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And do not doubt, right noble princes both,
But I'll acquaint our duteous citizens
With all your juft proceedings in this cafe.

GLO. And to that end we wifh'd your lordship here,

To avoid the cenfures of the carping world.

BUCK. But fince you came too late of our intent," Yet witness what you hear we did intend: And fo, my good lord mayor, we bid farewell.

[Exit Lord Mayor.

GLO. Go, after, after, coufin Buckingham. The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all poft :There, at your meetest vantage of the time, Infer the bastardy of Edward's children : Tell them, how Edward put to death a citizen,8 Only for faying-he would make his fon

Heir to the crown; meaning, indeed, his house, Which, by the fign thereof, was termed fo. Moreover, urge his hateful luxury,

And beftial appetite in change of luft;

Which ftretch'd unto their fervants, daughters, wives,

Even where his raging eye, or fayage heart,

Without controul, lifted to make his


But fince you came too late of our intent,] Perhaps we fhould read-" too late for our intent." M. MASON.

The old reading I fuppofe to be the true one. We still say "to come short of a thing," and why not " come late of an intent?"



-put to death a citizen,] This perfon was one Walker, a fubftantial citizen and grocer at the Crown in Cheapfide.


his raging eye,


-lifted-] The former is the reading of the folio, the latter of the quarto. The quarto has-luftful eye, and the folio-lufted inftead of lifted. Modern editors without authority-ranging eye. STEEVENS.

Nay, for a need, thus far come near my perfon:
Tell them,' when that my mother went with child
Of that infatiate Edward, noble York,
My princely father, then had wars in France;
And, by juft computation of the time,
Found, that the iffue was not his begot;
Which well appeared in his lineaments,
Being nothing like the noble duke my father:
Yet touch this fparingly, as 'twere far off;
Because, my lord, you know, my mother lives.
BUCK. Doubt not, my lord; I'll play the orator,
As if the golden fee, for which I plead,
Were for myself: and fo, my lord, adieu.

GLO. If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard's caftle :2

Where you fhall find me well accompanied,
With reverend fathers, and well-learned bifhops.
BUCK. I go; and, towards three or four o'clock,
Look for the news that the Guild-hall affords.


GLO. Go, Lovel, with all speed to doctor Shaw,3

1 Tell them, &c.] Whatever reason W. Wyrcefter might have for being fo very particular, he exprefsly tells us that Edward was conceived in the chamber next to the chapel of the palace of Hatfield. York was regent of France at that time, and had come over, it would feem, to visit his lady. RITSON.


to Baynard's caftle;] It was originally built by Baynard, a nobleman who (according to Stowe's account) came in with the conqueror.

This edifice which flood in Thames Street, has long been pulled down, though parts of its ftrong foundations are ftill vifible at low water. The fite of it is now a timber-yard.


3 to doctor Shaw,-] This and the two following lines are not in the quarto. Shaw and Penker were two popular preachers.-Inftead of a pamphlet being published by the Secretary of the Treasury, to furnish the advocates for the adminiftra

Go thou [To CAT.] to friar Penker ;4—bid them


Meet me, within this hour, at Baynard's caftle.

[Exeunt LovEL and CATESBY.

Now will I in, to take fome privy order
To draw the brats of Clarence 5 out of fight;

tion of the day, with plaufible topicks of argument on great political measures, (the established mode of the present time) formerly it was cuftomary to publish the court creed from the pulpit at Saint Paul's Crofs. As Richard now employed Doctor Shaw to fupport his claim to the crown, fo, about fifteen years before, the great Earl of Warwick employed his chaplain Doctor Goddard to convince the people that Henry VI. ought to be restored, and that Edward IV. was an ufurper. MALONE.

4 This Pinker or Penker was provincial of the Auguftine friars. See Speed. STEEVENS.

5 the brats of Clarence-] Edward Earl of Warwick, who the day after the battle of Bofworth, was fent by Richmond from Sherif-hutton Caftle (where Glofter had confined him,) to the Tower, without even the shadow of an allegation against him, and executed with equal injustice on Tower-hill on the 21ft of November, 1499; and Margaret, afterwards married to Sir Richard de la Pole, the laft Princefs of the house of Lancafter who was created by King Henry VIII. Countess of Salisbury, and in the 31ft year of his reign, (1540) at the age of feventy, was put to death by the fanguinary king then on the throne, as her unfortunate and innocent brother had before fallen a victim to the jealous policy of that crafty tyrant Henry VII.


The immediate cause of his being put to death was, that Ferdinand King of Spain was unwilling to confent to the marriage of his daughter Katharine to Arthur Prince of Wales, while the Earl of Warwick lived, there being during his life-time (as Ferdinand conceived) no affurance of the Prince's fucceffion to the


The murder of the Earl of Warwick (for it deferves no other name) made fuch an impreffion on Katharine, that when she was first informed of Henry the Eighth's intention to repudiate her, The exclaimed, "I have not offended, but it is a juft judgment of God, for my former marriage was made in blood."


And to give notice, that no manner of perfon❝ Have, any time, recourfe unto the princes. [Exit.


A Street.

Enter a Scrivener.

SCRIV. Here is the indictment of the good lord

Which in a fet hand fairly is engrofs'd,

That it may be to-day read o'er in Paul's."
And mark how well the fequel hangs together :-
Eleven hours I have spent to write it over,
For yefternight by Catefby was it fent me;
The precedent was full as long a doing :


no manner of perfon-] The folio reads-no manner perfon, which is nonfenfe. I fuppofe the true reading is-no man, or perfon; as in the latter term females are included. STEEVENS.


read o'er in Paul's.] The fubftance of this speech is from Hall's Chronicle, p. 16: "Nowe was thys proclamation made within twoo houres after he was beheaded, and it was fo curiously endyted, and fo fayre writen in parchement, in a fayre fette hande, and therewith of itselfe fo long a proceffe, that every chyld might perceyve that it was prepared and studyed before, (and as fome men thought, by Catesby,) for all the tyme betwene his death and the proclamacion-coulde fcant have fuffyced unto the bare writyng alone, albeit that it had bene in paper fcribeled furthe in hafte at adventure.—And a marchaunte that ftoode by-fayed that it was wrytten by infpiracyon and prophefye."

Mr. Malone adds-" So Holinfhed, after Sir Thomas More;" and then repeats the fame quotation. STEEVENS.

8 The precedent] The original draft from which the engroffment was made. MALONE.

And yet within these five hours Haftings liv'd,
Untainted, unexamin'd, free, at liberty.

Here's a good world the while!-Who is fo grofs,
That cannot fee this palpable device?

Yet who fo bold, but fays--he fees it not?
Bad is the world; and all will come to nought,
When fuch bad dealing must be seen in thought.9


The fame. Court of Baynard's Cafile.

Enter GLOSTER and BUCKINGHAM, meeting.

GLO. How now, how now? what fay the citizens? BUCK. Now by the holy mother of our Lord, The citizens are mum, fay not a word.

GLO. Touch'd you the bastardy of Edward's children?

BUCK. I did; with his contract with Lady Lucy,*

9feen in thought.] That is, feen in filence, without notice or detection. JOHNSON.


1 Baynard's Caftle.] A caftle in Thames Street, which had belonged to Richard Duke of York, and at this time was the property of his grandson King Edward V. MALONE.

2 with his contract with Lady Lucy,] The King had been familiar with this lady before his marriage, to obftruct which his mother alledged a pre-contract between them: “ Whereupon, fays the hiftorian, dame Elizabeth Lucye was fente for, and albeit the was by the kyng hys mother, and many other, put in good comfort to affirme that he was affured to the kynge, yet when she was folempnly fworne to faye ye truth, the confeffed The was never enfured. Howbeit, fhe fayd his grace spake fuche loving wordes to her, that the verily hoped that he would have

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