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Several Lords and Ladies in the Dumb Shews. Women attending upon the Queen ; Spirits, wbich appear to her. Scribes, Officers, Guards, and other Attendants.
The SCENE lies mostly in London and Weftminter ; once at Kimbolton.
I come no more to make you laugh; things now,
That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
Sad, bigb, and working, full of state and woe ;
Such noble scenes, as draw the eye to Aow,
We fall present. Those, that can piny, bere
May, if they think it well
, let fall a tear ;
The subje&t will deserve it. Such, as give
Their money out of bope they may believe,
May bere find truth too. Those, that come to see
Only a low or two, (and so agree,
The Play may pass if they be still and willing,
I'll undertake, may see away their Milling
Richly in two Soort hours. Only they,
That come to hear a merry, bawdy play ;
A noise of targets; or to see a fellow (1)
In a long motley coat, guarded with yellow ;
Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle bearers, know,
To rank our chosen truth with such a low
As fool and fight is, (besides forfeiting
Our own brains, and th' opinion that we bring
To make that only true we now intend)
Will leave us ne'er an understanding friend.
Therefore, for goodness fake, as you are known
The first and happiest bearers of the town,
Be sad, as we would make ye. Think before ye (2)
The very persons of our noble story,
As they were living : think, you see them great,
And follow'd with
the gen'ral throng, and sweat
Of thousand friends ; Then, in a moment see
How soon this mightines meets misery !
And, if you can be merry then, I'll say,
A mani may-weep upon his wedding day.
or to Jee a Fellow In a long motly Coat,] Alluding to the Fools and Buffoon, introduc'd for the Generality in the Plays a little before our Author's Time: and of whom he has left us a small Taste in his own. (2)
fee The very Perfons of our noble Story,] Why the Rhyme should have been interrupted here, when it was so easily to be supplied, I cannot conceive. It can only be accounted for from the Negligence of the Press, or the Transcribers: and therefore I have made no Scruple to replace it.
SCENE, An Antechamber in the Palace.
Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one door: at the other,
the Duke of Buckingham, and the Lord Abergavenny.
OOD morrow, and well met. How have
Since last we saw in France ?
Nor. I thank your Grace :
Healthful, and ever since a fresh admirer
Of what I saw there.
Buck. An untimely ague
Staid me a prisoner in my chamber, when
Those suns of glory, those two lights of men,
Met in the vale of Arde,
Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde :
I was then present, law 'em falute on horse-back,
Beheld them when they lighted, how they clung
In their embracement, as they grew together ;
Which had they, what four thron'd ones could have
Such a compounded one?
(weigh'd Buck. All the whole time, I was my chamber's prisoner.
Nor. Then you loft
The view of earthly glory: men might fay,
'Till this time Pomp was fingle, but now marry'd
To one above it self. Each following day
Became the next day's master, 'till the last
Made former wonders, its. To day the French,
All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods,
Shone down the English ; and to morrow they
Made Britain, India : every man that stood,
Shew'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were
As Cherubins, all gilt ; the Madams too,
Not us'd to toil, did almoft sweat to bear
The pride upon them ; that their very labour
Was to them as a painting. Now this mask
cry'd, incomparable ; and th' ensuing night
Made it a fool and beggar. The two Kings,
Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst,
As presence did present them ; him in eye,
Still him in praise ; and being present both,
'Twas said, they faw but one; and no discerner
Durst wag his tongue in censure. When these suns
(For so they phrase 'em) by their heralds challeng'd
The noble fpirits to arms, they did perform
Beyond thought's compass ; that old fabulous story
(Being now seen possible enough) got credit ;
Thatit Bevis was believ'd.
Buck. Oh, you go far.,
Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect In honour, honesty the tract of every thing Would by a good discourser lose some life, Which Action's self was congue to. All waş royal ; (3)
Ta + The old romantic legend of. Bevis of Southampton. (3) Which Aktion's self was Tongue to. Buck. All was rayal. To the diffofing of it Nought rebelled;
To the disposing of it nought rebelld;
Order gave each thing view: The office did
Distinctly his full function.
Buck. Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together, as you guess?
Nor. One, sure, that promises no element
In such a business.
Buck. Pray you, who, my lord ?
Nor. All this was order'd by the good discretion
Of the right rev'rend Cardinal of York.
Buck. The devil speed him ! no man's pye is freed
From his ambitious finger. What had he
To do in these fierce vanities ? I wonder,
That such a ketch can with his very bulk
up the rays o'th' beneficial fun, And keep it from the earth.
Nor. Yet, surely, Sir,
There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends. .
For being not propt by ancestry, whose grace
Chalks fucceffors their way; nor call'd upon
For high feats done to th’Crown; neither ally'd
To eminent assistants ; but spider like
Out of his felf-drawn web; -- this gives us note,
The force of his own merit makes his way;
A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
A place next to the King.
Aber, I cannot tell
What heav'n-hath giv'n him ; let some graver eye
Pierce into that : but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of him ; whence has he that? (4)
Order gave each Thing View. The Office did
Diftinčtly his full Function. Who did, &c.] Thus hitherto these Speeches have been regulated : but, I think, miftakingly. Buckingham could not with any Propriety say This; for he wanted Information as to the Magnificence, having kept his Chamber with an Ague during the Solemnity. I have therefore ventur'd to split the Speeches, so as to give them Probability, from the Persons speaking ; without hazarding the Author's Sense by this new Regulation. (4)
whence has he that, If not from hell ? the Devil] Thus has this Passage been pointed in all