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I am the most unhappy woman living:-
[To her Women,
If your grace Could but be brought to know, our ends are honest, You'd feel more comfort: why should we, good lady, Upon what cause, wrong you ? alas! our places, The way of our profession is against it; We are to cure such sorrows, not to sow them. For goodness' sake, consider what you do; How you may hurt yourself, ay, utterly Grow from the king's acquaintance, by this carriage. The hearts of princes kiss obedience, So much they love it; but, to stubborn spirits, They swell, and grow as terrible as storms.? I know, you have a gentle, noble temper, A soul as even as a calm; Pray, think us Those we profess, peace-makers, friends, and servants. Cam. Madam, you'll find it so. You wrong your vir
tues With these weak women's fears. A noble spirit, As yours was put into you, ever casts Such doubts, as false coin, from it. The king loves you; Beware, you lose it not: For us, if
you please To trust us in your business, we are ready
That once was mistress of the field,] So, in Spenser's Fairy Queen, Book II, c. vi, st. 16:
"The lily, lady of the flow'ring field.” H. White. 1 The hearts of princes kiss obedience, So much they love it; but, to stubborn spirits,
They swell, and grow as terrible as storms.] It was one of the charges brought against Lord Essex, in the year before this play was probably written, by his ungrateful kirisman, Sir Francis Bacon, when that nobleman, to the disgrace of humanity, was obliged, by a junto of his enemies, to kneel at the end of the council-table fo!' several hours, that in a letter written during his retirement, in 1598, to the Lord Keeper, he had said, “ There is no tempest to the passionate indignation of a prince." Malore.
To use our utmost studies in
service. C. Kath. Do what ye will, my lords: And, pray, for
give me, If I have us’d myself unmannerly;? You know, I am a woman, lacking wit To make a seemly answer to such persons. Pray, do my service to his majesty: He has my heart yet; and shall have my prayers, While I shall have my life. Come, reverend fathers, Bestow your counsels on me: she now begs, That little thought, when she set footing here, She should have bought her dignities so dear. [Exeunt.
Ante-Chamber to the King's Apartment. Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, the Duke of SUFFOLK, the
Earl of SURREY, and the Lord Chamberlain. Nor. If you will now unite in your complaints, And force them with a constancy, the cardinal Cannot stand under them: If
omit The offer of this time, I cannot promise, But that
shall sustain more new disgraces,
I am joyful
Which of the peers
2 If I have us'd myself unmannerly;] That is, if I have behaved myself unmannerly. M. Mason.
3 And force them -) Force is enforce, urge. Fohnson.
Has he affections in him
or at least Strangely neglected?] Which of the peers has not gone by him uncontemned or neglected ? Fohnson.
Our author extends to the words, strangely neglected, the negative comprehended in the word uncontemn’d. M. Mason. VOL. XI.
The stamp of nobleness in any person,
My lords, you speak your pleasures : What he deserves of
O, fear him not;
Believe it, this is true.
O, how, how? Suf. The cardinal's letter to the pope miscarried,
Uncontemn’d, as I have before observed in a note on As you Like it, must be understood, as if the author had written not contemn'd. See Vol. V, p. 29, n. 7. Malone.
when did he regard
Out of himself?] The expression is bad, and the thought false. For it supposes Wolsey to be noble, which was not so: we should read and point:
when did he regard
Out of’t himself? i. e. When did he regard nobleness of blood in another, having none of his own to value himself upon? Warburton.
I do not think this correction proper. The meaning of the present reading is easy. When did he, however careful to carry his own dignity to the utmost height, regard any dignity of another?
Johnson. contrary proceedings -] Private practices opposite to his publick procedure. Fohnson.
And came to the eye o'the king: wherein was read,
Sur. Has the king this?
Will this work?
'Would he had!
Now"all my joy may
My amen to 't!
All men's. Suf. There's order given for her coronation : Marry, this is yet but young, 9 and may be left To some ears unrecounted.-But, my lords, She is a gallant creature, and complete In mind and feature: I persuade me, from her Will fall some blessing to this land, which shall In it be memoriz'd.1
7 And hedges, his own way.) To hedge, is to creep along by the hedge: not to take the direct and open path, but to steal covertly through circumvolutions. Fohnson.
Hedging is by land, what coasting is by sea. M. Mason. 8 Trace the conjunction!] To trace, is to follow. Johnson. So, in Macbeth:
all unfortunate souls “ That trace him in his line." The form of Surrey's wish has been anticipated by Richmond in King Richard III, sc. ult:
« Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction!” Steevens.
but young,] The same phrase occurs again in Romeo and Juliet, Act I, sc. i: “Good morrow, cousin.
Is the day so young ?” See note on this passage. Steevens.
But, will the king
Now, God incense him, And let him cry ha, louder! Nor.
But, my lord,
Suf. He is return'd, in his opinions; which
1 In it be memoriz'd.] To memorize is to make memorable. The word has been already used in Macbeth, Act I, sc. ii.
Steevens. * This exclamation is frequently used by the King when much incensed, and seems to be noticed here to prove that those of the court knew well, it indicated his mind highly inflamed with anger.
Am. Ed. 2 He is return'd, in his opinions, which Have satisfy'd the king for his divorce, Together with all famous colleges
Almost in Christendom:] Thus the old copy. The meaning is this: Cranmer, says Suffolk, 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 return'd in ef. fect, having sent his opinions, i. e. the opinions of divines, &c. col. lected by him. Mr. Rowe altered these lines as follows, and all succeeding editors have silently adopted his unnecessary change:
He is return’d with his opinions, which