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Boling. As diffolute, as desperate : yet through both
Aum. Where is the king ?
Boling. What means our cousin, that he stares
[Kneels. My tongue cleave to my roof within my mouth, Unless a pardon, ere I rise, or speak.
Boling. Intended, or committed, was this fault?
Aum. Then give me leave that I may turn the key,
Boling. Villain, I'll make thee fafe. [Drawing.
York. Peruse this writing here, and thou shalt know The treason that my hafte forbids me show.
Aum. Remember, as thou read'st, thy promise past. I do repent me; read not my name there, My heart is not confederate with
hand. York. 'Twas, villain, ere thy hand did set it down. I tore it from the traitor's bofom, king; Fear, and not love, begets his penitence: Forget to pity him, leít thy pity prove A ferpent that will sting thee to the heart.
Boling: O heinous, strong, and bold conspiracy ! -
York. So shall my virtue be his vice's bawd;
[Dutchess within. Dutch. What ho, my liege! for heaven's fake let
9 Tbou Beer, immaculate, &c.) Shecr is pure, transparent. The modern editors arbitrarily read clear, Shakespeare mentions beer ale, and Atterbury says that sheer argument is not the talent of man. Transparent muslin is ftill called focer mullin. STEEV.
In former copies,
Thy overflow of good converts to bad;] This is the reading of all the printed copies in general; and I never till lately sufpected its being faulty. The reasoning is disjointed, and inconclufive : my emendation makes it clear and of a piece. “ Thy “ cverflow of good changes the complexion of thy fon's guilt ; " and thy goodness, being so abundant, shall excuse his tref“ pass.” THEOBALD. Vol. V.
Boling. What shrill-voic'd fuppliant makes this eager
Dutch. A woman, and thine aunt, great king; 'tis I.
Boling. Our scene is alter'd from a serious thing,
York. If thou do pardon, whosoever pray,
[Kneels. Boling. Rise up, good aunt.
Dutch. Not yet, I thee beseech :
? - the Beggar and the King.] The King and Beggar seems to have been an interlude well known in the time of our author, who has alluded to it more than once. I cannot now find that any copy of it is left. JOHNSON.
The King and Begger was perhaps once an interlude ; it was certainly a song. The reader will find it in the first volume of Dr. Percy's collection. It is there intitled, King Cephetna and tbe Brggar Maid. It is printed from Rich. Johnson's Crown Garland of Goüluen Rofis, 1612, 12° ; where it is intiiled fimply, 4 Song of a beggur and a King. STEVENS.
York. Against them both my true joints bended be.
[Kneels. Ill may'st thou thrive, if thou grant any grace !
Dutch. Pleads he in earnest? look upon his face ; His
eyes do drop no tears, his prayers are in jeft; His words come from his mouth, ours from our breast: He prays but faintly, and would be deny’d; We
pray with heart and soul, and all beside. His weary joints would gladly rise, I know; Our knees shall kneel, till to the ground they grow. His prayers are full of false hypocrisy; Ours of true zeal, and deep integrity. Our
prayers do out-pray his ; then let them crave That mercy which true prayers ought to have.
Boling. Good aunt, stand up.
Dutch. Nay, do not say, stand up,
Boling. Good aunt, stand up:
Dutch. I do not sue to stand, Pardon is all the suit I have in hand.
Boling. I pardon him, as heaven shall pardon me.
Dutch. O happy vantage of a kneeling knee ! Yet am I sick for fear: speak it again, Twice saying pardon doth not pardon twain, But makes one pardon strong. York. Speak it in French, king; say, 3 Pardonnez
moy, Dutch. Dost thou teach pardon, pardon to destroy ? Ah, my four husband, my hard-hearted lord,
Pardonnez moy.] That is, excuse me, a phrase used when any thing is civilly denied. The whole paffage is such as I could well with away. Johnson.
That set'st the word itself against the word !
Boling. With all my heart
Dutch. A god on earth thou art.
[Exeunt. SC EN E IV.
Enter Exton and a Servant.
Sero. Those were his very words.
• But for our truffy brother-in-law---the abbot-) The abbot of Westminder was an ecclefiaitic ; but the brother-in-law meant, was Jolin duke of Exeter and earl of Huntingdon (own brother to king Richard II.) and who had married with the lady Elizabeth lister of Henry of Bclingbroke. THEOBALD.