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K. Edw. No, no, for if thou mean'st to murder me, Thou wilt return again, and therefore stay.
[Sleeps. Light. He sleeps. K. Edw. [waking). O let me not die yet! O stay a
K. Edw. Something still buzzeth in mine ears,
Enter MATREVIS and GURNEY.
Light. Run for the table.
[MATREvis brings in a table. Light. So, lay the table down, and stamp on it, But not too hard, lest that you bruise his body.
[KING EDWARD is murdered. Mat. I fear me that this cry will raise the town, And therefore, let us take horse and away.
Light. Tell me, sirs, was it not bravely done?
[GURNEY stabs LIGHTBORN, who dies.
[Exeunt with the bodies.
SCENE VI. - AN APARTMENT IN THE ROYAL PALACE
Enter Young MORTIMER and MATREVIS.
Y. Mor. Matrevis, if thou now growest penitent
Mat. Gurney, my lord, is fed, and will, I fear
Y. Mor. Fly to the savages !
[Exit. Y. Mor. As for myself, I stand as Jove's huge tree, And others are but shrubs compared to me.
All tremble at my name, and I fear none;
Enter QUEEN ISABELLA.
Y. Mor. What if he have? the king is yet a child.
Q. Isab. Ay, but he tears his hair, and wrings his hands,
Ist Lord. Fear not, my lord, know that you are a king.
K. Edw. Third. Think not that I am frighted with thy words !
Q. Isab. Weep not, sweet son !
K. Edw. Third. Forbid me not to weep; he was my father ; And, had you loved him half so well as I, You could not bear his death thus patiently. But you, I fear, conspired with Mortimer.
ist Lord. Why speak you not unto my lord the king ?
Y. Mor. Because I think it scorn to be accused. Who is the man dares say I murdered him?
K. Edw. Third. Traitor! in me my loving father speaks,
Y. Mor. But has your grace no other proof than this?
[Shewing letter. Y. Mor. False Gurney hath betrayed me and himself.
[Aside. Q. Isab. I feared as much; murder can not be hid. [ Aside. Y. Mor. It is my hand; what gather you by this? K. Edw. Third. That thither thou didst send a murderer. Y. Mor. What murderer? Bring forth the man I sent.
K. Edw. Third. Ah, Mortimer, thou knowest that he is slain; And so shalt thou be too — Why stays he here?
Bring him unto a hurdle, drag him forth;
Q. Isab. For my sake, sweet son, pity Mortimer.
Y. Mor. Madam, entreat not, I will rather die, Than sue for life unto a paltry boy.
K. Edw. Third. Hence with the traitor ! with the murderer !
Y. Mor. Base Fortune, now I see, that in thy wheel
[Young MORTIMER is taken away by
Ist Lord and Attendants.
K. Edw. Third. This argues that you spilt my father's blood, Else would you not entreat for Mortimer.
Q. Isab. I spill his blood ? no.
Q. Isab. That rumour is untrue; for loving thee,
Isabel. K. Edw. Third. I do not think her so unnatural. 2nd Lord. My lord, I fear me it will prove too true.
K. Edw. Third. Mother, you are suspected for his death, And therefore we commit you to the Tower Till farther trial may be made thereof; If you be guilty, though I be your son, Think not to find me slack or pitiful.
Q. Isab. Nay, to my death, for too long have I lived, Whenas my son thinks to abridge my days.
K. Edw. Third. Away with her, her words enforce these tears, And I shall pity her if she speak again.
Q. Isab. Shall I not mourn for my beloved lord, And with the rest accompany him to his grave?
2nd Lord. Thus, madam, 'tis the king's will you shall hence. Q. Isab. He hath forgotten me; stay, I am his mother. 2nd Lord That boots not; therefore, gentle madam, go. Q. Isab. Then come, sweet death, and rid me of this grief.
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Re-enter ist Lord, with the head of Young MORTIMER. ist Lord, My lord, here is the head of Mortimer. K. Edw. Third. Go fetch my father's hearse, where it shall
And bring my funeral robes.
Re-enter Attendants with the hearse and funeral robes.