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Buck. God and our innocence defend and guard us !
Enter Lovel and RATCLIFF, with Hastings's head.
Glo. Be patient, they are friends; Ratcliff, and
Glo. So dear I lov'd the man, that I must weep.
Glo. What! think you we are Turks, or infidels?
May. Now, fair befal you! he deserv'd his death; And your good graces both have well proceeded, To warn false traitors from the like attempts. I never look'd for better at his hands, After he once fell in with mistress Shore.
Buck. Yet had we not determin'd he should die, Until
your lordship came to see his end;
Glo. And to that end we wish'd your lordship here, To avoid the censures of the carping world.
Buck. But since you came too late of our intent,
[Exit Lord Mayor. Glo. Go after, after, cousin Buckingham. The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post:
vantage of the time, Infer the bastardy of Edward's children :
There, at your
Tell them, how Edward put to death a citizen,
Buck. Doubt not, my lord ; I'll play the orator,
Glo. If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard's
shall find me well accompanied, With reverend fathers, and well-learned bishops.
Buck. I go; and, towards three or four o'clock, Look for the news that the Guild-hall affords.
[Exit BUCKINGHAM. Glo. Go, Lovel, with all speed to doctor Shaw,Go thou [to CAT.] to friar Penker ;-bid them both
Meet me, within this hour, at Baynard's castle.
[Exeunt Lovel and Catesby. Now will I in, to take some privy order To draw the brats of Clarence out of sight ; And to give notice, that no manner of person Have, any time, recourse unto the princes. [Erit.
Enter a Scrivener.
Scriv. Here is the indictment of the good lord
Hastings; Which in a set hand fairly is engross'd, That it may be to-day read o'er in Paul's. And mark how well the sequel hangs together :Eleven hours I have spent to write it over, For yesternight by Catesby was it sent me ; The precedent' was full as long a doing : And yet within these five hours Hastings liv’d, Untainted, unexamin'd, free, at liberty. Here's a good world the while !-Who is so gross, That cannot see this palpable device? Yet who so bold, but says-he sees it not ? Bad is the world; and all will come to nought, When such bad dealing must be seen in thought.
" Original draft.
The same. Court of Baynard's Castle.
Enter Gloster and BUCKINGHAM, meeting. Glo. How now, how now? what say the citizens?
Buck. Now by the holy mother of our Lord, The citizens are mum, say not a word. Glo. Touch'd you the bastardy of Edward's chil
dren? Buck. I did ; with his contract with Lady Lucy, And his contráct by deputy in France : The insatiate greediness of his desires, And his enforcement of the city wives ; His tyranny for trifles; his own bastardy,-As being got, your father then in France; And his resemblance, being not like the duke. Withal, I did infer your lineaments, Being the right idea of your father, Both in your form and nobleness of mind: Laid open
victories in Scotland,
Glo. And did they so?
Buck. No, so God help me, they spake not a word ; But, like dumb statuas, or breathless stones,