Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE V. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
SCENE V. - 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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- Gurney, I wonder the king dies not,
- Being in a vault up to the knees in water,
- To which the channels of the castle run,
- From whence a damp continually ariseth,
- That were enough to poison any man,
- Much more a king brought up so tenderly.
- And so do I, Matrevis: yesternight
- I opened but the door to throw him meat,
- He hath a body able to endure
- More than we can inflict: and therefore now
- Let us assail his mind another while.
- Send for him out thence, and I will anger him.
- But stay, who's this?
- My Lord Protector greets you.
- What's here? I know not how to construe it.
- Gurney, it was left unpointed for the nonce;
- Edwardum occidere nolite timere,
- That's his meaning.
- Know ye this token? I must have the king.
- Ay, stay awhile, thou shalt have answer straight.
- This villain's sent to make away the king.
- I thought as much.
- And when the murder's done,
- See how he must be handled for his labour.
- Pereat iste! Let him have the king.
- What else? here is the keys, this is the lake,
- Do as you are commanded by my lord.
- I know what I must do; get you away.
- Yet be not far off, I shall need your help;
- See that in the next room I have a fire,
- And get me a spit, and let it be red-hot.
- Need you anything besides?
- What else? A table and a feather-bed.
- Ay, ay; so, when I call you, bring
- It in.
- Here's a light,
- To go into the dungeon.
- [Gives light, and exit withMatrevis.
- So now
- Must I about this gear; ne'er was there any
- So finely handled as this king shall be.
- Foh, here's a place indeed, with all my heart!
- Who's there? what light is that? wherefore com'st thou?
- To comfort you, and bring you joyful news.
- Small comfort finds poor Edward in thy looks.
- Villain, I know thou com'st to murder me.
- To murder you, my most gracious lord!
- Far is it from my heart to do you harm.
- The queen sent me to see how you were used,
- For she relents at this your misery:
- And what eyes can refrain from shedding tears,
- To see a king in this most piteous state?
- Weep'st thou already? list awhile to me.
- And then thy heart, were it as Gurney's is,
- Or as Matrevis', hewn from the Caucasus,
- Yet will it melt, ere I have done my tale.
- This dungeon where they keep me is the sink
- Wherein the filth of all the castle falls.
- And there in mire and puddle have I stood
- This ten days' space; and, lest that I should sleep,
- One plays continually upon a drum.
- They give me bread and water, being a king;
- So that, for want of sleep and sustenance,
- My mind's distempered, and my body's numbed,
- And whether I have limbs or no I know not.
- O, would my blood dropped out from every vein,
- As doth this water from my tattered robes.
- Tell Isabel, the queen, I looked not thus,
- When for her sake I ran at tilt in France,
- And there unhorsed the Duke of Cleremont.
- O speak no more, my lord! this breaks my heart.
- Lie on this bed, and rest yourself awhile.
- These looks of thine can harbour nought but death:
- I see my tragedy written in thy brows.
- Yet stay; awhile forbear thy bloody hand,
- And let me see the stroke before it comes,
- That even then when I shall lose my life,
- My mind may be more steadfast on my God.
- What means your highness to mistrust me thus?
- What mean'st thou to dissemble with me thus?
- These hands were never stained with innocent blood,
- Nor shall they now be tainted with a king's.
- Forgive my thought for having such a thought.
- One jewel have I left; receive thou this. [Giving jewel
- Still fear I, and I know not what's the cause,
- But every joint shakes as I give it thee.
- O, if thou harbour'st murder in thy heart,
- Let this gift change thy mind, and save thy soul!
- Know that I am a king: O! at that name
- I feel a hell of grief; where is my crown?
- Gone, gone; and do I remain alive?
- You're overwatched, my lord; lie down and rest.
- But that grief keeps me waking, I should sleep;
- For not these ten days have these eyes' lids closed.
- Now as I speak they fall, and yet with fear
- Open again. O wherefore sitt'st thou here?
- If you mistrust me, I'll begone, my lord.
- No, no, for if thou mean'st to murder me,
- Thou wilt return again, and therefore stay.
- [awakes]. O let me not die yet; stay, O stay a while!
- Something still buzzeth in mine ears,
- And tells me if I sleep I never wake;
- This fear is that which makes me tremble thus.
- To rid thee of thy life.—Matrevis, come!
- I am too weak and feeble to resist:
- Assist me, sweet God, and receive my soul.
- O spare me, or despatch me in a trice.
- So, lay the table down, and stamp on it,
- But not too hard, lest that you bruise his body.
- [King Edwardis murdered.
- I fear me that this cry will raise the town,
- And therefore, let us take horse and away.
- Tell me, sirs, was it not bravely done?
- Excellent well: take this for thy reward.
- Come, let us cast the body in the moat,
- And bear the king's to Mortimer our lord:
- [Exeunt with the bodies.
- Let me not die yet; stay, oh stay a while.”