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Dutch. Who hath committed them?
Mef. The sum of all I can, I have disclos'd;
Queen. Ah me, I see the ruin of my house !
Dutchi Accursed and unquiet wrangling days !
4 For what effence?] This question is given to the archbishop in former copies, but the messenger plainly speaks to the queen or dutchess. Johnso
6awless-] Not producing awe, not reverenced. To jut upon is to encroach. JOHNSON,
? Or let me die, to look on earth no more.], This is the reading of all the copies, from the first edition put out by the players, down. wards. But Í have restored the reading of the old quarto in 1597, which is copied by all the other authentic quartos, by which the thought is finely and properly improved.
Or let me die, to look on death no more. THEOBALD.
Queen. Come, come, my boy, we will to fanc.
tuary Madam, farewel.
Dutch. Stay, I will go with you.
Arch. My gracious lady, go,
The trumpets found. Enter the Prince of Wales, the
Dukes of Gloster and Buckingham, Cardinal Bourchier, and others.
Buck. Welcome, sweet prince, to London, Sto
your chamber. Glo. Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sove
reign : The weary way hath made you melancholy.
Prince. No, uncle; but our crosses on the way Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy : I want more uncles here to welcome me. Glo. Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your
to your chamber.] London was anciently called Camer regia. Pope.
So, in Heywood's If you know not me you know Nobody, 1633 : 2d Part: " This city, our great chamber," STEEVENS.
Hath not yet div'd into the world's deceit :
Gl. My lord, the mayor of London comes to
Enter the Lord Mayor, and his train.
. On what occasion, God he knows, not I, The queen your mother, and your brother York, Have taken fanctuary : The tender prince
jumpeth with the heart :] So, in Soliman and Perfeda: “ Wert thou my friend, thy mind would jump with mine."
STEEVENS, in good time, ] A la bonne heure. Fr, STEEVENS. F 2
Would fain have come with me to meet your grace, But by his mother was perforce withheld.
Buck. Fie! what an indirect and peevish course Is this of hers ?- Lord cardinal, will your grace Persuade the queen to send the duke of York Unto his princely brother presently? If the deny, lord Hastings, you go with him, And from her jealous armis pluck him perforce.
Card. My lord of Buckinghain, if my weak oratory Can from his mother win the duke of York, Anon expect hiin here : But if the be obdurate To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid We should infringe the holy privilege Of blessed sanctuary ! not for all this land, Would I be guilty of so deep a fin.
Buck. You are too senseless-obstinate, my lord, 2 Too ceremonious, and traditional : 3. Weigh, it but with the grossness of this age,
? Too ceremonious, and traditional :) Ceremonious for supersti. tious ; traditional for adherent to old customs. WARBURTON.
3 Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,] But the more gross, that is, the more superstitious the age was, the stronger would he the imputation of violated fanctuary. The question, we fee by what follows, is whether sanctuary could be claimed by an infant. The speaker resolves it in the negative, because it could be claimed by those only whole actions neceffitated them to fly thi. ther; or by those who had an understanding to demand it; nei. ther of which could be an infant's case: It is plain then, the first line, which introduces this reasoning, should be read thus :
Weigh it but with the greenness of his age, i. e. the young duke of York's, whom his mother had fled with to fanctuary. The corrupted reading of the old quarto is fomea thing nearer the true :
the greatness of his age. WARBURTON. This emendation is received by Hanmer, and is very plausible; yet the common reading may stand:
Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,
You break not sanctuary, That is, compare the act of seizing him with the gross and licentious practices of these times, it will not be considered as a viola. tion of sanctuary, for you may give such reasons 'as men are now used to admit. 'JOHNSON,
You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
Haf. I go, my lord.
may. [Exeunt Cardinal, and Hastings.
Glo. Where it seems beft unto your royal self,
best health and recreation,
Glo. He did, my gracious lord, begin that place;
Prince. Is it upon record or else reported
Buck. Upon record, my gracious lord.
Prince. But say, my lord, it were not register'd; Methinks, the truth should live from age to age,
4 Oft have I heard of fanctuary men ; &c.] These arguments against the privilege of sanctuary are taken from fir Tho. More's Life of K. Edward the Fifth, published by Stowe: “ And verily, I have often heard of fanctuary men, but I never beard eart of sanctuary children, &c." STEEVENS