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Which once,” quoth Forrest, “ almost changed my
Queen Margaret's Upbraidings of Queen Elizabeth.
I call’d thee then vain flourish of my fortune ;
queen in jest, only to fill the scene.
* Flaring, conspicuous.
Decline all this, and see what now thou art.
caitiff crown'd with care ;
Character of King Richard by his Mother.
Richmond's Address to his Army before the Battle of
Bosworth Field. Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends, Bruis'd underneath the yoke of tyranny, Thus far into the bowels of the land Have we march'd on without impediment ; And here receive we from our father Stanley Lines of fair comfort and encouragement. The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar, That spoild your summer fields and fruitful vines, Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough In your embowell’d bosoms,—this foul swine
* Touchy, fretful.
Lies now even in the centre of this isle,
Richmond's Prayer before the Battle.
Richard Starting out of his Dream.
mercy, Jesu !-Soft ; I did but dream.— O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me! The lights burn blue.—It is now dead midnight. Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe.
Richard's Address before the Battle. A thousand hearts are great
Richard's Desperation on the Battlefield.
KING HENRY VIII.
In this play is recorded the fall of Cardinal Wolsey, who, full of anguish at losing the favour of the king, retires to Leicester Abbey, where he expires. The dying moments of Katharine, wife of the king, are depicted, and the union of the king with Anne Bullen. The christening of the Princess Elizabeth (afterwards Queen Elizabeth) concludes the play, an eloquent prophecy as to her future greatness being delivered by Archbishop Cranmer. In speaking of Shakspere's historical plays, Dr. Johnson pronounces the two parts of Henry the Fourth and Henry the Fifth to possess the greatest excellence; and "King John, Richard the Third, and Henry the Eighth, deservedly stand in the second class."
Action to be carried on with Resolution.
If I am traduced by tongues which neither know My faculties nor person, yet will be The chronicles of my doing,—let me say, 'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake* That virtue must go through. We must not stint + Our necessary actions in the fear To cope | malicious censurers ; which ever As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow That is new trimm'd ; but benefit no further Than vainly longing. What we oft do best, By sick interpreters, once weak ones, is Not ours, or not allow'd :|| what worst, as oft, Hitting a grosser quality is cried up For our best act. If we shall stand still, In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at, We should take root here where we sit, or sit State statues only.
Though they be never so ridiculous,
* A thicket of thorns.
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