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Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' fons
North. The King of heav'n forbid, our lord the King
the Poet say,That bloody Crowns whộ did not apprehend the figure,
WAR BURTON. Shall ill become the Floor of Eng Dr. Warburton has inserted land's Face;
light in peace in the text of his i. e. Shall make a difmal Spec- own edition, but live 'in peace is tacle on the Surface of the King- more suitable to Richard's intendom's Earth. THEOBALD. tion, which is to tell him that Shall ill become the flow's of though he should get the crown
England's face ;] By the by rebellion, it will be long before flow'r of England's face, is meant it will live in peace, be fo settled as the choicest youths of England, to be firmi; The flow'r of Engwho shall be slaughter'd in this land's face, is very happily exquarrel, or have bloddy crowns. plained, and any alteration is The flower of England's face, to therefore needlers. design her choiceft Youth, is a And by the bury'd band of fine and noble expression. Pe warlike Gaunt] It should ricles, by a similar thought, faid be read just the other way, that the destruction of the Athe * And by the warlike hand of bunian youth was a fatality like ry'd Gaunt.
WARBURT. cutting off the Spting from the I fec no grear difference. Year. Yęt the Oxford Editors
Than for his lineal Royalties, and to beg
K. Rich. Northumberland, fay—Thus the King re-
Exit North. We do debase ourself, Cousin, do we not, [To Aum. To look so poorly, and to speak fo fair ? Shall we call back Northumberland, and fend Defiance to the traitor, and so die?
Aum. No, good my lord, let's fight with gentle words, Till time lend friends, and friends their helpful swords. K. Rich. Oh God, oh God! that e'er this tongue of
mine, That laid the Sentence of dread Banishment On yond proud man, should take it off again With words of Sooth ? ; oh, that I were as great As is my grief, or lesser than my name! Or that I could forget what I have been, Or not remember what I must be now! Swell’lt thou, proud heart? I'll give thee scope to beat, Since foes have scope to beat both thee and me.
Aum. Northumberland comes back from Bolingbroke. K. Rich. What must the King do now? must be
submit? The King shall do it. Must he be depos’d?
• With words of footh;] or softness, a signification yet reSooth is sweet as well as true. In tained in the verb to fosth. this place footh means sweetness Vol. IV.
The King shall be contented: must he lose
3 Or I'll be buried in the King's Image with the same Word. high-way;
THEOBALD. Some Way of common Trade,-] Dr. Warburton has put tread As specious as this Reading ap. in his own text, but trade will pears, - Mr. Warburton. Mr. Bi. ferve very well in the sense either prop, and I, all concurr'd in suf- of commerce or cuftom. pecting it, and in the Amend.
on their sovereign's head:) ment which now possesses the Shakespeare is very apt to deviate Text;
from the pathetick to the ridiculSome way of common Tread, Had the speech of Richard 1.e. a high Road. He subjoins ended at this line it had exhibitimmediately,
ed the natural language of subFor on my heart they tread now, miffive misery, conforming its in- , while I live ;
tention to the present, fortune, And we know how much it is and calmly ending its purposes Shakespeare's way to diversify the in death.
Within the earth ; and therein laid, there lies
North. My lord, in the base court he doth attend
K. Rich. Down, down I come; like glist'ring Phaëton,
[North, retires to Bol.
North. Sorrow, and grief of Heart,
[Richard comes to thons. Yet is he come.
Boling. Stand all apart,
[Kneels. K. Rich. Fair cousin, you debase your princely knee, To make the base earth proud with kisling it.
Me rather had, my heart might feel your love, ** Than my unpleas'd eye see your courtesie.
Up, cousin, up; your heart is up, I know,
[Touching his own head.
Boling. So far be mine, my most redoubted lord,
K. Rich. Well you deserve.- They well deserve to
you will have, I'll give, and willing too;
Boling. Yea, my good lord.
Queen. THAT sport shall we devise here in this
Lady. Madam, we'll play at bowls.
Lady. Madam, we'll dance.
Lady. Madam, we'll tell tales.
Queen. Of neither, girl.