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As well I tender you, and all of yours.
The Trumpets sound. Enter the Prince of WALES,
GLOSTER, BUCKINGHAM, Cardinal BOURCHIER, and
chamber. Glo. Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sovereign : The weary way hath made you melancholy.
Prince. No, uncle ; but our crosses on the way
Glo. Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your years
Prince. God keep me from false friends! but they
Glo. My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet
Enter the Lord Mayor, and his Train. May. God bless your grace with health and happy
to London, to YOUR CHAMBER.) i. e. Camera Regis, as London was called from nearly the time of the Conquest downwards.
Prince. I thank you, good my lord; and thank you all.
[Exeunt Mayor, &c. I thought my mother, and my brother York, Would long ere this have met us on the way: Fie! what a slug is Hastings, that he comes not To tell us whether they will come or no.
Buck. And in good time here comes the sweating
lord. Prince. Welcome, my lord. What! will our mother
Buck. Fie! what an indirect and peevish course
Card. My lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
Buck. You are too senseless-obstinate, my lord,
- God IN HEAVEN forbid] So the quartos, 1597 and 1598 : the later quartos, as well as the folio, omit “ in heaven.”
4 — of so GREAT a sin.] The quartos, 1597 and 1598 have deep for “ great," which last is the reading of the folio and of the later quartos.
You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
Card. My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.Come on, lord Hastings; will you go with me?
Hast. I go, my lord. Prince. Good lords, make all the speedy haste you may
[Exeunt Cardinal and HASTINGS. Say, uncle Gloster, if our brother come, Where shall we sojourn till our coronation ?
Glo. Where it seems best' unto your royal self. If I may counsel you, some day, or two, Your highness shall repose you at the Tower: Then, where you please, and shall be thought most fit For your best health and recreation.
Prince. I do not like the Tower, of any place.Did Julius Cæsar build that place, my lord ?
Buck. He did, my gracious lordo, begin that place, Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.
Prince. Is it upon record, or else reported Successively from age to age, he built it?
Buck. Upon record, my gracious lord.
5 Where it seems best-] The folio reads, “Where it think'st best,” in which it follows the quarto of 1602: the earlier quartos have it as in our text.
6 He did, my gracious lord, &c.] All the old editions, quarto and folio, give this reply to Buckingham, whom no doubt the prince addressed, turning from Gloster in some disgust at the mention of the Tower. Modern editors have conspired (against all authority, and without any information that they had deviated from the ancient distribution) to give the answer to Gloster, although they allow Buckingham to continue the subject afterwards, with "Upon record, my gracious lord.” Gloster was an attentive listener, as appears by what he says subsequently.
Prince. But say, my lord, it were not register'd, Methinks, the truth should live from age to age, As 'twere retail'd to all posterity, Even to the general all-ending day'. Glo. So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
[Aside. Prince. What say you, uncle?
Glo. I say without characters fame lives long. Thus, like the formal Vice, Iniquityø,
[Aside. I moralize two meanings in one word.
Prince. That Julius Caesar was a famous man:
Buck. What, my gracious lord ?
Prince. An if I live until I be a man, I'll win our ancient right in France again, Or die a soldier, as I liv'd a king. Glo. Short summers lightly have a forward spring.
Enter YORK, HASTINGS, and the Cardinal. · Buck. Now, in good time, here comes the duke of
York. Prince. Richard of York! how fares our noble
ALL-ENDING day.) This compound is from the quarto, 1597: the other quartos and the folio omit all.
8 Thus, like the formal Vice, Iniquity,] The Vice or Jester in some of the old Moralities, was called Iniquity. In “ King Darius,” 1565, he bears that name, and he is mentioned by it in Ben Jonson's Staple of News, &c. He was also known by various other appellations, such as Courage in “ Tide tarryeth no Man,” 1576 ; Conditions in “ Common Conditions," &c. The Vice figures in some of the later religious plays as well as in Moralities. See Hist. of Engl. Dram. Poetry and the Stage, Vol. ii. p. 265.
- lightly-] i. e. Commonly or usually. In the next page, we have “lightly” used in a different sense“I weigh it lightly, were it heavier;" meaning, “I should consider it a trifle, were it heavier.”
York. Well, my dread lord'; so must I call you
Prince. Ay, brother; to our grief, as it is yours. Too late he died, that might have kept that title, Which by his death hath lost much majesty.
Glo. How fares our cousin, noble lord of York?
York. I thank you, gentle uncle. O! my lord,
Glo. He hath, my lord.
And therefore is he idle?
Glo. He may command me as my sovereign,
you have power in me as in a kinsman.
York. Of my kind uncle, that I know will give;
Glo. A greater gift than that I'll give my cousin.
Glo. It is too weighty for your grace to wear.
i Well, my DREAD lord ;] So the quartos, 1597 and 1598. The quarto, 1602, first introduced dear for dread, and the folio, 1623, copied it.