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Hast. Good time of day unto my gracious lord !
Glo. As much unto my good lord chamberlain !
Hast. With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must:
Glo. No doubt, no doubt: and so shall Clarence too; For they, that were your enemies, are his, And have prevail'd as much on him, as you.
Hast. More pity, that the eagle should be mew'd, While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
Glo. What news abroad?
Hast. No news so bad abroad, as this at home ;-
Glo. Now, by Saint Paul, this news is bad indeed.
3 — should be mew'd,] A mew was the place of confinement where a hawk was kept till he had moulted.
"— an evil diet – ] i. e. a bad regimen.
For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter:
The same. Another Street.
Enter the Corpse of King HENRY the Sixth, borne in an open Coffin, Gentlemen bearing Halberds, to guard it ; and Lady ANNE as Mourner.
Anne. Set down, set down your honourable load, If honour may be shrouded in a hearse, Whilst I a while obsequiously laments The untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster.— Poor key-cold figure of a holy king ! Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster! Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood ! Be it lawful that I invocate thy ghost, To hear the lamentations of poor Anne, Wife to thy Edward, to thy slaughter'd son, Stabb’d by the self-same hand that made these wounds ! Lo, in these windows, that let forth thy life, I pour the helpless balm of my poor eyes :
5- obsequiously lament - Obsequious, in this instance, means funereal.
6 — key-cold -] A key, on account of the coldness of the metal of which it is composed, was anciently employed to stop any slight bleeding. The epithet is common to many old writers.
O, cursed be the hand, that made these holes !
[The Bearers take up the Corpse, and advance.
Enter GLOSTER. Glo. Stay you, that bear the corse, and set it down.
Anne. What black magician conjures up this fiend, To stop devoted charitable deeds ?
Glo. Villains, set down the corse; or, by St. Paul, I'll make a corse of him that disobeys.
1 Gent. My lord, stand back, and let the coffin pass.
Glo. Unmanner'd dog ! stand thou when I command: Advance thy halberd higher than my breast, Or, by St. Paul, I'll strike thee to my foot, And spurn upon thee, beggar, for thy boldness.
[The Bearers set down the Coffin. Anne. What, do you tremble ? are you all afraid ? Alas, I blame you not ; for you are mortal, And mortal eyes cannot endure the devil. —
to his unhappiness !] i. e. disposition to mischief.
Avaunt, thou dreadful minister of hell !
Glo. Lady, you know no rules of charity, Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
Anne. Villain, thou know’st no law of God nor man; No beast so fierce, but knows some touch of pity.
Glo. But I know none, and therefore am no beast. Anne. O wonderful, when devils tell the truth! Glo. More wonderful, when angels are so angry.—. Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman,
of thy butcheries :)
Pattern is instance, or
- see! dead Henry's wounds Open their congeald mouths, and bleed afresh!] It is a tradition very generally received, that the murdered body bleeds on the touch of the murderer. This was so much believed by Sir Kenelm Digby, that he has endeavoured to explain the reason.
Of these supposed evils, to give me leave,
Anne. Vouchsafe, diffus'd infection of a man',
Glo. Fairer than tongue can name thee, let me have
make No excuse current, but to hang thyself.
Glo. By such despair, I should accuse myself.
Anne. And, by despairing, shalt thou stand excus'd; For doing worthy vengeance on thyself, That didst unworthy slaughter upon others. Glo. Say, that I slew them not ? Anne.
Why then, they are not dead : But dead they are, and, devilish slave, by thee.
Glo. I did not kill your husband.
Why, then he is alive. Glo. Nay, he is dead; and slain by Edward's hand. Anne. In thy soul's throat f thou liest ; queen Mar
Glo. I was provoked by her sland'rous tongue,
Anne. Thou wast provoked by thy bloody mind,
? Vouchsafe, diffus'd infection of a man,] Diffus'd infection of a man may mean, thou that art as dangerous as a pestilence, that infects the air by its diffusion. Diffus'd may, however, mean irregular.
† “ In thy foul throat," &c.—Malone.
? That laid their guilt – ] The crime of my brothers. He has just charged the murder of lady Anne's husband upon Edward.