place or ties; they were forcibly torn from the asylum, and led to immediate execution. Prince Edward was reserved to be murdered in cold blood; Shakespeare, you know, with the truth of the historian, has handed down to us the high-spirited language which induced his assassination:
|"K. Edw.||Bring forth the gallant, let us hear him speak.|
What? can so young a thorn begin to prick?
Edward,what satisfaction canst thou make,
For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects,
And all the trouble thou hast turn'd me to?
|Prince.||Speak like a subject, proud ambitious York.|
Suppose that I am now my father's mouth,
Resign thy chair, and where I stand, kneel thou,
|Queen.||Ah, that thy father had been so resolv'd!|
|Glo.||That you might still have worn the petticoat,|
And ne'er have stol'n the breech from Lancaster.
|Prince.||Let Æsop fable in a winter's night;|
His currish riddles sort not with this place.
|Glo.||By Heaven, brat, I'll plague ye for that word.|
|Queen.||Aye, thou wast born to be a plague to men.|
|Glo.||For God's sake take away this captive scold.|
|Prince.||Nay, takeaway this scolding crook-back, rather.|
|K. Ed.||Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your tongue.|
|Clar.||Untutor'd lad, thou art too malapert.|
|Prince.||I know my duty ; you are all undutiful:|
Lascivious Edward, and thou perjur'd George,
And thou misshapen Dick, I tell ye all
I am your better, traitors as ye are.
And thou usurp'st my father's right and mine.
|K. Edw.||Take that, thou likeness of this railer here.|
[Edw. Stabs him.