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That tyranny, which never quaffed but blood,
Re-enter PRINCE HENRY.
Lo, where he comes.—Come hither to me, Harry.-Depart the chamber ; leave us here alone. [Exeunt CLARENCE, PRINCE HUMPHREY,
Lords, &.c. P. Hen. I never thought to hear you speak again. K. Hen. Thy wish was father, Harry, to that
thought; I stay too long by thee; I weary thee. Dost thou so hunger for my empty chair, That thou wilt needs invest thee with mine honors Before thy hour be ripe ? O, foolish youth! Thou seek'st the greatness that will overwhelm thee. Stay but a little ; for my cloud of dignity Is held from falling with so weak a wind, That it will quickly drop; my day is dim. Thou hast stolen that, which, after some few hours, Were thine without offence; and, at my death, Thou hast sealed up my expectation; Thy life did manifest, thou lov'dst me not, And thou wilt have me die assured of it. Thou hid'st a thousand daggers in thy thoughts, Which thou hast whetted on thy stony heart, To stab at half an hour of my life. What! canst thou not forbear me half an hour ? Then get thee gone, and dig my grave thyself; And bid the merry bells ring to thine ear, That thou art crowned, not that I am dead. Let all the tears that should bedew my hearse, Be drops of balm, to sanctify thy head ; Only compound me with forgotten dust;
Give that, which gave thee life, unto the worms.
you with grief had spoke, and I had heard
1 The Variorum Shakspeare reads :
“Let me no more from this obedience rise
Teacheth,) this prostrate and exterior bending ! The sense appears to be, “Let me no more rise from this obeisance, which my most loyal and inwardly duteous spirit teacheth this prostrate and exterior bending.” Obeisance and obedience were formerly used indiscriminately the one for the other. Truth is always used for loyalty.
Heaven witness with me, when I here came in,
K. Hen. O, my son!
That thou mightst win the more thy father's love,
1 It was long a prevailing opinion that a solution of gold had great medicinal virtues ; and that the incorruptibility of the metal might be communicated to the body impregnated with it. Potable gold was one of the panacea of ancient quacks.
By what by-paths, and indirect, crook'd ways,
1 Supposed peace is imagined peace, counterfeit, not real.
5 Mason proposes to read, “I cut some off," which seems, indeed, necessary. The sense would then be,“ Some I have cut off, and many I intended to lead to the Holy Land."
How I came by the crown, O God, forgive !
P. Hen. My gracious liege,
Enter Prince John of Lancaster, WARWICK, Lords,
K. Hen. Look, look, here comes my John of Lan
caster. P. John. Health, peace, and happiness, to my royal
father! K. Hen. Thou bring'st me happiness, and peace,
My lord of Warwick!
War. 'Tis called Jerusalem, my noble lord.
16 At length he recovered his speech and understanding, and perceiving himselfe in a strange place, which he knew not, he willed to know if the chamber had anie particular name, whereunto answer was made, that it was called Jerusalem. Then said the king, Lauds be given to the Father of Heaven, for now I know that I shall die here in this chamber, according to the prophesie, of me declared, that I should depart this life in Jerusalem." - Holinshed, p. 541.