• Enter one CITIZEN at one door, and another at the other

    FIRST CITIZEN

    Good morrow, neighbor, whither away so fast?

    SECOND CITIZEN

    I promise you I scarcely know myself.
    Hear you the news abroad?

    FIRST CITIZEN

    Yes, that the king is dead.

    SECOND CITIZEN

    5Ill news, by 'r Lady. Seldom comes the better.
    I fear, I fear, ’twill prove a giddy world.
    Enter THIRD CITIZEN

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Neighbors, God speed.

    FIRST CITIZEN

         Give you good morrow, sir.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Doth this news hold of good King Edward’s death?

    SECOND CITIZEN

    10Ay, sir, it is too true, God help the while.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Then, masters, look to see a troublous world.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    No, no, by God’s good grace, his son shall reign.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Woe to the land that’s governed by a child.

    SECOND CITIZEN

    In him there is a hope of government,
    15Which, in his nonage, council under him,
    And, in his full and ripened years, himself,
    No doubt shall then, and till then, govern well.
  • Two CITIZENS enter through different doors.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    Good morrow, neighbor, whither away so fast?

    SECOND CITIZEN

    I’m telling you, I hardly know myself. Did you hear the news that’s going around?

    FIRST CITIZEN

    Yes, that the king is dead.

    SECOND CITIZEN

    Bad news, by God. The news is always bad. But this news is bound to make the world go mad.
    A THIRD CITIZEN enters.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Neighbors, hello.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    Good day to you, sir.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Is it true that good King Edward has died?

    SECOND CITIZEN

    Yes, sir, it’s all too true, God help us.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    Then, gentlemen, we can count on trouble.

    FIRST CITIZEN

    No, no, with God’s help, his son will be king.

    THIRD CITIZEN

    It’s bad news when a country is ruled by a child.

    SECOND CITIZEN

    His counselors will govern as long as he’s a minor, and then he’ll take over. It shouldn’t go so badly.