Act 2, Scene 3
London. A street.
- Enter one Citizen at one door and another at the other.
- Good morrow, neighbor, whither away so fast?
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- I promise you, I scarcely know myself.
- Hear you the news abroad?
- Yes, that the King is dead.
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- Ill news, by’r lady—seldom comes the better.
- I fear, I fear ’twill prove a giddy world.
- Enter another Citizen.
- Neighbors, God speed!
- Give you good morrow, sir.
- Doth the news hold of good King Edward’s death?
- Ay, sir, it is too true, God help the while!
- Then, masters, look to see a troublous world.
- No, no, by God’s good grace his son shall reign.
- Woe to that land that’s govern’d by a child!
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- In him there is a hope of government,
- Which in his nonage, council under him,
- And in his full and ripened years, himself,
- No doubt shall then, and till then, govern well.
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- So stood the state when Henry the Sixth
- Was crown’d in Paris but at nine months old.
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- Stood the state so? No, no, good friends, God wot,
- For then this land was famously enrich’d
- With politic grave counsel; then the King
- Had virtuous uncles to protect his Grace.
- Why, so hath this, both by his father and mother.
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- Better it were they all came by his father,
- Or by his father there were none at all;
- For emulation who shall now be nearest
- Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not.
- O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester,
- And the Queen’s sons and brothers haught and proud!
- And were they to be rul’d, and not to rule,
- This sickly land might solace as before.
- Come, come, we fear the worst; all will be well.
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- When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks;
- When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand;
- When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?
- Untimely storms makes men expect a dearth.
- All may be well; but if God sort it so,
- ’Tis more than we deserve or I expect.
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- Truly, the hearts of men are full of fear.
- You cannot reason (almost) with a man
- That looks not heavily and full of dread.
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- Before the days of change, still is it so.
- By a divine instinct men’s minds mistrust
- Ensuing danger; as by proof we see
- The water swell before a boist’rous storm.
- But leave it all to God. Whither away?
- Marry, we were sent for to the justices.
- And so was I. I’ll bear you company.