, I take my leave, To make my preparation for France.
[Exit with Prince.
Edw. What, Lord Arundel, dost thou come alone?
1 Cunningham and Mr. Fleay silently print "more."