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Haft. And so say I.
Glo. Then be it so; and go we to determine Who they shall be that straight shall post to Ludlow, Madam,—and you my mother,—will you go To give your censures 4 in this weighty business?
(Exeunt Queen, &c.
Glo. My other self, my counsel's consistory,
- ] To cenfure formerly meant to de: liver an opinion. So, in Heywood's Golden Age, 1611 :
-yet if I censure freely,
66 Was ne'er deriv'd from baseness." Again, in Marius and Sylla, 1594:
Cinna affirms the fenate's cenfure just,
“And faith, let Marius lead the legions forth. Again, in Orlando Furioso, 1994:
“ Set each man forth his passions how he can,
STEEVENS, s r'll fort occafion,
As index to the story] i.e. preparatory-by way of prelude. So, in Hamlet :
66 That storms so loud and thunders in the index."" See the note on that passage. MALONE.
- your censures
1 Cit. Good morrow, neighbour : Whither away
į Cit. Yes, that the king is dead.
2 Cit. Ill news, by'r lady; seldom comes a better: I fear, I fear, 'twill prove a giddy world.
Enter another Citizen.
3 Cit. Neighbours, God speed !
reign. 3 Cit. Woe to that land, that's govern’d by a
child! 2 Cit. In him there is a hope of government ; .? That, in his nonage, council under him, , And, in his full and ripen’d years, himself, No doubt, shall then, and 'till then, govern well. 6 Woe to that land that's govern'd by a child!] “ Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child.”
Ecclefiaftes, ch. x. STEEVENS. 7 Which in his
nonage, - ] The word which has no antecedent, nor can the sense or connection be easily restored by any change. I believe a line to be lost, in which some mention was made of the land or the people. Johnson, The quarto reads, that. STEVENS.
i Cit. So stood the state, when Henry the fixth Was crown'd in Paris but at nine months old. 3
Cit. Stood the state fo? no, no, good friends,
For then this land was famously enrich'd
mother. 3 Cit. Better it were, they all came by his father; Or, by his father, there were none at all : For emulation now, who shall be nearest, Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not. O, full of danger is the duke of Glofter; And the queen's sons, and brothers, haught and
proud : And were they to be rul'd and not to rule, This fickly land might solace as before. i Cit. Come, come, we fear the worst; all will be
well. 3 Cit. When clouds are seen, wise men put on their
cloaks; When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms make men expect a dearth : All may be well; but, if God fort it so, 'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect.
2 Cit. Truly, the hearts of men are full of fear : You cannot reason almost with a man That looks not heavily, and full of dread.
3 Cit. Before the days of change, still is it so : By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust Ensuing danger ; as, by proof, we see
Before the days of change, &c.] This is from Holinshed's Chronicle, Vol. III. p. 721.
6. Before such great things, men's hearts of a secret instinct of nature misgive them; as the fea without wind swelleth of himself some time before a tempeft."
The water swell before a boist'rous storm.
2 Cit. Marry, we were sent for to the justices.
Enter Archbishop of York, the young Duke of York, the
Queen, and the Dutchess of York.
Dutch. I long with all my heart to see the prince;
Queen. But I hear, no; they say, my son of York
York. Ay, mother, but I would not have it fo.
York. Grandam, one night as we did fit at supper,
Arch. And so, no doubt, he is, my gracious madam.
-the wretched'st thing, ---] Wretched is here used in a sense yet retained in familiar language, for paltry, pitiful, being below expectation. JOHNSON.
Dutch. I hope, he is ; but yet let mothers doubt. York. Now, by my troth, if I had 'been remem
ber'd, I could have given my uncle's grace a flout, *To touch his growth, nearer than he touch'd mine. Dutch. How, my young York? I pr’ythee, let me
Dutch. I pr’ythee, pretty York, who told thee this?
shrewd. Dutch. Good madam, be not angry with the child. Queen. Pitchers have ears.
Enter a Messenger 3.
Mes. Lord Rivers, and lord Grey,
been rememberd, ] To be remembered is in Shakespeare, to have one's memory quick, to have one's thoughts about one.
JOHNSON. ? A parlous boy. ] 'Parlous is keen, Ihrewd. So, in Law Tricks, &c. 1608 :
“ A parlous youth, sharp and satirical.” STEEVENS. 3 Enter a Messenger. The quarto reads-Enter Dorset.