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EDWARD THE SECOND.
For wot you not that I have made him sure + Unto our cousin, the Earl of Glocester's heir? Lan. Such news we hear, my lord.
K. Edw. That day, if not for him, yet for my sake,
Who in the § triumph will be challenger,
K. Edw. Thanks, gentle Warwick. Come, let's in and revel.
[Exeunt all except the elder MORTIMER and the younger MORTIMER.
E. Mor. Nephew, I must to Scotland; thou stay'st here.
Leave now to oppose thyself against the king:
The conquering Hercules for Hylas wept,||
Then let his grace, whose youth is flexible,
But this I scorn, that one so basely-born
wot] So 4tos 1598, 1612.-2to 1622 "wrote." † made him sure] i. e. affianced him.
cousin] Equivalent here to niece. (So in Shakespeare's Hamlet, the King calls his nephew Hamlet "cousin").
the] So 4to 1598.-Not in 4tos 1612, 1622.
The conquering Hercules for Hylas wept] 2tos 1598, 1612, "The conquering Hector, for Hilas wept."-2to 1622, "The conquering Hector did for Hilas weepe."
He wears a lord's revenue on his back] So in Shakespeare's Sec. Part of King Henry VI, act 1. sc. 3,"She bears a duke's revenues on her back,"
a line, be it observed, which Shakespeare did not find in the original, The First Part of the Contention, &c.
** jets] i. e. struts.
tt cullions] i. e. abject fellows,-scoundrels.
Seeing that our lord the Earl of Glocester's dead, Which of the nobles dost thou mean to serve?
Y. Spen. Not Mortimer, nor any of his side, Because the king and he are enemies. Baldock, learn this of me: a factious lord Shall hardly do himself good, much less us; But he that hath the favour of a king May with one word advance us while we live. The liberal Earl of Cornwall is the man On whose good fortune Spenser's hope depends. Bald. What, mean you, then, to be his follower?
Y. Spen. No, his companion; for he loves me
And would have once preferr'd me to the king. Bald. But he is banish'd; there's small hope
Y. Spen. Ay, for a while; but, Baldock, mark the end.
A friend of mine told me in secrecy
It is about her lover Gaveston.
Bald. 'Tis like enough; for, since he was exll'd, She neither walks abroad nor comes in sight. But I had thought the match had been broke off, And that his banishment had chang'd her mind. Y. Spen. Our lady's first love is not wavering; My life for thine, she will have Gaveston.
*others] So 4tos 1612, 1622.-2to 1598 "other." Enter the younger Spenser, &c.] Scene, a hall in the mansion of the Duke of Glocester.
Bald. Then hope I by her means to be preferr'd,
Having read unto her since she was a child.
Y. Spen. Then, Baldock, you must cast the scholar off,
And learn to court it like a gentleman.
A velvet-cap'd cloak, fac'd before with serge,
Or looking downward, with your eye-lids close, And saying, "Truly, an't may please your honour,"
Can get you any favour with great men :
formal + toys,
And use them but of mere hypocrisy.
Which made me curate-like in mine attire,
I am none of these common pedants, I,
Y. Spen. But one of those that saith quandoquidem,
And hath a special gift to form a verb.
Bald. Leave off this jesting; here my lady
He wills me to repair unto the court,
See that my coach* be ready; I must hence.
Niece. And meet me at the park-pale presently. [Brit BALDOCK.
Spenser, stay you, and bear me company,
Y. Spen. I knew the king would have him home again.
Niece. If all things sort out, as I hope they will,
Thy service, Spenser, shall be thought upon. Y. Spen. I humbly thank your ladyship. Niece. Come, lead the way: I long till I am there. [Exeunt.
Enter KING EDWARD, QUEEN Isabella, KENT, LANCAS TER, the younger MORTIMER, WARWICK, PEMBROKE, and Attendants.
K. Edw. The wind is good; I wonder why he stays:
I fear me he is wreck'd upon the sea.
Q. Isab. Look, Lancaster, how passionate § he is,
And still his mind runs on his minion!
Lan. My lord,—
K. Edw. How now! what news? is Gaveston arriv'd?
Y. Mor. Nothing but Gaveston! what means your grace?
You have matters of more weight to think upon: The king of France sets foot in Normandy.
K. Edw. A trifle! we'll expel him when we please.
But tell me, Mortimer, what's thy device
* coach] "The reign of Elizabeth is generally cited as the period when coaches were introduced into England, and under that term carriages of every kind have been considered as included; but long anterior to that reign vehicles with wheels under the denomination of chairs, cars, chariots, caroches, and whirlicotes were used in England. Mr. Markland on Carriages in England. See Archæologia, vol. xx." COLLIER (apud Dodsley's 0. P.). t sort out] "i. e. succeed, or take effect. Sortir effect. Cotgrave." REED (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).
Enter King Edward, &c.] Scene, before Tynmouth Castle.
§ passionate] i. e. sorrowful
K. Edw. Pray thee, let me know it.
Y. Mor. But, seeing you are so desirous, thus it is;
A lofty cedar-tree, fair flourishing,
On whose top-branches kingly eagles perch,
K. Edw. My Gaveston!
Welcome to Tynmouth! welcome to thy friend !
When she was lock'd up in a brazen tower,
K. Edw. And what is yours, my Lord of Is sweeter far than was thy parting hence Lancaster?
Lan. My lord, mine's more obscure than
Pliny reports, there is a flying-fish+
And therefore, being pursu'd, it takes the air:
Kent. Proud Mortimer! ungentle Lancaster!
And in your shields display your rancorous minds?
What call you this but private libelling
K. Edw. They love me not that hate my
I am that cedar; shake me not too much;
Y. Mor. If in his absence thus he favours him, What will he do whenas || he shall be present? Lan. That shall we see: look, where his lordship comes !
a] So 4tos 1612, 1622.-Not in 4to 1598.
flying fish] "The Exocatus. See Plinii Nat. Hist. lib. ix. 19." REED (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).
Kent] Old eds. "Edw." (a mistake for "Edm.", which is generally the prefix in the old eds. to Kent's speeches). That the present speech belongs to Kent, is proved by the last line of it,-"Against the Earl of Cornwall and my brother."
§ jesses] i. e. the short straps round the legs of the hawk, having small rings (called the varvels), to which was fastened the falconer's leash.-Old eds. "gresses" (a mistake for "gesses").
whenas] i. e. when.
Bitter and irksome to my sobbing heart.
Gav. Sweet lord and king, your speech preventeth + mine;
Yet have I words left to express my joy:
K. Edw. Will none of you salute my Gaveston?
Y. Mor. Welcome is the good Earl of Cornwall!
War. Welcome, Lord Governor of the Isle of Man!
Pem. Welcome, Master Secretary!
Kent. Brother, do you hear them?
K. Edw. Still will these earls and barons use
Gav. My lord, I cannot brook these injuries.
K. Edw. Return it to their throats; I'll be thy
Gav. The life of thee shall salve this foul dis-
Y. Mor. Villain, thy life! unless I miss mine
Q. Isab. Ah, furious Mortimer, what hast thou
Y. Mor. No more than I would answer, were he slain. [Exit GAVESTON with Attendants. K. Edw. Yes, more than thou canst answer,
though he live :
Dear shall you both abide this riotous deed:
Lan. We'll hale him by the ears unto the
K. Edw. Look to your own heads; his is sure enough.
Y. Mor. My uncle's taken prisoner by the
Lan. We'll have him ransom'd, man: be of
Y. Mor. They rate his ransom at five thousand
Who should defray the money but the king,
Lan. Do, cousin, and I'll bear thee company.
Will to Newcastle here, and gather head.
Y. Mor. About it, then, and we will follow you.
Lan. Be resolute and full of secrecy.
War. I warrant you. [Exit with PEMBROKE.
War. Look to your own crown, if you back I'll thunder such a peal into his ears
Kent. Warwick, these words do ill beseem thy
K. Edw. Nay, all of them conspire to cross me thus:
But, if I live, I'll tread upon their heads
That think with high looks thus to tread me
Come, Edmund, let's away, and levy men:
[Exeunt KING EDWARD, QUEEN ISABELLA, and
War. Let's to our castles, for the king is
Y. Mor. Mov'd may he be, and perish in his
Lan. Cousin, it is no dealing with him now;
Y. Mor. By heaven, the abject villain shall not
War. I'll have his blood, or die in seeking it.
Now send our heralds to defy the king;
Enter a Messenger.
Y. Mor. Letters! from whence?
Mes. From Scotland, my lord.
[Giving letters to MORTIMER.
Lan. Why, how now, cousin! how fare all our friends?
As never subject did unto his king.
Lan. Content; I'll bear my part. - Holla! who's there?
Y. Mor. Ay, marry, such a guard as this doth well.
Lan. Lead on the way.
Guard. Whither will your lordships?
Y. Mor. Whither else but to the king
Guard. You may not in, my lord.
Y. Mor. May we not?
Enter KING EDWARD and KENT."
K. Edw. How now!
What noise is this? who have we there? is't
Mine uncle's taken prisoner by the Scots.
Lan. 'Twas in your wars; you should ransom
Y. Mor. And you shall ransom him, or else-
K. Edw. Quiet yourself; you shall have the
To gather for him th[o]roughout the realm.
* Enter King Edward and Kent] A change of scene is supposed here-to the interior of Tynmouth-Castle.
Lan. Your minion Gaveston hath taught you this.
Lan. The northern borderers, seeing their
Their wives and children slain, run up and down,
Y. Mor. When wert thou in the field with
Y. Mor. Nay, now you are here alone, I'll But once? and then thy soldiers march'd like speak my mind.
Lan. And so will I ; and then, my lord, farewell. Y. Mor. The idle_triumphs, masks, lascivious shows,
And prodigal gifts bestow'd on Gaveston,
Have drawn thy treasury dry, and made thee weak ; +
With garish robes, not armour; and thyself,
Maids of England,‡ sore may you mourn,
For your lemans § you have lost at Bannocksbourn,
The murmuring commons, overstretched, break. § To England's high disgrace, have made this
Y. Mor. The haughty Dane commands the
While in the harbour ride thy ships unrigg'd.
With a heave and a ho! ||
What weeneth the king of England
Y. Mor. Wigmore¶ shall fly, to set my uncle free.
Lan. And, when 'tis gone, our swords shall purchase more.
Y. Mor. Who loves thee, but a sort of If you be mov'd, revenge it as you can: flatterers? Look next to see us with our ensigns spread. [Exit with Y. MORTIMER.
Lan. Thy gentle queen, sole sister to Valois, Complains that thou hast left her all forlorn.
Y. Mor. Thy court is naked, being bereft of
That make a king seem glorious to the world,
*'Twould] So 4tos 1612, 1622.-2to 1598 "Would." haunted] One modern editor prints "taunted."—But compare, in our author's Faustus, 4to, 1616, "shall I be haunted still?" see p. 126, sec. col.
thy treasury dry, and made thee weak] So 4tos 1612, 1622.-2to 1598 "thy treasure drie, and made the weake." § break] So the modern editors.-Old eds. "hath."
Irish kerna] i. 3. Irish foot-soldiers of the lowest description.
¶make] Old eds. "made," and in the next line "draue"; but t present tense is obviously necessary here.
** road] i. e. iLoad.
tt The haughty Dane commands the narrow seas] So in The Third Part of K. Henry VI, act i, sc. i,-"Stern Faulconbridge commands the narrow seas," a line retained by Shakespeare from The true Tragedie of Richard Duke of York.
sort] i. e. set.
$$ again] i. e. against. So 4to 1598.-2tos 1612, 1622, "against."
K. Edw. My swelling heart for ++ very anger
How oft have I been baited by these peers,
Yet, shall the crowing of these cockerels
If I be cruel and grow tyrannous,
Now let them thank themselves, and rue too
Kent. My lord, I see your love to Gaveston
* banner] So 4tos 1598, 1612.-2to 1622 "banners." t jig i. e. ballad.
Maids of England, &c.] Taken (with very slight variations) from Fabyan's Chron. vol. ii. fol. 169, ed. 1559. § lemans] i. e. lovers.
With a heave and a ho!
With a rombelow!] Common burdens to songs: see Skelton's Works, ii. 110, ed. Dyce.
Wigmore] "Mortimer junior was of Wigmore." GILCHRIST (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).
** as] So 4tos 1598, 1612.-2to 1622 "if."
tt for] So 4tos 1598, 1612.-2to 1622 with."