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Which live like venom, where no venom else,
York. How long shall I be patient? Ah, how long
peace was never gentle lamb more mild,
foot soldier, according to Stanhihurst; kerne (kigheyren) signi fieth a shower of hell, because they are taken for no better than rake hells, or the devil's black-garde.'-Description of Ireland, ch. 8, fol. 28.
20 Alluding to the idea that no venomous reptiles live in Ireland.
21. When the duke of Hereford went into France, after his banishment, he was honourably entertained at that court, and would have obtained in marriage the only daughter of the duke of Berry, uncle to the French king, had not Richard prevented the match.
22 j. e. when he was of thy age.
But bloody with the enemies of his kin.
K. Rich. Why, uncle, what's the matter?
O, my liege,
hands His plate, his goods, his money, and his lands.
23 On the death of every person who held by knight's service, his heir, if under age, became a ward of the king's; but if of age, he had a right to sue out a writ of ouster le main, i, e. livery, that the king's hand might be taken off, and the land delivered to him. To deny his offer'd homage' was to refuse to admit the homage by which he was to hold his lands.
York. I'll not be by the while: My liege, farewell :
for our time of stay is short. [Flourish.
GREEN, and Bagot.
speak more, That speaks thy words again, to do thee harm! Willo. Tends that thou would'st speak, to the duke
of Hereford ?
Ross. No good at all, that I can do for him;
In him a royal prince, and many more
taxes, And quite lost their hearts: the nobles hath he fin'd For ancient quarrels, and quite lost their hearts,
Willo. And daily new exactions are devis’d;
Ross. The earl of Wiltshire hath the realm in farm.
North. Reproach, and dissolution, hangeth over
him. Ross. He hath not money for these Irish wars, His burdenous taxations notwithstanding, But by the robbing of the banish'd duke.
North. His noble kinsman; most degenerate king ! But, lords, we hear this fearful tempest sing,
26 Stow records that Richard II. ‘compelled all the religious, gentlemen, and commons, to set their seales to blankes, to the end he might, if it pleased him, oppress them severally, or all at once : some of the commons paid him 1000 marks, some 1000 pounds, &c. 27 So in the Tempest:
another storm brewing; I hear it sing in the wind.'
Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm:
Ross. We see the very wreck that we must suffer;
death, I spy life peering; but I dare not say How near the tidings of our comfort is. Willo. Nay, let us share thy thoughts, as thou
dost ours. Ross. Be confident to speak, Northumberland: We three are but thyself; and, speaking so, Thy words are but as thoughts; therefore, be bold. North. Then thus :-[ have from Port le Blanc,
a bay In Brittany, receiv'd intelligence, That Harry Hereford, Reignold Lord Cobham, [The son of Richard earl of Arundel]°9,
28 . And yet we strike not our sails, but perish by too great confidence in our security: this is another Latinism. Securely is used in the sense of securus.
29 The line in brackets, which was necessary to complete the sense, has been supplied upon the authority of Holinshed. Something of a similar import must have been omitted by accident in the old copies. The passages in Holinshed relative to this matter run thus:- Aboute the same time the earle of Arundel's sonne, named Thomas, which was kept in the duke of Exeter's house, escaped out of the realme, by meanes of one William Scot,' &c. • Duke Henry, chiefly through the earnest persuasion of Thomas Arundell, late archbishop of Canterburie (who, as you have before heard, had been removed from his see, and banished the realme by King Richard's means), got him down to Britaine: and when all his provision was made ready, he tooke the sea, together with the said archbishoppe of Canterburie, and his nephew Thomas Arundelle, son and heyre to the late earle of Arundelle, beheaded on Tower-bill. There were also with him Regenalde Lord Cobham, Sir Thomas Erpingham,' &c.-Holinshed, p. 1105, ed. 1577.