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Tendering the precious fafety of my prince,
Come I appellant to this princely prefence.-
Too good to be so, and too bad to live;
NOR. Let not my cold words here accufe my zeal : "Tis not the trial of a woman's war,
The bitter clamour of two eager tongues,
The blood is hot, that must be cool'd for this,
And let him be no kinfinan to my liege,
I do defy him, and I fpit at him;
Call him-a flanderous coward, and a villain:
right-drawn-] Drawn in a right or just cause.
Even to the frozen ridges of the Alps,
Difclaiming here the kindred of a king;
Which fear, not reverence, makes thee to except:
NOR. I take it up; and, by that sword I swear, Which gently lay'd my knighthood on my shoulder, I'll answer thee in any fair degree,
Or chivalrous design of knightly trial :
And, when I mount, alive may I not light,
If I be traitor, or unjustly fight!
K. RICH. What doth our coufin lay to Mowbray's charge?
It must be great, that can inherit us 7
So much as of a thought of ill in him.
inhabitable,] That is, not habitable, uninhabitable. JOHNSON.
Ben Jonfon uses the word in the fame fenfe in his Catiline: "And pour'd on fome inhabitable place." Again, in Taylor the water-poet's Short Relation of a long Journey, &c. " there ftands a strong castle, but the town is all spoil'd, and almost inhabitable by the late lamentable troubles." STEEVENS.
So alfo, Braithwaite, in his Survey of Hiftories, 1614: "Others, in imitation of fome valiant knights, have frequented defarts and inhabited provinces." MALONE..
that can inherit us &c.] To inherit is no more than to
BOLING. Look, what I fpeak my life fhall prove
That Mowbray hath receiv'd eight thousand nobles,
Fetch from falfe Mowbray their first head and spring.
poffefs, though fuch a ufe of the word may be peculiar to Shakfpeare. Again, in Romeo and Juliet, A&t I. fc. ii:
Among fresh female buds fhall you this night "Inherit at my houfe." STEEVENS.
See Vol. IV. p. 136, n. 7. MALone.
for lewd employments,] Lew'd here fignifies wicked.
It is so used in many of our old ftatutes. MALONE.
It fometimes fignifies-idle.
Thus, in King Richard III:
"But you must trouble him with lewd complaints."
the duke of Glofter's death;] Thomas of Woodstock, the youngest son of Edward III; who was murdered at Calais, in 1397. MALONE.
See Froiffart's Chronicle, Vol. II. cap. CC.xxvi. STEEVENS. Suggeft his foon-believing adverfaries ;] i. e. prompt, fet them on by injurious hints. Thus, in The Tempeft:
"They'll take fuggeftion, as a cat laps milk.'
Sluic'd out his innocent foul through ftreams c blood:
Which blood, like facrificing Abel's, cries,
K. RICH. How high a pitch his refolution foars!
K. RICH. Mowbray, impartial are our eyes, and
Were he my brother, nay, my kingdom's heir,
NOR. Then, Bolingbroke, as low as to thy heart,
For that my fovereign liege was in my debt,
--this flander of his blood,] i. e. this reproach to his ancestry. STEEVENS.
3 my Scepter's awe-] The reverence due to my scepter. JOHNSON.
Since laft I went to France to fetch his queen : Now fwallow down that lie.- -For Glofter's
I flew him not; but to my own disgrace,
Even in the beft blood chamber'd in his bofom:
K. RICH. Wrath-kindled gentlemen, be rul'd by
Let's purge this choler without letting blood:
4 This we prescribe, though no phyfician; &c.] I must make one remark in general on the rhymes throughout this whole play; they are so much inferior to the reft of the writing, that they appear to me of a different hand. What confirms this, is, that the context does every where exactly (and frequently much better) connect, without the inferted rhymes, except in a very few places; and juft there too, the rhyming verses are of a much better tafte than all the others, which rather ftrengthens my conjecture. POPE.
" This obfervation of Mr. Pope's, (fays Mr. Edwards,) hap