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Which we more hunt for than the grace of God!
Enter GLost ER and Bucki NGHAM, in rusty armour,7 marvellous ill-favoured.
Glo. Come, cousin, canst thou quake, and change thy colour?
Murder thy breath in middle of a word,
Buck. Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian;
5 Come, lead me to the block, William Lord Hastings was beheaded on the 13th of June, 1483. His eldest son by Catharine Neville, daughter of Richard Neville Earl of Salisbury, and widow of William Lord Bonville, was restored to his honours and estate by King Henry VII, in the first year of his reign.—The daughter of Lady Hastings by her first husband was married to the Marquis of Dorset, who appears in the present play. Malone.
6 They smile at me, who shortly shall be dead..] i. e. those who now smile at me, shall be shortly dead themselves. Malone.
7 — in rusty armour, &c.] Thus Holinshed: “The protector immediately after dinner, intending to set some colour upon the matter, sent in all haste for many substantial men out of the citie into the Tower; and at their coming, himselfe with the duke of Buckingham, stood harnessed in old ill-faring briganders, such as no man should weene that they would vouchsafe to have put upon their backes, except that some sudden necessitie had constreined them.” Steevens.
Intending deep suspicion:* ghastly looks
* Intending deep suspicion:] i. e. pretending. So, in Much Ado about Nothing: “Intend a kind of zeal both to the Prince and Claudio.” Steevens. See Vol. VI, p. 106, n. 8. Malone.
9 Hark, hark! a drum.] I have repeated the interjection—hark, for the sake of metre. Steevens.
* Enter Lovel and Ratcliff, The quarto has—“Enter Catesby, with Hastings’ head,” and Gloster, on his entry, says—“O, O, be quiet, it is Catesby.” For this absurd alteration, by which Ratcliff is represented at Pomfret and in London at the same time, I have no doubt that the player-editors are answerable. Malone. 2 — harmless’t creature, The old copies read harmless, but grammar requires harmless’t, (i.e. harmlessest,) a common contraction, as I am assured, both in Leicestershire and Warwick. shire. So afterwards, p. 107, we have covert'st for covertest. Steevens. 3
the earth a Christian; ) Here the quarto adds: Look you, my lord mayor. This hemistich I have inserted in the following speech of Buck. ingham, to which I believe it originally belonged; as without it we meet with an imperfect verse:
Made him my book, wherein my soul recorded
“Well, well, he was the covert'st shelter'd traitor “That ever liv’d. “Would you imagine,” &c. I have since observed, that Mr. Capell has the same transposition. Steevens.
* — his conversation —ji e. familiar intercourse. The phrase -criminal conversation, is yet in daily use. Malone.
As well as I had seen, and heard him speak:
5 But since you came too late of our intent, Perhaps we should read—“too late for our intent.” M. Mason. The old reading I suppose to be the true one. We still say “to come short of a thing,” and why not “come late of an intent?” Steevens. 6 — put to death a citizen,) This person was one Walker, a substantial citizen, and grocer at the Crown in Cheapside. Grey. 7 —his raging eye, -listed—l The former is the reading of the folio, the latter of the quarto. The quarto has—lustful eye, and the folio—lusted instead of listed. Modern editors without authority—ranging eye. Steevens. 8 Tell them, &c.] Whatever reason W. Wyrcester might have for being so very particular, he expressly tells us that Edward was conceived in the chamber next to the chapel of the palace of Hatfield. York was regent of France at that time, and had come over, it would seem, to visit his lady. Ritson.
Found, that the issue was not his begot;
9 — to Baynard's castle;] It was originally built by Baynard, a nobleman who (according to Stowe’s account) came in with the conqueror.
This edifice which stood in Thames Street, has long been pulled down, though parts of its strong foundations are still visible at low water. The site of it is now a timber-yard. Steevens.
1 — to doctor Shaw, -] This and the two following lines are not in the quarto. Shaw and Penker were two popular preachers.-Instead of a pamphlet being published by the Secretary of the Treasury, to furnish the advocates for the administration of the day, with plausible topicks of argument on great political measures, (the established mode of the present timej formerly it was customary to publish the court creed from the pulpit at Saint Paul’s Cross. As Richard now employed Doctor Shaw to support his claim to the crown, so, about fifteen years before, the great Earl of Warwick employed his chaplain Doctor Goddard to convince the people that Henry VI ought to be restored, and that Edward IV was an usurper. Malone. 2 * This Pinker or Penker was provincial of the Augustine friars. See Speed. Steevens.
3 — the brats of Clarence – Edward Earl of Warwick, who the day after the battle of Bosworth, was sent by Richmond from Sherif-hutton Castle (where Gloster had confined him) to the Tower, without even the shadow of an allegation against him,
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