• Enter WARWICK and the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE

    WARWICK

    How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    How doth the King?

    WARWICK

    Exceeding well. His cares are now all ended.

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    I hope, not dead.

    WARWICK

       He’s walked the way of nature,
    5And to our purposes he lives no more.

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    I would his Majesty had called me with him.
    The service that I truly did his life
    Hath left me open to all injuries.

    WARWICK

    Indeed, I think the young King loves you not.

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    10I know he doth not, and do arm myself
    To welcome the condition of the time,
    Which cannot look more hideously upon me
    Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.
    Enter LANCASTER, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and others

    WARWICK

    Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry.
    15O, that the living Harry had the temper
    Of he the worst of these three gentlemen!
    How many nobles then should hold their places
    That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!
  • WARWICK and the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE enter.

    WARWICK

    What’s happening, my Lord Chief Justice? Where are you going?

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    How’s the King doing?

    WARWICK

    Very well. All his worries are ended now.

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    Not dead, I hope.

    WARWICK

    He’s gone down nature’s path; for our purposes, he is no longer living.

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    I wish his majesty had brought me with him. The work I did for him while he was alive makes me very vulnerable, now that he’s dead.

    WARWICK

    Indeed, I think the young King has no love for you.

    CHIEF JUSTICE

    I know he doesn’t. I’m preparing myself to deal with whatever happens, which can’t be any worse than what I’ve imagined.
    LANCASTER, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and others enter.

    WARWICK

    Here come the heavy-hearted children of dead Harry. If only the living Harry had the character of the worst of these three young men. Then a lot of noblemen would remain secure, instead of having to step aside to make room for lowlifes.