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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 Grey. No other harm, but loss of such a lord. Q. Èliz. The loss of such a lord includes all harms. Grey. The heavens have bless'd you with a goodly
Q. Éliz. 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
Stanley Buck. Good time of day unto your royal grace! Stan. God make your majesty joyful as you have
been! Q. Eliz. The countess Richmond, good my lord
of Stanley, To
your good prayer will scarcely say—amen. Yet, Stanley, notwithstanding she's your wife,
And loves not me, be you, good lord, assur’d,
Stan. I do beseech you, either not believe
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.
to warn them -] i. e. to summon.
I must be held a rancorous enemy.
Glo. I cannot tell;—The world is grown so bad,
speak fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive, and
cog, Duck with French nods and apish courtesy,] An importation of artificial manners seems to have afforded our ancient poets a never failing 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,] 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.
Q. Eliz. Come, come, we know your meaning,
brother Gloster;. You envy my advancement, and my friends; God grant, we never may have need of you! Glo. Meantime, God grants that we have need of
Glo. You may deny that you were not the cause Of my lord Hastings' late imprisonment.
Riv. She may, my lord; for-
she? Glo. What, marry, may she marry with a king, A bachelor, a handsome stripling too: I wis, your grandam had a worser match.
Q. Eliz. My lord of Gloster, I have too long borne Your blunt upbraidings, and your bitter scoffs: By heaven, I will acquaint his majesty, Of those gross taunts I often have endur'd.
I had rather be a country servant-maid,
Enter Queen MARGARET, behind.
Glo. What? threat you me with telling of the king? Tell him, and spare not: look, what I have said I will avouch, in presence of the king: I dare adventure to be sent to the Tower. 'Tis time to speak, my pains are quite forgot.
Q. Mar. Out, devil! I remember them too well: Thou kill'dst my husband Henry in the Tower, And Edward, my poor son, at Tewksbury. Glo. Ere you were queen, ay, or your husband
have been ere now, and what you are; Withal, what I have been, and what I am.
my pains - ] My labours; my toils.
royalize —) i. e. to make royal. * Margaret's battle] Is-Margaret's army.