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K. EDW. Hold, Richard, hold! for we have done too much. [words? GLO. Why should she live, to fill the world with K. EDW. What! doth she swoon? use means for her recovery.
GLO. Clarence, excuse me to the king my brother;
I'll hence to London on a serious matter:
GLO. The Tower, the Tower!
Q. MAR. O, Ned, sweet Ned! speak to thy mother, boy!
Canst thou not speak ?-O traitors! murderers!—
He was a man; this, in respect, a child;
But if you ever chance to have a child,
K. EDW. Away with her! go, bear her hence perforce.
Q. MAR. Nay, never bear me hence, despatch me here;
Here sheathe thy sword, I'll pardon thee my death:
Q. MAR. Good Clarence, do; sweet Clarence, do thou do it.
CLAR. Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it?
Q. MAR. Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself: 'Twas sin before, but now 't is charity. What! wilt thou not? where is that devil's butcher," Hard-favour'd Richard? Richard, where art thou? Thou art not here: Murder is thy alms-deed; Petitioners for blood thou ne'er putt'st back.
K. EDW. Away, I say! I charge ye, bear her hence.
(*) First folio omits, The.
a Rid this sweet young prince!] One sense of rid was to destroy; so in Scene 3 of the present Act,
"-for willingness rids way." And in "The Tempest," Act I. Sc. 2:
Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born.
The raven rook'd' her on the chimney's top,
GLO. I'll hear no more ;-die, prophet, in thy speech! [Stabs him.
For this, amongst the rest, was I ordain'd. K. HEN. Ay, and for much more slaughter after this.
O, God forgive my sins, and pardon thee (1) [Dies. GLO. What, will the aspiring blood of Lancaster Sink in the ground? I thought it would have mounted.
See how my sword weeps for the poor king's death!
O, may such purple tears be alway shed
From those that wish the downfall of our house!--
a Aboding-] Foreboding, portending.
b The raven rook'd her-] To ruck, or to rook, means to squat down, or lodge, or roost.
e To wit, an indigest deformed lump,-] The folio 1623 reads, "-an indigested and deformed lumpe." "The True Tragedy," "an und gest created lumpe." We adopt the slight change made by Malone, a change made also by Mr. Collier's annotator. d Work thou the way,-and that shalt execute.] Thou refers to VOL. II. 449
That in their chains fetter'd the kingly lion, And made the forest tremble when they roar'd. Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat, And made our footstool of security.—
Come hither, Bess, and let me kiss my boy:
GLO. I'll blast his harvest, if your head were laid;
K. EDW. Clarence and Gloster, love my lovely
And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both. CLAR. The duty, that I owe unto your majesty, I scal upon the lips of this sweet babe.
K. EDw. Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.
(*) Old text, Renowne.
(1) First folio, 'tis.
the speaker's head; that, to his arm or shoulder. Some copies of the folio 1623 read, "add that shalt," &c.
e In the folio 1623 this line, which there begins,-" Thanke Noble Clarence," &c., has the prefix Cla. In "The True Tragedy" it is given to the Queen.
(1) SCENE I.
I here entail
The crown to thee, and to thine heirs for ever.]
This compromise is an historical fact; and, from the following account, extracted from a MS. in the British Museum (Harl. C. 7), appears to have been the result of long and frequent debates in parliament. "On halmesse evyn, abowt thre after noyne, comyn into the Comowne Howus, the Lordys spiritual and temporal, excepte the Kyng, the Duk of York, and'hys sonys; And the Chawnceler reherset the debate had bytwyn owre soveren Lord the Kyng and the Duk of York upon the tytelys of Inglond, Fraunce, and the Lordschep of Erlond, wyche mater was debat, arguet, and disputet by the seyd lordes spiritual and temporal byfore owre soveren Lord and the Duk of York longe and diverse tymys. And at the last, by gret avyce and deliberacion, and by the assent of owre soveryn Lord and the Duk of York, and alle the lordes spiritual and temporal ther assemelyd by vertu of thys present parlement, assentyt, agreyt, and acordyt, that owre sovereyne Lord the Kyng schal pessabylly and quyetly rejoys and possesse the crowne of Inglond and of Fraunce, and the Lordchip of Irlond, with al hys preemynences, prerogatyves, and liberteys during hys lyf. And that after hys desese, the coroun, etc., schal remayne to Rychard Duk of York, as rythe inheryt to hym and to hys issue, prayng and desyring ther the comownes of Inglond, be vertu of thys present parlement assemylet, to Comyne the seyd mater, and to gyff therto her assent. The whyche comyns, after the mater debatet, comynt, grawntyt, and assentyt to the forseyd premisses. And ferthermore was granted and assentyt, that the seyd Duk of York, the Erl of March, and of Rutlond, schul be sworne that they schuld not compas ne conspyrene the kynges deth ne hys hurt duryng hys lyf. Ferthermore the forseyd Duk schulde be had, take and reportyt as eyr apparent prince and ryth inheryter to the crowne aboveseyd. Ferthermore for to be had and take tresoun to ymagine or compas the deth or the hurt of the seyd Duk, wythe othyr prerogatyves as long to the prince and eyr parawnt. And ferthermore the seyd Duk and hys sonys schul have of the Kyng yerly ten thousand marces, that is to sey, to hemself five thousand, to the Erl of Marche three thousand, the Erl of Rutlond two thousand marces. And alle these mateyrs agreyd, assentyt, and inactyt by the auctoritie of thys present parlement. And ferthermore, the statutes mad in the tyme of Kyng Herry the fowrth, wherby the croune was curtaylet to hys issu male, utterly anullyd and evertyth, wyth alle other statutes and grantys mad by the seyd Kynges days, Kyng Herry the V. and King Herry the vjte, in the infforsyng of the tytel of Kyng Herry the fourth in general."
(2) SCENE I.-Stern Falconbridge.] "The person here meant was Thomas Nevil, bastard son to the lord Fauconbridge. A man (says Hall) of no lesse corage then audacitie, who for his evel condicions was such an apte person, that a more meter could not be chosen to set all the worlde in a broyle, and to put the estate of the realme on an yl hazard.' He had been appointed by Warwick vice-admiral of the sea, and had in charge so to keep the passage between Dover and Calais, that none which either favoured King Henry or his friends should escape untaken or undrowned: such at least were his instructions, with respect to the friends and favourers of King Edward, after the rupture between him and Warwick. On Warwick's death, he fell into poverty, and robbed, both by sea and land, as well friends as enemies. He once brought his ships up the Thames, and with a considerable body of the men of Kent and Essex, made a spirited assault on the City, with a view to plunder and pillage, which was not repelled but after a sharp conflict, and the loss of many lives; and, had it happened at a more critical period, might have been attended with fatal consequences to Edward. After roving on the sea some little time longer, he ventured to land at Southampton, where he was taken and beheaded."-RITSON.
(3) SCENE III.-Thy father slew my father; therefore, die.] "While this battaill was in fightyng, a prieste called sir Robert Aspall, chappelain and schole master to the yong erle of Rutland II. sonne to the above named duke of Yorke, scarce of the age of .xii. yeres, a faire gentleman, and a maydenlike person, perceivyng that flight was more savegard, then tariyng, bothe for him and his master, secretly conveyed therle out of the felde, by the lord Cliffordes bande, toward the towne, but or he coulde enter into a house, he was by the sayd lord Clifford espied, folowed, and taken, and by reson of his apparell, demaunded what he was. The yong gentelman dismaied, had not a word to speake, but kneled on his knees imploryng mercy, and desiryng grace, both with holding up his handes and making dolorous countinance, for his speache was gone for feare. Save him sayde his Chappelein, for he is a princes sonne, and peradventure may do you good hereafter. With that word, the lord Clifford marked him and sayde: by Gods blode, thy father slew myne, and so wil I do the and all thy kyn, and with that woord, stacke the erle to the hart with his dagger, and bad his Chappeleyn bere the erles mother and brother worde what he had done, and sayde. In this acte the lord Clyfford was accompted a tyraunt, and no gentelman, for the propertie of the Lyon, which is a furious and an unreasonable beaste, is to be cruell to them that withstande hym, and gentle to such as prostrate or humiliate them selfes before him."-HALL.