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Which we more hunt for than the grace of God!
Enter GLOSTER and BUCKINGHAM, in rusty armour,
marvellous ill-favoured. Glo. Come, cousin, canst thou quake, and change
thy colour Murder thy breath in middle of a word, And then again begin, and stop again, As if thou wert distraught, and mad with terror?
Buck. Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian; Speak, and look back, and pry on every side, Tremble and start at wagging of a straw, Intending deep suspicion: ghastly looks Are at my service, like enforced siniles; And both are ready in their offices, At any time, to grace my stratagems. But what, is Catesby gone?
Glo. He is; and, see, he brings the mayor along.
* Intending deep suspicion:) i. e. pretending.
Enter the Lord Mayor and Catesby. Buck. Let me alone to entertain him.-Lord
mayor, Glo. Look to the draw-bridge there. Buck.
Hark, hark! a drum.. Glo. Catesby, o'erlook the walls. Buck. Lord mayor, the reason we have sent for
you, Glo. Look back, defend thee, here are enemies. Buck. God andour innocence defend and guard us!
Enter Lovel and RATCLIFF, with Hastings's Head.
Glo. So dear I lov'd the man, that I must weep.
traitor That ever liv'd.-Look you, my
mayor, Would you imagine, or almost believe, (Were't not, that by great preservation We live to tell it you,) the subtle traitor This day had plotted, in the council-house,
his conversation - ] i. e. familiar intercourse. The phrase - criminal conversation, is yet in daily use.
To murder me, and my good lord of Gloster?
May. What! had he so?
Glo. What! think you we are Turks, or infidels? Or that we would, against the form of law, Proceed thus rashly in the villain's death; But that the extreme peril of the case, The peace of England, and our persons' safety, Enforc'd us to this execution?
May. Now, fair befal you! he deserv'd his death; And your good graces both have well proceeded, To warn false traitors from the like attempts. I never look'd for better at his hands, After he once fell in with mistress Shore.
Buck. Yet had we not determin’d he should die,
Glo. And to that end we wish'd your lordship here, To avoid the censures of the carping world.
Buck. But since you came too late of our intent, Yet witness what you hear we did intend: And so, my good lord mayor, we bid farewell.
[Exit Lord Mayor. Glo. Go, after, after, cousin Buckingham. The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post:
There, at your meetest vantage of the time,
father: Yet touch this sparingly, as 'twere far off; Because, my lord, you know, my mother lives.
Buck. Doubt not, my lord; I'll play the orator, As if the golden fee, for which I plead, Were for myself: and so, my lord, adieu. Glo. If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard's
shall find me well accompanied, With reverend fathers, and well-learned bishops.
Buck. I go; and, towards three or four o'clock, Look for the news that the Guild-hall affords.
[Exit BUCKINGHAM. Glo. Go, Lovel, with all speed to Doctor Shaw.?—
6- to Baynard's castle;) It was originally built by Baynard, a nobleman who (according to Stowe's account) came in with the conqueror. This edifice which stood in Thames-street, has long been pulled down, though parts of its strong foundation are still visible at low water. The site of it is now a timber-yard.
Go thou [To Cat.) to friar Penker;-bid them both Meet me, within this hour, at Baynard's castle.
Exeunt Lovel and CATESBY. Now will I in, to take some privy order To draw the brats of Clarence out of sight; And to give notice, that no manner of person Have, any time, recourse unto the princes. (Exit.
Enter a Scrivener. Scriv. Here is the indictment of the good lord
Hastings; Which in a set hand fairly is engross'd, That it may be to-day read o'er in Paul's. And mark how well the sequel hangs together:Eleven hours I have spent to write it over, For yesternight by Catesby was it sent me; The precedent was full as long a doing: And yet within these five hours Hastings liv'd, Untainted, unexamin’d, free, at liberty. Here's a good world the while!-Who is so gross,
to doctor Shaw,-] Shaw and Penker were two popular preachers.--Instead of a pamphlet being published by the Secretary of the Treasury, to furnish the advocates for the administration of the day, with plausible topicks of argument on great political measures, (the established mode of the present time) formerly it was customary to publish the court creed from the pulpit at Saint Paul's Cross. As Richard now employed Dr. Shaw to support his claim to the crown, so, about fifteen years before, the great Earl of Warwick employed his chaplain Dr. Goddard to convince the people that Henry VI. ought to be restored, and that Edward IV. was an usurper. MALONE.
The precedent - ] The original draft from which the engrossment was made.