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SCENE I.-Westminster. The Royal Presence.
Enter King HENRY, supported to the Throne by the Bishop of DURHAM and Sir WILLIAM STAN,
Earl of OXFORD, Earl of SURREY, and Lord DAWBENY in the train.-A Guard.
K. Hen. Still to be haunted, still to be pursued, Still to be frighted with false apparitions Of pageant majesty, and new-coin'd greatness, As if we were a mockery king in state, Only ordain'd to lavish sweat and blood, In scorn and laughter to the ghosts of York, Is all below our merits : Yet, my lords, My friends and counsellors, yet we sit fast In our own royal birth-right; the rent face And bleeding wounds of England's slaughter'd
people, Have been by us, as by the best physician, At once both th'roughly cur'd, and set in safety ;
And yet, for all this glorious work of peace,
The rage of malice
Daw. Edward the Fourth, after a doubtful fortune,
Orf. Margaret of Burgundy
* Painted fires, without or heat to scorch, or light to cherish.] Daw. York's headless trunk, her father; Ed.
ward's fate, Her brother king; the smothering of her nephews By tyrant Gloster, brother to her nature ; Nor Gloster's own confusion, (all decrees Sacred in heaven) can move this woman-monster, But that she still, from the unbottom'd mine Of devilish policies, doth vent the ore Of troubles and seditions. Oxf.
In her age, Great sir, observe the wonder,--she grows fruitful, Who, in her strength of youth, was always barren: Nor are her birth as other mothers' are, At nine or ten months' end ; she has been with
child Eight or seven years at least; whose twins being
born, A prodigy in nature, even the youngest Is fifteen years of age at his first entrance, As soon as known i'th' world, tall striplings, strong And able to give battle unto kings : Idols of Yorkish malice. Dur.
And but idols ; A steely hammer crushes them to pieces'. K. Hen. Lambert, the eldest, lords, is in our ser
vice, Preferr'd by an officious care of duty From the scullery to a falconer ; strange example ! Which shews the difference between noble natures And the base-born : but for the upstart duke, The new reviv'd York, Edward's second son,
Fires merely painted, having neither heat to scorch enemies nor light to cherish friends. The old copy is unintelligible in this passage, by reading corruptedly,--. Without to heat or scorch.
* This specch is given to Oxford as well as the former in thc original. It may be applied to any of the other lords present. have given it to the bishop of Durham.
Murder'd long since i' th’ Tower; he lives again,
The throne is fill’d, sir.
Dawbeny, let the guilty
Stan. Sir, if no other abler reasons else Of duty or allegiance could divert A headstrong resolution, yet the dangers So lately past by men of blood and fortunes In Lambert Simnel's party, must command More than a fear, a terror to conspiracy. The high-born Lincoln, son to De la Pole, The earl of Kildare, lord Geraldine, Francis lord Lovell, and the German baron, Bold Martin Swart', with Broughton and the rest, (Most spectacles of ruin, some of mercy), Are precedents sufficient to forewarn The present times, or any that live in them,
: Martin Swart.] A celebrated German soldier of fortune in the time of Henry VII. frequently alluded to in old poetry. A play was produced in the seventeenth century, celebrating his actions.
What folly, nay, what madness 'twere to lift
gundy. But we will hunt him there too, we will hunt him, Hunt him to death, even in the beldam's closet, Tho' the archduke were his buckler. Sur.
She has styld him,
Of any's here.] Of the heart or affection of any one present. The phraseology is very incorrect.
Swabber.] A sea-term for the boy who sweeps the decks,