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To signify thou camest to bite the world :
55 Thou camestGlou. 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.
[Dies. 60 Glou. What! will the aspiring blood of Lancaster
Sink in the ground? I thought it would have mounted.
[Stabs him again.
57, 58. I'll hear . . . die, prophet . For ... ordain'd] 46, 47. Die prophet
Ile heare for .. ordainde Q. 59, 60. Ay, and pardon thee) 48, 49. I and ... pardon thee. He dies Q. 61-65. What . in the . thought . O, may ... shed ..
wish house) 50-54. What? . into the. had thought
. Now maie shed, For such as seeke : : . house e. 66, 67. If ... life ... Down thither] 55, 56. If ... life remaine in thee, Stab him againe. Downe . . thither Q.
61, 62. aspiring blood of Lancaster The whole point of Greene's passage is
. mounted] Dyce, arguing that Mar- that he makes Flaminius the bearer of a lowe had a large share in the compila. special message, to his father, in hell. tion of the Contention and True Tra- The likeness is only vague. Similar gedie, produced parallels of these two passages may be produced from other lines from his Edward the Second (pp. writers. Lodge in The Wounds of 184, b, 212, b): “Frownst thou thereat, Civil War (Hazlitt's Dodsley, vii. aspiring Lancaster," and "highly scorn- 146) :ing that the lowly earth Should drink his Go, soldiers ... blood, mounts up to the air.” As I Hasten their death .. believe the True Tragedie is earlier Go, take them hence, and when we than Edward II., these coincidences meet in hell, prove something else. For
“ earth Then tell me, princes, if I did not drinking blood," see 11. iii. 15, 23 (note). well." For "aspiring,” see Part I. v. iv. 99. But especially see the origin in Faerie
66. spark of life] Another passage, in Queene, 1. v. 13, when the faithful knight The Spanish Tragedy : “O speak if any subdues his faithless foe :sparke of life remaine" (11. v. 17, Boas). “And to him said: 'Goe now, proud
67. Down, down ...I sent thee] Miscreant Collier advanced these lines as a proof Thyselfe thy message do to ger. that Greene wrote this play, on the man beare. likeness of them to a passage in Al- Goe say, his foe thy shield with phonsus (Grosart, xiii. 347):
his doth beare'. “Go packe thou hence unto the Therewith his heauie hand,” etc. Stygian lake.
This is Greene's source. Shakespeare And if he ask thee who did send probably thought of neither. Another thee downe,
allel will be found in Jeronimo Alphonsus say, who now must (Boas' Kyd, p. 323).
weare thy crowne."
I, that have neither pity, love nor fear.
(Exit, with the body.
68-73. I, that ... 'tis true . . say I came ... Had I
ruin right'?] 57-62. I that twas true .. saie That I came And had 1.
ruines rights ? Q. was; which
dog] 63-66. The women wept and the midwife cride indeed, which dogge Q. 78-83. Then.
my body ... brother brother . . . call ... alone) 67-72. Then since Heauen hath made my bodie
answere it. I had no father, I am like no father, I have no brothers, I am like no brothers, And ... tearme .. alone Q.
84-88. Clarence . . keep'st That Edward. death] 74-78. Clarence . keptst . . . As Edward death Q.
89-93. King Henry . the rest ... throw . . . doom] 79-83. Henry and his sonne are gone, thou Clarence next, And by one and one I will dispatch the rest ... drag doome. Exit. Q.
71 and 75.] See extract at l. 53. 91. bad till I be best] He is harping
85. sort a pitchy day] arrange a black on the old saw " bad is the best.' day. “Sort an hour " occurs in Lucrece, “Two evils here were, one must I chuse, 899; not again with regard to time. though bad were very best ” (Whetstone, For “ pitchy," see Part I. 11. ii. 2. Promos and Cassandra, Part II. III. ii.).
86. buzz) See Part II. 1. ii. 99 and Whetstone has it again in Censure of above, 11. vi. 95.
a Loyal Subject. Common later.
SCENE VII.-The same. The palace. Flourish. Enter King EDWARD, Queen ELIZABETH, CLAR
ENCE, GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, a Nurse with the young
Prince, and Attendants.
Re-purchas'd with the blood of enemies,
Went all afoot in summer's scalding heat, SCENE VII. Flourish] F 1; omitted Q, F2, 3, 4. Enter ...] Enter King, Queene : Nurse, and Attendants Ff; Enter (Gloucester omitted) and others Q. 1-20. Once more . renown'd .. brave bears .. Went all afoot ... gain) 1-20. Once more .. i renowmd ... rough Beares ... Marcht all a foote . . . gaine Q. 3, 4. foemen.
mow'd down) “Who seeming sorely chauffed at Compare Troilus and Cressida, v. v. his band, 25:
As chained beare whom cruell dogs “the strawy Greeks, ripe for doe bait." his edge,
Referred to in Part II. v. i. 143-150. Fall down before him like the See" forest-bear above, II. ii. 13. mower's swath."
See note to “bear and ragged staff," And Henry V. 1!. iii. 13:—
Part II. v. i. 203. "mowing like grass
14. And made ... security] Marlowe Your fresh-fair virgins and your has this line in The Massacre at Paris flowering infants."
(Dyce, 238, a) :And Sonnet 6o.
“ But he doth lurk within his drowsy 4. tops of all their pride] Lodge has couch; this: "Unhappy Rome : Now to And makes his footstool eclipse, in top of all thy pride” (Wounds security" of Civil War (Hazlitt's Dodsley, vii. (first acted January, 1593, Dyce). 116)).
18. scalding] Not a happy term here, 10, 11. bears . . . in their chains] but “parching” had been used up. Alluding to the "chained beare" at the “Scalding sighs" in Soliman and Per. stake, as in Faerie Queene, 1. xii. 35:- seda is more natural,
That thou might'st repossess the crown in peace ;
20 Glou. Aside.] I'll blast his harvest, if your head were laid ;
For yet I am not look'd on in the world.
25 K. Edw. Clarence and Gloucester, love my lovely queen';
And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both. Clar. The duty that I owe unto your majesty
I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe. l. Eliz. Thanks, noble Clarence ; worthy brother, thanks. 30 Glou. And, that I love the tree from whence thou sprang'st,
Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit.
And cried “all hail !” when as he meant all harm.
35 Having my country's peace and brothers' loves. Clar. What will your grace have done with Margaret?
Reignier, her father, to the King of France
40 K. Edw. Away with her, and waft her hence to France.
And now what rests, but that we spend the time
if ... thou shalt execute] 21-25. Ile ... and (if Q 3) thou shalt execute (that shalt Ff 1, 2) Q. 26-36. Clarence upon the lips
tree. · fruit .. when as he meant brothers' loves] 26-36. Clarence
upon the rosiate lips ... fruit ... child ... And so he cride . . and meant . . . brothers loues Q. 37-46. What . Reignier . Sicils. triumphs, mirthful ... pleasure . farewell sour . : : lasting joy) 37-46. What Ranard Cyssels triumphs and mirthfull . . . pleasures
farewell to sower ... lasting ioie. Exeunt Omnes. Finis. Q. 29. upon the lips] “ upon the rosiate “Queene Margaret lyke a prisoner was lips," 0. “ Roseal” was not a rare brought to London, where she re. word, but “roseate was later except as mayned till kyng Reiner her father a painter's colour term. “Rosate," ransomed her with
money, which “rosett,” and “oil-rosat,” are all in summe (as the French writers afferme) Holland's Pliny. And in Cunningham's he borrowed of Kyng Lewes ... to Revels Accounts (Shakespeare Soc. p. repaye so great a dutie, he solde to the 117). " Rosett . . . paynters percell” French King & his heires, the Kyngappears in 1577. Nashe calls women's domes of Naples and both the Siciles, breasts“ Roseate buds" (Christ's Teares with the county of Prouynce. ... After (Grosart, iv. 208), 1593).
the ransome payed, she was conveyed 33. Judas kiss'd] Lest this should in to Fraunce with small honor" (Hall, cause a charge of irreverence here, it p. 301). may be mentioned that this was a 40. sent it] Can only mean the money. familiar proverb. Many earlier ex- Identical in Q. The sum is stated at amples could be quoted, and later. 50,000 crowns by the French histories.
37. have done with Margaret ?] 41. waft] “ to carry or send over the
With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
(Schmidt) occurs twice in this speare. “ Mirthful glee" is in Kyd's play, and in the last, but only once Cornelia, iv. ii. 193. elsewhere in Shakespeare, in King 45, 46. Sound drums ... joy) SimiJohn.
larly in Locrine, end of Act ii. :“Sound 43. triumphs] public rejoicings. See drums and trumpets, sound up cheerTwo Gentlemen of Verona, v. iv. fully, Sith we return with joy and vic160, 161. And 1 Henry VI. v. v. tory." See the last words of Part II. 31.
From these two Locrine derived the 43. mirthful] Not again in Shake. example.
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