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The Massacre at Paris

The Massacre at Paris

Textual History: Echoes from Other Plays

The following are examples of lines in The Massacre at Paris that are identical or very similar to lines found in other contemporary plays as cited in [Oliver].1 As noted under Textual History, this is one of a number of characteristics that suggest a corrupt reported text produced from memorial reconstruction.

Henry VI Part 32

Seroune: O let me pray before I take my death!

The Massacre at Paris, VIII.7

Rutland: O let me pray before I take my death!

Henry VI Part 3, line I.iii.35

Queen Mother: What art thou dead, sweet son? Speak to thy Mother.

The Massacre at Paris, XIII.16

Queen Margaret: O Ned, sweet Ned, speak to thy mother, boy!

Henry VI Part 3, line V.v.49

Queen Mother: And he nor hears, nor sees us what we do.

The Massacre at Paris, XIII.18

Warwick: And he nor sees, nor hears us, what we say.

Henry VI Part 3, line

Navarre: And makes his footstool on security:

The Massacre at Paris, XVI.41

King Edward: And made our footstool of security.

Henry VI Part 3, line V.vii.14

Navarre: And we are grac'd with wreaths of victory

The Massacre at Paris, XVIII.2

King Edward: And we are grac'd with wreaths of victory.

Henry VI Part 3, line V.iii.2

Dumaine: Sweet Duke of Guise our prop to lean upon,
Now thou art dead, here is no stay for us

The Massacre at Paris, XXIII.4-5

King Edward: Sweet Duke of York, our prop to lean upon,
Now thou art gone, we have no staff, no stay.

Henry VI Part 3, lines II.i.68-69

Henry VI Part 23

Guise: For this, I wake, when others think I sleep.

The Massacre at Paris, II.45

York: Watch thou and wake, when others be asleep4

Henry VI Part 2, line I.i.246

Guise: And he shall follow my proud chariot's wheels.

The Massacre at Paris, XXI.54

Gloucester: That erst did follow my proud chariot wheels

Henry VI Part 2, line II.iv.13

Friar: O my Lord, I have been a great sinner in my days, and
the deed is meritorious.

The Massacre at Paris, XXIII.27-28

Gloucester: But that my heart accordeth with my tongue -
Seeing the deed is meritorious,

Henry VI Part 2, III.i.269-270

Edward the Second5

Queen Mother: How likes your grace my son's pleasantness?
His mind you see runs on his minions.

The Massacre at Paris, XIV.44-45

Isabella: Look, Lancaster, how passionate he is,
And still his mind runs on his minion.

Edward the Second, lines II.ii.3-4

Dumaine: Come let us away and levy men,
'Tis war that must assuage the tyrant's pride.

The Massacre at Paris, XXIII.21-22

King Edward: Come Edmund, let's away and levy men,
'Tis war that must abate these barons' pride.

Edward the Second, lines II.ii.98-99

Henry III: These bloody hands shall tear his triple Crown,
And fire accursed Rome about his ears.
I'll fire his erased buildings and incense
The papal towers to kiss the holy earth.

The Massacre at Paris, XXIV.60-63

King Edward: Proud Rome, that hatchest such imperial grooms
For these thy superstitious taper-lights
Wherewith thy antichristian churches blaze,
I'll fire thy crazèd buildings and enforce
The papal towers to kiss the lowly ground.

Edward the Second, lines I.iv.97-101

Arden of Faversham6

Duchess Guise: Sweet Mugeroun, 'tis he that hath my heart,
And Guise usurps it, cause I am his wife.

The Massacre at Paris, XV.3-4

Alice: Sweet Mosby is the man that hath my heart,
And he usurps it, having nought but this -
That I am tied to him by marriage.

Arden of Faversham, lines II.ii.3-4

  • Note 1: [Oliver] - Back to Text
  • Note 2: Examples quoted from Andrew S. Cairncross (Ed.), Henry VI Part 3 (Arden Third Series, 1996). Back to Text
  • Note 3: Examples quoted from Ronald Knowles (Ed.) Henry VI Part 2 (Arden Third Series, 1999). Back to Text
  • Note 4: [Oliver] - p.100 notes that this phrase may be proverbial. Back to Text
  • Note 5: Examples quoted from Charles R. Forker (Ed.), Edward the Second (The Revels Plays Series, Manchester University Press, 1995). Back to Text
  • Note 6: Examples quoted from Martin White (Ed.), Arden of Faversham (New Mermaid Edition, A&C Black, 2000). Back to Text
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