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. With no less terror than the elements
A parle sounded, and answered by another trumpet
within. Flourish. Enter on the walls King
we stood To watch the fearful bending of thy knee,
To NORTHUMBERLAND. · Because we thought ourself thy lawful king: And if we be, how dare thy joints forget To pay
their awful duty to our presence? If we be not, show us the hand of God That hath dismiss'd us from our stewardship; For well we know, no hand of blood and bone Can gripe the sacred handle of our scepter, Unless he do profane, steal, or usurp. And though you think, that all, as you have done,
Have torn their souls, by turning them from us,
the flower of England's face ;] Dr. Warburton says, by the flower of England's face is meant the choicest youths of England, who shall be slaughtered in this quarrel, or have bloody
The flower of England's face, to design her choicest youth, is a fine and noble expression, but Mr. Steevens is of opinion that the flower of England's face, means England's
flowery face, the
flowerý surface of England's soil.
Than for his lineal royalties, and to beg
words, Till time lend friends, and friends their helpful
swords. K. Rich. O God! O God! that e'er this tongue
of mine, That laid the sentence of dread banishment On yon proud man, should take it off again With words of sooth!5 0, that I were as great As is my grief, or lesser than my name! Or that I could forget what I have been! Or not remember what I must be now! Swell'st thou, proud heart? I'll give thee scope to
3 With words of sooth!] Sooth is sweet as well as true. In this place sooth means sweetness or softness, a signification yet retained in the verb to sooth. JOHNSON.
Since futes have scope to beat both thee and me. Aum. Northumberland comes back from Boling
sin We'll make foul weather with despised tears ; Our sighs, and they, shall lodge the summer corn, And make a dearth in this revolting land. Or shall we play the wantons with our woes, And make some pretty match with shedding tears ? As thus ;—To drop them still upon one place, 7411 they have fretted us a pair of graves Within the earth; and, therein laid, There lies Two kinsmen, digg'd their graves with weeping eyes?
on their sovereign's head :] Shakspeare is very apt to deviate from the pathetiok to the ridiculous. Had the speech of Richard ended at this line, it had exhibited the natural language of submissive misery, conforming its intention to the present fortune, and calmly ending its purposes in death. JOHNSON.
Would not this ill do well :_Well, well, I see
tend To speak with you; may't please you to come down K. Rich. Down, down, I come; like glistering
[NORTH, retires to Boling. In the base court ? Base court, where kings grow
base, To come at traitors' calls, and do them grace. In the base court? Come down ? Down, court!
down king! For night-owls shriek, where mounting larks should sing
[Exeunt, from above. Boling. What
his majesty? North.
Sorrow and grief of heart Makes him speak fondly, like a frantick man: Yet he is come.
Enter King RICHARD, and his Attendants, below.
Boling. Stand all apart,
[Kneeling. K. Rich. Fair cousin, you debase your princely