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Antechamber to the King's Apartment.
Enter the DUKE of NORFOLK, the DUKE of Sur
FOLK, the EARL of SURREY, and the Lord Chamberlain.
Nor. If you will now unite in your complaints And force 1 them with a constancy, the cardinal Cannot stand under them: If you omit The offer of this time, I cannot promise, But that
shall sustain more new disgraces,
I am joyful
Which of the peers
Cham. My lord, you speak your pleasures : What he deserves of
· Force is enforce, urge. So in Measure for Measure :
Has he affections in him
When he would force it.' 2. Which of the peers has not gone by him contemned or neglected ? When did he regard the stamp of nobleness in any person, though attentive to his own dignity? VOL. VII.
0, fear him not;
Believe it, this is true.
O, how, how?
Sur. Has the king this?
Will this work? Cham. The king in this perceives him, how he
coasts, And hedges, his own way *. But in this point All his tricks founder, and he brings his physick After his patient's death; the king already Hath married the fair lady.
3 i. e. his secret endeavours to counteract the divorce.
4 To coast is to hover about, to pursue a sidelong course about a thing. To hedge is to creep along by the hedge, not to take the direct and open path, but to steal covertly through circumvolutions,
'Would he had !
Now all my joy
My amen to't!
But, will the king
No, no; There be more wasps that buz about his nose, Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinal Campeius Is stolen away to Rome; hath ta'en no leave; Has left the cause o' the king unhandled; and Is posted, as the agent of our cardinal,
5 To trace is to follow. Thus in Macbeth :
all unfortunate souls
That trace him in his line.' The form of Surrey's wish had been anticipated by Richmond in King Richard III. sc. ult.:
• Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction ! 6 This same phrase occurs again in Romeo and Juliet, Act i. Sc, 1: • Good morrow, cousin.
Is the day so young ?' 7 To memorize is to make memorable. Thus in Macbeth, Act i. Sc. 2:
• Or memorize another Golgotha.'
To second all this plot. I do assure you
Now, God incense him,
But, my lord,
Suf. He is return'd, in his opinions; which
This same Cranmer's
He has : and we shall see him
So I hear.
Enter WOLSEY and CROMWELL. Nor.
Observe, observe, he's moody. Wol. The packet, Cromwell, gave it you the king? Crom. To his own hand, in his bedchamber. Wol. Look'd he o’the inside of the paper ? Crom.
8 Suffolk means to say Cranmer is returned in his opinions, i. e. with the same sentiments which he entertained before he went abroad, which (sentiments) have satisfied the king, together with all the famous colleges referred to on the occasion. Or perhaps the passage (as Mr. Tyrwhitt observes) may mean, He is returned in effect, having sent his opinions, i.e. the opinions of divines, &c. collected by him.
He did unseal them; and the first he view'd,
Is he ready
I think, by this he is.
broke! Nor. He's discontented. Suf
May be, he hears the king Does whet his anger to him. Sur.
Sharp enough, Lord, for thy justice! Wol. The late queen's gentlewoman; a knight's
daughter, To be her mistress' mistress! the queen's queen!— This candle burns not clear: 'tis I must snuff it; Then, out it goes. What though I know her virtuous, And well deserving? yet I know her for A spleeny Lutheran; and not wholesome to Our cause, that she should lie i' the bosom of Our hard-rul'd king. Again, there is sprung up An heretick, an arch one, Cranmer; one Hath crawld into the favour of the king, And is his oracle. Nor.
He is vex'd at something. Suf: I would 'twere something that would fret
the string, The master-cord of his heart!