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.
Manent Buckingham, and Gloster.
Buck. My lord, whoever journeys to the prince,
For God's sake, let not us two stay at home :
For, by the way, I'll fort occafion,
As index to the story we late talk'd ofs,
To part the queen's proud kindred from the prince,

Glo. My other self, my counsel's consistory,
My oracle, my prophet !-My dear cousin,
I, as a child, will go by thy direction.
Towards Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind.


- ] To cenfure formerly meant to de: liver an opinion. So, in Heywood's Golden Age, 1611 :

-yet if I censure freely,
" I needs must think that face and personage

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,
66 And let her cenfure make the happiest man.

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.


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1 Cit. Good morrow, neighbour : Whither away

so fast?
2 Cit. I promise you, I hardly know myself:
Hear you the news abroad? ?.

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.

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3 Cit. Neighbours, God speed !
i Cit. Give you good morrow, fir.
3 Cit. Doth the news hold of good king Edward's

2 Cit Ay, sir, it is too true; God help, the while!
3 Cit. Then, masters, look to see a troublous world.
i Cit. No, no; by God's good grace, his son fall

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.

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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,

God wot;

For then this land was famously enrich'd
With politick grave counsel ; then the king
Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace.
i Cit. Why, so hath this, both by his father and

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.
But leave it all to God. Whither away?

2 Cit. Marry, we were sent for to the justices.
3 Cit. And so was I; I'll bear you company:


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Enter Archbishop of York, the young Duke of York, the

Queen, and the Dutchess of York.
Arch. Last night, I heard, they lay at Northampton;
At Stony-Stratford they do rest to-night :
To-morrow, or next day, they will be here.

Dutch. I long with all my heart to see the prince;
I hope, he is much grown since last I saw him.

Queen. But I hear, no; they say, my son of York
Has almost overta'en him in his growth.

York. Ay, mother, but I would not have it fo.
Dutch. Why, my young cousin? it is good to grow.

York. Grandam, one night as we did fit at supper,
My uncle Rivers talk'd how I did

More than my brother; Ay, quoth my uncle Gloster,
Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace :
And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast,
Because sweet flowers are now, and weeds make hafte.
Dutch. Good faith, good faith, the saying did not

In him that did object the same to thee :
He was " the wretched'st thing, when he was young,
So long a growing, and so leisurely,
That, if his rule were true, he should be gracious.

Arch. And so, no doubt, he is, my gracious madam.


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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

hear it.
York. Marry, they say, my uncle grew so fast,
That he could gnaw a crust at two hours old ;
'Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth.
Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.

Dutch. I pr’ythee, pretty York, who told thee this?
York. Grandam, his nurse.
Dutch. His nurse! why, she was dead ere thou wast

York. If 'twere not the, I cannot tell who told me.
Queen. A parlous boy':-Go to, you are too

shrewd. Dutch. Good madam, be not angry with the child. Queen. Pitchers have ears.

Enter a Messenger 3.
Arch. Here comes a messenger : What news?
Mej. Such news, my lord, as grieves me to unfold.
Queen. How doth the prince ?
Mes. Well, madam, and in health.
Dutch. What is thy news?

Mes. Lord Rivers, and lord Grey,
Are sent to Pomfret, prisoners ; and, with them,
Sir Thomas Vaughan.

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.




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