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Were to incense the boar to follow us,
[Exit. Enter CATESBY. Cates. Many good morrows to my noble lord!
Hast. Good morrow, Catesby; you are early stirring : What news, what news, in this our tottering state?
Cates. It is a reeling world, indeed, my lord;
Hast. How! wear the garland ? dost thou mean the
Cates. Ay, my good lord.
Cates. Ay, on my life; and hopes to find you forward
Hast. Indeed, I am no mourner for that news,
Cates. God keep your lordship in that gracious mind!
Hast. But I shall laugh at this a twelve-month hence, That they, who brought me in my master's hate, I live to look upon their tragedy. Well, Catesby, ere a fortnight make me older, I'll send some packing, that yet think not on 't.
Cates. 'Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord,
Hast. O monstrous, monstrous! and so falls it out
To princely Richard, and to Buckingham.
Cates. The princes both make high account of you, For they account his head upon the bridge. Aside.' Hast. I know, they do; and I have well deserv'd it.
Hast. My lord, I hold my life as dear as yours ; 6
London, Were jocund, and suppos'd their states were sure, And they, indeed, had no cause to mistrust; But yet, you see, how soon the day o'er-cast. This sudden stab of rancour I misdoubt ;? Pray God, I say, I prove a needless coward ! What, shall we toward the Tower? the day is spent. Hast. Come, come, have with you.8Wot you what,
my lord ?
3— and good morrow,] And was supplied by Sir Thoms Hanmer, to assist the measure. Steevens.
4 -- the holy rood,] i. e. the cross. So, in the old mystery of Candlemas-Day, 1512:
“Whan hir swete sone shall on a rood deye.” Steevens. 5 I do not like these several councils,] See p. 90, n. 4. Malone.
6 My lord, I hold my life as dear as yours ;) Thus the first folio. The quartos-(profoundly ignorant of our author's elliptical mode of expressing himself, and in contempt of metre,)
- as dear as you do yours. Steevens. ?- I misdoubt;] i. e. suspect it of danger. So, in King Henry VI, P. III: "
Steevens. 8- have with you.) A familiar phrase in parting, as much as, take something a long with you, or I have something to say to you.
To-day, the lords you talk of are beheaded.
heads, Than some, that have accus'd them, wear their hats. But come, my lord, let 's away.
Enter a Pursuivant. Hast. Go on before, I'll talk with this good fellow.
[Exeunt Stan. and Cates. How now, sirrah? how goes the world with thee?
Purs. The vetter, that your lordship plcase to ask.
Hast. I tell thee, man, 'tis better with me now, Than when thou met'st me last where now we meet: Then was I going prisoner to the Tower, By the suggestion of the queen's aliies; But now, I tell thee. (keep it to thyself) This day those enemies are put to death, And I in better state than ere I was.
Purs. God hold it, 1 to your honour's good content! Hast. Gramercy, fellow : There, drink that for me.
[Throwing him his Purse. Purs. I thank your honour.
[Exit Purs. Enter a Priest. Pr. Well met, my lord: I am glad to see your honour.
Hast. I thank thee, good sir John,2 with all my heart. I am in your debt for your last exercise ;3
This pbrase so frequently occurs in Shakspeare, that I wonder Johnson should, in his tenth volume, mistake its meaning. It signifies merely “I will go along with you ;" and is an expression in use at this day.
In The First Part of King Henry VI, when Suffolk is going out, Somerset says—"Have with you;” and then follows him. In Othello, lago says:
• Captain, will you go?”
“Oth. Have with you." In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mrs. Ford says:
" Will you go, Mrs. Page !" To which she replies:
“ Have with you.” M. Mason. 9 Thev, for their truth,] That is, with respect to their honesty.
Johnson. 1- hold it, ] That is, continue it. Fohnson.
2 — good sir John, Sir was formerly the usual address to the inferior clergy. See Vol. III, p. 9, n. 1. Malone.
3 -- exercise;] Performance of divine service. Johnson.
Come the next sabbath, and I will content you.
Hast. 'Good faith, and when I met this holy man,
Burk. I do, my lord; but long I cannot stay there: I shall return before your lordship thence.
Hast. Nay, like enough, for I stay dinner there.
[Aside. Come, will you go?
Hast. I'll wait upon your lordship. [Exeunt.
I rather imagine it meant-for attending him in private to hear his confession. So, in sc vii:
“ To draw him from his holy exercise.” Malone. Exercise, I believe, means only religious exhortation, or lecture. So, in Othello:
“Much castigation, exercise devout." Steevens. 4 Enter Buckingham.] From the Continuation of Harding's Chronicle, 1543, where the account given originally by Sir Tho. mas More is transcribed with some additions, it appears that the person who held this conversation with Hastings was Sir Thomas Howard, who is introduced in the last Act of this play as Earl of Surrey:
- The same morning ere he (Hastings) were up from his bed where Shore's wife lay with him all night there came to him sir Thomas Haward, Howard] sonne to the lord Haward, -as it were of courtesaie, to accoumpaignie him to the counsaill; but forasmiche as the lord Hastings was not ready, he taried a while for him, and hasted him away. This sir Thomas, while the lord Hastings stayed a while commonyng with a priest whom he met in the Tower strete, brake the lordes tale, saying to him merily, • What, my lorde, I pray you come on; wherefore talke you so long with the priest? You have no nede of a priest yet:' and laughed upon him, as though he would saye, you shall have neade of one sone " Fol. 59. Malone. 5 - shriving work in hand ] Shriving work is confession.
Johnson So, in Hamlet:
" the hearers put to sudden death,
Pomfret. Before the Castle. Enter RATCLIFF, with a Guard, conducting RIVERS,
GREY,6 and VAUGHAN, to Execution.
Riv. Sir Richard Ratcliff, let me tell thee this,
Grey. God keep the prince from all the pack of you! A knot you are of damned blood-suckers.
Vaugh. You live, that shall cry woe for this hereafter.
Riv. O Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison,
Grey. Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon our heads,
6_ Grey,] Queen Elizabeth Grey is deservedly pitied for losing her two sons; but the royalty of their birth has so engrossed the attention of historians, that they never reckon into the number of her misfortunes the murder of this her second son, Sir Richard Grey. It is as remarkable how slightly the death of our Earl Rivers is always mentioned, though a man invested with such high offices of trust and dignity; and how much we dwell on the execution of the Lord Chamberlain Hastings, a man in every light his inferior. In truth, the generality draw their ideas of English story, from the tragick rather than the historick authors. Walpole.
7 Come, bring forth the prisoners.] This speech is wanting in the folio, and might (as it has neither use, nor pretensions to metre,) be as well omitted as retained. Steevens.
8—the limit -] For the limited time. See Vol. VIII, p. 149, n. 8. Malone.