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Boling. Thy pains, Fitzwater, shall not be forgot ; Right noble is thy merit, well I wot.

Enter Percy, with the Bishop of CARLISLE.
Percy. The grand conspirator, abbot of West-

With clog of conscience, and sour melancholy,
Hath yielded up his body to the grave;
But here is Carlisle living, to abide
Thy kingly doom, and sentence of his pride.
Boling. Carlisle, this is


doom: Choose out some secret place, some reverend room, More than thou hast, and with it joy thy life; So, as thou liv'st in peace, die free from strife : For though mine enemy thou hast ever been, High sparks of honour in thee have I seen.

Enter Exton, with Attendants bearing a Coffin.

Exton. Great king, within this coffin I present Thy buried fear: herein all breathless lies The mightiest of thy greatest enemies, Richard of Bourdeaux, by me hither brought. Boling. Exton, I thank thee not ; for thou hast

wrought A deed of slander, with thy fatal hand, Upon my head, and all this famous land. Exton. From your own moutlı, my lord, did I

this deed. Boling. They love not poison that do poison need, Nor do I thee; though I did wish him dead, I hate the murderer, love him murdered. The guilt of conscience take thou for thy labour, But neither my good word, nor princely favour: With Cain go wander through the shade of night, And never show thy head by day nor light.Lords, I protest, my soul is full of woe, That blood should sprinkle me, to make me grow:

Come, mourn with me for what I do lament,
And put on sullen black incontinent;
I'll make a voyage to the Holy land,
To wash this blood off from my guilty hand :
March sadly after ; grace my mournings here,
In weeping after this untimely bier,

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« Est quo

My late excellent friend, Mrs. Montagu, in her Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakspeare, has paid particular attention to Henry the IVth. In this, as in every part of her work, good principles, judicious argument, and refined taste, appear in all her observations ; but I confine myself to the more immediate objects of the present publication, purity, and decency of expression.

Every person must be sensible, that of all the historical plays,

the Two Parts of Henry the IVth. are the most difficult to render fit for family reading. To clear them of all indecent, and indelicate expressions, without destroying the wit and spirit of Falstaff, and without injuring the narrative, is indeed an arduous undertaking ; but I hope I may remove many objectionable passages, though I may not be able to render the work perfect. dam prodire tenus, si non datur ultra.. Feeling the difficulty of the task, I take as a guide the following extract from the just observations of my deceased friend.

" There are delicacies of decorum in one age unknown to another age: but whatever is immoral, is equally blameable in all ages, and every approach to obscenity, is an offence, for which wit cannot atone, nor the barbarism or the corruption of the times afford an excuse. Mine hostess Quickly is of a species not extinct. It may be said, the author there sinks from comedy to farce ; but she helps to complete the character of Falstaff, and some of the dialogues in which she is engaged are diverting. Every scene in which Doll Tearsheet appears, is indecent; and therefore not only indefensible, but inexcusable.”

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