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I knew him, and I know him ; so I leave him
Let's in ;
My lord, you'll bear us company? Сним.
Excuse me; The king hath sent me other-where: besides, You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him : Health to your lordships. Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain.
[Exit Lord Chamberlain.
NORFOLK opens à folding-door. The King is dis
covered sitting, and reading pensively.s SUF. How sad he looks! sure, he is much afflicted.
& The stage direction, in the old copy, is a singular one. Exit Lord Chamberlain, and the King draws the curtain, and sits reading pensively. STEEVENS.
This stage direction was calculated for, and ascertains precisely the state of, the theatre in Shakspeare's time. When a person was to be discovered in a different apartment from that in which the original speakers in the scene are exhibited, the artless mode of our author's time was to place such person in the back part of the stage, behind the curtains, which were occasionally 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 introducing 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 himself. See An Account of our old Theatres, Vol. III.
K. HEN. Who is there? ha ?
'Pray God, he be not angry. K. HEN. Who's there, I say? How dare you
thrust yourselves 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. K. HEN.
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 ?-0 my
Wolsey, The quiet of my wounded conscience, Thou art a cure fit for a king.–You're welcome,
[To CAMPEIUS. Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom ; Use us, and it :-My good lord, have great care I be not found a talker.'
Sir, you cannot. I would, your grace would give us but an hour Of private conference.
have great care I be not found a talker.] I take the meaning to be, Let care be taken that my promise be performed, that my professions of welcome be not found empty talk. Johnson. So, in King Richard III :
we will not stand to prate, “ Talkers are no good doers.” STEEVENS.
We are busy; go.
[To NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. Nor. This priest has no pride in him? SUF.
Not to speak of; I would not be so sick though, for his
place: But this cannot continue.
If it do, I'll venture one heave at him.” SUF.
[Exeunt NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. 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, tied by blood and favour to her, Must now confess, 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 judg.
ment, 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, I present unto your highness.
so sick though,] That is, so sick as he is proud.
JOHNSON. one heave at him.] So, in King Henry VI. Part II:
66 To heave the traitor Somerset from hence.” The first folio gives the passage thus :
Ile venture one; haue at him. The reading in the text is that of the second folio. STEEVENS.
* Have their free voices ;] The construction is, have sent their free voices; the word sent, which occurs in the next line, being understood here. MALONE.
K. HEN. 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 wish'd
for. CAM. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers'
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 business. K. HEN. 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 ask by law, Scholars, allow'd freely to argue for her.
K. HEN. Ay, and the best, she shall have; and
To him that does best; God forbid else. Cardinal,
Re-enter WOLSEY, with GARDINER.
Wol. Give me your hand: much joy and favour
to you; You are the king's now.
But to be commanded For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd me.
[Aside. K. HEN. Come hither, Gardiner.
[They converse apart.
CAM. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace
Yes, he was.
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 envied him ; And, fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous, Kepthim a foreign man still;4 which so griev'd him, That he ran mad, and died. WOL.
Heaven's peace be with him! That'schristian care enough: for living murmurers, There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; 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. K. HEN. Deliver this with modesty to the queen.
[Exit GARDINER. 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 my lord, Would it not grieve an able man, to leave So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, consci
ence, O, ʼtis a tender place, and I must leave her.
Kept him a foreign man still ;] Kept him out of the king's presence, employed in foreign embassies. Johnson.