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At B U R Y.
Enter King Henry, Queen, Cardinal, Suffolk, York,
Buckingham, Salisbury and Warwick, re ibe Par. liament,
Muse, my Lord of Glo'ster is not come;
'Tis not his wont to be the hindmost man, Whate'er occasion keeps him from us now.
Q. Mar. Can you not see, or will you not obferve The strangeness of his alter'd countenance, With what a majesty he bears himself, How insolent of late he is become, How peremptory and unlike himself? We know the time, since he was mild and affable ; And, if we did but glance a far-off look, Immediately he was upon his knee; That all the court admir'd him for submission. But meet him now, and be it in the morn, When ev'ry one will give the time of day, He knits his brow and shews an angry eye, And passeth by with stiff unbowed knee, Disdaining duty that to us belongs. Small curs are not regarded, when they grin, But great men tremble when the lion roars, And Humphry is no little man in England. First note, that he is near you in descent, And, should you fail, he is the next will mount. Me seemech then, it is no policy,
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Respecting what a ranc'rous mind he bears,
Suf. Well hath your Highness seen into this Duke.
yet, and full of deep deceita
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Car, Did he not, concrary to form of law, Devise itrangé deaths for small offences done?
York. And did he not in his protectorship Levy great sums of money through the realm For soldiers' pay in France, and never sent it? By means whereof the towns each day revolted.
Buck. Tut, these are petty faults to faulis unknown; Which time wiil bring to light in smooth Duke Hum
from France ?
will be done! York. Cold news for me ; for I had hope of Trance, As firmly as I hope for fertile England,
Thus are my blossoms blasted in the bud,
Suf. Nay, Glo'ster, know that thou art come too soon,
Glo. Well, Suffolk, yet thou shalt not see me blush, Nor change my countenance for this Arrest, A heart unfpotted is not easily daunted. The purest spring is not so free from mud As I am clear from creason to my Sovereign. Who can accuse me? Wherein am I guilty ? York. 'Tis thought, my Lord, that you cook bribes
of France, And, being protector, staid the soldiers' pay; By means whereof his Highness hath lost France.
Glo. Is it but thought so ? what are they that think it? I never robb'd the soldiers of their pay, Nor ever had one penny bribe from France. So help me God! as I have watch'd the night, Ay, night by night, in studying good for England. That doit that e'er I wrested from the King, Or any groat I hoarded to my use, Be brought against me at my trial day! No; many a pound of my own proper store, Because I would not tax the needy commons, Have I disbursed to the garrisons, And never ask'd for reftitution.
: - his gear] Gear was a general word for thing or matters.
Car. It serves you well, my Lord, to say so much. Glo. I say no more than truth, so help me God!
York. In your protectorship you did devise Strange tortures for offenders, never heard of; That England was defam’d by tyranny. Glo. Why, 'tis well known, that, while I was pro
fwerd : +
K. Henry. My Lord of Gloser, 'tis my special hope
Gli. Ah, gracious Lord, these days are dangerous; Virtue is choak'd with foul ambition, And charity chas'd hence by Rancour's hand, Foul subornation is predominant, And equity exild your Highness' Land. I know, their complot is to have my life, And, if my death might make this isand happy, And prove the period of their tyranny, I would expend it with all willingness. But mine is made the prologue to their play ;
+- these faults are easy) Easy is slight, inconsiderable, as in other passages of this authour. Vol. V.