« ForrigeFortsett »
Go, hie thee, hie thee from this Naughter-house,
Stanl. Full of wisecare is this your counsel, madam:
Dutch. O ill-dispersing wind of misery !--
Stanl. Come, madam, come; I in all haste was sent.
Queen. Go, go, poor soul, I envy not thy glory;
4 Were red-hot steel, to sear me to the brain!] She seems to allude to the ancient mode of punishing a regicide, viz. by placing a crown of iron heated red-hot, upon his head. In the Tragedy of Hoffman, 1631, this punishment is introduced :
56 Fix on thy master's head my burning crown.” Again :
" And wear his crown made hot with flaming fire.
" Bring forth the burning crown there." Again :
was adjudgid “ To have his head sear’d with a burning crown. In some of the monkish accounts of a place of future torment, a burning crown is appropriated to those who deprived any lawful monarch of his kingdom. STEEVENS,
Which illu'd from my other angel husband,
Queen. Poor heart, adieu ; I pity thy complaining.
(To Dorset. Go thou to Richard, and good angels tend thee!
[To Anne. Go thou to sanctuary, and good thoughts poffefs thee!
[To the Queen. I to my grave, where peace and rest lie with me! Eighty odd years of forrow have I seen, And each hour's joy wreck'd with a week of teen.
5 But with his timorous dreams] 'Tis recorded by Polydore Virgil, that Richard was frequently disturbed by 'terrible dreams: this is therefore no fiction. Johnson.
of teen.] Teen is forrow. So, in Romeo and Juliet: " And yet to my teen be it spoken, &c." Again, in the Řeturn from Parnassus, 1606 : “ Flies have their fpleen, each filly ant his teens.'
Queen. Stay yet ; look back, with me, unto the
SC EN E II.
Flourish of trumpets. Enter Richard, as King, Bucking
ham, Catesby, a Page, and others.
K. Rich. Stand all apart.-Cousin of Bucking,
Buck. Still live they, and for ever let them last !
? Rude ragged nurse! old sullen play-fellow] To call the Tower xurse and playfellow is very harsh : perhaps part of this speech is addressed to the Tower, and part to the lieutenant. JOHNSON.
So foolish forrow bids your ftones farervel.] Hither the third act should be extended, and here it very properly ends with a pause of action. Johnson.
9 Ab, Buckingham, now do I play the touch,] The technical term is requisite here. The poet wrote:
-now do I'ply the touch, i. c. apply the touchstone: for that is meant by what he calls touch.
To try if thou be current gold, indeed :-
speak. Buck. Say on, my loving lord. K. Rich. Why, Buckingham, I say, I would be
king Buck. Why, so you are, my thrice-renowned liege. Ki Rich. Ha! am I king? 'Tis fo : but Edward
lives. Buck. True, noble prince.
K. Rich. O bitter confequence,
Buck. Your grace may do your pleasure.
freezes : Say, have I thy consent, that they shall die ?! Buck. Give me some breath, some little pause, dear
lord, Before I positively speak in this : I will resolve your grace immediately.
So, again, in Timon of Athens, speaking of gold, he says :
-0, thou touch of hearts ! i. e. thou trial, touchstone.
WARBURTON, To play the touch is to represent the touchstone. No emendation is neceffary. So, in the 16th Song of Drayton's Polyolbion :
“. With alabaster, tuch, and porphyry adorn’d.” Again, in the epistle of Mary the French Queen to Charles Brandon, by Drayton :
* Before mine eye, like touch, thy shape did prove." Again, in Spenser's Facry Queen, B. Í. c. iii : Though true as touch, though daughter of a king."
Cates. The king is angry ; see, he gnaws his lip'.
K. Rich. I will converse with iron-witted fools,
Page. My lord.
Page. I know a discontented gentleman,
K. Rich. What is his name?
see, he gnaws his lip.] Several of our ancient historians observe, that this was an accustomed action of Richard, whether he was penfive or angry. STEEVENS.
2 And unrespective boys ;-] Unrespective is inattentive, tak-
" When dissolute impiety possess’d
6 Although unwise to live, had wit to die."
One of Ben Jonson's Masques. STEEVENS.