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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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- Fair Isabel, now have we our desire;
- The proud corrupters of the light-brained king
- Have done their homage to the lofty gallows,
- And he himself lies in captivity.
- Be ruled by me, and we will rule the realm.
- In any case take heed of childish fear,
- For now we hold an old wolf by the ears,
- That, if he slip, will seize upon us both,
- And gripe the sorer, being grip'd himself.
- Think therefore, madam, that [it] imports us much
- To erect your son with all the speed we may,
- And that I be protector over him;
- For our behoof, 'twill bear the greater sway
- Whenas a king's name shall be under writ.
- Sweet Mortimer, the life of Isabel,
- Be thou persuaded that I love thee well,
- And therefore, so the prince my son be safe,
- Whom I esteem as dear as these mine eyes,
- Conclude against his father what thou wilt,
- And I myself will willingly subscribe.
- First would I hear news he were deposed,
- And then let me alone to handle him.
- Enter Messenger.
- Letters! from whence?
- From Killingworth, my lord.
- How fares my lord the king?
- In health, madam, but full of pensiveness.
- Alas, poor soul, would I could ease his grief!
- EnterWinchesterwith the Crown.
- Thanks, gentle Winchester. [To the Messenger.] Sirrah, be gone.
- [Exit Messenger.
- The king hath willingly resigned his crown.
- O happy news! send for the prince, my son.
- Further, or this letter was sealed, Lord Berkeley came,
- So that he now is gone from Killingworth;
- And we have heard that Edmund laid a plot
- To set his brother free; no more but so.
- The Lord of Berkeley is so [as?] pitiful
- Then let some other be his guardian.
- Let me alone, here is the privy seal.
- Who's there?—call hither Gurney and Matrevis.
- To dash the heavy-headed Edmund's drift,
- Berkeley shall be discharged, the king removed,
- And none but we shall know where he lieth.
- But, Mortimer, as long as he survives,
- What safety rests for us, or for my son?
- Speak, shall he presently be despatched and die?
- I would he were, so 'twere not by my means.
- Matrevis, write a letter presently
- Unto the Lord of Berkeley from ourself
- That he resign the king to thee and Gurney;
- And when 'tis done, we will subscribe our name.
- It shall be done, my lord.
- As thou intend'st to rise by Mortimer,
- Who now makes Fortune's wheel turn as he please,
- Seek all the means thou canst to make him droop,
- And neither give him kind word nor good look.
- And this above the rest: because we hear
- That Edmund casts to work his liberty,
- Remove him still from place to place by night,
- Till at the last he come to Killingworth,
- And then from thence to Berkeley back again;
- And by the way, to make him fret the more,
- Speak curstly to him; and in any case
- Let no man comfort him if he chance to weep,
- But amplify his grief with bitter words.
- Fear not, my lord, we'll do as you command.
- So now away; post thitherwards amain.
- Whither goes this letter? to my lord the king?
- Commend me humbly to his majesty,
- And tell him that I labour all in vain
- To ease his grief, and work his liberty;
- And bear him this as witness of my love. [Gives a ring.
- I will, madam.
- [ExeuntMatrevisandGurney; manentIsabelandMortimer.
- Enter the Young Prince, and theEarlofKenttalking with him.
- Finely dissembled? Do so still, sweet queen
- Here comes the young prince with the Earl of Kent.
- Something he whispers in his childish ears.
- If he have such access unto the prince,
- Our plots and stratagems will soon be dashed.
- Use Edmund friendly as if all were well.
- How fares my honourable lord of Kent?
- In health, sweet Mortimer: how fares your grace?
- Well, if my lord your brother were enlarged.
- I hear of late he hath deposed himself.
- Ah, they do dissemble!
- Sweet son, come hither, I must talk with thee.
- You being his uncle, and the next of blood,
- Do look to be protector o'er the prince.
- Not I, my lord; who should protect the son.
- But she that gave him life? I mean the queen.
- Mother, persuade me not to wear the crown
- Let him be king—I am too young to reign.
- But be content, seeing 'tis his highness' pleasure.
- Let me but see him first, and then I will.
- Brother, you know it is impossible.
- I would those words proceeded from your heart.
- Inconstant Edmund, dost thou favour him,
- That wast a cause of his imprisonment?
- The more cause have I now to make amends
- I tell thee, 'tis not meet that one so false
- Should come about the person of a prince.
- My lord, he hath betrayed the king his brother,
- And therefore trust him not.
- But he repents, and sorrows for it now.
- Come, son, and go with this gentle lord and me
- With you I will, but not with Mortimer.
- Why, youngling, 'sdain'st thou so of Mortimer?
- Then I will carry thee by force away.
- Help, uncle Kent, Mortimer will wrong me.
- Brother Edmund, strive not; we are his friends;
- Isabel is nearer than the Earl of Kent.
- Sister, Edward is my charge, redeem him.
- Edward is my son, and I will keep him.
- Mortimer shall know that he hath wrongèd me!—
- Hence will I haste to Killingworth Castle,
- And rescue aged Edward from his foes,
- To be revenged on Mortimer and thee.
- [Aside. Exeunt omnes
- “And where he lieth none but we shall know.”
- A critic in the Athenœum (No. 2977) suggests—
- “And none but we shall know where Edward lies.”