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York.

And therefore is he idle ? Glo. O, my fair cousin, I must not say so. York. Then is he more beholden to you, than I.

Glo. He may command me, as my sovereign; But you have power in me, as in a kinsman. York. I

pray you, uncle, give me this daggero. Glo. My dagger, little cousin ? with all my heart. Prince. A beggar, brother ?

York. Of my kind uncle, that I know will give; And, being but a toy, which is no grief to give ?.

Glo. A greater gift than that I'll give my cousin. York. A greater gift! O, that's the sword to it? Glo. Ay, gentle cousin, were it light enough.

York. Othen, I see, you'll part but with light gifts; In weightier things you'll say a beggar, nay.

Glo. It is too weighty for your grace to wear. YORK. I weigh it lightly ®, were it heavier.

6 I pray you, uncle, then, give me this dagger.] Then was added by Sir Thomas Hanmer for the sake of metre. Steevens.

Upon this system, five syllables must be added to the next speech but one to make it metre. Malone.

7 And, being but a toy, which is no griep to give.] The reading of the quartos is-gift. The first folio reads:

“And, being but a toy, which is no grief to give.” 'This reading, made a little more metrical, has been followed, I think, erroneously, by all the editors. Johnson. The quarto 1612 reads :

no grief." STEEVENS. " -- which is no grief to give." Which to give, or the gift of which, induces no regret. Thus the authentick copies, the quarto 1598, and the first folio. A quarto of no authority changed grief to gift, and the editor of the second folio capriciously altered the line thus :

“And being a toy, it is no grief to give." MALONE. In conformity to our old elliptical mode of speaking and writing, the words—which is, might be omitted. They hurt the measure, without advancement of the sense. Perhaps, however, the correction in the second folio (which was received by Sir Thomas Hanmer) is preferable. STEEVENS.

8. I weigh it lightly, &c.] i. e. I should still esteem it but a trifling gift, were it heavier. But the Oxford editor reads :

I'd weigh it lightly—." i. e. I could manage it, though it were heavier. WARBURTON.

Gło. What, would you have my weapon, little

lord ? York. I would, that I might thank you as you

call me. GLO. How? YORK. Little. Prince. My lord of York will still be cross in

talk;

Uncle, your grace knows how to bear with him. YORK. You mean, to bear me, not to bear with

me:Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me; Because that I am little, like an ape',

A gypsy

Dr. Warburton is right. So, in Love's Labour's Lost, Act V. Sc. II.: “You weigh me not,-0, that's you care not for me."

STEEVENS. 9 Because that I am little, like an ape,] The reproach seems to consist in this : at country shows it was common to set the monkey on the back of some other animal, as a bear. The Duke therefore in calling himself ape, calls his uncle bear.

Johnson. To this custom there seems to be an allusion in Ben Jonson's Masque of Gypsies :

in his shape,
“ More calls the beholder,
“ Than the fellow with the ape,

“ Or the ape on his shoulder." Again, in The First Part of the Eighth liberal Science, entituled Ars Adulandi, &c. devised and compiled by Ulpian Fulwel, 1576:

thou hast an excellent back to carry my lord's ape.See likewise Hogarth's Humours of an Election, plate iv.

York also alludes to the protuberance on Gloster's back, which was commodious for carrying burdens, as it supplied the place of a porter's knot.

STEEVENS. I do not believe that the reproach is what Johnson supposes, or that York meant to call his uncle a bear. He merely alludes to Richard's deformity, his high shoulder, or hump-back, as it is called. That was the scorn he meant to give his uncle. In the third Act of the Third Part of King Henry VI. the same thought occurs to Richard himself, where describing his own figure, he says :

To make an envious mountain on my back,
“ Where sits deformity, to mock my body." M. Mason.

He thinks that you should bear me on your shoul

ders. Buck. With what a sharp-provided wit he reasons! To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle, He prettily and aptly taunts himself: So cunning, and so young, is wonderful.

Gło. My lord, will't please you pass along ? Myself, and my good cousin Buckingham, Will to your mother; to entreat of her, To meet you at the Tower, and welcome you. York. What, will you go unto the Tower, my

lord ? Prince. My lord protector needs will have it so. York. I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower. Glo. Why, what should you fear??

York. Marry, my uncle Clarence' angry ghost; My grandam told me, he was murder'd there.

Prince. I fear no uncles dead.
Glo. Nor none that live, I hope.

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Little, like an ape, wat a common comparison in our author's time. So, Nashe, in one of his pamphlets : “When I was a little ape at Cambridge." Malone.

My lord protector seeds will have it so.] Thus the quarto of 1597. In all the subsequent ancient copies the word needs is omitted. MALONE.

2 Why, sir, &c.] The word-sir, was added by Sir Thomas Hanmer. Without it this half line is harsh, and quite unmetrical.

STEEVENS. Mr. Steevens reads, after Sir Thomas Hanmer—“Why, sir, what should you fear ? ' and observes, without it (the added word, sir,] “ this half line is harsh, and quite unmetrical."

Certainly unmetrical, and why not?-Here Mr. Steevens again falls into the errour which I have so often had occasion to mention,—that every word, and every short address of three or four words, are to be considered as parts of metrical verses, a notion which has already been again and again confuted.

But if any addition were to be made to this line, a more improper word than sir could scarcely be found. Sir Thomas Hanmer should seem to have been thinking of the court of George the Second. In our days, we address the princes of the blood by the title of sir ; but I have found no instance of such an address eing used to a prince in the time of Shakspeare. MALONE.

PRINCE. An if they live, I hope, I need not fear. But come, my lord, and, with a heavy heart, Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower.

[Exeunt Prince, York, Hastings, Cardinal,

and Attendants. Buck. Think you, my lord, this little prating York Was not incensed by his subtle mother, To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?

Glo. No doubt, no doubt : 0, 'tis a parlous boy ; Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable *; He's all the mother's, from the top to toe. Buck. Well, let them rest.-Come hither, Catesby 5

; Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend, As closely to conceal what we impart : Thou know'st our reasons urg'd upon the way; What think'st thou ? is it not an easy matter To make William lord Hastings of our mind, For the instalment of this noble duke In the seat royal of this famous isle ?

Cate. He for his father's sake so loves the prince, That he will not be won to aught against him.

3 Was not incensed by his subtle mother,] Incensed means here, incited or suggested. So, in King Henry VIII. Gardiner says of Cranmer:

I have
Incens'd the lords of the council, that he is

“ A most arch heretick." And in_Much Ado About Nothing, Borachio says to Pedro: “— how Don John your brother incensed me to slander the lady Hero." M. MASON.

4 — capable ;] Here, as in many other places in these plays, means intelligent, quick of apprehension. See p. 77, n. 1.

MALONE. So again, in Troilus and Cressida : “ Let me carry another to his horse, for that's the more capable creature." Ritson.

Gentle Catesby;] I have [following Mr. Capell], supplied the epithet-gentle, for the same reasons urged by Mr. Malone in the foregoing page, n. 1, in defence of a similar insertion.

Steevens. In the preceding play, l. 6, Mr. Malone read “my gracious lord;” but has since withdrawn his insertion. Boswell.

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Buck. What think'st thou then of Stanley ? will

not he? Cate. We will do all in all as Hastings doth. Buck. Well then, no more but this : Go, gentle

Catesby, And, as it were far off, sound thou lord Hastings, How he doth stand affected to our purpose ; [And summon him to-morrow to the Tower, To sit about the coronation * If thou dost find him tractable to us, Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons: If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling, Be thou so too; and so break off the talk, And give us notice of his inclination: For we to-morrow hold divided councils Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ’d.

* Quarto 1597 omits the two lines between brackets.

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divided councils,] That is, a private consultation, separate from the known and publick council. So, in the next scene, Hastings says;

Bid him not fear the separated councils.” Johnson. This circumstance is conformable to history. Hall, p. 13, says, “When the protectour had both the chyldren in his possession, yea, and that they were in a sure place, he then began to threst to se the ende of his enterprise. And, to avoyde all suspicion, he caused all the lords which he knewe to bee faithfull to the kynge, to assemble at Baynardes Castle, to comen of the ordre of the coronacion, whyle he and other of his complices, and of his afinitee, at Crosbies-place, contrived the contrary, and to make the protectour kyng: to which counsail there were adhibite very fewe, and they very secrete.” Reed.

Mr. Reed has shown from Hall's Chronicle that this circumstance is founded on historical fact. But Holinshed, Hall's copyist, was our author's authority: “ But the protectoure and the duke after they had sent to the lord Cardinal,—the lord Stanley and the lord Hastings then lord Chamberlaine, with many other noblemen, to commune and devise about the coronation in one place, as fast were they in another place, contriving the contrarie, and to make the protectour king."- the lord Stanley, that was after earle of Darby, wisely mistrusted it, and said unto the lorde Hastings, that he much mislyked these trvo several councels." Malone.

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