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I do mistake my person all this while:
The same. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Queen ELIZABETH, Lord Rivers, and Lord GREY.
Riv. Have patience, madam ; there's no doubt, his
majesty Will soon recover his accustom’d health.
Grey. In that you brook it ill, it makes him worse : Therefore, for God's sake, entertain good comfort, And cheer his grace with quick and merry words.
Q. Eliz. If he were dead, what would betide of me?
Q. Eliz. Ah, he is young; and his minority
Riv. Is it concluded, he shall be protector ?
Q. Eliz. It is determin’d, not concluded yet : But so it must be, if the king miscarry.
Enter BUCKINGHAM and STANLEY.
Grey. Here come the lords of Buckingham and
Stan. I do beseech you, either not believe
Q. Eliz. Saw you the king to-day, my lord of Stanley ?
Stan. But now, the duke of Buckingham, and I, Are come from visiting his majesty.
Q. Eliz. What likelihood of his amendment, lords? Buck. Madam, good hope ; his grace speaks cheerfully. Q. Eliz. God grant him health ! did you confer with
him? Buck. Ay, madam: he desires to make atonement Between the duke of Gloster and your brothers, And between them and my lord chamberlain ; And sent to warn them’ to his royal presence. Q. Eliz. 'Would all were well !-But that will never
be ;I fear, our happiness is at the height.
Enter GLOSTER, HASTINGS, and DORSET.
Who are they, that complain unto the king,
Grey. To whom in all this presence speaks your grace?
Glo. To thee, that hast nor honesty, nor grace.
Q. Eliz. Brother of Gloster, you mistake the matter:
Glo. I cannot tell ;—The world is grown so bad, That wrens may prey where eagles dare not perch :
--- speak fair,
Duck with French nods and apish courtesy,] An importation of artificial manners seems to have afforded our ancient poets a neverfailing topick of invective.
9 — with lewd complaints.] Lewd, in the present instance, signifies rude, ignorant; from the Anglo-Saxon, laewede, a laick. Chaucer often uses the word lewd, both for a laick and an ignorant person.
Since every Jack became a gentleman',
Glo. Meantime, God grants that we have need of you:
Q. Eliz. By Him, that rais'd me to this careful height From that contented hap which I enjoy’d, I never did incense his majesty Against the duke of Clarence, but have been An earnest advocate to plead for him. My lord, you do me shameful injury, Falsely to draw me in these vile suspects.
Glo. You may deny that you were not the cause Of my lord Hastings' late imprisonment.
Riv. She may, my lord; for-
Riv. What, marry, may she ?
Since every Jack became a gentleman,] This proverbial expression at once demonstrates the origin of the term Jack so often used by Shakspeare. It means one of the very lowest class of people, among whom this name is of the most common and familiar kind.
† "while many fair promotions”-Malone.
Q. Eliz. My lord of Gloster, I have too long borne
Enter Queen MARGARET, behind.
thee! Thy honour, state, and seat, is due to me.
Glo. What! threat you me with telling of the king ?
Q. Mar. Out, devil! I remember them too well :
Glo. Ere you were queen, ay, or your husband king,
thine. Glo. In all which time, you and your husband Grey, Were factious for the house of Lancaster :And, Rivers, so were you :--Was not your husband In Margaret's battle at Saint Alban's slain ? Let me put in your minds, if you forget,
+ “To be thus taunted, scorn'd, and baited at:"—Malone,