Imatges de pÓgina

Look into these affairs, see this main end", -
The French king's fifter: Heaven will one day open
The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon
This bold bad man.

Suf. And free us from his slavery.

Nor. We had need pray,
And heartily, for our deliverance ;
Or this imperious man will work us all
From princes into pages': all men's honours
Lie like one lump before him, to be fashion'd
Into what pitch he please

Suf. For me, my lords,
I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed:
As I am made without him, so I'll stand,
If the king please; his curses and his bleffings
Touch me alike, they are breath I not believe in.
I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him
To him, that made him proud, the pope.

Nor. Let's in;
And, with some other business, put the king
From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon him :-
My lord, you'll bear us company?

Cham. Excuse me;
The king hath sent me other-where: besides,

8 - see this main end,) Thus the old copy. All, &c. perceive this main end of these counsels, namely, the French king's fifter. The editor of the fourth folio and all the subsequent editors read-bis; but go or this were not likely to be confounded with bis. Besides, the king, not Wolsey, is the person last mentioned ; and it was the main end or object of Wolsey to bring about a marriage between Henry and the French king's fifter. End has already been used for cause, and may be fo here. See p. 40: “ The cardinal is the end of this." MALONE.

9 The French king's fifter.] i. e, the duchess of Alençon. STEEV.

1 From princes into pages: ] This may allude to the retinue of the car. dinal, who had several of the nobility among his menial servants. Johns.

2 lnto wbat pitch be please.] The mass must be fashioned into pircb or height, as well as into particular form. The meaning is, that the cardinal can, as he pleases, make high or low. JOHNSON.

The allusion seems to be to the 21st verse of the gth chapter of the Epiftle of St. Paul to the Romans : “ Hath not the potter power over the clay of the fame lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and an. other unto dishonour ?" COLLINS,


You'll find a moft unfit time to difturb him:
Health to your lordships.
Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain.

[Exit Lord Chamberlaid: Norfolk opens a folding-door. The king is discovered fitting,

and reading pensively 3. Suf. How sad he looks ! sure, he is much afflicted. King. Who's there? ha? Nori 'Pray God, he be not angry: King. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrust your.

Into my private meditations?
Who am I? ha?

Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences
Malice ne'er meant: our breach of duty, this way,
Is business of estate; in which, we come
To know your royal pleasure.

King. You are too bold;
Go to; I'll make ye know your times of business :
Is this an hour for temporal affairs ? ha?-

Enter Wolsey, and CAMPEIUS. Who's there ? my good lord cardinal?- my Wolsey, 3 The stage-direction in the old copy is a fingular one.

Exit Lord Chamberlain, and the King draws the curtain, and fits reading pensively,

STEEVENS This stage direction was calculated for, and ascertains precisely the ftate of, the theatre in Shakspeare's time. When a person was to be discovered in a different apartment from that in which the original 1peakers in the scene are exhibited, the artless mode of our author's time, was to place such person in the back part of the flage behind the curtains, which were occafionally suspended across it. These the person, who was to be discovered, (as Henry, in the present case,) drew back just at the proper time. Mr. Rowe, who seems to have looked no further than the modern stage, changed the direction thus: “ The scene opens, and discovers the king,” &c. but, besides the impropriety of in. troducing scenes, when there were none, such an exhibition would not be proper here, for Norfolk has just said " Let's in,”-and therefore should himself do some act, in order to visit the king. This indeed, in the simple state of the old stage, was not attended to; the king very civilly discovering himfelf. See An Account of our old Tbeatres, Vol. I, MALONE.


The quiet of my wounded conscience,
Thou art a cure fit for a king.-You're welcome,

[T. Campeius.
Moft learned reverend fir, into our kingdom ;
Use us, and it:-My good lord, have great care
I be not found a talker+.

[To Wolsey. Wol. Sir, you cannot. I would, your grace would give us but an hour Of private conference. King. We are busy; go.

[T. Norf, and Suf. Nor. This priest has no pride in him? า

Suf. Not to speak of;
I would not be fo ficks though, for his place:
But this cannot continue.

Nor. If it do,
I'll venture one have at him.

Suf. I another. [Excunt Nor, and SUF.J

Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom Above all princes, in committing freely Your scruple to the voice of Christendom: Who can be angry now? what envy reach you? The Spaniard, ty’d by blood and favour to her, Muft now confefs, if they have any goodness, The trial just and noble. All the clerks, I mean, the learned ones, in christian kingdoms, Have their free voices *, Rome, the nurse of judgment, Invited by your noble self, hath sent One general tongue unto us, this good man, This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius; Whom, once more, 1 present unto your highness.

King. And, once more, in mine arms I bid him welcome, And thank the holy conclave for their loves ; They have sent me such a man I would have wilh'd for.

4 — bave great care

I be not found a talker.] I take the meaning to be, Let care be taken bat my promise be performed, ibat my professions of welcome be not found empty talk. JOHNSON.

S-lo fick -] That is, so fick as he is proud. Johnson.

:* Have ibeir free voices;] The construction is, have sent their free poices; the word sent, which occurs in the next line, being underfood here. MALONE, VOL. VII.



Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all ftrangers' loves, You are so noble: To your highness' hand I tender my commission ; by whose virtue, (The court of Rome commanding,)-you, my lord Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their servant, In the unpartial judging of this bufiness.

King. Two equal men. The queen shall be acquainted Forthwith, for what you come : Where's Gardiner?

Wol. I know, your majesty has always lov'd her
So dear in heart, not to deny her that
A woman of less place might ak by law,
Scholars, allow'd freely to argue for her.

King. Ay, and the best, she shall have ; and my favour
To him that does beft; God forbid else. Cardinal,
Pr’ythee, call Gardiner to me, my new secretary;
I find him a fit fellow.

[Exit Wolsey. Re-enter Wolsey, with GARDINER. Wol. Give me your hand; much joy and favour to you ; You are the king's now.

Gard. But to be commanded For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais’d me. [ Afde,

King. Come hither, Gardiner. [They converse apart,

Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace
In this man's place before him?

Wol. Yes, he was.
Cam. Was he not held a learned man?
Wol. Yes, surely.

Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread then
Even of yourself, lord cardinal.

Wol. How! of me?

Cam. They will not stick to say, you envy'd him;
And, fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous,
Kept him a foreign man ftillo: which fo griev'd him,
That he ran mad, and dy'd.

Wol. Heaven's peace be with him !
That's christian care enough: for living murmurers,
There's places of rebuke. He was a fool ;

Kept him a foreign man fill:] Kept him out of the king's presence, csoployed in foreign embassies. JOHNSON.



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For he would needs be virtuous: That good fellow,
If I command him, follows my appointment;
I will have none so near else. Learn this, brother,
We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons.
King. Deliver this with modefty to the queen.

The most convenient place that I can think of,
For such receipt of learning, is Black-Friars;
There ye shall meet about this weighty business :-
My Wolsey, see it furnish'd-O my lord,
Would it not grieve an able man, to leave
So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, conscience,
0, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her. [Exeunt.

An Antechamber in the Queen's Apartments,

Enter Anne BULLEN, and an old Lady.
Anne. Not for that neither ;-Here's the pang that

pinches :
His highness having liv'd so long with her; and the
So good a lady, that no tongue could ever
Pronounce dishonour of her,—by my life,
She never knew harm-doing ;- now, after
So many courses of the sun enthron’d,
Still growing in a majesty and pomp,—the which
To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than
'Tis sweet at first to acquire,-after this process,
To give her the avaunt?! it is a pity
Would move a monster.

Old L. Hearts of most hard temper
Melt and lament for her.

Anne. 0, God's will! much better,
She ne'er had known pomp: though it be temporal,
Yet, if that quarrel, fortune, do divorce 8

-To leave is—] The latter word was added by Mr. Theobald.

MALONI. 7 To give ber tbe avauxil-) To send her away contemptuously; to pronounce against her a sentence of ejection. Johnson. B Tei, if ibar quarrel, fortune,-j She calls Fortune a quarrel or E 2


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