On what occasion, God he knows, not I,
The queen your mother, and your brother York,
Have taken sanctuary: the
Would fain have come with me to meet your grace,
But by his mother was perforce withheld.
Fie, what an indirect and peevish course
Is this of hers! Lord cardinal, will your grace
Persuade the queen
to send the Duke of York
Unto his princely brother presently?
If she deny, Lord Hastings, go with him,
from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.
My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
Can from his mother win the Duke of York,
Anon expect him
here; but if she be obdurate
To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
We should infringe the holy privilege
blessed sanctuary! not for all this land
Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.
You are too senselessobstinate, my lord,
Too ceremonious and traditional
Weigh it but with the grossness
of this age,
You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
The benefit thereof is always granted
To those whose
dealings have deserved the place,
And those who have the wit to claim the place:
This prince hath neither
claim'd it nor deserved it;
And therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it:
Then, taking him from thence
that is not there,
You break no privilege nor charter there.
Oft have I heard of sanctuary men;
children ne'er till now.
My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.
Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?
I go, my lord.
Good lords, make all the speedy haste you may.
Exeunt CARDINAL and HASTINGS
Say, uncle Gloucester, if our brother come,
Where shall we sojourn till our coronation?
Where it seems best unto your royal self.
If I may counsel you, some day or two
Your highness shall repose
you at the Tower:
Then where you please, and shall be thought most fit
For your best health and recreation.
I do not like the Tower, of any place.
Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?
He did, my gracious lord, begin that place;
Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.
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