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But, will the king
Now, God incense him,
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.
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. é. 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
Shall be call'd, queen; but princess dowager,
This same Cranmer's
He has; and we shall see him For it, an archbishop. Nor.
So I hear. Suf.
'Tis so. The cardinal
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.3 Wol. Look'd he o'the inside of the paper? Crom.
Is he ready
I think, by this he is.
Nor. He's discontented.
May be, he hears the king
Sharp enough, Lord, for thy justice!
3 To his own hand, in his bedchamber.] Surely, both the syllable wanting in this line, and the respect due from the speaker to Wolsey, should authorize us to read:
To his own hand, sir, in his bedchamber. And again, in Cromwell's next speech:
Was in his countenance : you, sir, he bade -, or with Sir Thomas Hanmer: and you he bade Steevens.
Wol. The late queen's gentlewoman; a knight's daugh
ter, 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 crawl'd into the favour of the king, And is his oracle. Nor.
He is vex'd at something. Sur. I would 'twere something that would fret the
string, The master-cord of his heart!
Enter the King, reading a Schedule ;4 and LOVELL. Suf.
The king, the king. K. Hen. What piles of wealth hath he accumulated
4 Enter the King, reading a Schedule;) 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, bas not injudiciously repre. sented the fall of that great man, as owing to an incident which he had once improved to the destruction of another. See Holinshed, Vol. II, p. 796 and 797:
“ Thomas Ruthall, bishop of Durham, was, after the death of King Henry VII, one of the priry council to Henry VIII, to whom the king gave in charge to write a book of the whole es. tate of the kingdom, &c. Afterwards, the king commanded cardinal Wolsey to go to this bishop, and to bring the book away with him.---This bishop having written two books, (the one to an. swer the king's command, and the other intreating of his own private affairs,) did bind them both after one sort in vellum, &c. Now, when the cardinal came to demand the book due to the king, the bishop unadvisedly commanded his servant to bring him the book bound in white vellum, lying in his study, in such a place. The servant accordingly brought forth one of the books so bound, being the book intreating of the state of the bishop, &c. The cardinal having the book went from the bisliop, and after, (in his study by himself) understanding the contents thereof, he greatly rejoiced, having now occasion (which he long songht for) offered unto him, to bring the bishop into the king's disgrace.
" Wherefore he went forth with to the king, delivered the book into his hands, and briefly informed him of the contents thereof; putting further into the king's head, that if at any time he were
To his own portion! and what expence by the hour
the cardinal ? Nor.
My lord, we have
It may well be;
It's heaven's will;
If we did think
destitute of a mass of money, he should not need to seek further therefore than to the coffers of the bishop. Of all which when the bishop had intelligence, &c. he was stricken with such grief of
that he shortly, through extreme sorrow, ended his life at London, in the year of Christ 1523. After which, the cardi. nal, who had long before gaped after his bishoprick, in singular hope to attain thereunto, had now his wish in effect,” &c.
Steevens. then, stops again,] Sallust, describing the disturbed state of Catiline's mind, takes notice of the same circumstance:
citus modo, modo tardus incessus Steevens. 6 Strikes his breast hard; and anon, he casts -7 Here I think we should be at liberty to complete a defective verse, by reading, with Sir Thomas Hanmer:
and then, anon, he casts — Steevens.
Dwell in his musings; but, I am afraid,
Lov. who goes to Wol.
Heaven forgive me!
lord, You are full of heavenly stuff, and bear the inventory Of your best graces in your mind; the which
You were now running o'er; you have scarce time labor To steal from spiritual"leisure a brief span,
To keep your earthly audit: Sure, in that
You have said well.
'Tis well said again;
What should this mean?
Have I not made you
with his deed did crown His word-) So, in Macbeth:
“To crown my thoughts with acts." Steevens.