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The Same. A Room in the King's Castle.
AUMERLE at another.
Aum. I brought high Hereford, if you call him so,
shed ? Aum. 'Faith, none for me; except the north-east
wind, Which then blew bitterly against our faces”, Awak'd the sleeping rheum, and so by chance Did grace our hollow parting with a tear. K. Rich. What said our cousin, when you parted
with him? Aum. Farewell: and, for my heart disdained that
grave. Marry, would the word “farewell” have lengthen'd
K. Rich. He is our cousin, cousin; but 'tis doubt,
6 We did observe.] These words are addressed by the King to Bagot and Green, and are the continuation of something that had passed between them before their entrance. Bushy is mentioned in the old stage-direction of the quartos, but he does not in fact enter till afterwards.
? Which then blew bitterly against our faces,] The folio, 1623, reads, “ Which then grew bitterly,” &c. ; a misprint followed by the later impressions of the same volume : every 4to. edition has “blew.” The quartos also have "faces” for face of the folio, and “ sleeping” for sleepy in the next line.
When time shall call him home from banishment,
K. Rich. We will ourself in person to this war:
8 Ourself, and Bushy, Bagot here, and Green,] This line (with the transposition of " here ") is from the folio, 1623 : the quartos merely have “ Ourself and Bushy ;” but Bushy was not on the stage, entering some time afterwards.
9 EXPEDIENT manage-] i, e. expeditious conduct, or arrangements. See pp. 8 and 19 of this Vol.
Enter Bushy! Bushy, what news? Bushy. Old John of Gaunt is grievous sick, my
K. Rich. Where lies he?
K. Rich. Now put it, God, in his physician's mind,
ACT II. SCENE I.
London. An Apartment in Ely-house.
Gaunt on a Couch ; the Duke of YORK, and Others,
standing by him. Gaunt. Will the king come, that I may breathe my
last In wholesome counsel to his unstaid youth? York. Vex not yourself, nor strive not with your
breath; For all in vain comes counsel to his ear.
Gaunt. O! but they say, the tongues of dying men Enforce attention like deep harmony:
Enter Bushy.] The old stage-direction, as if to indicate that Bushy was to enter in haste, has “ Enter Bushy with news.”
- is GRIEvous sick, my lord,] The folio poorly substitutes dery for “grievous."
Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in
vain ; For they breathe truth that breathe their words in
pain. He that no more must say is listen’d more, Than they whom youth and ease have taught to
glose; More are men's ends mark'd, than their lives before.
The setting sun, and music at the close,
York. No; it is stopp'd with other flattering sounds,
lose. Gaunt. Methinks, I am a prophet new inspir’d, And thus, expiring, do foretell of him.
and music at the close,] The folios have “music is the close : ” our reading is that of the quarto, 1597 : the later quartos print glose for “close.” The passage is quoted in “ England's Parnassus,” 1600, p. 54, as in our text.
* As praises of his state : then, there are found] The two earliest quartos, those of 1597 and 1598, give this line, " As praises, of whose taste the wise are found," which yields admirable sense, if we read fond for “ found,” a very easy corruption. The two quartos of 1608 and 1615 have the line as in our text, and they are followed by the folio, 1623 : these authorities we feel unwillingly bound to take.
5 THEN, all too late -) So the quartos: the folio reads " That.”
His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last,
6 Against INFECTION,] Every ancient copy, quarto and folio, has “infection,” and it affords the clearest possible meaning. In “ England's Parnassus,” 1600, p. 348, this line among others is misquoted, and there we read “ against intestion,” which led Farmer to conjecture that we ought to read infestion. If this authority were to guide us, we ought also to read farther on For charity, service, and true chivalry,” instead of “ For Christian service,” &c. There cannot, we apprehend, be a moment's doubt as to the propriety of adhering to the text of every old edition, and of rejecting that of nearly every modern one.
1 – and famous by their birth,] This reading is that of all the quartos: the folio hias, “ famous for their birth.”