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*, Away, for your
relief! and we will live * To see their day, and them our fortune give : * Away, my lord, away!
[Exeunt. SCENE III.
Fields near Saint Albans.
PLANTAGENET, WARWICK, and Soldiers, with Drum
York. Of Salisbury,? who can report of him; * That winter lion, who, in rage, forgets
Aged contusions and all brush of time;8 * And, like a gallant in the brow of youth,
In Plutarch the corresponding passage runs thus: “For if I cannot persuade thee rather to do good unto both parties,” &c.
Malone. A hundred instances might be brought in proof that part and party were synonymously used. But that is not the present ques. tion. Mr. Tyrwhitt's ear (like every other accustomed to harmony of versification) must naturally have been shocked by the Jeonine gingle of hearts and parts, which is not found in any one of the passages produced by Mr. Malone in defence of the present reading Steevens.
? Of Salisbury, &c.] The corresponding speeches to this and the following, are these, in the original play:
“ York. How now, boys! fortunate this fight hath been,
“ Rich. My lord, I saw him in the thickest throng,
Charging his launce with his old weary arms;
* Repairs him with occasion? this happy day
My noble father,
And like rich hangings in a homely house, * So was his will in his old feeble body. * But, noble as he is, look where he comes.
Enter SALISBURY. • Sal. Now, by my sword, well hast thou fought to-day, * By the mass, so did we all.--I thank you, Richard : • God knows, how long it is I have to live; . And it hath pleas'd him, that three times to-day • You have defended me from imminent death. * Well, lords, we have not got that which we have:3
expression not very easily explained. I read the blow of youth; the blossom, the spring. Fohnson.
The brow of youth is the height of youth, as the brow of a hin is its summit. So, in Othello:
the head and front of my offending." Again, in King John:
“ Why here walk I in the black brow of night.” Steevens. 1 Three times bestrid him,] That is, Three times I saw him fallen, and, striding over him, defended him till he recovered.
Johnson. See Vol. VIII, p. 316, n. 6. Of this act of friendship, which Shakspeare has frequently noticed in other places, no mention is made in the old play, as the reader may find on the opposite page; and its introduction here is one of the numerous minute circumstances, which when united form almost a decisive proof that the piece before us was constructed on foundations laid by a preceding writer. Malone.
2 Well hast thou fought &c.) The variation between this speech and that in the original play deserves to be noticed:
“ Sal. Well hast thou fought this day, thon valiant duke; “ And thou brave bud of York's increasing house, “ The small remainder of my weary life, “ I hold for thee, for with thy warlike arm “ Three times this day thou hast preserv'd my life."
Malone 3 Well, lords, we have not got that which we have;] i. e. we have not secured, we are not sure of retaining, that which we have acquired. In our author's Rape of Lucrece, a poem very nearly * Tis not enough our foes are this time fled, * Being opposites of such repairing nature.
• York. I know, our safety is to follow them; • For, as I hear, the king is fled to London, • To call a present court of parliament.5 • Let us pursue him, ere the writs go
forth: • What says lord Warwick ? shall we after them?
War. After them! nay, before them, if we can. Now by my faith,6 lords, 'twas a glorious day: Saint Albans' battle, won by famous York, Shall be eterniz'd in all age to come.Sound, drums and trumpets ;--and to London all : And more such days as these to us befall! [Exeunt.
contemporary with the present piece, we meet with a similar expression:
“ That oft they have not that which they possess." Malone. 4 Being opposites of such repairing nature.] Being enemies that are likely so soon to rally and recover themselves from this defeat.
To repair in our author's language is, to renovate. So, in Cym. beline :
“O, disloval thing!
“ That should'st repair my youth, —," Again, in All's Well that Ends Well:
It much repairs me, “ To talk of your good father.” Malone. 5 To call a present court of parliament ] The King and queen left the stage only just as York entered, and have not said a word about calling a parliament. Where then could York hear this !-The fact is, as we have seen, that in the old play the king does say, "he will call a parliament,” but our author has omitted the an impropriety, by sometimes following and at others deserting lines. He has, therefore, here as in some other places, fallen into his original. Malone.
* Now by my faith,] The first folio reads-Now by my hand. This lindoubtedly was one of the many alterations made by the editors of that copy, to avoid the penalty of the Stat. 3 Jac. , c. 21, See p. 258, n. 6. The true reading I have restored from the old play. Malone.