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That I may kindly give one fainting kiss.
stock, Why didst thou say—of late thou wert despis’d? Plan. First, lean thine aged back against mine
arm; And, in that ease, I'll tell thee
for my father's sake,
me, And hath detain'd me, all my flow'ring youth, Within a loathsome dungeon, there to pine, Was cursed instrument of his decease. Plan. Discover more at large what cause that
Mor. I will; if that my fading breath permit,
- I'll tell thee my disease.] Disease seems to be here uncasiness, or discontent.
The reason mov'd these warlike lords to this,
Plan. Thy grave admonishments prevail with me: But yet, methinks, my father's execution Was nothing less than bloody tyranny.
Mor. With silence, nephew, be thou politick;
in this haughty great attempt,] Haughty is high. 2 Thou art my heir; the rest, I wish thee gather:) The sense is—I acknowledge thee to be my heir; the consequences which may be collected from thence, I recommend it to thee to draw.
Strong-fixed is the house of Lancaster,
your age! Mor. Thou dost then wrong me; as the slaugh
breast; And what I do imagine, let that rest.Keepers, convey him hence; and I myself Will see his burial better than his life.
[Exeunt Keepers, bearing out MORTIMER. Here dies the dusky torch of Mortimer, Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort:And, for those wrongs, those bitter injuries, Which Somerset hath offer'd to my house, I doubt not, but with honour to redress: And therefore haste I to the parliament; Either to be restored to my blood, Or make my ill the advantage of my good. (Exit.
Or make my ill —] my ill, is my ill usage.
SCENE I. The same.
Flourish. Enter King Henry, Exeter, Gloster,
WARWICK, SOMERSET, and Suffolk; the Bishop of Winchester, RICHARD PLANTAGENET, and Others. GLOSTER offers to put up a Bill;4 Winchester snatches it, and tears it.
Win. Com'st thou with deep premeditated lines, With written pamphlets studiously devis’d, Humphrey of Gloster? if thou canst accuse, Or aught intend’st to lay unto my charge, Do it without invention suddenly; As I with sudden and extemporal speech Purpose to answer what thou canst object. Glo. Presumptuous priest! this place commands
my patience, Or thou should'st find thou hast dishonour'd me. Think not, although in writing I preferr'd The manner of thy vile outrageous crimes, That therefore I have forg'd, or am not able Verbatim to rehearse the method of my pen: No, prelate; such is thy audacious wickedness, Thy lewd, pestiferous, and dissentious pranks, As very infants prattle of thy pride. Thou art a most pernicious usurer; Froward by nature, enemy to peace; Lascivious, wanton, more than well beseems A man of thy profession, and degree; And for thy treachery, What's more manifest ? In that thou laid'st a trap to take my life,
put up a Bill ;] i. e. articles of accusation, for in this Sense the word bill was sometimes used.
As well at London bridge, as at the Tower?
and for dissention, Who preferreth peace
Win. Ay, lordly sir; For what are you, I pray, But one imperious in another's throne?
Glo. Am I not the protector, saucy priest?
Glo. Yes, as an outlaw in a castle keeps,
Win. Unreverent Gloster!
Thou art reverent Touching thy spiritual function, not thy life.
Win. This Rome shall remedy.
As good ?
Roam thither then.
Thou bastard of my grandfather'] The bishop of Winchester was an illegitimate son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, by Katharine Swynford, whom the Duke afterwards married.
6 Roam thither then.] Roam to Rome. To roam is supposed to