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That the great child of honour, cardinal Wolsey,
Grif. Yes, madam; but I think your grace,
Kath. Prithee, good Griffith, tell me how he died :
Grif. Well, the voice goes, madam :
Alas, poor man!
Kath. So may he rest; his faults lie gently on him! Yet thus far, Griffith, give me leave to speak him, And yet with charity :-He was a man Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking Himself with princes; one, that by suggestion Tied all the kingdom : simony was fair play ; His own opinion was his law: I'the presence He would say untruths; and be ever double,
a Tied. There is a great controversy amongst the commentators whether this word means limited-infringed the liberties—or tithed. We have no doubt tha the allusion is to the acquisition of wealth by the Cardinal.
Both in his words and meaning: He was never,
Yes, good Griffithai
This cardinal, Though from an humble stock, undoubtedly Was fashion'd to much honour from his cradle.a He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one; Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading: Lofty, and sour, to them that lov’d him not; But, to those men that sought him, sweet as summer. And though he were unsatisfied in getting, (Which was a sin,) yet in bestowing, madam, He was most princely: Ever witness for him Those twins of learning, that he rais'd in you, Ipswich, and Oxford! one of which fell with him, Unwilling to outlive the good that did it; The other, though unfinish’d, yet so famous, So excellent in art, and still so rising, That Christendom shall 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.
Kuth. After my death I wish no other herald, No other speaker of my living actions,
a We have not followed the punctuation of the old copy; for that a man should not only be a scholar from his cradle, but a ripe and good one, is more than remarkable. We have no doubt that the passage was formed upon a sentence in Holinshed :-“ This cardinal was a man undoubtedly born to honour.”
To keep mine honour from corruption,
Sad and solemn music. Grif. She is asleep : Good wench, let's sit down quiet, For fear we wake her ;-Softly, gentle Patience. The Vision. Enter, solemnly tripping one after another, six * Personages, clad in white robes, wearing on their heads garlands of bays, and golden vizards 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; at which, the other four make reverend curtsies; then the two that held the garland deliver the same to the other next two, who observe the same order in their changes, and holding 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 sleep signs of rejoicing, and holdeth up her hands to heaven : and so in their dancing vanish, carrying the garland with them. The music continues.
Kath. Spirits of peace, where are ye? Are ye all gone ?
It is not you I call for :
They promis'd me eternal happiness;
Grif. I am most joyful, madam, such good dreams
Bid the music leave,
[Music ceases. Pat.
Do you note,
Heaven comfort her!
Enter a Messenger.
You are a saucy fellow :
You are to blame,
Mess. I humbly do entreat your highness' pardon ;
Kath. Admit him entrance, Griffith: But this fellow
Re-enter Griffith with CAPUCIUS.
If my sight fail not,
Cap. Madam, the same, your servant.
O my lord,
The king's request that I would visit you ;
Kath. O my good lord, that comfort comes too late ;
Madam, in good health.
No, madam. [Giving it to Kath.
Most willing, madam.