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Queen, Give me no help in lamentation, I The broken rancour of your high-swoln hearts, I am not barren.to bring forth laments :
But lately splinter'd, knit and join'd together, All springs reduce their currents to mine eyes, Must gently be presery'd, cherish'd, and kept: That I, being govern'd by the watry moon, Me seemeth good, that, with some little train, May send forth plenteous tearsto drown the world! 5 Forthwithfrom Ludlow'the youngprincebefetch'd Ah, for my husband, for my dear lord Edward! Hither to London, to be crown'd our king. Chil. Ah, for our father, for our dear lord Cha- | Rid. Why with some little train, my lord of rence!
Buckingham? Dutch. Alas, for both, both mine, Edward and Buck. Marry, my lord, lest, by a multitude, Queen. What stay had I, but Edward? and he's 10 The new-heal'd wound of malice should break out: gone.
(gone. Which would be so much the more dangerous, Chil. What stay had we, but.Clarences and he's Byhowmuchtheestateisgreen,and yetungovern'd: Dutch. What stays had I, but they? and they Where every horse bears his conimanding rein, are gone.
| And may direct his course as please himself: Queen. Was never widow, had so dear a loss. 15 As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent, Chil. Were never orphans, had so dear a loss. In my opinion, ought to be prevented.
Dutch. Was never niother, had so dear a loss. Glo. I hope, the king made peace with all of us; Alas! I am the inother of these griefs;
And the compact is firm, and true in me. Their woes are parcell'd, mine are general. 1 Riv. And so in me; and so, I think, in all: She for an Edward weeps, and so do I; 20 Yet, since it is but green, it should be put I for a Clarence weep, so doth not she:
To no apparent likelihood of breach, These babes for Clarence weep, and so do I; Which, haply, by much company might be urg'd: I for an Edward weep, so do not they :
Therefore, I say, with noble Buckingham, Alas! you three, on me, threefold distress'd, That it is meet so few should fetch the prince. Pour all your tears; I am your sorrow's nurse, 25 Hast. And so say I. And I will pamper it with lamentations.
| Glo. Then be it so: and go we to determine Dor. Comfort, dear mother; God is much Who theyshallbe that straight shall post to Ludlow. displeas’d,
Madam, and you my inother,—will you go That you take with unthankfulness his doing: 1 To give your censures in this weighty business? In common worldly things,'tis call'd- ungrateful, 30
[Exeunt Queen, &c. With dull unwillingness to pay a debt,
Manent Buckingham, and Gloster. Which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent; Buck. My lord, whoever journeys to the prince, Much inore, to be thus opposite with heaven, |For God's sake, let not us two stay at home: For it requires the royal debt it lent you. [ther, For, by the way, I'll sort occasion,
Rir. Madam, bethink you, like a careful mo-35 As index' to the story we late talk”d of, Of the young prince your son: send straight for Topart the queen's proud kindred from the prince.
| Glo. My other self, my counsel's consistory, Let him be crown'd: in hiin your comfort lives: My oracle, my prophet! My dear cousin, Drown desp'rate sorrow in dead Edward's grave, I, as a child, will go by thy direction. And plant your joys in living Edward's throne. 40 Towards Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind. Enter Gloster, Buckingham, Stanley, Hastings,
[Ercunt. and Ratcliff.
A Street near the Court.
Enter two Citizens, meeting. Madam, my mother, I do cry you mercy,
1 Çit. Good morrow, neighbour: Whither I did not see your grace:-Humbly on my knee
away so fast? I crave your blessing.
(thy breast, 2 Cit. I promise you, I hardly know myself: Dutch. God bless thee; and put meekness in Hear you the news abroad? Love, charity, obedience, and true duty! 50 i Cit. Yes, that the king is dead. [better :
Glo. Amen; and make me die a good old man 2 Cit. Ill news, by'r lady: seldom comes a That is the butt-end of a mother's blessing ![ Aside. I fear, I fear, 'twill prove a giddy world. I marvel, that her grace did leave it out. [peers,
Enter another Citizen. Buck. You cloudy princes, and heart-sorrowing |
3 Cit. Neighbours, God speed' That bear this mutual heavy load of moan, 55 i Cit. Give you good morrow, sir. [death? Now chear each other in each other's love:
3 Cit. Doth the news hold of good king Edward's 'Though we have spent our harvest of this king, 2 Cit. Ay, sir, it is too true; God help, the while! We are to reap the harvest of his son.
3 it. Then,inasters,lookto see a troublousworld.
Edward the young prince, in his father's life-time, and at his demise, kept his household at Ludlow, as prince of Wales, under the governance of Anthony Woodville, earl of Rivers, his uncle by the mother's side. The intention of his being sent thither was to see justice done in the Marches; and, by the authority of his presence, to restrain the Wolchmen, who were wild, dissolute, and ill-disposed; from their accustomed murders and outrages. j. e. your opinions. Pi. e. preparatory-by way of prelude.
1 Cit. No, no; by God's good grace, his son! Because sweet flowers are slow, and weeds make shall reign.
(not hold 3 Cit. Woe to that land, that's governd by al Dutch. Good faith, good faith, the saying did
2 Cu. In him there is a hope of government; In him that did object the same to thee: (young, That, in his nonage, council under him, 5 He was the wretched'st'thing, when he was And, in his full and ripen'd years, himself, So long a growing, and so leisurely, No doubt, shall then, and tillihen, govern well. That, it his rule were true, he should be gracious.
i Cit. So stood the state, when Henry the sixth | Arch. And so, no doubt, he is, my gracious Was crown'd in Paris but at nine months old.
madam. 3 Cit. Stood the state so? no, no, good friends, 10 Dutch. I hope, he is; but yet let mothers doubt. God wot;
York. Now, by my troth, if I had been reFor then this land was famously enrich'd
... member'd?, With politick grave counsel; then the king I could have given my uncle's grace a flout, Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace. [mother. To touch his growth, nearer than he touch'd mine.
i Cit. Why, so hath this, both by his father and 15 Dutch. How, my young York? I proythee, let 3 Cit. Better it were, they all came by his father;/
me hear it. Or, by his father, there were none at all: | York. Marry, they say, my uncle grew so fast, For einulation now, who shall be nearest,
That he could gnaw a crust at two years old; Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not. I l'Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth. O, full of danger is the duke of Gloster; [proud : 20 Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.. And the queen's sons, and brothers, haught and | Dutch. I pr'ythee, pretty York, who told thee And were they to be rul’d and not to rule, L
York. Grandam, his nurse. . [this? This sickly land inight solace as before.
Dutch. His nurse! why, she was dead ere thou 1 Cit. Come, come, we fear the worst; all will
me. be well.
[their cloaks : 25 York. If’twere not she, I cannot tell who told 3 Cit. When clouds are seen, wise men put on Queen. A parlous' boy:-Go to, you are too When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; I
schild. When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?
Dutch: Good madam, be not angry with the Untimely storms make men expect a dearth: Queen. Pitchers have cars, All may be well; but, if God sort it so,
Enter a Messenger. 'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect.
Arch. Here comes a messenger: What news ? 2 Cit. Truly, the hearts of men are full of fear : 1 Mes. Such news, my lord, as grieves me to You cannot reason almost with a man
Queen. How doth the prince? : (unfold. That looks not heavily, and full of dread.
Mes. Well, madam, and in health. 3 Cit. Before the days of change, still is it so : 35 Dutch. What is thy news? By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust
Mes. Lord Rivers, and lord Grey, Ensuing danger; as, by proof, we see
Are sent to Pomfret, prisoners; and, with them, The water swell before a boist’rous storm. Sir Thomas Vaughan.. But leave it all to God. Whither away?
Dutch. Who hath committed them ? Cham. 2 Cit. Marry, we were sent for to the justices. 401 Mes. The mighty dukes, Gloster and Bucking3 Cit. And so was I ; I'll bear you company. Queen. For what offence?
(Excunt. Mes. The sum of all I can, I have disclos'd ;
Why, or for what, the nobles were committed,
IIs all unknown to me, my gracious lady.
45! Queen. Ah me, I see the ruin of my house! Enter Archbishop of York, the young Duke of York, The tyger now hath seiz'd the gentle hind;
the Queen, and the Dutchess of York. Insulting tyranny begins to jut Arch. Last night, I heard, they lay at Northamp- Upon the innocent and awless * throne: At Stony-Strattord they do resi to-night: [ton! Welcome destruction, blood, and massacre ! To-morrow, or next day, they will be here. 150I see, as in a map, the end of all.
Dutch. I long with all my heart to see the prince: Dutch. Accursed and unquiet wrangling days! I hope, he is much grown since last I saw hin. | Ilow many of you have mine eyes beheld ?
Queen. But I hear, no; they say, my son of York My husband lost his life to get the crown; Has almost overta’en him in his growth. I And often up and down my sons were tost,
York. Ay, mother, but I would not have it so. 55 For me to joy, and weep, their gain, and loss : Dutch. Why,my young cousin: it is good to grow. And being seated, and domestick broils
York. Grandam, one night as we did sit at supper, Clean over-blown, themselves, the conquerors, My uncle Rivers talk'd how I did grow ster, Make war upon themselves; brother to brother, More than niy brother; Ay, quoth my uncle Glos- Blood to blood, selfagainst self:--0, preposterous Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace : 60 And frantick outrage, end thy damned spleen; And since, nietbinks, I would not grow so fast, I lOr let me die, to look on death no more!
· Wretched here means paltry, pitiful, being below expectation. 2 To be remembered is used by Shakspeare to imply, to have one's memory quick, to have one's thoughts about one. Parlous is keen, shrewd, i. e. not producing awe, not reverenced. To jut upon is to encroach. Tt4
Quiéen. Come, conie, my boy, we will to sanc- jAnd thither bear your treasure and yout goods. Madam, farewell.
[tuary.- For iny part, I'll resign unto your grace Duch. Stay, I will go with you.
The seal I keep: And so betide to me, Queen. You have no cause.
As well I tender you, and all of yours ! Arch. My gracious lady, go.
15 Come, I'll conduct you to the sanctuary [Excunt.
[Persuade the queen to send the duke of York In London.
15 C'nto his princely brother presently?
If she deny, lord Hastings, you go with him, The trumpets sound. Enter the Prince of Wales, And froin herjealous arms pluck him perforce. the Dukes of Gloster and Buckingham, Cardinal | Card. My lord of Buckingham, if my weak Bourchier, and others.
oratory Buck. W ELCOME, sweet pririce, to London. 20 Can from his mother win the duke of York,
to your chamber'.' Creign: Anon expect hinı here: But if she be obdurate Glo. Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sove-l To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid he wearv way both made von melancholy We should infringe the holy privilege
Prince. No, uncle; but our crosses on the way! Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land, Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy: 125 Would I be guilty of so deep a sin. I want more uncles here to welcome me. Tvears! | Buck. You are too senseless-obstinate, my lord,
Glo. Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your! Too ceremonious, and traditional : Hath not yet div'd into the world's deceit: I
Weigh it but with the grossness of this age, No more can you distinguish of a man,
You break not sanctuary in seizing him, Than of his outward shew; which. God he knows. 30 The benefit thereof is always granted Seldom, or never, jumpeth with the heart. T To those whose dealings have desery'd the place, Those uncles, which you want, were dangerous ;
| And those who have the wit to claim the place: Your grace attended to their sugar'd words,
This prince hath neither claim'dit, nor desery'dit; But look'd not on the poison of their hearts: Therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it: God keep you from them, and from such false 35 Then, taking him from thence, that is not there, friends!
You break no privilege nor charter there. Prince. God keep me from false friends! but
Oft I have heard of sanctuary men; they were none.
But sanctuary children, ne'er till now. Glo. My lord, the mayor of London comes to
| Card. My lord, you shall o'errule my mind
for once. Enter the Lord Mayor, and his Train.
Come on, lord Hastings, will you go with me? Mayor. God bless your grace with health and
Hast. I go, my lord. happy days! Prince. I thank you, good my lord:--and thank
Prince. Good lords, make all the speedy haste
you may. you all.
[Ereunt Cardinal, and Hastings. I thought, my mother, and my brother York,
Say, uncle Gloster, if our brother come, Woula long ere this have met us on the way :
Where shall we sojourn 'till our coronation? Fie, wbat a slug is llastings ! that he comes not
| Glo. Where it seems best unto your royal self. To tell us, whether they will come, or no.
If I may counsel you, some day, or two,
50/Your higliness shall repose you at the Tower: Buck. And, in good time, here comes the Then where you please, and shall be thought sweating lord. [mother come:
most fit Prince. Welcome, my lord: What, will our For your best health and recreation.
Hast. On what occasion, God he knows, not I, Prince. I do not like the Tower, ofany place: The queen your mother, and your brother York, 55 Did Julius Cæsar build that place, my lord? Have taken sanctuary : The tender prince
Glo. Hedid, my gracious lord, begin that place; Would fain have comewith mieto meet your grace, Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edify’d. But by his mother was perforce withheld. 1 Prince. Is it upon record? or else reported
Buck. Fie! what an indirect and peevish course Successively froni age to age, he built it? Is this of hers? Lord cardinal, will your grace 160 Buck. Upon record, my gracious lord.
' London was anciently called Camera regia. edherent to old customs.
? Ceremonious for superstitious; traditional for
Prince. But say, my lord, it were not register'd;} | Glo. How? Methinks, the truth should live from age to age, 1 York. Little. As 'twere retail'd 'to all posterity,
Prince. My lord of York will still be cross in Even to the general all-ending day.
faik; Glo. So wise so young, they say, do ne'er live 5 Uncle, your grace knows how to bear with him. long.
York. You mean to bear me, not to bear with Prince. What say you, uncle?
, me: Glo. I say, without characters, fame lives long. Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me; Thus, like the formal vice?, Iniquity, L . Because that I am little, like an ape. I moralize,-two meanings in one word. J Astl. 10 Hethinksthat youshouldbeariconyourshoulders. Prince. That Julius Casar was a famous man;
| Buck. With what a sharp-provided wit he reaWith what his valour did enrich his wit,
sons ! .
| Glo. My lord, will’t please you pass along? Buck. What, my gracious lord?
Myself, and my good cousin Buckingham, Prince. An if I live until I be a man,
Will to your mother; to entreat of her, I'll win our ancient right in France again,
To meet you at the Tower, and welcome you. Or die a soldier, as I liv'd a king
201 York. What, will you go into the Tower, my Glo. Short summers lightly have a forward spring
[Aside Prince. My lord protector needs will have it so.
York. I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower. Enter York, Hastings, and the Cardinal. Glo. Why, what should you fear? Buck. Now, in good time, here comes the 25/ "York. Marry, my uncle Clarence' angry ghost; duke of York.
[brother? My grandam told me, he was murther'd there. Prince. Richard of York, how fares our loving Prince. I fear no uncles dead. York. Well, my clread lord; so must I call you! | Glo. Nor none that live, I hope.. now.
Prince. An if they live, I hope, I need not fear. Prince. Ay, brother; to our grief, as it is yours:30 But come, my lord, and, with a heavy heart, Too later he died, that might have kept that Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower. title,
[Exeunt Prince, York, Hastings, Cardinal, Which by his death has lost much majesty. I
and Aitendunts. Glo. How fares our cousin, noble lord of York: Buck. Think you, my lord, this little prating
York. I thank you, gentle uncle. O, my lord, 35 · York You said, that idie weeds are fast in growth: 1 Was not incensed by his subtle mother, The prince my brother hath outgrown me far. To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously? Glo. He hath, my lord.
| Glo. No doubt, no doubt; 0,'iis a parlous boy; York. And therefore is he idle?
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable ; Glo. O my fair cousin, I must not say so. 140 He's all the mother's, from the top to toe. York. Then is he more beholden to you, than I. Buck. Well, let them rest.-Come hither, Glo. He may command me, as my sovereign;
Catesby; thou art sworn
York. I pray you, uncle, give me this dagger. As closely to conceal what we impart:
What think'st thou ? is it not an easy matter.
not he? In weightier things you'll say a beggar, nay. Cates. He will do all in all as Hastings doth. . Glo, It is too weighty for your grace to wear. 55Buck. Well then, no more but this : Go, gentle York. I weigh it lightly", were it heavier.
Catesby, Glo. What, would you have my weapon, little! And, as it were far off, sound thou lord Hastings. lord ?
[me. How he doth stand affected to our purpose; York. I would, that I mightthank you as you calll And summon him tomorrow to the Tower,
ii.e, diffused, dispersed. person. See note, p. 492, too fresh in our memory
:A proverbial line. 3 By vice the author means not a quality, but a
^i.e. commonly, in ordinary course. 6 i.e. too lately, the loss is i.e. I should still esteem it but a trifling gift, were it heavier.
To sit about the coronation.
i Hast. Go, fellow, go, return unto thy lord; If thou dost find him tractable to us,
Bid him not fear the separated councils : Encourage him, and tell hiin all our reasons : His honour, and myself, are at the one; If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling,
And, at the other, is my good friend Catesby; Be thou so too; and so break off the talk, 5 Where nothing can proceed, that toucheth us, And give us notice of his inclination:
Whereof I shall not have intelligence. For we to-morrow hold divided' councils, Tell him, his fears are shallow, wanting instance: Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ'd. And for his dreams,-I wonder, he's so fond Glo. Commend me to lord Williain: tell him, To trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers: Catesby,
o To fly the boar, before the boar pursues, His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
Were to incense the boar to follow us, To-morrow are let blood at Poinfret-castle; I And make pursuit, where he did mean no chase.' And bid my friend, for joy of this good news,
Go, bid thy master rise and come to me; Give mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more. I And we will both together to the Tower, Buck. Good Catesby, go, effect this business 15 Where, he shall see, the boar will use us kindly. soundly.
[can. Mes. I'll go, my lord, and tell him what you Cates. My good lords both, with all the heed I
[Exit. Glo. Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere wel
Enter Catesby.' Cates. You shall, my lord.
Cates. Many good morrows to my noble fordi Glo. At Crosby-place, there you shall find us 201 Hust. Good morrow, Catesby; you are early
[Erit Catesby. T... stirring; : Buck. Now, my lord, what shall we do, if we What news, whạt news, in this our tottering state? perceive
Cates. It is a reeling world, indeed, my lord; Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots? And, I believe, will never stand upright, Glo. Chop off his head, man; somewbat we 25'Till Richard wear the garland of the realm. will do:-
Hast. How? wear the garland? dost thou mean.. And, look, when I am king, claim thou of me Cates. Ay, my good lord. [the crown.. The earldom of Hereford, and all the moveables Hast. I'll have this crown of mine cut from Whereof the king my brother was possess’d.
my shoulders, Buck.I'llclaimthatpromise at your grace's hand. 30 Before I'll see the crown so foul misplac'd..
Glo.And look to haveit yielded withallkindness. But canst thou guess that he doth aim at it? (ward Come, let us sup botimes; that afterwards | Cates. Ay, on my life; and hopes to tind you forWe may digest our complots in some form. Upon his party, for the gain thereof:
. . [Exeunt. And, thereupon, he sends you this good news,
• 35 That, this same very day, your enemies, SCENE II...
The kindred of the queen, must die at Pomfret. Before Lord Hastings' house.
Hast. Indeed, I am no mourner for that news, Enter a Messenger,
Because they have been still my adversaries :
: Mes. My lord, my lord,
But, that I'll give my voice on Richard's side,
40 1'o bar my master's heirs in true descent, Hast. Vithin.] Who knocks? .
God knows, I will not doit, to the death. (inind ! Mes. One from lord Stanley.
Cates. God keep your lordship in that gracious Hast. What is't o'clock?
Hast. But I shall laugh at this a twleve-month Mes. Upon the stroke of four.
hence, Enter Hastings.
145/That they, who brought mc in my master's hate, Hast. Cannot thy master sleep these tedious live to look upon their tragedy, nights?
Fell, Catesby, ere a fortnight make me older, Mes. So it should seem by that I have to say. I'll send some packing, that yet think not on't. First, he commends him to your noble self.
Cates. "Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord, Hast. And then,
50 When men are unprepar'd, and look not for it. ) Mes. Then certifies your lordship, that this nighy Hast.O inonstrous,inonstrous ! and so falls it out He dreamt, the boar had rased off his helm : I With Rivers, Vaughan, Grey: and so 'twill do Besides, he says, there are two councils held; With some men else, who think themselves as safe And that may be determin'd at the one,
As thou, and I; who, as thou know'st, are dear Which may make you and him to rue at th'other. 55To princely Richard, and to Buckingham. Therefore he sends to know your lordship's plea Cates. The princes both make high account of If presently you will take horse with him, [sure,
you. And with allspeed post with him toward the north, Forthey account his head upon the bridge. [Aside. To shun the danger that his soul divines. 1 H ast. I know they do; and I have well deserv'd it.
'i.e. a prirate consultation, separate froni the known and public council. 2. This term rased or rashed is alway given to describe the violence inflicted by a boar. By a boar, throughout this scene, is meant Gloster, who was called the boar, or the hog, as has been before observed, from his having a : boar for his cognizance, and one of the supporters of his coat of arms. 3i.e, wanting some example or act of malevolence, by which they may be justified,