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Alas how much in vaine my poore eyes gaze,Alas, how much in vain my poor eyes gazeE3 I.ii.1
For souccour that my soueraigne should send;For succour that my sovereign should send!E3 I.ii.2
A cosin Mountague, I feare thou wants, Ah, cousin Montague, I fear thou want'stE3 I.ii.3
The liuely spirirt sharpely to solicit,The lively spirit sharply to solicitE3 I.ii.4
Wth vehement sute the king in my behalfe: With vehement suit the king in my behalf.E3 I.ii.5
Thou dost not tell him what a griefe it is, Thou dost not tell him what a grief it isE3 I.ii.6
To be the scornefull captiue to a Scot,To be the scornful captive to a Scot,E3 I.ii.7
Either to be wooed with broad vntuned othes,Either to be wooed with broad untuned oaths,E3 I.ii.8
Or forst by rough insulting barbarisme: Or forced by rough insulting barbarism;E3 I.ii.9
Thou doest not tell him if he heere preuaile,Thou doest not tell him, if he here prevail,E3 I.ii.10
How much they will deride vs in the North,How much they will deride us in the north,E3 I.ii.11
And in their vild vnseuill skipping giggs,And, in their vile uncivil skipping jigs,E3 I.ii.12
Bray foorth their Conquest, and our ouerthrow,Bray forth their conquest and our overthrow,E3 I.ii.13
Euen in the barraine, bleake and fruitlesse aire,Even in the barren, bleak, and fruitless air.E3 I.ii.14
I must withdraw, the euerlasting foe,I must withdraw. The everlasting foeE3 I.ii.15
Comes to the wall, Ile closely step aside,Comes to the wall; I'll closely step aside,E3 I.ii.16
And list their babble blunt and full of pride.And list their babble, blunt and full of pride.E3 I.ii.17
My Lords of Scotland will ye stay and drinke:My lords of Scotland, will ye stay and drink?E3 I.ii.60
Say good my Lord, which is he must haue the Ladie, Say, good my lord, which is he must have the lady,E3 I.ii.62
And which her iewels, I am sure my LordsAnd which her jewels? I am sure, my lords,E3 I.ii.63
Ye will not hence, till you haue shard the spoyles.Ye will not hence till you have shared the spoils.E3 I.ii.64
After the French embassador my liege,After the French ambassador, my liege,E3 I.ii.68
And tell him that you dare not ride to Yorke,And tell him that you dare not ride to York.E3 I.ii.69
Excuse it that your bonnie horse is lame.Excuse it that your bonny horse is lame.E3 I.ii.70
Tis not for feare, and yet you run away,'Tis not for fear, and yet you run away. – E3 I.ii.73
O happie comfort welcome to our house,O happy comfort, welcome to our house!E3 I.ii.74
The confident and boystrous boasting Scot,The confident and boist'rous boasting Scot,E3 I.ii.75
That swore before my walls they would not backe,That swore before my walls they would not backE3 I.ii.76
For all the armed power of this land,For all the armed power of this land,E3 I.ii.77
With facelesse feare that euer turnes his backe:With faceless fear that ever turns his back,E3 I.ii.78
Turnd hence againe the blasting North-east winde:Turned hence again the blasting north-east windE3 I.ii.79
Vpon the bare report and name of Armes.Upon the bare report and name of arms.E3 I.ii.80
O Sommers day, see where my Cosin comes: O summer's day! See where my cousin comes!E3 I.ii.81
Well may I giue a welcome Cosin to thee:Well may I give a welcome, cousin, to thee,E3 I.ii.84
For thou comst well to chase my foes from hence.For thou com'st well to chase my foes from hence.E3 I.ii.85
How may I entertayne his Maiestie,How may I entertain his majesty,E3 I.ii.88
To shew my duety, and his dignitie.To show my duty and his dignity?E3 I.ii.89
In duetie lower then the ground I kneele,In duty lower than the ground I kneel,E3 I.ii.107
And for my dul knees bow my feeling heart,And for my dull knees bow my feeling heartE3 I.ii.108
To witnes my obedience to your highnes,To witness my obedience to your highnessE3 I.ii.109
With many millions of a subiects thanks.With many millions of a subject's thanksE3 I.ii.110
For this your Royall presence, whose approch,For this your royal presence, whose approachE3 I.ii.111
Hath driuen war and danger from my gate.Hath driven war and danger from my gate.E3 I.ii.112
No war to you my liege, the Scots are gone,No war to you, my liege; the Scots are gone,E3 I.ii.115
And gallop home toward Scotland with their hate,And gallop home toward Scotland with their hate.E3 I.ii.116
A little while my gratious soueraigne stay,A little while, my gracious sovereign, stay,E3 I.ii.119
And let the power of a mighty kingAnd let the power of a mighty kingE3 I.ii.120
Honor our roofe: my husband in the warres,Honour our roof; my husband in the wars,E3 I.ii.121
When he shall heare it will triumph for ioy.When he shall hear it, will triumph for joy.E3 I.ii.122
Then deare my liege, now niggard not thy state,Then, dear my liege, now niggard not thy state.E3 I.ii.123
Being at the wall, enter our homely gate.Being at the wall, enter our homely gate.E3 I.ii.124
Far from this place let vgly treason ly.Far from this place let ugly treason lie!E3 I.ii.127
What might I speake to make my soueraigne stay?What might I speak to make my sovereign stay?E3 I.ii.138
Let not thy presence like the Aprill sunne,Let not thy presence, like the April sun,E3 I.ii.141
Flatter our earth, and sodenly be done:Flatter our earth and suddenly be done.E3 I.ii.142
More happie do not make our outward wall,More happy do not make our outward wallE3 I.ii.143
Then thou wilt grace our inner house withall, Than thou wilt grace our inner house withal. E3 I.ii.144
Our house my liege is like a Country swaine,Our house, my liege, is like a country swain,E3 I.ii.145
Whose habit rude, and manners blunt and playne, Whose habit rude and manners blunt and plainE3 I.ii.146
Presageth nought, yet inly beautified,Presageth nought, yet inly beautifiedE3 I.ii.147
With bounties riches; and faire hidden pride:With bounty's riches and faire hidden pride.E3 I.ii.148
For where the golden Ore doth buried lie,For where the golden ore doth buried lie,E3 I.ii.149
The ground vndect with natures tapestrie,The ground, undecked with nature's tapestry,E3 I.ii.150
Seemes barrayne, sere, vnfertill, fructles dry, Seems barren, sere, unfertile, fruitless, dry;E3 I.ii.151
And where the vpper turfe of earth doth boast,And where the upper turf of earth doth boastE3 I.ii.152
His pride perfumes, and party colloured cost,His pride, perfumes, and parti-coloured cost,E3 I.ii.153
Delue there, and find this issue and their pride,Delve there, and find this issue and their prideE3 I.ii.154
To spring from ordure, and corruptions side:To spring from ordure and corruption's side.E3 I.ii.155
But to make vp my all to long compare,But, to make up my all too long compare,E3 I.ii.156
These ragged walles no testomie are,These ragged walls no testimony areE3 I.ii.157
What is within, but like a cloake doth hide,What is within, but like a cloak doth hideE3 I.ii.158
From weathers West, the vnder garnisht pride:From weather's waste the undergarnished pride.E3 I.ii.159
More gratious then my tearmes can let thee be,More gracious than my terms can, let thee be.E3 I.ii.160
Intreat thy selfe to stay a while with mee.Entreat thy self to stay a while with me.E3 I.ii.161
Pardon my boldnes my thrice gracious Lords,Pardon my boldness, my thrice gracious lords.E3 II.i.190
Let my intrusion here be cald my duetie,Let my intrusion here be called my duty,E3 II.i.191
That comes to see my soueraigne how he fares,That comes to see my sovereign how he fares.E3 II.i.192
Sorry I am to see my liege so sad,Sorry I am to see my liege so sad.E3 II.i.195
What may thy subiect do to driue from thee.What may thy subject do to drive from theeE3 II.i.196
Thy gloomy consort, sullome melancholie,Thy gloomy consort, sullen melancholy?E3 II.i.197
Now God forbid that anie in my howseNow God forbid that any in my houseE3 II.i.201
Should thinck my soueraigne wrong, thrice gentle King:Should think my sovereign wrong! Thrice gentle King,E3 II.i.202
Acquant me with theyr cause of discontent.Acquaint me with your cause of discontent.E3 II.i.203
As nere my Liege as all my womans power,As near, my liege, as all my woman's powerE3 II.i.205
Can pawne it selfe to buy thy remedy.Can pawn itself to buy thy remedy.E3 II.i.206
I will my Liege.I will, my liege.E3 II.i.210.1
By heauen I will,By heaven, I will.E3 II.i.211
All this is done my thrice dread souereigne,All this is done, my thrice dread sovereign.E3 II.i.218
That power of loue that I haue power to giue.That power of love that I have power to give,E3 II.i.219
Thou hast with all deuout obedience,Thou hast with all devout obedience:E3 II.i.220
Inploy me how thou wilt in prose therof,Employ me how thou wilt in proof thereof.E3 II.i.221
Yfon my beauty take yt if thou canst,If on my beauty, take it if thou canst:E3 II.i.223
Though litle I do prise it ten tymes lesse,Though little, I do prize it ten times less.E3 II.i.224
If on my vertue take it if thou canst,If on my virtue, take it if thou canst,E3 II.i.225
For vertues store by giuing doth augment,For virtue's store by giving doth augment.E3 II.i.226
Be it on what it will that I can giue,Be it on what it will that I can give,E3 II.i.227
And thou canst take awaie inherit it.And thou canst take away, inherit it.E3 II.i.228
O were it painted I would wipe it of,O, were it painted, I would wipe it offE3 II.i.230
And disposse my selfe to giue it thee,And dispossess myself, to give it thee.E3 II.i.231
But souereigne it is souldered to my life,But, sovereign, it is soldered to my life:E3 II.i.232
Take one and both for like an humble shaddow,Take one and both, for, like an humble shadow,E3 II.i.233
Yt hauntes the sunshineof my summers life,It haunts the sunshine of my summer's life.E3 II.i.234
As easie may my intellectual soule,As easy may my intellectual soulE3 II.i.236
Be lent awaie and yet my bodie liue,Be lent away, and yet my body live,E3 II.i.237
As lend my bodie pallace to my soule,As lend my body, palace to my soul,E3 II.i.238
A waie from her and yet retaine my soule,.Away from her, and yet retain my soul.E3 II.i.239
My bodie is her bower her Court her abey,My body is her bower, her court, her abbey,E3 II.i.240
And shee an Angell pure deuine vnspotted,And she an angel, pure, divine, unspotted:E3 II.i.241
If I should leaue her house my Lord to thee,If I should leave her house, my lord, to thee,E3 II.i.242
I kill my poore soule and my poore soule me,I kill my poor soul, and my poor soul me.E3 II.i.243
I did my liege so what you would I could.I did, my liege, so what you would I could.E3 II.i.245
Butthat your lippes were sacred my Lord,But that your lips were sacred, my lord,E3 II.i.250
You would prophane the holie name of loue,You would profane the holy name of love.E3 II.i.251
That loue you offer me you cannot giue,That love you offer me you cannot give,E3 II.i.252
For Casar owes that tribut to his Queene,For Caesar owes that tribute to his queen.E3 II.i.253
That loue you beg of me I cannot giue,That love you beg of me I cannot give,E3 II.i.254
For Sara owes that duetie to her Lord,For Sarah owes that duty to her lord.E3 II.i.255
He that doth clip or counterfeit your stamp,He that doth clip or counterfeit your stampE3 II.i.256
Shall die my Lord, and will your sacred selfe,Shall die, my lord; and will your sacred selfE3 II.i.257
Comit high treason against the King of heauen,Commit high treason against the king of heaven,E3 II.i.258
To stamp his Image in forbidden mettel,To stamp his image in forbidden metal,E3 II.i.259
Forgetting your alleageance, and your othe,Forgetting your allegiance and your oath?E3 II.i.260
In violating mariage secred law,In violating marriage' sacred lawE3 II.i.261
You breake a greater honor then your selfe,You break a greater honour than yourself.E3 II.i.262
To be a King is of a yonger house,To be a king is of a younger houseE3 II.i.263
Then to be maried, your progenitourThan to be married: your progenitor,E3 II.i.264
Sole ragning Adam on the vniuerse,Sole reigning Adam on the universe,E3 II.i.265
By God was honored for a married man,By God was honoured for a married man,E3 II.i.266
But not by him annointed for a king,But not by him anointed for a king.E3 II.i.267
It is a pennalty to breake your statutes,It is a penalty to break your statutes,E3 II.i.268
Though not enacted with your highnes hand,Though not enacted with your highness' hand;E3 II.i.269
How much more to infringe the holy act,How much more to infringe the holy actE3 II.i.270
Made by the mouth ofGod, seald with his hand,Made by the mouth of God, sealed with His hand?E3 II.i.271
I know my souereigne in my husbands loue,I know my sovereign, in my husband's love,E3 II.i.272
Who now doth loyall seruice in his warrs,Who now doth loyal service in his wars,E3 II.i.273
Doth but to try the wife of Salisbury,Doth but so try the wife of Salisbury,E3 II.i.274
Whither shee will heare a wantons tale or no,Whither she will hear a wanton's tale or no.E3 II.i.275
Lest being therein giulty by my stay,Lest being therein guilty by my stay,E3 II.i.276
From that not from my leige I tourne awaie: From that, not from my liege, I turn away.E3 II.i.277
My Lord and father, I haue sought for you:My lord and father, I have sought for you.E3 II.i.370
My mother and the Peeres importune you,My mother and the peers importune youE3 II.i.371
To keepe in promise of his maiestie.To keep in presence of his majesty,E3 II.i.372
And do your best to make his highnes merrie.And do your best to make his highness merry.E3 II.i.373
Vnnaturall beseege, woe me vnhappie,Unnatural besiege! Woe me unhappy,E3 II.i.413
To haue escapt the danger of my foes,To have escaped the danger of my foes,E3 II.i.414
And to be ten times worse inuierd by friends:And to be ten times worse envired by friends!E3 II.i.415
Hath he no meanes to stayne my honest blood,Hath he no means to stain my honest blood,E3 II.i.416
But to corrupt the author of my blood,But to corrupt the author of my bloodE3 II.i.417
To be his scandalous and vile soliciter:To be his scandalous and vile solicitor?E3 II.i.418
No maruell though the braunches be then infected,No marvel though the branch be then infected,E3 II.i.419
When poyson hath encompassed the roote:When poison hath encompassed the root;E3 II.i.420
No maruell though the leprous infant dye,No marvel though the lep'rous infant die,E3 II.i.421
When the sterne dame inuennometh the Dug:When the stern dame envenometh the dug.E3 II.i.422
Why then giue sinne a pasport to offend,Why then, give sin a passport to offendE3 II.i.423
And youth the dangerous reigne of liberty:And youth the dangerous reign of liberty;E3 II.i.424
Blot out the strict forbidding of the law,Blot out the strict forbidding of the law,E3 II.i.425
And cancell euery cannon that prescribes,And cancel every canon that prescribesE3 II.i.426
A shame for shame, or pennance for offence,A shame for shame, or penance for offence.E3 II.i.427
No let me die, if his too boystrous will,No, let me die, if his too boist'rous willE3 II.i.428
Will haue it so, before I will consent,Will have it so, before I will consentE3 II.i.429
To be an actor in his gracelesse lust,To be an actor in his graceless lust.E3 II.i.430
Ils follow thee, and when my minde turnes so,I'll follow thee; and when my mind turns so,E3 II.i.459
My body sinke, my soule in endles woo.My body sink my soul in endless woe!E3 II.i.460
My father on his blessing hath commanded.My father on his blessing hath commanded – E3 II.ii.122
I deare my liege, your due.Ay, dear my liege, your due.E3 II.ii.124
Then wrong for wrong, and endles hate for hate:Than wrong for wrong, and endless hate for hate.E3 II.ii.127
But fith I see your maiestie so bent,But sith I see your majesty so bent,E3 II.ii.128
That my vnwillingnes, my husbands loue,That my unwillingness, my husband's love,E3 II.ii.129
Your high estate, nor no respect respected,Your high estate, nor no respect respected,E3 II.ii.130
Can be my helpe, but that your mightines:Can be my help, but that your mightinessE3 II.ii.131
Will ouerbeare and awe these deare regards,Will overbear and awe these dear regards,E3 II.ii.132
I bynd my discontent to my content,I bind my discontent to my content,E3 II.ii.133
And what I would not, Ile compell I will,And what I would not, I'll compel I will,E3 II.ii.134
Prouided that your selfe remoue those lets,Provided that yourself remove those letsE3 II.ii.135
That stand betweene your highnes loue and mine,That stand between your highness' love and mine.E3 II.ii.136
It is their liues that stand betweene our loue.It is their lives that stand between our loveE3 II.ii.138
That I would haue chokt vp my soueraigne.That I would have choked up, my sovereign.E3 II.ii.139
My thrice loning liege,My thrice loving liege,E3 II.ii.140.2
Your Queene, and Salisbury my wedded husband,Your Queen, and Salisbury, my wedded husband,E3 II.ii.141
Who liuing haue that tytle in our loue,Who living have that title in our loveE3 II.ii.142
That we cannot bestow but by their death,That we cannot bestow but by their death.E3 II.ii.143
So is your desire, if the lawSo is your desire. If the lawE3 II.ii.145
Can hinder you to execute the one,Can hinder you to execute the one,E3 II.ii.146
Let it forbid you to attempt the other:Let it forbid you to attempt the other.E3 II.ii.147
I Cannot thinke you loue me as you say,I cannot think you love me as you say,E3 II.ii.148
Vnlesse you do make good what you haue sworne.Unless you do make good what you have sworn.E3 II.ii.149
Nay youle do more, youle make the Ryuer to,Nay, you'll do more: you'll make the river tooE3 II.ii.156
With their hart bloods, that keepe our loue asunder,With their heart bloods that keep our love asunder,E3 II.ii.157
Of which my husband, and your wife are twayne.Of which my husband and your wife are twain.E3 II.ii.158
O periurde beautie, more corrupted Iudge:(aside) O perjured beauty, more corrupted judge!E3 II.ii.162
When to the great Starre-chamber ore our heads,When to the great Star-chamber o'er our headsE3 II.ii.163
The vniuersell Sessions cals to count,The universal sessions calls to 'countE3 II.ii.164
This packing euill, we both shall tremble for it.This packing evil, we both shall tremble for it.E3 II.ii.165
Resolute to be dissolude, and therefote this,Resolved to be dissolved; and therefore this:E3 II.ii.167
Keepe but thy word great king, and I am thine,Keep but thy word, great King, and I am thine.E3 II.ii.168
Stand where thou dost, ile part a little from theeStand where thou dost – I'll part a little from thee – E3 II.ii.169
And see how I will yeeld me to thy hands:And see how I will yield me to thy hands.E3 II.ii.170
Here by my side doth hang my wedding knifes,Here by my side doth hang my wedding knives:E3 II.ii.171
Take thou the one, and with it kill thy QueeneTake thou the one, and with it kill thy queen,E3 II.ii.172
And learne by me to finde her where she liesAnd learn by me to find her where she lies;E3 II.ii.173
And with this other, Ile dispatch my loue,And with this other I'll dispatch my love,E3 II.ii.174
Which now lies fast a sleepe within my hart,Which now lies fast asleep within my heart.E3 II.ii.175
When they are gone, then Ile consent to loue:When they are gone, then I'll consent to love. – E3 II.ii.176
Stir not lasciuious king to hinder me,Stir not, lascivious King, to hinder me.E3 II.ii.177
My resolution is more nimbler far,My resolution is more nimbler farE3 II.ii.178
Then thy preuention can be in my rescue,Than thy prevention can be in my rescue;E3 II.ii.179
And if thou stir, I strike, therefore stand still,And if thou stir, I strike. Therefore, stand still,E3 II.ii.180
And heare the choyce that I will put thee to:And hear the choice that I will put thee to:E3 II.ii.181
Either sweare to leaue thy most vnholie sute,Either swear to leave thy most unholy suitE3 II.ii.182
And neuer hence forth to solicit me,And never henceforth to solicit me,E3 II.ii.183
Or else by heauen, this sharpe poynted knyfe,Or else, by heaven, this sharp-pointed knifeE3 II.ii.184
Shall staine thy earth, with that which thou would staine:Shall stain thy earth with that which thou wouldst stain,E3 II.ii.185
My poore chast blood, sweare Edward sweare,My poor chaste blood. Swear, Edward, swear,E3 II.ii.186
Or I will strike and die before thee heere.Or I will strike, and die before thee here.E3 II.ii.187
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