• Enter old QUEEN MARGARET

    QUEEN MARGARET

    So now prosperity begins to mellow
    And drop into the rotten mouth of death.
    Here in these confines slyly have I lurked
    To watch the waning of mine enemies.
    5A dire induction am I witness to,
    And will to France, hoping the consequence
    Will prove as bitter, black, and tragical.
    Withdraw thee, wretched Margaret. Who comes here?
    She steps aside
    Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS of York

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    Ah, my poor princes! Ah, my tender babes,
    10My unblown flowers, new-appearing sweets,
    If yet your gentle souls fly in the air
    And be not fixed in doom perpetual,
    Hover about me with your airy wings
    And hear your mother’s lamentation.

    QUEEN MARGARET

    15Hover about her; say that right for right
    Hath dimmed your infant morn to agèd night.

    DUCHESS

    So many miseries have crazed my voice
    That my woe-wearied tongue is still and mute.
    Edward Plantagenet, why art thou dead?

    QUEEN MARGARET

    20 (aside) Plantagenet doth quit Plantagenet;
    Edward for Edward pays a dying debt.
  • Old QUEEN MARGARET enters.

    QUEEN MARGARET

    So now the good times have ripened and grown rotten. I’ve lurked in the shadows here to watch the downfall of my enemies. I’ve been watching the terrible prologue to a scene that I hope will prove dark and tragic. I’ll head to France soon. It’s time to hide, wretched Margaret. Who’s coming?
    QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS of York enter.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH

    Ah, my poor princes! Ah, my tender babes, my flowers who didn’t even get a chance to bloom. If your gentle souls are still flying in the air and have not yet landed where they will remain forever, hover around me with your airy wings and hear your mother’s lament.

    QUEEN MARGARET

    Hover about her and tell her she got what she deserved, with her children dead before their time.

    DUCHESS

    I’ve been crazed with so many miseries that my tongue has tired of lamenting and gone mute. Edward Plantagenet, why are you dead?

    QUEEN MARGARET

    (to herself) One Plantagenet pays for the other. One Edward dies to pay a debt for the other Edward who died.