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With his new bride, and England's dear-bought queen,
And Humphrey with the peers be fall'n at jars :
Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose,
With whose sweet smell the air shall be perfum’d;
And in my standard bear the arms of York,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster;
And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown,
Whose bookith rule hath pull'd fair England down. (Exit,

The fame. A Room in the duke of Gloster's boufe.

Enter GLOSTER and the Dutchess.
Dutcb. Why droops my lord, like over-ripen'd corn,
Hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load?

Why doth the great duke Humphrey knit his brows, * As frowning at the favours of the world? * Why are thine eyes fix'd to the sullen earth, * Gazing on that which seems to dim thy fight? What fee'ft thou there? king Henry's diadem,

Inchas'd with all the honours of the world? * If so, gaze on, and grovel on thy face, * Until thy head be circled with the same. * Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold: • What, is't too short? I'll lengthen it with mine: * And, having both together heav'd it up, We'll both together lift our heads to heaven;

And never more abase our fight fo low, * As to vouchsafe one glance unto the ground.

. Glo. O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou dost love thy lord, . Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts : And may that thought, when I imagine ill Against my king and nephew, virtuous Henry, Be my laft' breathing in this mortal world! 'My troublous dream this night doth make me fad. Dutch. What dream'd my lord ? tell me, and I'll re.

quite it • With sweet rehearsal of my morning's dream. Glo. Methought, this staff, mine office-badge in court, Was broke in twain, by whom, I have forgot,

. But,

• But, as I think, it was by the cardinal;
. And on the pieces of the broken wand
• Were plac'd the heads of Edmond duke of Somerset,

And William de la Poole first duke of Suffolk.
This was my dream ; what it doth bode, God knows.

Dutch. Tút, this was nothing but an argument, That he, that breaks a stick of Glofter's grove, • Shall lote his head for his presumption. • But list to me, my Humphrey, my sweet duke: Methought, I fat in seat of majesty, In the cathedral church of Weitminister, And in that chair where kings and queens are crown'd; Where Henry, and dame Margaret, kneeld to me, • And on my head did set the diadem.

Glo. Nay, Eleanor, then mult I chide outright: * Presumptuous dame, ill-nurtur'd Eleanor ! Art thou not second woman in the realm ; And the protector's wife, belov'd of him? * Haft thou not worldly pleasure at command, * Above the reach or compass of thy thought? And wilt thou still be hammering treachery, * To tumble down thv husband, and thyself, * From top of honour to disgrace's feet: Away from me, and let me hear no more.

Dutch. What, what, my lord! are you so cholerick With Eleanor, for telling but her dream?

Next time, I'll keep my dreams unto myself, < And not be check'd. Glo. Nay, be not angry, I am pleas'd again *.

Enter a Messenger. Meff. My lord protector, 'tis his highness' pleasure, • You do prepare to ride unto Saint Albans, • Whereas the king and queen do mean to hawk”.


Nay, be not angry, &c.] Instead of this line, we have these two in the old play:

“ Nay, Nell, I'll give no credit to a dream;

« Bui I would have thee to think on no such things." MALONE. 9 Whereas be king and queen do mean to bawk.] Wbereas is the

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Glo. I go.-Come, Nell, thou wilt ride with us?
Durch. Yes, my good lord, I'll follow preiently.

[Exeunt GLOSTER and Meslenger.
• Follow I muft, I cannot go before,
* While Gloiter bears this base and humble mind.

Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood,
* I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks,
* And smooth my way upon their headleis necks:
And, being a woman, I will not be Nack
* To play my part in fortune's pageant.

Where are you there! Sir John'! nay, fear not, man, • We are alone; here's none but thee, and I.

Enter Hume.
Hume. Jesu preserve your royal majesty!
Dutch. What say'it'thou, majesty! i am but grace.
Hume. But, by the grace of God, and Hume's advice,
Your grace's title shall be multiply'd.

Dutch. What say’lt thou, man ?hait thou as yet conferr'd
With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch;
And Roger Bolingbroke, the conjurer?
And will they undertake to do me good ?
* Hume. This they have promised, -to Mew your high-

A spirit rais'd from depth of under ground,
• That shall make answer to such questions,
• As by your grace thall be propounded him.

Dutch. It is enough; I'll think upon the questions:
• When from faint Albans we do make return,
We'll see these things effected to the full.

• Here, fame as wbere; and seems to be brought into use only on account of its being a diffýllable. So, in the Tryal of Treasure, 1567:

Wbereas the is refident, I must needes be." Again, in Daniel's Tragedy of Cleopatra, 1594 :

That I should pals wberras Octavia ihands

“ To view my misery," &c. STEEVENS. '- Sir John!] The title of Sir was frequently given to clergymen. in ancient times. See Vol. I. p. 191, n. 2. MALONE. ? It is enougb; &c.] This speech itands thus in the oli quarto :

Elean. Thanks, good firJohn, some two days hence, I guess, " Will fit our time; then ice that they be here.

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• Here, Hume, take this reward; make merry, niat, • With thy confederates in this weighty cause.

[Exit Dutchess. * Hume. Hume must make merry with the dutchess' gold; • Marry, and shall. But, how now, Sir John Hume? • Seal up your lips, and give no words but-mum! « The business aketh silent secrecy. * Dame Eleanor gives gold, to bring the witch: * Gold cannot come amiss, were she a devil. Yet have I gold, flies from another coast : • I dare not say, from the rich cardinal, • And from the great and new-made duke of Suffolk ; • Yet I do find it so: for, to be plain, • They, knowing dame Eleanor's aspiring humour, • Have hired me to undermine the dutchess, • And buz these conjurations in her brain. * They say, A crafty knave does need no broker 3; * Yet am I Suffolk and the cardinal's broker. * Hume, if you take not heed, you shall go near * To call them both-a pair of crafty knaves. * Well, so it stands : And thus, I fear, at last, * Hume's knavery will be the dutchess' wreck; . And her attainture will be Humphrey's fall: * Sort how it will*, I shall have gold for all. [Exit.

« For now the king is riding to St. Albans,
“ And all the dukes and earls along with him.
« When they be gone, then safely they may come,
« And on the backside of my orchard here,
• There cast their spells in silence of the night,
“ And so resolve us of the thing we with:
« Till when, drink that for my fake, and so farewell."

STEEVENS Here we have a speech of ten lines, with different verfification, and different circumstances, from those of the five which are found in the folio. What imperfect transcript (for such the quarto has been called) ever produced such a variation?' MALONE.

3 - A crafty knave does need no broker ; ] This is a proverbial sentence. See Ray's Collection. $TEEVENS.

4 Sort bow it will,] Let the issue be what it will. Johnson.

See Vol. III. p. 324, n. 5.—This whole speech is very different in the original play. Instead of the last couplet we find these lines :

" But whist, Sir John; no more of that I crow,
“ For fear you lose your head, before you go." MALONE.


SCENE III. The fame. A Room in the Palace. Enter Peter, and Others, with Petitions. "1. Pet. My masters, let's stand close; my lord protector will come this way by and by, and then we may deliver our fupplications in the quills.

2. Pet. Marry, the Lord protect him, for he's a good 'man! Jesu bless him!

Enter SUFFOLK, and Queen MARGARET. * Peter. Here 'a comes, methinks, and the queen with him : I'll be the first, sure.

2. Pet. Come back, fool; this is the duke of Suffolk, * and not my lord protector.

'Suf. How now, fellow? would's any thing with me? '1. Pet. I pray, my lord, pardon me! I took ye for my lord protector.

2. Mar. [reading the superscription.) To my lord protežtor! are your fupplications to his lordship? Let me " see them: What is thine:

1. Pet. Mine is, an't please your grace, against John Goodman, my lord cardinal's man, for keeping my ' house, and lands, and wife and all, from me.

5- in obe quill.] Perhaps our supplications in tbe quill, or in quill, means no more than our written or penn'd supplications. We still say, a drawing in cbalk, for a drawing executed by the use of chalk.

STEEVENS. In tbe quill may mean, with great exactness

and observance of form, or with the utmost punctilio of ceremony. The phrase seems to be taken from part of the dress of our ancestors, whose ruffs were quilled. While these were worn; it might be the vogue to say, such a thing is in the guill, i. e. in the reigning mode of taite. TOLLET.

To this observation I may add, that after printing began, the fimi. lar phrase of a thing being in print, was used to express the same circumstance of exactness. “ All this” (declares one of the quibbling servants in the Two Gentlemen of Verona) “ I lay in print, for in princ I found it." STEEVENS, VOL.VI.



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