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King. The faireft hand I ever touch'd! O, beauty, Till now I never knew thee.
[Mufick. Dance. Wol. My lord,Cham. Your grace?
Wol. Pray, tell them thus much from me:
[Cham. goes to the company, and returns.
[comes from his state. By all your good leaves, gentlemen ;-Here I'll make My royal choice.
King. You have found him, cardinal': [unmaking
Wol. I am glad,
King. My lord chamberlain,
daughter, The Viscount Rochford, one of her highness' women.
King. By heaven, she is a dainty one.—Sweet heart,
- take it.] That is, take the chief place. JOHNSON.
You bave found bim, cardinal:] Holinthed says the cardinal mis. took, and pitched upon fir Edward Neville; upon which the king only laughed, and pulled off both his own mark and fir Edward's, Ed. ward's MSS. STEEVENS.
2 - unbappily.] That is, unluckily, misobievously. JOHNSON. So, in A merge Feft of a Man called Howleglas, bl. 1. no date:
« _« in such manner colde he cloke and hyde his unbappineffe and falsneffe." STEEVENS. See Vol. II. p. 234, n. 2. MALONE. D 3
I were unmannerly, to take you out,
Wol. Sir Thomas Lovel, is the banquet ready
Lov. Yes, my lord.
Wol. Your grace,
King. I fear, too much.
Wol. There's fresher air, my lord, In the next chamber.
King. Lead in your ladics, every one.--Sweet partner. I must not yet forsake you :--Let's be merry ;Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen healths To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure To lead them once again ; and then let's dream Who's beft in favour, -Let the musick knock it *.
[Exeunt, with trumpets, 3 I were unmannerly,
you out, And not to kiss you.] A kiss was anciently the established fee of a lady's partner. So, in A Dialogue between Custom and Veririe, concerne ing ibe Use and Abuse of Dauncing and Minftrelfie, bl. I. no date. “ imprinted at London, at the long shop adjoining unto saint Mildred's church in the Pultrie, by John Allde,"
6. But some reply, what foole would daunce,
« If that when daunce is doon, " He may not have at ladyes lips
That which in daunce he woon??" STEEVENS. See Vol. I, p. 26, n. 1. MALONE.
4 - a little beared.] The king on being discovered and desired by Wolsey to take his place, said that he would “first go and thift him ; and, thereupon went into the Cardinal's bedchamber, where was a great fire prepared for him, and there he new appareled himselfe with rich and princely garments. And in the king's absence the dishes of the banquet were cleane taken away, and the tables covered with new and perfumed clothes. Then the king took his seat under the cloath of estate, commanding every person to fit ftill as before; and then came in a new banquet before his majestie of two bundred dishes, and so they paried the night in banqueting and dancing untill morning.” Cavendish's Life of Wolsey. MALONE.
Let tbe mufick knock it.] So, in Antonio and Mellida, P. I. 1602 ;
" Fla. Faith, the song will seem to come off hardly.
А стІІ. SCENE I.
A Street. Enter two Gentlemen, meeting. 1. Gen. Whither away so fast?
2. Gen. 0,-God save you! Even to the hall, to hear what shall become Of the great duke of Buckingham. 1. Gen. I'll save
2. Gen. Were you there?
1. Gen. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
2. Gen. That was he,
1. Gen. The same, All these accus'd him strongly; which he fain Would have flung from him, but, indeed, he could not: And so his peers, upon this evidence, Have found him guilty of high treason. Much D4
VIII. He spoke, and learnedly, for life; but all Was either pitied in him, or forgottens.
2. Gen. After all this, how did he bear himfelf?
1. Gen. When he was brought again to the bar,-to hear
2. Gen. I do not think, he fears death,
1. Gen. Sure, he does not, He never was so womanish; the cause He may a little grieve at.
2. Gen. Certainly,
1. Gen. 'Tis likely,
2. Gen. That trick of state Was a deep envious one.
1. Gen. At his return,
2. Gen. All the commons
I. Gen. Stay there, fir,
5 Was either pitied in bim, or forgotten.] Either produced no effect, or produced only ineffectual pity. MALONE.
- be sweat extremely, ] This circumftance is taken from Holin. shed :-“ After he was found guilty, the duke was brought to the bar, fore-chafing, and sweat marveloufly." STLEVENS.
Enter BUCKINGHAM from his arraignment ; Tipftaves
before him, the axe with the edge towards him; halberds
Buck. All good people,
far have come to pity me,
? Sir William Sards,] The old copy readsSir Walter. STIEV.
The correction is justified by Holin lhed's Chronicle, in which it is said, that Sir Nicholas Vaux, and Sir William Sands received Buck. ingham at the Temple, and accompanied him to the Tower. Sir W. Sands was at this time, (May 1521,) only a baronet, not being created Lord Sands till April 27, 1527. Shakspeare' probably did not know that he was the lame person whom he has already introduced with that title. He fell into the error by placing the king's visit to Wolley, (at which time Sir William was Lord Sands,) and Buckingham's condemnation in the same year; whereas that visit was made some years afterwards. MALONE.
Nor build obeir evils — ] The word evil appears to have been sometimes used in our author's time in the sense of forica. ec Vol. II. P. 44, n. 1. Malone.
9 - You few ibat lov'd me, &c.] These lines are remarkably tender and pathetick. JOHN'SON.