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Queen. Come, come, my boy, we will to fanc-
And thither bear your treasure and your goods.
As well I tender you, and all of yours !
Persuade the queen to send the duke of York
15 Unto his princely brother presently? In London.
If the deny, lord Hastings, you go with him, The trumpets found. Enter the Prince of Wales, ibe And from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.
Dukes of Glifter and Buckingbani, Cardinal Bour Card. My lord of Buckingham, if my weak chic, and orbers.
oratory Buck. ELCOME, sweet prince, to London, 20 Can from his mother win the duke of York,
to your chamber. [reign Anon expect him here: But if she be obdurate Glo. Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sove.
To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
We should iníringe the holy privilege
Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land,
25 Would I be guilty of so deep a fin. I want more uncles here to welcome me. (years
Buck. You are too fenfeless-obstinate, my lord,
Too ceremonious, and traditional ? :
Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,
You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
To those whose dealings have deferv'd the place,
And those who have the wit to claim the place : Your grace attended to their sugar'd words,
This prince hath neither claim'd it, nor deserv'd it; But look'd not on the poison of their hearts :
Therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it : God ktep you from them, and from such falle 35 Then, taking him from thence, that is not there, friends!
You break no privilege nor charter there.
Oft I have heard of fanctuary men;
But sanctuary children, ne'er till now.
Card. My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind
for once. Meyor. God bless your grace with health and
Come on, lord Hanings, will you go with me? happy days!
Hel. I go, my lord.
Prinic. Good lords, make all the speedy hafie
you may. I thought, my mother, and my brother York, 1451
[Exeunt Cardinal, and Hastings. Would long ere this have met us on the way:
Say, uncle Glofter, if our brother come,
Where shall we sojourn 'till our coronation ?
Gio. Where it seems beit unto your royal self.
If I may counsel you, fome day, or two,
150 Your highness Mall repose you at the Tower:
Haf. On what occasion, God he knows, nut I, Prince. I do not like the Tower of any place :-
Gly. He did, my gracious lord, begin that place ; Would fain have come with me to meet your grace,
Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edify'd.
Prince. Is it upon record ?, or else reported
Successively from age to age, he built it?
2 Ceremonious for Superstitious; traditional for adherent to old curioms.
sve Prince. But say, my lord, it were not register’d; Glo. How?
Methinks, the truth should live from age to age, York. Little.
Prince. My lord of York will still be cross in
York. You mean to bear me, not to bear with
Because that I am little like an ape,
10 He thinksthat you should bear me on your shoulders. Prince. That Julius Cæfar was a famous man;
buck. With what a sharp-provided wit he reaWith what his valour did enrich his wit,
fons ! His wit set down to make his valour live :
To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
For now he lives in fame, though not in life. 15 So cunning, and so young, is wonderful.
Glo. My lord, will 't please you pass along?
Myself, and my good cousin Buckingham,
Will to your mother ; to entreat of her,
To meet you at the Tower, and welcome you. Or die a soldier, as I liv'd a king.
York. What, will you go unto the Tower, my Crown Gic. Short summers lightly 4 have a forward
lord ? spring.
[Aide. Prince. My lord protector needs will have it to. d
York. I shall not neep in quiet at the Tower.
Glo. Why, what should you fcar?
[brother? My grandam told me, he was murther'd there.
Prince. An if they live, I hope, I need not fear. 599
Prince. Ay, brother; to our grief, as it is yours : 30 But come, my lord, and, with a heavy heart,
[Exeunt Prince, Turk, Hastings, Cardinal, and Which by his death has lost much majesty.
Glo. No doubt, no doubt; 0, 'is a parlous boy;
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable;
Catesby; thou art sworn
. My dagger, little cousin? with all my heart. 45 Thou know'it our reasons urg'd upon the way ;Prince. A beggar, brother?
What think it thou? is it not an easy matter
For the inftalment of this noble duke
. A greater gift than that I'li give my cousin. In the seat royal of this famous ille?
Cares. He will do all in all as Hastings doth. Glo. It is too weighty for your grace to wear. 551
Buck. Well then, no more but this: Go, gentle Tork. I weigh it lightly, were it heavier.
Caterby, Glo. What, would you have my weapon, little And, as it were far off, found thou lord Hastings, lord ?
(me. How he doth stand affected to our purpose; York. I would, that I might thank you as you call}
And summon him to-morrow to the Tower, 2 A proverbial line. 3 By vice the author means not a qualiry, but a
4 i. e. commonly, in ordinary course. Si. e. too lately, the loss is too Oiie. I should still eftecm it bus a trifting gift, were it heavier.
'i. e. diffused, dispersed. perfon. See note 3, p. 492.. freih in our memory.
To fit about the coronation.
Haft Go, fellow, go, return unto thy lord; If thou doft find him tractable to us,
Bid him not fear the separated councils : Encourage him, and tell him 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 instances : Wherein thyself Malt highly be employ'd.
And for his dreams-Iwonder, he's so fond Glo. Commend me to lord William : tell him, To trust the mockery of unquiet Numbers: Catesby,
10 To Ay 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 Pomfret-castle; And make pursuit, where he did mean no chale. 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. And we will both together to the Tower, Buck. Good Catesby, go, effect this business 15 Where, he shall fee, the boar will use us kindly. soundly.
[can. Mej. I'll go, my lord, and tell him what you Cares. My good lords both, with all the heed I
[Exir. Gle. Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we
Enter Catesby. Cates. You náll, my lord.
(fleep? Cates. Many good morrows to my noble lord! Glui At Crosby-place, there you shall find us both. 20 Haf. Good morrow, Catesby; you are early
stirring; Buck. Now, my lord, what shall we do, if we What news, what news, in this our tottering state? perceive
Cares. 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 ;-somewhat we 25'Till Richard wear the garland of the realm. will do:
Haft. 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 Hajt. I'll have this crown of mine cut from my Whereof the king my brother was poffefs’d.
shoulders, Buck. I'll claim that promise at your grace's hand. 30 Before I'll see the crown so foul misplac'd.
Gle. And look to have it yielded with all kindness. But canst thou guess that he doth aim at it? (ward Come, let us sup betimes; that afterwards
Cates. Ay, on my life; and hopes to find you forWe may digeft 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, muft die at Pomfret. Before Lord Haffings' Howfe.
Haft. Indeed, I am no mourner for that news, Enter a Melenger.
Because they have been still my adversaries :
But, that I'll give my voice on Richard's side, Mf. My lord, my lord,
40 To bar my master's heirs in true descent, Hal. [Within.) Who knocks ?
God knows, I will not do it, to the death. (mind! Mes. One from lord Stanley.
Cares. God keep your lordthip in that gracious Haft. What is't o'clock ?
Haft. But I shall laugh at this a twelve-month Mej. Upon the stroke of four.
hence, Enter Hastings.
45 That they, who brought me in my master's hate, Haff. Cannot thy master Teep these tedious I live to look upon their tragedy. nights ?
Well, Catesby, ere a fortnight make me older, Mof. So it should seem by that I have to say. 17 send some packing, that yet think not on't. First, he commends him to your noble lordship. Catef. 'Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord, Haft. And then,
50 When men are unprepar'd, and look not for it. Mif. Then certifies your lordship, that this night
Haf. O monstrous, monstrous ! and fo falls it out He dreamt, the boar had rared ? off his helm :
With Rivers, Vaughan, Grey: and fo 'twill do Besides, he fays, there are two councils held; With some men elle, wiro think themselves as safe And that may be determin'd at the one,
As thou, and I; who, as thou know'ft, are dear Which may make you and him to rue at the other. 55 To 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, (fure,
you,And with all speed post with him toward the north, For they account his head upon the bridge. [Afide, To mun the danger that his soul divines.
Haft. I know they do; and I have well deservd it. 1 i.e. a private consultation, separate from the known and publick council. 2 This term rased or raped is always given to describe the violence in Aicted by a boar. By a boar, throughout this scene, is meant Glofter, who was called the bar, or the bag, as has been before observed, from his having a hoar for his cognizance, and one of the supporters of his coat of arms. 3 1. e. wanting some example or az? of malevolence, by which they may be justified,
Buck. And supper too, although thou know'st Come on, come on, where is your boar-spear, man?
[Afide. Fear you the boar, and go so unprovided ? Come, will you go? Starl. My lord, good morrow ;--and good mor Haft. I'll wait upon your lordship. [Excunt. row, Catesby :
S CE N E III,
Enter Sir Richard Ratcliff, conducting Lord Rivers,
Lord Ricbard Grey, and Sir Thomas Vaugban 19 And never, in my days, I do protest,
Rat. Come, bring forth the prisoners.
Stanl. The lords at Pomfret, when they rode from For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.
Rat. Dispatch : the limit of your lives is out.
Richard the second here was hack'd to death:
25 Grey. Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon our
For standing by when Richard stabb'd her son. Enter a Pursuivant.
Riv. Then curs’d the Hastings, curs'd the Bucke.
[embrace : But now, I tell thee, (keep it to thyself)
Riv. Come, Grey,-come, Vaughan,mlet us here This day those enemies are put to death,
Farewel, until we meet again in heaven. (Exeunt. And I in better state than ere I was. [tent;
S CE N E
Haft. Now, noble peers, the cause why we are Prief. Well met, my lord; I am glad to see 451s-to deterinine of the coronation : [met your honour.
[heart. In God's name, speak, when is the royal day? Haft . I thank thee, good Sir John, with all my
Buck. Are all things ready for that royal time? I am in your debt for your laft's exercise ;
Stanl. They are, and wants but nomination. Come the next fabbath, and I will content you.
Ely. To-morrow then I judge a happy day. [in? Enter Buckingbam.
Buck. Who knows the lord protector's mind here. Buck. What, talking with a priest, lord Cham Who is most inward with the noble duke? berlain
Ely. Your grace, we think, thould sooneft know Your friends at Pomfret, they do need the priest;
[hearts, Your honour hath no thriving work 6 in hand.
Buck. We know each other's faces: for our Hafi
. Good faith, and when I met this holy man, 55 He knows no more of mine, than I of yours ; The men you talk of came into my mind.
Nor I of his, my lord, than you of mine :
[there : Lord Hastings, you and he are near in love.
Haff. I thank his grace, I know he loves me well;
But, for his purpose in the coronation,
not founded hiin, nor he deliverd
Ti.e. the cross. ? i.c, honesty,
2 A familiar phrase in parting, as much as, I bave Something to say to you. 4 1. e, continue it.
5 i. e. performance of divine service. • Sbriving work is
His gracious pleasure any way therein:
(Is, like a blasted sapling, wither'd up: But you, my noble lord, may name the time : And this is Edward's wife, that monstrous witch, And in the duke's behalf I'll give my voice, Consorted with that harlot, strumpet Shore, Which, I presume, he'll take in gentle part. That by their witchcraft thus have mark'd me. Enter Glofter.
5 Hall. If they have done this deed, my noble Ely. In happy time, here comes the duke himself.
(pet, Glo. My noble lords and cousins, all good mor Glo. If! thou protector of this damned strum. I have been long a Neeper ; but I trust, [row, Talk'st thou to me of ifs ?-Thou art a traitor :My absence doth neglect no great design,
Off with his head ;-now, by Saint Paul I swear, Which by my presence might have been concluded. 10 I will not dine until I see the same. Buck. Had you not come upon your cue', ny Lovel, and Catesby, look, that it be done ;lord,
The rest, that love me, rise, and follow me. William lord Hastings had pronounc'd your part,
[Exit Council, with Richard and Buckingbam. I mean, your voice,—for crowning of the king. Haft. Woe, woe, for England ! not a whit for Glo. Than my lord Hastings, no man might be 15
me ; bolder ;
For 1, too fond, might have prevented this :
[Exit Ely. O, now I need the pricít that (pake to me :
25 To-day at Pomfret bloodily were butcher'd,
Is lighted on poor Hastings' wretched head. Buck.Withdraw yourself awhile, I'll go with you. Cuiif. Difpatch, my lord, the duke would be [Excunt Glofter and Buckingham. 30
at dinner; Stani. We have not yet set down this day of Make a Mort fhrift; he longs to see your head. triumph.
Haft. O momentary grace of mortal men, To-morrow, in my judgement, is too sudden; Which we more hunt for than the grace of God! For I myself am not so well provided,
Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks,
Ready, with every nod, to tumble down
(morning; Lev. Come, come, dispatch ; 'tis bootless to exHaft. His grace looks chearfully and smooth this
(gland! There's some conceit or other l.kes him well, Hafl. Oh, bloody Richard !- miserable EnWhen he doth bid good morrow with such fpirit. I prophesy the fearful'st time to thee, I think there's ne'er a man in Christendom, That ever wretched age hath look'd upon.Can leffer hide his love, or hate, than he ; Come, lead me to the block, bear him my head; For by his face straight shall you know his heart. They smile at me, who shortly shall be dead. Stanl. What of his heart perceive you in his face, 45)
[Excurt. By any likelihood ? he few'd to-day?
Enter Glofter, and Buckingham, ir ruffy armout, Glo. I pray you all, tell me what they deserve, 50
marvellous ill-fuvour'd. That do conspire my death with devilish plots Gla. Come, cousin, canst chou quake, and change Of damned witchcraft; and that have prevailed
thy colour? Upon my body with their hellish charms ?
Murder thy breath in middle of a word, Haft. The tender love I bear your grace, my lord,
And then again begin, and stop again, Makes me mok forward in this noble presence 55 As if thou wert distraught, and mad with terror? To doom the offenders : Whoioe'er they be,
Buck. Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian; I say, my lord, they have deserved death.
Speak, and look back, and pry on every fide, Glo. Then be your eyes the witness of their evil, Tremble and start at wagging of a straw, Look how I am bewitch'd ; behold, mune arm Jintending deep suspicion : ghastly looks
"This expression is burrowed from the threatre. The cue, queue, or rail of a speech, consists of the last words, which are the token for an entrance or answer. To come on the cve, therefore, is to come at the proper time. 2 i. e. appearance.
3 The bouings of a horse, and fometimes a horse himfelf, were ancien.ly denominated a foul-ciosb.