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Boling. Rise up, good aunt.
I thee beseech Forever will I kneel 1
upon my knees, And never see day that the happy sees, Till thou give joy; until thou bid me joy, By pardoning Rutland, my transgressing boy. Aum. Unto my mother's prayers, I bend my knee. .
[Kneels. York. Against them both, my true joints bended be
[Kneels. Ill mayst thou thrive, if thou grant any grace!?
Duch. Pleads he in earnest ? look upon his face His eyes do drop no tears; his prayers are in jest; His words come from his mouth, ours from our breast; He
prays but faintly, and would be denied ; We
pray with heart, and soul, and all beside ; His weary joints would gladly rise, I know; Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow; His prayers are full of false hypocrisy; Ours, of true zeal and deep integrity. Our prayers
then let them have That mercy, which true prayers ought to have.
Boling. Good aunt, stand up.
Nay, do not say-stand up;
moy. Duch. Dost thou teach pardon pardon to destroy ? Ay, my sour husband, my hard-hearted lord, That sett'st the word itself against the word !-
1 Thus the folio. The quarto copies read walk. 2 This line is not in the folio. 3 i. e. excuse me—a phrase used when any thing is civilly declined.
Speak, pardon, as 'tis current in our land;
Boling. Good aunt, stand up.
I do not sue to stand;
Boling. I pardon him, as God shall pardon me.
Duch. O, happy vantage of a kneeling knee!
With all my heart
A god on earth thou art.
1 Thus “ chopping churches” is changing one church for another, and chopping logic is discoursing or interchanging logic with another. To chop and change is still a common idiom.
2 The old copies read, “ I pardon him with all my heart.” The transposition was made by Pope.
3 The brother-in-law meant was John duke of Exeter and earl of Huntingdon (own brother to Edward II.), who had married the lady Elizabeth, Bolingbroke's sister.
4 i. e. the abbot of Westminster.
5 Too, which is not in the old copies, was added by Theobald for the sake of the metre.
Enter Exton and a Servant.
Exton. Didst thou not mark the king, what words
Those were his very words.
twice, And urged it twice together; did he not?
Serv. He did.
Exton. And, speaking it, he wistfully looked on me; As who should say,—I would thou wert the man
SCENE V. Pomfret. The Dungeon of the Castle.
Enter King RichARD. K. Rich. I have been studying how I may compare This prison, where I live, unto the world; And, for because the world is populous And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it ;—yet I'll hammer it out. My brain I'll prove the female to my soul ; My soul, the father; and these two beget A generation of still-breeding thoughts, And these same thoughts people this little world; ? In humors, like the people of this world,
1 To rid and to despatch were formerly synonymous, as may be seen i the old dictionaries.
% j. e. his own body.
For no thought is contented. The better sort-
I was better when a king;
1 By the word is meant the Holy Scriptures. The folio reads, the faith itself against the faith.
2 The folio, and other copies, read “ in one prison."
To check time broke in a disordered string ;
Groom. Hail, royal prince!
Thanks, noble peer;
1 The folio reads « To hear."
2 Tick. 3 It should be recollected that there are three ways in which a clock notices the progress of time, viz. by the vibration of the pendulum, the index on the dial, and the striking of the hour. To these the king, in his comparison, severally alludes; his sighs corresponding to the jarring or ticking of the pendulum, which, at the same time that it watches or numbers the seconds, marks also their progress in minutes on the dial-plate, or outward watch, to which the king compares his eyes ; and their want of figures is supplied by a succession of tears (or minute drops, to use an expression of Milton); his finger, by as regularly wiping these away, perPorms the office of the dial's point; his clamorous groans are the sounds that tell the hour.
4 That is, I strike for him. One of these automatons is alluded to in King Richard III. Act iv. Sc. 2.