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I play the torturer, by small and small,
K. Rich. Thou hast said enough.-
Aum. My liege, one word.
He does me double wrong, That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue. Discharge my followers, let them hence;-Away, From Richard's night, to Bolingbroke's fair
1 I'll hate him everlastingly,
That bids me be of comfort –] This sentiment is drawn from nature. Nothing is more offensive to a mind convinced that its distress is without a remedy, and preparing to submit quietly to irresistible calamity, than these petty and conjectured comforts which unskilful officiousness thinks it virtue to administer.
. To ear -] i.e. to plough it.
Wales. Before Flint Castle.
Enter, with Drum and Colours, BOLINGBROKE and
Boling. So that by this intelligence we learn,
North. The news is very fair and good, my lord; Richard, not far from hence, hath hid his head.
York. It would beseem the lord Northumberland, To say—king Richard:- Alack the heavy day, When such a sacred king should hide his head.
North. Your grace mistakes me; only to be brief, Left I his title out. York.
The time hath been, Would you have been so brief with him, he would Have been so brief with you, to shorten you, For taking so the head, your whole head's length. Boling. Mistake not, uncle, further than you
should. York. Take not, good cousin, further than you
should, Lest you mis-take: The heavens are o'er your head.
Boling. I know it, uncle; and oppose not Myself against their will.-But who comes here?
Percy. The castle royally is mann'd, my lord,
· For taking so the head,] To take the head is, to act without restraint; to take undue liberties.
Against thy entrance.
Yes, my good lord,
North. Belike, it is the bishop of Carlisle.
[NORTHUMBERLAND advances to the Castle,
with a Trumpet. Let's march without the noise of threat'ning drum, That from the castle's totter'd battlements Our fair appointments may be well perus'd. Methinks, king Richard and myself should meet
With no less terror than the elements
and mark king Richard how he looks.
A parle sounded, and answered by another Trumpet
within. Flourish. Enter on the walls King
stood To watch the fearful bending of thy knee,
TTo NORTHUMBERLAND. Because we thought ourself thy lawful king: And if we be, how dare thy joints forget To pay
their awful duty to our presence? If we be not, show us the hand of God That hath dismiss'd us from our stewardship; For well we know, no hand of blood and bone Can gripe the sacred handle of our scepter, Unless he do profane, steal, or usurp. And though you think, that all, as you have done,
Have torn their souls, by turning them from us,
the flower of England's face;] Dr. Warburton says, by the flower of England's face is meant the choicest youths of England, who shall be slaughtered in this quarrel, or have bloody crowns. The flower of England's face, to design her choicest youth, is a fine and noble expression, but Mr. Steevens is of opinion that the flower of England's face, means England's flowery face, the flowery surface of England's soil.