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K. Rich. Even all I have; ay, and myself and all, Will I withal endow a child of thine ; So in the Lethe of thy angry soul Thou drown the sad remembrance of those wrongs, Which, thou supposest, I have done to thee. Q. Eliz. Be brief, lest that the process
kindness Last longer telling than thy kindness' date. K. Rich. Then know, that from my soul, I love
thy daughter. Q. Eliz. My daughter's mother thinks it with her
soul. K. Rich. What do
think? Q. Eliz. That thou dost love my daughter, from
thy soul: So, from thy soul's love, didst thou love her brothers: And from
my heart's love, I do thank thee for it. K. Rich. Be not so hasty to confound my meaning: that with
soul I love thy daughter, And do intend to make her queen of England. Q. Eliz. Well then, who dost thou mean shall be
her king? K. Rich. Even he, that makes her queen: Who
else should be?
you of it, madam? Q. Eliz. How canst thou woo her? K. Rich.
That I would learn of you, As one being best acquainted with her humour.
Q. Eliz. And wilt thou learn of me?
Madam, with all
heart. Q. Eliz. Send to her, by the man that slew her
brothers, A pair of bleeding hearts; thereon engrave, Edward, and York; then, haply, will she weep: Therefore present to her,-as sometime Margaret
Did to thy father, steep'd in Rutland's blood, -
There is no other way; Unless thou could’st put on some other shape, And not be Richard that hath done all this.
K. Rich. Say, that I did all this for love of her ? Q. Eliz. Nay, then indeed, she cannot choose
but hate thee 26, Having bought love with such a bloody spoil. K. Rich. Look, what is done cannot be now
26 Tyrwhitt suggested that the sense seemed to require we should read' but love thee' ironically. Mason proposed but have thee,' which Steevens admitted into the text. • It is by no means evident that this is spoken ironically (says Mr. Boswell), and, if not, the old reading affords a perfectly clear meaning. A virtuous woman would hate the man who thought to purchase her love by the commission of crimes.'
They are as children, but one step below,
your very blood; Of all one pain,-save for a night of groans Endur'd of her, for whom
bid like sorrow Your children were vexation to your youth, But mine shall be a comfort to your age. The loss, you have, is but—a son being king, And, by that loss, your daughter is made queen. I cannot make you what amends I would, Therefore accept such kindness as I can. Dorset, your son, that, with a fearful soul, Leads discontented steps in foreign soil, This fair alliance quickly shall call home To high promotions and great dignity : The king, that calls your beauteous daughter, wife, Familiarly shall call thy Dorset-brother; Again shall you be mother to a king, And all the ruins of distressful times Repair’d with double riches of content. What! we have many goodly days to see : The liquid drops of tears that you have shed, Shall come again, transform’d to orient pearl: Advantaging their loan, with interest Of ten times double gain of happiness. Go then, my mother, to thy daughter go; Make bold her bashful years with your experience; Prepare her ears to hear a wooer's tale; Put in her tender heart the aspiring flame Of golden sovereignty; acquaint the princess With the sweet silent hours of marriage joys: And when this arm of mine hath chastised The petty rebel, dull-brain'd Buckingham, Bound with triumphant garlands will I come, And lead thy daughter to a conqueror's bed;
27 • Endur'd of her, for whom you bid like sorrow. Of is used for by; bid is the past tense from bide.
To whom I will retail 28 my conquest won,
liance. Q. Eliz. Which she shall purchase with still last
ing war. K. Rich. Tell her, the king, that may command,
entreats. Q. Eliz. That at her hands, which the king's King
forbids 29. K. Rich. Say, she shall be a high and mighty queen. Q. Eliz. To wail the title, as her mother doth. K. Rich. Say, I will love her everlastingly. Q. Eliz. But how long shall that title, ever, last 30 ? K. Rich. Sweetly in force unto her fair life's end. Q. Eliz. But how long fairly shall her sweet life'
last? K. Rich. As long as heaven, and nature, length
Q. Eliz. As long as hell, and Richard, likes of it. K. Rich. Say, I, her sovereign, am her subject low. Q. Eliz. But she, your subject, loaths such
sov'reignty. K. Rich. Be eloquent in my behalf to her.
28 i. e. recount. See note on p. 71.
29 She means that his crimes would render such a marriage offensive to heaven. 30 Young has borrowed this thought:
• But say, my all, my mistress, and my friend,
Q. Eliz. An honest tale speeds best, being plainly
told. K. Rich. Then in plain terms tell her my loving
tale. Q. Eliz. Plain, and not honest, is too harsh a style. K. Rich. Your reasons are too shallow and too
quick. Q. Eliz. O, no, my reasons are too deep and
dead; Too deep and dead, poor infants, in their graves.
K. Rich. Harp not on that string, madam; that
Q. Eliz. Harp on it still shall I, till heartstrings
break. K. Rich. Now, by my George, my garter, and
my crown, Q. Eliz. Profan'd, dishonour'd, and the third
usurp'd. K. Rich. I swear.
Q. Eliz. By nothing; for this is no oath.
K. Rich. Now by the world,-
'Tis full of thy foul wrongs. K. Rich. My father's death, — Q. Eliz.
Thy life hath that dishonour'd K. Rich. Then, by myself, Q. Eliz.
Thyself is self misus'd. K. Rich. Why then, by God, Q. Eliz.
God's wrong is most of all, If thou hadst fear'd to break an oath by him, The unity, the king thy brother made, Had not been broken, nor my brother slain.