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Was fashion’d to much honour. From his cradle,
And though he were unsatisfy'd in getting,
into verse, « This cardinall was a man undoubtedly BORN to horour,” strongly support his regulation. The reader has before him the arguments on each side. I am by no means confident that I have decided rightly. Malone. The present punctuation,
- From his cradle, • He was a scholar,seems to be countenanced by a passage in King Henry V:
“ Never was such a sudden jiholar made." STEEVENS, 2 Was fashion'd to much honour.] Perhaps our author borrowed this expression from Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans, ix. 21: “ Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump, to make one veljel unto honour” &c.
STEEVENS. 3-fair spoken, and persuading :) Eloquence constituted a part of the Cardinal's real character. In the charges exhibited against him, it was alledged that at the Privy Council “ he would have all the words to himself, and consumed much time with a fair tale.” See 4 Inft. 91. Holt White.
+ Unwilling to outlive the good that did it;] Unwilling to survive that virtue which was the cause of its foundation: or perhaps
good” is licentiously used for the good man; “ the virtuous prelate who founded it.” So, in The Winter's Tale: “ a piece many years in doing.”
Mr. Pope and the subsequent editors read—the good he did it; which appears to me unintelligible. “ The good he did it,” was laying the foundation of the building and endowing it: if therefore we suppose the college unwilling to outlive the good he did it, we suppose it to expire instantly after its birth.
“ The college unwilling to live longer than its founder, or the
The other, though unfinishid, yer so famous, So excellent in art, and still fo rising, That Christendom-fhall ever speak his virtue. His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ; -For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little : And, to add greater honours to his age Than man could give him, he died, fearing God.
KATH. After my death I wish no other herald, No other speaker of my living actions, To keep mine honour from corruption, But such an honest chronicler as Griffith. Whom I most hated living, thou hast made me, With thy religious truth, and modesty, Now in his ashes honour: Peace be with him!-Patience, be near me still; and set me lower: I have not long to trouble thee.-Good Griffith, Cause the musicians play me that sad note I nam'd my knell, whilst I fit meditating On that celestial harmony I go to.
Sad and solemn musick.
quiet, For fear we wake her ;-Softly, gentle Patience.
The vision. Enter, solemnly tripping one after ano
ther," fix personages, clad in white robes, wearing on
goodness that gave rise to it," though certainly a conceit, is suffi-
May it please your highness
solemnly tripping one after another,] This whimsical ftage-direction is exactly taken from the old copy. Steevens.
their heads garlands of bays, and golden vizards 6 on their faces; branches of bays, or palm, in their hands. They first congee unto her, then dance; and, at certain changes, the first two hold a spare garland over her head; al which, the other four make reverend court sies; then the two, that held the garland, deliver the fame to the other next two, who observe the same order in their changes, and bolding the garland over her head : which done, they deliver the same garland to the last two, who likewise observe the same order: at which, (as it were by inspiration,) She makes in her feep signs of rejoicing, and holdeth up ber hands to heaven: and so in their dancing they vanish, carrying the garland with them. The musick continues.
KATH. Spirits of peace, where are ye? Are ye
all gone? And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye??
Grif. Madam, we are here.
It is not you I call for:
None, madam. KATH. No? Saw you not, even now, a blessed
Of this stage-direction I do not believe our author wrote one word. Katharine’s next speech probably suggested this tripping dumb-shew to the too busy reviver of this play. MALONE.
golden vizards -] These tawdry disguises are also mentioned in Hall's account of a maske devised by King Henry VIII: thei were appareled &c. with visers and cappes of golde.”.
STEEVENS. 7 And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye?) Perhaps Mr. Gray had this passage in his thoughts, when he made his Bard exclaim, on a similar occafion, (the evanescence of visionary forms):
“ Stay, O stay; nor thus forlorn
Invite me to a banquet ; whose bright faces
Grif. I am most joyful, madam, such good dreams
Bid the musick leave,
Do you note,
Grif. She is going, wench; pray, pray.
Heaven comfort her!
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. An't like your grace, · KATH.
You are a faucy fellow :
You are to blame,
Mark you her eyes?] The modern editors read-Mark her eyes. But in the old copy there being a ftop of interrogation after this passage, as after the foregoing clauses of the speech, I have ventured to insert the pronoun-you, which at once supports the ancient pointing, and completes the measure.” Steevens.
9 — go to, kneel.] Queen Katharine's servants after the divorce at Dunstable, and the Pope's curse stuck up at Dunkirk, were directed to be sworn to serve her not as a Queen, but as Princejs Dowager. Some refused to take the oath, and so were forced to leave her service; and as for those who took it and ftayed, the
Mess. I humbly do entreat your highness' par
don; My haste made me unmannerly: There is staying A gentleman, sent from the king, to see you. Kath. Admit him entrance, Griffith : But this
fellow Let me ne'er fee again.
[Exeunt Griffith and Messenger.
Re-enter GRIFFITH with CAPUCIUS.
But, I pray
If my fight fail not,
CAP. Madam, the same, your servant.
O my lord, The times, and titles, now are alter'd strangely With me, since first you knew me.
you, What is your pleasure with me? Cap.
Noble lady, First, mine own service to your grace; the next, The king's request that I would visit you ; Who grieves much for your weakness, and by me Sends you his princely commendations, And heartily entreats you take good comfort.
Kath. O my good lord, that comfort comes too
'Tis like a pardon after execution : That gentle physick, given in time, had cur'd me;
would not be served by them, by which means she was almost deftitute of attendants. See Hall, fol. 219. Bishop Burnet fays all the women about her still called her Queen. Burnet, p. 162.