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Alas! they were beneath your royal pity;
thee. Behold thy fate; this steel ! [Draws a dagger.
Ith. Strike home! A courage
Org. By Apollo,
Ith. Yet, yet, I scorn to shrink.
Org. Keep up thy spirit :
[Stabs him again. Ith. Nimble in vengeance, I forgive thee! Follow Safety with best success; oh, may it prosper! Penthea, by thy side thy brother bleeds;
1 To tent, to search as a wound; from tent, a roll of lint employed in examining or purifying a deep wound.-NARES's Glossary.
2 So Mr. Gifford's copy; but the meaning of the passage, like a few others in Ford, is more easy to be guessed at than distinctly understood,
The earnest of his wrongs to thy forced faith.
[Dies. Org. Farewell, fair spring of manhood! hence
forth welcome Best expectation of a noble sufferance. I'll lock the bodies safe, till what must follow Shall be approved.—Sweet twins, shine stars for
ever! In vain they build their hopes, whose life is shame; No monument lasts but a happy name.
[Locks the door, and exit.
ACT V. SCENE I.
A Room in BASSANES's House.
Enter BassANES. Bass. Athens—to Athens I have sent, the nursery Of Greece for learning, and the fount of know
ledge; For here, in Sparta, there's not left among us One wise man to direct; we are all turn'd madcaps. 'T is said Apollo is the god of herbs,
Then certainly he knows the virtue of them: 1 To Delphos I have sent too; if there can be A help for nature, we are sure yet.
Bass. I beseech thee,
Of discord and ambition: this hot vengeance
Daw. Edward the Fourth, after a doubtful fortune,
Oxf. Margaret of Burgundy Blows fresh coals of division.
Sur. Painted fires, Without or heat to scorch or light to cherish. Daw. York's headless trunk, her father; Edward's
fate, Her brother, king; the smothering of her nephews By tyrant Gloster, brother to her nature, Nor Gloster's own confusion (all decrees Sacred in heaven), can move this woman-monster, But that she still, from the unbottom'd mine Of devilish policies, doth vent the ore Of troubles and sedition.
-pulld from his boar's sty.) This contemptuous allusion to the armorial bearings of Richard III. is very common in our old wri. ters. Shakspeare has it frequently in his tragedy of this usurper.GIFFORD.
Oxf. In her age, Great sir, observe the wonder-she grows fruitful, Who, in her strength of youth, was always barren: Nor are her births as other mothers' are, At nine or ten months' end; she has been with
child Eight, or seven years at least; whose twins being
born (A prodigy in nature), even the youngest Is fifteen years of age at his first entrance, As soon as known i' th' world tall striplings, strong And able to give battle unto kings; Idols of Yorkish malice.
[Daw.) And but idols; A steely hammer crushes them to pieces. K. Hen. Lambert, the eldest, lords, is in our
Stan. The throne is fillid, sir.
on it: A guard of angels, and the holy prayers of loyal subjects are a sure defence Against all force and counsel of intrusion.But now, my lords, put case, some of our nobles, Our Great Ones, should give countenance and
Daw. Unthankful beasts,
K. Hen. Dawbeney, let the guilty
Keep silence; I accuse none, though I know
Stan. Sir, if no other abler reasons else
1 Simnel's party.) _Simnel's party (for he himself was a mere poppet in the hands of the Earl of Lincoln) was utterly defeated in the battle of Newark,
2 " Bold Martin Swart," one of the most celebrated of those soldiers of fortune who, in that age, traversed Europe with a band of mercenaries, ready to fight for the first person that would pay them, sell in this action, after “ performing bravely," as the noble historian says, " with his Germans."' Lanberi was taken prisoner. Henry saved his life, for which Bacon produces many good reasons, and advanced him first to the dignity of a turnspit in his own kitchen, and subsequently to that of an under-falconer.-GIFTORD.