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That cannot see this palpable device?
Court of Baynard's Castle.
Enter Gloster and BUCKINGHAM, meeting.
the citizens? Buck. Now by the holy mother of our Lord, The citizens are mum, say not a word. Glo. Touch'd you the bastardy of Edward's chil
dren? Buck. I did; with his contract with Lady Lucy, And his contráct by deputy in France: The insatiate greediness of his desires, And his enforcement of the city wives; His tyranny for trifles; his own bastardy,As being got, your father then in France; And his resemblance, being not like the duke. Withal, I did infer your lineaments,Being the right idea of your father, Both in your form and nobleness of mind : Laid open all your victories in Scotland, Your discipline in war, wisdom in peace, Your bounty, virtue, fair humility; Indeed, left nothing, fitting for your purpose, Untouch'd, or slightly handled, in discourse. And, when my oratory grew to an end, I bade them, that did love their country's good, Cry—God save Richard, England's Royal king !
seen in thought,] That is, seen in silence, without notice or detection.
Glo. And did they so?
Buck. No, so God help me, they spake not a word; But, like dumb statuas, or breathless stones, Star'd on each other, and look’d deadly pale. Which when I saw, I reprehended them; And ask'd the mayor, what meant this wilful silence: His answer was—the people were not us’d To be spoke to, but by the recorder. Then he was urg'd to tell my
tale again ;Thus saith the duke, thus hath the duke inferr'd; But nothing spoke in warrant from himself. When he had done, some followers of mine own, At lower end o'the hall, hurld up their caps, And some ten voices cried, God save king Richard! And thus I took the vantage of those few,Thanks, gentle citizens, and friends, quoth I; This general applause, and cheerful shout, Argues your wisdom, and your love to Richard: And even here brake off, and came away. Glo. What tongueless blocks were they; Would
they not speak? Will not the mayor then, and his brethren, come? Buck. The mayor is here at hand, intend some
Glo. I go; And if you plead as well for thein,
- intend some fear:] Perhaps, pretend; though intend will stand in the sense of giving attention. Johnson.
2 As I can say nay to thee, &c.].i. e. if (says Richard) you speak for them as plausibly as I in my own person, or for my own purposes, shall seem to deny your suit, there is no doubt but we shall bring all to a happy issue.
Buck. Go, go, up to the leads; the lord mayor knocks.
Enter the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens. Welcome, my lord: I dance attendance here; I think, the duke will not be spoke withal
Enter, from the Castle, CATESBY. Now, Catesby! what says your lord to my request?
Cate. He doth entreat your grace, my noble lord, To visit him to-morrow, or next day: He is within, with two right reverend fathers, Divinely bent to meditation; And in no worldly suit would he be mov’d, To draw him from his holy exercise.
Buck. Return, good Catesby, to the gracious duke; Tell him, myself, the mayor and aldermen, In deep designs, in matter of great moment, No less importing than our general good, Are come to have some conference with his grace. Cate. I'll signify so much unto him straight.
[Exit. Buck. Ah, ha, my lord, this prince is not an Ed
day-bed,] i. e, a couch, or sofa.
But, sure, I fear, we shall ne'er win him to it.
us này!> Buck. I fear, he will: Here Catesby coines again;
Now, Catesby, what says his grace?
Cate. He wonders to what end you have assembled
Buck. Sorry I am, my noble cousin should
[Exit Catesby. When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence; So sweet is zealous contemplation.
Enter Gloster, in a Gallery above, between Two
Bishops. CATESBY returns. May. See, where his grace stands 'tween two
clergyınen! Buck. Two props of virtue for a christian prince, To stay him from the fall of vanity: And, see, a book of prayer in his hand; True ornaments to know a holy man.Famous Plantagenet, most gracious prince, Lend favourable ear to our requests; And pardon us the interruption Of thy devotion, and right christian zeal.
s-God defend, his grace should say us nay!) This pious and courtly mayor was Edmund Shaw, brother to Dr. Shaw, whom Richard had employed to prove his title to the crown, from the pulpit at Saint Paul's Cross.
Glo. My lord, there needs no such apology; I rather do beseech you pardon me, Who, earnest in the service of my God, Neglect the visitation of my friends. But, leaving this, what is your grace's pleasure? Buck. Even that, I hope, which pleaseth God
above, And all good men of this ungovern'd isle.
Glo. I do suspect, I have done some offence, That seems disgracious in the city's eye; And that you come to reprehend my ignorance. Buck. You have, my lord; Would it might please
Glo. Else wherefore breathe I in a Christian land?
6 And almost shoulder'd in the swallowing gulph – ] Shoulder'd has the same meaning as rudely thrust into.
7 Which to recure,] To recure is to recover. VOL. VIJ.