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I ferv'd my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.

CROM. Good fir, have patience.


So I have. Farewell

The hopes of court! my hopes in heaven do dwell.




A Street in Westminster.

Enter two Gentlemen, meeting.

1. GENT. You are well met once again."

2. GENT.

And fo are you.*

I. GENT. You come to take your ftand here, and


The lady Anne pass from her coronation?

2. GENT. 'Tis all my business. At our last en


The duke of Buckingham came from his trial.

1. GENT. 'Tis very true: but that time offer'd forrow;

This, general joy.

against God, I failed not to thee. Had I been as good a fervant to my Lord my God, as I was to thee, I had not died that death.” Pinfcottie's Hiftory of Scotland, p. 261, edit. 1788, 12mo.


once again.] Alluding to their former meeting in the fecond act. JOHNSON.

2 And fo are you.] The conjunction-And was fupplied by Sir. Thomas Hanmer, to complete the measure. STEEVENS.

2. GENT.

'Tis well the citizens,

I am fure, have shown at full their royal minds;' As, let them have their rights, they are ever for


In celebration of this day with shows,
Pageants, and fights of honour.

1. GENT.

Never greater,

Nor, I'll affure you, better taken, fir.

2. GENT. May I be bold to ask what that con


That paper in your hand?


Yes; 'tis the lift

Of those, that claim their offices this day,
By cuftom of the coronation.

The duke of Suffolk is the first, and claims
To be high steward; next, the duke of Norfolk,
He to be earl marshal; you may read the rest.

2. GENT. I thank you, fir; had I not known those customs,

I should have been beholden to your paper.

3 their royal minds;] i. e. their minds well affected to their king. Mr. Pope unneceffarily changed this word to loyal. In King Henry IV. Part II. we have "royal faith," that is, faith due to kings; which Sir T. Hanmer changed to loyal, and I too hastily followed Dr. Johnson and the late editions, in adopting the emendation. The recurrence of the fame expreffion, though it is not fuch a one as we fhould now ufe, convinces me that there is no error in the text in either place." MALONE.

Royal, I believe, in the prefent inftance, only fignifies-noble, So, Macbeth, fpeaking of Banquo, mentions his royalty of nature." STEEVENS.

this day] Sir Thomas Hanmer reads:

thefe days

but Shakspeare meant fuch a day as this, a coronation day. And fuch is the English idiom, which our author commonly prefers to grammatical nicety. JOHNSON.

But, I beseech you, what's become of Katharine,
The princess dowager? how goes her business?

1. GENT. That I can tell you too. The arch-

Of Canterbury, accompanied with other
Learned and reverend fathers of his order,
Held a late court at Dunstable, fix miles off
From Ampthill, where the princefs lay; to which
She oft was cited by them, but appear'd not:
And, to be short, for not appearance, and
The king's late fcruple, by the main affent
Of all these learned men fhe was divorc'd,
And the late marriage' made of none effect:
Since which, fhe was removed to Kimbolton,
Where the remains now, fick.

2. GENT.

Alas, good lady!-

The trumpets found: ftand clofe, the queen is



A lively flourish of trumpets; then, enter

1. Two judges.

2. Lord Chancellor, with the purfe and mace before bim.

3. Choristers finging.


5 not appearance,] I fuppofe, our author wrote-nonappearance. So, in The Winter's Tale:


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the execution did cry out

"Against the non-performance." STEEVENS.

the late marriage-] i. e. the marriage lately confidered as a valid one. STEEVENS.


4. Mayor of London bearing the mace. Then Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his head, a gilt copper crown.

5. Marquis Dorfet, bearing a Scepter of gold, on his head a demi-coronal of gold. With him, the

Earl of Surrey, bearing the rod of filver with the dove, crown'd with an earl's coronet. Collars of SS.

6. Duke of Suffolk, in his robe of eftate, his coronet on his head, bearing a long white wand, as bigh fteward. With him, the Duke of Norfolk, with the rod of marshalship, a coronet on his bead. Collars of SS.

7. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports; under it, the Queen in her robe; in her hair richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each fide of her, the Bishops of London and Winchester.

8. The old Duchefs of Norfolk, in a coronal of gold, wrought with flowers, bearing the Queen's


9. Certain Ladies or Counteffes, with plain circlets gold without flowers.


2. GENT. A royal train, believe me.-Thefe I


Who's that, that bears the scepter?

1. GENT.

Marquis Dorset: And that the earl of Surrey, with the rod.


-in his coat of arms,] i. e. in his coat of office, emblazoned with the royal arms. STEEVENS.


coronal-circlets-] I do not recollect that these two words occur in any other of our author's works; a circumstance that may serve to ftrengthen Dr. Fariner's opinion-that the directions for the court pageantry throughout the prefent drama, were drawn up by another hand. STEEVENS.

2. GENT. A bold brave gentleman: And that fhould be

The duke of Suffolk.


'Tis the fame; high-fteward.

2. GENT. And that my lord of Norfolk?

1. GENT.

2. GENT.


Heaven bless thee!

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[Looking on the Queen.

Thou haft the sweetest face I ever look'd on.

Sir, as I have a foul, fhe is an angel;

Our king has all the Indies in his arms,

And more, and richer, when he strains that lady:
I cannot blame his confcience.

1. GENT.

They, that bear

The cloth of honour over her, are four barons
Of the Cinque-ports.

2. GENT. Those men are happy; and fo are all,
are near her.

I take it, fhe that carries up the train,

Is that old noble lady, duchefs of Norfolk.

I. GENT. It is; and all the reft are counteffes.

2. GENT. Their coronets fay fo. These are ftars, indeed;

And, fometimes, falling ones.

1. GENT.

No more of that.

[Exit Proceffion, with a great flourish of trumpets.

Enter a third Gentleman.

God fave you, fir! Where have

fir! Where have you been broiling?

3. GENT. Among the croud i' the abbey; where

a finger

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