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Even to the frozen ridges of the Alps,
or thou canst worse devise. Nor. I take it up; and, by that sword I swear, Which gently lay'd my knighthood on my shoulder, I'll answer thee in any fair degree, Or chivalrous design of knightly trial : And, when I mount, alive may I not light, If I be traitor, or unjustly fight! K. Rich. What doth our cousin lay to Mowbray's
charge? It must be great, that can inherit us? So much as of a thought of ill in him. inhabitable,] That is, not habitable, uninhabitable.
JOHNSON, Ben Jonson uses the word in the same sense in his Catiline:
“ And pour’d on some inhabitable place.” Again, in Taylor the water-poet's Short relation of a long Journey, &c. « - there stands a strong castle, but the town is all spoil'd, and almost inhabitable by the late lamentable troubles.”
STEEVENS. So also, Braithwaite, in his Survey of Histories, 1614: “ Others, in imitation of some valiant knights, have frequented desarts and inhabited provinces.” MALONE,
that can inherit us &c.] To inherit is no more than to
BOLING. Look, what I speak my life shall
this good, -
possess, though such a use of the word may be peculiar to Shakspeare. Again, in Romeo and Juliet, Act I. sc. ü.
« Inherit at my house." STEEVENS. See Vol. IV. p. 136, n. 7. MALONE.
- for lewd employments,] Lewd here signifies wicked. It is so used in many of our old statutes. MALONE.
It sometimes signifiesmidle.
STEEVENS. the duke of Gloster's death ;] Thomas of Woodstock, the youngest son of Edward III; who was murdered at Calais, in 1397. MALONE. See Froissart's Chronicle, Vol. II. cap. CC. xxvi. Steevens.
Suggest his soon-believing adversaries ;] i. e. prompt, set them on by injurious hints. Thus, in The Tempest : “ They'll take suggestion, as a cat laps milk.”
Sluic'd out his innocent soul through streams of blood:
Which blood, like sacrificing Abel's, cries,
K.RICH. How high a pitch his resolution soars!Thomas of Norfolk, what say'st thou to this?
NOR. O, let my sovereign turn away his face, And bid his ears a little while be deaf, Till I have told this slander of his blood, 2 How God, and good men, hate so foul a liar.
K. RICH. Mowbray, impartial are our eyes, and
Were he my brother, nay, my kingdom's heir,
NOR. Then, Bolingbroke, as low as to thy heart,
-this slander of his blood,] i. e. this reproach to his ancestry. STEEVENS.
·my scepter's awe-] The reverence due to my scepter. JOHNSON.
Since last I went to France to fetch his queen: Now swallow down that lie. -For Gloster's
• This we prescribe, though no physician ; &c.] I must make one remark in general on the rhymes
throughout this whole play ; they are so much inferior to the rest of the writing, that they appear to me of a different hand. What confirms this, is, that the context does every where exactly (and frequently much better) connect, without the inserted rhymes, except in a very few places; and just there too, the rhyming verses are of a much better taste than all the others, which rather strengthens my conjecturé. POPE.
“ This observation of Mr. Pope's, (says Mr. Edwards,) hap
Forget, forgive ; conclude, and be agreed;
, Good uncle, let this end where it begun; We'll calm the duke of Norfolk, you your son.
GAUNT. To be a make-peace shall become my Throw down, my son, the duke of Norfolk's gage.
K. Rich. And, Norfolk, throw down his.
When, Harry ? 5 when?
is no boot. Nor. Myself Ithrow, dread sovereign, at thy foot: My life thou shalt command, but not my shame: The one my duty owes; but my fair name,
pens to be very unluckily placed here, because the context, without the inserted rhymes, will not connect at all. Read this
passage as it would stand corrected by this rule, and we shall find, when the rhyming part of the dialogue is left out, King Richard begins with dissuading them from the duel, and, in the very next sentence, appoints the time and place of their combat.”
Mr. Edwards's censure is rather hasty; for in the note, to which it refers, it is allowed that some rhymes must be retained to make out the connection. STEEVENS.
• When, Harry?] This obsolete exclamation of impatience, is likewise found in Heywood's Silver Age, 1613:
“ Fly into Affrick; from the mountains there,
“ Iris. I am gone.” Again, in Look about you, 1600: :
- I'll cut off thy legs,
STEEVENS. no boot.] That is, no advantage, no use, in delay, or refusal. JOHNSON.