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Let me unkiss the oath 'twixt thee and me;
And yet not so, for with a kiss 'twas made.-
Part us, Northumberland; I towards the north,
Where shivering cold and sickness pines the clime;
My wife to France; from whence, set forth in pomp,
She came adorned hither like sweet May,
Sent back like Hallowmas,' or short'st of day.

Queen. And must we be divided? must we part?
K. Rich. Ay, hand from hand, my love, and

heart from heart.
Queen. Banish us both, and send the king with me.
North. That were some love, but little policy.?
Queen. Then whither he goes, thither let me go.

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,
Or make the hound untaught to draw the deere,
“ Or bring the free against his will in band,
Or move the fad a pleasant tale to hear,
ss Your time is loft, and you are never the near.

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.

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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,
Where rude misgovern'd hands, from windows’tops,
Threw dust and rubbish on king Richard's head.
York. Then, as I said, the duke, great Boling-

Mounted upon a hot and fiery steed,
Which his aspiring rider seem'd to know,-
With flow, but ftately pace, kept on his course,
While all tongues cried—God save thee, Boling-

You would have thought the very windows fpake,
So many greedy looks of young and old
Through casements darted their desiring eyes
Upon his visage; and that all the walls,
With painted imag'ry, had said at once,
Jesu preserve thee! welcome, Bolingbroke!
Whilft he, from one side to the other turning,
Bare-headed, lower than his proud steed's neck,
Bespake them thus,-I thank you, countrymen:
And thus still doing, thus he pass'd along.
Duch. Alas, poor Richard! where rides he the

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Did scowl on Richard; no man cried, God savo

No joyful tongue gave him his welcome home:
But dust was thrown upon his sacred head;
Which with such gentle sorrow he shook off,-
His face still combating with tears and smiles,
The badges of his grief and patience,' —
That had not God, for some strong purpose, steel'd
The hearts of men, they must perforce have melted,
And barbarism itself have pitied him.
But heaven hath a hand in these events;
To whose high will we bound our calm contents.
To Bolingbroke are we sworn subjects now,
Whose state and honour I for aye allow.

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."
Again, in K. Lear:

“ Patience and sorrow ftrove
" Who should express her goodlieft:

her smiles and tears
“ Were like a better May."
Again, in Cymbeline :

nobly he yokes
A smiling with a high.
Again, in Macbeth:

" My plenteous joys,
“ Wanton in fullness, seek to hide themselves

“ In drops of forrow.”
Again, in Coriolanus :

" Where senators fall mingle tears with smiles."
Again, in The Tempeft:

I am a fool
" To weep at what I am glad of.”
So also, Drayton in his Mortimeriados, 4to. 1596:

" With thy sweete kisses so them both beguile,
“ Untill they smiling weep, and weeping smile."



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Duch. Here comes my son Aumerle.

Aumerle that was;
But that is lost, for being Richard's friend,
And, madam, you must call him Rutland now:
I am in parliament pledge for his truth,
And lasting fealty to the new-made king.

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

Aum. For aught I know, my lord, they do.
York. You will be there, I know.
Aum. If God prevent it not; I purpose so.

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
• With stately triumphs, mirthful comick shows,
• Such as bebit the pleasures of the court?" SteeveNS.

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