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Here let us rest, if this rebellious earth
Enter King RICHARD, and Guards.
K. Rich. Join not with grief, fair woman, do not so,
Queen. What, is my Richard both in shape and mind
K. Rich. A king of beasts, indeed; if aught but beasts, I had been still a happy king of men. Good sometime queen, prepare thee hence for France :
the model where old Troy did stand ;] Model is frequently used by our author for a thing made ufter a pattern.
“ Thou ruined majesty, says the queen, that resemblest the desolated waste where Troy once stood.”—MALONE.
t Join not with grief,] Do not thou unite with grief against me; do not, by thy additional sorrows, enable grief to strike me down at once. My own part of sorrow I can bear, but thy affliction will immediately destroy me.-Johnson.
Think, I am dead; and that even here thou tak'st,
Enter NORTHUMBERLAND, attended.
you; With all swift speed you must away to France.
K. Rich. Northumberland, thou ladder where-withal The mounting Bolingbroke ascends my throne,The time shall not be many hours of age More than it is, ere foul sin, gathering head, Shall break into corruption : thou shalt think, Though he divide the realm, and give thee half, It is too little, helping him to all; And he shall think, that thou which know'st the way To plant unrightful kings, wilt know again, Being ne'er so little urg'd, another way To pluck him headlong from the usurped throne. The love of wicked friends converts to fear; That fear, to hate ; and hate turns one, or both, To worthy danger, and deserved death.
North. My guilt be on my head, and there an end. Take leave, and part; for you must part forthwith.
K. Rich. Doubly divorc'd ?-Bad men, ye violate A twofold marriage; ’twixt my crown and me; And then, betwixt me and my married wife.
to quit their grief ;] To retaliate their mournful stories.
Let me unkiss the oath 'twixt thee and me;
Queen. And must we be divided? must we part?
K. Rich. So two, together weeping, make one woe.
Queen. So longest way shall have the longest moans.
K. Rich. Twice for one step I'll groan, the way being And piece the way out with a heavy heart, [short, Come, come, in wooing sorrow let's be brief, Since wedding it, there is such length in grief. One kiss shall stop our mouths, and doubly part; Thus give I mine, and thus I take thy heart. [They kiss.
Queen. Give me mine own again; 'twere no good part, To take on me to keep, and kill thy heart. [Kiss again. So, now I have mine own again, begone, That I may strive to kill it with a groan.
K. Rich. We make woe wanton with this fond delay: Once more, adieu ; the rest let sorrow say.
Hallowmas,] All-hallows, or all-hallow-tide; the first of November STEEVENS.
3 Better far off, than-near, be ne'er the near”.] The meaning is, it is better to be at a great distance, than being near each other, to find that we yet are not likely to be peaceably and happily united.-Malone.