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I will perform it, to enfranchise you.
you can imagine. Clar. I know, it pleaseth neither of us well.
Glo. Well, your imprisonment shall not be long; I will deliver you, or else lye for you : Mean time, have patience. Clar. I must perforce'; farewel.
[Exeunt Clarence and Brakenbury.
Glo. As much-unto my good lord chamberlain !
Haft. With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must :
Glo. No doubt, no doubt ; and so shall Clarence
For they, that were your enemies, are his,
casually, widow, into the place of wife, he tempts Clarence with an oblique proposal to kill the king. JOHNSON.
King Edward's widow is, I believe, only an expreffion of contempt, meaning the widow Grey, whom Edward had chosen for his queen. Glofter has already called her, the jealous o’erworn widow. STEEVENS.
' I must perforce.] Alluding to the proverb, “ Patience perforce is a medicine for a mad dog."
STEEVENS. should be mew'd, ] A mew was the place of confinement where a hawk was kept till he had moulted. So, in Albumazar
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
Glo. What news abroad?
Haft. No news so bad abroad, as this at home ;The king is fickly, weak, and melancholy, And his physicians fear him mightily.
Glo. Now, by saint Paul', that news is bad indeed.
Haft. He is.
[Exit Hastings. He cannot live, I hope ; and must not die, 'Till George be pack'd with post-horse up to heaven. I'll in, to urge his hatred more to Clarence, With lies well steeld with weighty arguments; And, if I fail not in my deep intent, Clarence hath not another day to live : Which done, God take king Edward to his mercy, And leave the world for me to bustle in! For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter : What though I kill'd her husband, and her father? The readiest way to make the wench amends, Is--to become her husband, and her father : The which will I; not all so much for love, As for another secret close intent, By marrying her, which I must reach unto. But yet I run before my horse to market : Clarence still breathes; Edward still lives, and reigns; When they are gone, then must I count my gains.
Stand forth, transform'd Antonio, fully mew'd
S CE N E II.
Enter the corse of Henry the fixth, with halberds to
guard it ; Lady Anne being the mourner.
4 -obfequiously lament] Obfequious, in this instance, means funereal. So, in Hamlet, act I. sc. ii :
" To do obsequious forrow." STEEVENS.
key-cold] A key, on account of the coldness of the metal of which it is composed, was anciently employed to stop any flight bleeding. The epithet is common to many old writers ; among the rest, it is used by Decker in his Satiromastix :
“ - It is best you hide your head, for fear your wise brains take key-cold." Again, in the Country Girl, by T. B. 1647: " The key-cold figure of a man.
Or any creeping venom'd thing that lives!
Anne. What black magician conjures up this fiend, To stop devoted charitable deeds ?
Glo. Villains, set down the corse; or, by faint Paul, I'll make a corse of himn that disobeys s.
Gen. My lord, stand back, and let the coffin pass.
Anne. What, do you tremble ? are you all afraid?
Glo. Sweet saint, for charity, be not so curst.
trouble us not ;
5 Il make a corse of him that disobeys.) So, in Hamlet :
“ I'll make a ghost of him that lets me." Johnson,
For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell,
JOHNSON. Holinshed says : “ The dead corps on the Ascension even was conveied with billes and glaives pompoullie (if you will call that
funerall pompe) from the Tower to the church of faint Paule, and there laid on a beire or coffen bare-faced ; the same in the presence of the beholders did bleed; where it rested the space of one whole daie. From thense he was carried to the Black-friers, and bled there likewise ; &c." STEEVENS.
fee, dead Henry's wounds, Open their congeaľd mouths, and bleed afresh!--] It is a tradition very generally received, that the murdered body bleeds on the touch of the murderer. This was so much believed by fir Kenelm Digby that he has endeavoured to explain the reason. JOHNSON. So, in Arden of Feversham, 1592 :
“ The more I found his name, the more he bleeds :
“ Speaks as it falls, and asks me why I did it.”Again, in the Widow's Tears, by Chapman, 1612 :
* The captain will affay an old conclufion often approved ; that at the murderer's fight the blood revives again and boils afresh; and every wound has a condemning voice to cry out guilty against the murderer.” Again, in the 46th Idea of Drayton :
" If the vile actors of the heinous deed,
“ Oft t'hath been prov'd the breathless corps will bleed." Mr. Tollet observes that this opinion seems to be derived from the ancient Swedes, or Northern nations from whom we descend; for they practised this method of trial in dubious cases, as appears from Pitt's Atlas, in Sweden, p. 20. STEEVENS.