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Stanley. I farther would advise you, madam, this
instant To remove the princes to some Remote abode, where you yourself are mistress. P. Ed. Dear madam, take me hence; for I shall
ne'er Enjoy a moment's quiet here.
D. of York. Nor I ; pray, mother let me go too. Queen. Come then my pretty young ones, let's
away, For here you lie within the falcon's reach, Who watches but th' unguarded hour to seize you.
Enter LIEUTENANT, with a Warrant. Lieut. I beg your Majesty will pardon me; But the young princes must, on no account, . Have egress from the Tower. Nor must (without the king's especial license) Of what degree soever, any person Have admission to them all must retire. Queen. I am their mother, sir! who else commands
them? If I pass freely, they shall follow me. For you, I'll take the peril of your fault upon myself.
Lieut. My inclination, madam, would oblige you; But I am bound by oath, and must ubey ; Nor, madam, can I now with safety answer For this continued visit. Please you, my lord, to read these orders. Queen. Oh! heav'nly powers, shall I not stay with
them? Lieut. Such are the king's commands, madam. Queen. My lord ! Stanley: 'Tis too true—and it were vain to oppose
them. Queen. Support me, Heav'n! For life can never bear the panys of such a parting. Oh! my poor children! oh, distracting thought !
I dare not bid them, (as I should) farewell;
P. Ed. What, must you leave us, mother!
[Aside. But for a time, my loves--we shall meet again, At least in heaven.
D. of York. Won't you take me with you, mothers I shall be so 'fraid to stay when you are gone.
Queen. I cannot speak to them, and yet we must Be parted—then let ihese kisses say farewell. Why! oh why! just Heav'n, must these be our last? Duch. of York. Give not your grief such way--be
sudden when you part.
Both Princes. Oh, mother, mother !
The Presence Chamber.
Gloster, seated; BUCKINGHAM, Catesby, Rat
CLIFF, Lovel, &c.
At length by thy advice and thy assistance,
say, my cousin
Buck. Say on, my gracious lord.
Glost. I tell thee, coz, I've lately had two spiders
Buck. Why, so I think you are, my royal lord.
Glost. Cousin, thou wert not wont to be so dull.
Buck. None dare dispute your highness' pleasure.
Buck. My lord, since 'tis an action cannot be Recall’d, allow me but some pause to think ; I'll instantly resolve your highness.
[Exit. Glost. !'ll henceforth deal with shorter sighted
fools. None are for me, that look into my deeds
With thinking eyes
Catesby. I have, my liege.
Glost. Give him this ring, and say, myself Will bring him farther orders instantly.
[Exit CATESBY. The deep revolving Duke of Buckingham No more shall be the neighbour to my councils; Has he so long held out with me untir'd, And stops he now for breath? Well, be it so.
Enter LORD STANLEY.
How now, Lord Stanley, what's the news?
spar'd. Hark thee, Ratcliff, when saw'st thou Anne, my
Ratcliff. He has my lord, and fears her mightily.
Glost. And if she does, I have mistook my man!
No matter what's the way--for while they live, My goodly kingdom's on a weak foundation. 'Tis done, my daring heart's resolv'd-they're dead!
Buck. My lord, I have consider'd in my mind,
did sound me in. Glost. Well, let that rest—Dorset is fled to Rich
mond. Buck. I have heard the news, my lord. Glost. Stanley, he's your near kinsman-well, look
to him. Buck. My lord, I claim that gift, my due by pro
mise, For which
eng ag'd; The earldom of Hereford, and those moveables, Which you have promised I shall possess.
Glosť. Stanley, look to your wife ; if she convey Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it. Buck. what says your highness to my just re
quest? Glost. I do remember me, Harry the Sixth, When Richmond was a little, peevish boy, Did prophesy, that Richmond should be king, "Tis odd--a king, perhaps
Catesby. My lord, I have obey'd your highness'
orders. Buck. May it please you to resolve me in my
suit? Glost. Lead Tirrel to my closet, I'll meet him. Buck. I beg your highness' ear, my lord. Glost. I'm busy—thou troublest inem I'm not i'th' vein.