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Oxf. In her ageGreat 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
service, Preferr'd by an officious care of duty From the scullery to a falconer; strange example! Which shows the difference between noble natures And the base-born: but for the upstart duke, The new-revived York, Edward's second son, Murder'd long since i' th' Tower; he lives again, And vows to be your king.
Stan. The throne is filled, sir.
K. Hen. True, Stanley; and the lawful heir sits
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
heart Is figur'd on thy tongue; nor think we less Of any's here.--How closely we have hunted This cub (since he unlodg’d) from hole to hole, Your knowledge is our chronicle; first Ireland, The common stage of novelty, presented This gewgaw to oppose us; there the Geraldines And Butlers once again stood in support Of this colossic statue: Charles of France Thence call'd him into his protection,
1 Simnel's party.) Simnel's party (for he himself was a mere puppet 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, fell in this action, aster“ performing bravely,” as the noble historian says, “ with his Germans." Lambert 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.-GITTORD.
Dissembled him the lawful heir of England;
T'infect some grosser air: and now we learn
gundy. But we will hunt him there too! we will hunt him, Hùnt him to death, even in the beldam's closet, Though the archduke were his buckler!
Sur. She has styled him,
Daw. Jolly gentleman!
Dur. The king's countenance
Daw. Good news; believe it.
I Sir Taylor is a very unusual method of designating a knight; but perhaps the king does it in scorn.-Gifford.
2 Urswick, thine ear.] Christopher Urswick was at this time almoner to the king. He had been chaplain to the Countess of Richmond, who afterward married Thomas Lord Stanley, the elder brother of Sir W. Stanley, the person here implicated; and was trusted by this nobleman with the correspondence between him and Richmond (Henry VII.), and therefore, perhaps, much in his confidence and esteem. His eager importunity to betray the brother of his former patron argues but little for his character; but in those days much consistency is rarely to be found. Weaver, who gives his epitaph (by which it appears that he possessed and resigned several high stations in the church), concludes thus“ Here let him rest, as an example for all unjust prelates to admire, and for few or none to imitate."--The news which Urswick now communi.
Clif. I go, sir.
(Exit. K. Hen. Die all our griefs with Stanley! Take'
this staff Of office, Dawbeney ;' henceforth be our chamber
K. Hen. We are follow'd
Daw. Your army, being muster’d,
K. Hen. We know it, Dawbeney:
Oxf. I humbly thank your majesty.
Daw. The king is still oraculous.
K. Hen. But, Surrey,
I Dawbeney.) “This person (Charles Lord D'Aubigny) was a perso11," Bache says, " of great sufficiency and valour, the more because he was gentle and modest.” Yet he always appears on the side of violent counsels; and more forward with his fattery than any of the courtiers in the king's confidence.-GIFFORD.
For our intelligence comes swiftly to us,
Edinburgh.--An Apartment in the Palace.
Enter CRAWFORD and DALYELL.
Dal. He courts the ladies,
Craw. It madded
Dal. ’T will prove too fatal ;