Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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Enter Richard, Clarence, Somerset, and Mountague.

Rich. Now tell me Brother Clarence, what thinke you

2Of this new Marriage with the Lady Gray?

3Hath not our Brother made a worthy choice?


Cla. Alas, you know, tis farre from hence to France,

p6r Link 5How could he stay till Warwicke made returne?

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Som. My Lords, forbeare this talke: heere comes the King.

Flourish.Enter King Edward, Lady Grey, Penbrooke, Stafford, Hastings: foure stand on one side, and foure on the other.

Rich. And his well-chosen Bride.


Clarence. I minde to tell him plainly what I thinke.

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King. Now Brother of Clarence, how like you our Choyce,

10That you stand pensiue, as halfe malecontent?

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Clarence. As well as Lewis of France, or the Earle of Warwicke,

12Which are so weake of courage, and in iudgement,

Critical Apparatus13That they'le take no offence at our abuse.

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King. Suppose they take offence without a cause:

15They are but Lewis and Warwicke, I am Edward,

16Your King and Warwickes, and must haue my will.

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Rich. And shall haue your will, because our King:

18Yet hastie Marriage seldome proueth well.


King. Yea, Brother Richard, are you offended too?

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Rich. Not I: no: God forbid, that I should wish them seuer'd,

21Whom God hath ioyn'd together: I, and 'twere pittie,

22To sunder them, that yoake so well together.


King. Setting your skornes, and your mislike aside,

24Tell me some reason, why the Lady Grey

25Should not become my Wife, and Englands Queene?

26And you too, Somerset, and Mountague,

27Speake freely what you thinke.

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Clarence. Then this is mine opinion: That King Lewis

29Becomes your Enemie, for mocking him

30About the Marriage of the Lady Bona.


Rich. And Warwicke, doing what you gaue in charge,

32Is now dis-honored by this new Marriage.


King. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be appeas'd,

34By such inuention as I can deuise?


Mount. Yet, to haue ioyn'd with France in such alliance,

36Would more haue strength'ned this our Commonwealth

37'Gainst forraine stormes, then any home-bred Marriage.


Hast. Why, knowes not Mountague, that of it selfe,

39England is safe, if true within it selfe?

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Mount. But the safer, when 'tis back'd with France.

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Hast. 'Tis better [losing] France, then trusting France:

42Let vs be back'd with God, and with the Seas,

43Which he hath giu'n for fence impregnable,

44And with their helpes, onely defend our selues:

45In them, and in our selues, our safetie lyes.


Clar. For this one speech, Lord Hastings well deserues

47To haue the Heire of the Lord Hungerford.


King. I, what of that? it was my will, and graunt,

49And for this once, my Will shall stand for Law.


Rich. And yet me thinks, your Grace hath not done well,

51To giue the Heire and Daughter of Lord Scales

52Vnto the Brother of your louing Bride;

53Shee better would haue fitted me, or Clarence:

54But in your Bride you burie Brotherhood.


Clar. Or else you would not haue bestow'd the Heire

pg 2618Critical Apparatus56Of the Lord Bonuill on your new Wiues Sonne,

57And leaue your Brothers to goe speede elsewhere.


King. Alas, poore Clarence: is it for a Wife

59That thou art malecontent? I will prouide thee.

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Clarence. In chusing for your selfe, you shew'd your iudgement:

61Which being shallow, you shall giue me leaue

62To play the Broker in mine owne behalfe;

63And to that end, I shortly minde to leaue you.


King. Leaue me, or tarry, Edward will be King,

Critical Apparatus65And not be ty'd vnto his Brothers will.


Lady Grey. My Lords, before it pleas'd his Maiestie

67To rayse my State to Title of a Queene,

68Doe me but right, and you must all confesse,

69That I was not ignoble of Descent,

70And meaner then my selfe haue had like fortune.

71But as this Title honors me and mine,

Critical Apparatus72So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing,

73Doth cloud my ioyes with danger, and with sorrow.


King. My Loue, forbeare to fawne vpon their frownes:

75What danger, or what sorrow can befall thee,

76So long as Edward is thy constant friend,

77And their true Soueraigne, whom they must obey?

78Nay, whom they shall obey, and loue thee too,

79Vnlesse they seeke for hatred at my hands:

80Which if they doe, yet will I keepe thee safe,

81And they shall feele the vengeance of my wrath.


Rich. I heare, yet say not much, but thinke the more.

Enter a Poste.
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King. Now Messenger, what Letters, or what Newes from France?


Post. My Soueraigne Liege, no Letters, & few words,

85But such, as I (without your speciall pardon)

86Dare not relate.

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King. Goe too, wee pardon thee: Therefore, in briefe,

88Tell me their words, as neere as thou canst guesse them.

89What answer makes King Lewis vnto our Letters?


Post. At my depart, these were his very words:

Critical Apparatus91Goe tell false Edward, [thy] supposed King,

92That Lewis of France is sending ouer Maskers,

93To reuell it with him, and his new Bride.


King. Is Lewis so braue? belike he thinkes me Henry.

95But what said Lady Bona to my Marriage?


Post. These were her words, vtt'red with mild disdaine:

97Tell him, in hope hee'le proue a Widower shortly,

98Ile weare the Willow Garland for his sake.


King. I blame not her; she could say little lesse:

pg 2619100She had the wrong. But what said Henries Queene?

101For I haue heard, that she was there in place.

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Post. Tell him (quoth she) my mourning Weedes are done,

103And I am readie to put Armour on.


King. Belike she minds to play the Amazon.

105But what said Warwicke to these iniuries?


Post. He, more incens'd against your Maiestie,

107Then all the rest, discharg'd me with these words:

108Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong,

109And therefore Ile vncrowne him, er't be long.


King. Ha? durst the Traytor breath out so prowd words?

111Well, I will arme me, being thus fore-warn'd:

112They shall haue Warres, and pay for their presumption.

113But say, is Warwicke friends with Margaret?

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Post. I, gracious Soueraigne, they are so link'd in friendship,

115That yong Prince Edward marryes Warwicks Daughter.

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Clarence. Belike, the elder; Clarence will haue the younger.

p6v Link 117Now Brother King farewell, and sit you fast,

118For I will hence to Warwickes other Daughter,

119That though I want a Kingdome, yet in Marriage

120I may not proue inferior to your selfe.

121You that loue me, and Warwicke, follow me.

Exit Clarence, and Somerset followes.
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Rich. Not I: My thoughts ayme at a further matter:

123I stay not for the loue of Edward, but the Crowne.


King. Clarence and Somerset both gone to Warwicke?

125Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen:

126And haste is needfull in this desp'rate case.

127Pembrooke and Stafford, you in our behalfe

128Goe leuie men, and make prepare for Warre;

129They are alreadie, or quickly will be landed:

130My selfe in person will straight follow you.

Exeunt Pembrooke and Stafford.

131But ere I goe, Hastings and Mountague

132Resolue my doubt: you twaine, of all the rest,

133Are neere to Warwicke, by bloud, and by allyance:

134Tell me, if you loue Warwicke more then me;

135If it be so, then both depart to him:

136I rather wish you foes, then hollow friends.

137But if you minde to hold your true obedience,

138Giue me assurance with some friendly Vow,

139That I may neuer haue you in suspect.

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Mount. So God helpe Mountague, as hee proues true.


Hast. And Hastings, as hee fauours Edwards cause.


King. Now, Brother Richard, will you stand by vs?


Rich. I, in despight of all that shall withstand you.


King. Why so: then am I sure of Victorie.

145Now therefore let vs hence, and lose no howre,

146Till wee meet Warwicke, with his forreine powre.


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14.6 My … King. herringman; prose jaggard
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14.9 Now … Choyce, pope; 2 lines jaggard: Clarence,|
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14.11 As … Warwicke, pope; 2 lines jaggard: France,|
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14.13 our jaggard; your capell conj.
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14.17 And jaggard; And you rowe. Metrical emendation is not necessary, because a missing unstressed syllable at the beginning of a line is acceptable, and in this instance 'And shall haue your will' echoes 'and must haue my will'.
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14.20–2 Not … well together. montgomery; 5 lines jaggard: no:| seuer'd,| ioyn'd together:| them,|; 3 lines, with deletions pope: wish| join'd together.| Pity to sunder them, that yoak so well.; 3 lines capell: I:| sever'd| pity|. The first hexameter is too long for the Folio measure. The mislineation after 'seuer'd,' may be an example of compositorial space wasting, as also the lineation of 14.28–30.
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14.28–30 Then … Bona. pope; 4 lines jaggard: opinion:| Enemie,| Marriage.|
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14.40 But jaggard; Yes, but allot; Ay, but keightley; But all conj. Vaughan. Metrical emendation is unnecessary: as above, a missing unstressed syllable at the start of the line is possible. However, a more plausible emendation than those previously proposed would be 'but 'tis' (Taylor), because 'tis creates a balance in both halves of the line, and it could easily have been omitted by eye-skip from one initial t to the next.
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14.41 losing hattaway (Vaughan); vsing jaggard. Hastings is proposing not to use France but to manage without her. Compare 1short: 'We need not France nor any alliance with them'.
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14.56 Wiues = wife's
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14.60 In … iudgement: pope; 2 lines jaggard: selfe,|
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14.65 Brothers = brother's (alternatively plural brothers')
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14.72 dislikes … Doth] jaggard; dislikes … Do rowe; dislike … Doth clark-wright
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14.83 Now … France? montgomery; prose jaggard; 2 lines capell: news|
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14.87–8 Goe … them. pope; 3 lines jaggard: thee:| words,|
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14.91 thy 1short; the jaggard. See 13.223.
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14.102 Tell … done, capell; 2 lines jaggard: she)|
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14.114 I … friendship, 1short; 2 lines jaggard: Soueraigne,|
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14.116 Belike … younger. pope; 2 lines jaggard: elder;|
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14.122 Not … matter: pope; 2 lines jaggard: I:|
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14.140 So … true. 1short; prose jaggard
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