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'Q. MAR. Yes, I agree,5 and thank you for
'Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous,
'Therefore delay not, give thy hand to Warwick; 'And, with thy hand, thy faith irrevocable, 'That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine.
* PRINCE. Yes, I accept her, for fhe well deferves it;
And here, to pledge my vow, I give my hand. [He gives his hand to WARWICK. 'K. LEW. Why ftay we now? Thefe foldiers fhall be levied,
' And thou, lord Bourbon, our high admiral,
ried to Clarence, I apprehend he, and not his editor, ought to answer for it.
This is one of the numerous circumstances which prove that Shakspeare was not the original author of this play; for though here, as in a former paffage, (p. 112, n. 4.) he has followed the old drama, when he afterwards wrote his King Richard III. and found it neceffary to confult the ancient hiftorians, he represented Lady Anne, as the in fact was, the widow of Edward, Prince of Wales, and the youngest daughter of the Earl of Warwick. MALONE.
Is it improbable then that Shakspeare should have become more accurate as he grew older? Might he not, previous to the compofition of a later play, have furnished himself with that knowledge of history which was wanting in his dramatick performance of an earlier date? STEEVENS.
5 Yes, I agree, &c.] Instead of this speech, the quarto has only the following:
"With all my heart; I like this match full well.
And thou, lord Bourbon, &c.] Inftead of this and the three following lines, we have these in the old play :
"And you, lord Bourbon, our high admiral,
'Shall waft them over with our royal fleet.-
WAR. I came from Edward as embassador,
But feek revenge on Edward's mockery.
"And chafe proud Edward from his flumb’ring trance, "For mocking marriage with the name of France."
to make a ftale,] i. e. ftalking-horse, pretence. So, in The Comedy of Errors:
poor I am but his ftale."
See A& II. fc. i.
ACT IV. SCENE I.
London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter GLOSTER, CLARENCE, SOMERSET, MON TAGUE, and Others.
'GLO. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you
' Of this new marriage with the lady Grey? * Hath not our brother made a worthy choice? * CLAR. Alas, you know, 'tis far from hence to France;
How could he stay till Warwick made return? *SOM. My lords, forbear this talk; here comes the king.
Now tell me, brother Clarence,] In the old play the King enters here along with his brothers, not after them, and opens the scene thus:
"Edw. Brothers of Clarence and of Glocefter,
"What think you of our marriage with the lady Grey?
"Edw. Suppofe they do, they are but Lewis and
"And I am your king and Warwick's; and will be
"Glo. And fhall, because you are our king;
Flourish. Enter King EDWARD, attended; Lady GREY, as Queen; PEMBROKE, STAFFORD, HASTINGS, and Others.
*GLO. And his well-chofen bride.
* CLAR. I mind to tell him plainly what I think. K. EDW. Now, brother of Clarence, how like you our choice,
"That you stand penfive, as half malcontent? 'CLAR. As well as Lewis of France, or the earl of Warwick;
"Which are fo weak of courage, and in judgment, 'That they'll take no offence at our abuse.
• K. EDW. Suppose, they take offence without a
They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Edward, "Your king and Warwick's, and must have my will.
'GLO. And you shall have your will, because our king:
'Yet hafty marriage feldom proveth well.
K. EDW. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended
'GLO. Not I:
No; God forbid, that I fhould with them fever'd 'Whom God hath join'd together: ay, and 'twere pity,
To funder them that yoke fo well together.
9 The stage direction in the folio, [Four ftand on one fide, and four on the other.] is fufficient proof that the play, as exhibited there, was printed from a ftage copy. I fuppofe thefe eight important perfonages were attendants: STEEVENS.
are you offended too ?] So the folio. The quartos :
'K. EDW. Setting your fcorns, and your mislike, afide,
Tell me fome reafon, why the lady Grey
Should not become my wife, and England's queen :
And you too, Somerfet, and Montague, 'Speak freely what you think.
CLAR. Then this is my opinion,3-that king
'Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
GLO. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge,
Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
'K. EDW. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be appeas'd,
By fuch invention as I can devife?
MONT. Yet to have join'd with France in such al
Would more have ftrengthen'd this our common
Gainst foreign ftorms, than any home-bred mar
'HAST. Why, knows not Montague, that of itfelf
2 And you too, Somerfet, &c.] In the old play Somerfet does not appear in this fcene. MALONE.
3 Clar. Then this is my opinion,&c.] Inftead of this and the following speech, the quartos read thus:
Clar. My lord, then this is my opinion;
"That Warwick, being difhonour'd in his embassage, "Doth feek revenge, to quit his injuries.
"Glo. And Lewis, in regard of his fifter's wrongs,
"Doth join with Warwick to fupplant your ftate."