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Self-mettle tires him. Not a man in England
(For 't was, indeed, his colour; but he came
Ere it was ask'd;-but when the way was made,
That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on Did break i' the rinsing.
'Faith, and so it did.
Nor. Buck. Pray, give me favour, sir. This cunning cardinal
The articles o' the combination drew
As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified,
Has done this, and 't is well; for worthy Wolsey,
The business present: "Tis his highness' plea
The will of heaven be done, and the king's And point by point the treasons of his master pleasure
John de la Car-the name of the original and of the Chronicles; but ordinarily printed John de la Court.
Michael Hopkins. So the original. The same personthe "Chartreux friar"-is in the next scene called by "the Surveyor" Nicholas Henton: in both these passages the name is changed by the modern editors to Nicholas Hopkins. Some confusion is probably saved by this; but we also think that the poet might intend Buckingham to give the Nicholas Hopkins of the Chronicles' a wrong Christian-name in his precipitation; and that the Surveyor might call him by his more formal surname, Nicholas Henton-Nicholas of Henton -to which convent he belonged. With this explanation we retain the original text, in both cases.
This passage is not easy to be understood. Is the comparison a single or a double one? Douce says it is double : "Buckingham is first made to say that he is but a shadow; in other terms a dead man. He then adverts to the sudden cloud of misfortune that overwhelms him, and, like a shadow, obscures his prosperity." Johnson treats the comparison as single: "I am the shadow of poor Buckingham, whose post and dignity is assumed by the cardinal that overclouds and oppresses me, and who gains my place by darkening my clear sun." Offering another explanation, Johnson would read puts out; and Steevens inclines to pouts on. We think the comparison is continuous, though not exactly single: I am the shadow of poor Buckingham-Buckingham is no longer a reality-but even this figure of himself is absorbed, annihilated, by the instant cloud. The metaphor, however, forgets that
"the shadow proves the substance true.”
He shall again relate.
The KING takes his State. The Lords of the Council take their several places. The CARDINAL places himself under the KING's feet, on his right side.
A noise within, crying, Room for the Queen! Enter the QUEEN, ushered by the DUKES OF NORFOLK and SUFFOLK: she kneels. The KING riseth from his State, takes her up, kisses, and placeth her by him.
Q. Kath. Nay, we must longer kneel; I am a suitor.
K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us :-Half your suit
Never name to us; you have half our power;
Thank your majesty.
Q. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few, And those of true condition, that your subjects Are in great grievance: there have been commissions
Sent down among them, which have flaw'd the heart
Of all their loyalties:wherein, although,
Of these exactions, yet the king our master,
Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
Not almost appears,
It doth appear: for, upon these taxations,
Danger is often personified by our old poets.
You that are blam'd for it alike with us,
The chronicles of my doing,-let me say
Please you, sir,
Where others tell steps with me.
To cope malicious censurers; which ever,
To those which would not know them, and yet Not ours, or not allow'd; what worst, as oft,
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up
Things done well,
And, though we leave it with a root, thus hack'd
Tongues spit their duties out; and cold hearts I put it to your care.
[To the Secretary. Let there be letters writ to every shire, Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd
They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly Said, 'T was the fear, indeed; and that he Than ever they were fair. This man so cómplete,
Who was enroll'd 'mongst wonders, and when
Almost with ravish'd list'ning, could not find
(This was his gentleman in trust) of him
Wol. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relate what you,
Most like a careful subject, have collected
'T would prove the verity of certain words
(Tell you the duke) shall prosper: bid him strive To gain the love of the commonalty; the duke Shall govern England.'
Q. Kath. If I know you well, You were the duke's surveyor, and lost your office
On the complaint o' the tenants: Take good heed You charge not in your spleen a noble person, And spoil your nobler soul! I say, take heed; Yes, heartily beseech you.
He stretch'd him, and, with one hand on his To think an English courtier may be wise,
And never see the Louvre.
The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh'd at. Sands. 'Tis time to give them physic, their diseases
And have an hour of hearing; and, by 'r lady, Held current music too.
Cham. Well said, lord Sands; Your colt's tooth is not cast yet. Sands.
Nor shall not, while I have a stump.
Whither were you a going?
Your lordship is a guest too,
No, my lord;
To the cardinal's;