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K. Rich. O, good! Convey?-Conveyers are you all,2
That rise thus nimbly by a true king's fall.
Exeunt K. RICHARD, some Lords, and a guard. Boling. On Wednesday next, we solemnly set down
Our coronation: lords, prepare yourselves.
[Exeunt all but the Abbot, Bishop of Carlisle, and AUMERLE.
Abbot. A woeful pageant have we here beheld. Car. The woe's to come; the children yet unborn Shall feel this day as sharp to them as thorn.
Aum. You holy clergymen, is there no plot
Abbot. Before I freely speak my mind herein,
SCENE I. London. A Street leading to the Tower.
Enter Queen, and Ladies.
Queen. This way the king will come; this is the
Conveyers are you all,] To convey is a term often used in an ill sense, and so Richard understands it here. Pistol says of stealing, convey the wise it call; and to convey is the word for sleight of hand, which seems to be alluded to here. Ye are all, says the deposed prince, jugglers, who rise with this nimble dexterity by the fall of a good king. JOHNSON. 3 To bury-1 To conceal, to keep secret.
To Julius Cæsar's ill-erected tower,*
Enter King RICHARD, and Guards.
K. Rich. Join not with grief, fair woman, do
To make my end too sudden: learn, good soul,
Will keep a league till death. Hie thee to France,
4 To Julius Cæsar's ill-erected tower,] The Tower of London is traditionally said to have been the work of Julius Cæsar. By-ill-erected, perhaps, is meant-erected for bad purposes.
Join not with grief,] Do not thou unite with grief against me; do not, by thy additional sorrows, enable grief to strike me down at once. My own part of sorrow I can bear, but thy affliction will immediately destroy me. JOHNSON.
Depos'd thine intellect? Hath he been in thy heart?
K. Rich. A king of beasts, indeed; if aught but beasts,
I had been still a happy king of men.
Good sometime queen, prepare thee hence for France:
Think, I am dead; and that even here thou tak'st,
With good old folks; and let them tell thee tales
And, ere thou bid good night, to quit their grief," Tell thou the lamentable fall of me,
And send the hearers weeping to their beds.
Enter NORTHUMBERLAND, attended.
North. My lord, the mind of Bolingbroke is chang'd;
You must to Pomfret, not unto the Tower.
to quit their grief,] To retaliate their mournful stories.
The mounting Bolingbroke ascends my throne,-
And he shall think, that thou, which know'st the way
To plant unrightful kings, wilt know again,
To pluck him headlong from the usurped throne.
North. My guilt be on my head, and there an end.
Take leave, and part; for
you must part forthwith. K. Rich. Doubly divorc'd?-Bad men, ye violate A twofold marriage; 'twixt my crown and me; And then, betwixt me and my married wife.— Let me unkiss the oath betwixt 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
She came adorned hither like sweet May,
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
North. That were some love, but little policy.
7 Hallowmas,] All-hallows, or all-hallowtide; the first of
Queen. Then whither he goes, thither let me go. K. Rich. So two, together weeping, make one
Weep thou for me in France, I for thee here;
K. Rich. Twice for one step I'll being short,
groan, the way
And piece the way out with a heavy heart.
[They kiss. Queen. Give me mine own again; 'twere no good part,
To take on me to keep,, and kill thy heart.
So, now I have mine own again, begone,
K. Rich. We make woe wanton with this fond
Once more, adieu; the rest let sorrow say.
Better far off, than-near, be ne'er the near'.] 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.