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Against what man thou com'st, and what thy quarrel.
prove him, in defending of myself,
Trumpets sound. Enter BOLINGBROKE, in armour, pre
ceded by a Herald 8. K. Rich. Marshal, ask yonder knight in arms', Both who he is, and why he cometh hither Thus plated in habiliments of war; And formally, according to our law, Depose him in the justice of his cause. Mar. What is thy name, and wherefore com'st thou
hither, Before King Richard in his royal lists? Against whom com'st thou ? and what is thy quarrel ?
6 (Which, God defend,] So all the quartos: the folio, “ (Which heaven defend,)” &c. Just before, however, it has, “ In God's name.”
1 – and my succeeding issue,] The quartos are uniform in reading “my succe ding issue,” while the folio, 1623, has his, in which it is followed by the later folio impressions. “ Mowbray’s issue,” as Johnson remarks," was in danger of an attainder, and therefore he might come, among other reasons, for their sake."
& Enter Bolingbroke, in armour, preceded by a Herald.] The old stagedirection in the quarto editions terms Bolingbroke appellant, and omits the herald, a deficiency supplied by the folio.
9 Marshal, ask yonder knight in arms,] Why not as before, asks Ritson, “ Marshal, demand of yonder knight in arms?” Precisely, because Shakespeare might wish to vary the metre. Here we have another instance of an eightsyllable line.
Speak like a true knight, so defend thee heaven !
Boling. Harry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby, Am I; who ready here do stand in arms, To prove by God's grace, and my body's valour, In lists, on Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk, That he's a traitor, foul and dangerous, To God of heaven, king Richard, and to me; And, as I truly fight, defend me heaven !
Mar. On pain of death no person be so bold,
Mar. The appellant in all duty greets your highness, And craves to kiss your hand, and take his leave.
K. Rich. We will descend, and fold him in our arms.
Boling. O! let no noble eye profane a tear
as thy cause is right,] So every 4to: the folio has just.
- but not revenge thee dead.] The quartos of 1597 and 1598 read “the dead ; " that of 1608, and subsequent editions, “ thee dead,” which is doubtless right. Thee was often of old written the.
But lusty, young, and cheerly drawing breath.
swift like lightning in the execution;
Boling. Mine innocence, and Saint George to thrive!
Nor. However God, or fortune, cast my lot,
EARTHLY author] The folio of 1623 reads earthy. A few lines lower it misprints "furbish,” the word in all the quartos, furnish.
3 God in thy good cause- -] All the quartos have “ God,” which is doubtless what Shakespeare wrote, and is therefore to be preferred. The folio, 1623, as already shown, is by no means consistent in this particular, but sometimes has “God,” and sometimes heaven. Lower down, the folio reads amaz’d for“adverse.”
* Mine INNOCENCE, and Saint George to thrive!) This is the word in every old copy, and not innocency, as the verse has been amended by Capel and the rest of the modern editors. Surely " Mine innocence, and St. George to thrive!" is much more forcible than “ Mine innocency,” &c.
As gentle and as jocund, as to jest,
K. Rich. Farewell, my lord: securely I espy
Mar. Harry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby, Receive thy lance; and God defend the rights! Boling. Strong as a tower in hope, I cry, amen.
. Mar. Go bear this lance [ To an Officer.] to Thomas,
duke of Norfolk. 1 Her. Harry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby, Stands here for God, his sovereign, and himself, On pain to be found false and recreant, To prove the duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray, A traitor to his God, his king, and him ; And dares him to set forward to the fight. 2 Her. Here standeth Thomas Mowbray, duke of
Norfolk, On pain to be found false and recreant, Both to defend himself, and to approve Henry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby, To God, his sovereign, and to him, disloyal ; Courageously, and with a free desire, Attending but the signal to begin. Mar. Sound, trumpets; and set forward, combatants.
[A Charge sounded. Stay, the king hath thrown his warder downo. K. Rich. Let them lay by their helmets and their
spears, And both return back to their chairs again.Withdraw with us; and let the trumpets sound,
defend the right !] So the 4to, 1597, correctly: subsequent editions “thy right."
- hath thrown his WardeR down.) A warder, says Steevens, appears to have been a kind of truncheon carried by the person who presided at these single combats. So, in Daniel's “ Civil Wars,” 1595, in reference to this transaction, book i. st. 63 :
“ When, lo! the king chang'd suddenly his mind,
Casts down his warder, and so stays them there."
While we return these dukes what we decree.
[A long flourish. Draw near, [To the Combatants.] and list, what with our
council we have done. For that our kingdom's earth should not be soild With that dear blood which it hath fostered ; And for our eyes do hate the dire aspect Of civil wounds plough'd up with neighbours' swords ; [And for we think the eagle-winged pride Of sky-aspiring and ambitious thoughts, With rival-hating envy, set on you To wake our peace, which in our country's cradle Draws the sweet infant breath of gentle sleep';] Which so rous'd up with boisterous untun'd drums, With harsh resounding trumpets' dreadful bray, And grating shock of wrathful iron arms, Might from our quiet confines fright fair peace, And make us wade even in our kindred's blood : Therefore, we banish you our territories : You, cousin Hereford, upon pain of life', Till twice five summers have enrich'd our fields, Shall not regreet our fair dominions, But tread the stranger paths of banishment.
Boling. Your will be done. This must my comfort be, That sun that warms you here shall shine on me; And those his golden beams, to you here lent, Shall point on me, and gild my banishment.
K. Rich. Norfolk, for thee remains a heavier doom,
7 Draws the sweet infant breath of gentle sleep ;] It is not easy to discover why this and the four preceding lines, within brackets, were omitted in the folio, 1623 : nothing can be more beautiful. They are fortunately preserved in all the quartos, and the sense is incomplete without them. Capel inserts these lines, but omits the five which follow them.
- upon pain of life,] i.e. of the loss of life. Thus all the quarto editions, and afterwards, when the king addresses Norfolk : the folio 1623, with some inconsistency, has “ upon pain of death” in one place, and “upon pain of life" in another. Malone followed the folio, but does not seem to have been aware that it was opposed to the quartos, which in both instances have "upon pain of life.” It is obvious that it ought to be “upon pain of life," or
upon pain of death,” in both sentences.