« AnteriorContinuar »
Then treason makes me wish myself a beggar,
With nothing shall be pleas'd, till he be eas'd
Is pointing still, in cleansing them from tears.
1 For now hath time made me his numb'ring clock :
My thoughts are minutes; and, with sighs, they jar
Their watches on to mine eyes, the outward watch, &c.] It should be recollected, that there are three ways in which a clock notices the progress of time; viz. by the libration of the pendulum, the index on the dial, and the striking of the hour. To these, the King, in his comparison, severally alludes; his sighs corresponding to the jarring of the pendulum, which, at the same time that it watches or numbers the seconds, marks also their progress in minutes on the dial or outward-watch, to which the King compares his eyes; and their want of figures is supplied by a succession of tears, or, (to use an expression of Milton,) minute drops: his finger, by as regularly wiping these away, performs the office of the dial's point:-his clamorous groans are the sounds that tell the hour.
Which is the bell: So sighs, and tears, and groans,
Groom. Hail, royal prince! K. Rich. Thanks, noble peer; The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear. What art thou? and how comest thou hither, Where no man never comes, but that sad dog That brings me food, to make misfortune live?
Groom. I was a poor groom of thy stable, king, When thou wert king; who, travelling towards York, With much ado, at length have gotten leave To look upon my sometimes master's face.* O, how it yern'd my heart, when I beheld, In London streets, that coronation day, When Bolingbroke rode on roan Barbary! That horse, that thou so often hast bestrid; That horse, that I so carefully have dress'd! K. Rich. Rode he on Barbary? Tell me, gentle friend,
How went he under him?
his Jack o'the clock.] That is, I strike for him. One of these automatons is alluded to in King Richard III.
• Is a strange brooch in this all-hating world.] i. e. is as strange and uncommon as a brooch which is now no longer worn.
sometimes master's face.] Sometimes was used for formerly, as well as sometime, which the modern editors have substituted.
Groom. So proudly, as if he disdain'd the ground. K. Rich. So proud that Bolingbroke was on his back!
That jade hath eat bread from my royal hand;
Enter Keeper, with a Dish.
Keep. Fellow, give place; here is no longer stay. [To the Groom. K. Rich. If thou love me, 'tis time thou wert away. Groom. What my tongue dares not, that my heart shall say.
[Exit. Keep. My lord, will't please you to fall to? K. Rich. Taste of it first, as thou art wont to do. Keep. My lord, I dare not; sir Pierce of Exton, who
Lately came from the king, commands the contrary. K. Rich. The devil take Henry of Lancaster, and
Patience is stale, and I am weary of it.
Keep. Help, help, help!
Enter EXTON, and Servants, armed.
K. Rich. How now? what means death in this rude assault?
by jauncing Bolingbroke.] Jaunce and jaunt were synonymous words.
Villain, thy own hand yields thy death's instrument. [Snatching a weapon, and killing one. Go thou, and fill another room in hell.
[He kills another, then ExTON strikes him down. That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire, That staggers thus my person.-Exton, thy fierce hand
Hath with the king's blood stain'd the king's own
Mount, mount, my soul! thy seat is up on high;
Windsor. A Room in the Castle.
Flourish. Enter BOLINGBROKE, and YORK, with Lords and Attendants.
Boling. Kind uncle York, the latest news we hear, Is-that the rebels have consum'd with fire
Our town of Cicester in Glostershire;
But whether they be ta'en, or slain, we hear not.
Welcome, my lord: What is the news?
North. First, to thy sacred state wish I all happiness.
The next news is,-I have to London sent
The heads of Salisbury, Spencer, Blunt, and Kent: The manner of their taking may appear
At large discoursed in this paper here.
Boling. We thank thee, gentle Percy, for thy
And to thy worth will add right worthy gains.
Fitz. My lord, I have from Oxford sent to London The heads of Brocas, and sir Bennet Seely; Two of the dangerous consorted traitors, That sought at Oxford thy dire overthrow.
Boling. Thy pains, Fitzwater, shall not be forgot; Right noble is thy merit, well I wot.
Enter PERCY, with the Bishop of Carlisle.
Percy. The grand conspirator, abbot of Westminster,
With clog of conscience, and sour melancholy,
Thy kingly doom, and sentence of his pride.
Choose out some secret place, some reverend room,
Enter EXTON, with Attendants bearing a Coffin.