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SCENE II. - Christopher Marlowe, The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2 
The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. A.H. Bullen (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885). Vol. 2.
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EnterEdward, theQueen, Lancaster, YoungMortimer, Warwick, Pembroke, Kent, and Attendants.
- The wind is good, I wonder why he stays;
- I fear me he is wrecked upon the sea.
- Look, Lancaster, how passionate he is,
- And still his mind runs on his minion!
- How now! what news? is Gaveston arrived?
- Nothing but Gaveston! what means your grace?
- You have matters of more weight to think upon;
- The King of France sets foot in Normandy.
- A trifle! we'll expel him when we please
- But tell me, Mortimer, what's thy device
- Against the stately triumph we decreed?
- A homely one, my lord, not worth the telling.
- Pray thee let me know it.
- But, seeing you are so desirous, thus it is:
- A lofty cedar-tree, fair flourishing,
- On whose top-branches kingly eagles perch,
- And by the bark a canker creeps me up,
- And gets into the highest bough of all:
- The motto, Æque tandem.
- And what is yours, my lord of Lancaster?
- My lord, mine's more obscure than Mortimer's.
- Pliny reports there is a flying fish
- Which all the other fishes deadly hate,
- And therefore, being pursued, it takes the air:
- No sooner is it up, but there's a fowl
- That seizeth it: this fish, my lord, I bear,
- The motto this: Undique mors est.
- Kent. Proud Mortimer! ungentle Lancaster!
- Is this the love you bear your sovereign?
- Is this the fruit your reconcilement bears?
- Can you in words make show of amity,
- And in your shields display your rancorous minds!
- What call you this but private libelling
- Sweet husband, be content, they all love you.
- They love me not that hate my Gaveston.
- I am that cedar, shake me not too much;
- And you the eagles; soar ye ne'er so high,
- I have the jesses that will pull you down;
- And Æque tandem shall that canker cry
- Unto the proudest peer of Britamy.
- Though thou compar'st him to a flying fish,
- And threatenest death whether he rise or fall,
- 'Tis not the hugest monster of the sea,
- If in his absence thus he favours him,
- What will he do whenas he shall be present?
- That shall we see; look where his lordship comes.
- My Gaveston!
- Welcome to Tynemouth! welcome to thy friend!
- Thy absence made me droop and pine away;
- For, as the lovers of fair Danae,
- When she was locked up in a brazen tower,
- Desired her more, and waxed outrageous,
- So did it fare with me: and now thy sight
- Is sweeter far than was thy parting hence
- Bitter and irksome to my sobbing heart.
- Sweet lord and king, your speech preventeth mine,
- Yet have I words left to express my joy;
- The shepherd nipt with biting winter's rage
- Frolics not more to see the painted spring,
- Than I do to behold your majesty.
- Will none of you salute my Gaveston?
- Salute him? yes; welcome, Lord Chamberlain!
- Welcome is the good Earl of Cornwall!
- Welcome, Lord Governor of the Isle of Man!
- Welcome, Master Secretary!
- Brother, do you hear them?
- Still will these earls and barons use me thus.
- My lord, I cannot brook these injuries.
- Ay me, poor soul, when these begin to jar.
- Return it to their throats, I'll be thy warrant.
- Base, leaden earls, that glory in your birth,
- Go sit at home and eat your tenants' beef;
- And come not here to scoff at Gaveston,
- Whose mounting thoughts did never creep so low
- As to bestow a look on such as you.
- Yet I disdain not to do this for you.
- Treason! treason! where's the traitor?
- Convey hence Gaveston; they'll murder him.
- The life of thee shall salve this foul disgrace.
- Villain! thy life, unless I miss mine aim.
- [Offers to stab him.
- Ah! furious Mortimer, what hast thou done?
- No more than I would answer, were he slain.
- [Exit Gaveston with Attendants.
- Yes, more than thou canst answer, though he live;
- Dear shall you both abide this riotous deed.
- Out of my presence! come not near the court.
- I'll not be barred the court for Gaveston.
- We'll hale him by the ears unto the block.
- Look to your own heads; his is sure enough.
- Look to your own crown, if you back him thus.
- Warwick, these words do ill beseem thy years.
- 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 down.
- Come, Edmund, let's away and levy men,
- Tis war that must abate these barons' pride.
- [Exeunt theKing, Queen, andKent.
- Let's to our castles, for the king is moved.
- Moved may he be, and perish in his wrath!
- Cousin, it is no dealing with him now,
- He means to make us stoop by force of arms;
- And therefore let us jointly here protest,
- To prosecute that Gaveston to the death.
- By heaven, the abject villain shall not live!
- I'll have his blood, or die in seeking it.
- The like oath Pembroke takes.
- And so doth Lancaster.
- Now send our heralds to defy the king;
- And make the people swear to put him down.
- Enter Messenger.
- From Scotland, my lord.
- [Giving letters to Mortimer.
- Why, how now, cousin, how fares all our friends?
- My uncle's taken prisoner by the Scots.
- We'll have him ransomed, man; be of good cheer.
- They rate his ransom at five thousand pound.
- Who should defray the money but the king,
- Seeing he is taken prisoner in his wars?
- I'll to the king.
- Do, cousin, and I'll bear thee company.
- Meantime, my lord of Pembroke and myself
- Will to Newcastle here, and gather head.
- About it then, and we will follow you.
- Be resolute and full of secrecy.
- I warrant you.
- [Exit withPembroke.
- Cousin, and if he will not ransom him,
- I'll thunder such a peal into his ears,
- As never subject did unto his king.
- Content, I'll bear my part—Holla! who's there?
- [Guard appears.
- Enter Guard.
- Ay, marry, such a guard as this doth well.
- Whither will your lordships?
- Whither else but to the king.
- His highness is disposed to be alone.
- Why, so he may, but we will speak to him.
- May we not?
- How now! what noise is this?
- Who have we there, is't you?
- Nay, stay, my lord, I come to bring you news;
- Mine uncle's taken prisoner by the Scots.
- 'Twas in your wars; you should ransom him.
- And you shall ransom him, or else—
- What! Mortimer, you will not threaten him?
- Quiet yourself, you shall have the broad seal,
- To gather for him th[o]roughout the realm.
- Your minion Gaveston hath taught you this.
- My lord, the family of the Mortimers
- Are not so poor, but, would they sell their land,
- 'Twould levy men enough to anger you.
- We never beg, but use such prayers as these.
- Shall I still be haunted thus?
- Nay, now you're here alone, I'll speak my mind.
- And so will I, and then, my lord, farewell.
- The idle triumphs, masks, lascivious shows,
- And prodigal gifts bestowed on Gaveston,
- Have drawn thy treasury dry, and made thee weak;
- The murmuring commons, overstretchèd, break.
- Look for rebellion, look to be deposed;
- Thy garrisons are beaten out of France,
- And, lame and poor, lie groaning at the gates.
- The wild Oneyl, with swarms of Irish kerns,
- Lives uncontrolled within the English pale.
- Unto the walls of York the Scots make road,
- And unresisted drive away rich spoils.
- The haughty Dane commands the narrow seas,
- While in the harbour ride thy ships unrigged.
- What foreign prince sends thee ambassadors?
- Who loves thee, but a sort of flatterers?
- Thy gentle queen, sole sister to Valois,
- Complains that thou hast left her all forlorn.
- Thy court is naked, being bereft of those
- That make a king seem glorious to the world;
- I mean the peers, whom thou should'st dearly love:
- Libels are cast again thee in the street:
- Ballads and rhymes made of thy overthrow.
- The Northern borderers seeing their houses burnt,
- Their wives and children slain, run up and down,
- Cursing the name of thee and Gaveston.
- When wert thou in the field with banner spread,
- But once? and then thy soldiers marched like players,
- With garish robes, not armour; and thyself,
- Bedaubed with gold, rode laughing at the rest,
- Nodding and shaking of thy spangled crest,
- Where women's favours hung like labels down.
- And thereof came it, that the fleering Scots,
- To England's high disgrace, have made this jig;
- Maids of England, sore may you mourn,
- For your lemans you have lost at Bannocksbourn,
- With a heave and a ho!
- What weeneth the King of England,
- So soon to have won Scotland?
- With a rombelow!
- Wigmore shall fly, to set my uncle free.
- And when 'tis gone, our swords shall purchase more.
- If ye be moved, revenge it as you can;
- Look next to see us with our ensigns spread.
- [Exeunt Nobles.
- My swelling heart for very anger breaks!
- How oft have I been baited by these peers,
- And dare not be revenged, for their power is great!
- Yet, shall the crowing of these cockerels
- Affright a lion? Edward, unfold thy paws,
- And let their lives' blood slake thy fury's hunger.
- If I be cruel and grow tyrannous,
- Now let them thank themselves, and rue too late.
- My lord, I see your love to Gaveston
- Will be the ruin of the realm and you,
- For now the wrathful nobles threaten wars,
- Art thou an enemy to my Gaveston?
- Ay, and it grieves me that I favoured him.
- Traitor, begone! whine thou with Mortimer.
- So will I, rather than with Gaveston.
- Out of my sight, and trouble me no more!
- No marvel though thou scorn thy noble peers,
- When I thy brother am rejected thus.
- Poor Gaveston, that has no friend but me,
- Do what they can, we'll live in Tynemouth here,
- And, so I walk with him about the walls,
- What care I though the Earls begirt us round?—
- Here cometh she that's cause of all these jars.
- Enter theQueen, with King's Niece, two Ladies, Gaveston, Baldock, andYoungSpencer.
- My lord, 'tis thought the Earls are up in arms.
- Ay, and 'tis likewise thought you favour 'em.
- Thus do you still suspect me without cause?
- Sweet uncle! speak more kindly to the queen.
- My lord, dissemble with her, speak her fair.
- Pardon me, sweet, I forgot myself.
- Your pardon is quickly got of Isabel.
- The younger Mortimer is grown so brave,
- That to my face he threatens civil wars.
- Why do you not commit him to the Tower?
- I dare not, for the people love him well.
- Why, then we'll have him privily made away.
- Would Lancaster and he had both caroused
- A bowl of poison to each other's health!
- But let them go, and tell me what are these.
- Two of my father's servants whilst he liv'd,—
- May't please your grace to entertain them now.
- Tell me, where wast thou born? what is thine arms?
- My name is Baldock, and my gentry
- I fetch from Oxford, not from heraldry.
- The fitter art thou, Baldock, for my turn.
- Wait on me, and I'll see thou shall not want.
- I humbly thank your majesty.
- Knowest thou him, Gaveston?
- Ay, my lord;
- His name is Spencer, he is well allied;
- Then, Spencer, wait upon me; for his sake
- I'll grace thee with a higher style ere long.
- No greater titles happen unto me,
- Than to be favoured of your majesty.
- Cousin, this day shall be your marriage-feast.
- And, Gaveston, think that I love thee well,
- To wed thee to our niece, the only heir
- I know, my lord, many will stomach me,
- But I respect neither their love nor hate.
- The headstrong barons shall not limit me;
- He that I list to favour shall be great.
- Come, let's away; and when the marriage ends,
- Have at the rebels, and their 'complices!
- [Exeunt omnes.
- “Pem. Here, here, king: convey hence Gaveston, thaile murder him.”
- “But I will find him when he lies asleep, And in his ear I'll holla ‘Mortimer!’”
- “The wild Onele, my lord, is up in arms,
- With troops of Irish kernes that uncontroll'd
- Doth plant themselves within the English pale.”