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Buck. This butcher's cur is venom-mouth'd, and I
What, are you chaf'd ?
I read in his looks
Stay, my lord,
I'll to the king :
* Bores—wounds-thrusts. So in the Winter's Tale :' “ Now the ship boring the moon with her mainmast.”
By your prescription :—but this top-proud fellow,
Say not treasonous.
'Faith, and so it did.
Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow,-
I am sorry
No, not a syllable;
Enter BRANDON; a Sergeant-at-Arms before him, and two or
three of the Guard. Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it. Serg.
Lo you, my lord,
I am sorry
It will help me nothing
“ Fallen in the practice of a cursed slave.”'
Be done in this and all things!—I obey.-
Bran. Nay, he must bear you company :-The king
Is pleas'd you shall to the Tower, till you know
As the duke said,
Bran. Here is a warrant from
Bran. A monk o' the Chartreux.
0, Michael Hopkins ? Bran.
He. Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er-great cardinal Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'd already: I am the shadow of poor Buckingham; Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on, By dark’ning my clear sun.--My lords, farewell. [Exeunt.
a John de la Car—the name of the original and of the 'Chronicles;' but ordinarily printed John de la Court.
o Michael Hopkins. So the original. The same person—the “ 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 Christianname 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.
c 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
SCENE II.- The Council-Chamber.
Cornets. Enter King HENRY, CARDINAL WOLSEY, the Lords
of the Council, Sir Thomas Lovell, Officers, and Attendants. The King enters, leaning on the CARDINAL'S shoulder.
K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it, Thanks you for this great care: I stood i' the level Of a full-charg'd confederacy, and give thanks To you that chok'd it.—Let be call'd before us That gentleman of Buckingham's: in person I'll hear him his confessions justify; And point by point the treasons of his master 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 :
K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us :—Half your suit
Thank your majesty.
K. Hen. Lady mine, proceed.
himself is absorbed, annihilated, by the instant cloud. The metaphor, however, forgets that
“ the shadow proves the substance true.”