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And lands restor'd again, be freely granted :
The fresh green lap of fair King Richard's Land,
Parle without, and answer within ; then a flourish.
Enler, on the walls, King Kichard, the Bishop of Carline, Aumerle, Scroop and Salisbury.
York. ' See! see! King Richard doth himself appear, As doth the blushing discontented Sun, From out the fiery portal of the East, When he perceives, the envious clouds are bent To dim his Glory; and to stain the tract Of his bright Passage to the Occident. 8 See! see! King Richard dath to condemn his own conduct and
himself appear,] The fol- disculp the King's. It is plain lowing fix lines are absurdly these fix and the four following given to Bolingbroke, who is made all belon; to York.
Yet looks he like a King; behold his eye,
stood To watch the fearful bending of thy knee, (To North. Because we thought our self thy lawful King; And, if we be, how dare thy joints forget To pay
their awful duty to our prefence ? If we be not, thew us the hand of God, That hath dismiss'd us from our Stewardship. For well we know, no hand of blood and bone Can gripe the facred handle of our Scepter, Unless he do prophane, steal, or usurp. And though you think, that all, as you have done, Have torn their souls, by turning them from us, And we are barren, and bereft of friends, Yet know, My Master, God omnipotent, Is must'ring in his clouds on our behalf Armies of Pestilence, and they shall strike Your children yet unborn, and unbegot, That lift your vassal hands against my head, And threat the Glory of my precious Crown. Tell Boling broke, (for yond, methinks, he is, That every stride he makes upon my Land Is dangerous treason. He is come to ope The purple Testament of bleeding War; But ere the Crown, he looks for, live in peace,
9 But i'er the Crown, be lo:ks Peace, as Mr. Warburton juftly for, live in Peace,
oblerv'd to me, is a very odd Ten thousand bloody Crowns of Phrase. He supposes; Morbers' Sons
But e'er the Crown, he looks for, Shall ill become the Flow's of light in Peace, England's face ; ] Tho' 'I i, e. deicend and settle upon
Bohave not disturb’d the Text here, lingbroke's Head in Peace.. I cannot but think it liable to Again, I have a small Quarrel to Suspicion. A Crown living in the third Line quoted. Would
Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' sons
North. The King of heav'n forbid, our lord the King
the Poet say, That bloody Crowns who did not apprehend the figure, Thould disfigure the Flow'rs that alters the line thus, spring on the Ground, and be “ Shail misbecome the flow'ry dew the Grass with blood ? Surely England's face.” the two Images are too similar. Which means
-I know not I have suspected,
WARBURTON. Shall ill become the Floor of Eng Dr. Warburton has inserted land's Face;
light in peace in the text of his ise. Shall make a dismal Spec- own edition, but live in peace is tacle on the Surface of the King- more suitable to Richard's intendoin's Earth. THEOBALD. tion, which is to tell him that Shall ill lecome the flow'r of though he should get the crown
England's face ; ] By the by rebellion, it will be long before flore'r of England's face, is meant it will live in peace, bc so jettled as the choicest youths of England, to be firm. The foru'r of Engwho shall be slaughter'd in this land's face, is very happily exquarrel, or have bloody crowns, plained, and any alteration is The flower of England's fact, to therefore needle. design her choicest Youth, is a And by the bury'd hand of fine and noble expression. Per warlike Gaunt, ] It should riiles, by a similar thought, said be read just the other way, that the destruction of the Arbe And by the warlike hand of bunian youth was a fatality like ry'd Gaunr.
WARBURT. cutting off the Spring from the I see no great difference. Year. Yet the Ox;ord Edito",
Than for his lineal Royalties, and to beg
K. Rich. Northumberland, fay--Thus the King re-
Exit North, We do debase our felf, Cousin, do we not, [To Aum. To look so poorly, and to speak fo fair? Shall we call back Northumberland, and send Defiance to the traitor, and fo die?
Aum. No, good my lord, let's fight with gentle words, Till time lend friends, and friends their helpful swords. K. Rich. Oh God, oh God! that e'er this tongue of
Aum. Nortbumberland comes back from Boling broke.
. With words of footb;-), or softncss, a signification yet reSeoth is sweet as well as true. In tained in the verb to footh. this place footh means freeetres Vol. IV, F
The King shall be contented: must he lose
3 Or I'll be buried in the King's Image with the same Word. bigh way;
THEOBALD. Some Way of common Trade, -] Dr. Warburton has put tread As specious as this Reading ap- in his own text, but trade will pears, Mr. Warburton, Mr. Bis serve very well in the sense either Abop, and I, all concurr'd in suf- of commerce or custom. pecting it, and in the Amend
- on their sovereign's bead:] ment which now possesses the Shakespeare is very apt to deviate Text;
from the pathetick to the ridicalSome way of common Tread, Had the speech of Richard
e. a high Road. He subjoins ended at this line it had exhibitimmediately;
ed the natural language of subFor on my beart they tread now, missive misery, conforming its inwhile I live;
tention to the present fortune, And we know how much it is, and calmly ending its purposes Sbakes; eare's way to diversify the in death,