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Enter the King, reading a Schedule 9; and LOVELL. Suf.
The king, the king. K. Hen. What piles of wealth hath he accumulated To his own portion! and what expense by the hour Seems to flow from him! How, i' the name of thrift, Does he rake this together!-Now, my lords; Saw you
the cardinal ? Nor.
My lord, we have
9 That the cardinal gave the king an inventory of his own private wealth, by mistake, and thereby ruined himself, is a known variation from the truth of history. Shakspeare, however, has not injudiciously represented the fall of that great man as owing to an incident which he had once improved to the destruction of another. See the story related of Thomas Ruthall, bishop of Durham, in Holinshed, p. 796 and 797.
10 Sallust, describing the disturbed state of Cataline's mind, takes notice of the same circumstance:-- Citus modo, modo tardus incessus.'
It's beaven's will;
If we did think
goes to Wolsey.
Heaven forgive me!
my You are full of heavenly stuff, and bear the inventory Of your best
graces mind; the which
You have said well.
'Tis well said again; And 'tis a kind of good deed, to say well: And yet words are no deeds. My father lov’d you: He said, he did; and with his deed did crown
His word upon you 12. Since I had my office,
What should this mean? Sur. The Lord increase this business! [Aside. K. Hen.
Have I not made you The prime man of the state ? I pray you, tell me, If what I now pronounce, you have found true: And, if you may confess it, say withal, If you are bound to us or no.
What say you?
* To crown my thoughts with acts.' 13 Your royal benefits, showered upon me daily, have been more than all my studied purpose could do to requite, for they went beyond all that man could effect in the way of gratitude. My endeavours have ever come too short of my desires, though they have fild, i.e. equalled or kept pace with my abilities.
The foulness is the punishment. I presume,
I do profess,
14 Steevens says, as Jonson is supposed to have made some alterations in this play, it may not be amiss to compare the passage before us with another on the same subject in The New Inn:
• He gave me my first breeding, I acknowledge ;
Down to the laps of thankful men. 15 Beside your bond of duty as a loyal and obedient servant, you owe a particular devotion to me as your especial benefactor.
16 This is expressed with great obscurity; but seems to mean • that or such a man I am, have been, and will ever be.' • Ille velut pelagi rupes remota, resistit.'
Æn, vii. 586. Thus in Shakspeare's 116th Sonnet:
it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests, and is never shaken.' The chiding flood is the resounding flood. To chide, to babble,
'Tis nobly spoken: Take notice, lords, he has a loyal breast, For you have seen him open't.—Read o'er this;
[Giving him papers. And, after, this: and then to breakfast, with What appetite you have.
[Exit King, frowning upon CARDINAL WOL
SEY: the Nobles throng after him, smiling,
What should this mean?
has undone me : -'Tis the account
and to brawl, were synonymous. Thus in As You Like It, Actii. Sc. 1:
• Upon the brook that brawls along this wood.' In the verses in commendation of the poet, by I. M. S. prefixed to the folio edition of 1632 :
there plays a fair
But chiding fountain.'
hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
Seem'd all one mutual cry.' So in King Henry V. Act ii. Sc. 4:
caves and womby vaultages of France Shall chide your trespass.