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1 Murd. My voice is now tlie king's, my looks mine
Clar. How darkly, and how deadly dost thou

speak!
Your eyes do menace me: Why look you pale ?
Who sent you hither ? Wherefore do you come?

2 Murd. To, to, to,-
Clar. To murder me?
Both. Ay, ay.

Clar. You scarcely have the hearts to tell me fo,
And therefore cannot have the hearts to do it.
Wherein, my friends, have I offended you?

1 Murd. Offended us you have not, but the king.
Clar. I shall be reconcil'd to him again.
2 Murd. Never, my lord; therefore prepare to die.

Clar. 8 Are you call’d forth from out a world of men,
To lay the innocent? What is my offence ?
Where is the evidence that doth accuse me?
What lawful' quest have given their verdict up
Unto the frowning judge or who pronounod

The bitter sentence of poor Clarence' death?
Before I be convict by course of law,
To threaten me with death, is most unlawful.
I charge you, as you hope to have redemption',
That you depart, and lay no hands on me;
The deed you undertake is damnable.

i Murd. What we will do, we do upon command.
* Are you call'd forth from out a world of men,] I think it may
be better read:

Are ye culld forth Johnson.
The folio reads :
Are you
drawn forth

among a world of men.
I adhere to the reading now in the text. So, in Nobody and
Somebody, 1598:

66 Art thou call'd forth amongst a thousand men.

" To minister this foveraign antidote?” STEEVENS.
9 What lawful quest-] Quest is inquest or jury.. Johnson.

as you hope to have redemption,] The folio reads
you hope

for any goodness. The quarto likewise adds :
By Christ's dear blood shed for our grievous fins. STEEVENS.

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2 Murd. And he, that hath commanded, is our king.

Clar. Erroneous vassal! the great King of kings
Hath in the table of his law commanded,
That thou shalt do no murder; Wilt thou then
Spurn at his edict, and fulfil a man's ?
Take heed; for he holds vengeance in his hand,
To hurl upon their heads that break his law.
2 Murd. And that same vengeance doth he hurl on

thee,
For false forswearing, and for murder too:
Thou didst receive the sacrament, to fight
In quarrel of the house of Lancaster.

I Murd. And, like a traitor to the name of God, Didst break that vow; and, with thy treacherous

blade, Unrip'dst the bowels of thy sovereign's son. 2.Murd. Whom thou was sworn to cherish and

defend. 1 Murd. How canst thou urge God's dreadful law

to us,

When thou hast broke it in such dear degree?

Clar. Alas! for whose fake did I that ill deed ? For Edward, for my brother, for his fake : He sends you not to murder me for this; For in that fin he is as deep as I. If God will be avenged for the deed, 0, know you yet, he doth it publickly; Take not the quarrel from his powerful arm ; He needs no indirect nor lawless course, To cut off those that have offended him.

1 Murd. Who inade thee then a bloody minister, When gallant-springing ', brave Plantagenet,

fpringing Plantagenet, ] Blooming Plantagenet ; a prince in the spring of life. Johnson.

When gallant, springing,] This should be printed as one word, I think ;-gallant-/pringing. Shakespeare is fond of these compound epithets, in which the first adjective is to be considered as an adverb. So, in this play he uses childish-foolish, jenseless-obstinate and mortal-ftaring. TYRWHITT.

That

That princely - novice, was struck dead by thee ?

Clar. My brother's love, the devil, and my rage.

Murd. Thy brother's love, our duty, and thy fault,
Provoke us hither now to slaughter thee.

Clar. If you do love my brother, hate not me;
I am his brother, and I love him well.
If you are hir’d for meed, go back again,
And I will send you to my brother Gloster;
Who shall reward you better for my life,
Than Edward will for tidings of my death. .

2 Murd. You are deceiv'd, your brother Gloster

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Clar. Oh, no; he loves me, and he holds me dear: Go you to him from me.

Both. Ay, so we will.

Clar. Tell him, when that our princely father York
Bless'd his three sons with his victorious arm,
And charg'd us from his soul to love each other,
He little thought of this divided friendship:
Bid Glofter think on this, and he will weep '.

1 Murd. Ay, mill-stones ; as he leffon'd us to weep.
Clar. O, do not slander him, for he is kind.
i Murd. Right, as snow in harvest.-Come, you

deceive yourself ;
'Tis he that sends us to destroy you here.

Clar. It cannot be ; for he bewept my fortune,
And hugg'd me in his arms, and swore, with lobs,
That he would labour my delivery.

1 Murd. Why, so he doth, when he delivers you From this earth's thraldom to the joys of heaven.

2 Murd. Make peace with God, for you must die,

my lord.

e-novice,-) Youth; one yet new to the world. JOHNSON,

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1 Murd. Ay, millstones.
So, in Maslinger's City Madam :

He, good gentleman,
" Will weep when he hears how we are used..
" Yes, miliftones, STEEVENS."

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Clar.

Clar. Hast thou that holy feeling in thy soul,
To counsel me to make my peace with God,
And art thou yet to thy own foul so blind,
That thou wilt war with God by murdering me?
O, firs, consider, he, that set you on
To do this deed, will hate you for the deed.

2 Murd. What shall we do?

Clar. Relent, + and save your souls. Which of

you,

if you were a prince's son, Being pent from liberty, as I am now,If two such murderers as yourselves came to you, Would not intreat for life? as you would beg, Were you in my distress,

1 Murd. Relent! 'tis cowardly, and womanish. Clar. Not to relent, is beastly, favage, devilish.My friend, I spy some pity in thy looks ; O, if thine eye be not a flatterer, Come thou on my fide, and entreat for me : A begging prince what beggar pities nots?

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* -and save your fouls, &c.] The fix following lines are not in the old edition. Pope.

They are not necessary, but so forced in, that something seems omitted to which these lines are the answer. Johnson.

-what beggar pities not?} I cannot but suspect that the lines, which Mr. Pope observed not to be in the old edition, are now misplaced, and should be inserted here, somewhat after this manner :

Clar. A begging prince what beggar pities not?
Vil. A begging prince!

Clar. Which of you, if you were a prince's son, &c.
Upon this provocation, the villain naturally strikes him. JOHNSON.

Mr. Pope's note is not accurately stated. I believe this påffage should be regulated thus.

Clár. Relent and save your fouls.
1 Vil. Relent! 'tis cowardly and womanish.
Clar. Not to relent is beastly, savage, devilish.
Which of you if you were a prince's son
Being pent
If two such
Would not intreat for life?
My friend, I spy

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2 Murd. Look behind you, iny lord.
I Murd. Take that, and that ; if all this will not
serve,

[Stabs him. I'll drown you in the malmsey-butt within. [Exit. 2 Murd. A bloody deed, and desperately dis

patch'd !
How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my hands
Of this most grievous guilty murder done!

Re-enter first Murderer.
1 Murd. How now ? what mean'st thou, that thou

help'st me not?
By heaven, the duke shall know how Nack

you

have been. 2 Murd. I would he knew, that I had sav'd his bro

ther! Take thou the fee, and tell him what I say; For I repent me that the duke is slain. [Exit.

I Murd. So do not I; go, coward, as thou art.
Well, I'll

go hide the body in some hole,
"Till that the duke give order for his burial :
And when I have my meed, I will away;
For this will out, and then I must not stay.

[Exit, with the body.
O, if thine eye-
Come then on my side, and intreat for me,
As
you
would beg, were

you

in
my

distress.
A begging prince what beggar pities not? TYRWHITT.

A begging prince what beggar pities not?] To this in the quarto, the murderer replies :

I, thus and thus : if this will not serve,

I'll chop thee in the malmesey but in the next roome. and then stabs him, STEEVENS.

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