• Flourish. Enter KING EDWARD IV, sick, QUEEN ELIZABETH, Lord Marquess DORSET, RIVERS, HASTINGS, BUCKINGHAM, GREY, and others

    KING EDWARD IV

    Why, so. Now have I done a good day’s work.
    You peers, continue this united league.
    I every day expect an embassage
    From my Redeemer to redeem me hence,
    5And more in peace my soul shall part to heaven
    Since I have made my friends at peace on earth
    Rivers and Hastings, take each other’s hand.
    Dissemble not your hatred. Swear your love.

    RIVERS

    (taking HASTINGS’s hand) By heaven, my soul is purged from grudging hate,
    10And with my hand I seal my true heart’s love.

    HASTINGS

    So thrive I as I truly swear the like.

    KING EDWARD IV

    Take heed you dally not before your king,
    Lest He that is the supreme King of kings
    15Confound your hidden falsehood, and award
    Either of you to be the other’s end.

    HASTINGS

    So prosper I as I swear perfect love.

    RIVERS

    And I as I love Hastings with my heart.
  • Trumpets sound. KING EDWARD IV enters, sick, accompanied by QUEEN ELIZABETH, DORSET, RIVERS, HASTINGS, BUCKINGHAM, GREY, and others.

    KING EDWARD IV

    Well. Now I’ve done a good day’s work. You must all keep up this united front. Every day I expect a message from God to bring me away from here. Now my soul can depart for heaven peacefully, since my friends have made peace here on earth. Rivers and Hastings, take each other’s hand. Don’t simply hide your hatred. Swear your love for each other.

    RIVERS

    (taking HASTINGS’s hand) I swear I have cleansed my heart of all hate. With this handshake, I guarantee my love.

    HASTINGS

    On my honor, I feel the same.

    KING EDWARD IV

    Make sure you mean what you say. Otherwise God, the ultimate King, will uncover your lies and cause you to be the death of each other.

    HASTINGS

    On my honor, I swear I love Rivers with all my heart.

    RIVERS

    And I love Hastings with all my heart.