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Let me unkiss the oath 'twixt thee and me;
Queen. And must we be divided? must we part?
heart from heart.
K. Rich. Sotwo, together weeping, make one woe. Weep thou for me in France, I for thee here; Better far off, than-near, be ne'er the near'.!
3 Let me unkiss the oath 'twixt thee and me;
And yet not so, for with a kiss 'twas made.] A kiss appears to have been an established circumstance in our ancient nuptial ceremony. So, in Marston's Insatiate Countess, 1613, the Duke, on parting with his wife, says to her:
“ The kiss thou gav's me in the church, here take.” Steevens. 6_Hallowmas,] All-ballows, or all-hallowtide; the first of November. STEEVENS.
7 That were some love, &c.] The quartos give this speech to the king. Steevens.
& Then whither he goes, thither let me go.] So, in the Book of Rutb, i. 16: “ — for whither thou goest, I will go.” Steevens.
9 Better far off, than-near, be ne'er the near'.] To be never the migher, or, as it is commonly spoken in the midland counties, ne'er the ne'er, is, to make no advance towards the good desired. Johnson.
So, in The legend of Shore's wife, by Thomas Churchyard, Mirrour for Magistrates, 1578:
Compel the hauke to fit, that is unmann'd,
Go, count thy way with fighs; I, mine with groans
Queen. So longest way shall have the longest
K. Rich. Twice for one step I'll groan,
way being short, And piece the way out with a heavy heart. Come, come, in wooing forrow let's be brief, Since, wedding it, there is such length in grief. One kiss shall stop our mouths, and dumbly part; Thus give I mine, and thus I take thy heart.
[They kiss. Queen. Give me mine own again; 'twere no
good part, To take on me to keep, and kill thy heart.
[Kiss again. So, now I have mine own again, begone, That I may strive to kill it with a groan. K. Rich. We make woe wanton with this fond
delay : Once more, adieu; the rest let sorrow fay. (Exeunt.
The fame. A Room in the Duke of York's Palace.
Enter York, and his Duchess. Duch. My lord, you told me, you would tell the rest, When weeping made you break the story off Of our two coufins coming into London.
The meaning is, it is better to be at a great distance, than being near each other, to find that we yet are not likely to be peaceably and happily united. MALONE.
-and kill thy heart.] So, in our author's Venus and Adonis :
- they have murder'd this poor heart of mine." MALONE. Again, in K. Henry V. AA II. sc. i: “ - he'll yield the crow a pudding one of these days: the king hath kill'd his heart.”
YORK - Where did I leave?
At that sad stop, my lord,
, carelefil ned by
hrown without e and praftice
Did scowl on Richard; no man cried, God savo
s His face fill combating with tears and smiles,
The badges of his grief and patience,] There is, I believe, no image, which our poet more delighted in than this. So, in a former scene of this play:
“ As a long-parted mother with her child,
“ Plays fondly with her tears, and smiles in meeting."
“ Patience and sorrow ftrove
her smiles and tears
nobly he yokes
" My plenteous joys,
“ In drops of forrow.”
" Where senators fall mingle tears with smiles."
I am a fool
" With thy sweete kisses so them both beguile,
Duch. Here comes my son Aumerle.
Aumerle that was;
Duch. Welcome, my son: Who are the violets now, That strew the green lap of the new-come spring?
Aum. Madam, I know not, nor I greatly care not: God knows, I had as lief be none, as one. York. Well, bear you well in this new spring
of time, Left
you be cropp'd before you come to prime. What news from Oxford hold those justs and
6 Aumerle that was ;] The Dukes of Aumerle, Surrey, and Exeter, were by an act of Henry's first parliament deprived of their dukedoms, but were allowed to retain their earldoms of Ruland, Kent, and Huntingdon. Halinfoed, p. 513, 514.
STEEVENS. ? That strew the green lap of the new come spring?] So, in Milton's Song on May Morning :
who from her green lap throws “ The yellow cowlip, and the pale primrose.” Steevens.
bear you well-] That is, conduct yourself with prudence. JOHNSON.
9-jufts and triumphs?] Triumphs are shows, such as Masks, Revels, &c. So, in the Third Part of K. Henry VI. AA V. sc. vii:
“ And now what rests, but that we spend the time