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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.
Enter a Scrivener. Scriv. Here is the indictment of the good lord
Hastings; Which in a set hand fairly is engrossid, 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,
1- 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.
That cannot see this palpable device?
Court of Baynard's Castle.
Enter GLOSTER and BUCKINGHAM, meeting. Glo. How now, how now? what say 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
victories in Scotland,
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 them,
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. .
[Exit GLOSTER. 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 movd, 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.
say us nay! Buck. I fear, he will : Here Catesby comes again;
Re-enter CATESBY. Now, Catesby, what says his grace?
Cate. He wonders to what end you have assembled
Buck. Sorry I am, my noble cousin should
Enter GLOSTER, in a Gallery above, between Two
Bishops. Catesby returns. May. See, where his grace stands 'tween two
clergymen! 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.
- God defend, his grace should say us nay?] This pious and courtly mayor was Edmund Sbaw, brother to Dr. Shaw, whom Richard had employed to prove his title to the crown, from the pulpit at Saint Paul's Cross.