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Well worthy the best heir o'the world, should not
issue's fail; and that gave to me
Very well, my liege.
satisfied me. Lin.
So please your highness, The question did at first so stagger me,Bearing a state of mighty moment in't, And consequence of dread, that I committed The daring'st counsel which I had, to doubt; And did entreat your highness to this course, Which you are running here. K. Hen.
I then mov'd
18 The phrase belongs to navigation. A ship is said to hull when she is dismasted, and only her hull or hulk is left at the direction and mercy of the waves. Thus in The Alarm for London, 1602:
* And they lye hulling up and down the stream.' 19 Waste, or wear away.
Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on:
before the primest creature
So please your highness, The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness That we adjourn this court till further day: Mean while must be an earnest motion Made to the queen, to call back her appeal She intends unto his holiness. [They rise to depart. K. Hen.
I may perceive, [Aside. These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome. My learn’d and well beloved servant, Cranmer, Pr’ythee return 21 ! with thy approach, I know, My comfort comes along. Break up
the court: I say, set on. [Exeunt, in manner as they entered.
20 Shakspeare uses the verb to paragon both in Antony and Cleopatra and Othello :
• If thou with Cæsar paragon again
a maid That paragons description and wild fame.' 21 This is only an apostrophe to the absent bishop of that
ACT III. .
Palace at Bridewell.
A Room in the Queen's Apartment.
The Queen, and some of her Women, at work. Q. Kath. Take thy lute, wench: my soul grows
sad with troubles ; Sing, and disperse them, if thou canst: leave working.
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
Bow themselves, when he did sing
There had been a lasting spring.
Hung their heads, and then lay by.
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.
Enter a Gentleman. Q. Kath. How now?
1 Cavendish, who appears to have been present at this interview of the cardinal's with the queen, says— She came out of ber privy chamber with a skein of white thread about her neck into the chamber of presence.' A subsequent speech of the queen's is nearly conformable to what is related in Cavendish, and copied by Holinshed.
Gent. An't please your grace, the two great car
dinals Wait in the presence?. Q. Kath.
Would they speak with me? Gent. They will’d me say so, madam. Q. Kath.
Pray their graces To come near. [Exit Gent.] What can be their
Enter WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS.
Peace to your highness!
housewife; I would be all, against the worst may happen. What are your pleasures with me, reverend lords?
Wol. May it please you, noble madam, to withdraw Into your private chamber, we shall give you The full cause of our coming. Q. Kath.
Speak it here; There's nothing I have done yet, o'my conscience, Deserves a corner: 'Would, all other women Could speak this with as free a soul as I do! My lords, I care not (so much I am happy Above a number), if my actions Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them,
2 Presence chamber.
3 • Being churchmen they should be virtuous, and every business they undertake as righteous as their sacred office: but all hoods make not monks.' In allusion to the Latin proverbCucullus non facit monachum, to which Chaucer also alludes :
· Habite ne muketh monke ne frere;
Envy and base opinion set against them*,
4 I would be glad that my conduct were in some public trial confronted with mine enemies, that malice and corrupt judgment might try their utmost power against me.
5 This is obscurely expressed, but seems to mean, business is with me, and relates to the question of my marriage, out with it boldly.'.
6 « Then began my lord to speak to her in Latin." Nay, good my lord (quoth she), speak to me in English, I. beseech you, though I understand Latin”!:-Cavendish.
7 This line stands so awkwardly, and out of its place, that Mr. Edwards's proposition to transpose it should be adopted,
• If your
• I am sorry my integrity should breed