As is the sucking lamb or harmless dove:
The duke is virtuous, mild and too well given
on evil or to work my downfall.
Ah, what's more dangerous than this fond affiance!
Seems he a dove? his feathers are but borrowed,
he's disposed as the hateful raven:
Is he a lamb? his skin is surely lent him,
For he's inclined as is the
Who cannot steal a shape that means deceit?
Take heed, my lord; the welfare of us all
on the cutting short that fraudful man.
All health unto my gracious sovereign!
KING HENRY VI
Welcome, Lord Somerset. What news from France?
That all your interest in those territories
Is utterly bereft you; all is lost.
KING HENRY VI
Cold news, Lord Somerset: but God's will be done!
[Aside] Cold news for me; for I had hope of France
As firmly as I hope for fertile England.
Thus are my
blossoms blasted in the bud
And caterpillars eat my leaves away;
But I will remedy this gear ere long,
sell my title for a glorious grave.
All happiness unto my lord the king!
Pardon, my liege, that I have stay'd so long.
Nay, Gloucester, know that thou art come too soon,
Unless thou wert more loyal than thou art:
I do arrest
thee of high treason here.
Well, Suffolk, thou shalt not see me blush
Nor change my countenance for this arrest:
A heart unspotted
is not easily daunted.
The purest spring is not so free from mud
As I am clear from treason to my sovereign:
can accuse me? wherein am I guilty?
'Tis thought, my lord, that you took bribes of France,
And, being protector, stayed the soldiers' pay;
means whereof his highness hath lost France.
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